Hello 2016-err-2017

I would really say that blogging was not my top priority for 2016 and I missed a lot of opportunities to post all the amazing adventure that I did for that year. I did not have the time to create a 2016 montage video too to show you how my 2016 did fare just like what I did for 2015 but let’s see how can I summarize my 2016 for this post as I feel I need to at least share with you the highlights of my 2016 before I start my 2017 blogging journey (I do have high hopes that this is possible.)

January 2016

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I started my year right with a concert with one of the best Japanese rock band concert- One Ok ROck! You got it right! I went to Manila to attend the concert which I prepared for the last 5 months of 2015 with my dear Jrock-anime lover-ViK! We had a blast even we stayed for just 2D2N as we were also able to visit Manila Ocean Park, a day before the concert.

The concert was epic and Ryota was so hot with his shirt off, I mean he really did start without a shirt off till the end of the concert. It was the craziest concert I had attended in which I found myself dancing-jumping and rocking for two straight hours. Talking about my  adrenaline-insulin junkie self.

March 2016

A great friend of mine got married!

Samal Escapade with my siblings and other relatives

 

June 2016

I had undergone a major  dental surgery that almost drained my savings and whatever left of me financially. I do have a medical insurance but too bad it only covers basic dental services so I ended up paying for a whole lot of chunk with the medical bills -parents also contributed big time (Thank you Ma and Pa).

I also started to re-allocate and rebudget my finances for some adulting responsibilities (whatever left after the surgery)and I realized that adulting takes a lot of toll financially (kidding!). Traveling will not be as often as 2015 yet I decided to look at the brighter side of it and took it as an opportunity to try backpacking on a shoestring budget.

July 2016

Birthmonth and Baby Shower 🙂

I prepared a baby shower for my sister. 🙂

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Random Staycation 🙂

 

August 2016

For the whole month of August, I attended the ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme in which I was among the 50 DRR Youth Leaders from 10 ASEAN Countries representing my beloved Philippines(host country). The program highlighted the participation and engagement of youth especially on issues concerning the ASEAN especially on Disaster Risk Reduction. If you are free, please also read my blog post about my whole  experience.

I am grateful to be part of this programme in which I have gained new friends and new experiences and I was just half way for my 2016.

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September 2016

This was a bittersweet month.

Last September 2, 2016, my sister gave birth to my beautiful niece, Iona.

Later that night, my beloved city of Davao experienced one of the challenging situation ever-a bomb exploded in the downtown area.I was really concerned especially that we were in the hospital at that time and I heard the code white announcement. I pray for the soul and continued healing of all the victims and their families.

I also booked a trip that I do really look forward for 2017. (Soon!)

I was also able to went back  to my hometown to visit my grandmother in the hospital and able to visit the popular Sibungan museum which is just less than 300 meters from the hospital. Three days after, my grandmother died.

October 2016

One phrase- OCTOBER BEACH FEAST! plus Maguindanao

  1. Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao oriental

2. Boracay Island

3. Baler, Aurora

4. Maguindanao

 

I also attended the wedding of my colleague 🙂

This is the first time that I attended a 4 AM wedding ceremony (most of the pictures are taken during the reception). I wok up at 2 AM just to do my hair and make-up and has to travel to the wedding venue. I dozed off during the ceremony though even I had a caffeine fix before the wedding. I dropped by to a 7/11 store to buy some coffee with the wedding outfit and make-up hahaha.

Some realizations that i have especially being in an age bracket that is considered marrying age is to invest into a basic dress that is considered the motif of the year. I did it last 2015 and 2016 which become handy to me. In an average, I do attend 2-3 weddings in a year and most of them have stuck with the motif so I saved big time with the dress. I only utilized one dress for a year but have become creative with accessories, shoes, hairstyle and make-up. 🙂

November 2016

D’Leonor Hotel, Davao City

December 2016

Holiday Season with various gatherings, celebration and reunions! (Too many photos!)

 

Overall, my 2o16 has provided me a lot of opportunities to learn, unlearn and relearn about myself. Things were quite challenging and I had a lot of bumps along the way but you know things just do fall on their right places at the right time. Some aspects of my life may not be where I wanted it to be but 2016 has taught me to be patient and savor every moment of it. I’m just happy with all the new friends, experiences and lessons that I have gained from 2016. I wish you all the best!

