Are you game for a 30-day Single Woman’s Blogging Challenge? I am.

Today, I found out about the The Single Woman’s 30-Day Blogging Challenge on Facebook which the author, Mandy Hale started to help her jumpstart her creativity. At first I didn’t realized it’s gonna be about single blessedness until I clicked the link. I am currently in the process of updating my own personal blog (too much pending posts and exporting old blogs to my new domain name, argh!).

I guess I will take this challenge to help me jumpstart my own creative juices. I haven’t blog for quite awhile, so I better start off with this. The 30-day challenge will basically have the following topics. Anybody can start any day and may need not to stress herself to blog everyday. But hey, it’s a challenge, if you can afford to do it, just do it. Right? 🙂

To view my blog posts (which I will start posting tmrw, Oct. 16),  just click the links below or at my blog page at  #TheSW30. Happy reading and please share. Thanks!  :

The Single Woman’s 30-Day Blogging Challenge

1)      Your response to everyone’s favorite question: “And why are YOU still single?”

2)      Describe a moment or a day when being single really sucked.

3)      Describe a moment or a day when being single was really awesome.

4)      Your biggest fear as a single person.

5)      The biggest misconception you think people have about single life

6)      Sound off on the quote “Every woman has the exact love life she wants”

7)      Where you are in your life vs. where you thought you would be at this point

8)      Five things that are most important to you in a future mate

9)      Your favorite “weird/funny single behavior” – Anything you do that is uniquely YOU and that living alone allows you to do (For example, I sometimes dance around the house with my cat to Frank Sinatra)

10)   Google the meaning of your name and talk about how it fits or doesn’t fit you

11)   Your worst/funniest/most embarrassing date

12)   Your proudest accomplishment

13)   Describe how you met the last person you texted and talk about your friendship/relationship

14)   Describe the last moment you felt really, truly blissful

15)   Narrate a conversation between you and someone in your life who you never had closure with (a friend, an ex, a family member, etc.) What would you say? What would they say? What outcome would you hope for?

16)   If you planted a time capsule right now of your life to be opened in 20 years, what would be in it?

17)   What are your spiritual beliefs and how do they impact your relationships/relationship status?

18)   If you could have a conversation with yourself in high school, what would you say?

19)   What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?

20)   Describe your most difficult breakup and what you learned from it

21)   How would you pitch a reality show about yourself? To what network?

22)   What fictional character in a movie, tv show, or book do you identify with and why?

23)   Talk about a moment when you got annoyed with a married friend, a person in a relationship, or a person with kids (Be honest! No judgment!)

24)   If you could relive ONE day of your life, what would it be? And would you change anything?

25)   Describe a moment when you “paid it forward.” What happened and how did it feel?

26)   Name a song that makes you cry every time you hear it and why

27)   Talk about something that you really, really, really love about yourself.

28)   Describe a moment when you made a big, bold move. In any area of life: Career, Love, etc.

29)   Who is your closest or most special friend that you’ve never met and what do they mean to you? How did you cross paths? Talk about how you “met” them: Facebook, Twitter, an online support group, etc.

30)   Write a letter to your future mate saying whatever you want to say

Invite anyone who you think might be interested to participate. Post links to your blog posts in the comments below so we can all check them out! Or use the hashtag #TheSW30 on Twitter!

Mandy Hale’s book ‘The Single Woman’ is available on Amazon. Grab a copy now. I might get one for myself too as a birthday present to self.  But I don’t mind getting one from someone too. Hahaha!

It is also available in the Philippines at Powerbooks and National Bookstores. Hey, you can order online too.  🙂

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Jhoie pink sign trans


Good bye amazing 2012… welcoming a more exciting and amazing 2013!

Another amazing year for me has ended. Now, I am ready and excited to face the new year.  In general, I am happy about how my 2012 turned out to be and I look forward to a more challenging 2013.. so excited about it. Really! Now let me share bits of my 2012.


I am a very discreet person especially when we talk about my relationships. My friendships are public and my family practically knows most of my friends and colleagues. But for some reasons, I want my romantic relationships kept private to myself until I am fully committed to it.

The guy’s not new in my life.  He just came back from a hiatus. So after a year or so of ‘kulitan’, last January I decided to take him back. I chose to forget what happened in the past. I look forward to a more improved connection. Everyone deserves a second chance. He asked for it, and somewhere in my hearts of hearts, I believe he deserves it. We never talked about what happened from the past and how the future should look like for us. All we know is that we are content about what we have right now, and that your be enough. At least for now.


LOVE month. I am the type who loves to plan things. What I should do or where to go should be more often than not, should be carefully  planned ahead. But I have group of friends who are otherwise like me. They would drag you anywhere, anytime, and I should happy enough to give in.  They thought me to skip itineraries from time to time simply because it’s fun. Surprisingly, I appreciated it. It’s great that we share same interests on road trips and sight seeing.

