2008 Hit List

Saying goodbye to year 2008.

Listing my own version of 2008 newsmakers, in bits and pieces and in random order… a look back of the year that was:

  • Brent and Skylah first time to attend school
  • Their first report cards and field trip at
  • Hapee toothpaste factory, Lucky Me noodle factory and Manila Ocean Park
  • Skylah’s first photo shoots for Baby Minder and Kidstime Magazine
  • A page at Baby Minder
  • Jalysa appearing at every booklet of Growing Kids
  • Started working at the ISD department of Summit Media
  • Get to buy magazines at lower prices, GC’s and other ex-deal items
  • Through haven’t really worked with or get to know the editors and the people around the magazines yet
  • Daddy Lolo passed away
  • Celebrations without him… missing him dearly
  • Death and dying – tiya meding (papa’s side), my cousin’s lola, the ex’s dad… and while writing this, tita jen’s dad (January 1, 2009)
  • Much talk about death of Marky Cielo (on my list?)
  • Then comes the Dr. Hayden and Katrina’s affair (another one on my list?)
  • US president Barack Obama!
  • Movie premiere’s and winning moments from Getzmo
  • First IMAX experience watching Dinosaurs of Paragonia 3D
  • Skylah and Jalysa’s first IMAX experience too!
  • Winning at Cartoon Network and Johnson & Johnson’s Cool Bulilits: Mommy Bonding
  • Club Manila East, Taytay Rizal
  • Subic: Ocean Adventure trip and
  • Camayan Beach Resort
  • My husband and Skylah winning at Getzmo’s father’s day photo contest
  • more magazine appearances
  • Skylah and Jalysa’s appearances at Philippine Star Kids Only
  • My published note for Working Mom’s It Worked For Me!
  • Winning at Manila Bulletin and National Bookstore’s Word of the Day
  • A crashed hard disk — this is really frustrating!
  • Another CPU!
  • A borrowed monitor, then a flat screen
  • Moving on to another new rented house with mama
  • Participating at San Miguel Oktoberfest
  • Winning 1K at the office Christmas party raffle
  • get together at SM Mall of Asia with CGI criends
  • The addicting game, Virtual Villagers!
  • love and addition at online contests!
  • Dollar payments from my logo designs!
  • Tried applying for online works at Odesk too, but no such luck yet
  • Still trying to find more online works — I need much luck here!
  • First HSBC and BPI credit cards
  • Leaving my online selling site for lack of time
  • More credit card bills to pay… whew!
  • First visit at Fun Ranch and Active Fun play time
  • Made my first diaper cake for Clay’s baptism
  • My Feet loves: Ipanema flipflops and Grendha sandals
  • Tried and loved: BBW Japanese Cherry Blossoms, Victoria Secret’s Sweet Temptation
  • First Perfume Purchases: Miracle Forever and Aigner for men
  • Brent’s Power Rangers and Ben 10 love-overload!
  • Greet and meet Ben 10 at Glorietta
  • Barbie movie screening at Shang Cineplex — Barbie and the Diamond Castle; Barbie in a Christmas Carol
  • Last movie watched: Twilight!
  • December Love— my birthday, Clay’s birthday party at Nestle Creamery and the Christmas season!
  • Long Christmas holiday vacation!
  • a thousand more memories
  • uncaptured moments
  • thoughts, dreams, fears and dramas!

December 20, 2008 at Manila Bulletin and Philippine Star

One Saturday with 3 appearances in the 2 major newspapers in the country.

1. My sister, Jalysa, in Philippine Star’s Kids Only Violet Playground
2. My nephew, Clay, in Manila Bulletin’s Birthday Corner
3. and yours truly, winning at Manila Bulletin’s Word of the Day contest. This was a sponsored contest from National Bookstore and Merriam Webster; and the winner gets to bag a Merriam and Webster Compact Dictionary. My name was not correctly spelled and I immediately informed the sponsor’s office; and I was glad I had claimed my prize the following day.

Such luck and I hope this goes on…

Santa vs. Snowman Movie Screening


I took the chance of joining a Getzmo promo, keeping my fingers crossed that I would be lucky enough to win tickets to the advance screening of Santa vs. Snowman. With such luck, I did win! I tagged my little sister and my daughter with me to watch the movie. The movie and press screening was held last December 13, 2008 at the IMAX Theater, SM Mall of Asia.

Before the movie starts, everyone get to have treats from the sponsors. We get to have a Fuji Film notepad and keychain, Krispy Kreme Christmas doughnuts and the free picture with Santa wherein each kid also gets to receive a pack of Hershey’s kisses. There was also a glitter tattoo booth. It was definitely a Christmas treat!

Both my sister and my daughter were struck upon seeing the big and wide screen. While the movie was rolling, my daughter even raised her arms, as if trying to catch those tiny snowflakes. She even asked me if those elves and snowman would come out on screen. Like everyone else, she definitely felt like she was part of the movie. It was indeed an incredible IMAX experience.

We did have so much fun watching this holiday movie at the IMAX Theater. Indeed, IMAX brings an ultimate movie experience and it would make you “See More, Feel More and Hear More”.

