The Path Of The Island Traveler

Humble Beginnings

Growing up in a colorful tropical island as a child surrounded by lush vegetation, turquoise blue waters, sun-kissed  happy people inspired me to dream that one day I will become an artist who can capture the beauty of nature  and its dwellers on a blank canvas.

As I got older, the dream evolves into something else as my priority changes. Every now and then, I still yearn to create when inspiration knocks at my door.

It was a tough time in my country. Much as it’s blessed with natural resources and skilled professionals, it’s still a part of the third world. It was a time of political unrest on the brink of a revolution due to oppression and dictatorship that spanned an agonizing 20 years.

My parents told me that the only wealth they can give me and my siblings was education.Back then the only profession that gives you a chance to go abroad and make a name for yourself was nursing. Half of my class did the same. It was a beginning of a journey in the medical profession that led me to where I am today.

I thought that after nursing I was done with books.  I found  out  later that there were more  learning to follow, in fact tons of it when fate led me to study medicine.

My parents were proud and jubilant. I guess it was part of their dream. Me, I just went with the flow although there were times when I wanted to give up. In the end I made it.

Like a caged bird, the best gift is freedom to soar and be yourself.

I thought studying was the hardest part until it was time for residency training. I went to the big City and tried my luck.

Being a country boy who’s been sheltered for most of his existence, life in the big city was undeniably difficult. A lot of times I just felt miserable. I said to myself, “life is meant to be more than this.” And I was right.

Malls like this provides refuge from the heat as well as a form of diversion from the hardships of life.

The Path We Take

Fate led me to choose another path. At this point, another bloodless revolution was  happening in my country. I was convinced that I needed to go abroad so I can help my family. This led me to a dream, a dream I didn’t realize will come sooner than I could comprehend what I really wanted in my life.

The Call That Opened A Door For Me

I was in my sleep when around 02:00 A.M. , a recruiter from the United States called and said that he saw my application in the internet. He said that if I’m interested, an employer was  willing to hire me. I thought it was a prank but 2 days later, I got the job. I can’t believe that finally I will have a chance to travel the other side of the world. I was on cloud 9.

When I left my hometown I didn’t realize how much I would miss sceneries  like this. Life was simple, uncomplicated. You could be happy without the latest electronic gadgets, cars or big elaborate houses.

I can be anywhere in the world but the memories , experiences, the thoughts about family , the rich cultural heritage and traditions will always be a part of me.

Everyone Has A love Story To Tell, Here’s Mine…

If there is one thing or person that made medicine worth sacrificing for, it was meeting my wife. She is that one person who journeyed with me at the lowest points of my life.

I was on my third year medicine when I saw her, a freshman. I thought she was and still is the most beautiful girl on campus. My heart would pound so hard that I could hear it whenever we cross our ways in the library or at the stairway. It took another year before I had the guts to call her with the help of a friend.

Our worlds are totally different. She belonged to a well to do family in her city whereas I’m a simple guy raised in an average middle-income family .While she was eating an expensive sushi, I was eating street food that  fits  my allowance.

Like all fairy tales, destiny intervened and led us to be together. When my lawyer sent me a notice that I’m leaving in less than a year, I asked her to marry me and she said yes. I was the happiest man in the world.

We had a simple, solemn church wedding in a small chapel. I still can’t believe that it was all happening, that she chose me and was willing to give up everything because she loved me. I felt like I’m watching myself on t.v. only it was all real.

The woman whose love, patience and support gave me strength to endure my everyday struggles. She gave meaning to my existence.

We spent a lot of memorable days at the paradise-like island where I worked for a year. I thought then that I got the job because I was needed to help the sick but only to realize later that It was the island’s spirit that was healing me from all forms of emptiness. The island brought back my sense of bliss and harmony.

The Island That Gave Me Refuge And Comfort

At one point in my life I felt lost, confused and restless. My sojourn in the island, knowing its residents and the friends I came across with all helped in finding myself once again.

I would walk each morning at the break of dawn along the sea-shore, the beach empty, peaceful and hopeful as the cool waters and fine sugary white sand caressed my feet. Sometimes I would just stare at the sea while sipping a cup of coffee . I  would empty my mind so I can truly listen to what’s important in my life. I found my serenity and it was beautiful.

I had a lot of soul-searching during my walks along this pristine beach.

The last sunset before I left the place that gave me refuge and sense of well-being. Part of me didn’t wish to leave paradise.

Living The So Called “American Dream”

I moved  to the U.S. in 2003.  Another  journey I made with my wife. We started in  a small city in California, with lots of amazing and generous people. I made a lot of good friends there who to this day I still value and cherish.

A few years later, we transferred to the vibrant bay area, close to the famous San Francisco. We had good memories there but we also had a lot of hardships from a horrible experience of being scammed by a person whom we considered as our family. The only thing that kept us going was the birth of our son. He’s our gift from heaven. He brought us so much joy. He made us forget the pains of deceit. All I could say is ” Thank you God for giving us  our little Angel.”  His smile, giggles, butterfly kisses and hugs washed our heartaches away. He was our blessing.

I learned the hard way that America is not all milk and honey. That there’s a price for every dream , a tear for every dollar you wish for.

The best thing that ever happened to me and my wife is having our son. He brought as so much joy. His laughter and loud voice fills the entire house. He is curious to just about anything.

At a time when my wife and I felt alone in a world totally new to us, a friend invited us to the cowboy country of Texas. Right then and there we found our next home. Another path was made for us, giving us hope that a new beginning is possible. It was a time to heal, forgive and forget. It was a time to start a new leaf. It was a time to find peace , love and happiness. To be free of fear and helplessness. The rest is history and a new journey begins.

