Wednesday, January 29, 2014

2013 at a glance

No, I wasn't neglecting this blog. Rather, I've been editing photos for my annual recap for days already. Wheww! Anyway, I'd say the past year was such a breather. From my busy college years down to my first four years in the corporate world, finally, I had a really long break. Woohooo!! And although my hibernation months didn't turn out to be as peaceful as I expected them to be, I'm grateful for the realization that I'm so, sooo blessed with friends. Kung may theme ang 2013 ko, that would definitely be FRIENDSHIP. I had to be a bum pa to realize that. But at least now I know and I promise not to take that blessing for granted. Thanks Big Guy! This year's theme has got to be 'work' or 'career', whichever sounds better. I'm still counting on You. ❤


New Year
nothing like the holidays
Exerted a little effort in welcoming the new year by having our shirts customized. They say.. 'The IncrediBorbs'. That's from the animated film 'The Incredibles' plus our surname, Borbon. I know right?! Andami namin alam. :P

Sanctuario de Paz Visit
a visit to lolo
Visited our grandpa in Sanctuario de Paz 'cause it's his death anniversary. It's been seven years. I'll never get tired of missing you, lolo Mach!! :* I'll see you again, but not really soon. Okay?

Eastwood Despedida
so it's goodbye again
Left my company for almost five years and my life in Eastwood. Had dinner with Sheena & Dwin at Serye, another dinner in the condo with Badj, emo time in Caffe Bene and finally, shopping with Jhov.


Videoke Sesh
videoke-ing adventures plus my chubby cheeks 
Gave singing another chance but it still didn't work for my cursed voice. Seriously? It's been 27 years already and I haven't found my hidden talent. Sino ba kasi nagtago nun eh?! Grabe namaaan! Hehehe.

Republic Wakepark with ACN Friends
prelude to summer
Jumpstarted the summer with a wakeboarding sesh in Nuvali with Badj. Can I just say I hate wakeboarding? Hahaha! Capped off the night with a dinner in Paseo plus my awaited catching up time.

Mall Visits and Random Days
little ones and sunday dresses 
Weekends were for random trips to the mall and endless auntie duties. To everyone who's been asking me whether or not I get bored.. my niece is the answer. And oh, my sibs are close second.


Papi's 63rd Birthday
and on papi's 63rd, we're still epic
Celebrated papi's youth through a family dinner at KKK. I love how papi loved their food - Philippine cuisine, no less! A little shopping came next then we wrapped up the day with cray cray moments at Timezone.

Holy Cow with Tin
THE tin pe benito ✌
Reunited with THE Tin Pe Benito! Dinner at Holy Cow - her treat then coffee 'til morning - my treat. That's with a lot of camwhoring on the side too. Some things never change, indeed.

Patio Isabel
just bored, apparently
Impromptu swim swim at Patio Isabel with mommy, Faye & Dana. Medyo masama talaga kami mainip. :P


Kangaroo Jack with By
best friend duties
Best friend to the rescue 'cause I'm having a difficult time. Kangaroo Jack's four cheese pizza definitely cheered me up. Pagkain lang pala ang katapat. Haha! Kidding aside, it was venting out that made me feel a lot better. Thanks, beshie! :*

Ashley's Birthday Celeb
more kids, more fun
Celebrated my niece's birthday in Patio Isabel. I felt friggin' old seeing a lot of my nieces and nephews together. Must not happen again. Haha! I kid, I kid! :)

Pinatubo Trip with College Friends
mt. pinatubo: a worthy disaster
mt.pinatubo: itinerary, expenses and a link loving
My most disastrous trip ever - Mt. Pinatubo!! Good thing I can proudly say that Pinatubo's majestic crater was worthy of all the hardships I had to endure in organizing this day trip. Also, I learned my lesson. Isn't that the most important thing? 


Boxing Sessions
boxing sesh
round 2
Finally tried boxing! Hooraaayy!! We had so much fun because our trainers were very friendly and accommodating. Too bad two of them left Elorde already. Gotta look for a new boxing training, eh?

