Sunday, January 3, 2010

Highlights of my 2009

Posted by Alei at 1/03/2010
So I'm back to blogging, at last. I missed a lot of posts. I think, I'll just have to summarize some of the events I have been through last year.

  • I took the IELTS exam and maybe out of luck or effort, I passed. =)
  • It was supposed to be the start of classes in Australia. But, I shifted course from Architecture to Commercial Cookery leaving me no time to enroll.
  • By the 12th, it was my birthday. I had two celebrations, one is at the restaurant with my family and the other, at home with my relatives.
  • The third week kicked off with a blast as I conquered my fear of job hunting.
  • I was qualified for a few job vacancies but did not pursue any of them as I was prioritizing my application for student visa.
  • I was confined at the hospital for 3 days due to excessive vomiting and diarrhea.
  • My father was rushed to the hospital. It was his choice due to his loss of appetite. Though his tummy gained size, he lost several pounds. I and my brother stayed with him at the hospital. Ascitis was the first diagnosis. Everyday, his body seem to deteriorate.
  • Since there was no wifi available at the hospital and my time to surf at home is very limited, I failed to keep my blog posted. My domain even expired. I got no time to renew my domain so I was forced to use blogspot's free hosting.
  • With nothing to do at the hospital, I spend time reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow, the last installment of HP.
  • I failed to visit my mother's grave because I stayed with my father at the hospital.This was the first time I spent the All Saint's Day at some place other than the cemetery.
  • On the 12th, my sister's baby, Kelsey, was born. It was almost the same night when Tatay was transferred at the ICU.
  • After nearly a month at the ICU (including a week at the ICU), by the 18th, my father died of multiple organ failure. He suffered from liver cirrhosis. Maybe this was the reason I was delayed for enrollment, so that I can spend time with my father during his struggle with his illness.
  • I have been busy completing requirements for my student visa. But then, I failed for the second time because of time and financial constraints. Sadly, I still have to wait for another six months.=(
  • By the 25th, I, my brother, together with my sister's family celebrated Christmas Eve at our house. It was the first time we had Christmas without both our mother and father. It was our saddest Christmas. Our only consolation is that, at least, my parents are together, somewhere.
  • On the 27th, it was the birthday of my mother and the 40th day of my father's death.

A lot has transpired during 2009. Losing and gaining, a part of everyone's life. Though I have been pained by the loss, I still thank God for the blessings he had given me last year. Its always a "hello and goodbye". Time passes, and so are years. I'm not losing hope and wishing that this year 2010 will be a better one. It should start with a better me. =)

2 comments on "Highlights of my 2009"

David DeWall on Mon Jan 11, 03:03:00 PM 2010 said...

Hi Riel, Just ran across your blog since you dropped an entrecard. My sympathies go out to you as you have gone through so much this past year. How brave of you to go on with your blog, and I will be following it. I'm an American that lives in Guimaras, the mango island, and I write a blog about my life here. May God Bless you so much.

Riel on Wed Jan 13, 09:18:00 PM 2010 said...

Hi David! Thank you for visiting my blog and for being one with me in my loss. I'm a Filipino. I supposed, as I read through your blog, you've been here already right? Expect me also to visit your blog from time to time. God speed.


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