Thank you for taking interest in reading my blog. I suppose that since you have clicked the “About” button, you are curious to know about the writer behind this travel, fashion, and lifestyle blog.

jamy4I am a twenty-something girl who is currently out seeking my great perhaps. After getting a degree on International Relations and working for around two years as managing editor for social science research journals, I am now pursuing further studies on Global Politics. Aside from studying for my masters, I have recently set-up a travel and tours company for frequent travelers like me.

My hobbies include reading, reading, and reading. I prefer to read historical fiction, historical romance (especially set in 18th century), YA, new adult, and mystery books, but any genre will be fine. I am in constant thirst for books and I try to quench this desire by reading in almost every free time that I have. You can usually see me engrossed in a real book, or leafing virtually in my eBook reader. Some people call me weird, but I am a proud bookworm who enjoys my daily travel to different time periods and continents.

Recently, I got fascinated to fashion and beauty. Hence, you can see fashion related posts, as well as my attempt to model and review some articles of clothing sent to me by various brands. In addition, I have also written some beauty product reviews, which look so novice I am mostly embarrassed by it.

I have started this blog to express my thoughts at the moment, which are, more often than not, very random. I tried to have a basic theme for this, but I believe I like writing almost anything that I feel or think at a time. Thus the word “impressions” in the blog title and my mixed and crazy blog entries.

I am enamored of Korean culture and like almost anything Korean. I like Kpop, Korean dramas and movies, and even Korean foreign policies. I even studied the country’s writing style and beginner’s grammar. Along with reading, studying different languages is also my passion. As of the moment, I can speak English, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, and a little  Mandarin Chinese. Currently, I am trying to learn German and my Duolingo app says I am now 5% fluent! Haha.

This about page should introduce the writer to you, my dear readers. However, I don’t think I can let you know all about me with just a few words. So why don’t you explore this humble blog and get to know me? I will be waiting for you!

To know more about me, you may check out these selected posts:

My answers to the 30-day Blogging Challenge

Ten books I am grateful for

On reading

On writing

My other side

Or facts about me on:

Sunshine Award

Sisterhood of World Bloggers Award

Beautiful Blogger Award

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Super Sweet Blogging Award

Liebster Award

But I say the best way is to keep following my blog for posts 🙂

Disclaimer: All posts expressed here are only my impressions on certain topics and do not reflect the views of my employer. Some photos were found over the Internet (unless otherwise stated) and do belong to their rightful owners. Copyright infringement is not intended.

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        1. Oh, it means that two people (buddies) will read a same book at the same time. Then they will give updates to each other, ask questions regarding the plot, or give comments. It’s like reading with your friend at the same time and always sending her messages like, “Oh my God, why do you think Kellan did that?” or “Wait ’til you read the part where he used his newly acquired skill to defeat that sorcerer.”

  1. I love reading, reading and more reading too! I think all that reading eventually lead to some writing, writing, writing. 😀 I’m amazed you speak so many languages!

  2. Princess,

    Greetings, neighbor! Great to find another Pinoy in a blogosphere. :_)

    Thank you for following my blog. I hope my humble blog with its short stories and poetry in it does not disappoint you. Thank you again, many blessings to you. 🙂

    Subhan Zein

    1. Hi Subhan Zein,

      Thank you very much for your kind words. Another Pinoy? Hmm. Seems you have many Filipino friends, too.

      Your blog posts always interest me and I am looking forward to read more of them.

  3. Hey there! Just letting you know that you are one of the winners for our “500 Days Of Summer” Giveaway. We will contact you soon to get your contact details. Congratulations and thanks for entering! 😀

    1. That’s just a short list, I tell you. Compared to my other friends who can speak a lot of European languages, I am just a beginner. Arabic can be a challenge!

