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My 2012 in a Nutshell

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A gigantic nutshell nga lang! :p 40 questions about this fantastic year answered!

1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before? Eat crickets, sleep by the lake, go on a blind date. Find the common denominator. Hahahahahaha!!!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don’t remember making any for 2012. I think I made wishes lang. For 2013, my goal is to exercise. Yep, I will. I will bring sexy back.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? A couple of friends and relatives did, like Anj, Kat, Cat, Herchell, Ate Bec etc. And yaaay ang cute ng babies nila! 🙂 None of my besties gave birth though. But according to Kang, buntis na daw si Geri. Hahaha!

4. Did anyone close to you die? My paternal grandma passed away. Sadly, we weren’t close. I relearned to value people while they are alive because of this.

5. What countries did you visit? None, much to my friends’ dismay! Di bale guys. Nagwowork na ang pag-pressure niyo sa akin to get a passport. Konting pwersa pa. :p

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012? Time and money to travel. This will be a challenge considering my calendar of (work-related) activities for 2013, but I believe that God will help me find a way to satisfy my inner Dora The Explorer.

7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? June 14 / September 23 / October 11… all dates had something to do with answered prayers. :o)

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Quitting smoking for real.

9. What was your biggest failure? Letting a close friendship crumble. I know maaayos rin ito someday. No rush. Okay naman ako. Sana okay rin siya.

10. Did you suffer any illness or injury? Nothing serious, thank God! Na-untog lang, tumaas ng very light ang cholesterol at bumaba ang RBC. May toothache ako ngayon, praying that this will go away now na so I can eat ice cream later!

11. What was the best thing you bought? A cellphone for Daddy. A Nokia qwerty. Inexpensive but made but my erpats very happy.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? A lot of people that made me proud this year, but I will have to choose my godson Makus. I’m a very lucky ninang to have a perceptive, sensitive, sweet, cute, smart, and artistic inaanak. I love you very much, sweetheart!

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? I refuse to answer this due to legal purposes. NYAHAHAHA.

14. Where did most of your money go? Hands down, food. Takaw takaw, kaya naghuhugis bakulaw. (Yep, inasar ko sarili ko.)

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? A promise I am still waiting to be fulfilled. :o)

16. What song will always remind you of 2012? Human League – Together in Electric Dreams

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Definitely happier
b) thinner or fatter? Also definitely fatter
c) richer or poorer? Moneywise, same-same. In other (more important) things, most def richer!

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Travel and read.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Work (I mean I should have been more efficient so I didn’t have to work long hours hehe) and I wish I weren’t so paranoid.

20. How did you spend Christmas? With the familia, with lots of food, lots of kiddies, lots of games… by the beach!!! Bongga!

21. Did you fall in love this year? YES, the kind that answers to 1 Cor 13. Uuuuyyyyy. Curious ka kung kanino? Well, I had to fall in love with someone in order for me to fall madly in love with JESUS. I will dance with Him and I believe that He will let the right man cut in. ;o)

22. What was your favorite TV program? MasterChef!!! US ha. Nadadramahan ako masyado sa MasterChef Pinoy Edition. 😐

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Nope. Hate is a fleeting emotion for me. Tampuhin ako pero hindi ako nagtatanim ng galit o panibugho o kung ano pang malalim na Tagalog dyan. Nakaka-pangit lang ‘yan.

24. What was the best book you read? Hands down, the Holy Bible. Ang exciting pala magbasa nito ha. Akala ko dati boring eh. I used to skip OT books and lengthy verses. 😛

25. What was your greatest musical discovery? Casting Crowns for my walk of faith and Calvin Harris for my tugs-tugs-tugs/working under pressure moments. Listened to a lot of 80s and 90s music this year.

26. What did you want and get by year’s end? A small and special birthday celebration. Could have been more special, but… :p

27. What did you want and not get by year’s end? The reason for the BUT in #26. Too complicated to mention. Hehe. Basta I am working on my pagiging matampuhin and katarayan. What a complicated combination. Sorry sa lahat ng naging affected. :,(

28. What was your favorite film of this year? The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and Rurouni Kenshin

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? Drinks with close friends, watched The Hobbit, and faith-talk over coffee and bibingka with Oryx.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Hmmm… An iPad? A beach trip?

