Hello 2012 & remembering 2011 (part 2)

Some of you might be bored but am writing this to help me remember the highlights of my 2011 ;)

2011 was definitely the year of the groupons! The Philippines’ dynamic group buying sites like Deal Grocer, awesome.ph, Ensogo and Cashcashpinoy definitely filled up my inbox and I had to restrain myself from clicking on every tempting deal :) This is because some of them expired on me, either because I got very busy or they were too far from where am based. As a groupon user, I aim to give consumers some groupon buying tips in 2012. We really have to be discerning and see if we’re saving in the process. I have to praise the groupons though. Now, it’s NOT so expensive anymore to eat out, take vacations and stay in hotels if you keep your eye out on really good deals!

Weekend markets flourished one after the other, adding color to the already flourishing food scene in Manila. Old regulars like Salcedo and Legazpi weekend markets are still there but the Mercato group of RJ Ledesma, Anton Diaz and Co. are not far behind with the launch of Distrito in Makati (now closed) and Soderno in Alabang.

me @ Soderno Weekend Market

Am a happy camper at the Soderno Sunday market as picture above shows :) After the launch of my blog in 2004, my food project Chicken Delish is now my latest “baby” (albeit on a smaller scale). It thrills me to be getting customers (and not just the friends I force to visit me in the market, LOL). And every time I am able to make a good sale, the husband teases me “wow! am surprised people are buying your chicken!)

Kidding aside, if you’re somebody who’s raring to go into business (like me), I highly recommend starting out small first like joining these bazaars or weekend markets. This way, you’ll be able to assess consumer feedback to your product without shelling out too much investment. God only knows how stratospheric the rental of commercial spaces in Manila is these days. A would-be entrepreneur would be well-advised not to jump from the frying pan into the fire without testing out their business idea’s feasibility in the long or short term.

This blog is still here although I had to cut my ties with Nuffnang Philippines (for this blog) due to the biased and unprofessional way one staff (in charge of blogger relations) conducted their business (okay this is just my personal opinion, the Nuffnang brats don’t have to kill me!) 2011 was certainly awesome for my blog traffic, with this blog ending the year among the Top 700 or so websites in the Philippines. I would like to thank contest sponsors, publicist-friends, blogger friends and of course you, dear readers, for your support!

Let’s rock on in 2012! :)

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Most of us miss out on life's big prizes. The Pulitzer. The Nobel. Oscars. Tonys. Emmys. But we're all eligible for life's small pleasures. A pat on the back. A kiss behind the ear. A full moon. An empty parking space.A crackling fire. A great meal. A glorious sunset. Hot soup. Cold beer. Don't fret about copping life's grand awards. Enjoy its tiny delights. There are plenty for all of us.

6 comments

  1. Dyanie says:

    Happy Happy New Year Ajay and to your family! Next time, mag take out na ko ng chicken mo! Hehe!

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    ajay Reply:

    Thanks Dyanie! You’re such a darling…. much appreciated. Glad your fam likes my chicken :)

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  2. Eileen says:

    Happy New Year, looking forward to sampling your Chicken Delish when Soderno reopens =)

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    ajay Reply:

    Thank you Eileen :) Am looking forward to see you & meet a fellow blogger.

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