Each of these footsteps was made by one individual with his/her own path to take. Among those footsteps were mine directing me to a constantly changing path. I don’t know where it ends but I’m hoping it’s a place of love, peace and happiness. I’m hoping that it will finally lead me home.

Thank you for being a part of “this man’s journey.” Each traveled path had been wonderful because you shared those walks with me through your posts, visits and comments.

There may be times when our paths are somewhat dark, difficult , perhaps evens cold but those paths we no longer walk alone. Those paths we walk together with the people we love . Every walk is now a shared path with sense and meaning.

                                                                                   – Mr. B

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656 Responses to The Path Of The Island Traveler

  1. thirdeyemom says:

    Thanks for checking out my post and for your comment. I just jumped on your blog and it looks really great! I agree 100% with your feelings as I have about 8 months until I reach 40! Scary stuff…but that is why I travel and do stuff to keep me feeling young! Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi, Thirdeyemom. I’ve been following your travels and life experiences and they’ve been an inspiration and great motivator for me. I wish you and your family all the best and happiness in life. Continue following your dreams and making a lot of memorable journeys in the days to come. Thank you.

      • Hello, I didn’t know where best to post this, I hope you find it.
        Just to say I am sure this is a worrying time for you to think of your family and friends back home. Courage.

      • Thank you. I appreciate the thoughtfulness. My family is okay. Now it’s rebuilding time. Others suffered worse tough in Capiz but even more tragic in Tacloban.

  2. judithhb says:

    Thanks for reading my blog and clicking the like button.
    I read your post about your Mom. My thoughts are with you all at this times.

    • Hi, Judith, thank you for commenting back and for the thoughtfulness. It has been hard for my family since my mom got sick but we believe that she will get well soon with the support and prayers of friends and family. I enjoyed reading your post. I’m learning each day different things from reading the posts of various bloggers like you and how enriching in can be.

    • Hi, Judith. It was my joy to read your blog. They provide the readers an enriching experience. thank you. My mom is doing better now, she is still on tapered oral steroids . I know that God is looking after her well being. have a great day.

  3. whoa! that was quite a story! The pictures of your hometown are really beautifully, and that reflects in your work in colours of sincerity, purity, simplicity and eternal bliss. You are lucky to have such a sweet family, who loves you and stands by you. I wish you a very long and peaceful life, stay blessed!

    • Thank you Habiba. Your words of encouragement are just uplifting and provides comfort to the heart. I am lucky to have such a great family, it may not be perfect but for most of the time, they do stand by me specially during my lowest moments. I wish you too a life of peace, love, happiness and fulfillment. Keep making a positive difference on the lives of those around you and the readers who follow your post. Have blessed day as well. What you wrote was really nice.

  4. eva626 says:

    such a great about page!!! Adrian seems like the cutest kid!!! even when organizing the pebbles! adorable

    • Thank you BeetleHunt50. He is adorable and cute although he does have his mood swings specially if he failed to have his nap. thank you again for the comments. You always have a great blog post, Keep inspiring others.

  5. Jackie Paulson Author says:

    I added you under my blog buddies under The Island Life is that good?

    • Hi, Jackie. That sounds awesome. I’m honored and flattered at the same time. Thank you. I appreciate your thoughtfulness. You have a way to make your readers feel special and that is just a sweet attribute to have.May you continue to inspire and bring happiness to those around you. Have a fun Memorial Day weekend!

      • Jackie Paulson Author says:

        You have a nice Memorial Day weekend as well. I am glad to know you and learn about your life.

      • Same here. Pardon my grammar. I just had a busy 12 hour shift. I’m going to have a quick nap, then off for my son’s last soccer game for the season. Then back to work tonight. Have a great and adventurous weekend. I’m glad to know you via your blog as well. Take care.

  6. Pingback: My list of Blogging Buddies « Post A WEEK 2011 | Wordpress Challenge

  7. Ciao. Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting. Island life is great, huh? I can’t imagine going back to the city after years on an island. Hope you have a great weekend.

    • Howdy, Jennifer. The pleasure was mine when I read your blog. It’s always a new and exciting discovery to find a blog authored by someone from another state or country. It’s very enriching . Adjustment was hard for the past few months. I was lucky my wife was with me to overcome the homesickness. But no matter how long I ‘ve been here in the U.S. , there’s still a part of me that feel and breath the Island beat. You can’t really change who you are inside. I can adapt but I’m still who I was then. Glad to have found you blog and thanks.

  8. Val says:

    Lovely ‘about’ page. So do you work as a nurse now or a doctor? My father was a doctor (in the UK), but I chose art instead!

    • Hi, Val. Thanks for commenting back. I work as an E.R. nurse now for the past 8 years since I’ve been to the U.S. I still miss being a doctor sometimes but I have no regrets that I chose nursing instead. But if fate permits it, I would like to go back in my original country someday and practice medicine.It feels good to help someone when their sick and making a difference in their lives.I love your Art pieces!

  9. barb19 says:

    Your island looks absolutely beautiful, you must have been sad to leave, but it’s good to progress, and that’s what you did by following a career in medicine, because look where it has lead you and your lovely family. You have found your place in Houston and providing a stable and loving life for your family. You should be proud of your achievements.
    It’s so nice to know you and I’m enjoying your blog very much.