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012? Still simple and laidback. Maybe girlier because of the dresses. :p

32. What kept you sane? Who. Jesus. ❤

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Batman and Thor!!! Tsaka si Ted Mosby. Hehe.

34. What political issue stirred you the most? The RH Bill, of course. I am pro-discipline and self restraint. It’s already there, so let’s deal with it. I believe that God let it happen for His purpose and glory.

35. Who did you miss? Wala. I was able to let go of the people I should not miss anymore. (Pat on the back, self.)

36. Food that you ate the most this year. Pizza and siomai and pasta and vegetable sticks!

37. Who was the best new person you met? It’s a tie! Si Atty. Argel and (this year ko lang talaga totoong nakilala) si “Pastora” Jan. Both made me re-assess my values and they inspired me to become a better version of me. Medyo hindi lang halata na better version na ako. Wait lang. :p

38. Top 12 closest people to you this 2012. Mama, Daddy, Jap, Jan, Joel, Kat, Dave, Mommy Colleen, Donnie, Eunice, Cindy, and Mafi

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012. LESSONS– To be more patient. To exercise more tolerance. To have faith in the inherent goodness of people. To completely trust in God’s unfailing love including His perfect timing.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
I could be your dark enclosure/ I could be your romantic soul/ I could be your small beginning/ I could be your soothing universe/ I could be ordinary/ I COULD BE THE ONE
This is in line with my prayer that I would like to be a reason for joy, a source of strength, a channel of blessing,  an answered prayer.

2012 has been a wonderful year for me, not by most people’s standards, I guess, but so what. :p Ang importante masaya ako at may peace of mind. I’m thankful to all those who have been a part of this year and I hope that you still will all be a part of my 2013. Thanks to my family, friends, colleagues, and churchmates! Thanks even to those strangers who were sent to touch my life!

Cheers to a more blessed year!

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listening to: Donna Lewis – I Could Be The One

Friday Five: Birthday 2012

1 Surprises
I love surprises! I started receiving surprises a week before my birthday. Friends gave me pink and red roses, mango cake, caramel candies, bangles, chocolates, a portrait, cologne, perfume, make-up, et cetera! The biggest surprise was a voucher for Sofitel’s Sunset Buffet kasi talagang sa company email ko pa sinend ni Sarit. Hahaha! Bongga! 😀

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I wonder when I’ll get my tablet. :p

2 Salubong
I finally got the small get together that I always wanted. There were only 5 of us (me + Jap + Cindy = Donnie + Jan) in Chili’s. I expected 7 but 2 of them couldn’t make it. (You know who you are, I miss you both. Kitakits before the world year ends!) I posted an invite on Fb a couple of hours before the salubong but decided to delete it because it might turn into a drinking session. And well, you know that I am trying to control my alcohol intake. :p

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We were a fun bunch, especially when Donnie started talking about the end of the world, Palestine, Harry Potter and being a patrol ng Pilipino. Trust me, everything is connected.

After Chili’s, Jap and I had coffee in CBTL to catch up (haha as if hindi kami magkatelebabad ng madalas) and so I can stay awake for the…

3 Simbang Gabi
It was my first time to hear go to the dawn mass at St Paul Church. It’s a pretty church. Magaling pa ‘yung pari mag-sermon. 🙂 I should go there more! It wouldn’t be a problem since it’s very near where I live. As in isang tumbling at isang kembot away lang.

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Loved that I was able to hear the homily about Jesus being the reason for the season. This is the reason why I chose to have a small celebration this year. I don’t want to put a larger value on my birthday than the bigger party on the 25th ever again. 😛

4 Sine (at Soup)
After only 4 hours of sleep and a loooong time of finishing my McDonald’s lunch with Ate B, I rushed to Greenbelt to see Oryx so that we can see The Hobbit.

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Nothing to say but I loved it because of the part that it looked like a musicale. Nyahahaha! Dwarves are more awesome that Elves! Or Hobbits!!!

Went to Via Mare after. Yehey! Three of my favorite things: wild mushroom soup, bibingka, and talking to my favorite boybud about my favorite topic!

5 Senti/Saya
M y 31st birthday was most def the smallest and simplest I’ve had. It’s also the most special. I guess it’s because it’s the only one that didn’t stress me out. (Well, except for the short time when this person posted something on my timeline that made my head hurt. Anyway, moving on.) I may have not received all that I asked for but this birthday surely has made me feel extremely blessed.

