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January 2018 Word: NEW [Blogging Challenge]

It’s 2018 and there is no better way to start the year than with a challenge. This year, I want to push myself to be a better blogger, vlogger, content manager, netizen… whatever it is I do. One way I thought I could push myself is to require myself to post in every online outlet I have at least once every month. And I can achieve this by imposing a theme for every month. Let us begin with the January 2018 Word: NEW.

January 2018 Word: NEW.  Life with Ria.
January 2018 Word: NEW. New clothes. New smile.

January 2018 Word: New

New may mean anything. A new me. A new dish I made or tried, a new habit, a new friend, a new product. Anything new. Whatever new means to me and you, in different ways, that is ok.

For clarity, though… the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines new as follows.

Definition of NEW

  • 1 : having recently come into existence : recent, modern
  • 2 a (1) : having been seen, used, or known for a short time : novel
  • (2) : unfamiliar
  • b : being other than the former or old
  • 3 : having been in a relationship or condition but a short time
  • 4 a : beginning as the resumption or repetition of a previous act or thing
  • b : made or become fresh
  • c : relating to or being a new moon
  • 5 : different from one of the same category that has existed previously
  • 6 : of dissimilar origin and usually of superior quality

I will be posting blog posts, videos, tweets, photos, and anything else online that will have the theme new. I will be using the hashtag #Jan2018New.

At the end of the month, hopefully, I will not have only shared the January 2018 Word: New with you. I hope to know more about me and what new means to me and what other ways can new have meaning for me and my life. You are also invited to share with me what the word means to you.

On February, I will come back to this blog and post a summary of all my posts with the theme “NEW.”

2018 Monthly Word Challenges

Every month, I will post a word here that will guide some (not all) my posts. I will be required to post at least one relevant blog post, one video, one tweet, one IG photo, and one Facebook post about the word. The goal is to encourage me to think and post more consistently. To offer posts and thoughts that are useful and insightful.
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The One About Sinulog 2016 Podcast

PIT SENYOR! Here’s a (slightly) better narrative of our incredible Sinulog 2016 experience with Asus, Smart, and BIG Hotel. Share with us your Sinulog tips and anecdotes.

Sorry got confused re BIG Hotel’s location. It’s at A. Seno Street, not AS Fortuna. Haha!

Shoutout to SMART Sinulog punong abala Chrissy and to Tob and Diane, to my DBS Sinulog buddies Sunshine, Josef and Robert, Asus Group 6 teammates Ferdz and Adrian, and and to my Cebu lalabs Sinjin and Cebu Bloggers Society.
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Bigbys Trivia Night

Wednesday Nights are Bigby’s Trivia Nights

Are you bored of the usual grind? Why don’t you flex your mental muscles by joining Bigby’s Trivia Nights?

Davao Bloggers at Bigbys Trivia Night Dec 2012
Davao Bloggers at Bigbys Trivia Night Dec 2012

Every Wednesday, Trivia Nights are held in select Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant outlets.

For every Trivia Night, there are 4 sets of questions with each set composing of 2 – 3 categories. And each category has about 5 – 8 questions each. The questions are so random that sometimes it would take a whole lot of luck just to earn some points. And then, there are times when luck is on your side and most categories are easy for your group. The first time I joined, the category was necklace types. We sucked at that category.

Davao Bloggers at Bigbys Trivia Night Jan 2013
Davao Bloggers at Bigbys Trivia Night January 2013

There is no limit to how many members are in a group. My group, representing Davao Bloggers has joined most Trivia Nights. We have won some, and we have lost even more times. It’s great fun trying to score points, cheering, and occasionally jeering and bullying. And there’s quite a rapport going on among teams at the Abreeza Ayala Mall branch.

One advantage we might have is how varied our interests are. We have oldies and young ones, we have movie lovers, book lovers, music lovers, and nerd heads. One category we really suck at, though, is sports. So we are scared of sports and sports-related categories.

