I've found myself in deep thought today, picking and considering things from gadgets, celebrities, and news events to more random things like food, song lyrics and online banks. I started with a list of 20 or so, and slowly made my way to my top 10 favorite things of the year. It's a big thing to be named a favorite of 2009 - a once in a lifetime chance! I knew I had to make each choice count. Whether you agree or not, these 10 places, people and other such possibilities will stick out to me forever as things that made 2009 an interesting year.
Because you don't realize just how lucky you can be when you're in a good place. When I graduated from LMU, I was a bit resentful at the debt I had accumulated throughout my time there. But as I've now been away from college, I've seen what a tremendous positive environment that institution was. The opportunities for fine education, meaningful service and spiritual growth have led me to become proud to stand by Loyola Marymount as a professional and now, an alumni.
This man has faced so many challenges on his way to the White House. He's struggled in keeping his word about bringing this country back to the top, but he's given so many people hope in his effort in doing so. President Obama won in the first election year that I was old enough to participate in. I'm so proud to say that the first time I ever voted in my life, I voted and elected the first African American president of the United States.
It wouldn't be right to not include Korean BBQ near the top of my list of favorite things of the year. After all the smoke, marinade, sake, salad and fallen chopsticks - the Korean BBQ experience has never gotten old for me. I love going out with friends and chatting over a hot grill, taking charge of just how cooked my tasty meat turns out and knowing that it's All-You-Can-Eat. The feeling just doesn't get any better than this.
Officially the funniest movie of 2009! I'm not sure what other movie this year gets me to fall over the couch as many times as The Hangover did. I did the whole Vegas thing three times this year (I probably was bound to go often since I turned 21 in 2008), and although my trips to "Sin City" weren't nearly as crazy as the tales of The Hangover, it certainly gets the hype going for the weekend.
I was too young (or ignorant) to follow Bill while he was president. But as a philanthropist and a humanitarian - this man definitely knows how to work it. I mean, who else can fly to North Korea, be welcomed in with open arms, sit down and chat for eight hours, ask for two American journalists who were sentenced to labor camps for crossing the border, and fly back to America with both of them unharmed? With no publicity stunts, business deals or political gains in obvious mind, this news event pulled off by Bill Clinton was truly one of my favorite happenings of '09, let alone of all time.
I've accumulated a ton of blogs in the past year. From news sources to recipes, music feeds to finance advice - Google Reader has helped me miraculously stay up to date on everything I'm interested in. Without it, I would be stuck with an over-sized folder of bookmarks and a daily checklist of making the rounds on everything I keep up with.Thankfully, I can keep all my daily reads in one place on Google Reader, and reading is fun again!
See the full review, "Stay updated - and leave the bookmarks at home.".
My heart broke when the Lakers lost to the Pistons years ago. And in 2008, my pride for the Lakers was so sour and heavy, especially as I watched them get spanked by the Celtics. All year long I imagined what Phil Jackson thought about when he looked has his two hands and focused his attention on the one finger without that 10th championship ring. How much did it bother him? Seeing him finally get it with the Lakers this year made me feel that destiny got its way, with sports at least.
Cloud computing has grown increasingly popular this year. From documents to email - you can store everything on the net. While there are many ways to do it when it comes to your photos, I'm glad I went with FlickR pro to store photos. With over 5,000 photos taken in college, I can already see how much of a free fall I would be in if I lost these photos in a computer crash. I've been able to gain some sleep at night, as well as some great ways to share some of the old memories with friends and family.
I'm not going to lie. It's been a rough year for hip hop. Rappers turning awkwardly emotional, others getting locked up, and some who are getting record deals for talents I'm trying real hard to find. I've had to silence the radio and begin on doubling back on past albums of other artists who remind me of better times. Maybe I'm getting old, and my 'time' is now a thing of the past. But Jay-Z returning with the Blueprint 3 was a sign to me that like the jobs in this economy, genuine hip-hop is lacking. Jay-Z and his music made me happy to give hip-hop a trying chance.
As the only product that made the list. My Sony bluetooth headphones were with no doubt, the greatest things I bought this year. I've cut the chords and have gone wireless. At work, at home, at the gym - I've turned my phone into an awesome mp3 player, and these headphones make it convenient to take advantage of listening to music on the go. I highly recommend!
See the full review, "Finally! An affordable set of quality headphones!".
I'm a Filipino-American living life as a post undergrad making a start here in beautiful Los Angeles. I love the weather and diversity here and enjoy everything this city has to offer. I'm excited to … more