2011 was a Great Year Because... (Part 1)
2011 has been a good year for me. A year filled with many firsts, fulfillment and frustrations. However, as this year comes to an end, I would love to look back on the greatest memories this year has given me..
The Bargain Doll / Lookbook / Chictopia
I never imagined myself as a blogger when I was growing up. I can remember how obsessed I was with school and find no time in other social networking platforms ( except for friendster then, facebook now) which I carried until I started working. Only after 23 years, I came across my friends' sister, Valerie Harley's lookbook that I started leaning towards dressing up. I am always so kuripot (I grew up from a very simple family and currently the breadwinner) but this did not hinder my fascination on fashion. Thus, THE BARGAIN DOLL came to existence. I will forever be thankful to the blogs that inspired me to start mine, and a friend, Marianne Marcial, if I wasn't able to view her blogspot, (SUPERLOVED) I would not even dare to create a blogger account.
Free, (work-related), Amazing Out-of-Town Trips
I always consider myself lucky for ending up in a job where I also get to travel for free. This year was fortunate to attend company business conferences and work related activities in Boracay (twice), La Union, Cebu (twice), Pangasinan & Nueva Ecija. We are looking forward to our first incentive trip abroad next year (really excited)
Probably my best birthday celebration yet. I was touched when my childhood friends agreed to go on a summer vacation during my birthday weekend last March of this year at San Juan, Batangas. What was more surprising was when they surprised me with candle-bearing cupcakes on my birthday eve. It was the most simple yet meaningful celebration I ever had... yet :)
Since I started working, I partly sponsor our annual family summer outing. This year, we went to Iba Zambales and drove more than 6 hours just for an overnight of fun, love and laughter. It was a simple, but fun-filled get together we had. It was one of our "budget" summer outings but indeed one of our happiest trips so far.
Another great thing 2011 gave me is a more flexible schedule, thus I learned to manage my time properly, giving me more time to socialize more with my friends. This year, I feel so happy that I was able to bond with them more than the past years when I started working. Nothing beats a great time with wonderful friends :)
2011 gave me a lot of wonderful memories. Shall divide this too two parts and will post the other half next time. How about you, how did 2011 changed your life? :)
Much Love, TBD