2014 Bucket List

24 hours to go before 2014.

I know we are all excited for the coming year. We want to know what 2014 has in store for us. The question is, "Are we ready?" Are we prepared to welcome another new year in our lives? Do we have the courage to let go of the happy or gloomy days in 2013 and face the unknown days in 2014? Our answers to these questions may vary depending on the experiences we've had in the previous 364 days. Whatever our answers may be, one thing is for sure: that the year is about to end and we have no choice but to welcome 2014 with a blast! 

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One of the preparations I've made is creating my bucket list or check list for 2014. For the new year, I want to step out of my comfort zone and do the things I've always wanted to do. It's time to set aside all my excuses and start doing what I should have done a long time ago. The thoughts of "I have no time," "I am afraid," "I can't do it on my own," and "Will I ever make it?" will no longer be entertained. This time, I'm going to make things happen!

Five Simple Steps to Creating a Successful eCommerce Blog

You need to find a way to keep your customers informed about what is taking place within your company, highlighting important events and promotional sales that you would like for them to attend. You also need to effectively promote the products and services that you offer in addition to demonstrating a high level of expertise within your respective market. Fortunately, each of these milestones can be achieved through creating a successful eCommerce blog. There are five simple steps to follow that will help you to do just that. 

Paulo Coehlo in 2013: Manuscript Found in Accra


Every day, we fear what tomorrow may bring us. We feel more worried if we know that tomorrow is the judgment day. Are we going to live and survive the battle or lose and face the Unwanted Visitor named death? This is the question Paulo Coehlo presented in his latest book released earlier this year, Manuscript Found in Accra. In this novel, he speaks to his readers in the person of The Copt. The night before their enemy comes, the people of Jerusalem gathered at a particular place where The Copt, together with three other religious men, talked about defeat, love, solitude, struggle, sex, loyalty, elegance and success. 

Now, these many centuries later, the wise man¹s (The Copt) answers are a record of the human values that have endured throughout time. And, in Paulo Coelho¹s hands, The Manuscript Found in Accra reveals that who we are, what we fear, and what we hope for the future come from the knowledge and belief that can be found within us, and not from the adversity that surrounds us.

Weekends in December

The year is about to end and it's amazing how I managed to book my weekends in December for parties, events and dates with the special persons in my life who made my 2013 memorable. I spent the second and third weekends of the month going out of town for my org's Christmas party, attending a fund raising event organized by Davao Bloggers Society, having lunch with my best friend (whom I haven't seen in a long time), bonding with Wigmore 2012, relaxing on a private resort with my law school buddies and partying with my favorite bloggers. Those were some of my 2013 moments worth-remembering.

Below is a compilation of my Instagram photos taken on those special and unforgettable days:

December 14, 2013 - Lakas Atenista Christmas Party

Right after I took my last exam for the first semester, I went to Eden Nature Park and Resort for the Christmas party of my organization in school. It was a night filled with fun and excitement. My original plan was to only stay until midnight since I needed to prepare for my event  set on the following day. However, I ended up spending the night at Eden with my witty org mates. It felt good sitting with the persons I consider as second family in law school while drinking and talking about anything under the sun. My Saturday with Lakas Atenista was perfect.

True Love: Frozen 2013 Movie Quotes

Frozen is one of the movies in 2013 that I will never forget. The film brought so much joy and happiness in my heart. I even sacrificed my study hours just to watch the movie with some of my girl friends. At first, I had hesitations since I needed to prepare for an exam for the following day. However, I still gave in and went to the cinema house for the film. It turned out I made a good decision because Frozen was perfect. Yes, it's even beyond perfection and I'm listing it under my "Favorite Movies of All Time" collection.

Up to this moment, I can still hear Elsa and Anna's voices. The song "For the First Time in Forever" keeps playing on my head. I certainly fell in love with Frozen. Well, maybe because the film is all about true love. It teaches everyone about the values of being true to one's self and learning to accept one's imperfections. The movie encourages everyone to believe in magic once again. My favorite line from this unforgettable and memorable film is "Only an act of true love will thaw a frozen heart."

Frozen is such a feel-good movie. I highly recommend this film for all ages! Trust me, this film will make you happy. It will touch you in so many ways.

Thankful for the Success of Project Hygiene Kits

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported the Project Hygiene Kit of Bloggers for Relief PH. The response we received from different individuals all over the world was overwhelming. We were not expecting to complete the 1000+ target hygiene kits in eight days. The most amazing part of all was we exceeded our target. This was made possible by all the bloggers who shared about our cause and by our generous friends who made their pledges for the Yolanda survivors. Without all of you, the Project Hygiene Kit would not be successful. Maraming salamat po!

@heyimalgene: "No matter what you have been through, you're still here.
You may have been challenged, hurt, betrayed, beaten and
discouraged, but nothing has defeated you.
You are still here! You have been delayed but not denied.
 You are not a victim. You are a victor. You have a history of victory." 

Make Your Dream a Reality: From Getting Published to Getting Property

Everyone has a dream of some kind. But while some people sit around and wait for it to happen, others make it happen. If you have always dreamed of achieving something in your life, you can put in some hard work to try and make it a reality. Of course, you can never guarantee anything, and there are some things you can't control. But just because that's true, it doesn't mean you have no chance of your dream coming true. It could happen if you're willing to make it happen. If you don't even try, it's definitely not going to occur. You can make your dream come true with the right strategy.

Tanduay First Five 2013 in Davao City

Are you ready for the biggest rock concert in the Philippines?


Closing the Tanduay First Five will be the Davao leg this coming Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Tionko Football Field (Agro Football Field) along the Quimpo Boulevard. The Five Bands playing this year will include Kamikazee, Wolfgang, Rico Blanco, Parokya ni Edgar and Sponge Cola with special participation of Gloc-9.

Christmas Wish List 2013

My first blog post for the first day of the new month is going to be different. Instead of sharing how fun and meaningful my November was, I will be talking about my Christmas Wish List. According to Rhonda Byrne's The Secret, when people talk about what they want and believe that they can have it, they will definitely get it in the end. So, here's my list... (Ehem.) Friends, family members and loved ones, please read. 

New Books

I may not have enough time for pleasure reading these days but I would love to receive great books written by outstanding authors. I promise that they will not only stay stale in my book shelves. I will soon find the right time to have an exclusive date with my unread books. Just in case you don't know, there are days when I suddenly feel like running away from my typical everyday-world and allow books to bring me to different places.

Top two titles I can't wait to have:
1. Love and Misadventures by Lang Leav
2. The Hero by Rhonda Byrne