Taking the time to thank these lovely people

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It’s fun to be acquainted with fellow writers who also try to make sense of it all/ faceupinteractivebydar.blogspot.com

Hello, folks! Let me pause to thank these people who took the time to come by my About page to shake the hand of this blogger. I mean, they didn’t just swing by, they leaped to the page to find out the possible source of the irritating rants and the longish musings, haha.


And, surprise, surprise, they clicked the like button, yahoo!ย ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย I cannot thank them enough for the curiosity, for the wonderful gesture and for the appreciation. Allow me at least a chance to mention and to say this blogger here is dang grateful. You, folks, are splendid. ^_^


Ladyfiย – an English professional photographer based in Sweden who has an uncanny eye for beauty and love. Am amazed at how she gets those angles and the way she makes use of the light. Larger than life and cheerful as could be, ย is how I would describe her photos. She appears to me to be one of those who really enjoy the opportunity to share in the blog sphere.

Karen – a Filipina nurse by profession. She rants – oh, ย she does. She sounds rebellious and does not give too much care if others do not think the same.ย I wish she would write more often and make use of the materials she encounters in her work setting and community.

Sorrygnatย – an American teacher in her 70s, a published writer and an exceptional conversationalist. She has been around, the world citizen tag she has given herself fits her to a tee. Here is somebody who has known hurts, pains and displacements and yet can talk about them lightly, glibly and happily. Her writings sound like you would want to be in her kitchen to tell her your problems while sipping some warm soup she herself has made. It will be a lively session, for sure.
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Is blogging silly? Does it make sense? / philhart.com

Pointless Paranoiaย – a Filipino guy in his early 20s. I can imagine him to be the geeky, sensitive and shy type, haha. He writes poems and poetry with feel and flourish both in English and Tagalog. I often wonder how somebody that young could write that way, with deep emotion when real-life experiences are still few and raw.

Personal Concernsย โ€“ an Indian in grad school at the University of Delhi. At least, that is his pretext and preoccupation, haha. In real life, I suppose he is really a philosopher and a poet. He writes beautifully about the old and the new, the simple and the complex and the olden times and the modern world. He is a linguist, a rare breed. He is an academic guy, a very articulate writer and dang, he sounds thoughtful. ย He sounds like a thinking, thoughtful guy.

Haribonย โ€“ An structural engineer by profession, this Filipino blogger has multiple interests other than his day job. Based in Saudi Arabia and Qatar where his projects are, this family man makes time for his true love โ€“ organic farming. He dabbles with a number of things โ€“ stock market, blogging and community-based planning. He sounds like a well-meaning man with a goal. Or, severalโ€ฆ

fivereflectionsย – he is my granddad. And so, a thousand othersโ€™, too. His three- line haikus often smite the heart and one would like to read them over and over to be able to picture and to hold the imagery the blogger creates with such ease. His poetry is the seasoned kind, truly. Each of his posts garner an average of two hundred likes. The others and myself, we have a good reason for frequenting his place, want some of his writings to rub off on us, haha.

Alla Francois – a Filipina in her early 20s, too. She works in a hospital. Sounds to me like she is an unconventional person and a bit of a rebel, too. She has criticized me a few times for liking her posts, which to her are pretty much unlikable. I mean, am not just being kind or nice. Far from it.

Fork in My Eyeย – an American writer, very good at it, but still struggling, according to her. She is a professed lesbian and a happily committed one, too. ย There is humor and fierceness aplenty to her writing that makes a reader come back for ย second and third helpings.

themathteacheralsoreads – ย apparently, this Filipino Statistics and Calculus teacher in his early 20s is bent on debunking the stereotype. Reading his entries, one would hardly mistake him for the hard sciences guy that he is. His prose and poetry both speak from the heart and convey a lot. One of his poems, is worth the mention ย – Paanong Di Kita Maalaala? (How Can I Not Remember You?)

petriesan – he is an American and an accountant by profession. But I can imagine him to be a philosopher in disguise. He tackles issues and philosophy in his site and is rather honest with his left of center views. He takes time to break down the topics and explains his arguments well. Did I say that he talks clearly and candid?

bestbathroombooksย – an American independent publisher and humorist in his 5os who has written for internationally circulated magazines. ย He denies being a real writer, takes more pride in having raised his two children who both graduated English majors, haha. He wants to be known for his posts about scrotum, anus and everything oral, anal or toilet-related. His site is whackoo, that needs no saying.

