Many things happened last year. Some are the worse I had experienced but they are not worth mentioning, not here. Important thing is, lesson learned. I wanna focus on the good things instead as there are more cause for celebration. 2010 was a year of major shifts in my personal life and blogging career. Here are the 10 best things that happened to me last year......
1. The Wedding
For a moment like this, some people wait a lifetime.lalala. Seriously, I waited 10 years of constant dating and I almost lost her on the last year. I am glad I was able to nail it and finally---sa simbahan din ang tuloy. While there were hesitations before, not because I am not sure as to get institutionalized or that I am unsure of the person to marry but more on the timing. I thought I was too young.lol
Good thing I did though. Now, I can proudly say---I am happily married!!!!
Only had a few trips this year, but I consider myself lucky. No umay factor. I am very happy I finally set foot on Banaue, Sagada and Palawan in 2010. Also conquesred some of my fears like going inside a cave and riding the zip line. More places to explore and more things to try this year!!!!
3. photography and young photographers Philippines
immediately after the wedding, we went back to Manila to buy my first dslr then headed to Banaue -Sagada for our honeymoon. Life and blogging since then has changed. I am so happy I went dslr. Life now is more colorful. Photography also opened a lot of opportunities for me. I got to meet YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS PHILIPPINES, who I consider dear to me. Endless photowalks and kulitan filled my weekends. My blogging also improved a lot because of the photos.........
4. meeting bloggers
I met around 100 bloggers this year and I still have so many in my list who I want to meet in 2011. It has been a very liberating experience meeting the people I admire in the blogosphere and each meeting for me is as exciting and educational at the same time. I learned a lot because of this, not just in terms of blogging but on the social aspect as well. Yes, blogging is a social thing and as I have said, interaction is very important. Meeting bloggers for me is taking the interaction to a different level.....
5. THUNDERBIRD RESORT
Another major shift in my blogging as it allowed me to finally go full blast on meeting bloggers. It also made me build more connections. Something that I hesitated to do before. But I have always wanted to cover events and after the Thunderbird Resort sponsored tour, things started to change BIG TIME. My traffic greatly improved and I started to get recognition as a photoblogger. I am thankful to Nica of Thunderbird for picking my blog and I wanna say thank you to Azrael who I met in the tour for opening his group to me. Blogging since then has always been fun.For that I am forever grateful. It was also the time I got to meet Gael, and not to mention, to be reunited with Chyng Reyes again.
Last year saw a major transformation in my blog. From personal, to photoblog (a real photoblog) , then to events. I have covered more than 20 events last year and I am looking forward to more this 2011. Good thing I categorized my blog as a photoblog early on, that gave me more flexibility on the topics I can cover ( as long as there is a photo in the post.hehe) ---and so I now define PUSANGKALYE as a photoblog of my travels and events and everything in between. Very encompassing ayt? I am not just a personal or travel or events blogger. I am a photoblogger and I hope to be better at it this year. Perhaps land a nomination in the Philippine Blog Awards? why not? hahaha
It was August 2009 when I officially moved to Saint Monique Valais in Binangonan. But 2010 was what I consider the real year of staying here since its my first full year of living my new village. For now, I can finally say I found my home. In as much as find it hard to go to Manila every weekend just to attend blog events and take care of other stuff, I find it comforting to know that I now have my own place to go home to. A place I can definitely be proud of.
This damn motorbike that I love so much!!!!lol. It's the only thing I can afford and it took me 18months to pay. Finally finished the loan with a sweet sigh of relief. Now, my salary will no longer be deducted 4,500php a month. That's really a big deal given all the expenses here and there. Another 2010 goal accomplished.Sana car na next time.D:
One of the most memorable tours I had in years ---with strangers. I got to enjoy it so much and I realized how fun bloggers are when they travel together. With this I can definitely say I found new friends as you will just get to know the real person when you travel with him. I become a little melodramatic whenever I remember this tour as it was really a feel good experience. To TEAM WESTERN PANGASINAN, tara, travel uli!!!
I was not nominated in any blog award last year but I was able to attend 3 in the span of 2 weeks. December was really a busy blog awards month. The Philippine Blog Awards, Pinoy Expats Blog Awards and Saranggola Blog Awards. It was nice being part of these events, meeting blogging and picking good ideas from all the entries and winners. Congratulations to my friends who got the nominations and eventually the trophy. Sana mapasama nako sa list this year. Again. hahaha
Thse are the 10 major events for me last year. Other than that, I would like to say I am thankful and really elated that my wife was finally promoted to Master teacher 1 after 8 years of teaching in public school. She finally got the recognition she desreves for working really hard.
2010 was definitely a good year for pusangkalye. I hope to break more grounds this year. A stable job, more travels, take my blog to another notch, more events, have a baby in the house and finally quit smoking. Wish me luck......