2017: A Year in Review

2017 has been a blessed year for Amiciness. Forgive me for using “blessed” (my vocabulary is very limited HAHA) but yeah, many good things happened  this year. Viewership is continually growing strong even in our Youtube account. Thanks to followers of our regular and new content. We are also proud to have won a number of contests that helped us make a small mark in the internet world.

Amiciness has been up for three years now and it’s what makes me sane amidst the ups and downs of my life. Ito na lang ang pinanghahawakan ko, guys! In this post, I’m recapping the highlights of our very colorful 2017. I thought I wouldn’t survive the year but I did. #grateful 🙌

Dear readers, this is Amiciness’ 2017 year in review…

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One-way Friendships That I Refuse to Let Go

Maintaining friendships is as hard as maintaining any other relationship. May it be romantic, platonic or professional. It’s ironic, since we live in the age of 24/7 connectivity. I’ve been battling whether I should “unfriend” friends that seemed to have changed for some reason or another through the years. Some people would normally let go but I refuse to. I love ’em and I want to keep being friends. That is despite their shortcomings (and my own too).

Disclaimer: I know this post might seem too “immature”, “childish” for the extremists. Then again, I’ve been hurt too many times to fully dismiss this as my own fault. I always look at things critically. This is just a way to vent things out. Consider this as an open-letter a la Yaya Dub. Some bullet points are not finished yet, though. 😅

Here’s a list of the “one-way” friendships I refuse to let go.

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Quick Art Tips for A More Creative You

Creative Flatlay and Color Mixing Workshop held by Tippy Go of Googly Gooeys and organized by Nuffnang Philippines in partnership with Faber Castell Philippines.

I have been doing art ever since I could remember. My brother and I used to make still-life drawings and paintings instead of sleeping at siesta time (to our grandmother’s dismay 😂). As we grew older, we really got into anime so after doing homework, we would sketch our favorite Ghost Fighter and Dragon Ball Z characters on our own sketchbooks. Looking back, I was lucky to have been introduced, though self-taught, (I was an eager child! 😅) to art at an early age. Life was simpler then. No internet, no need for likes and validation, just mere expression through art. ✍

Googly Gooeys
Tippy Go shares how she started her career in art and blogging with an anonymous Tumblr account that starred Tipsy and Pongo.

Fast forward to today, as a young professional trying to strive in the working and blogging world, I tend to overthink whatever I create. 😱 May it be a blog post, an art piece or a mere Instagram post. I know what you’re thinking, it should all be simple. In reality or at least in my mind, it was not. Continue reading “Quick Art Tips for A More Creative You”

My Day as Pennywise The Clown

“No good friends, no bad friends; only people you want, need to be with. People who build their houses in your heart.” ― Stephen King, It

I spent one whole day as Pennywise the Clown for work (technically) and, of course, for Halloween. I’ve always been a sucker for dressing up. I didn’t get to experience this when I was a child so I guess, I’m making up for lost time. And yeah, I’ve always wanted to be an actor so it’s nice to get into different roles every once in a while.

Pennywise Costume
“You’ll float too.”

Two years ago, I was one of the Ghostbusters. Last year, I was Fred from Scooby Doo. Early this year, Gintoki Sakata. This year, we got “It” as our theme so naturally, I had to fill in the role as Pennywise the clown. The killer clown. I mean, who else would be willing do it?

Gintama
Roles over the years.

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Taiwan Excellence starts the Christmas season with Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone 2

Fashion shows feature the stylish new products at the Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone

It was a busy weekend with the Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone 2 last September 29 – October 1, fittingly kicking off the holiday season. The interactive event was held at the SM Mall of Asia, and showcased Taiwan’s best brands with the esteemed Taiwan Excellence seal.

Sponsored by Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) implements the Taiwan Excellence campaign to promote innovative and superior-quality products, and encourage Taiwan innovators to continue transforming current technologies.

The opening of the Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone with guest PBA player Doug Kramer
Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) Executive Director Mr. Raymond Chen, TAITRA President and CEO Mr. Walter M. S. Yeh, Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines (TECO) Mr. James Shi Chu, TAITRA Chairman Mr. James C. F. Huang, Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Chairman and CEO Mr. Angelito Banayo, Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI) Chairman Mr. Sergio Ortiz-Luis, Jr., and PBA player Mr. Doug Kramer graced the opening in the Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone

Taiwan Excellence highlighted its sports and leisure products in this area. On its first day, TAITRA executives and PBA’s Phoenix Fuel Masters player Doug Kramer came for the opening ceremony, a fashion show, and a booth tour.

Selfie and signed basketball from PBA player Doug Kramer
Lucky fan got not just a selfie but also an autograph from Doug Kramer

The first 50 registrants got to win a Meet & Greet and a signed basketball from Kramer. (Oh and BTW, I won one too! 😅) Afterwards, there was an awarding for online contest winners, in which participants got a chance to win the following: 2 roundtrip tickets to Taiwan, a Paper Shoot Hinoki digital camera, a Tatung Fusion Cooker, a Saeko Marlin K9 swimming goggles, a Tern Verge X10 foldable bicycle, and signed basketballs from Kramer.


Beyond the booths and presentations, the 3-day event thrilled the crowd with activities, performances, fashion shows, games, and raffle draws. The Gosiengfiao Sisters made an appearance on the last day. And mall-goers got to enjoy performances from Angeline Quinto (September 29), 4th Impact (September 30), Inigo Pascual (October 1), and the Judy’s Harmonica Ensemble.

Excited visitors got a first-hand experience of products that maximize active lifestyles, such as the Johnson S3+ Spinner Bike, which parallels the rigors of a spinning workout, while at home. Meanwhile, a Revolution Tri-Max Fabric is a sport suit made from special super-stretch fiber to support muscle, boost performance and reduce body soreness after exercise.

There was also a plethora of options for the ride you and your loved ones have been looking for — the Verge X10, with its ultra-light wheels getting you places in style, the Strida LT making riding, carrying and storing your bike superbly convenient, as it folds in 5 seconds tops, or a Kymco Xciting 400 motorcycle, which makes riders feel completely safe, while enjoying the pleasures of driving.


I enjoyed exploring and learning about the various innovative products from Taiwan. I can see people using them in the future. Some are a bit unique and quirky too! It’s nice to have an event like this that help showcase and share Taiwan’s products to the Philippine market. Way to go Asia!

Get more info about the innovations of Taiwan’s leading brands and the Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone 2 at www.taiwanexcellence.ph and TaiwanExcellence.ph on Facebook.