My girls always encourage me to join blogger events, but I’m too shy (yes, that IS possible). I’m essentially a newbie, having started only 2 years ago, and I feel so insecure & insignificant next to the real pro bloggers who’ve been blogging like forever. Aside from the fact that I’m too old! :P I think I’m the oldest blogger alive, lels. I don’t know how to break the ice.. like I’ll just go to them and say “Hi, wazzup?” ;) Baka hindi ako pansinin at sabihing “Sino ka Lowla?!? Doon po sa kabila ang senior citizens event!” So I never really took event invites to heart.
Two weeks ago, they saw a chance for me to go to my first bloggers event at the SMX Convention Center in SM Aura when BLOGAPALOOZA sent us an invite via email, yes, including my 2 girls who also blog on the side when schedule permits (or when they’re not too lazy!) ;))
Click HERE for ate’s food blog on restos around UST as she works her way thru pre-med.
Click HERE for my Lovey’s fashion blog as she snazzes up her school uniform in style!
I was agreeable because it was something we can do together, a great bonding experience for us 3 gals. Pretty soon, I became excited & started looking forward to gracing the event organized by the big-named bloggers Vince Golangco of When In Manila & Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet.
Yep. I came in my animal print for a boost of self-confidence.. hear me ROAR neigh! :P
We got there early 2 saturdays ago coz I read there were around 450 bloggers attending. I so didn’t wanna queue! :P
Besides, the email the organizers sent said popular you-tuber Bogart the Explorer (Marco Ho) was leaving early due to other previous commitments, and my girls LURVE the very pinoy-looking Bogart with an incredible aussie accent TO DEATH! ;) (Click HERE to watch some of his silly videos!) So we made sure we got to meet him, and meet him we did! ;)
We also had a photo op with the winged MIKEY BUSTOS, another popular you-tuber (Click HERE to watch some of his videos). Yes, we’re funneh like that, forgive us haha. Mababaw ang kaligayahan namin! Maka-photo op lang we’re good to go! ;))
We made a quick round of the place making sure we covered all the areas, then left when the place started to fill up & was getting really crowded. I saw an old friend though, BOUNTY FRESH. ;) Click HERE for my post on TOP TORIKATSU. Most of the bloggers who attended were there on a professional capacity to endorse the products. I was definitely out of my league. As you know, I’m more of a personal blogger & I only write about what’s happening in my life & family -where we eat, what we do, how we live. Mine is not a commercial blog but more of a personal one. I started my blog really as a diary of sorts for the kids to back-read when I’m old & senile. Para maalala nila ang pagaalaga at pagmamahal ko sa kanila at hindi nila ako itapon pagtanda ko! ;P
Besides, we were already soooo hungry & it didn’t seem right to just Eat-&-Go at the event.. Jahe naman rated PG (patay gutom)!
So we made like bananas & split (get it?? BANANA SPLIT??? :P ). It was certainly an enriching experience that would last me a lifetime. I’m so glad I was able to participate in this event with my girls. :)
If there’s one resto I wouldn’t mind eating at over & over again (forsaking blogging opportunities), it’s YABU. We just love their katsu & unlimited cabbage.. and soup.. and rice! <3 So we braved the forever long line just for those tasty pork chops!
Yabu: House of Katsu
SM Aura Premier
After a leisurely lunch, the girls “walked” me to burn those oils & katsu fats (read: Shopping!) and did some damage. It’s a good thing they were still catatonic from our heavy lunch so they weren’t in the best of moods to shop..
We went home mentally richer (but financially poorer because of the impromptu shopping! :P ). Now I can say that I’ve been to a legit blogger event, lels. Thank you my girls for coming with me, for always pushing me to learn & experience something new even in my old age. And of course, for supporting me in all my endeavors! <3
Thanks Vince & BLOGAPALOOZA..