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Belated happy birthday to me! Thanks to all those who remembered!

Thank you God for the privilege of living this life. 🙂

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listening to: One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful

Birthday Wishlist 2012

Ask and you will receive… so here it goes! Here’s my birthday wishlist for this year. :p

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leather bags (in camel, caramel or any nice shade of brown… white is also okay) * jewelry or accessories (i prefer rings and bracelets/bangles) * makeup (eye shadow, bronzer/blush) * iPad, iPhone or Galaxy Note * maxi dresses * watch (black, gold, or rosegold) * flatscreen tv

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flowers (pink, yellow, white, peach) * boots (camel or black) * running shoes and gear * aviator sunnies * promise to bring me to Tagaytay, Vigan, Boracay, Bicol this 2013 (of course I expect you to keep your promise) * dinner in Spiral/ Antonio’s and the likes

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*teehee*

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listening to: Kuh Ledesma – Pinulot Ka Lang sa Lupa

Five Things (Reason: Secret)

I’m ending the month with mixed emotions and indecision.

I reposted THIS on my Facebook wall the other day because something happened that reminded me of past hurts. (But) It also reminded me that I got out of that situation phase unscathed. I mean, come on. I’ve been through it before so I should be wiser now, right? Hehe.

For my Friday Five, here are some lines relevant to what I am currently feeling.

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It’s a brand new month tomorrow. It’s my birthmonth tomorrow!

I have faith that things will be okay. I just hope my heart is in tune with God’s perfect timing. And with that, I shall leave you with this…

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Have a blessed December! Enjoy the rest of 2012. :o)

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listening to: The Arctic Monkeys – Baby I’m Yours

Friday Five: Little Iya

I had a pag-iinarte moment last Halloween when I called my Dad to tell him, “Hindi niyo ako mahal!!!” because I did not experience trick or treat when I was a kid. He had to remind me na hindi uso ‘yon sa lugar namin sa Bataan and that nakarami naman ako nang napuntahan ko na mga fiesta. Point taken. :p

I was just kidding when I told him that, you know. I had a wonderful childhood. In fact, I’ve been posting a lot of old photos on my Facebook wall lately just because it makes me remember how much my parents have always loved and adored me. 🙂

Here are my top 5 fave posts:

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{biik na may mischievous smile, baka basa na lampin ko}

They said I was such a well-behaved baby. I wonder what happened over the years… Bakit MAS well behaved ako ngayon. Hahahah!

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{gigil sa mukha ni Mama, pakita ng pwet ang pornstar bebe}

It was very easy to make me smile or laugh. Bungisngis daw ako. Obvious naman, di’ba? Hanggang ngayon naman ang babaw ko pa rin.

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{ebidensiya na mahilig ako sa fried chicken}

Wala daw akong arte sa pagkain. Lahat daw nilalamon ko. But I was not so fond of chocolates and fruits like other kids.

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{sino nagsasabing mukha akong maldita? angelic kaya. ANGELIC!!!}

SERIOUSLY, I was never spoiled. I was never a brat, too. Errr… okay, sige… slight. Slight lang. Takot ko lang kina Daddy at Mama! Mapapalo talaga ako! My parents were strict until I was in college. Hindi ako makapag-inarte sa kanila dati kaya ngayon ko na lang ginagawa. :p

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{who’s a daddy’s girl? meeeeee!!!}

I have a lot of kengkoy conversations with my Daddy and I am indeed a daddy’s girl. But hey! I’m a Mama’s girl, too! Wala naman ng alternative si Mama kasi ako lang ang anak nila! Yep, to those who still do not know, I am an only child. Only problem, sabi nga ni Daddy dati. (Loko ‘yun ah. Hehe.)

So, yeah, not being able to dress like a vampire or witch and get candies from the neighbors did not stop me from having a happy childhood. I would still wanna dress up for Halloween next year though! :p

Belated Happy Halloween!

NOVEMBER NA!!!!!! ANG BILIS!

Advance Merry Christmas!

AND OF COURSE… ADVANCE HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! 😀 Cheers to remembering happy times and pressing on to make happiER times!

