Tag Archives: 101 in 1001

Get it Started… The “P” Tasks

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I haven’t done blogging for past 2 weeks… Quite busy? Well, after a short vacation trip last week with Papi (I will blog that later), I’ve been “recharged” and I’ve been trying to do most of my “P” works (hmmm, those tasks under the category of “Procrastinated tasks”) and it’s been very distressing and yet rewarding (when I finally ticked it off the list)… but my list is getting longer, I think. So, I really have to re-assess, re-prioritize and, most importantly, get it done.

I realized that most of these P tasks’ are easy to finish, but what is so “difficult” for me is to get it started. I know if I’ll just “push it a little” then it will keep rolling. Momentum!

So I have to keep it going, avoid show-stopper, avoid distraction… This is my “P” month… Will brag it later when I slash those projects in my list.

Blogger of the Week: Kindness Girl

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Kindness Girl… Because Kindness Changes Everything…

I love this blogsite! It is full of warmth and goodness and of course, kindness… It chronicles one mum’s ideas, projects and actions of kindness…. Ms. Patience Salgado must have a very big heart and she inspires so many people. BEING kind by itself is one thing but SHOWING kindness either small, menial, random, deliberate, grand or simple, almost everyday and every moment is one great and noble feat. And I admire Ms Salgado’s for her deeds and mission!

See for yourself and be inspired! Kindness Girl…

 

And one of my favorite entries is about
5 things to do when doors are closing…

By the way, her photographs are amazing too!

101 Minus: Mama Mia with Mama

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No. 18 – Have a Solo Date with Mama
(Have to update my 1st 101 list 🙂 )
I got 2 tickets for the musical play Mamma Mia at the CCP last February… Its a pricey show and limited for few weeks only in the Phils. So its a date with my Mama! The musical featured Abba songs which are kind of oldies that’s my best companion that would appreciate it is my mom… The show was great, their voices are powerful. The music are nostalgic! We had a great time!

Blogger of the Week: Design is Mine

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When I want to feast my eyes into lovely things, inspiring thoughts, awesome pictures…. I usually visit this blog. This site is one amazing place of so much inspiration on designs, interiors, colors and most especially links to other valuable blogsite.

Design is Mine… vintage and modern design loveliness….

Here are some of the photo sample I like on he entry “Autumn Color of the Week: Orange”… Lovely…

and may I add my pic entry for “orange” – Boracay Sunset:>

Loveliness!

 

 

Blogger of the Week: The House of Turquoise

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As one of items in my new 101 list (that commenced May 13, 2012), I will feature my favorite blogger, each every week. The topics and categories will vary and most of the first few ones are among in my favorites and are actually in my blogroll.

The House of Turquoise – this blog interests me so much as this features home decors and home interiors accented in turquoise, and anything blue, one of my favorite colors. The blogs showcase awesome homes and lovely interiors. I even got some inspiration for my new room upstairs, that I even re-done the paint on the wall when the shade of blue was not the way I wanted. The big room upstairs (currently a playroom, but intended to be my Aliya’s room someday) has a blue turquoise wall that is so refreshing and calming.

Here’s some of the favorite photos from this blog… and the link:

About my 34th of my 101: Traveling Feet

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The traveling feet update…

I have recently updated my flickr account for my “traveling feet”… I have already posted 60+ but I still have more in my photo folders waiting to be posted, I know I can reach 101 photos… and these are the good ones (for me). I actually get tempted to post more than one picture per specific place, as there are so many stories that trigger by just showing those pavements or background. I actually became innovative, and sometimes do “somersault” on the grass, sidewalk or the soil just to capture the view. I wish I could someday blog each of these feet…

Here are the samples…


Bantay Bell Tower, Vigan, Ilocos Sur


Calle Burgos, Vigan, Ilocos Sur


Coron Palawan

 


Sentosa Singapore


Pasacao Beach, Bicol (with ALiya)

