2012: Best Moments


I was deliberating if I am still going to write my traditional “good bye year ___” post because I already posted an entry about 2012. But since my earlier post was a photo challenge, I decided to write a more unique post for 2012. I call this my “best moments” post since I’m going to describe some of my favorite happenings in my life this year.

Tear-Cringing Moment: Watching my mom and youngest brother go up the stage

I am a proud daughter and sister. For a family that’s been though much up and downs, a simple step up the graduation stage is enough to drive me to do better for a lifetime.

Craziest Moment: Falling down from a raft while crossing a strong rapid in Davao River

For someone who is afraid of the water and who doesn’t know how to swim, I really have a strong gut. I was able to to paddle through the 14 kilometer stretch of Davao River and even fell in the strong rapids three times! But boy, that experience was so exhilarating and it will be definitely be in the “craziest things I’ve done” list  for a while.

Most Career-inspiring Moment: Listening to Balik-Scientist Dr. Divina Amalin deliver her exit lecture for her work in the Philippine cocoa industry

One of the perks of my work is I get to meet the top-notch doctors and scientists in the country. I have been blessed to be able to meet new people again this year but the one that left the most impression is Dr. Divina Amalin. Dr. Amalin is a US-based entomologist but she has worked in the Philippines for the past two years as a Balik-Scientist. During her exit lecture where she described her experiences in the county, I was very impressed because despite her short stay she was able to do so much. She’s been to the major islands in the country, was able to examine the major diseases affecting cocoa plants and likewise develop measures how to control the pest. What’s even more impressive was her work did not stop at the R&D level but she was able to translate it up to the community level so now farmers benefit from her work and collaboration with several local organizations. Through her work, Dr. Amalin showed me the difference of having a problem and being part of a solution to the problem. It’s good if we can recognize what’s wrong with a system but our work should never stop there. We should get involve and put our efforts, despite being small, so eventually we can part of the solution. 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures


For this year’s last photo challenge, we are asked to choose pictures that best represent our year. One picture for every month is not enough for me. There are simply too many great things that happened to me this year so I decided to choose two pictures per months. Without further ado, here’s my 2012 in pictures:

I can say I’ve been really blessed this year. I’ve been everywhere from north to south of the country and there’s hardly any dull month. I didn’t encounter any major problems in both my personal and working life. But above all the places I’ve been to and happenings that I attended, I must say that it’s the people I’ve been with that made this year very memorable. I am very lucky to be blessed with a supportive family, stellar friends and great workmates. I can almost say, I couldn’t ask for more. That’s how great this year has been for me! So cheers to a great 2012 and to a hope that 2013 will be as stellar if not more stellar!

(Credits to Thomas Soler, Zen Ramos, Thea Cortes, and Astor Rejuso for some of the pictures.)

TvN is Rocking 2012


 TvN is having the time of its life this year. They have produced and are still producing some of the most underrated Korean drama/series so far. Underrated shows as they are, I found them made of better of quality, heart and story than most of their mainstream counterparts from KBS, SBS, and MBC.

 My affair with TvN started last year with Flower Boy Ramyun Shop. Though I didn’t entirely love that show because of the cheesiness of the script and I can hardly stand Jung Il Woo’s Cha Chi Soo, it provided a such a good laugh. Most of the cast were not yhet A-listers but they had such good camaraderie and I had loads of fun watching them.

Who didn’t love these hilarious people? (credits to koreandrama.org)

I thought that it was the last TvN show I would watch but then Dramabeans recapped Shut Up Flower Boy Band. I tried reading the first episode, watched it, loved it and the rest they say is history. I often end up disliking Korean youth-centered shows (e.g. Boys Over Flowers, Heartstrings) because most of the time that the shows become too focused on the love story of leads and the conflicts are larger than life. However, Shut Up has the atmosphere of Japanese youth-centered shows like Gokusen and Hana Kimi where the teens/kids themselves, their dreams, their friendship, the realistic conflicts they encounter at such age are the focus of the story. And I loved it. Learn from Shut Up (and also Dream High to a certain extent) Kshows, during teenage years, not everyone is too concerned about love. Give the kids a time to discover their dreams and their selves before they go on proclaiming their undying love.

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Awesome Summer!


Ailsa at Where’s my backpack? has another posted a challenge and would love you all to join in. See here:

Travel theme: Summer

The theme for this week is SUMMER!

Since I cannot summarize how awesome my summer is in just one picture, I prepared a collage:

A visit to the MV Logos’s Hope. Miko’s graduation. PCHRD’s team buiding in Subic. Holy Week in Bicol. Despedida lunch for Sir Mike. My 23rd birthday. Mamaw’s bash for April celebrants, board passers, and Jill’s despedida. Trip to Pangasinan. Roadtrip to Tagaytay.

Awesome summer isn’t it? Definitely one of best in my 23 years of existence. How was your summer? 🙂

So Long 2011!


I was debating on how to start this “goodbye 2011 post” and what things should I say but since my brain can’t seem to produce anything coherent, let my just say, “Goodbye 2011! You have been another great year! Cheers to whatever is in store for me for 2012! ” 🙂

Kidding aside, 2011 has been a good year. I can’t help but be thankful for the blessings God has given me and family. Two of biggest prayers were answered: for my kuya to have a job and for Miko (bunso) to graduate already. On a personal note, my year was neither bad nor great. Just good. And I think that’s where my dilemma stems. I tried new things but I am still very much in my comfort zone. And so I’m still stuck in a limbo and my era of “soul-searching” persists.

(credits to backstagepass.blogs)

At times like this, I can’t help but be pensive. Another year, another chance… Chance to prove myself, chance to do what I failed to do, chance to improve, chance to look for answers to my questions, etc. So hello 2012, I can’t wait for you to arrive!  There are so many things that need to be done and I can’t wait begin this new journey with my first step!