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Bouncing Back!

It’s been 5 months since the last time I’ve posted about my new website/blog Wanderful Wordsmith. It’s not my intention to abandon my beloved Curly Bookworm. I was too occupied to maintain two blogs! I really missed Curly Bookworm and my fellow bloggers in my community here.

So what happened in my absence here? Well, I’ve been contributing to two e-magazines in Thailand which is based in Bangkok. I actually juggled teaching ESL to Mongolian doctors, writing for e-magazines, and travel blogging! Check out my posts (click the titles):

August Awesomeness Overload It’s about awesome blessings from above.

  • Pinoy Thaiyo is the first and only Filipino e-magazine in Thailand. As one of the pioneering team, I was assigned as a columnist for Amazing Pinoy. I feature Filipinos (even half Filipinos) who excel with expertise in their respective fields and give glory to our motherland. They’re exceptional and gifted people from all walks of life who inspire and imbue patriotism, perseverance, patience and persistence.
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Don’t hesitate to connect with me, but I covered my number.Just send me a mail for any query.



Exceptional experience indeed!

  • Thailand Professionals is an e-magazine counterpart of a magazine for professionals established three years ago and was re-launched on August 12, 2015, during the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand. I feature professionals and VIPs like the Queen herself.



A monument of answered fervent prayers.

AUP College of Medicine: A Fulfilled Vision Aside from the affiliations from Thailand-based e-magazines, my blog about the inauguration of the most-awaited College of Medicine of the Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) was featured in The LinkSummer-Fall 2015 Edition (The Official Publication of PUC/AUP – Alumni of Western North America) and  PUC/AUP Cyberlink (The Official E-Newsletter of PUC/AUP Alumni) August 16-22, 2015 Special Edition.


Mongolian doctors, though Buddhists easily adapted to our culture and our Christian community.

August’s Astonishing Surprise This is about the extra blessings beyond measure. I was requested and hired to teach Mongolian doctors for a short ESL program at AUP

There are a lot to share, but I will be back to tell more about my adventures as a travel writer/blogger for Flybook Travel and Tours, and the official travel blogger of the prominent ATTA Calabarzon (Association of Travel and Tours Agencies). It’s accredited by the Department of Tourism and is a leading association within Region IV-A or Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal & Quezon).


Taal Volcano adventure: Gazing at the grandeur of Vulcan Point, the largest island within a crater lake in a volcano island within a lake on an island in the world.

For sure, I miss a lot about you guys out there. To keep receiving fresh updates, I highly recommend for my subscribers here to also subscribe to my new website. I would gladly appreciate that.

Feel free to explore my new website. Read and share my post to share the sunshiny experience! Wanderful Wordsmith

© 2015 LAF




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To the Girls Who Travel: Don’t Date a Guy Who Doesn’t

Oh well! Cheerios to the men who travel and yet remain at home with himself.

“Don’t date a guy who doesn’t travel. He will promise you the world, and then you realize: he wasn’t talking about the world, he was talking about his world. ”

love that line the most! 😀

The Gypsea Chronicles

Yes, you are the girl with the unkempt room and poor time management. You have many things in your head, most of which are notes-to-self on what your future self should do or go to. You are a dreamer, and that means that if the guy you date isn’t like you, it’s unlikely to work out.

Don’t date a guy who doesn’t travel. He is the guy with the medicine cabinet filled with shaving cream, hair gel and toothbrushes he doesn’t use anymore. His skin is fair and soft like a baby’s, which means he doesn’t go out much or at all. He is intolerant to the sun, when in fact you love every minute you are under it, soaking each ray of sunshine into your now bronze skin. He combs and styles his hair in memorized strokes every morning (as he has been doing this for months, maybe years…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey

The theme journey ignited my longing to travel to a far, interesting place and have another adventure! Being a nature buff, I always look forward to exploring the scenic and historical places.

Last summer, almost four years ago (3 years, 11 months and 11 days to be exact), we conquered Mt. Apo. Here’s an excerpt of the story from my article, “A Monument of an Answered Prayer “. It was published on 2008 in University Voice’s Journal: “Guia del Viajero”.

“We have nothing to fear for our future unless we forget of how the Lord led us in the past.” EGW

Darkness had already melted into dawn as I slipped through my still sleeping comrades. Being awakened by the freezing cold and fuming air, I sluggishly crawled out of the almost torn tent. I could hardly see the lurid cliffs and towering rocks due to the thick fog that covered the campsite. All I heard was the deafening silence of the morning appointment with my Creator.

Meditation had never been that invigorating and refreshing after three days of toilsome trek to reach the zenith. After contemplating how hard the expedition was, I mused of not going down anymore, if it’s only possible. Towering at the height of 10, 311 feet above sea level, Mt. APO seemed to stand with pride and dignity at the heart of Davao del Sur. You can imagine, the hike was not a joke.

resting in the middle of the dense rain forest

halfway, with the scorching Boulders at a distance

It was neither a joke nor a mere outdoor activity. It was a well-prayed hike. How we executed that almost impossible activity was very memorable. Mt. APO expedition was very dangerous to hike that time, and one has to be physically fit, mentally prepared, financially ready and spiritually tough in order to survive.

a pose at the peak

Being a Master Guide and hiker who conquered several mountains like Mt. Pakpak Lawin, Mt. Maculot, Mt. Cristobal, Mt. Daguldol, Mt. Makiling to name a few wasn’t a plus factor. It didn’t give assurance that I already have a big faith to accomplish higher grounds. It took us much courage beyond humiliating and humbling experiences to act that enormous leap of faith.

the glorious sunset

breath-taking, moon rising simultaneously while the sun is setting

above all else, His name be glorified!

The four-day hike (three-day trek up, one day trek down) was really unforgettable! I learned most that no matter how far or high I’ve reached, I’m still on the ground and still nothing to boast of myself. The Lord gives the faith and He sustains it.

Time will eventually come that Mt. APO will be no where to locate before the second coming of Jesus. I was able to vividly picture His glorious appearing through the darkness that had already melted into dawn. But as long as Mt. Apo stands at the heart of Mindanao, that mountain will remain as a monument of an answered prayer.


© LAF 2012

Note: Photos courtesy of  Pastor Freinald Maotondo and Josel Faminiano. This blog has a copyright . These pictures and the article should not be used, reproduced and manipulated by any means without a written request and consent from the author.

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