It’s been a full year since Kuwait and wow, where do I even begin narrating a year worth of my life back here in the Philippines. So much stuff has happened and I am still in a bind if it’s for the better but one thing for sure is though IT'S definitely MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES!
What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?
** Hang out with this kid from 5 am till his bed time every weekday for the whole month of January.
** Traveled to Bangkok Thailand with friends
** Watched the Scorpions Farewell Tour Concert Live with the family
** Went to temple tours with the whole gang
** Watched the annual Pyrolympics at Mall of Asia
** Went to a Valentines date watching Fra Lippo Lippi live with someone who has no idea who FLL are!
** Got drunk in laughter in a comedy bar
** Went on a cruise! In the Loboc river and toured the whole of Bohol island
** Got some sea, sun and tan at Boracay
** Walked 25 feet approx under water to feed the fishes but this time I’m the one in the big tank.
** Celebrated monthsary and birthdays in Boracay with friends!
** Toured Cebu and saw the famous Basilica de Sto. Nino & Magellans Cross
** Changed my shopping list from clothes and shoes into construction materials that went on for the whole year
** Ran the family business and worked with swatches of fabrics & fashion
** Learned how to sew and got sued.
** Learned how to deal with legal counsels
** Traveled for business marketing
** Partnered up with friends and opened another business.
** Found myself learning the ropes in buying construction materials.
** Joined a fun run. Twice.
** Refurbished furniture's
** Painted my own wall
** Availed and signed my own cheques.
** Experienced the hardships of getting flooded every single month!
** Road trip to Pangasinan as continuation of my 27th birthday celebration w/ co Taurean durian, love of her life, my BFF and Cheng
** Swam in the Enchanted Cave
** Saw how beautiful a light house is
** Looked at the Hundred Islands.
** Got alcohol poisoning together with 3 friends that I swore off binge drinking anymore.
** Swam through the fogs at Eden Mountain Resort
** Got me babies
** Hosted friends and house guests from Dubai and Manila respectively.
** Bought serious rain gear. Plueys FTW!
** Opened up a boutique called Retail Therapy Online
** Joined various bazaars all over Davao and GenSan for more generation of income!
** Opened our baby YALLAH Let's Eat Bistro Bar!
** Found myself in Singapore
** Got talked into riding the Mummy roller coaster (death!) at Universal Studios.
** Enjoyed Palawan and despite the bouts of rain I love the island hopping.
** Explored the now part of the 7th wonder of the world, Underground River Park
** Went snorkeling in the middle of the ocean that is definitely more than 10 meters deep!
** Attended my 10th year high school reunion and joined the parlor games!
** Learned the ropes in dealing with BIR and other government bodies.
Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Every year I have 2 New Year’s resolutions. To achieve the size 10 dress size and to travel extensively!
Did anyone close to you give birth?
In a way, my friend Dianne had a beautiful baby boy
And my college buddies Cha & Lily!
Did anyone close to you die?
Nope. None that I know of and thank you Lord Jesus for that!
What countries / cities did you visit?
Thailand (Bangkok) and the Philippines (Manila, Tagaytay, Laguna, Pangasinan,
What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
A steady paycheck. Haha!
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Taking a leap of faith and ending up with a home and a life that I love. Runner-up: losing 8 pounds in two months.
What was your biggest failure?
Succumbing to inertia for a significant chunk of the year.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
The usual inflamed tonsils followed by flu and fever, the self inflicted muscle pains from fun runs and the occasionalstumble down the pavements leaving me w/ scratches.
What date from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
September 10. The day we opened our Bistro Bar
What was the best thing you bought?
Hard to choose in a year filled with great purchases! It’s a toss between my Plueys rain boots and my Iphone 4
Whose behavior merited celebration?
My mother. For everything she believes I can do and for the support on the things that I cannot.
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Behavior of some desperate people wanting to gain money out of our family through threats and paawa effects.
Where did most of your money go?
Apartment renovation. Family business and travels!
What song will always remind you of 2011?
Chasing Pavements by Adele while I multitask in the office. 2012 by Jay Sean to get me through the days. Young, Wild and Free by Whiz Kalifa it makes me smile when it goes on repeat at Yallah.
Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? A notch below happy.
ii. thinner or fatter? Ugh. Fatter
iii. richer or poorer? Poorer in pocket, richer in experience.
What do you wish you'd done more of? Generate more income. Focus. Focus. Focus.
What do you wish you'd done less of?
What was your favorite TV program?
NCIS, Bones, The Voice, AI,
Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't hate anyone.
What was the best book you read?
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
What was your greatest musical discovery?
Surprisingly, it was Katy Perry. I never knew she’s that fun!
What did you want and got?
Started a boutique business and display on bazaars to generate income.
What was your favorite film of this year?
Girl w/ a dragon tattoo was a 2011 American film but I saw the Swede version last December 2010 in Kuwait rooftop cinema and the American version just got air time this 2012 in the local cinemas. So technically, I can’t call that m 2011 favorite film of the year. If I have to be honest, my favorite film of 2011 Friends With Benefits! Hahah! I love romantic comedies and I haven’t seen a lot of them that year. Mostly, movie nights with my brothers usually entails fast paced action pack movies and Breaking Dawn for comedy =))
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 27 in BlueJazz Resort in Samal Island with Dubai friends. Celebrated it the day before with no agendas but to drink by the pool bar and eat and laugh! Before the night ends one of us got a tattoo (without pain killers!), bathe in the rain and laughed as hard as we can.
I celebrated my birthday every weekend of the whole month so I took my siblings and friends to GenSan for Gumasa white sand beach,
Lemlunay diving resort, puke party in my grandfather’s compound. Days after my birthday, I flew off to Manila to celebrate with friends and took a road trip to Bolinao Pangasinan!
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A real summer with no rain for 2 months! Clients lining up to get in our showroom and hungry customers for Yallah!
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Dress down boho. In short, Havaianas on my feet, short shorts, tank tops and dresses. This being a very humid, dusty country and me fighting electric bills and transportation system, its hell on heels and sticky on anything heavier than cotton and lycra.
What kept you sane? Thank God for the Internet and my puppies!
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Steve Jobs!
What political issue stirred you the most?
RH Bill! The right for women to choose!
Who did you miss? My family and friends in Kuwait. AARON!
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011:
Herm Albright and my mother always tells me this – “A positive attitude may not solve all your problems but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort”.
Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
“I got a pocket, a pocket full of sunshine. I got a love, a love that I know is all mine. Do what you want but you’re never gonna break me. Sticks and stones are never gonna shake me” – Natasha Bedingfield.
The most touching experience you've had this year?
Being on the receiving end of a surprise farewell party for me from Kuwait family and friends.
What did you like most about yourself this year?
My insatiable appetite for doing everything at once all the time.
What did you hate most about yourself this year?
I threw off most of my personal physical growth to the bin. So unhealthy way of living. Ack!
Was 2011 a good year for you?
In terms of travel 2011 was a blast for me. In terms of lifestyle, it was a notch below what I was used to for 7 years in Kuwait. I used to live in a 8 bedroom villa now we rent an apartment that gets flooded every time it rains. In terms of business, I’m lukewarm as I am still learning the ropes! Running the management, the operations and the clerical sides all at the same time can be quite daunting.
Nevertheless, I am forever positive, gracious and thankful for everything that God has generously bestowed upon me.
Was 2011 a good year? Let’s just say I can’t wait for 2012 has in store!