My 101 Minus Update… just 60 days left…

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See also page here
I think almost the rest of the remaining tasks are quite long to do to be considered accomplished… But having only about 60 days more, I am reviewing them right now and I think i can commit to slash-off all of these goals, I must admit i have to do some modification (example boat ride along Pasig River is now impossible, since the river is under rehabilitation)…. for now, here are some I can say “DONE”:
51. #22 Vacation every year (Boracay ’09; Macau ’09; Singapore ’10, Sagada ’11; Puerto Princesa ’11, Coron ’11, Ilocos ’11, Bicol ’12) – not bad…
52. #19 Take Dad to Bicol (see blog) – Jan 2012
53. #28 Adventures with kids (every month)
54. #64 Visit home for the aged (Dec 2011)
55. #86 Meralco shares, keep for long-term
56. #6 Bonding with Papi

Hmmmp… Not quite… but I am not losing heart… there are tasks that just needs “proof” like compilation (101 Travelling Feet, digital scrapbook and music video) to be considered done. But what is more difficult are some of the habit forming tasks…. but will keep at it… i just have to remind myself 🙂

My #19th of my 101: Take Daddy to Bicol

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This is among the first few goals I wanted to do when I listed my 101 in 1001! It is my most ardent want to have a trip with Daddy back to his beloved hometown, Bicol…  I have been contemplating this trip since year 1 of my 101 project. The original plan was to have a long-drive going there, but then came the announcement of newly-renovated-re-operated train to Bicol last July that I announced to Daddy that we will take that. For some reason, the excitement faded since there were news of unstable tracks… that’s why I decided for a plane booking.

Funny thing, when Cebu Pacific offered a promo trip lastAug 8, 2011 (heroes day?), for P8 fare, I grabbed first 3 plane tickets for Daddy, Mama and Lean (one-ride P8, going back at reg fare) but when I tried another booking few minutes later for me and Aliya, there’s no available seats in promo… that’s why I have to book in reg. fare. (Ninang and Nunu’s tickets were bought in later date at much higher cost).


(my 82-year-old groovy dad, at Cagsawa Ruin, Mayon Volacano, Leagspi)


(the gang, at Daraga Church, Legaspi)

Anyways, i will save the rest of the stories of adventures and misadventures later (blog), but for now I want to share that I have done it, and I’m happy that Dad’s happy! We have seen his brothers and sisters again (the last time he was there I think was 6 years ago, and he had just visited the place at least 7 times since my lifetime).  Btw, he’s now 82 yo. What’s fun about this trip is that it triggered Dad’s memory from his childhood, and he made kwento about it.  The story became vivid, now that we were in Bicol. Here’s the 15 things I knew more about Daddy (although some of it I heard before, but not as detailed):

  1. That he was a kutsero in his teens (driver of kalesa or horse-carriage)
  2. That his Papa owned a fleet of kalesa,
  3. That he hated to become kutsero in his lifetime,
  4. that’s why he escaped (naglayas) in a barge going to Manila
  5. That he was helped by an American who operated a barge transporting goods back and forth Manila and Bicol. He was a helper in a barge.
  6. That he was compelled to go back, otherwise, the family will not allow Manay Mimay (his sister) be married, unless he’s there.
  7. That a kin saw him in the fort of Pasacao accidentally and told him to go back home because of his sister’s predicament
  8. That his Mama (died in his early age) left them a large parcel of land, but his share was on the hillside.
  9. That he dreamed of building a dream rest house there (I remember his house layout on this when I was a kid and he even asked us to contribute an idea of the design), but allegedly the place was inhabited by “unwanted” people that he lost interest on it.
  10. That even he’s a Bicolano, he haven’t seen some parts of Legaspi, that’s why the Lignon Hill and Mayon Resthouse are new to him.
  11. That he frequented solera (?) a province-style night club, wherein girls will dance with boys for every ticket bought. (he bragged this story to our van driver).
  12. That almost all of the stretch of Pasacao Beach was used to be owned by his uncle. (Only a part now is left to his cousin).
  13. The reason why he hates suka (vinegar)… and most of his brothers and sisters hate it too… (his stepmom used to bathe them with it as cure to their flu)
  14. That he loves and misses “tinumtungan” dish (a coconut-based bamboo shoot dish).  He got his wish on our 2nd day lunch.
  15. That (I’m amazed) that he can still speak fluent Bicol language.

Well, I could have heard more of the stories if I paid more attention (they were speaking their language that I cannot fully understand). But anyway i still have time to find out more, i will just have to find time chatting with dad, even in our favorite chairs by the window (Bulacan). Have to visit them more….


