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2015 in a Nutshell

2015 in a Nutshell; Richel Goes Places

2015 passed by so fast. It’s like I blinked then suddenly, the whole year is over and done with. I love 2015. It’s probably my favorite year yet. There has been so many new experiences I had with getting a job, travelling, and starting a blog. Looking back, there is a huge difference between 2015 and the other years in my life.

In a way, I was more independent and adventurous in this year than I ever was. There were really no bad moments in this year; only good and better. I’ve met people that are amazing and still have this other sets of friends that has been there for me for years. As to keep memory of this year, I have listed my 2015 in months, looked back on my goals for the year and assessed how I did, stated the places I’ve been to, listed the concerts I’ve watched live, and my top blog posts in this year. Here’s my 2015 in a nutshell.

2015 in Snapshots

2015 in Snapshots

2015 in Months

January: I got my first job! This is the start of our training and I’m glad my college best friend is in the same bootcamp class as me. First step of adulting. I also impulsively bought a ticket to The 1975’s show at the date they’re playing and I don’t regret it. They were way better than when I saw them last.

February: I went to Enchanted Kingdom with my bootcamp buddies from work. It was so fun. However, not many of them are keen to extreme rides like I am, lol.

March: Finally saw Ed Sheeran live with Sydney. It was such a surreal experience. The best concert experience for me yet.

April-May: Nothing much happened between these months. I was just deployed to a project so it was mostly getting to know work and my workmates/teammates.

July: Got to carry an alligator, snake, and different species of bird, pet a tortoise and hold hands with a monkey all in the same day at one of the “zoos” in Tagaytay for only PHP50. I’d do it again the next time I visit the place.

August: All Time Low and The Maine concert! My second time to watch them perform live. I swear, they’re like wine, they get better and better with time. And they were already impressive to begin with!

September: Turned 20! Took the family out to bowling and a nice dinner. Invited my friends to Pinto Art Museum and stuffed ourselves at Dad’s in Megamall. Launched Richel Goes Places in Blogger.

October: Out of town trips with the girlfriends! Had an adrenaline rush at Sandbox, Pampanga and braved through the storm to explore Tagaytay. Finally booked a flight for our first out of the country trip together – to Hong Kong! I also moved to WordPress with the help of Grace.

November: Attended my third Bazooka Rocks in a row! Didn’t get to meet Never Shout Never, but I managed to meet This Century before they disband. Impulsively bought tickets to Korea with my travel buddies. Stoked since we’ll be visiting in Autumn. 13th month pay!!

December: Ilocos trip with the extended family! Finally, a North trip. We’re always going towards South so that was be fun. I also usually prefer adrenaline inducing adventures, but I learned that historical tours are just as good. I can’t wait to come back to this place.

Goals for this Year and How I Did

Deposit at least PHP100,000 into my savings account at the end of the year. I did this in 9 months and is my biggest accomplishments of 2015! I also made a blog post about that here. I’m hoping to continue this on 2016, as well.

Live a healthier and cheaper lifestyle. Less luxury, more savings to my upcoming out of the country trips! Less luxury? Check. More savings? Check. Cheaper lifestyle? Check. Healthier lifestyle? Um, no. I suck at trying to be healthy. I’m pushing to lose 20 pounds before my Hong Kong trip, though!

Invest. Invest. Invest. Or at least, know more about the stock market and/or saving more money. I’ve heard of 3 companies’ proposals but I have yet to make my mind on where to invest. I’m aiming to sign up to one of them before mid-2016.

Visit places in Philippines! Doesn’t have to be out of Luzon since it’s already September. I’ve been to Batangas, Bulacan, Rizal, Pampanga, Tagaytay, and Ilocos. I consider this a big check!

Places I’ve Been To This Year

Batangas | Bulacan | Pinto Art Museum | Sandbox, Pampanga | Tagaytay | Ilocos Norte | Ilocos Sur

Concerts I’ve Been To

The 1975 | Ed Sheeran | All Time Low x The Maine | Bazooka Rocks Festival IV

Top Blog Posts for This Year

What’s On My iPhone? | How I Managed to Save 100K in Less Than a Year | Life GoalsWeb Hits: How to Save/Earn More MoneyUniversal Studios Singapore

That’s a wrap, 2015! I’m keeping the positive vibe I’ve had for 2015 going and is already claiming that 2016 will be better!

How did 2015 go for you?

xoxo, Richel V.

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32 Comments

  • Reply
    dahrrenspd
    March 14, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    Hi, Richel! I’ve been reading your blog pa din. And OMG!! You’re a fan of Ed Sheeran, All Time Low and The Maine too!!!!!! <3 Will surely watch out for your next posts! 🙂

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      Richel V.
      March 14, 2016 at 12:06 PM

      Hello fellow fangirl!! Hehe. So excited since most of the blogges I know are not a fan of their music!

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    Yshy
    January 6, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    Happy New Year, Richelle! I wonder how much you’ll be able to save for this year! Kudos to the most mayaman 20yo I know hahaha <3 I mean because the savings all came from your own earnings! Really crossing my fingers that I'll be able to do what you did! 🙂

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      Richel V.
      January 7, 2016 at 10:54 AM

      Happy new year too, Yshy! I’m just hoping I can at least save half of what I saved last year. I’ll be travelling a lot this year so I’m not too sure I can save at all! Haha. You can do it! You still have 359 days to go. 😉

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    Auradelle
    January 4, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    We work in the same company! Hihi

    Happy New Year Rich! I can’t believe that you just started blogging. Your blog looks established already!