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listening to: Daft Punk – Robot Rock

From Smoking to Vaping

When one of my friends told me that his cig-consumption decreased from 3 packs a day to 5 sticks a week before of vaping, I thought, “Kung kaya ni Enzo ito, malamang, MAS kaya ko!” I’ve wanted to cut down on smoking and it was hard because of stress. Age old excuse! Fine. I was addicted to nicotine. But there. I was really looking for a way to help me with my addiction. Seriously.

I’ve been smoking since I was 14. I’m 25 30 now. I’ve tried to pause… stop… quit several times and I failed in all attempts.I have a positive feeling about this attempt to minimize (and eventually, quit) though because this time, I REALLY want to kick it to the curb. I bought my e-cig from The Vape Company (Basement Parking, Robinsons Pioneer) two weeks ago.

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{No to smoking. Yes to vaping. An e-cig has an atomizer that turns the liquid into vapor — thus it is called vaping instead of smoking.}

The salesguy asked me several questions about my smoking habits so that he can help me customize the right e-cig for me or what The Vape Company calls Pimp Your Pipe. Apparently, there’s an atomizer for those who are more concerned with the “smoke” than the flavor a.k.a. the hagod sa lalamunan as he perfectly put it hahaha. There are also several kinds of batteries to choose from- the kind that can last for 8hours of continuous usage, or the kind that can last up to 1 1/2 days if you wanna vape like a kapre. There are also a lot of colorful mouthpieces that you can pick– made of acrylic, ceramic, et cetera.

And of course, there are a lot of drips/fluids/juices that you can combine (if you want to, of course) and make the little alchemist in you giddy!

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{little alchemist = me = giddy}

I payed almost 3,000php for my e-cig. I wanted a hotpink e-cig but they only have baby pink, so I chose the silver one instead. The atomizer I chose is for flavor over smoke. The battery, the long lasting one, but not because I wanna vape like a kapre. I just don’t like the thought of having to charge it often. Got a lavender mouthpiece for a delicate (nyahahaha) pop of color. I was undecided on what fluid to use. I wanted something sweet but not fruity. I went with the salesguy’s suggestion- vanilla caramel. Got the one with 11mg of nicotine. FYI: a regular cig has about 1.5 mg of nicotine, so a bottle of drip with 11mg is only equivalent to (maybe) 7 sticks. Plus, it’s dilluted, artificial nicotine. So, chill. 

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{the substance does not have the potential to cause damage to human health unless it is consumed in extremely large quantities or in industrial-strength doses}

After a week, I bought a menthol drip that’s supposed to taste like Marlboro Menthol. When I was still using vanilla caramel, I’d still smoke a stick or two after eating and then vape. But when I started using menthol, I have not smoked nor craved for a cigarette yet. I’ve been yosi-free for 8 days now. So far, so good. At ang kumontra, papatakan ko ng menthol sa eyeball.

If you are one of those e-cig haters…

Do not tell me you’re absolutely sure that this isn’t going to work. And that the ONLY advantage of this is that it allows me to “smoke” in non-smoking places. Let me remind you that you’re not the one living my life. I do not recommend that you use an e-cig if you do not have the necessary will and commitment to say minimize or quit. malamang hindi magwo-work ang kahit ano kung ayaw mo naman talaga tumigil. DUH.  Lastly, e-cig haters, kindly remember the modern-day golden rule– walang basagan ng trip.

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Twitter: @thevapecompany

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listening to: Nat “King” Cole – L.O.V.E.

Friday Five: Malulupit na Linya

Halos isang buwan akong hindi nakapagsulat. Daming ginagawa. Dami ring mga bagay na hindi pa ako handang ikwento dito. Ayoko lang abutin ng saktong isang buwan na hindi ko man lang mailagay itong mga sinabi sa akin ng mga tao sa nagdaang 4 na linggo na nakawindang sa akin…

1. “Hindi makita ang projector. Nasaan na ang projector?” – Boss Ace

Pagod na pagod ako mula sa event namin sa office at nakahilata na sa kama para magpahinga noong nakita ko ang message na ‘yan ng boss ko. Hindi ako burara sa gamit at ibinilin ko ng mabuti ang projector sa tao namin kaya para akong nagka-mini heart attack nang matanggap ko ang text na ‘yan. Naknangtokwa. Hindi ako ‘yung tipo na nakakawala ng gamit. Lalo na, mahal pang gamit. Pabalik na sana ako ng office para ako mismo ang humalughog sa buong lugar para makita ang projector nang makatanggap ako uli ng text na, “Ok na. Nakita na. May nagpasok pala sa cabinet.” *WHEW*