(travelling feet, with dad’s, at Penafrancia Church, Naga)

more stories later….

Toddler Orphans and More…

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This is a late post about our pre-christmas visit to Hospicio de San Jose (our third). The experience is yet again memorable and don’t want to pass the chance to blog it.  Although this was our third visit,it was the first time we’ve seen the whole facility (the island!) and most of its esidents and volunteers. Again, I was with my generous and kind audit staff (thanks a lot!), and my son Jolo and my Papi… The experience was so heart-warming as we have seen babies, lolas and lolos and special kids housed in the modest and yet warm hospicio. What stuck me most is the dedication of few volunteers and facility keepers, who, while they are few in proportion are all so warm and caring.

Our favorite spot of interaction is always the toddler’s kitchen. There are new faces and there are familiar faces… our “favorites” were already “promoted” to pre-school section.  There are two kids that are actually siblings of the ones we’ve visited before (so, they are leaving their kids here, huh? not only one? but the whole bunch??)… Two at least (from previous batch) were already adopted.

What strikes me (horrifies me!) most among the new stories is about that little boy “Stan” (not his real name), who (when he was a baby) was left bundled and placed in old duyan (swinging crib), and put in garbage heap! The basurero found him (bless him!).  The duyan, baby inside, was tossed to garbage truck… lucky that the basurero checked it… just imagine if they thought that it was just a duyan! Now he is a healthy 3-yr old boy who wants to eat and munch a lot!

There is also one heartwarming story about a 9-yr old boy who was “found” in the hospicio by a “bodyguard” of a another kid from elite school who sponsored christmas party there that week. The man recognized the kid as the one missing since last year, apparently lost in the mall. The family is looking for him eversince. What a great reunion, you could imagine!

I don’t want to judge the people that made these kids and put them to earth! Maybe they cannot deal life and parenthood, i dont know, maybe they are “orphans” themselves… what counts now here is that there are still amazing and nice people who keeps and helps keep orphanage like this. I don’t want to say that these kids are unlucky people… I know that they are as blessed as we are. Being here and cared for is a blessing enough.


– the party!


– the “babies” at their playpen…


– the most blessed toddler of the year!


– this lola is amazing with her intricate puzzle… when I admired her determination… she said with a smile “i have all the time in the world…”


– my “angels” doing the charity works with me!

Another visit to Hospicio de San Jose

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December 10, 2011 – it’s a date!
We’ll visit the orphanage, Hospicio de San Jose at Manila, for a short time playing with the toddlers. We’ve been there before, around christmas time last year and valentines day this year… I’m excited and yet I’m a bit anxious about too to see who will still be there… Sure I missed Liezl, Hannah and Kaye and Edward and others, but as much as I want to see them again, I really hope that they are no longer there anymore… that somebody have lovingly took them home and adopted them… that they finally found a family…
Nevertheless, surely we will finds toddlers there who are longing to be hugged and pampered and played with… even for just a little while… hope we could give more than that…

see link:
xmas 2010
valentines 2011

Currently Reading: All pending…for good reasons…

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Eat Pray and Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
It’s nice to find a book you want to “savor”… not wanting to rush reading and yet enjoying every page… wanting to go on, but keeping the pace slow so it will last much longer… this is THE book you can call a “companion”… (best to read in airports and beach) nice… proud to say I’m not yet finished with it…

 

 

Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
An intriguing book that makes one “dizzy” on plot and sequence but also loving it thinking how clever it was structured. I am not a ‘romance’ reader, but this one qualifies as that with twist of sci-fi?! Not yet finished, because I’m having hard time “digesting” because the idea of “predetermined destiny” is kind of “off” and against compared to my theory of “butterfly effect”… anyway, this book is a source of good discussion between me and jolo, that’s why I am keeping at it.

 

 

 

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
Got curious when featured in Readers’ Digest and found the first few chapters as intriguingly interesting. Though quite theoretical its not conventional. “The Power of thinking Without Thinking” it says in its cover… it said don’t overthink… but hey, It made me think quite a lot in every page…. thus, I’m still at it. (a good LRT companion too)

 

 

 

 

 

ABNKKBSNPLKo by Bob Ong
Jolo picked it up, convincing me it will help his tagalog vocabulary. A local book which Jolo and I found funny, light and yet insightful about simple things. I was enjoying the first few chapters (I have to read it first to know if it is suitable for Jolo, or needs PG), when Jolo found me amused and smiling, thus he took it, read it in few days, lent it to classmates and friend… and since then, haven’t seen it yet again to finish it… haay…

101 Minus: Adventure with Kids 2011

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As part of my 101, I continue on having memorable fieldtrips and adventure with kids…
To recap the past get-away, here it is….