    All the love, A.

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      Richel V.
      January 4, 2016 at 5:17 PM

      Company-mate! (Is that even a term, haha.) You’re the third person to tell me that! Thank you so much! <3

      Happy new year, LA! Maybe we can see each other on one of our company's events! <3

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    Janine Ella
    January 3, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    Ahhh Ed Sheeran! <3 I read your amazing post about how you managed to save 100K and I wish I can do it this year too! Happy New Year Richel! <3

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      Richel V.
      January 3, 2016 at 6:57 PM

      Ed Sheeran is <3! Hope we can achieve our financial goals for this year. Happy New Year, Janine!!

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    Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's
    January 3, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    I can’t believe that you just started blogging in 2015; your blog looks so good! Loving your recap and all the different sections. I’m going to try to keep track of these things for my 2016 recap ;P I’m glad to hear that 2015 has been such a great year for you, and I hope that 2016 treats you even better! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

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      Richel V.
      January 3, 2016 at 2:23 PM

      Awww. Thanks so much, Audrey! 2015 has been so amazing and I’m looking forward on how 2016 will be better! Happy 2016!!

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    lissiet
    January 3, 2016 at 3:41 AM

    Sounds like an awesome year! And rocking job on saving all that money!
    New follower 🙂
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings Enter my 2nd Annual Blogoversary Giveaway

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      Richel V.
      January 3, 2016 at 2:10 PM

      It was really awesome! I can only hope 2016 will be better. Thanks for following as well! Happy 2016!

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    Aimee
    January 3, 2016 at 1:44 AM

    So jealous that you got to see all time low!! happy 2016 lovely!x

    AimeeSueXO
    Bloglovin

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      Richel V.
      January 3, 2016 at 2:13 PM

      Hope you can see ATL this year! 😉 Happy 2016!!

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    Tori
    January 2, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    Wow, sounds like an awesome 2015 (inggit vibes at The 1975!!!) Inspired by how you kept track of the different places you’ve been to since I plan to travel across the PH for 2016 – and blog about them HAHA 🙂

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      Richel V.
      January 3, 2016 at 2:11 PM

      The 1975 hinted at coming back this year so.. Wink wink, nudge nudge. Haha! Good luck on travelling across the PH, Tori! Can’t wait to read your posts about it!

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    projectnw
    January 2, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    Sounds like you had an amazing year! Hope 2016 will be even better for you 🙂
    Project NW | Impatience

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      Richel V.
      January 2, 2016 at 10:37 PM

      It was an amazing year. Thank you! Hope your 2016 will be amazing, as well!

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    Anne
    January 2, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    “Adulting” I’ve been hearing/reading a lot about that lately. It seems a lot of us bloggers are entering new chapters in our lives! Happy New Year Richel!

    http://www.annescribblesanddoodles.blogspot.com

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      Richel V.
      January 2, 2016 at 9:34 PM

      That’s true. My favorite part in that is that I have a lot of people to talk about ‘adulting’ with, lol! Happy new year, Anne! 🙂

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    Noor Unnahar
    January 2, 2016 at 2:29 AM

    So glad to hear about your wonderful year. Good luck for your goals. I hope you’ll be able to tick them off successfully <3

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      Richel V.
      January 2, 2016 at 4:00 PM

      Thank you, Noor! I hope you reached your goals, as well. Happy 2016!!

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    Lou
    January 2, 2016 at 12:29 AM

    I could say that your August was tremendous, I envy huhu. I wish 2016 would be as fulfilling as your 2015, Richel. Happy New Year!!

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      Richel V.
      January 2, 2016 at 2:29 PM

      August was amazing! Hope you can attend their next concerts!! And maybe see you soon? Hahaha! Happy new year, Lou!!

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    Jonine G.
    January 1, 2016 at 11:51 PM

    I enjoyed reading the highlights of your 2015, Richel! You inspire me, especially your pursuit to saving money. Haha. Happy new year!

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      January 2, 2016 at 4:00 PM

      I’m glad I inspired you. Hahaha! Happy new year, Jonine!!

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    Dianne
    January 1, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    You mentioned bootcamp, now I am thinking if you’re working in ACN? Coz, I was working there before. 🙂 That sounds a fun year for you! Stock Market is really helpful especially when your money is just sitting in a bank. Though it’s really risky, so you better really go on a full-blown research first. 🙂

    Happy New Year Richel!!!

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      Richel V.
      January 2, 2016 at 2:31 PM

      Hi Dianne! Yes, I am currently working at ACN. 🙂 2015 was loads of fun. I also found a less risky way to invest money. Just really thinking it over now. Happy new year, Dianne!! 🙂

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    jhanzey
    December 30, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    An eventful 2015, I must say! 🙂 I hope your 2016 will be awesome as well! Ugh I need to set my goals for the upcoming year as well hehe! 😀

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      Richel V.
      December 31, 2015 at 6:17 PM

      Thanks, Jhanz! I’m already drafting up my goals for next year as well, haha! Happy new year!!!

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        jhanzey
        January 1, 2016 at 9:38 PM

        Happy new year din, Richel! 🙂 Let’s go and own 2016 hehe <3

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          Richel V.
          January 2, 2016 at 2:31 PM

          We will! <3

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