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Wanderful Wordsmith

For the past few weeks, I’ve scribbled my musings, and yet failed to blog about them. Then came an impression to jump start a new blog, Wanderful Wordsmith. This made me excited earlier last week. While I can’t consistently blog here in my main blog, I have a new one to catch up with. That could be really challenging, but I am hoping to really keep it updated with inspiring posts.

A wandering wordsmith who chases her musings.

A wandering wordsmith who chases her musings.

So, what’s in Wanderful Wordsmith for you? If you’re a travel and nature enthusiast, you’ll surely look forward to reading some of my adventures. And you might as well love the virtual tour you’ll experience through my hotel and resort reviews, and wonderful places I’ve been.

Wanderful Wordsmith was conceptualized on the third week of June 2015. “Wanderful” simply means full of wanderings, and “wordsmith”, a writer. Its niche is focused, and yet, not limited on traveling and writing. Here are the entries and topics:
Surreal Sojourn – travel and adventures, hotel and resort reviews
Runner’s Reverie – running musings and race reviews
Curly Bookworm – book reviews and author features (throwback posts from main blog)
Ethereal Epiphany – spiritual insight and introspection
Potpourri of Poetry – poems and poet features
Wishful Writer– blogging and writing, advocacy and product reviews

This blog is dedicated to my late father who already rested from his life’s journey. His passion of traveling and wandering had left a lasting impact on me and my family. I missed my father so much, she could just rely on the Heavenly Father.

On Father’s Day, I jump started the new website to honor my calling as an apprentice of the Heavenly Author:
Chasing chances to change the world through the Word – one reader at a time.

This time, I’m very intentional. I will limit blogging here. So, I encourage you to follow and subscribe to my new blog:



© 2015 LAF


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It takes an idea with motivation to keep blogging overflow.

If you’ve noticed, I skipped more than a week of blogging. I consider myself a prodigal blogger, although I told myself, I will be consistent especially this month. With the theme, GROWTH, I still considered myself a bit ‘bonsai’.

“Let bygones be bygones.”

With today’s prompt: “What has been the easiest part of blogging?” I realized that procrastination has been hindering me to meet my goal – to blog daily, or as often as I can. The easiest part of blogging is when you let your idea overflow and be spontaneous. It’s good to have a theme, when you are supplied with prompts to have a directive. Joining a community of blogger like BlogHer is also an inspiration. You don’t only grow as a professional blogger, but you’ll be acquainted with awesome ones. Your blog also grow with your influence.

Earth Day Enthusiasm

While the world celebrates environmental awareness and Earth Day, I’ve got a thrill to till my blog’s soil. There’s a lot of potentials and resources to use in order to grow. Although it’s been true that it’s easier to be said than done, blogging isn’t a burden. It only seem to be a burden when you suppress your capacity to spill your thoughts. Yeah, technical challenges arise like poor internet connection, low signal, etc. But those should block you.

I have missed posting numerous entries, some which have been withering in the garden of my mind. I have regretted that I have allowed dilly-dallying, and it shackled me. It’ never late though. It’s like how we preserve Mother Earth. Awareness isn’t enough. There should be a progressive plan and action to do how to conserve resources and to maintain cleanliness and goodness of nature. It’s for everyone’s benefit.

Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. ~ John Muir

Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. ~ John Muir

It takes an idea with motivation to keep blogging overflow.

Stagnation of mind is detrimental to mental health. Blogging is a nice way of filling your thoughts with courage and concern, and letting your ideas overflow. It’s not only for personal benefit, but for the benefit of readers in the blogosphere.

Behind any kind of confidence is conditioning and behind any inspiration is hard work. ~ Skeets Touhy



© 2015 LAF

Note: Photos credit to Google Images (1st & 3rd photos). 

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NaBloPoMo (Day 4): Not a South Paw

a friend's creative hands, not a south paw

Writing for me is not just a hobby, for me it’s an important part of my daily adventures! It actually adds life. Starting with a morning scribbling of my reflections and prayer journal, I find everyday worth living for!

Like what I believe, I am not a born writer.  Yet there’s a great room for my growth and improvement! I take every opportunity to hone my skill. NaBloPoMo 2011 is actually a great encouragement and challenge that helps me grow more as a writer.

Here’s November 4’s prompt:

When you are writing, do you prefer to use a pen or a computer?

“A drop of ink makes million think”, is a maxim that I hold on to. For me, a pen can be a friend, but if abused if used for wrong cause, it can be an enemy. I see a pen a weapon that can fight…fight for the freedom of expression and speech! As a writer, I am more comfortable in using a pen in scribbling my thoughts than using a computer.

Caught in the act! A stolen shot taken by MG Jeruel B. Ibañez while I am interviewing a faculty from Ekamai International School (Bangkok), during the culminating activity of the 8th SAUM International Pathfinder Camporee on Dec. 13, 2007 at Saraburi, Thailand.

