What a difference a year makes. It’s now a year and a week since my original “It’s DONE Baybee!” photo essay! Here are a few glimpses of what’s transpired.
In the three years since I took a leap of faith and switched to English Literature, this lovable bunch has gone from a bunch of enthusiastic strangers to something very much like family. A year ago, I predicted that this would be a great year, and how satisfying it is to be right in ways that I couldn’t have imagined!
I’ve learned amazing things under professors like award-winning author Suchen Lim, my Singaporean creative writing teacher.
Professor Calasanz, seen here beside me and my best friend Anne, has helped me answer quite a few of life’s questions with humor, philosophy, and surprisingly fun six-hour exams…
It wasn’t all work, though. I’ve gotten to know a lot of very cool and colorful people!
Classmates like Michelle and Gigo always knew how to insert a little fun and sweetness into the most mundane of days.
Michelle deserves an especially large vote of gratitude, for showing me that love takes many forms, and that having someone to call sister can be one of the keenest pleasures a man can have. Especially when it’s someone like her.
The skies and mountains of my country continue to enthrall, and seeing more of them from the air has been one of the best things about the year.
It’s vistas like this that remind me how much I love the Philippines, warts and all.
We live in a beautiful country, and one of the best things about this wonder is that it can be shared.
Thank you, Anne, for flying with me at last.
Thank you too, for teaching me that happy endings are possible, and that it’s our friends who make life worthwhile.
I’m grateful too for my noble steed, the indomitable and crosswind-resistant RP-C 1513, who has proven to be a most faithful and reliable travel companion.
It’s been a wonderful year.
I wonder what the next year has in store?