My trip to Subic last February was great despite our missing the plight of hot air balloons and getting near them to capture some photos. We ended up going to Ocean Adventure. It was  my first time to see a dolphin show.  For awhile, I am a child again being with kids. I concluded my day with a goal that on the next Hot Air Balloon Festival that I will attend, I should book ahead and be able to ride the balloon. I know it can be pretty expensive, but for the experience I would save for it. And next time I come to watch the dolphin show in Ocean Adventure I would swim with them. I would also ensure that I will treat my pamangkins to Subic before the end of 2013. I will really work hard this year and save for it.

Another weekend, we agreed to go to Tagaytay. We packed lunch and head South and spent the day in Caleruega. It was a fun afternoon fooling around the picnic area and watching the sunset from this solemn place. Really a simple but fun experience. We ended our day with a take out snack at Mushroom Burger (I was amused with the mushroom patty instead of beef) and a hearty dinner at Rose and Grace Bulaluhan Restaurant in Laguna.


March. My friend Mike, is proud to say that he is a blood donor every year.  He would always encouraged me to join him whenever he donates.  But I would always chicken out. Until it become the project of RRJM and I gladly participated. So I slept early the night before. And for the past weeks prior to the blood letting day, I refrained from taking any alcohol or getting near smokers as well as taking any form of OTC. I know it’s not a requirement, but I don’t want to fail the recipient somehow by not having a clean blood to share. So there, every year I guess I will be joining Mike with his commitment to give life. The simplest way he can.


APRIL was a busy time at work for me. Somehow I rewarded myself with pocket travels and take advantage of long weekends. For the third time, I went to Ilocos. This time I explored not only Vigan but also Laoag and Pagudpud. I had fun riding the 4×4 jeep at sand dunes in Paoay. My jumpshot pic by the beach during our photo op was my very first. The feeling was overwhelming that I got to do things I never thought doing (like that jumpshot, which I find then as crazy and so child-like. haha).

I got my first time experience to have my picture taken with a bird on my shoulder at Baluarte. And that photo in Bangui windmills, with me showing up my back is my favorite photo for 2012. haha! It was fun seeing my crazy friends playing with the waves. Oh! I swear, I will not let anybody do that ever again.

Getting around Ilocos is like getting to know the Marcoses. With that, I really appreciate that he was once our president, despite the dictatorship and all bad things that entail such administration.

In this month also that I experienced trekking Mt. Pinatubo. And yes, it’s not true na ayoko na because this year, I will conquer it again, twice in January alone. Mind you, I did not write on that rock. I just find it lying there and I find the opportunity to take a picture with it. There must be a  story behind the graffiti. I presume a certain guy named Paulo asked for forgiveness to a certain girl named Diane. And we don’t know whether the girl was with him that time or some naughty trekkers just wrote on the rock ‘Ayoko na’, in response to it. lol!

Lastly, this month I was able to tour around Manila area some Singaporean clients. And I must admit, it was my first time (my educational trips in grade school and high school are not counted). It was then, I must say that I fully appreciate the beauty of Manila. Now I understand why Mr. Carlos Celdran is an advocate of Manila and passionately do Manila tours. Kudos to you Mr. Celdran!


May. We attended a Vibes’ and Wacky’s kids birthday celebration. I don’t get to see these bunch of my high school buddies very often. But whenever we can, it’s like we’re still in high school. Grabe naghahabulan pa din si Ronnie at Memeng kapag nag-aasaran. lol. For those who weren’t around that night, we missed you guys. Hope we could bring back our May 1 yearly get-together. Kahit sa Taguig lang ulet mag-swimming. Basta kasama lang kayong lahat. 🙂


July. I must confess, I don’t like airports. If not for the travels that comes with every going in airports and riding planes, I wouldn’t go to airport. And I hate waiting. But waiting in a VIP lounge was a different experience. Even though, I felt that the Php 3,000.00+ fee we paid just to meet a VIP client was not that worth it (read : no free water, no chips, cookies or coffee or even newspaper), just the TV. Anyway, it was still good. That night, I learned that our Comedy King Dolphy just passed away.


October, my most favorite month of the year. And this year I celebrated it with my youngest nephew, Jan Miguel. The kids are crazy about my iPad 2. And the cake, they would take turns to blow it for me. I am wishing that this should be the last year that my father would celebrate with me thru Skype. This year dapat personal na.

This was the month when I decided to resign from my work in RRJM. What happened the past weeks prior to my formal resignation was  something I don’t expect. And since I value friendships and relationships more than money and opportunities, I have to deal with tough decisions, with no regrets.


So it’s birthday celebration part 2. This time with my long time guy friends and Rechell. I would join them on their twice a month poker sessions (hanggang ngaun di pa din ako naglalaro haha).  Sana naman bago kami umabot ng 50s ay marunong na akong magpoker. 🙂


DECEMBER comes the fulfillment of one of my dreams. To be able to do the things I passionately loves to do. New business for the new year. I am excited to see this baby grow.

Happy new year everyone!

What happiness means to you?

Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. – Wikipedia



Welcome to my all new blog! From my old BULABLOGERA which I had since Friendster days, here I am now to a whole new one. Right now, I am not ready yet to tell why I decided to defunct my old blog. Little by little, I intend to migrate some old posts here too. My favorite ones, or relatively significant to my current. Right now,  I simply want change.  And kicking off my new blog the day before my birthday month I believe would be a good timing.
In this blog, I would like to primarily share my race to 40.Yes, I am turning 38 next month, and year by year, not a joke, I felt that my age just stopped at 28. I don’t know if that is good or not. But who cares? haha! I hope my readers could somehow relate to me, appreciate my humble stories and leave a smile on their faces after reading it. If it’s not too much to ask. 🙂


I cannot promise that I would only post positive stories about my adorable nephews and niece, my inaanaks (godchildren), they are the kind of bundle of joys I only got (at least at this time of writing), my crazy friends from my grade school and the friends I gained in between  years up to my current career,  my new found faith, my life’s little achievements, the beautiful flowerbed I passed by this morning, the efficient staff I got, the sunset, the sunrise, the beauty of nature and the monthly travels I commit myself into as the URL said so. Oh the list of happiness could be so endless. But I will try. I promise.


On the other hand, I would probably post my random rants about an impolite taxi driver, or the government official that instead of upsets me amuses me in a positive-negative-positive way, the traffic jam in Edsa, the gossiping colleagues… and even the guy who (I must admit) rocked my world, but broke my heart (again). These may not be pleasant stories to tell, but again who cares? They are part of my life and they are the reasons why I appreciate the life that I am happy about now. I would like to share those. Take it or leave it. Anyway, some of my friends are amused everytime I tweet happenings on the road, good or bad. Really.  🙂


So I guess like what the dictionary and what Google and Wikipedia defined it, happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being. Simple as – CHOICE. We have a choice to be happy or sad. It’s okay to entertain sadness occasionally and cry over it ( I am a sucker of movies and books that make me cry), but take a grip. Your sadness should not be bigger than your potential happiness.


Till next post. Live a happy life! Whatever that means to you. 🙂

Double Celebrations

Today, I attended two birthday celebrations. In the morning, I attended Jediah’s 3rd birthday at Mc Donald’s, Barangka Mandaluyong. After the party, I just went home and took a rest and changed my shirt. Then off we go to meet Lui at Robinsons Pioneer. She came with her son FJ. Then our friend/kumare Diane came with her son Rayhan. It was a fun Sunday being with friends and lots of kids. (maiinggit na ba ko or inde muna? )

Daddy’s wish : na madevelop pa ni Jed-Jed ang interests niya sa musical instruments para maging rockstar.

Mommy’s wish : Sana magka-ngipin na si Kuya Jed-Jed. (little Zaia smiles and reached for the mic, gusto din ata mag-wish)

Happy birthday Jed-Jed!

Big boys excitedly waiting for the ‘special guest’ of the birthday celebrant

Grimace dancing for Jediah

Zaia : Barney! Barney! (raising her arm up and down)

Barneeyyyyy! (this was so epic, Grimace mistaken as Barney)

G2 and Seril with their daughters

Eric with his son… and Jed-Jed’s Tito Ricky (umabot din!)

The sister of the celebrant gets a gift also from her mommylou. 🙂


with pretty boy FJ

Do not disturb us : Me and FJ, exchanging toys and Mommy Lui accomplishing her Shakey’s discount card

Khitz with Buzz                                          FJ and Rayhan                                      Me, Diane and Rayhan (the food hunter)

Women are Crazy, Men are Stupid (the simple truth to a complicated relationship) by Howard J. Morris and Jenny Lee

I ended the day’s celebrations with a quick trip to National Bookstore with them (Lui’s and Diane’s sons are book lovers like me).

Got this book WOMEN ARE CRAZY, MEN ARE STUPID on sale… and this is going to be my ‘beach baon’ read during our Pagudpud trip in April.

Till next post. 🙂

Giving blood, saving life

Last Friday, I participated in a blood letting project in our office. I am aware of the health benefits of giving blood but more than that, it’s good to know that if you donate blood, you help save a life. It was a long overdue goal for me, so when our HR Supervisor announced about her project, I am one of the first ones who responded.

So the past days, I tried not to stay up too late and I did not go out for some drinks and eat healthy as much as I can. Not to mention that I really set my mind that I will endure a prick when I get my blood type tested and a needle that will collect my blood.








Congratulations Yhab for a project well done. And most especially for overcoming one of your greatest fear. We are so proud of you.

…. to be continued later (we are off to Jediah’s 3rd birthday party)

My Top 12 Goals for 2012

Hurrah! My very first post for 2012. It has been more than a year since I last blogged. And for this year, I am blogging under my own URL – So happy and motivated. I am very thankful to God for all the blessings He gave me.

Starting my year with these declarations, see attached photo. Happy New Year everyone! I promise to write about these resolutions in my future posts!