Posted some pictures here.

Santa vs. The Snowman Synopsis:
The movie is about the story of a lonely Snowman who finds Santa’s workshop but is chased away when he sets off the perimeter alarm. Snowman devises a plan to take over Santa’s empire and thus be the most popular figure around Christmas time this year. Having enlisted “Snow Minions Made Easy”, he pits his snow army against Santa’s elves and captures Santa, setting off a hilarious, epic-scale polar war.


I am thinking too that this blog post could also pass as my first blog at Getzmo!

My Christmas Wishlist

Christmas is fast approaching. I still have a gift-list to complete and gifts to wrap. Sometimes, it felt so good to be a child once more, thinking that when all I have to do way back then is to write down all my Christmas wishes. I was hoping then that Santa Claus would give me one of those gifts that I have listed. For the children, that’s the magic of Christmas after all…

Nonetheless, wishes are for everyone. It’s like dreaming and hoping and praying that these would all come true. Just like believing… and I am wishing for:

1. DSLR camera
2. Sony VAIO laptop
3. Samsung Omnia or Sony Ericson Xperia
4. Macbook Air
5. Weekend vacation
6. Lots of toys, clothes and books for my kids
7. Ultimate shopping spree!

Whew! My list could be quite unfathomable and I could go on and on listing all I ever wanted for Christmas. Well, just keeping my fingers crossed and hope that there is still a magical moment waiting for me.

And this could also be my entry to Manila Freelancer’s contest by Melo Villareal. How fortunate it would be for the blogger who would get to receive these gifts from Manila Freelancer – Super Talent 200X 4GB USB Flash Drive, 1 Ridata 1 GB USB Flash Drive, 1 Memorex 1 GB USB Flash Drive, 1 PQI 1GB USB Flash Drive and 2 2009 Starbucks Planners. Though, I don’t have much luck at this blog-about-this-and-win-thing, but who knows, maybe I would be lucky enough to grab a prize. If I won, I would definitely hope to grab the Starbucks Planner and the PICO USB drive!

I Need a New Design

I stumbled upon Lifeblue’s “I Need a New Design” contest and thought of joining. A new blog design is a great prize indeed, as I know I have been trying or wanting to create my own blog design. But since I don’t have that time or should I say, I don’t know where to begin, then maybe this is a good start. Well, only if I won and only if I stood a chance.

Web Design Contest Vote

Web Design

Barbie in A Christmas Carol

It was around 8 pm when I decided once again to drop by Getzmo to check out their promos and treats, and right there and then I joined their A Christmas Carol promo. Their topic is about sharing the feeling of receiving or giving a Barbie doll. Here’s my answer without thinking twice:

“I loved receiving Barbie dolls when I was a kid and asking my mom to buy one for me. Though, I haven’t counted how many Barbie dolls I had then. I bought my daughter her first Barbie doll when she was 3. It was her first and until now she’s holding on to it like a real treasure.”

My kids and my husband were already in bed when I heard my cellphone’s text message, and it was a message from Getzmo informing me that I won tickets to the screening of Barbie and the Christmas Carol promo! I got up from bed and instantly confirmed that I received their message in the Getzmo forum. I was so happy and daughter who’s already sleeping would really be!

We woke up early in the morning and I asked my papa to drive me to Makati to get the tickets. I asked mama and yaya to dress up Skylah as we’re going to be watching the movie! It was already 10:30 when papa and I arrived from the Getzmo office and Skylah was ready to go! She did not know yet where we’ll be heading. It was my surprise for her!

She got so excited when she learned that we’ll be watching a Barbie movie. This was the second time we’ll be watching a Barbie movie screening. The first one was the Barbie and the Diamond Castle screening, which I also won from Getzmo.

The screening was held at Shangrila Cineplex and we we’re there 10 minutes earlier. Skylah did enjoy the movie and was asking for another movie soon. Even though she was hesitant to join the contest, she still enjoyed all the activities after the screening. There was a Blow Up Babies photo session, a face painting session, ceramic painting, Polly pocket playtime dolls and a cupcake decorating activity. Luckily, we took part in each activity as I’ve asked for stubs from the Magnavision lady, and I was thankful she had handed me these stubs except for the cupcake decorating session since she could not find one anymore.

Thank you Getzmo for this happy day! I am still hoping I’ll have a chance to win again if ever there’ll be another Barbie treats from Getzmo!

Some pictures here.


I am 29!

One more year left before I reach 30. I am growing old, though not really looking like one, people would always say. I am thankful that life brings me enough love and blessings. I am grateful for my family who has always been there at my side, for my kids and my husband. I appreciate relatives, friends and everyone else who never failed to greet me each year. There was more to life to be thankful for!

For my birthday celebration, our family had dinner at Texas BBQ and Restaurant at the A.Venue Mall, Makati Avenue. Food was great especially when you’re sharing it with the people you love. Their big food servings are enough to fill us up.  Though a bit pricey for me, but proved to be worthy.

I am looking forward to more years, more happiness and more blessings… for a life free from worries and anxieties… for more strength and better future. Life is indeed beautiful and I am living it well!