Yesterday as my mind was slowly turning into ashes as work keeps burning out every bit of me, for reasons unknown I opened my personal mail and out of all the 500++ mails on my inbox in which 99% are posts from WP bloggers, there’s this one email that caught my attention. Continue reading “An Email From A Reader (My reply, actually)”
Your first reaction to my post title could be two thumbs down or just a loud ‘Boo!’ You might not even want to read this post after reading the title as you might think what a faker I am to do this but if you are not that judgmental and if you are open minded (this is not networking though) you might want to read this until the end.
An Indonesian author said, his books are like his children. On my case since I haven’t published any book yet, my posts are my children.
Each of my posts has their own story and character, just like kids. Some of them are too emotional, some too hilarious and some are full of angst. Though its not good for a mother to have a favorite child (or children), I do have several posts that are closest to my heart.
Lately ko lang nalaman na ‘big thing’ din pala sa Pinas ang blogging. Akala ko sa ibang bansa lang ‘yan uso. Akala ko hindi masyadong ‘in’ sa Pinas ang blogging, at ang mga bloggers ay mga tulad ko at tulad mong nagbabasa nito na hindi mainstream at pasulat-sulat lang dahil mahilig lang talaga magsulat. Pero huli na pala ako sa balita at mga pangyayari.
This same day, 5 years ago, my very first post was published. That post wasn’t the best but hey, that’s how aysabaw.com started.
Yey! I have another Liebster Award (again???!!!! ha ha) courtesy of Juarla of Keeping Up with the Introvert. I’d like to thank her for such a lovely award and hey! Please do check out her blog! She’s up to a 3-writing-challenges-in-a-day for the whole month.
So, Liebster Award was created to recognize and/or discover new bloggers and welcome them to the blogosphere. So I think it’s a cool way to show appreciation to some of your fave blogs and to introduce newbies as well.
•Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you
•Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you
•Nominate 5-11 bloggers that you think are deserving of the award
•Let the bloggers know you nominated them
•Give them 11 questions of your own.
These are my answers to Juarla’s questions:
• Why did you start blogging?
Sorry but I’ve said the reason countless times already ha ha and I don’t want to bore people here. Pass please.
• Which of the five senses would you say is the strongest?
Sense of…smell… I guess.
• What three things do you think most each day?
I don’t even know. It varies ha ha. But most of the time I think about food and coffee.
• If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
Keep off the green green grass of home.
• What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
• What’s the weirdest talent you have?
I am weird but I don’t have a talent LOL. jk. Instead of talent, can I just say something else that’s weird? I cannot draw a straight line even with the use of a ruler.
• If you could take only three items with you to a deserted island, what would they be and why?
Kaldero, sandok at kumot. ha ha ha (Cauldron, ladle and blanket). I’m being practical here LOL.
• Favorite album, why?
I actually don’t have any.
• What song sums up your life right now?
Ironic by Alanis Morisette.
• Favorite childhood memory?
This is funny but my favorite childhood memory was my first political exposure when my Uncle brought me to Miriam Defensor Santiago’s Presidential Campaign in Araneta Colliseum back in 1992. I can remember that I did not understand whatever she said because it was all in English. She was wearing a pair of red blouse and skirt.
• How do you want to be remembered?
I want to be remembered by people around me as the sun that shines on them the day after a cold rainy night or a hot soup that warms up everyone’s empty stomach on a cold rainy afternoon. Ever so dramatic lol but I think the latter suits me well.
And so, I would like to nominate these bloggers. I think they are fairly new here and I hope that they could participate.
itsmicaejamora >>> she is not new to blogging but for some reasons, I need to nominate her ha ha ha
***Ooops. a total of 13 nominees…anyway… ***
My questions for you:
- Describe yourself in 3 words.
- If you would be a plant or an animal, what would you be and why?
- If you could borrow someone else’s body for a day, who would that be and what would you do?
- If you could eat only 3 foods in a month, what would these be?
- If there would be a zombie outbreak, what would you do?
- If you could choose a superpower, what would it be and why?
- What is the last book that you’ve read? Did you like it or not? Why?
- If you are to be a superhero, who would you be and why? (You can choose among the fictional ones or you could create your own)
- If you have 1 million dollars in your hand, what would you do?
- What skill would you like to learn and why?
- What song best describes how you feel at the moment?
And since she’s literally new, like – she just started blogging yesterday, she doesn’t have much to nominate as yet. So I have taken the liberty to answer the questions that she posed.
