Sunday, January 1

Hello, 2012!

Since I was so busy for the past few days, I wasn't able to prepare my year-end report. So, for my first blog post for the new year 2012, I would like to share all the great things that happened last year. But before anything else, allow me to greet you a HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR! Thank you for supporting me and my blogs. Let's all hope for a brighter and better 2012!

My 2011 was a great year. Everything went perfect for my personal life, love life, student life and most importantly, my blogging life. During the said year, I received many blessings that I wasn't expecting of. Below are some of the wonderful happenings that I wish to share.

The Comeback

There were months when I wasn't able to update The Coffee Chic. All of a sudden, I've lost my interest in blogging which was the main reason why my first personal blog got deserted. Another reason for the little updates was my hectic schedule making blogging a luxury I couldn't afford. In 2010, I only had 16 posts for the whole year. Even for the first months of 2011, I still wasn't able to provide some time for my blog until last September 3 when I decided to change the blogger template I have been using since 2008.

<----- Cropped from the header of my previous layout. With the new theme for my blog, I began to feel excitement about the thought of blogging and sharing my posts to everyone. So, I came back and since then, I never left. In fact, numerous major changes that have been made for The Coffee Chic after I made a come back.

The Changes

Because of these improvements on my personal page, I became more interested and passionate about blogging. Everyday, I get excited to check my blog, publish posts, read comments and connect with blogger friends. Despite the never-ending school papers and requirements eeded to be done, I still make it to a point that my TCC still receives the right amount of attention from me. 

The Early Gift to Myself

For the very first time in my entire life, I was able to get the gadget I want without asking anything from my parents. Because of being active in blogging and engaging in freelance jobs, I began to earn my own money. The sudden shift in my life as a blogger and freelancer started during the semestral break of last year. With all the efforts and hard works... I gained the capacity to buy my own iPad 2. You might want to check Beauty of Freelancing.

My Dad's Vacation

My father works in Papua New Guinea as an electrical supervisor. He has been working there since the year 2001. He returns back home to the Philippines every ten months and spend a 45 daya to or two months with us. Even if my dad is far from us, we never felt that there is a separation within our family. Thanks to the advancement in technology! My mom, younger bro and I still get the chance to talk to Papa everyday. Last 2011, we were very lucky because dad was given the opportunity to take two vacations in a single year. Thus, we were able to spend more time together and bonded like never before!

These are just some of the wonderful blessings I received last year. I know that my 2012 will become more exciting and challenging. In three months time, I'm expecting to graduate from college. Unlike some of my friends, I have zero plans for the life after March. But I already have many considerations to look into like granting my dad's wish of entering the law school. Well, let's see how everything will turn out for the new year.

How about you? What are the things you love about 2011? 


  1. Happy New Year, Algene :) Kakatuwa mag-reminisce ng mga good things na nangyari nung 2011, no? Lalo na sa'yo dahil in every aspect eh blessed ka - financially, family, relationships, etc. Pinakita ko nga kay Vince na nakabili ka ng Ipad on your own through blogging. Something really you should be proud of (at ako din, eh na feel proud naman sa achievement mong yun kaya binida ko din kay Vince. hehe!)

    Wishing you a more blessed 2012. I pray din na mas maraming time ma-spend mo with your family this year especially sa dad mo :)

    Cheers to another wonderful year to enjoy!

  2. Happy New Year too ate KM! Ang dami ngang blessings to be thankful of. Pinost ko dito sa blog ko para malaman ng universe na naging masaya ako sa 2011 para naman maging bongga pa 2012 ko. HAHAHA :)

    Naku, nahihiya naman ako kay kuya Vince. Haha. Di naman lahat sa blogging eh, more of freelance jobs :D

    I wish for the same thing for your family ate KM!

  3. I'm happy to read this post Gene! I had a big smile on my face upon reading your achievements for 2011. As always and I want to repeat again that I always admire you because at your age, bibihira ang may ganyang achievements. You were successful to juggle with studies, part time job, BF and family and that's something you can be truly proud of.

    Happy 2012 Gene. I wish you more success and a life full of happiness!

    God Bless!

  4. Thank you for a very encouraging comment ate Krizza! Salamat talaga sa mga cheers mo. :) I'm not good in time management naman kaya nga nagtataka ako how I am able to juggle all these things.

