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I Had to Stop

… with my #100HappyDays blog series. I just can’t keep up! 😀

I’ve got tons of backlogs for my other blogs, mainly Pinay Reviewer and Certified Foodies, so I decided to stop that blog series here. However, I will continue with my 30-day Single Woman blogging challenge, which has now stretched to over 30 weeks. 😀

I like the questions / topics for that blogging challenge, so I will go ahead with it. I just wanted to say I decided to stop with my #100HappyDays entries. Maybe I’ll do a weekly “Things I’m Thankful For” series instead. Let’s see. 🙂

I’m hoping to get back on track with all my tasks for my blogs. I’m also planning on changing the layout of Certified Foodies since it’s our blog’s 4th year anniversary. It’ll be a completely new look so I’m excited! 🙂

Okay, that’s it for now. If you’re reading this, thanks. Have a lovely week!

I’ll leave you with this photo of me photo-bombing my nanay during our Potipot Island getaway.

I wasn’t expecting people to react about my legs being exposed in this photo. I didn’t even realize that I haven’t shown my legs EVER in any photo I’ve posted online, so I understand why they were surprised. 😀

Existence of Social Media (Day 17 #100HappyDays)

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again – I am thankful for the existence of social media. Aside from finding my ‘calling’ when it comes to a career I want to pursue, social media has brought about many positive changes in my life. Sure, we can argue about how it has enabled a lot of negativity to spread quickly across the world, but we can’t deny that the good outweighs the bad. And I don’t think social media is to be blamed for all the disadvantages, but how us as humans use it. I believe social media has more vital effects on our lives.

Social media not only enabled us to communicate better (again, some might disagree), but it also gave us a way to be updated on our friends’ and loved ones’ lives, no matter where they are located. Sure, we don’t communicate on the phone as much as before, but social media is more cost-effective and I feel it has made it possible for us to be more connected. Some people might not like talking over the phone and they prefer to text or email. With social media, you just need to open your Facebook account and send a private message to someone without any extra costs (unless, of course, you don’t have a monthly DSL internet plan).

When email started

We also got to see, through images, how our loved ones are doing. In a way, we get to be part of their lives. You get to share your own life too to the people you care about.

One of the things I love about social media is I got to meet new friends. Through my blogs, I met some really cool people, especially our fellow foodies who we get to share delicious meals with. 🙂

And, of course, working in social media has made me realize what I’m supposed to be doing. I didn’t take a marketing course in college because I didn’t know I had a way with words. Sure, I love writing and reading back then, but I didn’t know I can come up with witty lines and ideas that marketing requires. So, now, I’m deeply in love with my work as a Social Media Manager and a supervisor for a team of smart people too. I’ve only been in this industry for over 2 years, but I feel I have a bright future ahead of me. I can’t wait to find out where this road leads me. 🙂

Me as a Social Media Manager

How about you? What do you love about social media?

Day 1: Why Are You Still Single?

So, it’s day 1 of my take on The Single Woman’s 30-day blogging challenge. Of course, the topic is all about probably the most asked question by people, especially my relatives, when they see me: “Why are you still single?”

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This question, for me, is what I consider the most irritating personal inquiry someone can ask a single woman or man. I mean, is there even a correct answer to this? Should I answer honestly or make up some random bullshit just to shut you up? And if I give you an honest answer, how badly would you judge me? Would you even listen or just interpret my response based on what YOU think you know about me?

I’ve been asked this question many times, and what’s funny is, every time, it’s someone who I don’t even consider a friend or someone I’m close with. Yes, even our relatives who feel like it’s okay to ask me that question, they’re not playing any important part in my life to even deserve to know the reason why I’m still single (some are even unhappy in their own relationships or are in unhealthy ones). Only my closest friends know exactly why and, for the sake of this 30-day blogging challenge, I’ll let you in on the REAL reason why I’m still not married to anyone at this point in my life.

But, first, how do I answer this question? I have tried every answer in the single woman book and nothing seems to shut people up 😀 :

  • “I’m busy with work” or “I’m too busy right now” – They’ll respond by saying I should make time since I’m not getting any younger, like it’s something you can just add to your to-do list.
  • “I have no time for a boyfriend now” – They’ll usually give me the “Are you serious?” kind of look, or they’ll say I have high standards. And I’m like, “Are you seriously telling me to settle with just about anyone just because I’m over 30?!”
  • “I’m seeing someone but nothing serious” – This triggers more questions, so I stopped using this, though I was actually dating someone at that time. Some of the questions that were thrown at me were, “Where is he? Why is he not with you?”, “Why are you still single on Facebook?” (Ugh. Who says that’s now a measure of a true relationship?), “When are you getting married?” (I just said it’s nothing serious and you want us to get married?! 😀 ) and a lot more facepalm worthy questions. 😀
  • “I’m just having fun”, or “I’m enjoying being single for now” – Again, they feel like I should be desperate now to be a wife or a mother. 😀 People need to understand we have different priorities in life.

Here’s the thing: the main (and REAL) reason why I’m still single is I haven’t found anyone who made me truly, madly, deeply fall in love with him. If you really know me, you probably already know that I’ve been with many guys and 2 girls (surprise, surprise). There have been only 2 people who I know I truly loved – my first love who I was with for over a year, and my last serious relationship whom I spent 5 years of my life with. Since then, I’ve dated a few guys, but none of them made me want to settle or commit.

I don’t have high standards. Okay, maybe a little, but I feel like all of us have high standards and we just throw them all out the window once we’ve found that one person who would change our minds. I haven’t found anyone yet who made me feel like I want to stay, be with him and see where and how things will go.

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The Single Woman’s 30-Day Blogging Challenge

It’s been awhile since I updated this blog with something truly personal. After I celebrated my 33rd birthday, like most people on their birthdays, I felt like I needed to reflect on what I’ve accomplished and how I’m doing with my life so far. The first thing that came to mind was to start a 30-day blogging challenge.

I initially wanted to start a song challenge, but my brother gave me this idea: The Single Woman’s 30-Day Blogging Challenge which he found on The Single Woman. I went through the questions and, immediately, I knew this is it! 🙂

The Single Woman

Upon reading some of the questions, many memories – both painful and happy – came back to me. This was the perfect 30-day blogging challenge for me because it will help me look back on those important moments in my life that shaped who I am today as a single 33-year old woman.

Here’s a breakdown of what the blogging challenge entails me to write about, which I’ll start officially tomorrow (I’ll be linking them to the posts I’ve already published):

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.

I feel like this is going to be an emotional 30-day blogging challenge, but I think it’s exactly what I need.

And if you want to get to know me a little better, just come back here every day for my blog post for each day of this challenge. I can’t wait to start! 🙂

Finally, Now Using WordPress!

After years of contemplating if I should migrate this blog to WordPress, I finally did it! And I’m excited to blog here more often.

This blog has been neglected for months now. I mean sure, there were updates here and there, but nothing really personal. I miss writing or typing away on my laptop, blurting out all the words that comes to mind without thinking about SEO, what images I’ll insert in between each paragraph, what people would think or how they would react, or missing any deadline I’ve set for myself. With this blog, I can write freely and not worry about anything else but letting my thoughts and feelings out into this small space in the blogosphere.

I decided to finally move this blog to WordPress because I feel that one of the reasons why I wasn’t as dedicated to updating this blog was because of the restricted editing I can do with Blogger. Now that I’m on WordPress, there are no more excuses. 😀

For now, I’m working on personalizing the theme of this blog so you’ll see bits and pieces of the layout I’m creating. In the meantime, you can visit my food blog and my product review blog for updates on other things that are keeping me busy these days. 🙂