    • Hi, Barb. It was a big decision for me. Part of me wants to stay but I had to try what’s it like work in another country. It was hard times then but as get older I realized that money is not everything.I’m thinking of going back in the near future. I’m hoping to spend more time with my parents since they getting older as well as for my son to meet his cousins. Thank you for the reply. have a great Memorial Day weekend.

  10. I found your blog through a comment you left in a Freshly Pressed post. It is nice to know that you and your family are doing well outside our country, Kabayan. Looking forward to reading your adventures. :)

    • Hi, Faith. I’m happy that you found me . My family and I are doing well but it’s not easy. I have the comforts that only a few can have back home but the homesickness, loneliness and the craving for family can sometimes be unbearable. Life is good and I can’t complain but I just wish my parents and siblings are within reach. I checked you blog and it reminds me of home. Thank you. Great blog!

  11. Thank you again, for your kind words on my blog. It makes me feel like I’m doing something right. I’m happy to have enriched your world. All the best from the Med! :)

    • Thanks Jennifer. From my own personal experience, a lot of my fellow bloggers gave me a lot of encouraging, kind words and it feels great each time. I was more than happy to extend the same kindness and thoughtfulness. For this very reason, I always add them on my blog roll link to remind me of the people who inspired me in my blog , who kept me motivated and who journeyed with me up to this very day. It also allows me to read their post regularly and keep in touch with them. Best wishes from Texas!

  12. Thanks for dropping by my blog. And I like what I see here…your pictures are awesome and speak a thousand words. I am glad I found this blog.

  13. Josè Pascal says:

    Surfing the waves of the web I am pleasantly stranded in your interesting blog.

    I write under the pseudonym of Josè Pascal (a descendant of the great Colonel Aureliano Buendía).

    I invite you to visit my “italianglish” writing blog

    I define this blog “In parole Semplici” as a “virtuacultural tin” box where they are guarded thoughts, memories, images, sounds, and simple stories”.

    I dream an intercultural blog. Already involves more than 100 authors/friends.

    If you want to participate and to have more informations send me a letter to

    Good life and I hope to soon

    • Thank you. I check out your blog and it’s amazing how you were able to bring all these multi-cultural talented bloggers together. It would be an honor for me to be a part of it. Looks like you grew up in a culturally rich community. I would love to see those places and learn about them through your posts as well as those of your followers. Have a great day.

  14. vakkermom says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I believe you grew up in the Philippines, where I visited many years ago (in 1998) for a three-week trip helping repair a run-down church and spending time with local children, playing games, singing songs, etc. It was beautiful! You have some great photos on your blog. Anyway, thanks again for stopping by!

    • Thank you for the reply. I got lucky and discovered your wonderful blog. I’m honored that you visited the Philippines and I admire your generous heart to help repair the church and spend time with the local children. Your like an angel sent from heaven for these people. My dream is to one day go home , put up my own clinic and help the less fortunate sick patient’s. I can’t describe it but I feel fulfilled and more complete when I’m able to help others.

  15. Kamakshi says:

    That was probably one of the best about pages i read…thank you for sharing your trials, tribulations and successes with us with so much of positivity!

    • Thank you. That was one of the nicest comment I ever got about my About. The best part of the Blog world is that you learn from the lives , experiences and stories of others. It made me more aware and sensitive on the issues around me, towards the people I care about, to my work and to the present and future days ahead of me. Looking forward to read your Blog’s daily journey. take care.

  16. Susan says:

    Hi there!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I clicked onto your site and I could read for hours! You are a wonderful writer and your photographs are stunning! I will definitely be checking back!
    Blessings to you,

    • Thank you Susan. I’m honored and glad that you enjoy my Blog. It’s meant to be shared like the ones I discovered along the way. Each blog has a wonderful story to tell. I’m excited to read your post. Have a great day.

  17. Thank You for subscribing to my blog :) and also for the lovely comments. I shall be back to continue reading yours!

  18. Wow! That’s an amazing, inspiring story. I love your photos of the beach. It’s also interesting to know that your son and I share the same name.

    Thank you for your comments on my blog and for subscribing to it. I appreciate it. All the best to your wonderful family!

    • Thank for the reply. I enjoyed reading your posts. It reminds me of the place I grew up and the people who had been an important part of my life. I’m glad I discovered your blog from one of the other bloggers. Wish you and your family the best as well.

  19. Thanks for sharing your heartfelt story. I hope that you are adjusting to your “new life” here in the US. Your hometown photos are so beautiful. I especially love the simplicity of your culture. Also, I can so empathize with your “caged bird” photo. Sadly, that bird will probably never have a chance to be free, but how do any of us have a chance for happiness without freedom? Anyway, your cultural experiences must have been truly amazing. Simple and uncomplicated sounds so refreshing!! Much happiness to you and your family.

    • Thank you. That was one comforting response. The first year was hard. Then there was a time that I thought that I’m already adjusted and I felt that I will stay here for a long time but lately, the calling of home seems so strong, it gets to be painful and frustrating sometimes. Part of me is here but a part of it still longs for that other side of the world. I didn’t have much then financially but my life was simple and peaceful. I miss that and so as being with my aging folks. I guess life is a never ending struggle of sorts. I’m still fortunate though that I have my family to support me and just be a pillar of strength when I feel low. God Bless you and your family. I wish you all the best in life.

  20. mkeeffer says:

    Ah, Mr. B – what an incredible story. Glad you and your family made it and are enjoying your time in Houston – a great city for medical people. Good for you for having the courage to come here and dive into something new. Best of luck to you all as you pursue your dreams!

