12/30/2016

7 seconds to midnight

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No. You don’t want to spend the last moments of 2016 sleeping through your worries. Some problems might have gotten the best of us, but it’s never too late to get ourselves together and finally kick 2016 in the butt. You don’t even need to wait for the first day of 2017 to get started.

Whether you want to catch up on the amazing things you overlooked this year or simply set yourself up for a better year ahead, here are seven productive things you can do while waiting for the clock to strike midnight on New Year’s Eve.

LISTEN TO YEAR-END COUNTDOWNS OF SONGS

One of the (very few) good things that came out of 2016 was the new album releases. Beyoncé blessed us with the masterpiece that is “Lemonade,” Frank Ocean finally came out of hiding with “Blonde,” and Chance the Rapper surprised everyone with “Coloring Book.”  Needless to say, the radio stations will have fun making their year-end countdowns. If you’re not really feeling making a “Best of 2016” playlist, just turn on the radio and have fun.

MAKE SPACE IN YOUR PHONE AND COMPUTER

The new year is like that handy restart button that can potentially undo all your temporary mistakes from the past year. It’s also the perfect time to start new habits like doing yoga once a day, eating more vegetables, and keeping your desktop clean. Before hitting the media noche table (read: before you’re drunk), organize your files in your phone and computer. It’s important to properly archive your documents, plus it’s also a good way to look back on the year you’ve had.

COMFORT YOUR SCARED DOGGOS

When you live with about five dogs, chances are you spend your last hour of 2016 trying to comfort them. Seeing them hide under the table or whimper in fear because of your neighbors’ pyromaniac tendencies (seriously, who buys three sets of Sinturon ni Hudas?) is enough to keep you from having your fun. There’s no way around this dilemma, really. Just be there for your dogs, just as they were there for you for the other 364 days of the year.

HANG OUT WITH YOUR HOMIES

Regular weekdays mean being stuck in the dorm or arriving home just in time to hit the sack. Take advantage of the holiday break to stay at home and catch up with your homies. Remember your childhood best friends that you used to sneak out and play patintero on the streets with? It might have been a while since you all last hung out but, chances are, they’re back in town for the holidays too. You’ve got a lot of catching up to do and this time, you actually have no excuse to leave early.

QUEUE YOUR NY GREETING POST

When the New Year’s Eve festivities begin, you won’t be able to keep track of the social media and text greetings from your friends. Be a smart nugget and queue your posts and messages at least 90 minutes before the clock strikes 12. You can’t afford to have your greetings delayed by the Third World Internet and cellular connection. Your friends will feel extra special and you won’t have to keep your phone close by all the time.

CHECK HOROSCOPES FOR 2017

Keeping up with astrology is a lot easier now, all thanks to Twitter accounts like @poetastrologers. They turned this once-a-year tradition into a daily highlight by making things light, funny, and relatable. But nobody tells us how it really is like Tita Susan Miller. Find yourself a copy of her “The Year Ahead 2017 Astrological Calendar” or simply dive deep into the black hole of her articles up on the web. Her predictions can help you manage your expectations, or push you to actively make things happen for yourself. Your choice, really.

TEST YOUR VIDEO CALL SETUP

In an ideal world, technology will let us teleport from one place to another in an instant. While we wait for the tech gods to provide such a gift, OFW families use video call services as much as they can instead. But with the thousands of people streaming movies and live-updating their festivities on social media, finding a strong Internet connection during the holidays is often impossible. So for New Year’s eve, make a test call to your loved ones a few hours ahead. If all else fails on midnight, at least you got to send an advance greeting and your lola can’t say that you didn’t try.

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