Things I Learned in 2013

As the year 2013 comes to a close, I see a lot of posts in my facebook timeline of friends highlighting their 2013. Most have this year as their best yet while a few had some challenges and can’t wait to meet 2014. Personally, this year has been the roughest, toughest and darkest for me.

It started out peacefully and although met with some challenges, I believed that we were overcoming the issues. Or so I thought. Towards the middle of the year, the little bumps became more frequent and slowly became harder and harder. Until it all blew in my face. To say that I was blindsided is an understatement.

It was like being on the edge of the cliff with gravity instantly pulling me in. It was like falling into a deep darkness where no help came. It was like a huge part of me died. And the saddest part is knowing that it will never live again.

Despite everything that has happened though, I’m still thankful to be alive. I had a lot of lessons learned as I tried to move forward. And as I welcome 2014, I would like to share some of the things I learned this year:

1. Not everyone who smiles at you is a friend.

Even if you meet people who you think are friends, there are those who will betray you. As it turns out, no amount of kindness can prevent someone from taking the most important thing in your life from you.

2. No matter how honestly you live your life, there are really others who are not. And some are much closer to home than you think.

3. It’s true that there are people who have lost their values and have a twisted belief of self-righteousness.

As the saying goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” You would think that people who grew up in good families and went to the best schools will grow up to be responsible and honest adults. But there are really those who only think about themselves and their happiness even if they will throw all decency and morals out the window. No amount of training or curriculum can ever prepare you for it.

4. Life is not fair. And Shit Happens.

True story.

5. At the end of the day, your family and true friends will stand by you, push you to move forward and make you realize that life does not end when you lost love.

I am one of those who can’t wait for 2014. I look forward to a better year and hopes that peace will finally make its way to my life. If not, I can always refer back to #5. So 2014, bring it on!

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Robinsons Place Manila: Christmas Kiddie Ball

One of the Christmas events at Robinsons Place Manila this December was the Kiddie Ball last December 14. It was a magical afternoon for kids as they came in their princess and prince costumes and enjoyed treats from Robinsons Place such as the Face Painting, Glitter Tattoo, Photobooth and also, cupcakes and cookies from Homemade Cupcakes by Grandma Ethel.

It was our second event at Robinsons Place and we had a blast with the Kiddie Christmas Ball. My friend, Rogeena and I setup a Winter Wonderland buffet table to align with the magical afternoon’s theme.

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Robinsons Place Manila: Kiddie Carnival

My mom has been baking for as long as I remember. Her specialty is the banana cake and as I grew older, I would be the one to research new recipes to try. These cupcakes are normally for family and friends’ consumption only as we would only make them on special occasions. We had an opportunity to share the little cuppies to others when my cousin got us as one of their suppliers in a 2-day weekend event at Robinsons Place Manila. We were hesitant to accept the 800 cupcake order at first but decided to take the plunge.

With the help of some friends, we were able to pull it all off! All 800 cupcakes (and more) were baked, frosted, delivered and displayed on time. We were also able to setup our kiddie carnival table complete with circus animals, carnival tickets and the crowd-favorite Ferris wheel.

The Kiddie Carnival event can be considered as our lucky “push”. After the event, cupcake orders poured in. We were able to join our first ever bazaar and another Robinsons event in December. And just like that, Homemade Cupcakes by Grandma Ethel was born. 🙂

Kiddie Kist Christmas Box: Potpourri Card

Last week was crazy in the household. It was Yui’s exam week and we’ve got tons of cupcake orders. That’s why we didn’t get a chance to have some Kiddie Kist time. Since it’s already school vacation this week, we finally get to have some time for arts and crafts. The second activity in the December Kiddie Kist box is the Potpourri Christmas Card, which was really nostalgic for me. I remember during my younger years before Photobooths became hip and popular, giveaways on birthday parties and weddings are potpourri bottles. I don’t know how they were so popular back then but I remember having a huge collection in my boarding house. So it was cool for Kiddie Kist to introduce potpourri to the younger generation. 🙂

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Kiddie Kist Christmas Box: Cone Ornament

Yui loves making crafts as she’s been making projects in Homeroom Center ever since she was 1 year old. It helps boost her creativity and is a great way to spend her time at home. That’s why when Teacher Pia asked if I want to be a part of Kiddie Kist, I did not hesitate one bit! Kiddie Kist is a monthly subscription for parents who want to boost their child’s creativity and intelligence. They send out a box full of activities just right for the child’s age. When our Christmas Kiddie Kist box was delivered, Yui was so excited to see all these crafts. I don’t know about this kid but she gets excited with glue, tape and sequins. 🙂

The first activity from this box is the Christmas Cone Ornament. They send out the instructions in e-mail and post it on their website. After school, Yui got the box and took out the materials for the cone ornament.

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