    • Thank you. Houston’s medical center is a great place to work. Just hospitals everywhere but I moved to the suburbs and I’m even liking it better. The big city is close for work but far enough to enjoy a peaceful time with family. I’ve adjusted but sometimes I still miss the place where I grew up. I guess you can never really change who you are. But I enjoy the Texan way of life. more laid back, a lot of outdoors. my son totally digs being Texan.

      • melanie says:

        Hola de Toulouse-Tolosa, Francia! :-) I lived in Houston, TX(Clear Lake – NASA area) for 5 years… small world, right?!… :-) Toulouse is the European capital of space and aviation, Airbus plane “kingdom”… :-) My hubby is a French rocket and satellite scientist and I’m a teacher, I taught English as a 2nd language and French at 2 Montessori schools – very interesting experience…
        - – -
        Thanx for dropping by the new playground, good luck in all your endeavours and my very best… cheers y hasta luego, amigo! Mélanie

  21. jhirzel88 says:

    Your “About me” page is huge! I mean, you had a descriptive detail of your life. I may consider placing something extra in mine about the fact that my dad is in the Air Force and that I move every four years. The problem is, I used to have that on my YouTube account and my mom got mad because it has nothing to do with me. Also, the fact and I was talking about his rank was a bad thing to do in terms of privacy. Others could be reading that, and stalkers could end up reading it too. As a result, I kept my “about me” clean and simple.

    Now I’ve got a question, because I’m still new to WordPress. Should my “about” part of my profile be about the website, or should it be just a long, detailed description of the “About me” statement (which is shown on each blog entry)? Typically, if there is an “About” menu that is given, isn’t it normally about the website? Businesses do that so that’s why I did it that way. I just did it by the book. You know what I mean?

    • The way I interpret it, The ” About” part is about you, a background of yourself, something that makes the blog more personal. I usually read the “about” of the other bloggers who I have a consistent communication. It’s a good way to know them. Some would even put their names and it’s really up to you. The profile, I just placed a general description about me or what the blog is about. You can always change it as your blog evolves into what you want it to be. You could talk about your dad but not about his personal details or information ( for privacy purposes). People blog for various reasons. I do it cause I love writing, photography, It helps me connect to my roots, to discover myself in a different level, to learn about the other bloggers thoughts and inspiration in life, as an outlet of my reflections, to preserve memories of my family. The list can be endless. You can be whoever you want to be. It’s your blog. Have fun with it.

  22. What a very interesting page! I am honored you found me and thank you for visiting this week. My brother’s nephew is a nurse in Houston and is married to his wife from Manila. The more I read, the more connections I find with “the island traveler.” I too, feel suspended among several cultures.

    • Wow, what a small world. If his in medical Center in Houston, chances are I may have seen him somewhere, and with a wife from Manila, that makes it even more likely. I’ve worked in 3 hospitals so far and this is one great area to work in the medical field. Has your brother’s nephew’s wife let you taste some ” Adobo” yet. They are delicious with rice. I love being in a multi-cultural diverse environment. It made me and my family into better persons. And the cultural knowledge and experiences are just amazing.

  23. you’ve got an amazing blog, so beautiful and crisp, love the images, especially the coastal sites! :o

    • Thank you . I enjoyed your Blog as well. So much life and fun activities for the entire family. I kind of miss stuff like that. I’m always appreciative of people who have so much love and affection for their love ones.

  24. 4otomo says:

    Hi! Interesting life story, with great images :-)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to leace a comment, – appreciated :-)
    kind regards

    • The honor was mine. I enjoyed discovering your Blog, reading your post and the stunning pictures. Thanks for the reply. Highly appreciated as well. Have a blessed day day to you and your family.

  25. thirdeyemom says:

    I’ve nominated you for a Seven Links award. Check out my blog post:
    Now it is your turn!

    • I’m so honored by the nomination. Thank you for the appreciation and for making my day as bright and jubilant as the Sunny Texan Sky. I had to gather my thoughts back so I can really think well of who and what to write on the ” Seven Links Award.” Ain’t gonna be easy. So much people has inspired me for the past several months, and one of my top lists is you, The World traveler that brought so much adventure in my daily Blogging Life!. Be safe on your journeys. I wish you and your family all the happiness in life.

  26. aRVee says:

    Thanks for dropping by and adding my link into your site, I appreciate that. Your pictures are pretty amazing… Have a good day! :)

  27. aRVee says:

    *****I was in my sleep when around 02:00 A.M. , a recruiter from San Diego, CA called and said that he saw my application at the internet and if I’m interested an employer was willing to hire me. I thought it was a prank but I went along until the next day, the hospital’s own nursing supervisor interviewed me and gave me the job. I was on cloud 9 ***** I like these lines, I can just imagine how ecstatic you were then when you had this experience. Congrats!

    • I was so happy when I got the news. I swear that I felt my heart pounding. When I recall those times, it humbles me. It also makes me appreciate the simple things in life. Life was hard in Manila when I was preparing for the exams and visa processing but I have no regrets. Each of those events , I cherish always. I met a lot of amazing friends because of it. Until now, The sister of the recruiter is still my friend in facebook. That was about 9 years ago. True friends needs to be treasured no matter what. Thanks for the wonderful comment and for making remember today.

      • aRVee says:

        you’re welcome. it’s good to know you keep your friends… :

      • I do cherish friends and family. They make our lives meaningful and hopeful. In times of hardships, they’re the first to help, offer comfort, lighten the day with humor. They’re just the best persons to be around with. Wishing you and your family peace , love and happiness.