    I wish for the same thing for you ate Krizza. Sana maging interesting ang life para naman you have more topics to share to us! Mwah :*

  5. Hi Algene! Congratulations on your 2011 milestones! It amazes me how you were able to buy an iPad because of blogging! I recently registered my blog under a hosting site, but I don't have the slightest idea on how to work around it! I hope to learn it soon. Haha. Happy New Year and good luck on your 2012 plans! :)

  6. Not entirely from blogging naman, especially that I've lost my rankings so lesser moolah. Most of the amount I used in purchasing the iPad came from my freelance jobs. :)

    My blogs are not hosted pero I recently won in two contests so may 2 domain and web hosting pero di ko pa na-claim. I also have no idea how to start working on the two new blogs I'm planning to make. :D

  7. Happy New Year Algene! :) Very glad to meet you via your blog. Hehe

  8. Thank you Cherry! Same here! Glad to meet you :)

  9. hello algene! :)

    i wanted to meet and follow the commentators on Kaye's (WAHM Blog Designs). the giveaway just ended... if not because of the blog make-over give away, I won't be able to meet great bloggers! :)

    Looking forward to reading your posts! :)

  10. Hello po ate Jill! I wasn't expecting for this comment. Ang dami talagang mababait na bloggers :) Ang daming gustong manalo sa giveaway ni Ms K. Sayang, di ako sinwerte. lol

    Thanks po for the visit! Nice meeting you!

  11. Happy New Year Gene! Wow ha... bonggang-bongga imong 2011... God is really good!

    Surely 2012 will bring more good things to all of us...


  12. Hello ate Rovs. Lagi, kaya nga thankful kaayo ko! Thank you so much! Wishing for better 2012 for all of us and all our blogs.:)

  13. I love the way you covered last year and talked about the important points. Nice blog. A friend from 99% blog hop

  14. Hey I am a new follower on your blog! Feel free to stop by mine and check it out and
    Love to see you there, Happy New Year

  15. @Donna: Thanks for the comment and the hop!

    @Crissy: Oh, you visited all my blogs! Thank you. :) Hopping back after I post this comment! :*

  16. Hi- thanks so much for stopping by. I am glad you did so that I could come by and enjoy your blog. I also added your button to my blog wall- I love it. I will be back often to see whats new. I hope you find your New Year full of happiness and peace.

  17. Sounds like you had a wonderful year! Congrats on your and your mans 2 yr anniversary! Very exciting :) I hope 2012 is even better for you

  18. You are tempting me to get a professionally done layout. Hmm. I will check out the link you had in your post.

    I'm stopping by from the hop and am a new facebook (via personal account), twitter and rss follower. Would love it if you'd visit my Facebook page

    blog rss

    and twitter page!/babysleepguide/


  19. You've had a great year! I hope 2012 will be an even better and prosperous year for you!

    I am a new follower from the blog hop, and I would love it if you could check out my blog as well =)

  20. what a wonderful 2011 you had Sis, there are times that we have ups and downs but it does not matter, it is how we make it through during the rough time. May GOD bless you for the 2012 :-) Returning the visit from Yummy Sunday. I do appreciate your footstep in my blog.

  21. Good for you! And Happy 2012~ I am your new follower.

  22. Thanks for the comments. I already responded by visiting back your blogs! :D

  23. You're one blessed woman, Algene. It's good that all these are humbly recognized by you. You will be even more blessed this year for you've got a grateful heart.

    Happy New Year!

    Love and Hugs,

  24. Hello ate KM! Thank yo so much for the sweet comment. Have you seen the post where I mentioned you? :D

    Happy New Year!

  25. Indeed. Tungod sa freelancing, I have the time to lakwatsa anywhere na. Hehehe

  26. God has really been indeed faithful. Am happy for you.Am following back from exposure 99% blog hop. thanks for linking up. happy new year to you too

  27. What a great year 2011 was!

    I am a new follower, and I hopped over from the Monday Mingle Blog Hop.

    I follow you via Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.
    I'd love a follow back!

    Have a great week and new year!

    Iana at

  28. The best is ang pag-uli si imo papa... cgi apil na lang sad inyo 2nd anniversary oi. hahaha... I know you're both deeply inlove with each other, LOL.

    Ipad2 out from online jobs? Wow! Murag na challenge ko ay. hehe.... hmmm... will make it as target this year.

  29. Now I have reason why I should be active at oDesk. Dugay na ko member but never applied for jobs. hehe..

  30. @Renz: Kahit walang freelancing, kaya pa gihapon nimo ang maglakwatsa :P

    @Nina: Thank you so much :)

    @Iana: I will hop back! Swear ;)

    @Yannie: Thank you so much sa comment. Hahaha. Sana more blessings pa noh? Be active jud sa oDesk. Go!


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