2012 Gratitude/Accomplishment List: Performing at The Hard Rock Cafe

TBA at The Hard Rock Cafe

TBA at The Hard Rock Cafe
(TBA from L-R: Mike, Tateen, Lehmann, and me; not in picture: Audi)

It may not have been a real gig but a performance is a performance, and being able to say that I’ve performed on stage at the Hard Rock Cafe in Glorietta is one of the things I can be proud of this 2012. I mean, I’m not even really a musician. So the chances of performing at that kind of place is was pretty improbable, right?

Our team / department / whatever-you-call-it held this year’s Christmas party at the Hard Rock Cafe in Glorietta and they included a “Battle of the Bands” in the program. We decided to join but it wasn’t easy to prepare for the performance itself. We weren’t able to practice that much (we had 2 real practices?) since we had to squeeze practicing with our work schedules. It was also difficult to pick songs since the theme of the party was “Glam Rock” and wanted to stay as close to the theme as possible. And considering that neither Tateen nor I were “rockers”, our song choices were quite limited. Still, I think we did pretty well. And it was nice to not be in the last place. 😛

(That’s probably thanks to Lehmann who’s a wicked awesome guitar player. :D\m/)

I still don’t think I’m cut out for a career in music but it was a cool experience to be able to perform at Hard Rock. 🙂

Anyway, just an hour left until year 2013. Enjoy the last minutes left to the year 2012. 😀

Until next time dear readers! (^^)/~~

♥ Niece

PS. I’ll probably include links to our performance video/s once I’ve uploaded them on YouTube. 🙂

2012 Gratitude/Accomplishment List: ITIL V3 Foundations Certified!

ITIL V3 Foundations Certified

ITIL V3 Foundations Certified

Another thing I can be proud of this year is passing the ITIL V3 Foundations certification exam. *happy dance*

I’m glad that I was able to take the training and exam this year. With how hectic work was the past months, I was despairing that I wouldn’t be able to take another training before the year ended. Thankfully, I was able to take the ITIL training during the first (or was it second?) week of December and that I was able to pass the certification exam. 😀

Since I took up Java in college, I’ve always wanted to be something-certified. Didn’t really matter what at the time (though Java was highest on my preference list then), I just wanted to be certified at something. For me, a certification meant that you grasped the subject matter well, based on a universally accepted criteria. As compared to school exams where the level of difficulty of an exam may not be the same for all schools.

And now, I am ITIL V3 Foundations Certified. Which means I’ve achieved one of my goals in life. *(^^)* Hopefully, this won’t be the last certification I’ll gain in my career. I really wish that before the next year ends, I’ll be able to say that I’ve acquired another one. 🙂

Anyway, that’s it for today. Until next time dear readers. (^^)/~~

♥ Niece

2012 Gratitude/Accomplishment List: #50BookPledge 2012 Completed!

“I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.”  (Psalms 86:12 NRSV)

“I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.” (Psalms 86:12 NRSV)

Since the year 2012 is ending in a few more days, I thought I’d make a few blog entries about the things I’m thankful for and the things I’m proud of for the year 2012. I think that counting the blessings you received during the year and the accomplishments you worked hard for is a good way to end the year; it helps us appreciate everything that happened to us during the year. Wouldn’t you agree? 🙂

I also think that it’s a good way to start the upcoming year. If we come into the new year with positive attitudes and open hearts, I know that the new year will turn out to be a great one for us. 🙂

50 Book Pledge 2012 Completed!

50 Book Pledge 2012 Completed!

To start off, I’m very proud to announce that I was able to complete my #50bookpledge for 2012! *round of applause*

Honestly, I was in danger of not being able to finish. The first reason was that I started the pledge late. I started around the 3rd week of January which meant I was already behind by 2 weeks. Still, I’m usually a pretty quick reader so I figured it wouldn’t be that difficult for me to catch up. I was able to catch up (and actually be ahead by 4 books) but then work suddenly piled up and I stopped reading books for 3 whole months. That’s 12 weeks to catch up on. I did read a bit of manga during that time but I didn’t include manga as part of the pledge.

When I was finally able to start reading books again, I resigned myself to the fact that I might not be able to finish the 50 books. I still wanted to continue the pledge, so I shortened my list to 25 books. I had no idea what came over me during that time though because in around 2 weeks, I was able to finish 12 books. That’s roughly a book a day. Which was awesome because it meant that instead of being behind by 8 books, I was able to be ahead by 8 books again in just 2 months time.

Unfortunately, work issues slowed my reading pace again. Thankfully, by the time December rolled around, I only had one more book to finish. It took me three weeks though to be able to finish the whole book. I think I read the last book once or twice per week and only a few chapters at a time so it was quite a slow read (at least for me).

Still, I was able to finish my #50bookpledge and that is really something to both be grateful for and to be proud of. I really love reading and it’s sad that I haven’t been reading as much the past few years. This exercise refuelled not only my passion for reading but also my love for writing. I’m so glad I decided to do this. 🙂

Anyway, that’s all for today. I’mma be going now as I still have work tomorrow morning.

Later dear readers! (^^)/~~

♥ Niece