Davao Bloggers at Bigbys Trivia Night Feb 13, 2013
Davao Bloggers at Bigbys Trivia Night Feb 13, 2013

It’s fun figuring out the answers to questions and categories you are totally clueless about. Just make sure you’re not searching for answers using your tablet, laptop, or smartphone. That’s cheating.

The prizes? It’s usually a P500 gift certificate for the 1st Place winners and a cake for the runner-up. But it’s really the glory and the bragging rights that we relish, wouldn’t you?

Davao Bloggers at Bigbys Trivia Night Feb 27, 2013
Davao Bloggers at Bigbys Trivia Night Feb 27 2013

And yes, it’s a chance to bond regularly with your friends. In our case, with our blogger friends. Our other friends are welcome to join the team, too.

So if you want something fun, head over to your favorite Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant branch on a Wednesday night, order your favorite dish, and join the Trivia Night.

In Davao City, Trivia Nights start at 6:30 pm at the SM City Davao Branch and 8 pm at the Abreeza Ayala Mall Branch.

For information and updates about Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant, like their page at https://www.facebook.com/Bigbys or follow them on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Bigbys.

Ria Jose Enjoying Fried Chicken Skin along San Pedro Street

Davao Bloggers Night Walk

Ria Jose Enjoying Fried Chicken Skin along San Pedro Street
Ria Jose Enjoying Fried Chicken Skin

To celebrate the 75th Araw ng Dabaw, Davao Bloggers went out of their comfy cocoons to walk the streets of Davao and enjoy some of the simple delights that the city has to offer.

Check this out…

We walked around and took photos of the San Pedro Street area. We ate tonsss of street food. I loved the fresh buko (coconut) juice and the kwek kwek with unlimited fresh seaweed and cucumber salad.

Then, we took a ride aboard an electric tricycle to go to our final destination for the night: the Hudyakaan Beer Festival. This is where we had our fill of chicken barbeque, pork barbeque, sisig, and rice washed down by glasses of ice cold soda.

It was a fun, tummy-filling night of bonding and eating.

I’m definitely looking forward to another bonding walk with the interesting guys and girls of Davao Bloggers.

<3 Davao

Ria Jose, Hair and Make Up by Envy Me Salon, Photography by Eight Espino

My 29th Year

Ria Jose, Hair and Make Up by Envy Me Salon, Photography by Eight Espino
Maria "Ria" A. Jose, Happy to be Alive

It’s May 6, more than 2 weeks after I turned 29. Yes, I’m that old. And it’s time to recap the journey that was my 29th year as a Diyosa. 🙂

As I turned 28, going into the 29th year of my life, my heart was broken but my career was going great.

Avatar Media and Mike and Melvin Aviles of Lachi's
Avatar Media during DFAT 2010

Right after my birthday, the Avatar Media team held the 3rd Davao Food Appreciation Tour. And what an event it was. In 4 days, 19 bloggers ate at 7 restaurants and enjoyed 4 adventures. All in one city, Davao City.

Around the same time, I embarked on a creative journey as I joined both an Advanced Make Up Workshop and a Beads Jewelry Design Seminar. The first one with Maybelline Philippines’ Chief Color Artist Archie Tolentino, and the second one with renowned jewelry designer Em Mariano. Both seminas have molded me into a better kikay.

Edu Ragpala, Irene A, Chiq Montes, Rob Bana, Vanjan M
with Mindanao New Media and Vanjahnn at the 1st Cebu Blog Camp

I went to Cebu for the 1st Cebu Blog Camp, where a lot of Mindanao New Media members also joined. I delivered a talk on “Blogging in the Community, for the Community.” I’d like to think it was a well-received talk. Kudos to Winston, Vanjahnn, and the rest of the organizers! I hear they’re going to have another one this year.

Shortly after CBC, I got the opportunity to guest in a Pakbet Podkast. This inspired me to start the Diyosa Podcasts beginning with one about the CBC. This eventually evolved into a podcast about love, relationships, and other related emo topics.

