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My 2007 in hindsight

January 18, 2008

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
Went to a foreign country (where I hardly knew anyone) by myself. Lived in a flat with five other girls from all over the world. Moved out of that flat and moved into a new apartment with a friend. Assembled so much furniture, discovered how to operate washing machines and dryers, pretty much became self-sufficient for the first time in my life. Well yeah, in a nutshell, survived life Down Under largely on my own and with a little help from my friends (Thanks, Beatles, for that precious line).

2. Where did you study/ work?
Currently going to uni somewhere in North Ryde. Did a one-month internship at Greenpeace.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Hmmm…I don’t think so.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My nephew Ziv.

5. What countries did you visit?

6. Did you move anywhere?
Moved out of uni accommodation. Moved into a two-bedroom flat with a friend who is incidentally the bestest roommie ever.

7. What sporting events did you go to?
None really, except a few friendly games of soccer with uni mates.

8. What concerts did you go to?
Dave Matthews Band! And John Mayer (I’m not really a fan, but some friends just happened to have a spare ticket at the time).

9. Who was your Valentine in 2007?
Haha myself. I remember I gifted myself with a Mars bar.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Just the occasional cough and cramps.

11. What was your best month?
November and December.

12. Where did most of your money go?
Food, movies, rent, house bills, alcohol (lol!).

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My family’s arrival in December.

14. What song will always remind you of 2007?
Heaps! But off the top of my head, Love Today and Grace Kelly by Mika, Straight Lines by Silverchair, Sweet Escape by Gwen Stefani, Big Girls Don’t Cry by Fergie, Hook Me Up by The Veronicas, Umbrella by Rihanna and stuff by Sneaky Sound System. I don’t really like most of those songs but they were particularly big in 2007.

15. What did you do on the 4th of July?
I don’t remember. Was doing my internship, I think.

16. What were the best…

* books you read?
The Globalization of World Politics and International Relations Theories. Haha, seriously I was remiss in my novel-reading all year.

* movies you saw?
Omg, there were so many! I saw at least one movie every week. Anyway, I particularly enjoyed Eastern Promises, Casino Royale, Babel, The Science of Sleep, History Boys, Control, Across the Universe (story-wise it was shithouse though), A Mighty Heart, The Good German, Pan’s Labyrinth, among others. On SBS there was a handful of good films too, like Mar Adentro (The Sea Inside).

* CDs you listened to?
Haha, I mostly listened to mp3s only.

17. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish I read more good novels, explored Sydney, socialised and spoke to strangers more. And I wish I didn’t hole myself up at home so much.

18. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Hehe secret.

19. How will you be spending Christmas?
This question should be in the past tense but anyway, I went to Christmas Eve mass and had Noche Buena with my brothers and my mom. On Christmas Day we had lunch with family friends.

20. Did you fall in love in 2007?
I guess not.

21. How many one-night stands?
Zilch, nada, zero!

22. What was your favorite TV program?
South Park, Thank God You’re Here, SBS movies and documentaries, Rove.

23. Compared to this time last year, are you:

* happier or sadder?
Happier, I suppose.

* thinner or fatter?
Probably fatter. I’m not really fond of weighing scales.

* richer or poorer?

24. What was your favorite summer memory of 2007?
Going to my intensive English classes everyday, I guess. That’s where I met my first few friends here in Sydney. And life was much simpler then.

25. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
See previous blog entry. I turned 25.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Hmmm…I was pretty much still listening to the same stuff all throughout the year. Feist is quite good though.

27. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Hamish Blake! James Mcavoy! Diego Luna!

28. Who was the best new person you met?
Quite a handful. I went to this country knowing only a grand total of like, five people, but now my friends network has considerably expanded.

29. Where were you when 2007 began and who were you with?
At home, with the family.

30. What are your plans for 2008?
Finish uni and try to get higher marks. Save more money. Be more healthy. Kick old and nasty habits. See more of Sydney and hopefully squeeze in a trip to Melbourne and NZ if there are available funds. A quick trip to the US sometime in October. Get a job in the last quarter of the year. Simplify my life. Watch more movies and read more. Study Italian again. Be more responsible. Try to accomplish something major by year-end.