      Another book lover, eh? Wow! That’s terrific to hear! Welcome to the club 🙂

      P.S. You may read some of my posts in Reading category for some ideas on how I like my books. 🙂

        1. Hihihi. I was surprised myself that I have finished and liked the series. I admit that the heroine and I share the same age (and innocence?) so I was kinda carried away. It was also my first time to read such an “adult” novel that I felt uncomfortable in some scenes, thus my flipping the pages rapidly to reach a wholesome part. The storyline, grammar, and choice of words might not be that good, but I like the plot. Hmm. That’s my view. 🙂

  4. I am all about reading, though lately I’ve been grading and lesson planning more. Somewhere in there is plunking out the NaNo novel. I appreciate the stop by. It’s easier to continue knowing it’s being read.
    Consider joining the growing list of Book Boosters on my page. It’ great to read about someone else so dedicated to reading.
    Blue Skies,

    1. I am glad to stumble upon your page. I admire people who took the Nano challenge. I think I am not yet prepared to do that so I’ll be waiting for next year perhaps.

      I have seen the Book Boosters Page and I will really appreciate it if you could include me in the list. I want to join! 🙂

  5. i’m wondering what initiated your interest in korean culture? and you are after my own heart with your love of books and international culture. thanks so much for dropping by my blog, glad it gave me a chance to pop over to yours 🙂

    1. Thank you for stopping by. There are a ton of Koreans studying in my university and I got to be friends with some. I even had a Korean boyfriend though we broke up before our 2nd year anniversary. I love reading and experiencing something new from different cultures. I hope to read more from you with those topics, too 🙂

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post. I am glad you are so much into Korean culture because I was born and raised in it. My favourite Korean idols are IU and TeenTop. What about you? 😉

  7. I’m not sure whether I read this page when I first checked out your blog (after you liked one of my posts), but I see here that you what you are working on in college would mean you would need a wide range of knowledge about different issues and governments.

    You’ve done a fine job of putting the information you understand ‘out there’ for others to understand also. I wish you the best in your endeavors.

  8. I appreciate the “Like” for my blog about Writer’s Block. Thanks for your support. I envy people who can speak multiple languages. My son speaks 5, but the language gene skipped 2 generations in my family. I can ask where the bathroom is in Spanish and Portuguese. Does that count? 🙂

  9. Hey, thanks for swinging by and liking my last post at Backyard Philosophy; I really appreciate it. Keep up the writing and have a groovy day!


    1. Hi, thanks for dropping by. It always makes me feel very honored to read such beautiful words from my visitors. And following me puts me in cloud nine! 🙂 I am not sure if I am mentally prepared for writing my own book. I still see myself as a newbie…

  10. Hi Monica, Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my Thanksgiving post. I loved your, “About Me Page.” We were missionaries in the Philippines 3 different times. Perhaps you would like to read my posts I have written about one of those times we were there. It is under the World Missions Category. I have found the Filipinos to over-all be a lovely people.

  11. I’m hoping that authors like Sheridan Le Fanu are old news to you and that you’ve already read all of his work … if not RUN and find them because they are treasures I know you will love. “Uncle Silas” is a masterpiece.
    Ditto Wilkie Collins, and of course his most famous novel “the Woman in White”.
    Two of my favourite authors. 🙂

  12. Hello, Monica. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking a post! This make me happy and I’m honoured that you did it. I would like to stay “up-to-date” about your activity, so I will follow you. Best whises!!

  13. Thank you for stopping by … in the library … i read that a congrats is in order … Congrats!! for pushing reading and good luck on your quest for that position of diplomat!

  14. Nice to make your acquaintance, Monica. I see that we’re both into publishing — me from the writing side of it, and you on the publishing end.

    Congratulations on your recent blog award, and keep up the fine work.

  15. Hi, I have nominated you for the Inspiring Blogger Award because I think you deserve a little something for making your blog always look fab! To share this little bit of blogging kindness: 1. Display the award image on your blog. 2. Link back to the person who nominated you. 3. State 7 things about yourself. 4. Nominate 15 other bloggers and link to their sites. 5. Notify the bloggers that they have been nominated and link to the post. Thank you for all your great posts and congratulations! http://lauramichellesmith.com/

  16. Hello, doll! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and being kind enough to “like” some of my book review posts! I just started this blog today, actually! So it was certainly nice to get both some visitors and “likes” on the first day! 😉

    Wow, so many languages! I speak Spanish and English only! I took French in college but I would never by the stretch of the wildest imagination be able to say that I actually speak it. Not even a little! I only remember a few words here and there. Kudos to you for learning so many languages! That’s truly amazing.

