We’re too busy sulking that we forget to celebrate.

My first on-the-birthday get-away on October 16 was canceled due to bad weather, storm #KarenPH.

Read how this unfortunate event turned out to be a blessing posted in my self-hosted blog site, Pasyal ni Jok:

Canceled flights are a blessing

To those who are already following this WordPress blog and still want to read me through my new blog site, please feel free to subscribe there, too. Thanks! 🤗

A first.

Last Sunday, October 9, my friend Charitie sent me a link to Travelicious.world‘s page. The page is inviting aspiring writers to write about their travel experiences for $40AUD/1000 words.

I thought about it and went through the steps required so my application would be approved.

The first requirement was actually an investment. I needed to have my own blog site. That meant I cannot use this blog site under WordPress. I had to buy my own domain. I thought hard if this is going to be worth it. I browsed on GoDaddy (Travelicious recommended) and went through the steps on creating my own domain, checked on the price first before deciding to buy.

The cost of the domain was on sale so I grabbed that chance. Finally, though unplanned, I checked my domain out. Yay! 😁

Ever since I started this blog Read My Thoughts in 2008 (title changed through time), I have always dreamed to have my own blog site. Finally the day has come.

To introduce to you my first ever own, self-hosted blog site, here’s Pasyal ni Jok (please follow the link to see the page). The title Pasyal ni Jok was Charitie’s idea when she helped me come up with a title.

Another first.

So after my application to Travelicious.world was approved (thank God!), I then started to write my first article. It was just about my experience when my friend Maya and I went to Sandbox at Alviera in Pampanga (PH).

The article was reviewed by the administrators I guess of the travel web site based on their format and set guidelines. Then after 2-3 days, I received an email telling me the good news! My article is approved! And true enough, I got paid on the day they published my work. Yaaay! 😂

If you want to read my work, please click Weekend Getaway: Sandbox at Alviera. (thanks in advance!😉)

But the challenge is just beginning. I may have been paid for this article, but in order for me to get my next writing assignment, Travelicious.world shall first check on my article’s performance to determine or decide whether I can really work/write for them. 😊 (honestly I am not that proud of what I wrote compared to the other articles by good and experienced travel bloggers, so I am not expecting it, my work, to get anywhere really)

I am rather challenged than discouraged by this. I have this mindset that whether or not my article’s performance fail, I will still continue to write here or in my new blog site, and share my thoughts on Read My Thoughts, share my experiences through pictures on Watch What I Photograph, and my travels through Pasyal ni Jok. 😊

Pasyal ni Jok

Started only a week ago, so it doesn’t have any content yet, except for the first post which is more like an introduction, and the About page.

I intend to post here all the places I had been to, as well as my future travels. I’m still working on my format so all posts would be uniform. I wish I could find time to write everything!

Also, I’d be using this new blog as I try to make a trip around the 81 provinces of my country, The Philippines (a bucket list). 😉

So, there! 2 firsts! 🤗

nth wheel

Patapat Viaduct, Pagudpud Ilocos Norte (2011)
..And maybe this is why I never knew how it feels like to be the 3rd or 5th or 7th and so forth wheel. Because I never felt like one. :’)

(nakakatawa kase nung tuesday lang namin narealize na 5th wheel ako.. At ngayon ko lang naisip na pumayag akong sumama nuon without thinking “teka couple couple sila”)

At some point during this trip in Ilocos we slept in one huge bed (tatlong dinugtong), and yes we made ligo together (all girls sa 👧🏼, sila boys sa 👦🏼) 🙊🙉🙈

#flashbackfriday #JOKtober7th 
More than feeling lucky to have friends like them, I’m feeling blessed. #sentifriday

📷nenok from Xave’s album ✌🏼️
Location: Patapat Viaduct/Patapat Bridge, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte (2011)


Sir/Ma’m, May I Go Out

Whenever Mama and I would visit my elementary school, the Directress would always tell us, “ay nung sinabi nung guard na andyan daw si Jocelle, sabi ko ‘ay papasukin mo yan papasukin mo yan estudyante yan dito’.”

When I visited after 20 years, Ms. Castroberde walked up to me excitedly and gave me a hug just like you do when you meet an old friend you haven’t seen in years.

At the time of this picture, they smiled looking at me then Ms. Milan said, “di parin sya nagbabago.. Kita mo nga naman o, naka-shorts lang at t-shirt at backpack.”

These are the teachers who never complained about me being 30 and still looking like a High School student. Compared to the one who told me to remove my pigtails when I was in 4th yr HS in a different school. (I’ve forgiven but sorry I don’t think I will ever forget.)

Anyways, San Lorenzo Ruiz School in Meycauayan, Bulacan and all my teachers (from the Principal down to the “Ate Makring” in the canteen) will always have a special place in my life and heart. Sometimes I wonder what I would have become if I didn’t go to this school. Siguro nahinto na ako, then nag-asawa ako nang maaga. 

I’m grateful for all my teachers and professors, especially those professors who believed and supported our batch (pasaway kasi daw), and Sir Gomez who had my friend get me at the library and then told me “mas okay sa akin na pumasok ka kahit wala kang assignment kesa yung mag-absent ka sa klase ko dahil mas maraming mawawala syo”. 😁 

But I must really say that my teachers from SLRS are the most special. 

Thank you to all the wonderful maestros out there and much to those who continue to do their job with passion.

Happy Teacher’s Day, mga Ma’m and Sirs!. 😍 I’m sorry I’m late. May I go out? 😂