  28. laurahartson says:

    this is such a lovely section, and now im delving in to read your posts :)

    • I’m glad you visited. I enjoyed immensely your post on 48 hours in San Francisco. I miss that place. We went to the Pier, visited the Aquarium , rode a boat that brought us close to the golden bridge, rode the cable car a few days before we relocated to Texas. My son was only 1 year old then. It’s true when they said, ” I left my heart in San Francisco.” Thank you for bringing back beautiful, nostalgic memories.

  29. Sony Fugaban says:

    Until I got to this page, I never knew how much of a professional and of an artist you are, sir. I’m glad I came across your blog to connect with you on matters regarding family and life.

    Reflecting to everything I read in this page, I realized how you articulated the message behind the award-winning essay of Philippine’s world class debater, Patricia Evangelista: A BORDERLESS WORLD DOESN’T PRECLUDE THE IDEA OF A HOME.

    Keep making your journeys in life beautiful and God bless you and your family.

  30. Sony Fugaban says:

    Please delete the first comment. I forgot to write something there …

    • Thank you for the wonderful story. The ” pooping” Seagull was hilarious. I remember a friend who felt really bad after a Seagull pooped on her head. I thought it was funny but I tried not to laugh because I guess it’s not as funny when if it fell on my head. It’s nice to know that years from now, our children will remember and look back of the fun experiences they had with their families at the beach. Your daughter definitely had amazing adventures and memories during her childhood and now she is able to recall them with much joy .From reading your comment, I could see that you are a loving mom, with so much to give. I know I have a long way to go as a parent , with so many things to learn but It makes it easier when I read inspiring stories like yours. It motivates me to be a better parent. Thank you again. God bless you and your family.

  31. Thank you. The moment I read your first post, I was a fan already. You’re very well versed with so much optimism in life. Anything I read that reminds me of home, I highly appreciate. And when it’s about family and travel adventures, it’s even more addicting. I’m glad that I also found your Blog. There’s so much to learn about fatherhood from others and your Blog is one of them Can’t wait to read your next post. God bless you too and your family. Our life is more meaningful because of our family. Homes is where they are.

  32. midaevalmaiden says:

    Your about page was joyfull to read. Not everyone gets to find their soulmate. And now you have a beautiful boy. :)

    • God heard my prayers. Until now I ask myself what I did to be blessed with 2 amazing persons in my life. It humbles me to realize for fortunate I am. I may not be financially rich but I’m rich with people who love me and makes me happy. That’s more than any gold in the World. Thank you and I wish you and your family the best of everything.

  33. wolke205 says:

    What a great review of ur life so far & those lovely pictures! Home is where ur heart is & the best thing about memories is, that they company us wherever we are :)

    • That is so true. Home is where your heart is and memories we always take with us. And the best part is that we can write about them , relive them through writing. Years from now, when our memory starts failing, we have our blog to remind us of how good our life was. Thanks for sharing.

  34. aawwa says:

    What an amazing and wonderful story! Your photos are beautiful too.

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and subscribing.


  35. Wow, that’s some story you’re telling here! Thanks for liking my blog, it’s good to find that there’s another person out there trying to find joy in the little things in life!

    • Whenever I find a fun, wonderful and inspiring Blog, I try as much as I can to share them to others, after all the Blog World is all about learning, sharing and discovering each other’s story, thoughts, talents, experience, of finding a common ground. It’s more like a network like facebook but way much deeper with incredible minds and artistry. It was my pleasure to add you as a link. Thanks for sharing and for the comment. Your Blog is impressive!

  36. I found you through a comment you left on Just Ramblin and I love your blog! You have an amazing gift to write. I was in awe at your about me page. Your photos are also very beautiful. I look forward to following your blog.
    When you get a minute stop by and check us out, I’m new at blogging but I have been having a great time doing it.

    • I did and I enjoyed immensely the photos and the contents of the post. I also added you on my blogroll that way it’s easier for me to remember my favorites. A lot of those I met, I also come across in other writers comment section. Usually it shows that they care enough to response and that I trully appreciate. Check out ” weekly photo challenge.” So many cool, thoughtful and talented Bloggers and A lot of them are consistent in their comments/sharing. Looking forward to follow your Blog too. Best wishes to you and your family. Thanks .

  37. Cheryl says:

    Delighted to meet you Mr. B! And even more delighted to come along with you and be a part of your journey! You tell the story of your life beautifully, both in words and imagery. Che

    • That you Cheryl. That is one thoughtful and beautiful comment. I check out your Blog and loved it immediately. Can’t wait to discover your posts as well. You are a gifted writer and a talented artist. More importantly, you’re passionate in what you do. Best wishes.

  38. Hi, I have just joined the wordpress ‘Post a week’ and found your blog. The title ‘island traveller’ captured my interest as I love islands (especially the Western Isles of Scotland). I love your pictures.

    • Thanks for the visit and welcome to “Post a week.” It’s a great way to get to know a lot of amazing and talented people. Scotland is just a beautiful country. Now I got to see more of them through you. Have a great day.

  39. Beautiful! It’s a pleasure to know you through your writing. I’m really touched with your story especially the part about meeting your wife and all, which is a testament that true love exists.

  40. You have a wonderful blog. And it is nice to see that you reply to all your comments, as do we- even though you have so many!

    Thanks for sharing!

  41. midaevalmaiden says:

    Hi Traveler, sometimes when I try to comment on your blog, my computer page kinda hangs and won’t load. It may be only my computer, but as your still kinda new I just wanted to run this by you. Pictures on wordpress blogs load best when they are reduced to 72 DPI before uploading. They will be smaller but still look great. SO anyway… Hello again. :)

    • Thanks for the information. I’m going to look back again on those photo sizes. I notice that too. I’m glad you brought it to my attention. I not that great with computer and its a learning experience each time. Stay blessed on your journey.

