Introducing Alfonso, Philippines

Today, I have met people having genuine smiles whenever someone comes into their house. I have met people who are ready and willing to offer their homes for those who need it. And I am absolutely happy for what happened today- for what I have realized and reflected. I am glad.

I’m going to introduce a little town in my province with you guys today. It’s called Alfonso and not many people know it since it’s a very far town, especially if you’re from Manila. It is 74km away from Manila through my hometown, Tagaytay City. Anyway, I was in this undiscovered gem earlier- and I have learned a lot of lessons from the people residing in the place.

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Credits to the photo owner.

We have our research about a certain topic and we chose to interview the people from Alfonso, Cavite, Philippines. See, this town has a lot of trees and there’s something in the place that is so peaceful. I visit this town sometimes whenever I go to my best friend, Rhaine, because her house is near this town. But today, I was with three guys who resides in this town and with Elline. The three guys were also our groupmates in the research- the reason why we chose Alfonso in the first place.

I didn’t know that this town can be so huge. Honestly! We were riding one of our groupmate’s tricycle and it was really huge. The town was so wide with different names in each places. I couldn’t even remember the names of the barangays. Anyway, so we started interviewing some elderlies we see in the place.

However, what amazed me was their way of living.

It was so simple, and it was very peaceful. You can count the vehicles who pass through the place by your hands- and it was so cool. I didn’t know that a town can still have a few vehicles passing through when almost everyone now has their own cars and such.

One of my groupmates said that they can even leave the house unlocked and no one would dare to enter the place. Dang- it’s awesome!

I believed in what he said when we conducted an interview with a very nice man. I didn’t know him at all- of course, and he didn’t know us. But he willingly offered his house to us and we conducted the interview inside. The man was a Christian, and they never refuse visitors. They were really living simply- the house was tiny, but I can really feel the love present inside the house. We didn’t know him very much- not at all, but it feels as if we were very welcome in his house. His wife, even prepared food for us, which I was very thankful for because my stomach was growling and yup, I was really hungry. And I was in awe when I saw my favourite food on the table. While conducting the interview with him, we really learned a lot and I can say, he was a very wise man. He even prayed for us and blessed us before we go home. I was really thankful.

He wasn’t the only one who welcomed us genuinely, but almost everyone that we interviewed today was so friendly and awesome. We even get to interview an 82 year old grandma and we just really feel welcome.

I am definitely inlove with the place. Filipinos can really be so welcoming and genuine. I honestly feel like a tourist today– like it was my first time in a province even though I’ve lived my life in it.

So if you’re planning to immerse in the Philippines, try choosing this place.

This town has a lot to offer, I must say. If you’re still into tourist spots, you can visit the sweetest place in the South (in our province), the Gingerbread House.

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Image via Google


Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post. And please let me know in the comments how’s your week or day has been!!

“Whatever city you enter and they receive you, eat what is set before you.” – Luke 10:8

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JM’s Youth Journals

So for today’s post, I’ll just be going to announce something that I’ve been working on and deciding on for the past few days.

I made this site days ago, and now I’m finally sharing this to you…

Please do welcome…

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JM’s Youth Journals!!

I hope you guys would check my new blog out, and for the first post, please do click here.

“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:21

January Playlist 2018

I honestly missed writing this kind of post. I swear it feels so new to write a playlist again- it feels like it’s been so long because the last one was December last year. I know it’s monthly, but it still feels new? Anyway, welcome—- to my first ever playlist for this year! I am more than excited to share with you new songs that I’ve been loving throughout the month so let’s start!


First, let’s start off with OPM (Original Pinoy Music)!

Please do click on the link right now because you honestly need to listen to it! It’s English so you’d definitely get the feels as well. The first time I heard this in Spotify, I was really awed, and ugh it was stuck in my heart! I thank Ben&Ben for this gem, such an amazing song! For my kababayan out there, listen to this if you still haven’t! Ang ganda, sobra!

