Follow Your Heart


I hate to admit it, but seeing my daughter make her sketches using her new charcoal pencil made me want to go back to casual sketching again. I practiced with pencil strokes, tried making a face, and then just let my hand do what it wants to do.

As much as I want to take interest in pencil sketching, it does not spark an intense longing and satisfaction as writing, or any other venture I have taken. More


Goodbye, Grandmother


My grandmother passed away Sunday morning around 8:30am. She passed away peacefully, a relief to all of us because she’s been suffering for almost 10 years.

I do not know how to pay tribute to someone who has done a lot for her children and grandchildren. I never had the privilege of growing up with my grandmother, and I never got to know what it’s like to have a workaholic yet caring grandmother.

And I never knew the pain and confusion my cousins have felt when they saw our active grandmother start suffering from the effects of Alzheimer’s.

I wish I can really write about her. But maybe my memories of her were not enough, and I do not have that close relationship with her. I guess there are just things that a writer cannot write; and for me this is one of them.

Rest in peace, Lola. I pray that you are in a better place. We will all miss you.

Write If You Want To Write

I can’t remember who said it and where I read it. But what I remember was that there was a man asking a famous writer if he can be a writer. The writer then said, “If you wake up one morning and the first thing that you think about is writing, then you already are a writer.”

It stuck to me because I wanted to be a writer ever since high school. But I never got that compulsion to write that it was the first thing I wanted to do and think about first thing in the morning.


Never Forget Your Contact Details

I was surfing the net to look for a place to buy compost or worm castings for my container garden. My oregano is in dire need of nitrogen. I stumbled upon a website of a family-owned business that offers online payment for worm castings, and I got exited.

My bubble burst and frustration sets in when I navigated the website and cannot find a single contact detail. I would have offered this person good business because my mom-in-law is an absolute gardening addict.

As a freelancer with a website, having contact details in your website is a must for landing a great job. You never know who is viewing your profile, and who wish to hire you based on the skills that you’ve shown on your website content.

Good thing I’ve updated my “About” section, otherwise I’d be kicking myself on the head now…

Have you added a contact form on your website?

A Blogger of Many Talents

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I am a writer. I cannot deny that. Any other artistic talent ┬áthat my mother contributed to the family gene pool, my tiny yet feisty older sister gathered them all. I don’t ┬ádo decors, I don’t do stylings, I don’t do anything artistic whatsoever.

I am the practical and subdued person in the family in a sense, and I cannot and will not change that.

However, when it comes to blogging, you have to make your posts stand out. And a blogger can do that by adding some visuals to your posts like pictures or videos. I don’t do videos, I am a stiff ice queen with no personality when I’m in front of a camera.

So, I resort to taking pictures instead using a basic digital camera with very little options for making great pictures.

And I also turn into YouTube and learn from tutorials on how to edit pictures. Right now, I’m trying to learn how to create a white background with shadows for my GardenThrove blog.

So, now I am a writer, a photographer, and a beginning digital picture editor.

How do you apply your talents when it comes to blogging? Come on, share them with me, please, by posting a comment below.

See you around.

My Growing Girl


The best blessing that I got for being a work-at-home mom is seeing my daughter grow up. I have seen her development from infancy to school age, and I thank the Lord that I got that rare, taken-foregranted opportunity.

I knew that the day will come when she will demand her own bed. Our culture is very open to co-sleeping, and her desire to have her own bed is met with both anticipation and sadness from me and my husband. She is starting to become independent, and we as her parents are ambivalent over giving her that precious gift.

Do you have a child who is starting to wish for his or her own form of freedom? Do share your story, I would be delighted to hear it.

See you around.

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A Client’s Satisfaction

Writing for someone else is never an issue for me. Even if my writings get published under someone’s name, I get the satisfaction of knowing that it helped my client in some way.

And a lot of successful freelancers get to the top by making sure that they work hard in order to fulfill a client’s needs.

So how can you be that writer? More

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