2009: The Year In Review

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2009 began on a sour note. I was told to go on an indefinite leave because our client pulled out and the bosses were not able to find me a new one. Instead of waiting it out, I had the right mind to resign and take a much needed vacation. The months that followed were no good, I had no job, my funds are running out and I will confess, it was the lowest point of my career.

So after taking two solid months of introspection, I went looking for work. I found one soon enough but it was the second worst job I had (the first one was ABS, hehehe). Eventually, I had to throw in the towel and move on. I spent months looking for work. Going through the whole process of job hunting is especially difficult. There were times when I was  made to wait for hours,  asked all sorts of retarded questions and made to put up with other shit. It was hell, a complete shitstorm. And I’m well-aware that most of it was my fault, hehehehe.

Left with no choice, I settled to do home-based work. And not just any home-based work,  I went back writing porn. It was a humbling experience on my part because I vowed never to go back but I did. It didn’t last for long though. The client had problems with us in terms of meeting the impossibly high quota so me and a friend of mine got axed unceremoniously.

Following a friend’s advice, I posted my resume on a job seeker site and found me another client. Although we had a few problems at first, everything went okay. After five months and counting, I’d say he is the best boss ever. He is just awesome to work with. A few months later, I felt that I’m ready for a raket. I got my wish but I felt that I bit off more than I could chew. The guy I’m working with is making everything complicated for me. I tried to quit but was made to un-quit.

In between these months, MJ died, Farrah Fawcett died, Corazon Aquino died, Patrick Swayze died, Brittany Murphy died, Joe Christ died, my social life died, many Filipinos died, saw amazing acts of selflessness, lived to see the worst election-related crime in the history of the Philippines, witnessed a hero, I bought two laptops, got my passport, saw two of my closest friends leave the Philippines for good, became an aunt to Dimitri and became a registered voter.

Currently, my professional life is okay. It could be better, but I’m okay with being “okay”. Okay is better than shitstorm. I’m at the point of my life where I’m catching my breath and making bwelo for the new year. Who knows? Maybe 2010 is going to be my year. Yes, my optimism is unwavering, amazing, no? No, really, I expect big things next year.

As this year comes to a close, I will look back and remember it as the worst year of my life. My life was in shambles, bad news everywhere and I lost touch with friends. It was a year full of challenges, problems, death, unemployment and bitterness. But the important thing is that it’s over.

I’m moving forward 🙂

2010 will come rolling in. Hopefully, this new year will be better for every person who had the same experience and heal people who lost a wife, a husband, a sister, a brother, a friend, or a job in 2009.


Tina Lee

Tina Lee-Almazar is a writer with an insatiable appetite for all things bright, shiny, and beautiful. She's a beauty junkie, a shopping connoisseur, a book collector, a purse addict, and a budding mom-tepreneur. Tina has a long-standing (and well-documented!) but one-sided love affair with cats. Special talents include: the ability to eat again an hour after eating, shopping at 3 different malls in 1 day, and taking a 3-hour power nap every day including weekends.

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