Archive for December, 2016

Year in Review: 2016

December 29th, 2016


With 2016 coming to an end, this seems like a good time to look back on the year and how it was for me. Here is my usual year in review!

Life in General

I didn’t have major changes in my personal life, but things did change at work. Last year, I wrote about how I was moving more into a management role, and in January 2016, I was officially promoted to a Development Manager!

Since I’ve been a team lead for years, most of my responsibilities didn’t change. However, now that I’m considered a hiring manager, I have to deal with annual reviews, salary, promotions, and things like that. I also became a manager for a second team, so now I manage both a team of developers and a team of designers. Sadly, that means I have less time to program, but I’m still very active in code reviewing and mentoring developers, and I check in code whenever I can.


In 2016, I tried to do a “hybrid” of cosplay and photography at Anime conventions. Instead of filling my schedule with photoshoots, I only did a few and spent the rest of the time in cosplay. This meant I did less photoshoots than normal, but I did get to spend time making new cosplays at least!

I still have a couple shoots coming up, but so far, I’ve done 7 photoshoots – 6 at conventions and 1 as a private shoot:

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A blur

December 21st, 2016

I’ve rewritten this entry multiple times since last week and have debated whether to post it. I don’t share a lot of personal things because well, they’re personal, and I’m so awkward with feelings. I often don’t know how to comfort someone, and in turn, I feel awkward receiving condolences. I end up only sharing with people really close to me just to avoid the situation.

But well, here I go anyway: my aunt passed away last week, and I just got back from her funeral in New York City. She had cancer, but the complications leading to her passing were sudden and unexpected. In the midst of this holiday season where we’re all scrambling to buy gifts, I’m reminded of a couple simple things. Remember to be there for the ones you love.

My dad has a big family (5 siblings and they’re all married and have kids). They’ve always been close, which I’m so grateful for. When we all lived in New York and New Jersey, we’d have frequent get-togethers at my paternal grandparents’ house, and those are my fondest childhood memories.

Over time, things changed – my paternal grandparents passed and some of us moved away from the northeast. Even so, we continued to have reunions and keep in touch. It’s comforting to know that all of my family still in the northeast came to my aunt’s side when she was hospitalized, were there for my uncle and cousins, and kept the rest of us up-to-date.

Also, don’t forget to take care of yourself too. Don’t put off that doctor’s visit or getting help, whether it’s your physical or mental health. You just never know, and you never want it to be too late.

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My Favorite Things: December 2016

December 5th, 2016

Though the My Favorite Things link-up is no longer running, I still wanted to post about my recent favorites every once in a while! For the time being, I’m still using the same name for the post series until I figure out a new one. Here is the last My Favorite Things for the year!

Show: Westworld


Westworld is a HBO show based off of the 1973 film written and directed by Michael Crichton, who you might recognize as the author of Jurassic Park. You know, the book/movie about a dinosaur theme park that goes horribly wrong. Well, Westworld is a Western-themed park with realistic robots as hosts, and as you can guess, things start to go wrong as the hosts do things outside of their programming.

The show is really well done and is filled with surprises and plot twists. I just finished watching the first season, and I’m still in awe! There’s a lot of unanswered questions in the beginning that slowly unravel, and there’s also a few different storylines going on. I love media that explores artificial intelligence, so I’m really interested in seeing how they’ll continue in second season!

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