Purely PersonalBy Josephine Darang
With New Year coming in two days, let us write down our blessings in 2012 and thank God for them. First, the gift of life. Second, sustenance and nourishment. And the gift of family. If tragedy struck us during the year, let us offer it to God and accept God’s plan for it. Then, we have our jobs that give us income.
My Chair RocksBy Conchita C. Razon
Another year is over. Almost. Seems like 2012 just sped by in a blur. Suddenly we want to play catch-up. We have not done enough, perhaps, and now want to do more. We see where we goofed and itch to do damage control. A little more thought could have helped. It is too late.
Roots and WingsBy Cathy Babao-Guballa
Every year, at around this time, my word for the following year finds me. For 2010, it was grace, and true enough I found it in abundance that year—in the events that conspired to make things happen, in the people I met, in every little blessing that I was given. For 2011, the word given to me was surrender. All throughout that year, I found myself in situations that helped teach me the very difficult lesson of learning how to let go. Although there continue to be times when I continue to grapple with it, overall, at the close of 2011 there was no longer any fear—that I could let go of whatever it was and God would catch me, or provide for me, each and every time.
Every year fashion offers up the good, the bad and the ugly. But what the industry is really built on — and consumers respond to — is buzz.
By Lia S. Bernardo
This is probably a very appropriate topic to start this year’s series. Since we have just finished the gift-giving frenzy of the holidays, it is an opportune time to discuss gratitude.
By Lysa Marie Angeli Britanico
If you haven’t committed to a particular 2012 planner yet, here are 10 one-of-a-kind candidates for your consideration as a year-long companion.
Backstage PassBy Isabel Roces
To begin a new year right, I think it’s important to end the year right. You can start by finishing all pending responsibilities, so that you can begin with a new slate and not be bogged down by carryover holiday deadlines or unfinished business and loose ends. It’s also important to have some resolutions in mind to further improve yourself. I’ve made some myself. And no copying!
MenuBy Margaux Salcedo
Hello 2012! Let me peer into my crystal ball and see what delights you have in store for us this leap year.
By Anton Barretto
, Marissa Lopa
Start the year and be organized! This DIY idea will help you store and protect plates and other dinnerware.
By Pam Pastor
‘Let our kids be kids and make sure they enjoy their childhood’ “Wala kasi kaming New Year’s resolution. We just aim to improve ourselves each time. Like I still work on living healthy and I encourage my sons to do the same. Take up swimming seriously. Be there for my two boys, but at the same time give them more independence because they’re adults now—one is working already and the other’s graduating.”—Ruby Gan
The ConsumerBy Linda B. Bolido
Happy New Year! Although “forecasts” for the year 2012—by government officials, business and industry people, and geomancers—are generally positive, it still helps to adopt some habits and practices that will save us money.