Sweet souls


Remember when we first plunged into this blogging business, we hardly knew what to expect. Would there be readers, people who would be interested, who would care about what we do, think or whether we exist or not? Well, more or less, things were like that, in the beginning… And as we plodded on, we found out out that our sentiments are carried off to the shores, across the universe. And, some people, virtual, yes, but breathing, existing and writing actually care and share – our dreams. ย And, we are assured, somehow, that real people bother and we ourselves, do care… There are sweet souls in the universe – touching, moving and uplifting our beings – in more ways than we could have possibly imagined. I guess it’s time to thank some of them… ๐Ÿ™‚


Image of colorul cupcakes

Super Sweet Blogging Award


Am no good at tagging, as you know. But this time, yours truly was found by an excellent writer and editor, a Quaker and an advocate of living -up-the-world-in-your-village. It’s Mr. Jnana Hodson, folks… ย I have been reading in his site since his blog entry was featured on Freshly Pressed.

Didn’t have an inkling he would notice my presence. Or, at least give it a thought, haha. I mean, his writings run deep, in a way that leaves you asking, “Why can I not write that way? He says things so simply…”ย And yet, you know, the feat comes from nerve-wrecking encounters, complicated situations,ย and haplesss circumstances, haha. ๐Ÿ˜‰

His writings seem to fend off the chaos, inside and out. The humble and quiet way they send the message across is admirable. He says it’s the Quaker in him. My suspicion, it’s alsoย from other sources. Say, his Woodstock concert-going days… ๐Ÿ™‚ย Thank youย for the nomination,ย sir Jnana. I am so moved, obliged and honored.




1. Cookies or Cake? Both? ย Cookies, but am willing to make an exception if the cake is banana, wink-wink…ย 
2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla, two hands up.
3. Favorite Sweet Treat? Strawberry with whipped cream, please (ahaha, it’s not too sweet). Uh, uh, it’s chocolate, sometimes…

4. When Do You Crave Sweet Things the Most? Mornings, in my morning coffee.

5. Sweet Nickname? Last syllable of my name. People close to me tweak it a bit then, repeat it… ย By the way, it’s commonly done in the Philippines. You’ll often hear nicknames that come from one syllable repeated, hehe. Example? Lengleng, Dada, Bambam, and Toytoy. Even our country’s president go by the same token, hehehe. ย Guess mine… ๐Ÿ™‚


My Nominees for the Super Sweet Blogging Award:

Drum roll. Dyaran, dyaran, dyaran! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Her words touch softly and flow effortlessly, conjuring images of mountains in distant places, friends bantering over coffee and city scenes undisturbed. A native of Boston, sorrygnatย has earned the right to claim the world as her stage. Herย musings on life in the modern world and aging are lovely.

He is a software engineer who loves poetry and music. rkhouse‘sย poems in high school found their way into his blog and they’re that – sweet. There are some recent works, on the challenges of being a parent and granddad.

There’s humor aplenty in nadia‘s writings, about foods, travel and places near and far. One can sense passion, lightheartedness and fun in the way she weaves her tales. Life’s to be enjoyed. And, photographed, according to her. ย  ย 

His thoughts and words seem to come from an ancient source.ย thetaleofmyheartย talks about love, how the world seems to be in short supply of something it utterly needs. People need people, his writings seem to say. And, he does not mean it in the abstract. ย 

akanedou‘s blog entries are picture series and yet, they communicate – sharply but softly. One can feel the sensibilities of the person behind the photographs. The artist brings out a scene from several angles, using different perspectives, showing various dimensions. So clever.ย 

Sheย is aย proudย mother of six. With a degree in Public History Research, beebeesworldย serves slices of olden times through her short stories, poems and vignettes. Her works evoke silence and respect, for some reason.

She writes about women’s issues in a way that does not ask people to burn bridges and sever relations, but exchange goodwill and understanding, instead.ย cerirose,ย an African based in Paris, questions modern-day norms, even as her alternatives come in the form of intelligent yet gentle suggestions.

There’s idealism in the writings of june’sworld,ย who writes for the campus paper. One can sense a young man’s attempts to get to know the world, as he unravels the mysteries of the self and trudges his way through the everydayness of life and living.ย 

Across the distance, one could feel alarnarosegray‘s words – touching, moving and asking one to reconsider – perceptions, points of views and habits. And, to spread love and sprinkle some humanity in the process. A bit of fun won’t do harm, she adds as an afterthought.ย 

residentpatriot is an engineer and artist based in Japan. He designs car parts for his day job. On evenings, he takes the time to reconnect to his countrymen via blog, reminding fellows that citizenship is not a bad thing and civic-mindedness will pull Filipinos through tough times.