    It’s always nice to meet a mutual bookworm! 😉 Will be looking around your blog and visit you again!

  17. Reading is a lovely past time! I learn so much from reading. You have a beautiful blog and I am looking forward to reading more of your “random” thoughts. Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m glad you liked it!

  18. From one bibliophile to another, thank you for visiting my blog and liking my post. When I saw the Obama and the bookstore article, I knew I had to share it! Korea does have a rich history and culture. Naturally, I can think of a couple children’s books that bring it to light: Linda Sue Park’s The Kite Fighters and A Single Shard. Keep on reading!

  19. I have just found your blog and love the mixture of comments about books and culture. Since you like historical fiction, I recommend the novels of Mary Renault, set in Ancient Greece. They bring an unknown time and place alive. Also, since you are interested in Korea, I recommend The Book of Lights by Chaim Potok. A young American Jewish rabbi goes to Korea as a military chaplain during the Korean war. It provides insights into two very different cultures, as well as a painful picture of the destruction and poverty of Korea at that time.

  20. You have a nice eclectic blog and there is nothing wrong with that at all. Interesting things for different people. Thank you for dropping by my blog, All Around Bacolod. I wish you all the best in your career and in your future projects.

    ~ Gary ~

  21. I am going to enjoy following your blog. Thank you for visiting my blog An Attic in Brooklyn. I will be posting about the Christian Dior books as the days and weeks progress.

    Reading is very important–it helps feed the mind, imagination and spirit. Nice to meet another book enthusiast.

  22. Wow, all those languages. As an Englishman, I am very impressed. We traditionally don’t bother to learn other languages, just expect everyone to know ours! Good luck with the blog, and thanks for the like. Pete, England.

  23. Thank you for stopping by my blog, it prompted me to visit your’s and I must I am totally impressed, you are a very fascinating person and I also love historical fiction, and look forward to your reviews. I’m going to have to read the Alchemist, it sounds very good. Have a wonderful day.

  24. What a charming blog you have! I am curious to know what got you into Korean culture? I am half Korean and spent most of my life in Seoul. Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my latest post! Have a fantastic day!

    1. こんいちわ。 わたし は げんき です。 あなた は?

      I somehow forgot my Nihongo that is why I am grateful to my Japanese friend who promised to keep me language-polished! 🙂

      I read both. Actually, I have this idea of reading more Asian historical fiction for a change.

  25. Wow! that’s a well thought out bio and am very impressed by a number of things. Firstly the fact that you love reading and at the same time writing. For many people i have met, they tend to dwell on only one side so for u, that’s a thumbs up. secondly, i also like the language part and am very sure with your dream of being a diplomat, what could possibly stop you with all those languages?
    I also love writing and reading though for blogging i started doing not very far back and am loving it. The reading part i also like only that in Uganda, its not easy to get some of the good books and even when they are available, they are very costly and that discourages most readers.
    Good work and keep it up

  26. Hello Monica! Thought I’d drop by and wonder around your blog! Wow, I’m very impressed that you can speak so many languages! Oh, it’s good to find someone who also loves all things Korean. You might have noticed that on my blog they’re mostly about Korean products hehe.

    I’d like to invite you to join us at the Girls Inspired Group (GIG) on Facebook, and join the many bloggers who also love books and especially to blog! Would love to have you there and introduce you to everyone. 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheGirlsInspiredGroup/

    xx Donah

  27. Cool! I like your candid admission, “some people call me weird or nerd.” Forthright indeed! Love the same kind of books, looking forward to looking through your book suggestions. Voracious readers unite :]

  28. Hi everyone,

    So glad you have taken the time to visit our site over the year. Just to let you know that we have been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2012 Edublog Awards for Best Library/Librarian Blog. Please take the time to visit again and follow the links to the voting page. This really is a great end to a wonderful year of Educational Blogging. I know 2013 will be even better. If you ‘re not already following the blog, you can click on the right hand link and we’ll keep you posted (literally). To make each vote count could you please vote form home too as I suspect all votes from school will only be counted as one vote.


