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Goodbye December 2017, Hello 2018

It has been 21 days since 2018 began. I'm so sorry for updating this blog late. I should have written and published a post sooner but I got caught up with pending tasks from last year and had bit of an health issue to take care of.

I hope this life update or shall I say 2017 recap could suffice the amount of time I was gone. Thank you for keeping my blog alive and on top of the Topblogs ranking. You can also read my financial year-end review over my other blog just click here to be redirected.

I can't wait to share to you what happened to me in the last month of 2017 but before that I think it would be nice to give you the highlights of my year.



January 2017

February and March 2017

  • I bid goodbye to WiFun then found a new job by March
  • Reunion with my elementary friends. Dinner at Cabalen Alabang Town Center, mid night talk at Baga Manila and an overnight swimming at Pansol, Laguna.
  • I went to Baguio!!! I spent 4 days and 3 nights at the Summer Capital of the Philippines. You can read my Baguio travel diary here or a comprehensive itinerary and budget guide here. 
  • Sponsoring an overnight stay for my parent's wedding anniversary at The Bayleaf Intramuros.
  • First day at First Metro Asset Management Inc.


April 2017

  • Kuya and Lyron's Birthday celebration
  • Dinner with my good friend Cata
  • Binge watching series and movies on Netflix

May 2017

  • Lunch with Joseph and Gio from the Coffee Monday Barkada
  • Watching Sandara Park's movie, One Step, with Nica and Cata
  • Random Night Out Road Trip with Armstrong, Christian and Step, high school friends

June 2017

July 2017

  • Visited my Kuya and his family at their own sweet home in Cavite.
  • My mom bought me an office chair!!!!!!!!!!
  • Bonding with my FAMI workmates
  • Divisoria and overnight bonding with Nica
  • Watching Kita Kita with my sisters

August 2017

  • I didn’t have any activity worth sharing so I decided to do a Sunday Currently instead.

September 2017

  • I spoke at iBlog : The 13th Blogging Summit on The Rise of Financial Blogging in the Philippines
  • Wedding event at Island Cove
  • Kingsman Movie Date with my sisters

October 2017

  • Attending Church Service again at Victory Makati
  • Hosting First Metro Sports Fest 2017
  • Watching Stranger Things Season 2

November 2017



And here's what happened in December 2017

I Won in Sun Life #SINAG Awards 2017!

I never really shared this to you all, but before November ended I joined the #SINAG Financial Literacy Digital Journalism Awards 2017.

It is an annual award giving body Sun Life Financial launched to recognize bloggers and digital influencers who are helping and inspiring Filipinos to be financially responsible towards a brighter future.

After submitting my entry I just forgot about it and continued my busy month.

Come December, I received an email invitation for the awards night held in Fairmont Hotel Makati as my entry got shortlisted.

I attended the ceremony and little did I know that I will actually win, 1st Runner Up in the Digital Category! It felt so surreal to be there with other financial bloggers, journalists and enthusiasts. This year is great for SavingsPinay. Actually in my blog life as a whole.


Noel Bazaar Year 3

My third year in a row to attend the Noel Bazaar with Nica. 

This is like our friendship tradition already since 2015. I’m happy with the items purchased this year because everything were functional. Among the best buy I’ve made at the bazaar were two new jeans (ripped and black high-waist), a body bag, and matching sleepwear.

Christmas and Papa's 60th Birthday Party

We had the busiest Christmas celebration ever. Unlike in the past when my Mama is usually low-key when it comes to Christmas, this year we had not just one, two but three celebrations.
First was a simple feast at home during the 24th where we manage to gather as a family and celebrate the birth of Jesus.
The following day we went to my Kuya’s home at Cavite to have our second celebration. Last July, my Kuya and his family moved to their own home in Cavite. It was a bittersweet goodbye for all of us. 

New Year Celebrationn

We had a blast during the New Year. Aside from my Kuya and his family, we were all complete during the celebration. I was directly involved in all the cooking and preparation for our Media Noche. The menu I prepared that day includes Tuyo Pasta, BBQ Platter (pork, shrimp and squid), Gyoza and Fish Fillet in Tartar Sauce.

First Gala of 2018

It's been our family tradition too, to take a day off on the first day of the New Year and bond as a family. 

This year we went to Festival Mall, Alabang and had an amazing night together. We had a usual coffee date, a walk tour in the Christmas Village and dinner at Chubby's Rib Shack. 

For a recap of my 2016 you can read this post: Goodbye December 2016, Hello 2017!

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