Mall Visits
Random mall visits 'cause mommy's cousin, Ellen, was in town. Pasyal pasyal ulit sa Manila, ga. :P

Ilocos Trip with Foursome
day1: ilocos sur - santa, bantay and vigan tour
day1: ilocos norte - batac and paoay tour
day2: ilocos norte - pagudpud tour
day3: ilocos norte - bangui and burgos tour
day3: ilocos sur - calle crisologo tour
ilocos sur-ilocos norte: itinerary, expenses and some link loving
Ilocos trip with Foursome - Monique, Mark and Job. 3 days and 2 nights of exploring both Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. My favorite activity has got to be the 4x4 ride. Super fun for adrenaline junkies like uhmm *eheem*.. ME! :P

Grotto Vista Resort
the art of overdressing
Elena's despedida at Grotto Vista. Unlike the usual, we thought of dressing up even if it was just few minutes away from home. Ayun nga lang, we ended up overdressed. Ooops, embarrassing!


The Andy Grammer Obsession
the andy grammer obsession
the andy grammer obsession part 2
the andy grammer obsession part 3
the andy grammer obsession part 4
The month I really got to hibernate. Thanks to Andy Grammer for keeping me company; I was sooo hooked to his music! ♫♪♪


Family Day Sunday
sunday is family day
Quick visit to papi's favorite church before his weekend meeting. I've always been grateful for days like this one and I can't ask for more when it comes to my family.  #TYL

TriNoma with College Friends
birthday double up
Joint birthday celebration of the Mhogs. Hehe. That's Apog {me} + Mhoi, if you haven't heard that term before. Definitely looking forward to being with these people again, Jhov excluded.

❤ Eastwood with Wetpooh
wetpooh once again
Met another group of college friends, Wetpooh. IKR? That's so college. It's been a really, really long time since the last time Tin and I saw these two so it was catching up galore, albeit a little awkward.

❤ Recap: OOTD'S
old ootd's
say it we me, oh-oh-tee-deeee
Finally got the chance to compile my outfit shots. Did good for the first half of the year 'til I totally forgot again that I made it a goal to post more OOTD shots. Better luck this year, self! 


❤ Percy Jackson Night with Jhov
percy jackson kinda night
Jhov made me her personal shopper and stylist for the nth time in exchange for a dinner & movie treat. I didn't ask for those FYI, it's just that my friend knows how to compensate. I've always known I'm a lucky creature. ;)

❤ Recap: Baby Visits & Auntie Duties
our little ball of crazy 
ooohh babieesss 
A month full of babieess! My heart was overjoyed. Thanks to the three babies that visited us and of course, our resident not-so-baby-anymore, Faye.

❤ Attempts to Fitness
someone's getting fat, yadaah yadaaah
Zumba month too 'cause my tummy bulge got worse. I was consistent for a few months 'til I felt I no longer need it. Nah-uuhh, truth is tinamad lang

❤ Eastwood Treats from Sheena, Dwin & Foursome 
treat after treat
A lovely day full of treats in Eastwood. Lunch with Foursome at Friday's in celebration of Tiny's promotion and dinner with Sheena and Dwin at Jack's Loft just 'cause.. From the bottom of my happy tummy, thanks guys! :)


❤ Grandparent's Day
grampa and gramma's day
Celebrated grandparent's day by visiting lolo loves at Sanctuario de Paz then having dinner with lolie. Dana and I also had the time of our lives taking photos beside lolo's pit because they were turning out surprisingly good. I know for sure grampa understands.

❤ Food trip with By
food trippin' with ze best friend
Surprised by ze best friend one night then off we went food tripping, hyperacidity and all. I had fun as usual although not evident on the photos 'cause I really looked deeymm sick.

❤ Savory with Sisters
once in a blue moon
My sister's once in a blue moon treat, hallelujah! I accompanied Dana in her birthday shopping then Anit followed us for dinner at Savory. Is the world really coming to an end? Oh knoowss. ✌

❤ Recap: Sickness (ughh!)
sick yet again
Quite an ugly post but I just had to do this to emphasize how sickly I've been the past year. Now I'm seriously considering living a healthy lifestyle. Then again there's coffee, soda, cheetos and chocolates so I'm really, really confused right now. Hehehe.


❤ Krispy Kreme with Dana
'cause's too mainstream 
Dana's birthday shopping continued. We honestly wanted J.Co for merienda but it was too crowded as usual so we settled for Krispy Kreme. We got our much deserved rest but not the donut we were craving for. Oh, well.

❤ NKTI Visit
our little warrior
Visited our little warrior at the hospital. It was a relief seeing him so happy and strong. It was also nice to finally see Teigs again, after what seemed like ages. I know our li'l boy will make it. I can't wait!


