Hurray, It’s My Blog’s 1st Birthday! Let’s Celebrate With A Giveaway!

More than 120 recipes. More than 90 food discoveries. Six major dinners.

All covered in about 185 posts blogged within the last 365 days.

Not bad for the first year of this lazy novice cook’s blog, yeah? 🙂

I started blogging seriously about food on June 26, 2010. That was the time when I just came back from the U.S. where I hoarded a handful of cookbooks and decided I will cook at least one dish every week and write a journal about it. I never expected to cook and blog a little more than that, nor join online food communities and a blogging contest. I didn’t expect to meet new friends from different parts of the world who share the same passion for food. All I ever wanted was to share my love for family and friends through cooking and keep a small corner in the cyberspace to document what I cooked, where I dined out, and what I discovered.

Not very ambitious but yeah, that was really all I had in mind 🙂

After one year, I realized I have shared love not just to my family and friends but also to people I don’t even know. Better still, these people share the same love for food and have become my online friends through blogging, FoodBuzz, and Twitter! And these new-found friends even showered me with blog awards though I don’t even feel like I deserve them 🙂

It’s been a great first year and I’m looking forward to counting more. And as my way of saying THANK YOU for inspiring me to keep on cooking and blogging even if I’m not the best blogger you would ever encounter, I’d like to invite you to celebrate my blog’s first birthday by joining my Anniversary Giveaway.

Because we’re celebrating, I’m not gonna make it hard on you by asking you to add me up in Facebook or follow me on Twitter or share this link, although you’d make me really happy by doing so 😛

Here are the very simple rules:

  1. Tell me which, among all the posts I have here, do you like best. Or if there’s none that suits your liking, tell me what would you like to read more of.
  2. Do that by leaving a comment on this post. But please, give me a valid email address so that I can contact you in case you win.
  3. You can have as many entries as you like. Spam my comments box, it’s all yours!
  4. You can post your comments until June 26, 2011, 5PM (GMT+8).
  5. I’ll be determining the winner via Randomizer.
  6. This is open to everyone… yup, wherever you may be.
  7. I’ll announce the winners not later than June 26, 2011, 10PM (GMT+8). Yup, on the same day that the contest will end. I’m quick, what can you do? 😛

What’s up for grabs?

I will choose two winners who will receive an Amazon Gift Card worth US$25 each. You can use that to purchase anything you like from Hey, just a little disclaimer. is NOT my sponsor. I’m using my own private funds for this giveaway.

So there. Now that the giveaway is out, what are you waiting for? 🙂

P.S. Again, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!



43 thoughts on “Hurray, It’s My Blog’s 1st Birthday! Let’s Celebrate With A Giveaway!

  1. Charade Mercado says:

    Congratulations ate Jan! way to go!! my fave post on your blog is the hainan chicken rice. Tasted your hainan chix and liked it a lot. I tried it at home too, i was preparing and cooking it while reading your instrructions from my computer! Virtual receipe it is 🙂

    Amore powers! 🙂

  2. CherieM says:

    Happy anniversary!! I remember recreating your baked mac recipe last christmas and it was an instant hit esp with my pamangkins..thank you for inspiring me to cook!

  3. Amy says:

    Happy Blogaversary! I was looking through your recent entries and that tomato salad looks delicious! I love that tofu is used in place of the mozzarella! Will have to try that one ;)!

  4. Jun Belen says:

    Happy First Anniversary, Jan!! What a fine accomplishment! Here’s wishing you more delicious years of blogging! And more cupcakes, too. I loved you series on cupcakes and your red velvet calamansi is on my to-bake-list. More power to you, Jan!

  5. CherieM says:

    I remember recreating your baked mac recipe last Christmas and it was a big hit..a nephew said that its the best tasting baked in the whole world hahaha! Thanks to you!!!

  6. magicofspice says:

    Happy…Happy Anniversary to you and your blog! I already follow you of course, but as for a favorite…tough one. I do always love your cupcakes, especially because I am the worst baker of anything cake related 😉
    P.S. Of course you deserve your awards!!!

  7. Erin L. says:

    Congraduations! You have a great blog. I wanted to check it out, and thank you for visiting me! It’s wonderful to get a little conversation going. It is apparant that you do enjoy cooking and blogging about it. I look forward to coming back to this often!!

  8. Aaron John says:

    Congratulations!! That is so exciting. My blog just turned one a couple weeks ago too! I actually really like the ube cupcakes. I haven’t set out to make ube cake but I love the taste of them! ajccabuang[at]gmail[.]com

  9. Michelle @ My Life on the B-List says:

    Congrats Jan on your blog’s 1st birthday! That in itself is an amazing feat. I look to you guys for inspiration. Your 180+ posts this year has me cringing with embarrassment haha! I’ve been really slacking off. Anyways, I love your crack pie post. It has everything I love in a pie! 🙂

  10. Sara says:

    Congratulations on your first blogoversary! It’s a true milestone! I think many of us started without really thinking we would last so long and yet…we are caught in this passion that is food blogging.
    Apple and dried cranberries loaf was my favorite recipe. I love that flavors combo!

  11. sians says:

    congratulations on your blog-niversary! 🙂 i esp love the Momofuku Steamed Pork Buns
    cos it looks uber delish and reminds me of what i grew out eating but with a twist. continue writing cos you’re awesome at it 🙂

  12. Maya@Foodiva Kitchen says:

    Happy 1st anniversary, Jan! You’ve done so much over the first year, and you’ve got enough hours in the day left to be a lawyer? Incredible job, well done! My favorite post is your HK and Macau trip, it was so detailed and your descriptions of the places and food there makes me feel like I was there with you all!

  13. Lawyer Loves Lunch says:

    I loved your Project Food Blog posts. I could totally relate to the whole loving law and food at the same aspect 🙂 Congratulations on a great year. I’m looking forward to more great posts!

  14. Tina says:

    Congrats on your blog’s 1st anniversary, Jan! Wishing you more wonderful years of food blogging! 😉
    Beyond Turkey, A Modern Thanksgiving Dinner is my most favorite post of yours. I love how you carried out a fabulous thanksgiving dinner in the Philippines!

  15. Michele says:

    Congratulations! Iam new so I haven’t tried much,but I loved the Caramel chicken and my picky husband did also 🙂 He liked it far better than any other caramel chicken recipe I have used. I love your posts and look forward to trying more of your recipes. 🙂

  16. The Cilantropist says:

    I am SO happy for you that you are celebrating your blogoversary! 😀 Such a milestone, and so much hard work and love went into creating all those posts that you should definitely be proud. As for the post I liked, I was really intrigued by the cereal milk! I have been thinking of other spins on it as well… the wheels are turning…! Looking forward to another great year!

  17. Lisa says:

    I love your food post, especially the one from Feb. abou the triple decker chicken sandwich – was so good I made them for my family.

  18. skip to malou says:

    Congratulations Jan. I am so proud of you. Look at you 180 plus posts? You are making me look like a blog slacker. I’ve been blogging for more than a year and I have less than 150 posts haha.
    Again congrats… I’m glad to have met you online. I know that when I go home you are one of thosee I will get in touch with.
    Keep blogging!

  19. ela says:

    congratulations Jan! You’ve achieved so much on your first year. Not many can do that.
    love your Foodbuzz 24x24x24 Rockaoke party. It was so simple yet it a big success.
    and you got a funny rockified name for each dish!
    more birthday’s to come for your blog.

  20. Jill@MadAboutMacarons says:

    Congratulations on your blog’s first birthday. That’s quite a milestone and look what you’ve achieved. Bravo. Great giveaway, too. I adore your crack pie – definitely looks insanely addictive!

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