    Thanks again and all the best for 2013.

  29. Thank you so much for checking out my blog. I really appreciate it. Especially from a blogging superstar like you! I hope you swing by again soon. I will be sure to check out your blog too. I may be traveling to your side of the world soon. You should write a post on some travel tips haha 🙂

    Kind regards,


    1. Hello there, Rona.

      Thanks for dropping by a comment here in my site. I appreciate the compliment, but I am far from being a blogging superstar! 😀

      Wow. Please try to visit my country, but not in December-January as we are frequented by typhoons! We currently have one now, and it is in international news already. 🙁

      I will try to write some travel tips next time and post some of my (mis)adventures.

      See ya~

    1. Hi, Maddie. Thanks for dropping by. You can go to your dashboard. Click Settings. In the General Settings page, you scroll down and you can see the snow option at the bottom. Tick the box and voila! You’ll have snow.

  30. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! We have so much in common; I’m also a 22-year-old bookworm and history buff with a degree in politics! Writing and history are my real passions, though, so I’ll be pursuing the academic/research route. Anyway, looking forward to reading your book reviews, and all the best on your journey to being a diplomat! 🙂

  31. Very pleased to have found your blog; one of the most interesting, human and well-written that I’ve come across in a long while! I’m also a young writer based in the UK, currently working on my second novel, but with a side-project: a Western named Nunslinger. If you’d like something different to read, links to e-version of Nunslinger can be found on my blog.

    P.s. how great is the internet, that people from 1000s of miles away can read about each other?

  32. Hi Monica, thanks for the like on my post about New Take on Wedding Vows. Next time leave a comment. You’re an ambitious woman with a great future ahead. Focus and the world is yours, my new friend.
    Author of Romance/Suspense Charmaine Gordon.

  33. Thanks Monica for liking my post, “Update: Where I’ve Been”. Your blog seems very interesting to me and I look forward to reading more. Congratulations on finishing your 30-Day Blogging Challenge. Maybe when my classes settle down, I’ll attempt that. Make sure to stop by again soon.

  34. Hi Monia, I found you through your visit to my blog suneethaspeaks.wordpress.com

    Danke for the visit, and I see you have a couple of interesting posts here. I hope to drop in here in the days to come and read the backlist of posts as well.

    Good luck…


  35. Hi Monica,
    Thank you so much for visiting my interiors blog, Findthedetails. It was great to come back to your site and see your passion for literature….. Keep reading and posting, all the best x

  36. Thank you for visiting and liking my post. It is always good to hear from another bibliophile. (I love that word.) I was interested to read the ten books you are thankful for. I think I would have a hard time limiting it to ten…

  37. I love reading 😀
    I have best quotes did you want to know?
    here it is :
    “Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.” – Christopher Paolini, Eragon

  38. Thanks for stopping my blog and liking my post. It’s nice to have a fellow Filipino blogger (even though I’m American by nationality, and I guess culturally 🙂 ) to stop by and checking it out. I’m proud of the fact that a lot of Filipinos I meet are so versatile and adapt to culture so easily.

    1. Thanks for your comment and I am also glad to meet you. I am proud to say that many Filipinos are kind, hospitable and strong enough to take whatever challenges they face. Truly, we can easily adjust and adapt to varied cultures.

  39. Happy New Year, my friend and if you’re interested in contemporary Romance/Suspense, check out one of my books on Amazon or Barnes&Noble ebooks or print. Charmaine Gordon. With love and good health in the new year.

  40. Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I love Korean culture too. Do you like modern Korean novels? I just read a couple and am planning to write reviews of them… Meanwhile, warm wishes and Happy 2013 from Kingston, Jamaica!

  41. Hi Monica,
    Just noticed that you liked my blog post today, thanks for that & I’m glad you enjoyed it. Looks like you are indeed quite a reader. Have you ever read anything from Isabel Huggan? In her book “Belonging” she spends one chapter discussing the period of time during which she lived in the Philippines. A great chapter and one that reminded me of a week that I spent there in 2001 – a bus ride from Manila to Laoag. great memory!