Hello 2017!

 

P.S. I have decided to take some time off from my personal blog as I need to work on my niche first so I will be back here in the meantime. I promise for at least one post per month and hopefully a weekly routine. Let’s hope ❤

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FOREVER21 [KOREA] HAUL!

I just love it when Forever21 KR offers the buy1take1 promo. The best part about it is that  you can only get those things that are in the SALE category or those who have been mark down to 50% and even to 80% less. That is what I call as a real steal.

I don’t live in Korea but there is a store in FB that offers the opportunity to buy things from Korean stores and online stores,pack the goodies and ship it to the Philippines plus the fees are really  affordable.

Last August, they had the buy1take1 promo and I bought these two things at P 1145 pesos plus shipping fee[200 pesos]

.At the same time, I also got a two toned Dress for 350 since I get to share the buy1take1 with a friend.

I received them two weeks ago and I’m very happy.

Moreover, Forever21 Kr once again offered the buy1take1 sale promo for the fall season. I told my friends about it and they were really excited shopping and we decided to order together so we can share the shipping fees. Hahaha.

My September F21 Haul is expected to arrive on the 1st week of October. I decided to get a wooden platform heels while I shared the free one to my younger sister who bought a  shoes/heels that she can wear to school[that is something that I am not sure of since most of her classes are in the 5th floor and her school does not have any elevator /escalator.]

Check them out:

I got the two shoes for P1245 + a small amount of shipping. I share the box with three other friends so we have to divide the shipping fees.

My sister, which is located in Cebu, and her friends also ordered from the site through me. She spent around P1450.00 + shipping fees from Mla to Cebu, where she shared the fees with her two office mates, for the items below:

I’m really happy with my forever21 hauls and I am hoping for another buy1take1.

CARMEN RESORT,CALINAN

Carmen Resort is a must-visit place. I love the river and the water is too cold. For 20 pesos(entrance fee), you can enjoy the pool, river and can even marvel and wander around the place. The place is  kinda far but accessible, just  expect an hour of travel from Mintal, Davao City.

My friends and I decided to go there last August 17,2012 to celebrate my friend’s 21st birthday. Fun to the max.

(c) Imee M

(c) Imee M

(c) Sir Rommel

(c) Imee M

(c) Imee M

(c) Sir Rommel

(c) Imee M

(c) Sir Rommel

(c) Sir Rommel

How to Get There:

If you are from Downtown Area(Davao City), you can ride a jeepney/L3/bus en route to Calinan,just prepare around 35 pesos/person as a fare. Upon reaching Calinan Proper, you can hire a motorcycle for 100 pesos(good for 2,one-way) to take you to Carmen Resort, Calinan.

The entrance fee of the resort is 20.00 and you can go directly down to the cottages near the  pool but of course you have to go through the 300 steps(more or less) concrete stairs … going down is fun..the trip all the way up id the real challenge..just consider it as an exercise….

A Penny For My Thoughts

Two Days Ago, I celebrated my 23rd Birthday and many things came into my mind as I was trying to comprehend myself. There are so many pressing issues in my life right now that I need to sort in order for me to clear my mind and see things differently.  Currently, I am still stuck at school ’cause I am not yet done with my thesis and that somewhat irks my parents. I know that they want me to find a direction about my life and do the things that I love but they would only allow me once I get to finish my education. It seems that I lack the motivation to keep on doing my thesis. Part of me wanted to leave school and explore the world but I kinda feel guilty cause my parents wanted me to finish schooling even just for them. At the same time, part of me wanted to pursue my childhood dream of becoming a lawyer and only a college degree can lead me to that.

I don’t know but I always have this kind of issue cause I’m too preoccupied with so many things right now that hinder me to finish even writing my thesis proposal.  I wanted to live life to the fullest and It seems that my unfinished thesis is the only one that blocking me to do that. This is quite difficult for me cause I know what are the things that I’m missing but I could not find any time or even exert an effort to really start writing or even researching about it. I don’t know..something is wrong about me.. *sigh*