MrsGreenBellPepper – a newly-married Filipina engineer based in Singapore. She seems to me to be the caring, sensitive and capable woman. Her writings are often very fluent and yet, quite cheerful and honest. ย You would want her for a sister or a friend or both. I do.

RKHouse – an American computer engineer in his 50s. ย I consider him to be one of the best in small-town thinking, feeling and writing. Most of his posts are revised or edited poems from his high school and college days, which are like little vignettes that touch the reader daintily and softly. His writings teach us how to be simple and happy – with feet on the ground.

valleyroadrambler – a Canadian events organizer by day and a thoughtful widower and poet by night. He writes a lot about his love and how the experience of loving her and being loved by her, has changed him in so many wonderful ways. He is sharing his journey with the readers with a lot of thoughts and feelings on what matters in this complex times.

gelaikutingย – a Filipina traveller. Her posts have lovely pics of the beaches she has visited. ย Her photos take us places and she seems to be the kind who enjoys what she is doing and what she is sharing.ย Not many get the chance to wander as she does. Did I say she’s lucky? Yes, she appears to be.

momentsephemeres – a French writer and artist. I can’t figure out ย her age yet. Her writings possess a not so traditional point of view about things chaotic, out of their places or as she says, ephemeral. Her prose captures objects, events and thoughts in a way that would make one think, visualize and yes, agree with her after much trepidation. Or, maybe, none at all.
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They say blogging requires passion and authority. Well, one out of two ain’t bad./ businessblog.winweb.com


In a room full of people, chances are, only three (3) to five (5) would take to liking me instantly. I do not appear to be the kindly and caring type, haha. I look fierce, my eye brows are set high and people tend to think I am either too critical or uninterested. Some people think am too loud, hard to please and has far too many stories to tell.

On the other hand, some do think I look dumb, absent-minded and yet – when spoken with – turn out to be a person who knows way too much. And many people are not comfortable with that… To set the records straight, I do not eat people for starters, main course or dessert. I just leave them be, especially if they don’t bother me, haha. When they start bothering me, that is the time when my mind would cull everything worth reckoning about the persons.

I don’t gossip, never been my way. Whatever I think about a person just stays inside, I guess. It is only when I need to write about an idea, an event or a person that my mind works like an efficient abacus set to task. And, when it comes to writing, the snotty part of me enters the scene. One has to be really exceptional or must have done a very commendable act or been through a rather tight situation to make it through my page. I don’t know… ^_^


If it were my relatives or friends or people that I have worked with that you’re going to ask, they would tell you different. Hardworking, sensible, literary and thoughtful are some of the adjectives I have heard them use to describe this blogger. I am capable of hard work, yes. Despite being a feeler, there is that rational side of me that often takes over in tight situations, uncannily. I could also be thoughtful despite the appearances to the contrary, haha.

But the literary? I ponder on that one, yes.ย Despite having done writing for sometime already, I rarely get the chance to sound anything like literary. Most of the things I have written about are called discussion papers, position papers and comparative studies. There are letters, too – requests and replies. Sometimes, I get the chance to put in a little Lit on the titles, subtitles and captions, haha. Otherwise, most of them sound straight business and are dry and impersonal. Except the politician’s speeches, that is when I get to make use of verbs and adjectives that sound a bit, errr, ย on the literary side. Otherwise, nada.


One of the reasons I ventured into blogging is to have a venue to exercise my personal writing skill. It’s not that those writings I mentioned are not writings – they are. But I wanted to know how I would sound in writings that are not commissioned or required by work or asked by certain people. I wanted a chance to ย speak my own views, incorporating the things I have read (there is plenty of Literature there) and to test my voice before a public that is all my own.

So, when these people above came over to my About page and clicked on the Like button, I feel vindicated somehow. Connected. Linked in, with fellows who also want to convey something personal yet deserving of an audience as large as the world wide web. ย They write with their pens and their brains and their hearts. By the way, did I say that they are awesome? They are. ๐Ÿ˜‰


42 comments on “Taking the time to thank these lovely people

  1. ladyfi says:

    Thank you so much for putting me on your honour roll! You give me far too much credit though – I’m not a professional photographer, just an amateur one – it’s my hobby. I make my living by writing.

    Thanks again for your kind words.