  42. Girl, you seem absolutely delightful! Thanks so much for checking out my author blog =)) It’s amazing that you’re only a year younger than me and have accomplished so much. God has really blessed your life. Hope we can connect more. Thanks again for checking out my fantasy novel. Grace and peace to you!

  43. Hi Monica. Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog and click on the Like button to my most recent post. Your blog is inspiring and interesting; keep up the good work you’re doing here. I wish you all the best of success in reaching your goals. I hope to hear from you again soon. Cheers!

  44. I love your blog. I hope you will accept a nomination for the One Lovely Blog Award! You can go to my blog for more info. It’s writersite and you add the .org afterwards. It’s today’s post “Gratitude x 7+.” I can’t link it here, I guess.

  45. As you noticed when you stopped by my Narnia blog, I love books, too! On my personal shelves are some of my favorite childhood books that I’m collecting, Enid Blyton’s Adventure series (The Valley of Adventure), etc. This book captured my imagination as a young child, and more than 40 years later I was able to track it down by googling elements of the plot–even though I’d forgotten the book’s name! Some of my other favorites are the Mary Stewart mystery/romance novels which are so much better written than most romance novels. You might not like them because they are set in the 20th century, although usually in foreign locales. In a different vein, I enjoy Madeline Brent’s hard-to-classify novels. I guess you’d call them “Gothic romance” although they aren’t in typical “Gothic” settings. There’s always an element of mystery and often a supernatural element, too. Another of my favorite authors is Jane Austen And as you can guess, I love the Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis! I guess you’d call my reading list eclectic!

    I’m afraid the extent of my foreign language mastery is French. I used to speak Spanish, but living in French-speaking countries and learning French drove the Spanish out of my mind! Your English, by the way, is beautiful–such a pleasure to read!

  46. Hi Monica:

    I am just writing to inform you that I have nominated you for the Reality Blog Award. You can find the details of it on my page here: http://wp.me/p2qfuv-sz. Your Blog is one of those that sticks out at me and you and I have a lot in common in that we are all over the place in our content. I hope this finds you well. Take care.

    — Matthew

  47. Hi, Monica! First, I’d like to thank you for visiting my blog and liking one of my posts (there’s only 2 for the moment, LOL). I’m still a newbie, so I’m pretty clueless about blogging. I hope I can learn from yours.

    By the way, I’m following your blog! I think it’s awesome! Maybe when my blog’s got more and more content, you can follow mine. 😀

  48. Hi Monica,

    Thanks for visiting my blog! One of my favorite things about having a WordPress blog is that you get to interact with people you never would. I enjoyed reading about you, my you seem to have so much energy! A good thing. I also am a reader and encourage all that I meet to read something.

    Jennifer Wilcox
    Walnut Cottage

  49. Hello Monica,

    Happy New Year to you! hope it is not too late to wish you a wonderful New Year. May 2013 bring you more happiness, love, and success. I would like to thank you because you continue following my blog. I hope my short stories and poems do not disappoint and that your visits in there have been a joyful ride. Thank you again, many blessings and much love to you, Monica… 🙂

    Subhan Zein

  50. Monica congratulation’s on your 2012 Reading Challenge, 52 out of 50 that is great. You must be excited about it? What is your challenge for 2013?

    Have you been cooking anything lately? Thanks for stopping by my blog. As always nice to see you there. 🙂

    Chef Randall

  51. Beautiful blog. Thanks for visiting mine and “liking” my post. I’d be interested in your feedback. (I guess the “like” was feedback . . . maybe I just want more feedback . . . 🙂 )

  52. Thanks for stopping by my blog and getting a glimpse of my Jerusalem! You know, sometimes I feel like I am writing with my right hand and reading with my left, if that makes any sense…..;-)

    1. Is it? I actually don’t like my name. It is a common given name in the Philippines. Too common, I’m afraid. I spent my elementary and high school days being called by my second name as 2-3 Monicas are sharing classes with me.

  53. Hello, Monica! ^^ I enjoy reading your book reviews. I don’t know if you have read “Geisha, a Life” by Mineko Iwasaki, but I think you are familiar with “Memoirs of a Geisha”, which was made into a movie. “Geisha, a Life” is more interesting and believable. I think you will find the story fascinating.

