2015: A Year Of Affirmations, Blurbs, And New Connections

Doing a year-end post has been something obligatory since I joined the bandwagon back in 2012 (2013: A Milestone Year for Stories of the Wandering Feet & Mind). Then before the year 2015 unfolded, I was eventually compelled to share some life-changing lessons (2014: A Year of Life Lessons). It feels good and comforting to look back and reflect on the things that happened to the blog and my life year after year.

Now that 2016 has started, I was again compelled to add another episode to the now series–before January ends.

Nothing feels better when the lessons you wrote down as simple reminders of your mistakes are affirmed. There is indeed a bigger world for opportunities out there; there are more people out there whom you can forge new connections with; and immersing in nature once in a while is still the best way to recharge the batteries.

On the one hand, the benefits of welcoming new people into your life far exceed being at your accommodations all the time. On the other hand, it is a must to do an immersion in nature every once in a while because it fuels the body and soul. Traveling in this day and age is a necessity.

Getting mentions from leading social media platforms such as a website, Facebook Page, Twitter (business’) & blogsite is something that will always make a blogger very proud. Thank you very much Expat Blog (for wielding my first ever interview), Piatto (for posting my food and restaurant review on your Facebook page), White Pebbles Beach Resort (for the blurbs and photo credits–from my travel blog post “Bagolatao Trilogy’s Part 1: Basking in the Natural Scenery“–on your Facebook page), Bicolandia Today (for including my article, “CamSur Watersports Complex and Its Eco-Village“, in one of your June 2015 issues) and Pixels for Four (for making my blog post “A Haven for Chocoholics: dip ‘n dip” as a reference to one of your food reviews)!

Expat Blog Interview

Piatto Mention

White Pebbles Beach Resort's Blurb

New Mention-Bicolandia Today

Blogspot Mention

Every comment is a piece of another beautiful mind. I could not let the day passed without recognizing the new bloggers I met this year. When I say met, I meant I was able to forge new connections with–for real!

The waggish Aysa, of “aysabaw“. If you are looking for a decent diversion from the usual things you read, her blog is a very good one. She provides very poignant and humorous insights on her life through posts on music reflections and OFW life.

The witty Mabel of “Mabel Kwong (Asian Australian. Multiculturalism)“. The blog gives me a higher perspective of things about multiculturalism. It also inspires me to write better. One of the best things about the author is her ability to get back to her audience ruthlessly in a nice way. I have never seen a blogger in my circle who keeps track of every commenter and finds a way to respond no matter what. She was the one who taught me “never take for granted a comment on your blog post”.

The sexy Chia of “Wanders of Chia“. Her blog reminds me so much of how I finally came up with what I want to write. I must say she is definitely heading to the right direction.

The very strong mom, Boots, of “In the Wrong Boots“. Boot’s blog is about her lifestyle filled with constant traveling, eating well, shopping, and serious life stories about her transition from being a jetsetter to a stay-at-home mom.

The certified wanderer, Vinneve, of “Wanderlust: a new Chapter“. Vinneve is an “artist” and a traveler. She technically came from three different continents (Asia, Oceana, and Europe). She gives me that hunger to really set foot on countries in Europe or Oceana in the future.

The graphic artist, Jake, of “Jakesprinter’s inspirational quotes“. When you want some inspirational quotes, visit his blog. It is also loaded with animated and entertaining pictures, which are all created by him.

There used to be tons of bloggers frequenting the Stories of the Wandering Feet & Mind but I must admit, I lost my way back to them in the busyness of my schedule. Those were the times when I had to concentrate on bigger priorities. When I tried to reconnect with them, it was already too late. Nevertheless, our time was an interaction full of learning, and each of you is always welcome to drop by again. Rekindling the connection is more preferred though.

My new year’s resolution includes making sure that my blog is taken [extra] care of. I am so looking forward to more interactions, blog posts, and travel destinations.

