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26 Questions on my 26th Year

My gift to myself this year is a long weekend. 🙂

I spent my 26th birthday last Tuesday, June 7, and I took two days off from work (Monday and Tuesday). I was planning on spending the entire long weekend just lazing around, eating junk, and binge-watching Descendants of the Sun.

Well, I did achieve most of the three. I watched Descendants of the Sun from dawn of Saturday to Monday midnight — it’s my first time to watch because I never had the time before last week — and boy oh boy was I hooked. I love everything about it: the actors (Song Joong Ki, because of you, it’s as if the name Lee Min Ho doesn’t exist anymore in my world), the storyline, the amazing cinematography, even the OST. It’s such a pity that it only spanned 16 episodes like how dare you take us on a lovely ride and cut it short. 

Anyway, yeah, Joong Ki, it was really nice to meet you.


It was nice to meet me too, right? Sorry Joong Ki but I’m taken…

Other than that, I wasn’t able to truly laze around because I suddenly had appointments and my colleague, Sarah, unexpectedly gave birth on Sunday. I then met my goddaughter on Monday! But it was still generally an awesome long weekend.

My goddaughter, Xandrah. Isn't she the prettiest?

My goddaughter, Xandrah. Isn’t she the prettiest?

I planned on doing a blog marathon but life happened, so I wasn’t able to publish anything last week. So here’s a belated birthday post. Because I’m not feeling sentimental (it’s only 10 am on a weekend, after all), I decided to do something fun — and outdated, lol! I got the inspiration from a Facebook On This Day entry, from a time when publishing memes and tagging your friends was all the rage.

Here are 26 Get To Know Me questions! 🙂

1. Were you named after anyone?

None in particular, although my dad was obsessing over the name “Maan” for some reason. So they looked for two names that could birth the nickname, thus Marie and Angeli.

2. What is your middle name?

Filipino middle name (mum’s maiden name) – Abad

Western middle name (second name) – Angeli

3. What was your favourite subject at school?

Elementary – English

High school – History

College – Classical Art, Photography, & Theatre

4. What is your favourite drink?

Right now, it’s chocolate soymilk

5. Do you wear makeup?

Yep, but only the bare minimum: eyebrows, mascara, lipstick, and BB cream or pressed powder


6. What is your favourite food?

It’s a tight toss up between chocolate and cheese. 

Runners-up: Tuna and kim chi

7. What is the last thing you bought?

Major thing? For myself? A Webster’s Pages planner

(I suppose groceries and school supplies are not included. I also didn’t include the rubber shoes I bought for my mum and my sister.)

Webster's Pages Color Crush in Dark Pink

Webster’s Pages Color Crush in Dark Pink

8. What is your dream vacation?

I know it doesn’t sound as fab as Maldives or as exotic as Santorini, but I really really want to revisit my boyfriend’s hometown, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur. I’ve been there in 2011, but all my photos got deleted when my memory card got corrupted. 🙁

9. What are three of your favourite colours?

Dark pink, sea green, white

10. What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?

Can it be two things? One, I’m in a sorority. Two, I used to smoke in college.

11. If you have the chance to pick your own name, what would it be?

I’m fond of my name, especially my nickname, because I think it suits me. But if I have a baby girl, I will name her Nina.

12. What are your favourite smells?

The scent of ripe mangoes, the smell of detergent and freshly laundered clothes (minus the scent of Downy — I can’t stand fabric softener!), and the smell of freshly shampooed hair

13. When was the last time you drove out of town?

Two Sundays ago, when we went to Banana Beach in Madaum, Tagum City

Banana Beach

Banana Beach, Madaum, Tagum City

14. What are three of your hobbies?

Blogging, phone photography, and planning/journalling

15. Do you speak any other language?

Aside from English? Yes, Bisaya, Tagalog, and the tiniest bit of Hiligaynon and even littler Japanese

16. What is your job?

I’m the girl-friday of an Australian parenting company hahaha. Also the team manager of Team Philippines. Also a licensed real estate broker.