    Anyway, I have nominated you for the VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD. Here is the link, should you accept the nomination/award: http://chrissantosra.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/whee-an-award/.

    1. Wow! Thank you very much for this, Chris! I am very flattered that you have chosen me to receive this award. I am happy to read your posts and know more about your life in Korea with your husband. What a fairytale!

      I haven’t read and watched Memoirs of a Geisha, but will surely add it to my list. 🙂

  54. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Come back again when you have a chance.
    Wow, it must be amazing to speak so many different languages. I wish I was more like you 🙂

  55. Even though you have already been nominated (and rightfully so), I have decided to nominate you again for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award, for the obvious reason that you are truly inspirational! If you wish to accept (and I won’t be offended if you don’t), you have to 1) display the award logo, 2) link back to the person giving the award, 3) state 7 things about you, 4) list 15 blogs that you wish to nominate, 5) notify these bloggers of the award and the rules. The person that nominated me is here: http://theleapingllama.net/ Heck, you don’t even have to approve this comment if you don’t want to go through the whole process again! Hahaha, lovely job!

  56. Many thanks for stopping by! Your blog is wonderful, and I’m really looking forward to more posts. BTW, “The Great Gatsby” is my favorite novel, so I always enjoy seeing first time readers’ reactions to it. Best of luck!

  57. Nice to meet you on the internet, dear Monica and please let me be well-impressed I find a future top cultured girl on the internet, contrary I’m neither young anymore in my 34th, nor a well-assured elder or retired one, to never being stopped reading my books again, as the newest are so expensive in my country and everywhere, indeed.
    Contrary to that, I’ve worked to find out ways in which I could publish my former Master Dissertation and another diplomatic papers I made, in the past, but looks to be impossible in my country Romania and within a so low-cultered and not-empathical and rude world full of mysogins and prostitutes(which is bad) and very common people with limited brains and souls, like in the Communism or Socialism and even Liberalism too.
    All in all, I read you’re a ‘production editor in one of the leading global publishing companies’, in your sweet 22th, whioch makes me ask you what I could do for my former work to be published with you, in the same time I’ll be well-assured our collaborations haven’t only been ‘virtual’, at all?!
    Please let me thank you and I’d like youand your international publishing company, to learn how it is to become a full fiplomat or a full agent who deals with the international security, from my former dissertation and my last articles dealing with the international, dipolmatic and military events’, contrary I don’t work for any Government anymore.
    Looking forward to your reply,
    Yours, sincerely,
    Amy Neagoe

  58. I found your flog from my friend Dylan’s blog [fromthefourthcorner where he writes about IR. I must say you have a fabulous blog. You certainly do read alot ^^ Thanks for sharing… and providing us with some great reading ideas ^^

    1. Thanks for dropping by. I was an IR student though I admit I don’t practice what I studied. Well, not yet. I am enjoying my life but still plan to continue my studies. Then I’ll take the FSO exam in the near future.

      Do you also like reading? I am glad that you appreciate my reviews. Some of them don’t make sense at all, even to me. Haha!

  59. Mabuhay Monica!

    Manila has certainly changed since I left in 1970! I couldn’t recognize a lot of places when I visited in 1995 for the first time since leaving. I lived in Paranaque for a short period in the early ’60s. Near what was then the 7-Up bottling plant. Also, on Donada Street, near the former American School, which I attended K-12. After 3rd grade, we moved to Makati and lived in Bel-Air.

    I’d like to suggest a book: My Faraway Home. True story of an American family that was in the PI when Japan invaded and fled to the jungle rather surrender. They were eventually rescued by submarine. Author is an American School alum. Available from Amazon:

    I’m going to link to your blog. One of my blogger friends is also an avid reader: Fakename. Check her out for posts on books she’s reading.

    1. Hi Ann. Thank you very much for this honor. I have received this award a few times before, but still glad that you thought of me. I will try to update my blog nominations list and I’ll see you there.

      I will soon hop over your blog. Congratulations!