1. If you’re given the chance to change the world what will be the first thing that you will change?
This is a tough question, pass – next question please haha. Honestly, I don’t know. I think it’s not the world that needs changing but the heart and the mindset of the human race.
2. Since when did you start blogging?
3. Who is your favorite author? Why?
My favorites are Khaled Hosseini, Tan Twan Eng and Jonas Jonasson.
I like the first two because they write beautiful but heart wrenching novels and they write historical fiction which is what I am really into.
While the first two makes my heart drench in tears, the last one, Jonas makes me cry out of sheer laughter. His novels are just hilarious.
4. If you will to invent a machine, what machine will it look like and what it is for?
Time Machine of course. Time travel has always fascinated me. I just don’t have any idea how a time machine will or should look like.
5.If you’re given the chance to meet someone in the past who will it be? why?
This for sure is Jose Rizal. I have always been fascinated by this gentleman and I’ve become really really interested with him after reading Ambeth Ocampo’s Rizal Without the Overcoat. I want to hear his voice actually haha and I want to see how his daily life is like.
Again, thanks Dinahfaye!
Out of curiosity, naisip kong i-search sa fb ang term na aysabaw, wala lang. May isang tao sa facebook na nag-ngangalang aysa baw pero hindi ako iyon. Kasi yung tunay at napakaganda kong pangalan ang pangalang gamit ko sa fb dahil muntik na akong itatwa ng mga friends ko nung aysabaw ang name ko sa fb. (sa twitter pala merong ibang aysabaw pero hindi ako ‘yon ha ha ~kala ko ako lang ang namumukod tanging aysabaw sa mundo pero hindi pala huhu).
So lumabas yung mga mentions ng ibang bloggers sa fb page nila. Tapos may mga nagshare din nung most read article ko tungkol sa HRM tapos meron ding nagshare sa fb ng post kong OFW Po, Hindi Bangko Sentral. Itong post ko tungkol sa OFW, naka copy paste sa status ng isang facebook page though may nakasulat na credits – aysabaw pero walang link back which is ok lang naman. At least may credits and at least na-share yung post ko. Akalain mo yun?
Kaso nalungkot ako dun sa comment dun sa post na iyon. Di ko alam kung hindi ko naipaliwanag ng maayos ang punto ko o mahirap intindihin ang sinulat ko pero anyway luma naman na din yung comment eh so carry lang. Bahala s’ya, andami n’yang sinabi LOL.
Minsan talaga iniisip ko kung malabo ba talaga ako magsulat. May mga posts kasi ako na iba yung meaning sa isip ko habang sinusulat ko tapos may magcocomment na iba dun sa idea ko. Kala ko hindi lang naintindihan nung nagcomment yung sinulat ko ang masaklap eh meron pang ibang sususog dun sa comment. So naisip ko, parehas ang pagkaintindi nila. Ako ba yung hindi nakaintindi sa sinulat ko? Naguluhan tuloy ako.
Time and again sinasabi kong blogger lang ako at hindi writer. Sa’kin kasi, nageexist ako sa blogosphere kaya natawag ko ang sarili kong blogger pero di naman ako kahusayan sa pagsusulat. At hanggang ngayon ay inggit na inggit pa rin ako sa mga posts ng mga mahuhusay na writers + bloggers dito, pero inggit na in a good way ha. Andami kong hinahangaan dito lalo na yung mga bata pa eh mahusay na magsulat.
Hindi ko nga alam kung bakit may nagtyatyagang magbasa ng mga pinopost ko. Di ko nga din minsan alam kung bakit ko pa pinopost. Pero lubos akong nagpapasalamat sa mga nagtyatyaga.
So iyon, dahil ang arte ko at andami kong kadramahan sa buhay, magsha-shout-out na lang ako sa mga bloggers na nagkamaling maligaw sa blog ko recently at yung mga madalas kong makakulitan dito sa WP saka yung mga bloggers na namimiss ko na.
Mga Badass Writers (opinion ko lang naman)
Tin Magpayo – ImQuotingQuotations – gustong-gusto ko mga sinusulat nya
si Anje ng Punjetry ang nanay ni Alessandro
Diwata in Lalaland – mga tula nya pang Diwata Level
Madaming KaArkihan sa Ecspressionism
Fate na may dotcom na! Congrats!
Kat – Katblogs
Jillian – parehas naming kelangan magparebond
SushiPrincess – na marunong pala mag German. Wie Geht’s Fraulein?