  42. Thank you for subscribing to my blog! :)

  43. Mr. B
    Your blog is beautiful. It moves my heart in a joyous way. Exploring a world I know practically nothing about through your words and photos is invigorating. I treasure each visit. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my blog. Best wishes!

    • Thank you for such a beautiful comment and for reblogging the post about ” Faces.” It was actually a special post for me because it’s partly about Romance which I’m not that comfortable sharing but it’s a wonderful story. if I can make someone smile because of it, then it’s worth it all. Also my wife love the post.Here’s to a great friendship ahead.

  44. xandreverkes says:

    Hi!! I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!!! Have a look at my post for details!! & keep the posts coming!!! I Love it!!! :D **

    • Another sweet moment to rejoice. thank you. I’ve yet to update my post on the Versatile award. So much people to say thank you and give honor to. These are the ones that inspires me in my blogging journey. Stay blessed. To toast to future friendships!

  45. Nice blog. Beautiful life story. Thank you for sharing.

  46. Jacqueline says:

    The part you wrote about your wife made me tear up. You are both very lucky to have each other! What a journey!

    • Thank you. Sorry for the tears part. When I look back on those days, it reminds me how lucky I am that fate brought us together. We are lucky that we have our blog to celebrate our love stories over and over again. It’s a place where we can rekindle emotions and thoughts. Memories are powerful in creating that spark we all once see and felt during those days of courtship. Trials can test a bond but love conquers all. Best wishes to you and wishing you love and happiness…

  47. Island Traveler, your blog is so interesting and captivating. Ohhh, you write so well! I’m Impressed and pleased!

  48. Sony Fugaban says:

    What’s your first name, bro? H’m … I know that came without a warning. Thing is, I’m on the process of reconstructing my blog and I just thought I need even just your first name to make those blogs on my blogroll uniform. It’s totally OK though if you won’t answer that.

    • Bro, Just call me Mr. B for now, although my closest friends would also know who that is. It’s one of my nickname. I don’t think I’m ready yet for the world to know my name .Perhaps I could just email you that in the future. I appreciate the gesture though and I do realize that knowing someone’s name is important in our culture. God bless you in all that you do. Regards to your wife and son.

  49. Sony Fugaban says:

    Got the answer, bro. MR. B for now will do.

  50. I think you have a 6th sense or ESP. I just wrote this on your first comment and didn’t realize you already answered it. Thanks again, bro.

  51. I chanced upon your blog and while reading your About page, it brought back memories. I know exactly how it is to be away from home. I worked for over a year in Baltimore but decided to come home.

    Life is what we make it, they say.

    Be blessed.

  52. Elyse says:

    What a life story — overcoming difficulties while still keeping your heart and soul just where they should be.

    You have a new reader — thanks for sharing your story.

  53. Pranab says:

    Very well written… I needed to read this at a time when I have not been doing the best personally and professionally… :)

  54. zumpoems says:

    Great short bio — touching and well written!

  55. souldipper says:

    At first your blog’s name intrigued me since I am an island person. Then I came to your blog and began to read some of the posts. I love your soul. Sincerity comes off the screen. I am so sorry that you and your family were betrayed. It is one of the most difficult demons to deal with – especially when the disappointing relationship included trust.

    I read your comment that you hope to have a clinic one day to help people when you have the time and means to do so. I feel confident you do that with every encounter now… Sometimes when we have no other gift but to quell fear, no other gift could top it.

    I’m grateful to have found you.

    • Thank you for the words of inspiration and encouragement. They come from a good soul that is generous and full of love. It was such a gem to read them. I’m glad that you found this post because it gave me the chance to discover your blog that breathes spiritual and life inspirations.

  56. Hi My Friend,
    Thank you once again for passing on the Liebster award to me. Here is the post I have about it and I have linked you back.


  57. What an amazing story! I look forward to reading your posts in the future. Your life seems to be rich with experiences. Good luck with all your endeavors. –Russell

    • Thank you my new found friend. Life has been very interesting for me. It’s like walking on a cobblestone path. It has been both rough and smooth, happy and sad, triumphant and struggling. It’s perhaps any travelers story. A story of dreams, hopes , of loss, of the longings once you left everything that was familiar to you so you can venture into a world that might might give you a better life. No matter the outcome will or where that road finally ends, it’s a path to celebrate and be grateful for.

  58. Freedomborn says:

    Thank you the island traveler for the inspiration for my New Years Post I hope you don’t mind that I included your link I don’t know how to do pingbacks ….

    Link –

    Kind regards Anne

  59. aRVee says:

    Happy New Year my friend. All the best in 2012! :)

  60. bittercharm says:

    It’s not often that I run out of words… but today… hmm let’s just say, your journey is beautiful and I pray for peace, smile and strength for you with every step that you take. Have a blessed year ahead.

  61. Huffygirl says:

    HI Island Travler,
    thanks for subscribing to my blog. I hope you like it. I’ve already enjoyed seeing your comments and look forward to seeing more from you.

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  63. M.P. Francis says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog! As you can see, I’m very new to it but I’m enjoying it greatly. Your blog is wonderful. The pictures are beautifully vibrant. I’m looking forward to exploring more of your site.