Sheย has read thousands of books – poetry, fiction and anthologies. And sometimes, I am tempted to take that, against forkinmyeye… Except, when I read her works, I am convinced: ย Voracious readers make excellent writers. And beneath the blogger’s no-nonsense exterior is a soft side, it seems.

She is a Filipina, working overseas for a couple of years now. Her grasp of native Tagalog shows in her compositions.ย crazyfrogย often mutters though, that words escape her… ย She prefers taking pictures of buildings, parks, landmarks and, make them speak to her blog readers.ย 

It’s notย apronheadlily‘s thing, being tagged… But every time I would make a list, her name is on it, ahaha. The teacher writes with a flourish, as if the words were artworks; has a way of infusing creativity into pictures.


Thank you very much, people. You have no idea how your words and kind thoughts brighten this side of the world. Your presence truly gladdens. I heart you. ๐Ÿ™‚


28 comments on “Sweet souls

  1. Such kind, beautiful words you write, San! Thanks for sharing the love… I catch your smiles like a ray of sunshine over here ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll be back to check out some of those links… Enjoy your weekend.

    • nah, that’s little, compared to the love you send across, guys. ๐Ÿ™‚ ahaha, am glad… please do come back, check out the lovely bloggers, huh…
      you too, have fun. thanks as always, Alarna. hugs,

  2. nadia says:

    Aren’t you the sweetest, most thoughtful person! You deserve all the strawberry and cream in the world. And I make really good banana cake – will bake one for you when we meet ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you so much for the mention, ‘San. You are way too generous with your words. Your comments on my blog always bring a smile on my face.

    Have a great weekend!

    • ahaha, you’re welcome, Nadia. i said very little, i could devote a page for each blogger, ahaha. yeah, i’ll be looking forward to those strawberries, softest cream and lots of banana cakes, hehe. psst, banana cake makes me smile. ๐Ÿ™‚

      am glad my comments make you happy, ahaha. always love your comments and replies, dear. happy weekend, hugs ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. June says:

    This is so sweet Ate San! Thanks for the soulful description. I appreciate the tag. You served this post beautifully and tastefully. I’ll make sure to check out these other blogs. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    A great weekend to all of us!

    • why, thank you, June. you, guys deserve it and more, maybe… ๐Ÿ™‚ hala pa, it took me so long to finish. maybe one of the posts i took the longest time to see in print, kainaman na… glad you liked it, kapatid. have a blast, you… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. ceriserose says:

    Oh Wouah Sansan… Thank you for nominating my blog ! I really enjoy reading this post and the descriptions done. You’re such likable sweet and adorable person… Thank you for being the virtual friend you are for me.

    One more thing, I’m not in Paris but in Canada… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Sweet week end, hugs

    • whoo, so glad you liked it, Cherry. you, guys, are wonderful, i couldn’t have done it any less… thank you, too, for being the sweet and adorable person & friend that you are. am glad we stumbled upon each other. ๐Ÿ™‚

      hala, you’re in a French-speaking region of Canada. you got me there. ๐Ÿ˜‰ thanks for the correction. have a fun and restful weekend. hugs and take care…

  5. LOL, I promised never to comment on this English blog of yours because I will be forced to use my embarassing English but I had to say to say thank you for this very sweet award. Thank you Ate Sansan ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. CrazyFrog says:

    * you sure about this? you can still take it back.hihihi (huwag joke lang) ๐Ÿ™‚

    you are such a SWEET SOUL… ^_^
    thank you San! *ngiti ‘gang tenga.

  7. L o v e l y post.Kind words. Thank you for stopping by.Have a wonderful day.jalal

  8. munchow says:

    I never got to congratulate you with the award. Very deserved. I haven’t had time to look up your nominees yet, but I will over the next couple of days.

  9. akanedou says:

    Thank you so much for the great introductory essay, san. And I am very sorry for too late appreciation. Dichotomy between the two is one of the themes of mine, sharply and softly, light and dark, and so on. Thanks to your intelligent and exact essay, I was able to take an objective view of my own photographs. I’m really glad.
    Have a beautiful day!

    • You are welcome…. the description above does not say enough, your pics are excellent. thank you for coming by. have a wonderful weekend, across the ocean, my friend… waving… ๐Ÿ™‚ ~San

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