This word captures my year best: introspective.
It has been a year of tumultous thoughts and emotions, a year of movement, of contemplation. There were significantly less recipes learned and household tips shared. The truth is 2006 was a tough year for me, but one that was nevertheless beautiful. I learned that no matter how rough life can get, these three F’s will help you through: Family, Friends and Faith.
Next year will again be about movement, as it should be. What is life if it doesn’t continually evolve after all! There will be more places to go to and more people to meet. There will be more experiences to relish. I am very happy 2006 is coming to a close, and I am embracing what 2007 has to offer!
As my last entry for 2006, I am sharing with you my favorite Wifely Steps posts of the year. Thank you for being such wonderful blogging companions! I hope to continue building and strengthening our community through 2007.
See you in the new year!
My Top 12 Favorite Posts
The very first caption game
A new look for Wifely Steps
The Ref Door Project begins
Condensed Milk Sandwich
When was the last time you set sail?
Starring: Fruit Cocktail
Avocado Ice Candy
Popcorn and Michele’s Site of the Day
Can You Keep a Secret?
An early Christmas present from my sister. I thought my search would be futile! Chocolatey surprises are the best. Thanks P!
Anyone want a piece? It’s melt-in-your-mouth heaven. My knees go weak just thinking about them. But no, I’m not a chocoholic. Hindi ha.
*hides her stash of KitKats, Milo bars, Twinkies, See’s and Nestle Eclairs…*
What a wonderful Monday morning surprise! I hopped over to Ganns’ and found out I won an award.
Most Inspirational/Encouraging Blog.
Wifely Steps. I love Toni for many, many reasons. When one visits Wifely Steps, one gets solid, delicious bites of comedy, domestic assistance, philosophy, religion, relationship advice, and so many other things. I love how Wifely Steps looks at the world as a good, positive place, and relates this positivity towards making the world even better. The eyes of a child couldn’t equal the wonder present on this blog.
– Superblessed Christian Blog Award Winners of 2006
Beautiful. Thank you, Superblessed!
What’s even more awesome than being blessed with this award is that Ganns is donating medicines to Typhoon Reming’s victims in the names of the winners. You have a good heart, Ganns! See the rest of the winners here. Congratulations to all the Superblessed ones!
While H and I have decided not to decorate our home, we enjoy looking at other homes’ Christmas decor! To kick the tour off, here’s how my Mom decorated their home. She did all that by herself. Woohoo! See the pictures after the jump.
Can you take me on a tour of your holiday-filled home too?
As promised, I’m writing about my delightful morning at Chaikofi. My dearest friends Tin and Kiran were raving about this place one time, and I was intrigued! When my family and I visited Mall of Asia a few weekends ago, it was a must for us to try out the restaurant.
Upon entering Chaikofi, we were immediately charmed by the warmth of the place and the quaint decor. Ths silver, grey, dark brown, yellow and maroon colors were the perfect shades to help relax us tired shoppers. I loved the wall decor — yellow flying teapots!
What do you mean you haven’t played Line Rider yet? Do so now!
Here’s a new way to multiply. As soon as I watched the video, I tried this technique on my own. It’s definitely more tedious than the usual way of doing so but it’s still a cool route to explore. [Via Dr. Emer]
What’s your Bloglebrity status? Turns out I’m a B-lister (as of this writing!), per this Technorati widget.
The High Authority Group [B-List Bloggers]
(100-499 blogs linking in the last 6 months)
The third group represents a decided shift in blog age while not blogging much more frequently than the last. In keeping with the theme of the maturation of the blogosphere, it seems evident that many of these bloggers were previously in category two and have grown in authority organically over time. In other words, sheer dedication pays off over time.
Try it out and let me know what list you’re on!
I’m almost done with my Christmas shopping. Hay salamat! I cannot stand the crowds. A bunch of strangers pushed against each other combined with the disappointing December weather (it’s so hot!) doesn’t really make for a great shopping experience.
Still, I’m feeling the spirit now, little by little.
Catch ya later!
Last week, Manila braced itself for a super typhoon named Reming. Billboards were taken down again, windows slammed shut, classes suspended. It was a blessing that Reming decided to spare Manila its anger. However, our brothers and sisters in other parts of the country weren’t as lucky. The typhoon ravaged homes and crops in the South.
My good friend Via shared the note below with me. I hope that it inspires in you in whatever way you can to help.
It was a blast meeting you yesterday! I was worried you wouldn’t be able to get to Podium because of the rain, but you made it. Yey! Let me tell you that I enjoyed our tea conversation a lot. It was surprising how much we had in common (Narry a tinsel in our tree! Wait, narry a tree! ). You are super nice! Talks over tea are the best, and I was happy to have shared that moment with a new friend!
Lunch was also terrific as we met up with Tito Rolly, Marie and Girlie. I think the stars of the show were our delightful food companions — Kare-Kare, Lechon Kalawi, Bistek Tagalog, Nilagang Baka and Garlic Rice. Sarap! Okay lang mag-indulge. You’re on vacation!
I hope that you enjoy the rest of your Manila visit. While the rain is a bummer, I don’t think it’ll dampen your spirits. Take care! Till we see each other again.
Create your PERSONAL mission statement.
The approach Franklin Covey used is very thought-provoking and hopefully, effective. I encourage you to explore your personal mission… if you still don’t know what it is.
Have a good week!
From Meme: Mementos:
“A picture of your dresser.”
“I’m curious about your toiletries, how you arrange them inside the bathroom and/or inside the drawer!”
I don’t have a dresser. Our closet has a couple of shelves and a mirror that I use to store my toiletries and other kikay stuff. Here’s a peek into one of the shelves. There’s my body lotion, some stuff from the derma, some creams, my collection of beads and accessories, my hairdryer, my powder, my glasses, etc. Those are my everyday essentials.
“A peek into what’s inside your refrigerator?”
I took that as is! No more fiddling around. As much a I would have liked to stock it up with healthy fare, that wouldn’t be honest. Haha! So there you have it. There are lots of chocolates. Yum. My sister just came home from the States and she got Dennis and myself Twinkies, See’s, and my bilin Trader Joe Truffles!!! So kamusta daw naman ang ref! Puro matatamis!
“A place in your house that you haven’t cleaned or arranged or fixed yet…”
That’s our shoe cabinet. I am guilty with stocking too many of my own shoes in it. The result is H’s shoes spilling over. Eek. It doesn’t really look that cluttered in real life, but just looking at this pic gives me a headache.