    • you are welcome, ms. lady fi. your posts deserve the mention and the accolades. but i thought you were! blame it on the photos, then… ๐Ÿ˜‰ oh, is why your narrations are short and sweet and inspiring, ahaha.

      i so appreciate your posts and your coming over here every so often. glad to make your acquaintance… ~San ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. “Thank you so much” is all that I have to say to those lovely things you have said about me and my blog. I feel delighted to be considered for the lavish praise that I definitely do not deserve. But yeah….its just wonderful to hear and think of those amazing adjectives for oneself. I should not lie, it just felt so good.

    Thanks again!

    • you are most welcome. it’s always a joy to come over to your place, i find bits and pieces of wisdom and colorful musings there. sometimes, i’d like to take down your posts and make them mine, haha.^^

      oh, your writings deserve praises. you notice too many things and you ponder a lot, too. hey, i mean that in a positive sense. ๐Ÿ˜‰ keep on writing and i’ll backread again in your site when i’ve more time (when we’ve cleaned up the flood aftermaths, haha). don’t mention it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I just fainted – too hot to make soup – but you are welcome in my kitchen any time – did I mention it’s the size of a very small closet – but packed with personality; gratitude and humility for your kind words – just the right prescription for a muggy day!

    • haha, pardon me, ms. esther, it’s rainy season over here till November. i’ve forgotten it’s the tailend of summer your side of town… anyway, we’ve been flooded last Aug. 7 (the whole metropolis) and i thought, a gratitude post will be timely after the disaster, in between cleaning and sorting life anew, haha. ^^

      oh, your posts and your personality inspire me. i hope i can find the time to do some more backreading over there. you’ve had a very interesting journey. i hope i could be as strong, as kind and as happy as you, someday… regards to you and your loved ones… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Shocked to see my name there. Haha. I thought you were just being kind or nice and perhaps I should believe you na. Haha. Thanks also. You’re really a good writer, either literary or otherwise and such an honor to be mentioned by you, honestly. ‘Unconventional’ suddenly scares me. haha. It’s really nice to know other people’s perception about me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • oh, don’t get too shocked, dear. hey, for the longer time, i was an insecure writer – side by side with my friends who used to be published writers and editors. there are also three other writers in my family who added to my piles of doubts, haha. i didn’t write as well in my 20s as you guys do now. there was no internet yet… ^^

      it’s alright to be unconventional. usually, that denotes potential artistry. just make sure you work on it regularly and get the chance to exercise your creativity, read a lot and get the right influences and if possible, exposure. owkey? now, Alla, don’t mention it… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. krn says:

    Thanks ate San. Maybe I should trim down my rebellious side a bit, haha, and rant rather not so frequently, lol. What can I say? 35andupcynismonhold – a very smart versatile Filipina writer whose blog posts inspire me to write a rather sensible write-up and make me ashamed of my unedited published drafts. LOL. When I grow up I really want to be like ate San. Haha! And by the way, did I say that she is indeed awesome? ๐Ÿ˜€

    • hello, Karen… hala, you’re most welcome. oh, rebelliousness is alright just as long as you temper it with a lot of observations on your environment and a bit of consideration about how others possibly live and think and feel (and make do, haha). ^^

      i mean, there’s a lot to be angry about our times and age and the happenings herein. but one should formulate one’s anger in a creative and artistic way. practice does make writings better, promise.;)

      ahaha, many thanks, dear. lots of work and positivism and hoping against all hopes will help. you’ll get better if you’d buckle down more often, ahaha. warm regards, as always… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Thanks for the kudos, 35andup! Fierce and funny, I like that. I also enjoyed checking out your other lovely people, and I agree, they are awesome. Thanks for the recommendations. A few will find a new follower in their ranks. Also enjoyed your self-characterization and meditation on blogging as a means to write as yourself. I’m happy to be a part of your public.

    • you are most welcome, fime… hey, you may call me San. that’s how am called in these parts, hihi. glad you checked out these wonderful bloggers, though they hardly need recomms, haha. ^^

      hey, was i high the first time you came by and left traces, haha. am honored that somebody as tough and as articulate as you would drop by so often and read. am flattered, haha. and yes, am happier to be part of your regular readers. many thanks and regards. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. RKHouse says:

    Thank you for the kind words and for all of these interesting blog recommendations. Most of these are new to me and I’ll definitely be checking them out.

    • hello, sir RK. you are welcome. am really fascinated by your posts and would have gone on reading and visiting your place every now and then even if you had not graced this site, haha. so, i was and i am glad to see you come by week in and week out… ๐Ÿ˜‰ oh, yes, they’re swell bloggers, definitely. i have the luck of coming across the very good ones… ๐Ÿ™‚ have a great weekend!