I was very much amazed in this song as well. Fun thing is, I first heard this in our my school service van and I was so shy to ask my service-mate about the title. I didn’t know the title of the song for a month and so, and I think just last week, I finally knew the title of the song that I fell in love with.

This was from the movie, 100 Tula Para Kay Stella, in which I made a film review about. It’s a very good song but it’s also nostalgic because of the movie.


Taylor’s been killing it since she released Reputation, and all of her music videos are the bomb.

I’ve been loving Dua Lipa so much these days, and I actually listened to this song for consecutive days in January- and fun fact, ’til now. I also loved the music video for this song- it was really great.

Camila has been slaying it as well, and this song was in my mind for weeks. Thanks to my classmates who shouts “nicotine” all the time and suddenly the song plays in my mind. Haha.

I’ve been hearing this from the radio and from my cousins and I never thought it was Imagine Dragons who sang this. I was really into the beat but I can’t say that I really love this song, I liked it though.

I don’t think many people know this gem, so I really recommend this one. It’s a lovely song and it was introduced to me by my bhextie.


We always sing this song during our worship sessions, and I never knew that this song was actually from our community, mindblowing– but I really do love this song!

Another song from our Christian community! I really love this song and they just released this last December. 🙂


Thank you so much for reading and I hope you liked this post! Anyway I have an announcement tomorrow and it’s really exciting! Hope you guys stay tuned as well. Anyway yep, another post will be up tomorrow- just took off today’s holiday because of a Feist with this post!

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” – James 1:5

Tips To Survive The Remaining Months In School

I don’t know in your country, but in the Philippines, there’s less than two months left and we’re all goin’ to have our summer vacation! I honestly can’t wait because you know, I’m so tired of school and I honestly have no motivation to continue the remaining days. I’ve thought of reasons why to stay striving and why to stay active during the last months and here it is!!

Think about your future and your parents.

Your parents work hard for your everyday allowance for school, at least give it back by doing well and participating in activities. I also do believe in the saying that grades don’t define you and your future, but you still need to learn. All universities and colleges have entrance exams and just think about it– to stay motivated.

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You’ll have new classmates soon enough- enjoy the remaining days with the present ones!

This is also what I keep in mind. Our school shuffles the students every school year, which means I’ll have new classmates next school year. Presently, I honestly have the best classmates and they’ve thought me a lot about life. They make me realise things without them knowing it and I’m gladly and honestly thankful that I’ve met them. They made my first year in senior high memorable and I want to stay with them for a little longer. Because you know, new classmates means you will have to adjust for new people again.pexels-photo-710743.jpeg

You still have to prove something.

Always stay motivated! You will do well. Even if you don’t get enough sleep and you feel so tired, keep in mind that you still have to prove something! You still will inspire other people so get up and work! You’ll do well and fine!pexels-photo-597657.jpeg


I hope you guys liked this post though I feel like I didn’t really give any tips. Haha. Comment below what keeps you motivated for school!

“Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:17

After Party Series: Elated Books

Hello everyone!

Today I am very excited to feature another blogger that has been really close to me ever since I stumbled upon her blog! More details as we continue on this post but for now, let us welcome, El from Elated Books!


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Elated Books – “Be Happy About Books”

Introduction about Elated Books:

Elated Books is a book blog, obviously. It is also about El’s life and the other things that she wants to talk about. Everyone should honestly visit her blog because El’s personality is really bright that I can see it in her posts. Her posts will also make you happy! For more information, see her about post!

Hello

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Bye Cos

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In this post, Cos says good-bye. I haven’t mentioned it but Cos is El’s best friend and she is also the owner of Elated Books but sadly, Cos said good bye! 😦 Read it for more info!

1 Year Friendship Anniversary

This is certainly one of my favourite post of them ever! Here they exchange cards and gifts for their one year anniversary of friendship! It’s really a cute post to read and honestly these girls have an amazing friendship!


