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Monday, November 02, 2009

Blogging

One of the things I enjoy most about the Internet is getting to read about other people's lives through their blogs. I have come across many blogs that show me a glimpse of how people eat, play, work, think and just plain live. I read a lot of different blogs and have several favorites. You can find them all on the blogroll located on the right-hand side of my own blog. These include blogs written by my friends. This great way to catch up with what's up with them - (Jin, Clay, Les, Jen, Ina, to name a few). I wish more of them would start blogs! When it comes to food blogs I love (Lori Baltazar's) Dessert Comes First, (Aun Koh's) Chubby Hubby, and Table for Three written by three "anonymous" foodies. Reading these blogs and looking at the food photos never fail to make my mouth water! When it comes to fashion and all things pop culture there is (Cecile Van Straten's) Chuvaness, (Mrs. T's) The Baghag Diaries, (Candy Dizon's) Because Candy Said So, and (Rajo Laurel's) Stylebible. These blogs are my eyes and ears on what's hot and what's not since they are a virtual plethora of who's who and what's what in the world. Also, my two favorite lifestyle blogs (Daphne Osena-Paez's) Daphne's Diary and Frances Amper Sales'(Topaz Horizon). I admire these two women for the way they balance career, family, personal adventures while still being so elegantly chic! I also enjoy reading celebrity blogs like Anthony Bourdain's, Panjee Tapales' (Breathing Space) and Richard Gomez's (Goma Inc.). See how I mix international with local!?. Just as enjoyable are the blogs of "ordinary" people. I have stumbled across and gotten to know several of them through their writing - Sareet, Trina, and Dooce to name a few.

I love how blogs allow us to peep into each other's lives. I guess I have voyeuristic tendencies! (haha). Yes, I know, it can be viewed as an invasion of privacy for some but for the most part, what is shared in one's blog is always left to the discretion of the writer. It is really up to you how much or how little you want to and are comfortable with sharing. In my case, I am quite selective about what I write and very careful about what I divulge. But at the same time, I am also very open about the range of topics and opinions I blog about. I guess that is one of the reasons I maintain my blog. For starters it is a great way to let others know what's going on in my life. For those that want to know, it's my way of sharing what's up with me. But in many ways, it's also for me too. I guess for posterity's sake, it's my way of documenting momentous and not-so-momentous occasions. I write not only about big events but also every day, mundane things. Because deep down, I know major events are remembered but many of the day-to-day stuff (the small, seemingly inconsequential things) are forgotten. I guess in my own way, I want to remember the little things that tell me about who I am and what my life was like in that particular moment in time.

P.S. Pardon the philosophical tone of this post. This was written very early (at least for me) on a Monday morning - before my first cup of coffee =)

3 comments:

leslie ty said...

hey jo...is it weird for me to feel emotional with this entry you did? I just realized how your blog is such a big part of my life...i make it a point to check on it everyday...parang i'm also checking up on you =)

PLEASE do not stop blogging...whenever i read a post from you...it feels like you're just there in west GH and not hundred miles away... =)

Jin said...

Your blog is like an essay.How about publishing these blog writings someday? Your are such a good writer!Envy you, Joanne! I am your fan!!!!

Junarakasa's Story said...

Thanks Les and Jin - your comments mean a lot to me =) Sorry I have not been blogging this past week. We just got back from Arizona. It was tiring but fun too. Will resume blogging soon =) Thanks again for your support =)