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Goodbye, 2012!

Yehes, I have a year-end blog entry! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ll start with some of the highlights for each month:

January:

– My dear Leo won two Asha phones for his “Why do you QWERTY?” essay.

Mikey Bustos replied to my tweet and I got to meet him in person thanks to The Morning Rush!

– I was able to attend the first book signing of Chico and Delamar! ๐Ÿ™‚

– I passed my resignation letter!

February:

– I resigned after working for three years at Chungdahm! One of the best decisions I made haha =p And then I started to work AT home, thanks to Odesk!

– Leo and I won a GC each for an overnight stay for two with buffet breakfast at the Holiday Inn! Yes, we both won! ๐Ÿ˜€

March:

– After nearly six years in the US, my father came home! :’) He arrived in time for my 26th birthday and my brother’s graduation! โค

– As a major gift for the years he was away, Papa made sure we had a family trip abroad: we went to Singapore! I met some of the SG Rushers there!

April:

– Watched Greyson Chance‘s concert, thanks to RX!

– Got to use the Holiday Inn overnight GC; my siblings and I stayed there after watching “The Avengers” (thanks to Lenovo!)

– The biggest and one of the most important events ever: my parents and brother migrated to the US, leaving me and my sister here. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

May:

– Celebrated our 22nd month by staying at the Picasso hotel in Makati! Leo won that overnight stay in December of 2011. ๐Ÿ™‚

– We were able to watch Lifehouse concert because first, Leo won Upper box B tickets thanks to Dayly Entertainment, and second, because of my RX friend Arden (a.k.a Alpha of Radio One before), we suddenly found ourselves in the Lower Box section! Lucky much! ๐Ÿ˜€

June:

– Leo and I watched another concert for free: ICONS at the MOA Arena. I won the tickets via Guestlist.ph ๐Ÿ™‚

– I learned how to cook, like really cook. Haha! My first masterpiece: I was able to replicate my mom’s carbonara!

– Leo won another phone, an Alcatel Glory X918 thanks to the Morning Rush! We sold the phone to a fellow rusher hehe ๐Ÿ˜€

July:

– Back to watching the UP Fighting Maroons Men’s Basketball team’s games live! UP FIGHT!

– Leo and I celebrated our 2nd anniversary! We used the money we got from selling the Alcatel phone he won and we also used the Holiday Inn GC he won last February. โค

August:

– Thanks to Fofo Lifestyle, I was able to organize my first give-away on the UP Fighting Maroons’ fan page! ๐Ÿ™‚

September:

– Potted Potter!!! So funny! ๐Ÿ˜€ A must-see parody whether you’re a fan of the Harry Potter series or not. ๐Ÿ™‚

– Leo won another phone on The Morning Rush again!!! This time, it’s a high-end one and so far, the first of it’s kind: a Samsung Galaxy Beam. It has a projector!!!

The UP Pep Squad won this year’s Cheering Competition again! Woot! I also got to meet some of them thanks to The Morning Rush!

– I finally got to see Delamar’s son – the very handsome Cooper – in person! โค

October:

– Got to meet Vice Ganda, thanks again to the Morning Rush!

– I bought a new camera, an IXUS 1100! It’s so much better than the old one!

– Leo and I finally got to try Yabu: House of Katsu! Great food, quality service!

– Leo claimed the Samsung Galaxy Beam he won and we decided to keep it. It is both ours, but I’m the one who’s currently using it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Because of that phone, I finally created an Instagram account!

November:

– Attended my first Rusher badminton EB, but I didn’t play haha =p

– Attended my first official bloggers’ event!

– Got to watch “Rise of the Guardians” at IMAX thanks to Pinoy Exchange! One of my favorite movies of the year!

December:

– Had a lot of food trips with Leo and some of my closest Rusher friends!

– The Morning Rush Book 2! Leo and I have entries yey!