To El,

I am honestly so glad that I have met you in this community. Your posts never fail to make me smile and please stay awesome! You’re a puffball of sunshine that needs to be known here. 🙂

To Cos,

I don’t really know if you’ll get to read this but I hope you’re doing well and happy right now! 🙂 I really miss your awesome posts with El! Hope you make a blog soon! 😀

God bless the both of you!


Do you know Elated Books? What do you love most about their blog?

5 Tips To Increase Your Blog Posts Views

Not ready to learn about SEO yet and wonder how can you have many blog post views? Then this post is for you! I will give 5 tips that I do to increase my views and of course, I’ve also done some researching on how others increase their views.

When you write something that is really good, I’m pretty sure you want to expect views from your readers because you’ve put effort into it. So now, let’s get started with the post!


5 Tips To Increase Your Blog Posts’ Views

1. Write frequently and regularly.

I honestly did not have a blogging schedule before. It seems like schedule doesn’t really work for me so I update whenever when I have time and whenever I feel like it. Believe me, not having a schedule has a lot of advantages and disadvantages. One disadvantage would be: you don’t have time and you’re not free, therefore you can’t make a post for a week, and sometimes it gets to two weeks and worse, months. During March, April and May last year (which were my summer vacation times), I was able to post everyday– and I’ve noticed that my views were really increasing and I was even able to have a lot of subscribers back then. I was really happy with the outcome but then my summer was over and I was back to school. I didn’t know how to manage my blog and I was really disappointed with the views that I’m getting- so I started to work out a schedule and update regularly. (I failed, though. Haha but now I’m working out my schedule.)

Tip if you want to have a schedule: Choose a day that you think you’re really free and a day where you can write. If you can’t post everyday, then two to three posts a week would be fine. Lastly, if you have spare time and it’s not your blogging day yet, make it as a draft and just post it on your designated day. This works fine for me. (I’m actually making this post on a Tuesday. *winks*)

2. Promote to your social media accounts.

This really works! If you’re okay that your real life friends would read your blog, then connect your blog to Facebook and you’ll earn views from them. But if you’re anonymous or slightly anonymous, then you can use Twitter to promote your post. There are also accounts on Twitter which retweets bloggers’ posts if they get tagged. I tried tagging them once and my views increased, even just slightly. There’s nothing wrong with promoting your blogposts on your social media accounts, just be sure to not spam someone especially big bloggers’ tweets because that’s not promoting anymore. There are also follower train/chain tweets which will get you more followers.

3.  Create a good header then upload to Pinterest.

There are millions and millions who use Pinterest everyday, and most of my blogging friends also say that they also earn views from Pinterest- a platform that has a never ending chain of ideas. So here’s the thing: create a really good photo that will attract Pinterest users and add it on a board in your account- once get noticed and if you have really gotten their attention, they are most likely to visit your blog and read the whole post. I have tried this before when I was still using my phone to blog and I found it really hard to edit so I think I’ve only uploaded once or twice in Pinterest. Swear, this works. 🙂 Just create a good photo!

4. Comment on other blogger’s posts and try blog hopping!

I’m not saying that you should comment for the sake of getting views only- but you should also comment because you want to support your co-blogger. But honestly, I really gained followers and views (of course) by blog hopping and by visiting A LOT of blogs! Once you visit a blog and you left a comment, they are most likely to visit your blog as well. And hey, you earned a view by that! I really recommend that you blog hop- it works so much! And I just wanted to share that also during my summer days, I kept on blog hopping and I think I earn a hundred of followers in just a number of days- like 5 to 7 to 13 days- and it was honestly a great achievement!

5. Look at comments section!

It’s your time to share how you gain views! Leave an advice below on how you get more traffic- I’m sure your comment will help me and everyone else who reads this post!


And this is it for today’s post! See you on Saturday! (Woop I feel like a pro because of my blogging schedule haha.) Also I really hope that this post has helped you in some ways- we all want to have viewers soo, I really hope this helps!!

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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians 4:6