  64. nelson RN says:

    Hi Mr B! I got intrigued when you mentioned in your comment on my blog that you’re from the medical field and so I had to check out “the path” and now I understand. We have some similarities, except that I wasn’t able to pursue a dream medical career and remained as a nurse. You have such an amazing and inspiring journey. Thanks for sharing your life. You just don’t know how much you inspire people :)

  65. Honestly, you guys inspire me. When I read your journey, I feel that I’m no longer alone. People don’t realize how much we gave up to follow that dream. And those dreams are not always about happy endings. We have our share of tears, of lonely nights, of missing a part of our past, our family that we can never get back as soon as we rode that plane that brought us to our destination of dreams. Good thing we have our spouses and kids to gives us hope and love each day. Yes, the journey we make never fails to bring those thrilling and memorable surprises. God bless you and your love ones always….

  66. dearrosie says:

    I’ve seen your comments on various blogs that I follow and I’m so glad I came over to your blog today. While I don’t come from an island I’ve lived in three countries and I know how the love one feels for one’s place of birth never goes away.

    I’m so impressed that even though you work those long hours as an ER nurse, and have a small child – I love the post of him going to school without his shoes :-) – you still manage to do so much blogging.

    • Thanks Dearrosie. Yes. the love one feels for one’s place of birth never goes away. As for blogging, it is like a celebration of life for me. An outlet for the many thoughts and feelings that builds up everyday. Blogging helped me discover so many things about myself and what I hope to experience in this lifetime. It helped me see what’s important in my life. It opened my eyes to embrace fun , adventure and happiness. Have a wonderful day.

  67. Hi IT, this is the most ‘real’ about page I have come across, in my few months of getting out in the blogland. By real, I don’t mean that the others are not factual or are untrue. Most of us are just skimming the surface, I feel. But your’s is so full of feelings & emotion, that it overwhelmed me. Your family’s lucky to have you.

    • Thank you. A lot of times, being able to write all these is liberating. It’s also a way for me to discover feelings and emotions that I might have taken aside but they’re actually the ones that makes me feel “human” and they are the ones that brings meaning to my life. I wish you all the best…

  68. Although we are not immune to struggles and difficulties in this life, it sounds that you and your family are truly blessed…with love and peace; true blessings. :)

  69. The Guat says:

    I wish I lived on an island. You have a lot of good pictures here…the most awesome … the header picture of you and your son. Great!

    • The header picture holds a spacial place in my heart and memory. It was our first father and son fishing. My wife took the photo. It was one perfect day..Thank you and have a wonderful day.

  70. What a wonderful “about” page. Thank you for sharing your heartfelt story. It is truly inspiring and I look forward to reading more about your journey :)

  71. rommel says:

    Hi Cee, just letting you know that I added you on my blogroll. ;)

  72. Thank you for visiting my blog. You’ve written a wonderful “About” page. Love your photos.

  73. Thankyou for visiting my blog also. Love this page and your header pic.

  74. Hi Island Traveler!
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and liking my post.
    Your pictures are so beautiful and though I myself am living on an island, I yearn to see the deep blue sea. My island is a concrete jungle and people here are immensely stressed.
    Wish you all the best in life! Will be back.

    • I was in the Islands until I left in 2003. I thought my dreams was in America but now I know that I can never escape who I am and the constant beating on an Islander’s heart. Perhaps one day, the image of the deep blue sea will be more permanent. Thanks.

  75. Gilly Gee says:

    You’re a hopeless romantic and it’s wonderful as is your blog! Have a lovely happy Valentines day with your beautiful wife :-)
    Best wished from the UK.

  76. aRVee says:

    My friend, here to say, I love your new header. Have been busy lately. Hope to read your blog and others within the next few days…

  77. Sunshine says:

    I’m not sure if you have the ABC award but I would like to say thanks and happy
    Saint Valentine’s Day and the ABC Award :)

  78. Rufina says:

    We have much in common I suspect, Island Traveler. Roots and a journey…

  79. Freedomborn says:

    Hi Island Traveler I just found this message, often I wonder what your name is but at least I know more about you now and it was a very pleasent and uplifting journey.

    I have an urgent prayer request but I will put it on your latest post too in case you miss this one.there is a very important need… our Blogging friends Wendy and Bob, our Brothers and Sisters in The Lord, are going through a very hard time, Wendy had a heart attack and is in a coma, Bob is asking us as Christians to pray for her, all the details are on my Blog.

    Christian Love Anne.

    • Today I offered a prayer for Wendy and Bob, and everyday thereafter. Every night , I would pray with my son and we would always include the sick and the suffering. One day, I may need their prayers as well. We are all here to be our brother and sister’s keeper. I’ve been taking care of the sick for so many years and I was once sickly myself and I know hard it can be. There is hope in this world even if the pessimist things differently. God bless you and your family.

  80. Christine says:

    Just a quick thank you for signing up to follow my blog!

  81. aRVee says:

    My friend, I have been meaning to tell you that I like your new header… just that, stay blessed! :)

  82. Awesome story! I’m excited to hear more from you!

  83. aame says:

    Hey’s something special for u from ‘My Dear U’ :)

  84. stargazer12 says:

    Dear Island Traveler,
    I am truly ashamed that I am so late in checking out your blog–your wonderful blog. Your gentleness and general affirmation of life shine throughout. Thank you for sharing yourself and your family with the world. I hope all appreciate it. From your many replies here, I think that they do.
    Pat Carroll Marcantel–join me on Facebook
    harvestworker on twitter

  85. antiquityandadventures says:

    hiya, I have had a bit of a spring clean and moved my Blog address to i,d love it if you fancy following my new site kind regards maenamor :-)

  86. starlight says:

    i love the way you write, i could feel every single word you use to describe your feelings, thoughts, actions, emotion, what you see, etc.. Reading your post, its like i’m reading some of my thoughts too since i am also a woman so in love with my best friend, my destiny, and i could never imagine myself being without my man.. i clicked “FOLLOW” and looking forward to your future posts.. nice blog.