However, I find the computer fascinating. A tool that can help me make writing my blog entry or other articles easy to draft and easy to edit and polish. But the disadvantage of using computer, especially for an eye-impaired writer like me, lessens me to use computer. Longer use can cause more eye strain. I can’t afford to add more grade to my eyeglasses due to the worsening outcome it gives to my near-sighted eyes.

I am not a south paw, so I enjoy scribbling using my right hand. I find it fascinating how the Creator has given the our hand and how it function. As a gift, I am dedicating my hand and my pen to help and inspire others.

Mr. Bean-faced Me for University Voice poster 2008 (no other model available...LOL!). Taken when I was the Managing Editor of the University Voice (Mutawi).

The pen and the computer are both helpful tools for jotting down thoughts and introspection. The choice just depends on the one who uses and see it’s help as a tool for the expression of thoughts and feelings!

What is your choice?

NaBloPoMo rules! Happy New Week! 🙂

Note: Photo courtesy of  Jeruel Ibanez (2) and Mark Mole (3). This blog has a copyright . These pictures should not be used, reproduced and manipulated by any means without a written request and consent from the author.

© LAF 2011


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NaBloPoMo (Day 3): Multitasking

I’m not a professional singer/musician, but I love to sing! What I’m more grateful for, the Greatest Musician endowed the love for music. I’m often surprise that though I’m forgetful, I have a vivid memory for lyrics and verses. I can easily memorize lyrics and yes, I can sing abruptly (ambush rendition, as I fondly call it — ambush ministry, though ambush term sounds a lil’ negative). But I prefer being invited to sing days or weeks ahead because for me, singing is like delivering a sermon, thorough heart preparation is needed as well as practice.

If you’ve read my introduction about myself, I wrote, I’m a singer by persuasion. It doesn’t mean, I sing because I am just compelled and have no reason to say no. Don’t get me wrong, it’s about DEEP PERSUASION — the love to sing for my Creator! I simply can’t say no to HIM! So when I was asked even just hours before I sing in weddings, in Philippine International Church, in AUP dormitory, to name a few, I would simply pray and have a quick practice with a pianist, guitarist or violinist friend.

Here is a stolen shot taken last February 14, 2010, during the AUP Student Missionary Retreat. We were having light moments after we hiked Taal Volcano. Whenever I see this photo, I am reminded that I’m a unique composition by the Heavenly Musician.  Yet. JESUS is my music, Jesus is my song! The Great Composer will always be the Conductor of the orchestra of my whole being. ♥

"I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations." Psalms 89:11

Today’s NaBloPoMo prompt surprised me:

Can you listen to music and write? What song did you hear today?

Aside from singing, I also love listening to music. I actually love multitasking! Ladies are known to be more efficient in multitasking than the guys. I often listen to music while reading and writing. I prefer listening to classical, instrumental and gospel music. It soothes my mind and relax my body. It actually sets the mood to write most of the times. But it depends on the kind of music I’m listening! For example, this morning, I was awakened with one of my favorite song — TO BE LIKE JESUS! For me, it’s a prayer song and I always long to know Jesus in a deeper personal level and  behold the beauty of His holiness. I was inspired more to write about His love 🙂

Here is one of the videos of the song I listened/viewed today. No matter how many times it is played, it seems always new! This song is special because it reminds me of God’s promises found in 2 Corinthians 3:18 : “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the LORD.” 

One of my favorite SDA Christian authors, Ellen G. White, wrote, “By beholding we are to become changed; and as we meditate upon the perfections of the divine Model, we shall desire to become wholly transformed, and renewed in the image of His purity. It is by faith in the Son of God that transformation takes place in the character, and the child of wrath becomes the child of God…” –1SM 335-338 (Signs of the Times, December 26, 1892).

“Looking unto Jesus we obtain brighter and more distinct views of God, and by beholding we become changed. Goodness, love for our fellow men, becomes our natural instinct. We develop a character which is the counterpart of the divine character. Growing into His likeness, we enlarge our capacity for knowing God. More and more we enter into fellowship with the heavenly world, and we have continually increasing power to receive the riches of the knowledge and wisdom of eternity.” –COL 355.

Here’s another version of To Be Like Jesus sang by a friend, Michael Kindom. This is one of his songs from his CD album, Look & Live .

Look and Live

May you view/listen to the song with a contemplative heart and be inspired to look to Jesus and be changed by His love and grace 🙂

Why not try to write while listening to music?

Note: Photo courtesy of  Ivan Solis and Michael Kindom. This blog has a copyright . These pictures should not be used, reproduced and manipulated by any means without a written request and consent from the author.

© LAF 2011


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