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2017 in Review

Well, 2017 didn’t turn out quite how I expected it to be.

I think I cried more times last year than any other year of my life. Even now, as I’m recalling the high and low points of my year, I can’t help but cry and be sad for all the things I lost. Thinking about 2017 brings so much pain and sadness. There really aren’t a lot of good things that happened last year to write about, so I’m just going to talk about the things that I learned from all my failures.

5. Having a hobby is important. In 20...

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How Much Imported Products Can Balikbayans Bring Home to the Philippines?

If there’s one thing that Pinoys look forward to during the holidays, that’s their relatives from abroad taking some time away from work to come home and spend Christmas with the rest of the fambam here in sunny Philippines. A happy side-product of that is pasalubongs fresh from foreign soil. From clothes, to shoes, to makeup and toiletries, these pasalubongs are part and parcel of the balikbayan experience...

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The Best Booky Deals of 2017

It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of discounts coupons and bargains. I think that if shopping coupons were more popular here in the Philippines, I’d be one of those extreme couponers who spends hours on end cutting out coupons from magazines! Aside from the obvious perk of saving money, I enjoy spotting good bargains. Which is why when I discovered Booky, it didn’t take me long to convince the boyfriend to get a premium membership...

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HANA’s 2017 Christmas Gift Guide: Gifts Worth Php150 and Below for Girls

Christmas season is upon us, and I could not be any more excited! I live for this season because my love language is giving gifts. In fact, I’m already done with my Christmas shopping for the officemates as early as last month. So I’m really excited to share with you all my *ehem* expertise *ehem* in finding great gifts that won’t cost you your whole thirteenth month pay. In the first installment of my 2017 Gift Guide Series, I’ve listed down 10 great gifts that are all Php 150 below...

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10 Things to Try in Boston

Okay, I’m going to try to keep this simple, because if I start complicating this by editing photos and what not, I’ll never get to finish this blog post, and I really want to talk about how my week-long trip to Boston was. Apologizing in advance for the lack of post-processing.

Last month, I was given the opportunity to travel to Boston, Massachusetts, for the INBOUND 2017 conference...

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True Story

I’m claiming it: 2017 is my worst year this decade.

Yep, it’s true. I’ve had a shitty year so far, and I’m two months shy from 2018, so I’d say that there’s no danger of my luck turning around and my last two months of the year making up for the rest of my year.

I’ve failed plenty of times this year.

I lost so many people on my team.

I dropped out of grad school after planning for so long. And I don’t even like making plans...

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5 Reasons Why Power Dressing is an Essential Life Skill

I work as a team leader for a local agency-type company in Pasig, and while the company I work for doesn’t enforce strict rules when it comes to office attire, I take it upon myself to always dress up everyday like I’m meeting my worst rival. Power dressing is just one of those skills that people neglect, thinking that it’s not as important as doing well at work, hitting your targets, and all other things that would make your boss happy...

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Singapore Day 2: Of Museums and Hawker Centers

Our Day 2 in Singapore is the reason why we’re in Singapore in the first place: The Asian Scientist Writing Prize awarding. Kyle was invited to attend the event after submitting his entry to the contest, and we and everyone back at home were excited to find out what he won!

But first, breakfast.

Breakfast: Ya Kun Kaya Toast

The train ride didn’t cost us any more than the $30 we spent on the tourist pass on our first day. Now, riding buses and trains is a breeze...

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Singapore Day 1

So two years after our uneventful first visit to Singapore, we made our way back again. This time, it’s for the Asian Scientist Writing Prize (more about that in the next blog post). This will probably be my last out-of-town trip this year, so I wanted to make the most of it. Not to mention, the fare, accommodation, and just about everything else in Singapore is costly! So I got down to work and planned our three-day itinerary.

Arrival: 12:29 AM

We took a cheap flight (thank you, Skyscanner!) w...

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Countdown to #RoadToSablay

Fun fact: Even though I graduated from UP (from the College of Nursing – yes, I was a nurse) in 2010, I never got to graduate wearing a sablay. The dean and professors in our college frowned upon it for god knows what reason, and it has always been a frustration of mine. I think we were the only ones who weren’t allowed to march to our graduation with our sablay on. But because I’ll be starting my MBA in UP soon, I have another chance at graduating with my sablay, yay!

But that’s not for another...

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