17. What is your favourite shop?

I would name bookstores (National Bookstore, Fully Booked, Book Sale), but honestly? It’s our neighbourhood department store/grocery, NCCC Cabantian haha

18. What’s your favourite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?

Reading a novel, updating my planner, or watching a movie or TV show

19. When was the last time you cried?

Last Saturday, I think, during the earthquake episode of “Descendants of the Sun.” I want to re-watch…

20. What’s your favourite beauty product?

Currently, it’s the All In One Peeling Pad from Angel Factory. It removes the grime from my face so effortlessly! Travel-friendly, too!

21. What movies could you watch over and over and still love?

I have three: Titanic, Mean Girls, & Soul Surfer

Runners-up: Inside Out, Clueless, 50 First Dates, My Amnesia Girl, Starting Over Again, Zootopia

PS: I have several favourite Korean movies as well but I could never get myself to re-watch them… I think you understand why…

22. What is your current favourite TV show?

Descendants of the Sun, like duh! 😀

Me when someone disrupts my marathon sessions

Me when someone disrupts my marathon sessions

23. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Still here, in Davao City. I would like to be able to fly anywhere, anytime, though!

24. What phone do you have?

An iPhone 5s

25. Do you have any strange phobias?

All phobias are strange, aren’t they? But yes, I get an anxiety attack whenever there’s a butterfly or a moth

26. Honestly, are things going the way you planned?

I have faith that things are going according to God’s will. 🙂

I hope you didn’t get bored reading haha! Have an awesome week ahead, everyone. 🙂

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  • Reply Jerzee Benavente June 13, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Belated happy birthday! Based on the article, I see that you are happy with your 26 years of existence. I like your answer in your #26 question.😊

  • Reply Richelle Molon June 13, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    This didn’t bore me, I’m your fan now. Teach me how to use the planner or the journal. 😀 But above all, teach the phonetography please! Oh Descendants of the Sun, I heard so much about you. I’m intrigued.

    • Reply Maan June 14, 2016 at 11:37 am

      I’m indeed planning on writing a post on creative planning! I’m still a newbie though hehe. And Descendants of the Sun, you need to watch it! 😀

  • Reply Monica June 14, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Happy birthday! And curious to know how to be a girl-friday of an online company! Haha! Also how to put proper kilay! Haha! Never really got to learn that!

  • Reply Berlin June 14, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    A happy birthday to you. Giving yourself a two day vacation is indeed a nice gift. And thank you for sharing a part of you.

  • Reply Janice June 14, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    I feel like I know you better now. Haha! We actually have the same hobbies. 🙂 I’m tempted to buy a Color Crush planner as well but by now I know that ring planners like that are not for me. I want a MAMBI Happy Planner instead. Belated happy birthday! 🙂

  • Reply Nilyn Matugas June 15, 2016 at 1:57 am

    I’d love to answer these questions when I turn 28! haha. Dugangangan ug duha kay tiguwang na ko! haha. Baby Xandrah is definitely a beauty as well as Joong Ki! haha. Daming na hook sa Descendants of the Sun. I wanted to watch that too, pero Idk if I’ll ever have time. huhu.

  • Reply Liz A June 15, 2016 at 3:14 am

    26… you make me feel so old! LOL!
    Belated Happy birthday!

  • Reply Denice June 15, 2016 at 6:11 am

    Happy Birthday! I think I should do a marathon of Descendants of the Sun I heard that it is good nga. Best of wishes on your 26th!

  • Reply Neri Ann June 15, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Happy Birthday! I was super hooked too on Descendants of the Sun! Too bad tapos na sya! Meron ng tagalized version sa GMA! Watch ko ulet!

  • Reply edelweiza June 16, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Happy 26th year on earth! 🙂

  • Reply Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy June 16, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Belated happy birthday! 🙂 It’s good to know more about you through this post! 😀

  • Reply Angel Enero June 16, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Belated happiest birthday and that vacation of yours at the Banana Beach made me jealous. I’m missing the beach…

  • Reply Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen June 17, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Belated Happy Birthday Maan! It’s nice to know all those things about you.

  • Reply Mhaan A June 18, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Happy birthday my dear tukayo! We have a lot in common pala like we both love our nickname, and I also love Soul Surfer. I want to try the One Peeling Pad from Angel Factory. Where can I get one?

    • Reply Maan June 19, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      Hi tukayo! I ordered it from Althea (ph.althea.kr) 🙂

  • Reply Edel June 20, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Belated happy birthday. I still haven’t seen Descendants of the Sun…

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