So, it’s that time again, the year end. At this time of the year, news medias are most likely doing a wrap-up of everything that has taken place throughout 2013. I felt that Christmas day is a perfect time to write the wrap-up summary, so here you go…
So, it’s been a long year, with many events that took place all over the world, both good and bad, ranging from major events that appeared on news medias around the world, such as the birth of a new royal baby in the United Kingdom in July, meteor impact in Russia in February, and the revelations of NSA’s spying activities since early June by Edward Snowden, to smaller-scale and more local events, such as the Southeast Asian Games (SEAGames) in Myanmar very recently, to even smaller events, like the political instability in Thailand, and the oil spill in Kho Samet, also in Thailand. And of course, there are exciting things that took place in the technology world this year, mainly the launch of the lower-cost Apple’s iPhone 5C and its high-end iPhone 5S with a new fingerprint scanner functionality, and Google’s announcements of a project to deliver internet to every single person in the world in the future.
Now, on to what’s going on in my life…
While all around seems exciting, for me this year was like one of the worst year on record. For the first half of the year, there were virtually no exciting events, only revisions and IGCSE exams. However, things have improved a little bit during the second half, due to out-of-school trips.
Enough of the introduction…now, let’s get on to the event listings. Unlike previous years, there weren’t many events to list, so there won’t be 5 best/worst events this year.
Best event of 2013: The great first half-term from 29 September to 17 October
This actually comprises of 4 smaller events. First is the year 12 IB ESS residential trip to Khao Yai. I must say, it’s fun, despite hard work, but…you know, it’s better than nothing. I got quite dirty trekking in the forests, but surprisingly, I got no leeches. I also learned to fish for the very first time, since one of the activities requires me to collect samples in the water. Then comes the year 12 IB Business Management trip to Rayong, about a week later, on October 10th. It’s great, being with a lot of people. Also, this is the first time that I get to see a real production factory. Then, 2 days later on October 12th, there’ the MUN conference at ISB. It’s great, although I have to work alone because another Venezuelan delegate was absent, but…you know, it’s still fun. Last, is the International Day, just 5 days from the ISB MUN conference, on October 17th. It’s fun, particularly the news quiz where everyone would follow one person or a small group of people, and at one point they were all out since someone picked the wrong answer. Overall these 4 events as a whole make this year seems a little bit better.
Second best event of 2013: The great November from November 1st to November 21st
Once again, this comprises of smaller events, but there are 3 this time. The first was the Halloween Carnival on November 1st, which is great (although very boring at first), it got exciting and fun only when I’m able to join in the dance. The dance was probably the best part of the carnival. Next up is the Ekamai MUN conference, roughly a week after the Halloween Carnival. It was fun, and probably the best MUN conference so far, and me and my other Libyan delegate won the award for the most enthusiastic delegate! Also, I get a chance to raise my first point of information on one of the resolutions! At the end, only 1 out of 4 resolutions passed. Last, is the Fun Run, on November 21st, about 11 days later. Actually there’s Loy Krathong on November 15th, but this year it’s not good enough to be counted as a major event. For the Fun Run, this year is the first year that I can say that it’s actually good. Instead of running, I get a chance to be a cheerleader along with some year 12 friends, and I do enjoy watching people run and cheering them to keep them running.
Third best event of 2013: Christmas Fair and concert on December 12th
I could, in theory, merge this with the great November event, to create the great second half-term event, but it’s too far apart from the Fun Run. Christmas Fair wasn’t too bad though, given the fact that I don’t need to run any stalls, but instead encourage people to participate in activities. The concert wasn’t that bad either, with great performances.
Related side event: Sattahip trip on December 22nd (great, lots of fun with young kids, first time touching lived shark and crab (very exciting), amazing weather).
Fourth best event: Songkran celebration at school on April 5th
Songkran celebrations at school are always great, and this year was no exception. Probably the best part was towards the end of the day, where I did have fun splashing water at people.
Related side event: Singapore trip from April 17th to April 20th (amazing, fun at the Universal Studios with a lot of fun rides, great time at the water park).
Now, let’s move on to the worst events…
The only worst events worth mentioning in 2013 is…the annoyances caused by the trolls, throughout this year.
Throughout this year, the trolls are still as annoying as ever. This year, they had done away with 3 different trolls campaigns – the fifth, the sixth, and more recently, the seventh trolls campaign. The fifth trolls campaign this year was in fact the continuation of the same trolls campaign that the trolls started earlier in late 2012. The sixth trolls campaign was the first to be started from a special event, in this case the Valentines Day. Also, there was an ask.fm spam crisis from around May 26th to June 7th. During this time, I was bombarded with troll messages on my ask.fm profile, and…they’re most likely to be from the trolls, due to the style of language used. The psychological shock around June 2nd and 3rd did little to help stop the trolls, as spam campaign did resumed on June 4th. After June 7th, things appears to be relatively calm, until September 11th when a new trolls campaign was started, and a month later, the trolls used the Khlong Toey fire incident to launch another deluge of spam on my ask.fm profile. Then, a month later, the ask.fm spam campaign appeared to have died down. Probably the worst part of this was on December 11th, when the trolls decided to launch a new form of attack, by randomly calling me in and then immediately switched to call another person (most likely the girl the trolls claim that I like), and on Facebook that night, the trolls decided to revive the use of Facebook tags as a way to annoy me, to the point that I have to delete a status.
Hope that 2014 would be a better year! Merry Christmas everyone!