  8. munchow says:

    A very nice tribute to you fellow bloggers! And thanks for your self evaluation, as Fork in My Eye said; Fierce and funny. Your writing on this blog is inspiring to many of us. Thanks, my friend.

  9. valleyroadrambler says:

    Thank you so much for the mention and your kind words. ๐Ÿ™‚ The blogoverse is indeed an interesting place and I look forward to checking out your other recommendations. Keep on writing and sharing!

  10. chilledhoney says:

    I would like to thank you as well for riding my roller coaster hehehehe… and for appreciating most of the time the style and not my heart tearing messages… your comments change my mood in an instant ๐Ÿ™‚

    • hello, c.h., thank you for coming over and reading, dear. i enjoy coming over your site and reading your observations and musings. keep on writing… ๐Ÿ™‚

      • chilledhoney says:

        hihihi…ay buti na lang may nakakaenjoy ng mga panulat kong walang direksyon minsan hehehehehe

        Thank you, thank you *bow (gaya gaya ke potpot!)

      • but you express yourself so well for somebody whose line of work is health and not writing. but I guess, your being a teacher also helps, hehe. ^^ hmn… direction is achieved over time, i suppose… have a good day, c.h. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • chilledhoney says:

        wow thank you very very much ๐Ÿ™‚

        believe me, if I have a better choice, I would rather work at the bedside…with true people, experiencing true pains, expressing true appreciations of your being…

        pero writing gives satisfaction also, may not be the same level that I feel being with patients but somewhat a releasing feeling ๐Ÿ™‚

        You write very well also, and very strong at times… ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Haring Ibon says:

    a great delight to be mentioned ๐Ÿ™‚

    much thank to you as well, for giving us plenty of meaningful learning and new insights each time we pass by.

    cheers to us, bloggers of greater and wonderful cause!!

    • hello, Haribon! ๐Ÿ™‚ so sorry i missed replying to this sooner. i’ve no excuse… :c

      ahaha, you’re welcome. you deserve to be mentioned and thanked. and most of your posts are interesting and helpful, didn’t i say that? ahaha.

      yes, cheers to us who are trying to impart something to the readers! hope things are panning well on your side. smile often… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. fivereflections says:

    you have such a kind heart! thanks for your friendship!

  13. Tysoncarter says:

    What a nice page ๐Ÿ™‚ Always nice to give a shoutout to people, I also like to link back to my followers and contributors. Without them my site would not be what it is. Great job, and look forward to reading more from you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • thank you, sir Tyson, for coming over and reading. thanks as well for appreciating the write up. yes, fellow bloggers make our blogging days better. thank you for the follow and i hope to read more of your entries. regards… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Just came back here to read of all that you have mentioned against the name of my blog! Felt so good!!


  15. Thanks, 35. You’ve been a real supporter and I appreciate it. I’m working on two books now so I try not to blog at all!
    Anyway, very sweet of you. Keep writing!

    • howdy, bbb! you’re welcome. dang, two books – i can’t say anything but good luck, sir. have a fruitful and happy new year! ๐Ÿ™‚

      de nada. many thanks – for the visit and the support. you too, write on! ~ San

  16. sorrygnat says:

    What a surprise; it’s getting later, recovering from a hairy day, and then lo and behold; your post! gratitude of the highest order; will check everyone out!

  17. Thank you very much for your presentation about my blog. I love it! ๐Ÿ™‚
    It’s a pleasure to read your blog.
    I hope you are fine.
    Happy new year with my best greetings!

    • hello, momentsephemeres… you are most welcome. it’s a delight to see you – what luck! your site is fun, creative and artistic. i wish you’d post more often, haha. oh, am a bit better now, thank you. a few months ago, i was in bad shape. better now… hope you are in good shape, too. cheers to 2013! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Hello 35andup! Thank you for mentioning my other blog here (themathteacheralsoreads). I don’t know why I wasn’t able to see this post a few months ago. Thank you for the kind words. I will never forget that one comment you left in one of my posts in that site. Thank you very much. Have a splendid 2013! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • hello, titser Caloy… pasensya na, ha, di ko agad ito nakita… ๐Ÿ™‚ ahaha, fan talaga ako ng pagsusulat mo, kapatid. although, it’d be better if you’d write more often, di nga… salamat sa well wishes. i’ll expect more posts from your sites this summer, hihi. ๐Ÿ˜‰ happy palm sunday!

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