Today is the last day of the year. I can't believe how time sped by sooooo fast this year! It's currently the Year of the Golden Dragon, said to be not a very good year for those born in the Year of the Dog like me. However, I felt pretty lucky this year. I guess it really is up to your own mindset and outlook in life, right?
This year opened with so much love as Paul and I welcomed 2012 with our families around us. We're lucky to be blessed with such amazing parents and equally loving siblings and relatives. From them we get our strength as they've been showering us with their undying support.
I got to admit that I prayed for one thing this year. That is for us to finally have our little bundle of joy. I guess the BIG Guy up there believes that we have to wait a little more and instead blessed us with a lot more other things. It's okay, we can wait and we're pretty sure our little bundle of joy will definitely be worth the wait.
I know Thanksgiving Day is over yet I think today is a good time to look back and to be thankful for all the amazing things that have happened this year. Allow me to share with you the 6 things that I'm truly thankful for this 2012:
1) Meeting new blogger friends
Throughout 2012, I've had the privilege of finally meeting the bloggers behind some of the cool blogs that I've been following.
Of course, I also feel so lucky to be able to build great friendships with a couple of fellow bloggers too! Indeed, a number of true friends can be found over the internet. :)
2) Bitten by the travel bug (AGAIN!)
After that, I had a short yet memorable business trip to Beijing, China where it was my first time to travel abroad on my own.
It was also an achievement for my best friend T and I as we bonded one weekend in Tagaytay. It was during this trip where I first tried Highlands Steakhouse and for me, they have one of the best steaks in the country!
More quick trips followed after such as our Hong Kong and Macau trips which I have yet to tell you about and there's that business trip to Cebu just a month ago.
I wish I'll be blessed with more travel opportunities next year. Crossing my fingers and toes for that!
3) Lovin' Staycations
I'll never forget our weekend stay at the Manila Marriott Hotel where we also had a romantic steak dinner date at Cru ♥.
4) Yummy Eats 2012
I rarely talk about my day job but for today, I'll make an exception. Some of you might have guessed it already but I'll say it anyway. I am the Associate Publisher for the country's best-selling food (Yummy), shelter (Real Living) and entertainment magazines (YES! and OK! Philippines). So what is an Associate Publisher? In layman's term, it's pretty much synonymous to a brand manager. I'm a marketing practitioner by profession and during the day, I take good care of these magazine brands like how a mommy would watch over her babies. It's not an easy task as my babies tend to be very demanding for my full attention all at the same time. However, I love my job and I got to say, working for the country's number one magazine publisher was truly a dream come true. In fact, I still remember submitting my resume months before my graduation hoping I'd bag an editorial job. While fate took me elsewhere instead, I found myself back at Summit Media's door 4 years after, excited for my first day at work. My love affair with Summit Media lasted for 4 and a half years and I'm using the past tense as I'm soon bidding the post that I love pretty soon.
5) Passion for learning
6) Avis Travel Blog Awards
Moving forward to 2013
So, what's in store for 2013? Well, as far as Frannywanny.com is concerned, expect more food and travel stories soon. I still have a longgggg list of entries that I have yet to share with all of you. Aside from that, Paul and I will soon embark on a new journey which is yet another dream come true for us. That said, I do hope that you'll continue to follow this blog as I will share with you more new food finds and travel tales as we all welcome 2013 with open arms.
Happy New Year!!!