Mindanao New Media
Davao Bloggers + CDO Bloggers + Soccsksargen Bloggers

As May winded down, Davao Bloggers, CDO Bloggers, and Soccsksargen Bloggers established the Mindanao New Media Group. It was established during the first ever Mindanao Food Appreciation Tour, dubbed as the Soccsksargen Summer Safari. It was the beginning of a loose alliance among groups which aim to deliver a balanced image of Mindanao via social media. Other groups such as Bukidnon Bloggers, Zamboanga Bloggers, and Iligan Bloggers have since joined MNM.

May 2010 was the first time I lined up to vote and actually got to vote in the national and local elections. It was an exciting campaign period and the elections were an even more exciting experience for me.

With Friends
Camwhoring in Lorega

On the same month, some friends and I went to our family resthouse to celebrate the birthday of Kuya Andrew and Lyle. I think it was one of the very few moments in my 29th year that I was not in touch with the online world and it was a very refreshing experience. Parang nag-retreat kami. 🙂

Somewhere online, the wedding video of comedienne Tuesday Vargas became popular and while I rarely think about my own wedding and marriage, I’d like to have a wedding like hers.

Around July, I was asked to audition to host a local tv show about poker. I failed the audition but got a gig as head writer of the show, Davao Poker TV. While we were able to do some work on a few episodes, the show hasn’t taken off yet. Due to many different reasons. But I enjoyed it while it lasted.

The Davao Bloggers had another Creative Writing Workshop which challenged a lot of us to improve our writing skills. Thanks to the mentorship of Mr. Rene Lizada!

Some of us were lucky enough to be invited to join the Planters Bank SME Series and we attended the talk by Ms. Francis J. Kong on “Ethics: Adding Value to your Business.” It was a very insightful and thought-provoking talk that helped most of us deal better with challenges in our career as bloggers.

I also had the opportunity to work with my friend Kring Elenzano and the Flippish crew on two online episodes about Davao City. And it was a very enjoyable experience.

Second hospitalization
Hospitalized once again

August 2010 was the most trying time in my life. I was hospitalized for dengue. But after 2 blood transfusions worth 8 units of blood, my platelets were still slow so I had to undergo a very paranoia-inducing Bone Marrow Aspiration procedure. Results of which confirmed that I have Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). After one week of hospitalization, I had to stay with my Mommy and Daddy and stay inside the house for a month. One month of no sunshine! And I had to take very large doses of steroids to weaken my immune system and increase my platelet count.

Cooking and Eating with Cousins
Cooking and Eating with Cousins during House Arrest

I was not as emo as I expected myself to be. Even with the prospect of living a life inside a bubble and even with a chance of being diagnosed with a more serious or fatal illness. I was just happy to be alive and still able to write.

That time, I focused on blogging and working for WordCamp Ph 2010 preparations. I even organized an Kadayawan Networking Event for Bloggers but wasn’t able to go. I was also working from home during the biggest poker tournament in Davao yet, the Eagle Cup.

Fortunately, I am not in remission and my regular CBC tests and check ups show I am still healthy. However, I have to take care of myself better and be more cautious about catching illnesses or getting injured. I also have to have another Bone Marrow Aspiration sometime August. Soooo not looking forward to that.

Meantime, I am alive and very much happy about it. And yes, thankful to all the people who visited, sent messages, and helped me through the most difficult time in my life.

Abangan ang susunod na kabanata…

Glamour photo by Eight Espino.
DFAT, CBC, and Lorega Photos by Andrew dela Serna.
MFAT Photo by Charles Ortiz.

10 for 2010

In solidarity with my colleagues at Avatar Media, here’s my list of ten things I want to accomplish in 2010:

  1. Wear a tankini. Which implies I must lose weight and stay fit and healthy. I hope to accomplish this by May 2, 2010, the date of a planned island tour.
  2. Buy a netbook. Save money. Budget efficiently.
  3. Do not create a new blog. I already have too many blogs on my own and I have several others that I am maintaining. I need to focus more in maintaining the ones I currently have.
  4. Read 5 books. Last year, I spent most of the year just re-reading books I have already read. Must read more.
  5. Attend dance classes. Last year, I made a goal of attending culinary classes and I would like to think that was a major success. This year, I want to re-kindle my love for dancing, learn new skills, and stay fit.
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