January – Lean’s fieldtrip in Subic’s Paradise Ranch and Ocean Adventure. We brought along our 2 1/2 Aliya…
February – Swimming at Villa Filomena… Just to “celebrate” Valentines
March – Swimming at Amana to celebrate Lean’s birthday
April – Sagada adventure with Jolo
May – PhiPhi Resort Bataan beach getaway with Lola Baby and Lolo Maurice
June – ALiya’s Bday at MOA, Father’s day treat at Shakey’s
July – Case Ibiza at Antipolo with Lean and Jolo and Mama and Daddy
August – Trinoma malling with Kids, Lunch at Tempura

These activities I have to deliberately plan, so it will happen. One regretful things to think is when one look back to years that passed, one cannot find something worthwhile and enjoyable memories worth bringing as “baon” esp when we get old…. These are the things i want to remember. It may be few (compared to the work-hours I spent with work), but these are the lasting ones….

This is considered done for the sake of my 101 list… but we will continue to plan and do stuff like these!

101 minus – #61 Gift of Blood

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Have finally donated a portion of my blood last June 28 to Red Cross, organized by Puregold. I have asked a number of volunteers too from my Audit Dept. This task in my 101 has been “unscratched” for quite some time :< but know that I had made some efforts in between for a chance to give blood…

Gift of blood is one of "simple" but noble contributions one can make to society, there are lot who needed them, and our healthy body can produce as much, enough to give… So, maybe before ny 101 ends I will have my second dose…

Do “First Time” More Often – Part 2

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That was August 9, 2010 when I have finished my first list of “Do First Time More Often” and now its almost another year, and I have to update my list Part 2… I have to rake my memories, but I know there are more than enough to fill my next 101 “Firsts”. Pardon me if I start where I left-off last year….

1. Luge ride and Skyride (down the winding hill) – got a little scared, at Singapore!
2. Segway ride (I thought I can’t do it too)
3. The “Mummy” roller coaster ride at USS! weeee! really cant get enough of roller coasters
4. The CineBlast Log Ride at Sentosa Imbiah Lookout
5. Dinner at Kopitiam for 4 consecutive days, ohh Jolo, cant get enough of Tempura
6. Moment with the Merlion….
7. Quiet moment at the coach below the Singapore Flyer (while Jolo and Papi were sleeping – nice place to take a nap)
8. Walking round the Marina Bay (de-tour because of Olympic rehearsals)- that was about 2-3 kilometers! kakapagod.
9. Singapore night scene at the top of the Sky Park at Marina Bay Sands. Spectacular!
10. The China town and the Temple @ Singapore
11. Siloso beach at Sentosa island
12. Mass at Singapore Church (St Vincent de Paul)
13. Seen college friends at the airport- the only couple from college days (first time since about 15+ years)
14. New business line for Star City – Pillows! New designs, nice prospects.
15. Tried 2-day bazaar at the World Trade Center (WTC).
16. First to create business page in facebook “Pillow Me”
17. The SJS Reunion-Batch 87… many friends and classmate whom I last seen since HS graduation! Great time!
18. The Charity Marathon as celebration of my 40th birthday, 2 orphanages & 2 street-gift-giving
19. First time at Hospicio de San Jose with my auditors! Hello Liezl, Edward, Hannah, etc.
20. First time at Philippine Children’s Mission with family and auditors! They sang for us!
21. The “us” moment (with Papi) at Puerto Princesa. First time without the kids in tow.
22. Dinner at Kalui, a popular resto in Puerto Princesa
23. The unforgettable Underground River
24. The spectacular Snake Island and its beach. 1-km stretch walking with Papi.
25. Goofy photo-taking at the beach!
26. Special guest at new “Karaoke Republic” of sister Flor (seen Boots Anson Roa)
27. Experience “Karenderia Buffet” with Papi
28. The spa party experience with friends!
29. The new room, I mean, Office for Auditors!
30. A great family getaway at Amana Waterpark resorts at SJDM Bulacan (March)
31. Special guest at Summit RIdge, Seri ASia spa at Tagaytay.
32. New office for SVS… Major business decision for SVS (lots of first-time decisions here)
33. The 1st ever organized “cousinhood” adventure at Sagada, mountain province
34. Spelunking… the first time I heard the word was in February… and in April I’d already done it. It’s trekking inside the underground cave! (Sumaguing Cave)
35. Seen hanging coffins of Sagada
36. Mountain trekking at Echo Valley
37. Sunrise watching at Kilterpan Valley! Just WOW!
38. Two-hours trekking at rice terraces to see a waterfall
39. Cold swimming and underwater picture-taking at the Bomod-ok Falls
40. Night walking with Papi at the quiet small town of Sagada.
41. Surprise birthday party for DAD! 82nd! Motiff in Blue and Green!
42. Special guest at the new restaurant of sister Flor, “Mesa”
43. Beach time with Kahiwat family Phi-phi resort, Bataan (June)
44. Making sand-castle with Aliya and Lean
45. Paradise experience at Club Paradise with Papi!
46. First ever “swimming” in the beach without my feet touching the sand underneath the water. First ever in life-vest.
47. Stargazing by the beach with Papi…
48. Mountain trekking and meeting the bats! Lots of bats!
49. Snorkeling all day-long… yey! afraid to try in Puerto Princesa… now I succeed at Coron.
50. Swimming at Kayangan Lake and Twin Lagoon
51. ALiya’s 3rd Birthday… first-time family bonding at MOA.
52. Joined bazaar at Robinsons
53. Divi moments with Mama and Jolo – shopping galore
54. Teambuilding for my Audit Team! (more firsts here)
More to come…. I just have to retrieve from my memory…

