‘Tis the season to be jolly!


And because it’s the season for giving too, I’ll give my readers and friends something to be jolly about.

I’m giving away some vouchers! Not soย bongga, but these are from the heart – in gratitude for all your support and all the blessings that I’ve received. ๐Ÿ™‚

Three vouchers worth P400.00 at Henrys Place.
Three vouchers worth P400.00 at Henry’s Place, Bonifacio Global City as 3rd, 4th and 5th prizes.
Two vouchers for lunch/dinner buffet at Corniche, Diamond Hotel - Manila for 1st and second prizes.
Two vouchers for lunch/dinner buffet at Corniche, Diamond Hotel – Manila as 1st and second prizes.

2010 has been kind and good, despite some difficulties my family has had. So I’d like to share some joy around. Anyone who reads my blog can enter to join, as long as you are able to avail of the vouchers within their validity period.

So what do you have to do? Nothing difficult, really.

Just leave a comment below, answering this question:

Who/what are you grateful for in 2010?

Best 5 answers, to be judged by my family (kids, husband, sisters), will win the vouchers. Contest will run until December 31, and winners will be announced on New Year’s Day! ย Vouchers will be sent through email.

So look back at your 2010 with a grateful heart and share with me your gratitude. Thanks!


Disclaimer: I bought these vouchers at Ensogo, but the contest is in no way connected to or supported by Ensogo. Original terms and conditions of vouchers apply. Read details, terms and conditions for Henry’s Place vouchers here, and for Corniche Diamond Hotel Buffet vouchers here.

If you’re not a member of Ensogo yet, you may want to sign up using my referral code :D. But that is optional, of course.


Asides… Buffets are great once in a while. Go buffet-ing and you may find yourself on the hunt for adapexin review as you try to lose all that weight. ๐Ÿ˜›

25 thoughts on “‘Tis the season to be jolly!

  1. Merry Christmas and congratulations for winning the blog awards! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Who/What I am grateful for in 2010?

    I’m super grateful for the love that my mom and my fiance gave me this year. This was the 1st Christmas in many, many, many years that I won’t be spending it alone. Christmas used to be just a normal day for me but this year will be truly special. My mom and my fiance, 2 most important people in my life will be spending it with me. I couldn’t ask for more.

    I honestly have so much to thankful this year. I don’t know where to start. Them spending the holidays with me this year would be the greatest blessing in 2010 ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Who/what are you grateful for in 2010?

    This year I am grateful for my family who has been with me through thick and thin. All the money and material possessions in the world would not be able to take the place of my loved ones.

    In addition, I am grateful for great books. Without these wonderful items, I would have nothing to do indoors except numb my mind with TV shows.

    Lastly, now that I am older and have to take care of my nephew and niece, I feel most grateful for having been brought up properly by my parents. I hadn’t known until now how hard it it to take care of kids. Nowadays I am filled with admiration, respect and gratitude towards my parents because of they lovingly and patiently took care of me when I was a child.

    Thanks Mom and Dad!

  3. I am most thankful for the gift of health. My husband was diagnosed hypertensive-diabetic late 2009 after almost having a heart attack. This led us to make drastic changes in our lifestyle, including changing the way and what we eat. We also started to be more physically active by biking together and, in my case, running.

    Just a month ago, my husband was hospitalized again for dengue and this, by far, is the scariest of all. But I am very thankful to be working for a pharma company, which provided my husband free hospitalization.

    These health scares have motivated my husband and I to live healthier and better lives. We plan to have a child soon and the gift of health is also something we want to give him.

  4. I am grateful for a safe delivery this year. My first, in fact. And thanks to motherhood, I could say my life is now complete. It has taught me how to become a better person not just for her and for the whole family, but also for myself.

    Thanks to my hubby who helped me overcome the stress and paranoia brought about by the pregnancy (and for buying all the food I insanely craved for in the wee hours). And thanks to him we now have a place of our own, although rented and temporary, it will be an abode of good memories and it’s where we will start our version of family traditions.

    I am also thankful for the little (ingeniously invented) things: the pacifier that keeps baby quiet, the nonstick pan that makes frying easy, ready made pasta sauces for quick meals, the concealer which can cover a nasty zit, and the coffeemaker (a wedding gift) which produces a lovely cup of Benguet Blend in the morning.

    Finally, I thank this contest (win or lose) for actually making me recount the things and people I am grateful for. It made me realize that life is indeed good. Cheers to 2010!

  5. I am grateful for the people who had been with me when I had my miscarriage mid this year. It was a worst time for me but with the people who really cared for me really had made me easier to cope for the lost.