Related Articles

4 Reasons You Should Write a Year-End “Best of” Blog Post (clearvoice.com)

My 7 Favorite Travel Blogs of 2015 (nomadicmatt.com)

Welcoming 2016 in Serenity (justholavida.com)

17 Comments Add yours

  1. aysabaw says:

    aw! salamat po Sir. ha ha ano nga ba yung poignant? Joke 😛

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      yung parang sabaw mo yan, Aysa. tumatagos hanggang small intestine. hehe

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      1. aysabaw says:

        ha ha ha ha. natawa ko sa tagos hanggang small intestine. di kaya yung sabaw naging isaw? 😛


      2. Sony Fugaban says:

        hehe…hindi ako kumakain ng isaw pero sige…gawin nating isaw yan base sa konteksto ng pinag-uusapan natin.

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      3. aysabaw says:

        Omg ha ha ha. Di rin ako kumakain ng isaw kaso bigla kong naalalang at one point naging isaw ang palayaw ko ha ha.


      4. Sony Fugaban says:

        talaga? puwedeng pen name yan ah. in the future pag gusto mong magbago from sabaw…palagaw astig din ang isaw.


      5. aysabaw says:

        ang gaganda naman ng mga palayaw ko ha ha. palitan ko na nga kaya yung tag line ko, tutal sabaw and isaw rhymes…mapag isipan na nga ha ha.

        Sabaw man nagiging Isaw din.

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      6. Sony Fugaban says:

        sounds even better, Aysa. lalo kaming mapapaisip sa konsepto mo.


      7. aysabaw says:

        ha ha ha naku po.


  2. Mabel Kwong says:

    It is an honour to have connected with you in the blogging world, Sony. I still remember when I started my blog, you came and left a comment. That prompted me to check out your blog, and I was amazed at the quality of your blog posts and how you engage with travel and expat communities so well. And I believe you are doing that even better now; look at all those blogs in 2015 that you were featured in. Well done. A lot of us, including myself, can only dream of such exposure 🙂

    Keeping up a blog can certainly be hard at times. LIfe is a series of ups and downs, a rollercoaster ride, as cheesy as this sounds. I’ve been there. One of the reasons I cut down blogging from weekly to monthly posts is because I wanted to focus on work and to have more time to myself doing things that are non-writing related. After all, we have to stand up to live before we can sit down to write.

    Thank you for the shout out and mention. I am humbled that you thought of me. Best wishes 🙂

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      The honor is likewise mine, Mabel, for mentioning your name and your blog. You have no idea how much I try to be better at writing because of your articles.

      You are right in stressing that we have to stand up to live before we can sit. I can well comprehend that I must say. This is what I always think if someone seems to be in hibernation. The benefit of the doubt is always about the fact that he or she, too, is busy and he has a life to live just like you and me.


      1. Mabel Kwong says:

        You are so humble and kind to think that way of others, Sony. It is something I need to improve on. Each and everyone of us are on a different continuum: we learn and work at different paces, and so take time out at different intervals too.

        Very glad to have connected with you as a blogger. Not only that, you are a great person, acquaintance and friend too.

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      2. Sony Fugaban says:

        I’m cringing in a good way, Mabel. I’m not used to getting compliments like that, especially from a person I really admire.

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  3. Boots says:

    Thank you Sony for mentioning me here. I am equally honored to have met you. Your blog is one of the blogs I admire and look forward to reading. You write beautifully. Pls take extra care of your blog. We (your fans) all benefit from it. Hope 2016 will bring us more things to write about.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      The kind words, Boots, are music to my ears. I’d like you to know the pleasure is actually mine.

      I’m affirming your last statement. Yes, to more things to write about.


  4. Chia says:

    Wow! Thank you for the mention. It’s so kind of you. Whenever I get to connect (for real) with other bloggers (which is not often) gives me so much pleasure so this post just doubled the happy feeling. 🙂 To know that somebody is really reading my posts is flattering enough. Do know that you are an inspiration to me. Your posts inspired me to write better.
    Keep in touch!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      That is very humbling, Chia. I am still learning how to write up to this time and to hear you being inspired by my post is such an honor. We will get there, don’t worry.

      Thank you very much!

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