August Comment Challenge

After seeing Harriet’s Comment Challenge month over month, I finally signed up for the August Challenge.

It’s pretty straight forward: a challenge to make 1000 comments during the month of August. If I make it, I don’t get any money. Harriet promises a cool button though 🙂 But apart from the button, there’s more in there for me. I get to pay more attention on other people’s blog (enough to make a meaningful comment) and hopefully that encourages them to checkout my blog/s and participate too.

So far, I have made 15 comments today. That leaves me with 985 more comments to go until the month ends.

Wait, what have I gotten myself into? 😀

Hey, why don’t you join up? Even if we don’t make it to 1000, there’s the journey to remember right? C’mon!

Consolation Prize Winner!

That’s me, in the two recent blog contests that I joined up! Yay! 🙂

First to be announced was the 1000 Entrecard credits I won from Levy and Noel’s Thanksgiving contest.

My entry can be found here: With $100 I will

Thank you so much Levy and Noel!

The second contest is from Ganda Ever So Much. You know what, the day I joined was the first time I ever laid eyes on that fun blog. I am so glad I joined, and now I continue to be a follower 🙂

Ganda Ever So Much!

I’m one of several winners (including the lovely Zoan) to receive a copy of Blogging from Home book by Janette Toral. I am so looking forward to that. It’s also wonderful that that’s what I got, instead of a Kapuso t-shirt. Imagine if that’s what I got? I’d probably wear it to work and suffer the odd looks from everyone as I enter the ABS-CBN premises! Haha. 🙂

My entry for that contest is here: Ganda Ever So Much!

Orman is still having a party, for week 4, it’s a Photo Contest! Head on to his blog and find out how to join.

Thank you so much for the early birthday presents! Winning these got me to think again on what to do for a birthday giveaway. Somehow though, I’m leaning towards not running a contest after all. Maybe I’ll just pick a random blogger to award with something. 🙂

You know why I like joining contests? Most often it’s because of the freebies of course. Another is to show support to other bloggers. It’s not easy to find loyal readers who will actually interact with you. So when I find bloggers who do that for me, I try to reciprocate as best I can 🙂 Contests are also a fun venue to find new blogs to stalk, ones that you might not always find just going to your usual bloghops. Through some of these contests and Memes I have read the most fun, as well as the most heart-wrenching stories. Of course you will also find posts that you will end up ignoring, but you’ll also find real-life stories like a family’s story of pain and hope, as they work towards getting social security disability for a family member. Anyhoo, bloghopping is fun, and contests like the two above make it more colorful 🙂

A Birthday Giveaway?

My birthday’s coming up (next month) and I would like to finally launch my second giveaway.

Here are some ideas and I’d love to hear feedback for them:

  • Like from my Got Heart Planner Giveaway, each comment posted on my blog (during a specific timeframe) merits one entry.
  • Blog about the giveaway and get bonus points (to be determined or TBD).
  • Blog about Baby Jon Angelo and earn even more bonus points; supporting his cause by giving a donation and/or purchasing Breathe Hope bracelets would earn additional points too! (advocacy for Jon would be awesome!)
  • Subscribing to my RSS feeds, will be a requirement. This would be for three blogs: this one, The Newbie Photographer, and Between the Covers.
  • Prizes include: Human?Nature gift pack/s, a book (it’s pre-loved, I unintentionally bought two of a certain title) or two, a reusable bag or two…
  • If you’d like to help me out and sponsor more prizes (cash/in kind, maybe even free trial of services you offer like brochure printing, or blog design, or something), I’d super appreciate it and blog about YOU! 🙂

I’d love to launch the contest on July 1 🙂

So what do you think? Would you sign up?

Heya BC Bloggers, Let’s Party! :)

The BC Bloggers’ Party has commenced! This is an awesome opportunity to go around and get to know other BC Bloggers. Thanks to Paula, we have a list of 45 to start with! 🙂

Paula – A certified BC blogger – wife, mother, employee, blogger all rolled into one.

AC – A proud work-at-home mom and wife.

Bambie — Living a blissful and simple life in a fast paced city of tokyo with her Love and lil bundle of joy, Azumi. Loves anything kawaii and fabulous things.

