Though 2016 may had been very surreal for the world, I’ve had a great year.
I was able to visit a number of countries and cities: from Melbourne and Sydney in Australia to Amsterdam in The Netherlands to Antwerp and Brussels in Belgium to Lisieux, Paris 🗼🗼🗼, Lourdes and Avignon in France to Assisi, San Giovanni Rotondo, Lanciano, Milan, Venice, and Rome in Italy and finally to the Vatican City. 👣👣👣
My dog Bea left me last year but I know that she lived a good life for more than 10 years. It also paved way for my new found closeness with her daughter Walda who loves to eat 24/7. 🐶🐶🐶
In 2016, I also met #LoveDownUnder. ❤❤❤ Period.
I was able to do my very first long drive with Clint out of town. We were able to go to Nuvali just the two of us. #simplejoys 🚙🚙🚙
The 4 children that I'm sponsoring in WorldVision PH wrote me lovely letters that really touched my heart. I'm more than happy to know that they're doing really well and I hope that their families enjoyed their Noche Buena last Christmas, too. 😇😇😇
My sacrifice that started in early 2013 also now paid off. I put my blogging on hold and set aside the glitz and glamour (#charaught) of attending movie premieres, product launches, fashion shows and other similar events and concentrated on my "corporate" career instead. Some people would oftentimes just tell me to get a job in the entertainment industry where I would most likely belong or in a magazine publication since writing/blogging was something that I loved and still love until now. Some people also told me to get a job that is not Math or Statistics related because neither was my forte. Yet, instead of giving up, I decided to prove them wrong and with perseverance and hardwork coupled with blood (papercut LOL), sweat (going to work on a weekend sometimes where there's no aircon LOL again) and tears (no comment), I'll be starting my 2017 in a completely new slate. And for that, I am also more than thankful. 😊😊😊
I've also been discriminated by other people just because I'm gay and that I like guys. I don't wanna talk more about it but we all know that it's something that most members of the LGBT community face each day. And unfortunately for my haters, I will not give up on fighting for our rights until my dying breath. People, we don't need to conform to your standards or way of living. We just "live." 😉😉😉🌈🌈🌈
Good thing, though, that I don't get mocked because of my weight. 😂😂😂 But losing weight is on top of my priority list for 2017. #BalikAlindog program should start soon.😅😅😅
And lastly, I got to meet Nicholas Hoult in person! Couldn't be any happier. 🎆🎆🎆
My 2016 had indeed been filled with love, fun, adventure and happiness. I could not ask for anything more from God. Aside from "Love Down Under." But he's destined to be with someone else and he's happy with her so I'm happy for both of them as well.
P.S. Love Down Under is not Aussie. He's a Brit living in Oz. 😛😛😛
Thank you, Lord, for the wonderful year that was 2016. Thank you for my wonderful parents, family and friends. Thank you for the new people that I met, those people who believed in me and helped me in achieving Your goals for me. And lastly, thank you for The Gay Life of VinVin.
Happy New Year, everyone!
♥ Mwah! ♥
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