Nicole of ColdChickenSoup
Miss Gelay na tambay sa SM sa Bicol – oragon ka ne! 😛
Michaela – diwata ng mga kabundukan at kagubatan…joke lang ha hehehe
The Odd One Out – congrats magiging mommy na sya
Chia – Wanders of Chia – s’ya yung future fashion designer ko pag sumikat nako LOLs
SimplyGracelyn – dahil Feb, puro about pag-ibig ang post nya. So nagsuggest ako na next month, about Fire Prevention Month naman ang ipagpopost nya 😛
Memoirs of a Bakasyonista is SimplyGracelyn din ito
Sir O ng Photo ni Ompong na makulit na makulit hehe
Doc Eamer – ang doctor ng mga puso
Resident Patriot – ThePinoySite ~ salamat sa pagtyatyaga at pagtitiwala 😀
Mga nagkalat na Pinoy sa ibang bansa 😛
Anne Santos – Write them All – kanya daw si Lee Min Ho
DubaiExpatNurse – panalong panalo picture nyan sa site nya
Jai – kasama ko sa Jologs Bloggers Association :p
Branenosekai – dalawin natin s’ya sa Australia hihihi
Sony Fugaban – sabi nya mas masarap daw tumambay sa resto kapag mas mataas yung kisame
Pinoy Abroad – So?
Fresh from the Oven – sila po yung mga bago kong natagpuan dito
Just Lynne – ay kakulet din ng batang ito
Joanna – The Curious Bella
Iamyella – AnnyeongHaseo from Philippines to Korea daw
Utalap – isa syang matinding swimmer
Tagalog Dito – bawal ata mag English dito
Chasing Potatoes – ganda ng mga pictures n’ya
Glaiza Binayas ng Glimmer of Happiness – artistic sya
Mga Bloggers na namimiss ko na
Andami na pala! At the end of this exercise napagtanto ko na yung mga kakulangan ko bilang isang manunulat ay napunuan ng napakaraming bloggers na nakilala at nakakulitan ko. Malungkot ako sa simula ng pagsusulat ng post na ito pero ngayon ansaya ko na ha ha! Salamat sa inyo!
Yung mga hindi ko nabanggit wag magtampo. Yung iba kasi lulubog lilitaw…yung nilista ko lang ay yung mga sobrang dalas kong makakulitan dito….well yung iba di ko naman nakakakulitan kaso gustong-gusto kong basahin mga post nila he he…baka magustuhan nyo ding basahin yung mga pinaglalaban nila 😀
I was telling my boss yesterday the story of a travel blogger who quit her job and started travelling and started earning money while travelling and blogging. By the way, my boss hailed from another dimension, just incase any extra terrestrial discussion arises.
So I told him how nice could it be to travel and earn. And he said ‘this blogging thing is not all good.’
My boss is an extra seasoned top notch hotelier with sesame dressing, spring onions and buttered pickles with whipped cream and cherry on top who had a lot of experiences from different types of bloggers that he met or at least came into contact with.
He said that some travel bloggers are spoiled brats. They threaten you of not gaining any exposure to some 100 thousand followers if you don’t invite them for an all expense paid luxury holiday in your hotel.
He also experienced a harassment from a teenage blogger a few years ago. He had to turn him down for some reasons and this teenage non-mutant ninja turtle uttered things like
“You should invite me to your hotel because i am the future of travel blogging.”
So although I understand that he didn’t have pleasant experiences with several bloggers, I was there to defend the blog-world and I tried to explain to the boss why people blog and why people follow blogs and what blogging does to help other people and he just ended our conversation with a “look, I know what this blogging is about to a certain extent but I don’t know how to blog and I don’t want to know and I don’t care about what someone else had for breakfast.”
So I kept quiet and didn’t even think of mentioning that I also blog. He might just as well ask me why am I contributing to the oddity of this already odd world.
I thought, he might be right about who cares about what someone else ate for breakfast just like who cares about what I write and why do I care about what someone else wrote, what someone else ate for breakfast or where did someone go.
But for me, whether someone cares or not, that’s just fine. I came. I wrote. I conquered. And that’s all that matters to me and maybe for the rest of us in the entirety of this blogosphere.
Anyway, I am just so glad that he doesn’t care about what other people babble about because then, he won’t be able to read this. And even though he is a little bit outer spacial weird, I like him in a way that he’d rather not read about what people write that he couldn’t care about unlike some haters who couldn’t care less about you but would still read your posts and talk trash about it.
PS. I don’t have haters (none that I know of). Just citing an example here. At least, I don’t have yet and hopefully won’t have.