Reflections on 2017

2017 reflections

Another year has come and gone. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Seems like just yesterday I was browsing bookstores for a 2017 planner (which I wrote about here!) and now here we are again, about to embark on the year 2018.

My #2017bestnine! Left to right, top to bottom: (1) Floating on a raft in Pandin Lake; (2) on the Yang-in Sandbar in Cagbalete Island; (3) a selfie on Magalawa Island in Zambales; (4) taking a dip with the boyfriend in the waterfalls of Mt. Paliparan; (5) blush and black clothes from Holden & Holden; (6) setting out a beach blanket on Cagbalete Island; (7) the view of Mt. Mayon from the Oriental Hotel Legazpi; (8) outside my building in UP when the boyfriend surprised me four sixth anniversary; (9) a solo shot from Mt. Paliparan.

2017 was a year of big changes for me. When I look back at everything that’s happened this year, I can hardly believe I managed to accomplish these things. Of course, the biggest change is that I’m now a grad student, majoring in public administration. For better or worse, I’ve officially thrown in my lot with the government as regards my career and my future. This government literally holds my life in its hands. I’m not a particularly religious woman, but pray for me, readers and fellow bloggers.

(Read More: Life Lately #2 and Life Lately #4)

Speaking of my career, I also managed to pull off a crazy feat which will absolutely look amazing on my resume (and also helped out the country, don’t get me wrong). I participated in the preparations and hosting of the 2017 ASEAN Philippine Chairmanship. Honestly, I thought I would either die or go mad. Shit got real, folks. Me and my coworkers at each other’s throats half the time, staying up until one or two in the morning and getting up at six AM, having to coordinate with over a dozen embassies and playing nice with local government officials, having to be cheerful at the crack of dawn because it’s unseemly for the hosts to appear cranky. Still, we got through it, somehow! It helped that we go to see some great stuff on our work trips out of town, such as Mt. Mayon.

(Read More: Life Lately #1)

This year, my boyfriend and I also reached a milestone in our relationship. He remembers events and outings now without having me to remind him! No, I’m kidding. This year was our sixth anniversary, meaning we’re now that much closer to being together for a decade. Everyone’s started talking about us getting married, as though the question is when? and no longer if. Crazy, right? I can hardly believe it myself.

(Read More: And I’ll thank my lucky stars for that night)

I traveled a lot this year. Not as much as back in 2016, to be sure. But I got to see other places, and that’s more than enough! In February, the boyfriend and I went to Cagbalete. In the summer, several friends and I went to Cagbalete IslandPandin Lake in Laguna, Magalawa Island in Zambales, and La Union. We hiked Mt. Paliparan in Rizal. And then, wonder of wonders, in October, my family and I went on a trip to Japan!

I didn’t get to read as much in 2017 the way I did in 2016, but I did say I would no longer be doing the Goodreads Book Challenge. So reading became enjoyable again for me,  a way to relax, escape, and/or gain knowledge, rather than just something I had to do to meet a quota. What books I did read, I read because I wanted to, for the fun of losing myself totally in another world. For the sheer joy of reading. And I think that’s most important thing.

(Read More: 2017 Reads)

Personally, 2017 was a good year for me. But on a global scale…? Well, it was even more of a shit-show than 2016. I’m not gonna get into the details – God knows that there’s a ton of political blogs out there detailing everything that’s gone wrong since the world started its new revolution around the sun – but suffice it to say, in the immortal words of Mrs. Packard…


Kidding aside, I do recognize the privilege I’ve had in having a great year. Yes, most of it is down to my hard work, and I don’t want to discount the value of putting one’s nose to the grindstone. But life was hard in 2017 for a whole ton of people, for reasons that I will never experience and can barely begin to fathom. I did try my best to be “woke”, as the kids say. I tried to participate politically, tried to make my voice heard, both for myself and for others who can’t speak. I did try. Was it enough? I don’t know. But I do know that I will never stop trying.

(Read more: And the call isn’t out there at all; it’s inside me and Hangga’t marami ang lugmok sa kahirapan…)

As always, Manigong Bagong Taon to everyone! May your 2018 be filled with light, love, and happiness. May you be kind. May you be brave. May you have purpose. And may you never lose your voice.


6 thoughts on “Reflections on 2017

  1. Happy New Year! And I share the same sentiments. 2017 was a difficult but otherwise really fulfilling year for me, from a personal perspective. I’ve learned so much about myself and what direction I want to take, which is why 2017 is sort of one of my favorite years. However, on a global scale, 2017 was utterly shit. I’ve never lost so much faith in people and in society within a 365-day timeframe.

    But here’s to still fighting the good fight! Here’s to doing what we can to raise our voices against injustice while amplifying the cries of the disadvantaged and marginalized. Here’s to still involving ourselves even though it’d be easier to choose ignorance and silence. Here’s to holding those in power accountable for the crimes they’ve committed and the lives they’ve condemned to suffering. Here’s to still trying to make a change!


    1. I’ve never lost so much faith in people and in society within a 365-day timeframe.

      My sentiments exactly. But, like you said, here’s to still involving ourselves even though it’d be easier to choose ignorance and silence.

      I’m so grateful for Filipinos like you. ♥ You help prove to me that all is not lost.

      See you next sem btw! I’ll DM you my sched and we can finally arrange our coffee date ahahaha.


  2. ‘Di kita nakilala agad dun sa third photo sa best 9, Ate! Hehe. You’ve traveled a lot nga this year, nakakatuwa naman!

    And same. I won’t be doing Goodreads Challenge na rin this year kasi nadidisappoint lang ako kapag ‘di ko na-aachieve ‘yung goals ko. I’ll just read whenever I want. Hahaha.

    Happy 2018! Hope to meet you soon, Ate Kate! 💖

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