Catching Up with my Reading

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I ve been catching up with my reading marathon… it has to be 101 in1001 days, right? I have read somewhere that a kid read1000 books in 365 days, well she had done that while traveling, in between places, perhaps.  Me, I manage to do reading actually while in LRT, car, and in the loo :> other than that, the time and places are too hectic…

Well, what I have been reading or in the process* of reading:

  1. Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
  2. Airframe by Michael Crichton (anything written by this author interests me)
  3. Time Traveller’s Wife* (i lost the book! I probably left it in a van… :<)
  4. Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom (thanks Kuya for sending me the book)
  5. You have the Power to Create Love by Bo Sanchez (a reading companion while in Coron Palawan)
  6. Duh! by Francis Kong (authographed)
  7. Why Dont You Grow Up (Dad)? by Francis Kong (authographed too)
  8. The Lightning Thief*(Percy Jackson Series) – I am catching up with Jolo, he’s now in 3rd book
  9. The Sphere* by Michael Cricthon
  10. The Only Real Things Matter by Francis Kong

Not bad, that’s almost 10% of my target. And that’s aside from business and “people” books I ve been reading while waiting my turn during training, and re-read of Harry Potter 7, to refresh me before and after the movie… :>

Update on my 101 minus

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Have been awhile since I visited my 101 lists and somewhat i realized that I’ve been unconsciously doing the things I put there (I mean, even without conferring to the list every now and then)… however, when I took “inventory” I am just in my 33rd! to think I only have more or less 400 days! panic, panic… need to do the 67 things more…

anyway, i see that the 6 tasks i’ve done since July are quite substantial…

28. #20 – My first compilation of my “first-time” list
29. #77 – New business venture – pillows (Sept 2010) and our 1st bazaar experience
30. #68 – My birthday-charity marathon (4 charity works before my 40th birthday!)
31. #89 – My new bathroom! finally! (Jan 2011)
32. #32 – Bonding with Papi at Puerto Princesa (Feb 2-6)
33. #76 – New room for auditors! (March 4, 2011)

Anyway, still need to catch up!