– Was able to secure premium tickets to The Script’s concert next year! I’ll be watching them in the front row woohoo! Thank you to LT for the help! ๐Ÿ™‚

– Hosted my first ever house party; it was tiring but I felt really happy! โค

– I found a new daddy – Davidson hahahaha ๐Ÿ˜€ One of my favorite Rushers! He’s so funny and makulit!

– I got to meet my idol – TunaBeli!!! โค He’s one of the original Rusher legends, and he’s really nice! ๐Ÿ™‚

– Completed my third Project 365! Can’t wait to begin my 4th one tomorrow!

Whew! It’s been a really, really fruitful year! I won prizes for each month of 2012, even Leo had his share, and we’ve won a lot of huge prizes! ๐Ÿ˜€ Well, whether big or small, a prize is still a prize, and we’re really grateful and we feel truly blessed.

2012 has also taught me to become more independent as I am now in charge of our house: cleaning it, paying bills, maintaining our cars, doing house chores, etc. Working at home has a lot of perks, and I am really thankful that even if I’m earning less now, I actually am able to save more than when I was working in an office!

I miss my parents and brother, but thanks to my sister, my boyfriend, and my friends (particularly the Circle of Winners and Rushers), the loneliness I feel sometimes is kept at bay. I love you all! โค Here’s to more wins, love, friends, fun, good luck, good vibes, and blessings!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! โค

P.S. Aside from Leo, I would like to mention some of the people I feel closest to or have at least earned my trust as a friend (ang taray hahaha). From the Circle of Winners: Geraldine, Jesfer, and Shiela – thank you for the continued friendship even if some of us have already left Chungdahm. From the Rushers (for easier identification, I shall mention your Rusher names): KittRitch, Cryptoverbalist, TonioMarkopio, MashedPlutonium, Czarovic, and Ahltitude – Here’s to more Viberations and food trips hahaha! โค Love you guys! ^^

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Project 366 โ€“ Year 2012: Day 348

Photo #348: December 13

Thank you toย Markย for giving me a copy of this! I was about to buy it when he told me he already bought one for me! ๐Ÿ˜€ The first thing I did? I checked my entries, of course! Hahahaha! It’s not everyday that you getย to see your codename in a book! ๐Ÿ˜€ I only have 4 entries, but it’s okay! At least may pumasok pa rin! ๐Ÿ˜€ I had more in Book 1, but again, I am thankful that I am still part of Book 2, especially when I was expecting not to have any entry because of being on the PM shift for quite some time.ย Leoย made it, too! A friend said we’re the “Team Book 2 labtim” HAHAHA =p Cheers! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Hanep, nag-level up na ako! :)

Last February 15, The Morning Rush started to award theย senders of the #1 entries of their Top Ten with a family size ultimate Hawaiian overload pizza GC. I’m not really a fan of Hawaiian pizza, but hey, that’s free pizza! ^^ Normally, I join the top ten if feel ko lang yung topic. But ever since they started giving away that prize, kinarir ko ang pagsend ng entries!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

The first five days were “almosts” – hanggang #2 lang talaga ang nararating ng entries ko. Syempre, never say die ang mantra ko. Haha! ๐Ÿ˜€

Last Monday, February 22, the topic was “Things to say to a skanky biatch” and I flooded Chico with entries! During the last batch, he decided to do a full batch of ten instead of the usual top half. 10, 9, 8, 7….kinakabahan na ako na kinakalma ang sarili ko na wag magexpect para di ma-disappoint….ayan na, #1 na…. And theย topย thing to say to a skanky biatch and we’ve got two entriesย comes from… astroboy. Ay naku sobrang napa- YES! ako! As in malakas na YES! ๐Ÿ˜€ Super happy! After days of trying, at last nagbunga rin!

My winning entries were:

When I’m done with the spotlight, then you can have it, biatch.

Lucky for you, mirrors don’t laugh.

I can't wait to claim my prize! ๐Ÿ˜€