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Hello, 2012!

The year 2011 was good to me.

  • Graduated from college (FINALLY!) with latin honors
  • Passed the Philippine Nursing Licensure Exam
  • First time out of the country — and trip was foh free yow!
  • I didn’t need to find work, work came to me (which I thank GOD for a million times. I’m truly blessed)
  • Not to mention the people I’ve met and worked with this year are incredibly amazing! TwestivalJuanxiPdPMoonleaf plus the countless, albeit absolutely fabulous, events that I’ve been to. My most heartfelt gratitude to the plethora of PR agencies that kept on inviting me. I heart you, guys!
  • Started up my own venture with the best of my college friends. You should watch out for Stereotyped‘s next collection!
  • First talk about blogging — pretty nerve-wracking but is one of my best days as a blogger, indeed!

Thank you all for being a part of the adventurous year, that is 2011. The adventure hadn’t stopped, but it only have just begun… again! Though I’ve been concealing, in this blog that is, I was jobless and no longer in the PdP team. No it’s not them, it’s me. As much as I love to continue working for them, believe me if I could, I would… but some things, as I always say, have to meet their conclusions. Fortunately for me, friendship never dies and I still get to work with them at times. *cheese alert* It’s just that I miss my team badly.

Here comes 2012, saying hello to me. I think my two-week unemployment starting last Christmas season was necessary to open my eyes to a lot of things – especially to those that I really want to do achieve in 2012. Yeah I know, kinda foolish. Christmas and jobless. A perfect match. *basks in irony*

But thank God, because up until now, I still can’t figure out how come these things are happening. I have my plans… but definitely His plans are way bigger than I thought they are. I’ll start work in a few days, and you bet I can’t wait to start… TO START A LOT OF THINGS. I won’t (maybe can’t) disclose for now, but it is indeed an exciting turn and it’s just the START of 2012.

This post is growing in length already, but before I forget, I wanna list down 12 things I want to do in 2012.

  1. SAVE. If last year, this was in the last, now it’s coming in first.
  2. ACQUIRE a domain name. How does jonverdavid.com sounds to you?
  3. TAKE a lot of photos… again. Rediscover photography.
  4. TRAIN. I’m so excited, somebody’s funding my social media training. I’ll make kwento soon!
  5. READ. I’ve been reading, but I’m not satisfied with the rate I’m running. This forcibly and partly justifies the next goal (haha) —
  6. BUY an iPad. So I can read more (!) and mobilize my job.
  7. TRAVEL the Indochina Southeast Asia trail. At least even before the year ends. Vietnam – Cambodia – Laos – Thailand and maybe a ferry to Indonesia, Malaysia, and culminate in Singapore before going back to Manila. My good friend, Hanna Samson of 1 Week and After,  and her tips are especially noteworthy!
  8. PACK lightly, traveling far away or not. Or at least learn how to.
  9. FIX my room, errrr… space. No matter how asthmatic I can get.
  10. SLEEP at night, wake up in the morning and work in between. Read this somewhere but I forgot where. I like the idea.
  11. START the NYC project. Employ the Law of Attraction.
  12. GET tested. ‘Nuff said.

Simple goals for a simple and successful 2012.

Bicol Day 2







DSC_0764During my trip in Legazpi City, I stayed in Sampaguita Tourist Inn near the workshop venue 

DSC_0817Breakfast was at La Mia Tazza



DSC_0768Cafe Americano while I reviewed my presentation for that morning

DSC_0769Concorde Cake. Wafer cake is just so yummy. I know you aren’t supposed to have dessert for breakfast but this with the Americano is just perfect.



DSC_0787IT’S SHOW TIME! I started by interviewing some of the resident bloggers



DSC_0797Then I gave away two Stereotyped shirts!


DSC_0799I’m so relieved the students had fun during my talk






DSC_0814Lunch with the organizers at Small Talk

DSC_0815Pili Basil Pasta. Tastes like Pesto but even better with Pili!


After lunch, Franzy and I met again to go to Cagsawa Ruins.


The road to Cagsawa was ruined by the 2006 (I think) eruption of Mayon Volcano. Kinda creeped me out a lil.





It was a long walk from the main road, but all worth it to see these structures I only see in postcards as a child. I can’t believe that’s JUST the belfry of the Cagsawa church. I suddenly realized I have this some sorta fear of ruins (which just sucks because I love going to ruins.)




This native guitar works just like a regular guitar (but I thought it was different)



DSC_0847They even have violins


DSC_0849The Hoy Stick. Spin it, say “hoy” and it spins the other way around!


DSC_0852Abandoned house

DSC_0857Beautiful clouds after the rain


Franzy was raving all about this restaurant ever since I arrived from Manila, so I can’t leave without even trying. Buena Cena Una is an old house converted into a restaurant and events place in Daraga, Albay.





DSC_0870Lumpiang Tinapa. I love Tinapa or smoked fish, so I can’t resist to try this rolls when I saw them on the menu. The smokey goodness of the fish and the crunch of the wrap with the tang of the vinegar is just awesome. I’d like to try this at home!

DSC_0871Cheese sticks.

DSC_0872Bruschetta. The bread could use a little more toast and more drizzle of olive oil perhaps. Twas just okay.