Bambie/Sunshine – blogging to let you take a sneak peak into a world that is MINE. This is me, the real me. No hesitations, no presumptions, no holding back. I’m sharing my heart to you, no-holds barred.

Beng – A busy working mom of 2 handsome boys, Financial Analyst by profession.

Cacai M. – a Stay-At-Home-Wife and blogging is my passion. I am happy when people are happy. I view blogging as my open or public diary of random thoughts wherein I can express and share my views, reviews, thoughts, happiness, adventures, and experiences.” ~hugs&kisses~

Carmz – Newest Blogger on the Blogosphere! Workaholic, Fun and Crazy Girl of Makati District

Chin chin – Christian stay at home mom blogger blessed with 5 children – Thanks be to God’s grace and strength to live the everyday life.

Chris – A follower of Christ who loves being a wife and a stay at home mom.

debrajills diary – A Diary of a Mom and her Journal through Life as a wife, daughter and a mother.

eikcaj – God’s extra-ordinary girl….

Fedhz – I have a Kris Aquino mouth and a Judy Ann heart. Yes, I’m very sentimental and talkative and I guess that’s the very reason why I found myself blogging for more than 7 years now.

ferr’zWILL – I am just a simple jolly girl, sweet and heedful lady I love to depict unto others how I feel towards them.

Jade – A certified BC Blogger. Blogaholic, Workaholic but will soon be taking it slow…

Kaye – Blog designer extraordinaire. Not. Just blog designer. And writer, if you could consider my inane blog entries as “writing”. A WAHM from the beautiful city of Baguio, Philippines.

Inigo – Probably the youngest blogger at 21 months old. Posts were as early as fetal age.

Irish – A Christian family woman who’s trying to juggle her blogging duties, her full time work, taking care of a 2 year old daughter and being the best wife ever to her hubby.

Just Simple Thoughts – loving wife; loving daughter; loyal friend; wants everything to be fair and just…

Laane – Usually I describe myself as a mom of 6. The oldest 4 are boys, all with an autism spectrum disorder. The youngest is dealing with classic autism. The other 2 are girls. Twins. One is dyslectic, like one of the boys. I’m always busy arranging things for them, solving problems or guiding. Dealing with the problems other people caused is one of the main issues.

Liezl – the frustrated chemist but now a passionate blogger and an aspiring psychologist. Proud Batangeña living all alone in Manila, deeply in-love, spontaneous and witty. A good conversationalist, fearless enough to tackle love, sex and politics.

Lizeewong – I’m a girly girl, mommy and wife. My world is quite simple. It revolves around my babies who amuse me, my husband who completes me and my blog which pleasures me.

Mommy Bonz – Certified BC Blogger. A simple mom and wife with lots of hopes and dreams for her family. Finding time with everything, being a full time mom, wife and an employee and now a part-time blogger.

Mommy Rubz – a simple stay at home mom who takes care of three kids and 40 plus domains.

Nelson – A Surgical Nurse who blogs down his experiences, both clinical and personal. Happily married and now living in the UAE.

Niko – Happy Mom and Wife, Full time office slave and Part time BLOGGER

Nicquee – A corporate slave wanting to be WAHM for her kids and husband through blogging

Nuts – Blogging with my family as source of my inspiration..

Peachkins – babaeng bakla. foodie.mahilig magluto.coffee addict.froyo junkie. loves photos.dating call girl[call center agent].loves peanutbutter.NCIS LA & CSI fan. nanonood ng BITAG tuwing sabado ng gabi…..frustrated cop.

Pehpot – is a stay at home mom of four kids. A part time blogger of 8 blogs (and soon to be 10). A novice blogger who always share her new found tips and techniques (through NOOB) and your slave if the price is right.

Red is Marose – simple pero rock, a working mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister and a friend, hoping to be a work at home. A forum addict and now a trying hard blogger.

Ria – Wife, and a mother of one lovely daughter, likes to read books and collect just anything. A person of unpredictable characteristics, stubborn yet soft hearted, active yet demure.

Rossel – Maybe an addict blogger but very proud to say that she is a loving and caring queen of their home.

Rosette – Mysterious gal who finds happiness and contentment in her son and partner.