2. “‘Pag hindi ka nakahanap (ng kainan sa may España, Manila na nagbebenta ng exotic food), gagawin mong profile picture for 1 week si Justin Bieber.” – Atty. Argel

Hindi ako nakahanap kaya kung napansin niyo, isang linggo akong dumanas ng kahindik-hindik na kahihiyan na Justin Bieber ang pagmumukha ko sa Fb. Bakit kasi nag-call ako sa pustahan, eh laking Sampaloc naman pala ‘yung kapustahan ko. Akala tuloy ng ibang tao, nagbabaliw-baliwan ako kaya pinalitan ko ang profile pic ko. May mga tao pa na muntikan akong mai-unfriend dahil doon. And worse, may mga tao na ang nicknames sa akin ngayon are JB and Biebs. Pakkshet. Impulsive gambling is one of my personality defects. At least, I gave them something to talk and laugh about. :p

3. “Ang problema kasi sa iyo, nagse-set ka ng sobrang high standards. Tapos, ‘pag may dumating na ganon sa buhay mo, ikaw na rin mismo naglalagay ng barriers.” – Archenemy Dave

In fairness kay David, kahit na saksakan siya ng salbahe sa akin, naniniwala naman ako na good judge of character siya MOST OF THE TIME. Hindi nga lang ako nag-a-agree sa sinabi niyang ito tungkol sa akin. Sure, I set high standards. Bakit naman hindi? Naniniwala naman ako that I deserve to be with a great person. Hindi naman perfect person ang hinahanap ko. I’m just waiting for the right person for me. At barriers? Bakit naman ako maglalagay ng barriers? Problema na nung lalake ‘yon kung pakiramdam niya eh gumagawa ako ng invisible wall around me. Kung gusto niya ako, tibagin niya ang pader. Pero seryoso, wala akong pader na nilalagay. O wala nga ba talaga? Pati tuloy ako, nagdududa na sa sarili ko.

4. “Kapag natapos na ang 3-day rule, dapat consistent na ang lalake sa pagpaparamdam.” – Love Idol Jem

‘Yan ang sabi sa akin ni Jempots nang mapag-usapan namin ang nagbabagang topic na panliligaw. Bakit kailangan magwonder yung babae kung interesado sa kanya kung interesado naman talaga? Hindi naman porke interesado, liligawan na siya. Para sa akin, lack of courtesy sa babae ang rule na ito. But then again, baka nga naman may magandang rason ang lalake para i-follow pa ‘yan sa panahong ito. Kung ang rason niya eh para hindi siya magmukhang overeager, it’s cute but it’s dubious. At sa sinabi naman ni Jem, ewan ko. Hindi ako lalake kaya hindi ko alam kung totoo ‘yan. Pero may point siya. Kung ang lalake ay nagpapaka-inconsistent sa pagpaparamdam sa buhay mo, hindi nga yata magandang senyales ‘yan. At sa mundo ko rin, being inconsistent is a red flag behaviour.

5. “Ang puti-puti mo ngayon. Ang payat-payat mo pa!” – Gradeschool Classmate Jonah

Nagulat ako dito kasi kahit kelan naman, hindi ako naging nognog at mataba. Makes me wonder kung ano pang characteristics ko ang nagbago sa paningin ng mga taong matagal na akong hindi nakita. One thing’s for sure. Ang ganda-ganda-ganda kong bata dati. Ngayon, maganda na lang. LOL

Hey you, bored person reading this… Happy Friday! I hope this weekend will not be a windang weekend for me and you.

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listening to: Color Me Badd – All 4 Love

Before The Month Ends

Will be July in a couple of minutes. I feel guilty for not being able to blog about my activities in the last 2 weeks of June.

Basta the last couple of days have been tiring/intense/exciting.

Have a happy and productive July!

Ang bilis noh? Grabe God. May hinahabol po ba tayo? Hehe!

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listening to: nothing

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