Best of 2012
I have been meaning to make my best of 2012 blog post yesterday, December 31 but because of my eagerness to help in the kitchen, my hand sufferred from chili burn, because I prepared chili cheese stick and removed all the pepper seeds from my bare hands. That's what I get from someone who has ZERO knowledge in the kitchen but very eager to help (and learn). Anyways, before I go on and tell my story, I should first greet everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Wow, 2012 happened so fast! Everything feels like just yesterday -- my travels, work achievements and even blog events. And because I feel like reminiscing, let me share with you the highlights of my year and why I call it the best year of my life -- yet.
Hong Kong Incentive Trip
Believe it or not, 2012 was the year where I got to go out of the country for the first time. Most of you know that I belong to a very simple family and travelling is a luxury that we were not able to afford. Now that I'm working, I'm glad that I got qualified to be included in our incentive trip to Hong Kong and for the first time in my life, I was able to see places that I only thought I can see in dreams.
Singapore Trip with Paolo P.
It was Paolo's goal to be the first person to bring me outside of the country. So when he learned that I was included in our company's HK trip, he felt a little sad cause being the first person to bring me abroad was part of his little scheme. I think you all know what I'm talking about.
Feb 16 2012
The reason why Paolo wanted to be the first person to bring me abroad is because its part of his little surprise. And yes, he brought me all the way to Singapore not only to celebrate valentines day and our monthsary, but to propose at Sentosa, Palawan beach during sunset. This is probably the best thing that ever happened to my 2012 -- be asked by the person I love (and the person I've been with the past 8 years of my life, and the only person I see myself growing up with) to marry him. It was the best gift any girl could ever receive.
My 25th Birthday
Oh Gosh, although its so hard to admit yes I am already 25! It was a meaningful celebration cause I was with my whole family (along with my extended family) not only to celebrate my birthday, but my engagement as well.
First Blog Events
April and May 2012
The Bargain Doll has been on they cyberspace for over a year when I got my invite for the very first event I ever attended -- Listerine Green Tea Launch. For someone who is relatively new in blogging, being invited to an event felt like an honor. Afterwards, I got invited again to Zalora PH's Launch, which I must say became the start getting event invites. I will never forget these two events for I met bloggers (that I look up to) personally for the first time. They were: Arnie, Krissy, Anj, Kim, Jaycelle, Megann (and even had dinner at Coffee Bean even if we met up first time at the bathrooom haha), Jacky, Arnie, Angel, Kookie and Paxie. Since then I got to know a lot more bloggers and attended wonderful events.
Bloggers United 3 and 4
June & Dec 2012
Bloggers United is something I definitely look forward to every year. I remember last 2011, I was merely a reader, wanting to see the bloggers and have photos with them. In 2012, I was able to get to know them better, and some becoming my friends. Now, BU for me is a time to shop my favorite bloggers' closet and get to bond with some new found friends.
SM GTW Redhead Blogger Ambassador
I can say that 2012 is my lucky year for I was able to be part of the SM GTW family and be one of their blogger ambassadors for the Redhead model search. Never in my life I thought I'll be part of such campaign and I will be forever honored that I was trusted by a brand to be one of the bloggers to write for them.
James Morisson and Nelly Furtado
I can say that I'm lucky coz I was able to catch a couple of concerts live at the Big Dome. I really love the fact that I was able to see Nelly Furtado and James Morisson live in concert. Many many thanks to Araneta Center for the opportunity.
UP Manila Bioalumni Forum
I graduated from UP Manila with the course of BS Biology. Eventhough I wished to be a doctor, my ambition was not fulfilled due to some financial problems. Because I needed to help my family, I immediately looked for a job after my graduation and ended up being a Medrep at Unilab. I'm proud cause I was invited by my own course to give a talk about my current career (and even blogging) and inspire Biology students that there are a number of career options even after graduation.
Araneta Dress Me Up 2
I'm glad that I was able to be part of the first ever Araneta Center's event for fashion bloggers, which is Araneta Center Dress Me Up. The first time I paired up with Ria Lumandog and even though we did not win this event, we were both proud that we dressed up our models really well. Fortunately for the second time, now with Arnie Villanueva, we won second place.
Bazaar for All Season
Bazaar for all Season felt more like a mini bloggers united for I sold my pre-loved clothes along with other fellow bloggers. This is super memorable for it was my first time to be part of a bazaar! Even sold The Bargain Doll (by the Pastry Project) at my booth too!
Pink Fashion Video
Pink Fashion is an online clothing shop owned by a blogger friend Julie Ann Lozada. Pink Fashion has a number of pretty dresses that's perfect for every fashionista! Imagine my surprise when I was asked to be part of their video shoot (that definitely made me feel 10 years younger when I did this.) See the full video here.
New Glorietta Vibe for Ensembles
I am no model but when I was invited by Ensembles to walk for them for the record breaking New Glorietta Vibe, I felt more than ecstatic. Never in my life I thought I'll be part of a fashion show and what's more interesting is the first time I walked on the runwaywas historical. New Glorietta Vibe is now the Guiness Book of record title holder of having the most number of models to walk on the runway.
You know that my Christmas this year was memorable for I was able to spend it with my own and future family. We had our Christmas dinner at Josephines Tagaytay.
And because I told you that the Proposal was the highlight of my 2012, for the first time I decided to post the video of Paolo's proposal. It was so candid so forgive my reaction. Thanks to my cousin and his wife for taking the video. Look at their cute son hugging us! haha
Haha sorry for my reaction! Hope you liked my post ;)