  60. Hi Monika,

    Your blog is really nice and planning to spend my coming weekend on your blog to read your reviews, especially for exploring your unique style of reviewing books. It will help me in refining my own style of book reviewing. If you find it interesting then please do read other reviews of mine and give some visible suggestions to me.


  61. Monica,

    Hello from one bookworm to another! I’ve always loved to read, and my tastes are wide-ranging. Thanks for stopping by the Clearly Conveyed Communications blog! I’m looking forward to your posts and am going to check out some of your book recommendations.

  62. Thank you for visiting my blog! I greatly appreciate it. I don’t read much for fun, so I hope I can get some inspiration to pick up a book from your recommendations!

  63. You are really one of a kind, Monica! I’d like to know you more and be my friend and I rreeaallyyy mean it!

    I am a new blogger who likes to practice sharing my Christian testimony and thoughts to the world! I’d like also to be a writer. You being a production editor in a publishing company is a great inspiration.

    Hoping to hear from you!

    God bless all your days!

  64. I’m sure I’ll be digging more and more here..You have captured me already.How nice to know you can speak different languages. I’m astounded by that..How I wish i could gain such a following..

    very lovely blog..

    1. Thank you, John. I hope you’ll find something of import here. I love learning new languages so I think it is easier for me. I believe that if you really enjoy what you are doing, you’ll get the most out of it.

  65. Hi, Monica! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and liking my post. Your blog here is fascinating – I look forward to reading more! I, too, love the Korean culture and am so glad to find others who do as well! I hope you stop by my blog again!

  66. hallo schoene junge lady herzliche gruesse an dich aus belgien und dancke fuer deine visite in jasmindamaros space dancke dafuer und es freut mich das es dir bei mir gefallen had wuensche dir eine schoene woche alles liebe von jasmin damaro in belgien

  67. Just stumbled upon your blog Monica and I see lots of people already have! Congrats 🙂 I now want to read some of the books you’ve mentioned. Thanks.

  68. Much like the lovely blogger who nominated me, I generally don’t participate in these awards things. (I know, I know, EVERYONE says that), but I thought the WordPress Family Award was actually pretty special, decided to spread the love, and nominated you. Stop by my latest post accepting the award for details if you’re interested (http://wp.me/pwIUF-5B )…I promise I won’t be offended if you’re not though. I know a lot of people don’t do these things. Cheers!

  69. I just love the green dress on the right. Am looking for a back up dress for my son’s wedding. The one I have is for colder weather. Having said that, I just looked out the window and there’s hail.

    1. I say I envy you for that weather. Living here in a tropical country is not always a paradise thing. It is perpetually summer here.

      You may click the photo to be directed to my ongoing giveaway. Two winners will be chosen to get $30 worth of clothes from an online shop. It is open internationally so please feel free to join.

  70. To read the books – is like to live one more life) more books we read, more lifes we live and more wisdom we get as the result))) reading – it’s not just a hobby, it’s a basic need!) I also can’t live without it!)))

  71. Hi! Glad I found fellow Filipino here. Actually I’ve been randomly blogging for almost 2 years but I’ve just recently updated my blog. I’m starting from scratch again

  72. You sound like a very bright woman!! I couldn’t help but notice your very first comment…do you still do buddy reading? What kinds of books/authors do you read?

  73. When i read the first line i remembered this,

    Average people’s homes have big TVs. World-class people’s homes have big libraries.

    Nice Blog keep it up!!! Need your advice on my blog too. Thanks in advance 🙂

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  75. I like the new picture! Thanks for dropping by and saying hi! I edited your comment and removed the nickname as only you know that name. 🙂 Hope you understand! I wish I also had motivation right now, all I really am is dead tired.

  76. Hi. I just recently got to read your blog when I was browsing for career diplomat related articles and I was redirected to your page. Do you mind if I ask which university did u get ur degree in international relations? Please. Thank you so much. I’m looking for nice universities to pursue studies in the same field.

    1. Hi, Ella. I finished my undergraduate degree in Lyceum of the Philippines University, Manila. I highly recommend this school as it has been offering this course for decades now and the curriculum is really tailored fit for aspiring diplomats. Currently, I am taking my graduate studies in Ateneo de Manila University.

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