❤ Manila Memorial Cemetery Visit
birthdays and photographs
Tits' and lola's birthday. We visited tits in Manila Memorial then we had dinner at home with lola. Our photo ops with lola really made my day. On top of that, we managed to make her blow her birthday candles. More birthdays for yah, gramma! :*

❤ Arcade Sesh with By
never lose the child in you
Arcade sesh with the best friend in between her wedding preps. I wonder if she's still as fun now that she's married. Hehehe. I shall see the newly weds soon.

❤ Something Borrowed Addiction
a little too much 
I've always been addicted to the book slash movie Something Borrowed but I got more obsessed with it when I downloaded its soundtrack. I remember listening to A Little Too Much over and over again. My addiction is indeed a little too much. :)


❤ Salon Sesh and Jamba Juice with Monique
Started my jampacked month with a salon sesh with none other than my vanity buddy, Monique. I'm so happeehh I finally had the guts to let my mermaid hair go. Also, Monique introduced me to Jamba Juice. It's yummeehh.

❤ Pizza Hut with Tin
after all these years
Yet another treat from THE Tin Pe Benito. She hates it when I do this so I'll do it again and again. Haha! We had a rather long dinner but we weren't able to extend the night 'cause she has work the next day. Boo, party pooper!

❤ Tiny's Birthday Celeb
it's always a good time
Celebrated Tiny's birthday at their crib in Bulacan. I had tummy ache all day long but I still had fun. And why not? Aside from his mom being so maalaga, I loved the vibe of their home. Feeling ko ang close with Mother Nature. Haha! #anodaw

❤ Faye's 4th Birthday
time flies so fast
Our baby turned four! She celebrated her birthday at home together with her schoolmates. She obviously had a blast 'cause it's not often that there are other kids at home. Ako lang ang playmate nya usually, imagine how tragic. :P


❤ Catching Fire Night with Jhov
'til mockingjay? 
Jhov's shopping day turned movie night as well. And just like that, I found my Hunger Games buddy. 'Til Mockingjay, oki dokiee?

❤ Villamor Airbase Volunteer
three years in the making
My dream of volunteering has finally come to life, thanks to Jhov for tagging me along. It was so fulfilling knowing you have helped in your own little way. I seriously need to do this more often.


❤ Baby Avira
avira faith
Welcomed the newest member of our family - Avira Faith. She hates my voice right now {or she hates me in general} but soon enough, she'll find out how fun of an aunt I am. Ha!

❤ By's Wedding
My best friends wedding which I wasn't able to blog about 'cause I didn't have photos. Congratulations, you two! All the best!


❤ Christmas 
that time of the year again 
Our most weight-friendly Christmas to date. We had a little family emergency morning of 24 so our Noche Buena table didn't have so much. It turned out for the better, we had more time for photo ops. We missed pigging out though so come New Year, bumawi kami!
❤ GBBT Night with Jhov
four times the laughter
Yet another movie night with Jhov. Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy was the perfect movie to wrap up the year with. Super hilarious!!

❤ Recap: More Auntie Duties
more of our little potato 
Lastly, photo compilation of my niece from the latter half of the year. I'm a stage aunt. Just thought of stating the obvious. 



Putri Valentina said...

Love your pink blazer dear :D


Only Yesterday Blog said...

wow! dami ng activities mo! saya!

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Jodie-Ann Muckler said...

Wow, it looks like you had an amazing year!!! :D I love the pictures. c:

Jewel Clicks said...

Awesome! Look back with your 2013! :D I noticed mine was I had few posts with my 2013 but believe me I really have a lot of memories too! Just like yours! :) Cheers! Happy Chinese New Year!

MACY said...

friendship is a good theme, it definitely describes all positive happenings for your whole year! i was really planning to post a recap too.. but i need a long leave as well to edit pictures..choosing pictures takes time already! ^_^

JonaBQ said...

Hi Apple! Thanks for always leaving a comment in my blog. I like the idea of recapping the monthly highlights in your blog for the past year. Haven't tried that. Have a great day!

Melgie Campbell said...

Wow! Lot things to be grateful for this year, and its nice seeing all your photos with your family and friends.:)

Czarina Mae said...

I can totally see that 2013 had been an amazing year for you! Now give me time to read all those posts... Haha! :)

Apple Borbon said...

@putri valentina. thanks dear!

@sarah rizaga. i'll check out your giveaway.

@jodie-ann muckler. amazing year indeed. thank you.

@jewel clicks. of course dear! you seem to be an advocate of fun too. ;)

Apple Borbon said...

@macy. haha! took me several days selecting & editing. you'll soon come up with one too.

@jonalyn quita. no prob!

@melgie campbell. thank you!

@czarina mae. take your time, dear! hahaha! :)