  6. i just love 2010! back in 2009 our car broke down, my 3 kids got hospitalized bec of dengue,my lola died.but when 2010 came, everything became perfect! lots of blessings came our way. new house, seldom asthma attacks on my eldest daughter(unlike few years back, almost everyday) prizes galore, 3 little healthy kids eheheh hopefully the next year year would be as awesome as this year!!

    congrats as well :)))

  7. Thanks for sharing these, everyone! Reading your gratitude lists makes me smile. Life is good indeed, if we just choose to overlook what did not go right and instead focus on the good things. it’s always a choice – *your* choice. Parang I want to add my gratitude list too. hehe
    More, friends, more!

  8. 2010 has been a year of changes and challenges for our family and there is so much to be grateful for, whether big or small.

    I am thankful for the gift of family unity which binds us closer to each other day after day. I am thankful for the big things that matter: my children’s health, achievements and happy smiles, my husband’s work though a bit stressful offers us opportunities to enjoy life’s necessities and little pleasures and my work with children who make me be a better person.

    I am thankful too, to my online community which has provided me the means to meet new people, learn new things and earn at the same time.

    Lastly, I am thankful for some of the small things that matter: the warm coffee that perks up my morning, the sunshine that keeps us feel good, the rain that keeps everything cool and green and the hugs I get from my family. The list is endless, you see but these would have to do for now.

    Thank you for hosting this which made us ponder the things we are grateful for.

  9. Last 2009 was a really bad year for me. Much like a telenovela. I had to quit my job because I had to take care of my sick mom and then I was dumped by my boyfriend of three years because he got someone else pregnant. Nothing seems to be going right. But as it turned out, God has a way of making things better. I met my current boyfriend late last year through a mutual friend as I was getting over my ex but we became a couple only this February, 2010. He is such a blessing that I thank God everyday that he came into my life. Not only is he a source of joy but he’s also a source of inspiration and strength. I know life is hard but I know I can take on everything because he is here beside me. This year has been a truly good one because of him.

  10. I am grateful for everything- those people around me especially my family for their never ending support. I am grateful for the license that God gave me to become a nurse to reach out to other people. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I am Grateful to my family who give me strength and unusual support. to whatever ventures and career i may choose in life. In times of success and failures they are always supporting me. I make a stupid decision but still they supported me. Especially my parents and brothers and sister. Thanks you for the unconditional Love that you should to an imperfect me. I’m also grateful for Good health and Lords guidance.

  12. The first quarter of 2010 was not a happy start for me but I am grateful that despite the transition and reorganization at the company I worked, I still have my job. I am grateful that as of this writing my boss gave me a performance bonus on top of the fat bonuses I already had. And in return, to this generosity, I commit to be loyal and hardworking for the years to come. Tomorrow is another day to payback as husband and I would feed a small number of children in a low-end barangay somewhere in Makati. I am grateful that we were fortunate to have decent meals everyday and sound sleeps during the nights.

  13. Who/what are you grateful for in 2010?

    I am always grateful for everything that God has deemed worthy to bestow on me. A few challenges on my journey to make life interesting. A few heartaches to make me mature and understanding. A couple of glitches in my thesis presentation to make me appreciate the knowledge that things could have been much worse. I know my troubles seem minor compared to some of the problems that other people have overcome and I applaud them for their courage.

    I have realized this for quite some time and although I am grateful for a lot of things. There is something that trumps everything, and that is my family.

    I will always be grateful, thankful and downright appreciative that God has given me my family. As the saying goes, you can choose your friends but family is something that God has given you.

    My family has always been there to understand me when I had a crappy day. They were there when I had gone through my first heartbreak. They were there when I got accepted into the university that I wanted. They were also there to help me with the little things like typing math equation after math equation because I was busy doing assignments for another subject.

    And now as I am about to graduate from my masters in structural engineering this coming 2011….

    I know that this would not be possible without the mother who told her daughter not to worry about what other people said. That it was alright not to have fashionable clothes because material things were not a measure of a person’s worth anyway.

    A father who told his daughter that anything a man can do, a woman can do as well (if not better). A father who shared his knowledge of history, mathematics, engineering and literature with his daughter with patience and understanding.

    A younger brother who usually understands big sister’s shortcomings as well as her inability to cook anything edible (including rice even when using a rice cooker to which everyone wonders how… )

    I may not be lucky in a lot of things but I know that having my family is enough and proof that God truly cares for me.

    So let’s go on to 2011 for another fabulous year.

    My definition of FAMILY…

    L-uningning and Julius
    Y-early making happy memories.

    By Zed Avelard

    G-od is so good for making my 2010 days bright,
    R-eading and learning through books & blogs just makes it right;
    A-lways having a reason to wake up each morning,
    T-o spend quality time with my daughter, with my wife and my siblings;
    E-ven through lousy days when my health seems to hinder,
    F-inding something worth thanking for my family/finances/future will always linger;
    U-nlimited blessings, total acceptance, utmost favors filled my days,
    L-ooking past my numbered days, I continue to live and love, all by HIS grace!