About my 5th in my 101

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Been reviewing my 101 tasks and been pleased with what I have consciously and sub-consciously accomplished so far (but need to update my page)…. One thing I really want to focus on and make extra effort is about my KIDS and the values they have to learn NOW… they are in formative stages (Jolo is turning 13, Lean will be 9 soon and Aliya is 2 1/2)… Different age, different strategies…
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I’ve read my old blog about this, and these were my planned curriculum before, but unfortunately left-off… so need more focus in here….

o Art attack with Lean
o love for museum
o open bank account in their name
o rewarding good manners
o helping on household chores esp on weekends
o fixing his own drinks (jolo) – done
o calling grandparents
o texting/calling their mom often
o nail-cutting (lean)
o enhance drawing (lean)
o organize artwork (jolo)
o jolo’s reading habit
o Bible story
o charity and generosity (done)

With 2 1/2 in tow, I have to expand my curriculum…
o reading time for Aliya
o bike lesson for Lean (or any physical sports)
o picking up things (Aliya)
o be active in school activities
o World History for Lean
o Numbers and Opposites for Aliya
o Hugging every morning
o engage Aliya more in music
o movie-jamming (educational and bible-related)

Project K for Kindness 2 – Philippine Children Mission

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It was a fine day last Sunday December 12, everything was set and in order… the volunteers know what to do… the gifts and stuff were all collected and wrapped… the pillow bears were already tagged with donors/volunteers name! All set… We then all went to Burol Bulacan, at the Philippine Children Mission residence… a humble house of 18 orphans aging 5-18… they have a thing in common… they are children of leprosy patients at Tala. Since their parents couldn’t take care of them, this Foundation has this mission to rear them. They are all amazingly warm, nice and well-mannered kids. Their guardian, Ate Ellen, is amazingly great having taking care all of them, single-handedly, on meager budget and resources!
It was again a great experience for all of us (my cousins, tsikiting, titas and audit staff went with me). They were all delighted with our gifts and Jollibee food… We played with them, sing with them and just made kwento with them. Saya!

The Butterfly Effect Project

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I came across this site by chance while browsing my widgets and I signed-in to join. Please check this out and be part of this simple act that will eventually make a history…

Hmmmp… same title with that of my blog site… interesting…

click here or on pic below

I will add this task in my 101 in 1001….

101 Update: My 101 Minus….

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It’s time to update my 101 in 1001 list, so as of today, i have done 27 and are in great progress in some tasks. It’s a great feeling to accomplish things that you set to do! Accomplishments, little or huge, makes one inspired to do more. Here’s my progress…

1. #62 – Sign-up as Organ Donor (see blog entry)
2. #29 – Travel with Friends (see blog entry)
3. #99 – Person in the Mirror (see blog entry)
4. #17 – Meet Old Friends (see blog entry)
5. #59 – Volunteer (see blog entry)
6. #60 – 29-day Giving Challenge (see blog entry)
7. #33 – One Great Spontaneous Adventure (Oct 8) (blog entry here)
8. #85 – Set-up Inventory system for my pillow business (Sept 9)
9. #79 – Invest in Mutual Fund (Oct 22) (read here)
10. #84 – Keep or Withdraw (Oct 22) (read here)
11. #58 -Charity Work – Project K for K Part 1 (Dec 19) and Part 2 (Dec 24)
12. #8 – Reunion Ball for Kuyas (Dec19-27) (see whole holiday happening here)
13. #10 – Organize Xmas Bingo and Raffle (Dec 24) (mentioned here)
14. #30 – See fireworks more often and be amazed by it (Jan)
15. #98 – For Good Night Sleep (Feb)
16. #37 – Watch Hot Air Balloon Show (Feb 14) – see pics here
17. #26 – Wall climbing, free-falling and other physical adventures (March 9) (read) and Superman Tree Top Adventure after a week (March 14) (read here)
18. #23 – Travel with Mama and Daddy (March 15) (read)
19. # 36 – One great adventure ride with Jolo (March 15) – see related story here
20. #71- My accreditation for SVS (Mar 25)
21. #24 – Visita Iglesia with cousins 2010 (Apr 1) – see blog here and here
22. #13 – Dad’s birthday getaway (May 1) – see blog here
23. #11 – High School for Jolo (June) – see story here
24. #65 – Send a relative to college (June) -see related story here
25. #46 – My new digital camera (July 2) – see blog
26. #56 – My Simple Pleasures in Six Words (July 3) – see page
27. #14 – Surprise Party for Mama (July 11) – see blog here