Why do you blog?
This is a great question since I’ve also asked that to myself often. I may have missed blogging for a couple of days because of my so-called busyness still I look forward to visiting this site checking some new posts from other bloggers, reading news from WordPress.com news, and exploring myself in WordPress dashboard.
I must say I am enjoying every minute of my stay in WordPress since I get to learn many things which I never imagined the first time I tried blogging here almost two years ago. Blogging from Blogger to WordPress was a huge adjustment for me since I was used to a much easier layout. But since I heard lots of good things here in WordPress from way back then, I took a plunge and started blogging which also prompted me to participate in the Daily Post challenge thereby encouraging myself to post more often at the same practicing my English writing skills.
Then I took a break from blogging for several months and became preoccupied with pursuing other talents I am also passionate about. I exposed myself with improving my singing, dancing which led me to participate in a cheer dance competition and singing in front of a huge crowd in a conference in our community until I reconnected myself with WordPress blogging where I still find myself continuously learning and discovering new things. When I am able to post successfully for a day, that feeling of fulfillment gives me joy.
For the past several months, I’ve been used to seeing my blog with the old theme and I never thought I would come to a decision to change its look lately. I was in love with WordPress’ Selecta theme before since I found the featured photo appealing to me as it showed in my blog.
Until I tried to create a gallery blog post from my previous post, I was surprised to find out that the gallery photo did not show up! I searched on the web and to WordPress.com only to realize that Selecta theme only showed photos in single-image view. My heart got shaken since it meant I have to choose a new theme so that the gallery post photo I recently tried would appear as it should be.
Since I was also into thinking to change my blog theme, I took the opportunity to look for other themes which I think would best fit what I really wanted. The widgets I used must be somehow close to the old theme I used for my blog. It’s really a good thing there is a live view for every WordPress theme since that way I can see if the formatting especially the embedded photos would still look good. Other themes I tried looked like a disaster for me since most of the featured photos disappeared out of nowhere which I did not like.
And so I kept on looking for a suitable blog theme until I found this current theme which I also personally customized. It was definitely a good decision for me though since the new blog theme somehow lighted up the way I look at my blog right now. While revamping my blog I also noticed some changes in WordPress.com’s dashboard particularly under Appearance>>Menu which coincided to the recent news shared from Daily Post at WordPress.com about the improved Menus.
So my journey towards changing my blog theme also became a reflective thought for me as I look forward to more improvements into my life perspectives.
I wake up at twilight
It’s gonna be alright
We don’t even have to try
It’s always a good time
It’s always a good time
We don’t even have to try, it’s always a good time.
I woke up very early this morning at the same time realizing that I sang this collaboration song in my dream! It was also the first time I had a musical dream and I recall becoming aware that I sang minor wrong lyrics which I just laughed off with a friend who is also in my dream. Still I proceeded singing this tune with gusto as if I’m part of a music video.
I find this song fitting and in good timing to serve as my current song in mind since I planned to go out and join a concert tonight but end up staying at home because of unavoidable personal circumstances and from which I immediately accepted. I was also supposed to go to a reunion yesterday and since I was feeling a lot sleepy I opt not to go instead. I just told myself that there are some events in life which are not meant to happen right now.
From my two successive cancelled trips, it turned out that I have more productive things to accomplish which I just chose to treasure. Realizing that there might be more important matters which needed my focused attention this time and in the near future I know I’ll also get to enjoy all the fruits of patient waiting.
Village on the riverside at Cantilan, Surigao del Sur
The rustic smell of my beloved province, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur, which is also my parents’ hometown, brings back fun memories of summer vacations I had during my childhood. It’s a different vibe and feel since the air smells fresher in rural areas compared to the urbanized city I currently reside in.
I remember those moments when we had to wake up every day, very early in the morning before the sun rises. A walkathon from my mom’s maiden house down to the nearest beach almost became a daily morning habit for my mom, siblings, my aunt and cousins.
And the good thing about waking up at dawn? We were not only having our early morning walking exercise, we also got the chance to witness a beautiful sunrise especially when we reached the seashore! For me seeing the sunrise first thing in the morning was one of the most memorable childhood moments I had. And it excited me all the more when I already heard and saw the slow gushing of the beach waves. It meant we can now get ourselves wet and swim. And that for us was already an achievement after our walk trip.
Being so young then just made me enjoy the thrill of swimming and playing in the beach. At first I was scared of going farther since the water gets deeper and the waves can be so high. But my mom kept encouraging me to stand tall when the waters become deep for me to reach. Then I would jump and just go with the flow as the waves come after us. And when I finally got it, I was overjoyed to have overcome my fear. When I felt like being pushed down because of the waves, I tried to swim forward and find my way up.
Because we swam often in the beach, I learned to swim in my own way. I watched my mom doing a frog style swimming and then I would imitate her after. In the beginning I was wondering if I did it right but as days went by I know I did but only for a very short time. Then surprisingly I learned floating which up to now still amuses me since I would most often float after swimming a lot and then paddle my way backwards.
And the best learning was when I finally had enough guts to swim under water knowing how I dislike soaking my face too long in the seawater. I especially found it personally fulfilling when I knew I can swim much farther than I imagined it to be.
Today I found myself running out of words to say
I kept pushing my brain cells to produce some thoughts to share
Then I turned myself on topics to give me a dose of inspiration
Even went to listening to a few songs just to perk up my mind
I searched for photos to draw some ideas to write
But end up looking at funny poses of a cat I captured in the camera before
Childhood memories began to cross my mind like a movie rewind
Led me to realize I have fascination with cats and kittens
Their cute demeanor all the more makes them look so adorable
I bet it’s best to observe them playing around in a curious cutesy manner
Getting exiled in a private island, I thought of being transported to the beautiful island of Palawan! It’s a coincidence that I saw this picture from an article on Yahoo News while doing this blog post.
Ariara Island, Palawan
As for the five foods I wish they supply me with, I would mostly choose mouthwatering seafoods as my viand such as calamares, grilled fish, shrimp then eat them with salted eggs and fresh tomatoes. And how can I not forget to request a cooked rice as my fifth dish to complete my meal for the day!