  15. I’m just grateful for being ALIVE! 2010 is the year with the most deaths of loved ones (4 close relatives and 1 best friend). The realization that indeed, life is fleeting hit me hard this year especially when my best friend passed away this month. He’s very young, healthy, successful and loved by people. But we don’t control our lives and this gnawing truth suddenly altered my perspective on life. Because we don’t exactly know when we will die, I now make a conscious effort to keep relationships more meaningful and enriching. For instance, I planned not to go home to Davao to save money since I just purchased a high-ticket item (a condo unit) but I changed my mind because I thought I only have one Christmas with my family every year and they look forward to my coming home every December for a traditional family get-together. “Ang pera ay pwedeng kitain ulit, pero ang kwalidad na oras kasama ang pamilya at mahal sa buhay at ang magagandang alaala na dulot nito ay di nababayaran.” I’m thankful for being ALIVE because I still have the opportunity to share my blessings with my loved ones, express my love for them and make them feel that indeed, life is beautiful!

  16. I am super thankful :
    – my teen plays his guitar and keyboard meaner and meaner by the day
    – my 10 yr old is getting geekier by the day and now makes his own Dota maps for others to download
    – my diabolical cat Meowby (who adopted us this year too) since he likes gobbling up our feet but is not interested in chewing up pc and mouse wires. hooyayyyyy
    – for my gigs this year. they have provided well for me and family this year.
    – that my mom is healthy and not so makulit-adorable, just plain adorable na lang. heehee
    – for my Plurk friends. I love my plurk friends. *flying kiss*

    – and i am most thankful that if i forgot to give thanks for this post, we have our little thank you prayers during mealtimes, so everything has been accounted and thanked for already.

    And yes, I am also thankful to imom because I can get to treat my sons to a nice meal at Diamond Hotel (ehemm). Meowby will have to stay outside though. Maybe he can treat himself to chewing Diamond Hotel customers’ feet. :-))

    Happy New Year, IMom and family!
    May you have a joyful and abundant 2011! :-))

  17. i have so much to be grateful for, as I wrote in my year end post, but the greatest treasures i take from 2010 is being able to learn the three most essential things in life: to have faith and trust in the unknown and unfamiliar, to hold on to hope and be grateful no matter what, and most of all to love unconditionally, truly, wholly and with no questions or fear. by embracing these life lessons i have begun to find my way to what happiness really is, and this has lead to a successful battle against obesity, as you can see in my blog, Fat Girl No More ๐Ÿ™‚ I am grateful too for the people who have taught me these very valuable lessons…my wise sage, my kindred spirit, my soul friends, the online community, and yes, you, Chats, for you were a catalyst for my blogging to fitness journey (and im not saying that just to win your contest haha…i mean it from the bottom of my heart :))

    happy new year chats! here’s to our next marga night!!!!

  18. A blessed New Year to you and to your family iMom and congrats to your win as well! I know I am not obliged to join, but I would love to answer your question.

    2010 has been a wild ride for me. I am grateful that I am still alive to this day to witness the coming of the New Year: being alive this year has given me the chance to see my shortcomings; to be with people who keeps me humble and grounded. I am thankful of the littlest things I receive and to be with my family is more than what I can ask for. It is simply the gift of life that I am thankful for. I thank God for this year.

    Again, happy New year.

    With much love,

  19. Blessings are rays of sunshine capable of rippling through an ocean of friends, loved ones and strangers. Thank you for sharing yours. 2010 was phenomenal year of second chances and to all of which, I have much to be grateful for.

    This year allowed me to write again after a long hiatus. I have you to thank for giving this then-stranger a chance not only to write, but help me zoom in to where exactly my passions lie. You helped me connect with so many people who share the same love for sustainable living. You weren’t just my editor, more than that, you unwittingly cracked open a window of opportunities which I did not think will occur to someone like me so soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

    This year I was given another shot at marriage. I married a great friend who makes me feel deliciously hopeful about our future together with all that is good, bad and darned ugly. I am grateful that my husband’s best gift to yours truly is FAITH, lots of it in truckloads.

    This year gave me the chance to share my blessings too. I am grateful that blessings are extensions of love which multiply faster than gremlins when cheerfully given.

  20. THANK YOU, all, soooo much for joining and sharing your gratitude list. Wasn’t it a good exercise? It was for me! Reading how blessed and grateful you all are is contagiously heartwarming.
    Now to ask my judges for their decision. Please give them some time, because you have made it so difficult for them. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hopefully I can announce the winners by the end of this day.
    Happy New Year, friends!

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