Sam – Adik na WAHMmy (Work At Home Mommy). Former call girl, este call center agent.

Sarah – A mother of two wonderful smart and active kids. A wife, enjoys singing, playing the piano, and a friend in need…

Shamrocks and Shenanigans – I’m a Wife, Mom, short order cook, driver, maid, gopher….My life is perfect. I am happily married…unless he takes the remote from me. I love food and I love to cook.

Sherry Rambling; Blogger: Live, Love, Laugh

Shydub – stay at home Mom, full time wife and started blogging since 2008 as pastime and moolah maker.

Tetcha – A WAHM chronicling her experience as a mother and wife and everything else in between.

Valerie/Surreal Princess – travel enthusiast, half –vampire, half-human, multi-tasking extraordinaire. Backpacker, Blogger, budding photographer, housewife and work at home diva.

Verabear – I’ve been blogging here and there for about four or five years. I write for myself mainly, but I am happy whenever I get visits from both friends and strangers (*hint* I love getting comments!).

Vernz – A mother of three who loves free, budding potter, frustrated painter, trying hard blogger, dedicated teacher and a devoted mother.

Yami – Owns three blogs and work full time as work-at-home mom. I write just about anything that caught my interest and earn at the same time.

Yuuki – the drama queen, otaku, junkie collector, shopaholic, book worm, traveler, scientist, blogger, entrepreneur, lover, friend, fighter, survivor – complexity to the max!

Zoan – the single-mom blogger from Bukidnon

Kerslyn – A work-at-home wife, hubby’s cook, chef wannabe, and shutter button addict. Half Ilocana and half Bisaya with a Chinese taste buds.

Josie – Mother of three grown-ups, work at home mom, managing a home-based business,workaholic, busy as a bee but still trying my hand on blogging.

Gracia – A savvy chick with a big heart for fashion.

Kayce – I’m a stay at home mom, a businesswoman who manages our own business, an ebay seller, a singer-musician, a Christian and a servant of the Lord.

Charmie – I’m a frustrated career woman, a responsible, loving daughter and a sister.

ferry’zPROFESSION – A happy fulltime employee who loves to snip some of my time to blog, being a multi task is my game.

Mommy Liz – I am a wife and a mother to my 4 wonderful children and to 2  more, so we have 6 beautiful kids. I am a Stay at home mom  and I am proud of it.

Maritz – A Civil Engineer by profession but work full time as a church admin officer. A fulfilled wife to a loving and God fearing husband and a mother of two wonderful children.

I hope those of you who drop by today come back tomorrow, I will be announcing my giveaway on Earth Day! 🙂

BC Bloggers Party – Get to Know Verabear

I’ve never been good at describing myself, so I’m lifting what I wrote in my About me page two years ago (with some edits of course) 🙂


Thank you for finding your way to verabear.net, my own space where the moon shines.

Verabear is a monicker I’ve used for a long time now. It is derived from the pet name my grandfather (Papa) has for me. I started actively using it back in college while thinking of the best username for my very first Yahoo email – an Inbox that I still maintain til now, more than ten years later. Okay, I don’t really maintain it, but it is still open.

I’ve been blogging here and there for about six or seven years. I write for myself mainly, but I am happy when I get visits from both friends and strangers (*hint* I love getting comments!).

As a young girl, I loved reading story books. Later on, I moved up to novels. I wrote stories too, though none were finished. Just as much as I loved to read, I found that I enjoyed telling them too.

I’m not a party girl, and I never really got to that phase in a young person’s life when she goes out to bars. My idea of a perfect hangout would be just chilling out and having conversations – both the meaningful ones, and ones that don’t make much sense. That’s probably why blogging figures perfectly in my life, because here I’ve found a ready ear for the stories that I’m bursting to share.

I’ve taken up photography in the last year, and I am loving it. I haven’t given it the time needed to really work on my skills though, but I’ll get there. I hope you enjoy the photos I share with you. I find that photos add color to my stories.

I share my life with Alfred, my boyfriend of ten years; our Shih-Tzu Zune; my mom LB and dad Danny; and my brother Bads. Now, I share our stories with you.

Thanks again, and see you soon!

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