As I continue to get older, the years tend to blur together, which is why I like to return here and post these yearly recaps. This year definitely opened my eyes to the importance of awareness. In terms of minimizing prejudice and discrimination, America as a whole, has a lot of work to do. Living in liberal Southern California, it's easy to forget that abhorrent acts of racism and sexism still take place. I came to the realization that I can't allow myself to just live in my own little bubble, and after the results of the election, I went to Instagram to announce my intentions to become a more active citizen. It may seem like a small gesture, but I rarely discuss my views publicly and one of my goals in the new year is to be more involved in politics (or at the very least, understand the issues) and more importantly, help causes that are meaningful to me.
Obviously the main highlight of 2016 is getting engaged, but the summer was jam-packed with great memories, I've listed them above. Seeing to Adele live was incredible, but I have to admit that "The Little Mermaid in Concert" was marvelously magical. Tituss Burgess is love. One show I didn't list was a 2-hour, two-person improv at the Largo, performed by Thomas Middleditch ("Silicon Valley") and Ben Schwartz ("Parks and Recreation"). That too was flippin' magical.
If last year was the year of me eating poke, this year, Josh and I were on the hunt for Filipino restaurants, whether it be traditional, modern or fusion. Irenia in Santa Ana served the best Filipino meal I had this year (besides my aunt's, hey Tita!). If I lived in Orange County, I'd stay fat there every weekend. I eat with my eyes, so their plating was exceptionally delectable and their dishes refreshing and zesty. Our hunger for Filipino food will be met again on Valentine's Day, next month, when we go to LASA.
Now onto my favorites of the year. I watched a free advanced screening of "La La Land," I think in the early spring time, and I couldn't wait to see the final piece. Finally it got released in December and I enjoyed it even more so than the first time. You got my favorite actors, filmed in my favorite city of Los Angeles, combine music, dance, romance, dreams and of course it becomes one of my favorite movies. I can easily say that the soundtrack is also my favorite album of the year (because I'm listening to it as I type this post up and have been for the past three hours).
// Runners Up // only yesterday, moonlight
Season 3 of "Transparent" displayed an innovative approach to story-telling. I loved the pacing of it, the characters' story arcs, the surrealism, bah by golly, I just love the Pfeffermans. With every season of a show, I always worry that the current won't be as good as the last, but in it's third season, I think this was the show's strongest. This is a definite recommend if you have not seen it. Amazon that shizz!
// runners up // insecure (hbo), stranger things (netflix), atlanta (fx)
Along with not blogging much in 2016, I also didn't read much in 2016. I was able to gulp up this very relatable, witty graphic novel by Lucy Knisley titled "Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride." It was exactly what I needed to read after being proposed to, it comforted me in doubts of hosting a wedding and marriage in general. If you know anyone tying the knot, this is a great little engagement gift, just sayin'.
// runners up // modern romance by aziz anzari
Adios, 2016! I'll miss you, but I won't really.