Hello everyone~! How was the first few days of your new year? For those who have started off the new year with a bang — good for you! And for those who have started it on bad terms — I hope that things will look up for you in the days to come! As for me? My first few days of the new year were fine, but it wasn’t spectacular.
Loot-wise though, I was quite happy that I got my FMA calendar that I’ve been waiting for since Mid-November had arrived in time to greet the new year! I was so scared that it was lost in the mail, like how my prize from Akihabaka had turned out. But thankfully, it got here alright! It’s now hanging temporarily with my blinds because I am still looking for a nice spot for it to hang on.
As this is my first post in 2011, I feel like it’s mandatory to look back at some highlights from last year. Lootwise, I feel like I’ve seriously spent a lot on my collection in 2010. During 2009, I already had several nendoroids and a few figmas in my collection, but now I have a full nendo puchi set, a few scaled figures and a few exclusive figures in my collection — not to mention the number of my nendos must have doubled since last year and that I had an unexpected doll haul in one swoop.
I’ve also ranted about Otacool 2 which probably led me to the questionable lack of access to my DC.com account. Even though that happened, I’ve gotten to talk to one of the most wonderful cosplayers I’ve encountered — and I’m pretty sure she doesn’t need any further introduction =) I’m amused though that WordPress “told” me that the interview entry was the most visited entry in my blog for the year 2010. That was something! I really should think of someone to interview for my In Focus series again.
Ironically enough though I posted photos of my then workplace for Otacool 3, pretty much as a jest because I thought I wouldn’t get in. Funnily enough, I did get in as you can see in the photo below — thanks to Akitafuki for scanning his own copy of the book!
What was published was just the nice looking part of my workplace though. Ironically, a couple of weeks after I took photos and posted them on Figure.fm, the old computer was given away, so that part of the room was permanently taken out anyway. Maybe Koto was onto something when they didn’t show it… or maybe it’s just because it wasn’t nice to look at.
Now my workplace looks like what you see in the above photo. I’ve just taken this photo a couple of days ago. As you can see, it seems like nothing much has changed, but there are subtle changes. Can you spot the differences? =)
Physical differences aside though, the biggest difference between my Otacool 3 entry and the current state of my workplace is that, this room is not my workplace anymore. If you have been seeing my recent tweets — yes I’ve been more active in twitter ~_~; — I’ve been lucky enough to get a decent job. Although it does mean less to no money for me to spend on my figure collecting — but I have a good enough backlog to last me a year — or maybe two if I’m lazy as usual — of reviews. This has been one of the biggest highlights of the year for me.
Another personal highlight, although I think I’ve only really mentioned it in Twitter, is that I went on a trip to Singapore. More like I went to Singapore to board a cruise ship and spent a couple of days after the cruise in Singapore. Coincidentally, while I was in Singapore, AFA was happening. I was with my parents at the time so I did not really have the opportunity to go to AFA because we went to different tourist spots instead. I somehow regret not going because I wanted to see how cons were overseas, not to mention I wanted to meet some of the people behind the blogs and the twitter accounts I read on the internet. I really loved Singapore and would want to go back, even if it’s only to try to attend AFA next time.
Manga and anime-wise, the highlight of the year for me was definitely Fullmetal Alchemist. Both the manga and FMA: Brotherhood. It was truly a masterpiece and I really loved it. I know I would probably be at odds with most of K-On! fans if I were to say that FMA is the best anime for 2010 in my opinion, but I clearly stand by that. I love K-On! and Houkago Tea Time, but I love FMA more. I never missed a week without watching the latest episode of FMA whereas I let K-On! become part of my backlog for a while. Some other notable series from the top of my mind are: Kimi ni Todoke — which the second season would be starting this week, if I’m not mistaken, Nodame Cantabile: Finale, Ore no Imouto, Nurarihyon no Mago, Kuragehime and The World God Only Knows. As for OVAs and movies, the only ones that I’ve watched are Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance, Black Rock Shooter and Detective Conan Movie 14. I haven’t watched Fate Unlimited Works and The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya yet, but I would be watching them soon.
It has been… two months since my last entry. I blame this mostly because of my trip to SG and going head-on with my new job. My training is to end this week so I might be busier then, but I am trying to manage my time more instead of just lazing around when I get back to my dormitory. Also, I have to blame Dissidia for pre-occupying me most of the time now. That game is highly addicting! I don’t even own the PSP I’m using. LOL.
So, after looking back at last year — now what? Usually a lot of people have new year’s resolutions. Yes I kind of have that too — but I’ve resolved to make them into goals instead of just wishful resolutions. I’ve read a few articles about the same thing before, and fellow blogger Radiant Dreamer has his own two cents about it too. As for myself, I’ve always considered procrastination my biggest enemy against my goals, but I’m trying my best to overcome that! So far, I’ve got a list of goals I’ve set for myself:
-To blog in TanTango at least twice a month
-To be able to review a figure at least once every two months
-To be able to write at least a simple paragraph again in Japanese by March.
-To be able to save at least 500PHP a week
-To be able to have a good discernment on what to buy for my collection a.k.a. requirements
-To be able to read and finish at least one book a month
-To be able to watch a movie at least once a month
-To be able to finish a game OTL
It’s quite a list, but I’m hoping I can do at least some of these if not all. I don’t have any idea for any work-related goals yet though, but I’m still trying to feel how work is going to be for me — so I will be adding that later on. Hopefully though, my determination to stick to achieving my goal would be accomplished and hopefully no spells of lethargy or May sickness would get in the way!
How about you? Do you have your own list of goals or resolutions you want to complete for the new year?