Monday, December 10, 2018

What Happy Looks Like Vol. 17



Christmas is just around the corner. Can you guys feel it already? There are lots of get togethers happening left and right now. Malls packed with people buying Christmas presents (I haven't made a significant dent in my shopping list!). And bonuses are now being handed out.

So what's made me happy this past couple of weeks?

1. A new travel coming up

Cebu Pacific had a seat sale recently and we were able to get an affordable round trip flight to Cambodia! It's been on my travel bucket list for awhile now but flights are usually expensive or unavailable! But finally, come March of next year, I will finally get to see Angkor Wat.

2. Dinner with Mark, my cousin 

We used to see each other everyday because we were roommates. Ever since he moved out and far (he now resides in Pasig!), it's very rare that we meet so I welcomed an invite to dinner with him when he told me he was in the area of Makati.



3. Being 100% healthy again

I was sick for awhile with German measles and was forced to stay home. No going to the office. No going to the gym. After days of rest, I'm in the pink of health again!


4. Pro 45 cuties!

I hit the gym as soon as I could. I found that these cute guys: Franz and Enzo were both teaching the class. It's always nice to see friendly faces at the gym these days especially when they are actually friends of mine teaching the class.




5. A Christmas get together with my LEAP 55 ONE LOVE friends 

Kwentuhan. Laughter. Food. Booze. And basically good company. What's not to love about seeing them?



Sunday, December 9, 2018

My Spotify 2018 Wrapped Explained

Who's ready to say goodbye to 2018? Just a couple more weeks left for this year and we'll be saying hello to 2019! How has 2018 been for you? Me? Well I have what has become a sort of tradition of looking back at the year that was just before it comes to a close and I've even blogged about them (see 2011; 2013; 2015 and 2016).

Last year, Spotify did this thing where they collated people's music streaming data and gave us, their users a peek into the kinds of music we listened to for the year which is pretty interesting! Now that 2018's about to end, Spotify is once again giving us listeners a view of how our year went based on the kind of music we streamed on their site with Spotify Wrapped. 


I listened to Spotify more this year. It comes as no surprise since it's become a morning habit to listen to music while I'm taking a bath and getting ready for work. But here's where my Spotify 2018 Wrapped becomes more interesting. 



Robyn's Dancing On My Own became my most listened to song this year. According to Spotify's data, I spent 13 hours with Robyn on repeat. What a sad sad song I listened to. Actually, last year, my top song was Too Good at Goodbyes by Sam Smith. Also a sad song but that one was more about someone who finally learned how to protect his/her heart from getting hurt by the person they love. Robyn's Dancing On My Own is a truly heartbreaking song, about losing the love of one's life to someone else. 

Somebody said you got a new friend
Does she love you better than I can?

And she knows that it's stupid that she's still holding on to him but still there she was hoping she was the girl for him. 

I'm in the corner watching you kiss her oh, oh, oh
I'm right over here, why can't you see me? Oh, oh, oh
And I'm giving it my all, but I'm not the guy you're taking home, ooh
I keep dancing on my own


But she also knew that there was really nothing else she could do so... 

But you don't see me, standing here
I just came to say goodbye


While I didn't just come from a break up, it took me back to the time earlier this year when I was heartbroken. Just as the song goes, even though I gave it my all, in the end I wasn't the girl he chose. There was longing. And there was a feeling of hopelessness. That's why I loved this song so much. 

So basically, the earlier part of 2018 for me sucked big time. But the latter part of my 2018 already told a different story with Carly Rae Jepsen's Cut to the Feeling coming in a close second on my Top 2018 songs. It is such an upbeat song about that wonderful feeling of falling in love and embracing it. No holding back and just being bold.

I wanna cut through the clouds, break the ceiling
I wanna dance on the roof, you and me alone
I wanna cut to the feeling, oh yeah
I wanna cut to the feeling, oh yeah
I wanna play where you play with the angels
I wanna wake up with you all in tangles, oh
I wanna cut to the feeling, oh yeah
I wanna cut to the feeling, oh yeah

I long to feel that way about someone and have that feeling reciprocated.


My top 1 and 2 songs for 2018 bare a resemblance to my Top 1 and 2 songs from last year (2017). Top song was Sam Smith's Too Good at Goodbyes and Gwen Stefani's Make Me Like You was my second most streamed song in 2017. The latter was because around the same time last year, I was floating on cloud nine most of the time because of C, my used to be happy at nakakakilig crush from the gym. We don't talk anymore hence the heart breaking songs of 2018. Ha! Ha!  
I was pleasantly surprised to know that my favorite musical subgenre for this year is Dance Pop. When I looked at my Top 100 songs for 2018, some of the songs included are tracks from Body Jam. Dance is honestly not my cup of tea (and my two left feet would agree to this) but this year, I've been religiously attending Body Jam class. I now have a Jam playlist on my Spotify which gets updated every so often. It's the one I play every morning these days before I go to work. It used to be a 90's to early 2000 playlist. I prefer my Jam playlist now though as the music are fun to listen to and every time I play it, a certain guy who sets the stage on fire when he dances comes to mind.   



My Top 100 2018 Songs is a mix of heartbreak (Taylor Swift's Red; Moonstar 88's Migraine and Lisa Loeb's Fools Like Me), having a crush/in love/wanting to love someone (Lady Gaga's The Cure;  DJ Snake and Lauv's A Different Way and Carly Rae Jepsen's I Really Like You) and some of the my favorite Jam tracks (Demi Lovato's Sorry Not Sorry even rounds up my Top 5 songs for 2018. I love how he dances to this song).  

You can listen to my Top 100 songs for 2018 below.   


   


I wonder how my 2019 will turn out to be. Guess I'll find out next year. But my hope is that next year, my Spotify Wrapped will be filled with more happy kinds of songs especially my top song.

What does your Spotify Wrapped 2018 say about how your year went?