Goodbye 2016 and Hello 2017!

Okay so I usually write a year-ender post on Dec. 31, the last day of the year. For the first time ever I wasn’t able to do so last night. You see I made the mistake of stopping by Data Blitz earlier during the day. I couldn’t resist getting the latest installment of my all-time favorite game series, Shin Megami Tensei (also known as Persona).

Shin Megami Tensei 4 ApocalypseSo I started playing after dinner around 8pm. I played until 1am… hahahahaha! That said, no year-ender post on the 31st. Yaya just came back from her vacation on the 30th. I was stuck with doing all the house chores from Dec. 18 onwards. That included cooking, washing dishes, taking out the trash, and cleaning the bathrooms. I honestly felt like I didn’t have any rest. I binged on the Nintendo 3DS lol. That’s the real me. When I was single I always spent new year’s eve playing some video game. After I upload this post I’m going back to my game.

Google CookI think one word sums up my 2016 best — cooking! Our cook left last June and told me she’d be back in a month. She never did come back. Her cousin who works for my aunt just sort of relayed the message that she wasn’t coming back. We tried to survive on food delivery but we felt sick after a couple of weeks. I knew then I had to try and cook. It was positive thinking for most part. I figured if she can do it, I can do it better. I’m smarter and I had Google to guide me. So I went from zero to hero in the kitchen. I don’t claim to be the best cook but I can whip up a decent meal anytime. I’m no longer threatened by the prospect of having no one to cook for us.

KnorrIGI’m happy to add cooking to my current skill set. It has certainly opened new doors for me where blogging is concerned.

Contadina Supermarket RaidAlthough my ex-cook texted that she’ll come back this month, I don’t think I will give up cooking. I don’t want to go back to buying cheap ingredients because she is wasteful. Plus I just replaced all our pots and pans with new ones. She left our old stuff in really bad shape. She is trustworthy though and that’s the only reason I’m taking her back.

2016 is also the year I finally moved from Blogger (my old url was to WordPress. Got my own domain too, I got a new blog design and a paid hosting service. I’d been delaying this move forever since I was afraid to lose traffic. I still have 1,500+ posts to optimize. By that I mean resize and re-watermark photos then upload to Flickr for hot-linking. When I started I had 2600+ posts. I deleted about 500 obsolete entries and this is where I am now. I replaced my Sony NEX-5N camera with a Fujifilm XA-2 too.

Cake BossAs celebrities go, I met Bobby Valastro, the Cake Boss himself, last year! I attended a cupcake decorating workshop under him. So lucky!

Allied Against DengueI got to work with Jolina Magdangal for GSK’s Allied Against Dengue campaign too.

K-Palette PhilippinesSo happy I got to collaborate with one of my favorite beauty brands, K-Palette. I really use their eyebrow products and eyeliners a lot.

Malacca, MalaysiaMy trip to Malaysia for Julie’s Biscuits was definitely one of the highlights of 2016. I got acquainted with the charming city of Malacca.

Julie's BiscuitsI got to go on an epic Julie’s Biscuits Factory Tour! Even got to taste a freshly baked biscuit off the production line.

Grade School ReunionWe had our 25th High School Reunion this year. I don’t have any decent photos because I didn’t bring my camera. We did have a grade school reunion a few days after and that time, I had my cam with me. We got half of the elementary class to go with just 1 day notice!

Graduation DayOn the family front, our daughter graduated from grade school this year.

Overall, I think I had a good 2016. I honestly don’t know what to expect with every new year that comes. Not really into horoscopes or feng shui. I don’t have any new year’s resolutions either. I’d rather have goals. Here’s bracing myself for whatever 2017 has in store. Happy New Year!

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  • Reply Gilian January 9, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Haha I wasn’t able to make a year end post as well. 🙂 I love it when you finally started cooking . So inspiring. 🙂 I also thank Google for making me a better cook. 🙂

  • Reply Kim @ Mom On Duty January 10, 2017 at 8:33 am

    I think “cooking” sums up my 2016 too. Haha! In my case, I used to rely on my husband’s amazing cooking skills…until he had to move out of town due to work. Since he only comes home twice a week, I’ve since had to learn to cook for myself and the kids. In fairness, may improvement naman! 😀

  • Reply Mommy Queenelizabeth January 10, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Glad you’re into cooking now! Cooking is one of my favorite things to do even if we had a house help i always cook and never allow them to cook for us. Maybe im just paranoid when it comes to food handling and safety and so i want to do it myself even if im not that really good 🙂

  • Reply Nilyn Matugas January 10, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Wow! Isn’t that an awesome and fulfilling 2016? Congratulations on all the blog/personal achievements! Also, glad to meet you in person! 🙂 Cheers to 2017!

  • Reply Jen Ubongen January 11, 2017 at 10:41 am

    I was also not into cooking until I got married and finally decided to try few dishes. I am not a pro and I’m still learning and until now I still watched youtube while cooking. Well, practice makes perfect I guess! 😉

  • Reply Suzie Timbreza January 11, 2017 at 10:43 am

    You truly had a lot of fun last 2016. I wish you more blessings this 2017!

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