DSC_0874Wild Fern Salad. I wish I had noticed that they are adding a vinaigrette to this salad. Usually, I like my Pako salad with just a drizzle of fish sauce and calamansi. Or if they’re doing this with a dressing, they could have gone easy in it.

DSC_0875Clubhouse Sandwich

DSC_0880Before leaving, I decided to visit Daraga church, but it was closed.


DSC_0882I wish I could be back soon!

Thanks to Josh Acuna of St. Agnes Academy Alumni Association for inviting me to Legazpi City!

Bicol Day 1

So you all know that I was invited to Legazpi City to talk about blogging and social media. My talk was scheduled at 16th, but I decided to go a day before to meet my friend Franzy and go tour around town.


I arrived at the city just in time for the opening of the workshop. I dropped by first to say hello to the organizers and I also met some of the other speakers. I was dead nervous to see all the students who would listen to me the next day.

DSC_0708Grace Imperial from Divine Word College hosted the event


The Workshop was graced by seasoned author and proud advocate of the Bicol language, Mr. Abdon “Jun” Balde, Jr. He recited to the audience a poem he made titled, “It’s A Weird Wired World” The original was in Bicolano but I thankfully, Mr. Jun posted a Tagalog version in his Facebook account! I rarely like poems but this one’s too witty and funny to pass!



Franzy and I met up around lunch. We left the workshop and headed straight to Embarcadero. It’s a mall beside the sea and seems appropriate also that boats dock in this area, hence the name of the mall. If I remember accurately, some time in December last year I found myself beside the sea also.

DSC_0718First meal in Bicol was in Biggs Diner in Embarcadero


DSC_0720Pop-vintage diner. Reminds me of 50’s Diner in Baguio City




DSC_0723Bigg meal (pun intended :P)

DSC_0725Rex Clothing cross tee, Thrifted gray denim jacket, Oxygen reversible jeans, Punchdrunk Panda Negatives plimsolls, Bags of Love UK leather holdall, Speedo square frames


DSC_0730The clouds were affirming it was a good day. I love clouds!

DSC_0731Literally beside the mountain


DSC_0733There’s a go kart arena but we were too lazy to try

DSC_0735Walked this road

DSC_0737And stopped by for a very vain photo haha



DSC_0745Was tired and hungry again, so we went to Bikol Blends to chill




DSC_0750The place has impeccable service, and the fastest wi-fi in Legazpi, maybe…





DSC_0756Tried out Sili Ice Cream! Contrary to popular belief, this one is not so spicy – it lingers on creamy side and releases the spicy sting on the throat, not on the tongue.

Was practically sleepless and tired so we opted not to go around that much. More of my Bicol trip in my next posts!!!

Hello! Did you miss me?

I know it’s so bipolar-ish of me to be so happy after my existential x philosophical x dreading post about Christmas. But hey, again — if we can be happy everyday, and Christmas is JUST another day. Then we can be happy on Christmas day. Merry Christmas IS appropriate to say! :P

A few updates before I start my backlog-killing spree! (Oh fun!)

  • Our benefit pop-up bazaar at Moonleaf Maginhawa turned out to be success! We raised over PhP23,000 for Northern Mindanao! Way to go bloggers and shoppers! Moonleaf is still accepting donations up until the end of this day ONLY.

  • I’m so excited to share to you my Bicol adventure! Well, not really an adventure as I was there for the First Bicol Social Media Workshop! Had a grand time with students from Bicol University!

PPhoto by one of the students from BU

  • Right after touchdown in Manila, I went straight to prep for my sister’s debut! Angel @ 18 was a huge success, and I’m so proud of my sister!!!

Angel’s so pretty!

Syempre, di ako pakakabog! Unkabogable KUYA!

  • HAD THE GRANDEST TIME AT PdP’S CHRISTMAS PARTYYYY! Pictures to follow! So sad though others didn’t make it na.
  • I still have utang posts about PdP’s blogger hangout at Milky & Sunny and  Dr. Marten’s re-opening in the PH! It was so much fun!!! *oh forgive the lag, December is a busy month :(*

Photo by Miko Carreon

  • The Moonleaf Tea Shop Planner giveaway is still on UNTIL the end of this day (Dec. 24, 11:59pm) I hadn’t have time to read every comment, but it seems to me, so far, that everyone LOVES the Moonleaf planner!

  • My already-stout heart has been made even stouter by people giving stuff to me for Christmas. I love you all, guys and gals ❤
  • And if you haven’t got anything for me, just refer to this Wishlist. CHAROT! But yeah, you can give me anything from the list. Do not hesitate, please. HAHA! #makapal #ohyeah!

So that’s pretty much everything happening! If you must know, after my backlogs I’m on to my Pokemon workout and will finish probably American Psycho (and probably also, succumb into downloading Haruki Murakami e-books.) HAHA!


The First Bicol Social Media Workshop

I’ll be talking all about Blogging 101!!! Yay or nay?! HAHA! See y’all Bicolanos and yeah, pardon the awkward me!

Also, it will be my first time at BICOL! Oh yeaaaaaaaah!

But yeah, oh gawd, I’m so nervous!!! *exclamation abuse*

Speaker and topic line-up here, here and here.