Thursday, December 29, 2011

It's giveaway time!


Three more days and we will all bid goodbye to 2011. I can't believe that another year is over! Everything still feels like yesterday. As they say, time flies so fast and before you realize it, a lot of things have already happened.

2011 will forever remain as a lucky and memorable year for me. My first ever international research presentation and first trip abroad happened in this year. God has also been gracious enough to give me plenty of free lance jobs.  Though the early months of my 2011 wasn't that good because I lost a friend and I was almost hospitalized just because of neglected cough, God compensated and gave me a blast at the end of the year.

I also had my share of bad times and frustrations in 2011, but all the blessings were more than enough to make me happy and thankful. So to further spread the luck and happiness, I'm hosting my second humble GIVEAWAY!

Here's what you can win

Since most of my blog friends, followers and readers are female, I decided to have a pink tote bag for the giveaway.
The bag is reversible so you can choose between the floral or the pink stripes.

How to join?
1. leave a comment (including your full name, blog url and email address) and 
2. answer this question
"Among my 2011 posts, which one did you like the most?"
You don't have to be a follower or make a post for my giveaway to qualify. :-)  But if you want to do so, I will highly appreciate it. 

Everyone is entitled to only one entry.  The prize will be shipped for free to anywhere in the world. The winner will be drawn through and will be announced anytime on January 2, 2012. You can join my giveaway as long as I don't disable the comments in this post.


  1. This post is my favorite because I am a fan of giveaways. More power to your fab blog. Hope to win :)

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  2. That's a really cute totebag, Diane! There are several of your posts that I've really enjoyed. I especially like those where you have shared about your family & traditions. I also really enjoyed seeing the posts about your trip to Taiwan.

    Hope you have a very Happy New Year!

  3. Oops, I forgot about the Pretzel Hugs. They are super-easy. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (not necessary, but makes it less messy). Put a Spread out some pretzels (I use square ones) & put a Hershey's Hug on top of each pretzel. Put them into a 200* oven for about 7 minutes or until they just start to melt. Remove from oven & put 2 or 3 M&M's on top, pressing them into the Hershey's Hugs. They need to set up for a day or you can put them in your fridge for a few hours. Good luck!

  4. I love pink! That is a cute bag! Thanks for the chance to win it :)
    I really enjoyed your post on your outing to that place on the beach - I think it was a company outing. It looked so peaceful there. I remember you bought a blue bracelet there too!

    you can find me at :)

  5. What a cute tote! I think my favorite post are the post about where you live. For a girl who's never been far from home...I love seeing another part of the world. :)

    Ginger @

  6. Im all over this giveaway that is the cutest bag and you know I love PINK!
    My favorite post has to be two post back I love seeing the versatility of friends you have and the fun thanks for sharing your life with us!

  7. Hi Diane! Oh, that's a darling bag and I would love the chance to win it!
    My favorite post of yours are your travels! I love seeing your part of the world!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  8. Hi Diane,
    Funny thing, last night I thought, I need to hop over and see what happening in Dianes world. Then this morning there is a new comment from you. Always love visiting and learning about your adventures. wow, hard to choose a favorite. Love learning about your home, seeing adventures with friends, and the different foods you eat. Yeah, I'm a food person. Also loved how you kept us in wonder of your big international research opportunity. Love your darling pink bag, so please count me in. Looking forward to sharing with you in 2012.
    Jann Olson
    Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson

  9. what a cute bag!

  10. I like your My Toy Story post. Thanks for linking up at Market Your Biz and Giveaways :)

  11. Happy New Year, Diane :)

    SJ @

  12. Cute bag! I'm a fan of all of your travel posts.

  13. I love this adorable pink bag and would love to be the lucky winner! I really don't think I can pick a favorite post of yours. I truly enjoy reading all about your country, friends, family, work, and travels. You are an extremely talented writer and your words always seem to put me right in the center of the action. Thanks for everything you share with us.

  14. Oh, I love this beautiful bag! How sweet of you to give it to one of us! Please enter me! I think you have all of my info but I'll email you anyway! Thanks sweet name mate! Holiday hugs! ♥♥♥

  15. I forgot to answer the question! I like the posts you do of the city you are in or when you travel! Like the one you did of Taiwan! These are places I will never visit so I like to see your photos! Hugs! ♥

  16. Hi Diane,
    Thanks for inviting me to enter your giveaway. The bag is so cute, and I love pink! I enjoy the different cultural perspective of your blog, and at the same time, the similarities. My favorite post of yours was the one where you talked about weddings and how everyone gave away their things.

  17. HI!!!

    It's really hard to decide which one is my favorite. I must say that I LOVE your food posts. The ones you talk about the foods in your country. They just look too yummy!

  18. Hi Diane - what a divine bag. I am new to your blog but have had a good look and I adore the travel posts - fingers crossed and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you,

  19. Have found your blog due to your giveaway post so this one is my fav! Will start reading you now :-)


  20. Diane I always enjoy my visits to your blog and you are like me in that you take joy in the simple things in life. I loved your birthday post and all the food you showed this month but I love your very descriptive writing. Always a treat. Happy New Year!!

  21. I came here from my friend Izdiher's blog (your comments). My wife Anna favorite color--PINK. Her motorcycle helmet is same color as tote bag photo. We are not young, but RIIIIDE a lot!

    So since I was not a follower--am NOW!--one of your few (any?) males Peeps...this post is my favorite. I may change that vote in soon future.

    Steve Elsaesser

  22. Hi Diane! What a sweet giveaway!! It is hard to choose my favorite post. I think I love learning about your country, family, and traditions most. :) I look forward to reading more in 2012. Can you believe it is almost here? Time is flying. I hope you have a beautiful New Year!!
    Jen @

  23. Hi Diane! That is a reeaaallly cute shade of pink! I know I might be too late to win that prize but I'd like to answer your question anyway. My favourite entry of yours was about your business, Notepads Unlimited (it inspired me) and it's not even in this blog site hahaha! =)

    Hope you had a wonderful holiday and more happiness to you for the coming days! =)

  24. Yes, umabot ako!! I didn't have internet connection the past weeks and I can't seem to leave a comment when browsing using my phone.

    Anyway, love your giveaway! My favorite post is the one where you shared your Christmas tree ideas (because I got a lot of ideas). A close second is when you finally announced that you got to go on your trip :)

    Wishing you more blessings this 2012 Dianne!

    Janelle @ OfPinksandFairyTales
    ofpinksandfairytales at gmail dot com

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