  87. Ted Pavloff says:

    Thank you for following my blog. Blessings, Ted

  88. Colline says:

    Today I have nominated tou for the Sunshine Award – see my post for details:

  89. auntyuta says:

    Dear Island Traveler,
    wishing you many Happy Returns
    for tomorrow!
    Uta from Australia

    • Thank you my friend. Been back for a week now. As if everything was a beautiful dream. Time flies when we’re having a great time. So much wonderful memories. I’m a bit homesick and so is my wife and son but soon time heals everything , right? Have a blessed weekend…

  90. pari says:

    You are an inspiring man! I loved to read your words! thank you for following Paradiso’s Ritorvato blog!

  91. isaiah43123 says:

    Thank you isalnd traveler for deciding to tag along with My Hmmm Collection. I enjoyed reading about your life path… you have much wisdom to share about this journey we call life. Thanks again.

    • Thank you. When we share our journey, somehow, everything seems to make sense and we no longer feel that we are alone in our respective daily venture with life and all.

  92. D&D-debbie says:

    A beautiful story! Glad you stopped by and liked my blog enough to follow – I’m returning the favor! If you are ever in Denver let me know…

    • It was my pleasure to read your posts. They are beautiful. Every time I have a chance to do it, I try to visit other blogs. It’s like finding a treasure every time. So much amazing thoughts and images that a lot if times just makes me say, “wow!” Thanks and hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  93. Paula says:

    Hello Island Traveller. I’ve been having problems accessing your blog for the past few weeks and therefore could not comment much. I’ve got tagged to answer some question and had to tag people myself… You are on my list and here is the link :

    • Thanks Paula. I appreciate the Tag…it’s both a joy and an honor. There was some problem due to a “hacker” that affected several bloggers of WordPress. It’s supposed to be fix by now.

  94. Dear Island Traveler,
    Thanks for stopping by thefirstgates to like one of my posts, and thanks for your own very inspiring blog.

  95. I guess I’m only one of the many others who really enjoy your blog. I too have listed your blog as a ‘Versitile Blogger Award.’ Keep the lovely words flowing.

  96. Thank you for following my blog. I made a visit to yours and I think I found a kindred spirit! Your words and your photos are beautiful. You are a very fine storyteller, and I see you feel the same way about your life and your wonderful family that I feel about mine. I am glad to have discovered you, and I will look forward to each new post!

  97. Thanks for stopping by my little ol’ blog… CTB :D

  98. Thanks for stopping by my lil ol’ blog
    CTB :D

  99. rommel says:

    I’ve been a follower for quite a bit while now. I just got to say …. I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!

  100. What a wonderful blog you have! Nice and colorful. Love the island, wish I could live a place like that. Thank you so much for following my little blog! :)

  101. R C Norman says:

    Awesome blog you have. And thanks for following mine. Look forward to seeing more of your work.

  102. rommel says:

    I featured your blog on my ‘more fun in the Philippines’ post.

  103. vandysnape says:

    I’m so glad to have stumbled across your blog… It is so lovely and never have I seen an “About” page so interesting . Great work … look forward to reading more .. Happy posting :) :)

    • Thanks for sharing. I’m glad you like it. Our journey is worth sharing. There is always something new that we could learn and something old that we can relate too. Have a blessed day.

  104. Sandra says:

    Good Morning. I wanted to inform you that I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award and the Genuine Blogger Award. I have enjoyed reading your posts and about your journey, and wanted to share it with others as well as send you a recognition of how your work is appreciated. The instuctions on the award cand be found by following the link to my site
    Thanks again for the time you spend sharing your writing.

    • Thank you Sandra, like the sunshine of a brand new day, your sharing and the award made me smile with joy. I appreciate the generosity. It’s always an honor and an inspiration to get awards like these. Have a blessed day.

  105. Thank you, your writings inspired me and reminded me that the love that we are capable of feeling for one another is a “gift” and however it comes, or for whatever measure of time, the essence of it is for eternity for it reshapes who we are with an enlarged spirit, depth and valuues that include a surrender that could never be understood before. Thanks for “following”, I am pleased to be doing the same!! Love with you and through you, always ~Linda

    • Thanks Linda. Just beautiful and generous words. I appreciate that a lot. There are so much stuff to learn from another person’s story. Every journey, in both joy and pain, always something we can relate too.

  106. What an amazing story! Your words are always inspiring. Your photos, captivating.
    Peace, Mr. B. :-)

  107. PaintedByTheSun says:

    Congratulations you’ve been nominated for the “One Lovely Blog” award. Your story is inspiring and your stories and photos are beautiful! You can check it out here!

  108. restlessjo says:

    Your blog is inspirational Mr B. You’ve been “tagged” but only if you want to play along, of course. The details are in

  109. Lorre says:

    I appreciate you coming by my blog. I enjoy your journey post.

  110. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I look forward to browsing yours. You have some great pictures!

  111. Lisa at fLVE says:

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. You have a lovely blog here that I will come back to read more. Beautiful writing and photos. :)

  112. gucci2468 says:

    Thanks for following my blog. You have an absolutely delightful blog filled to the brim with amazing photos and blog posts.

  113. Thank you for your kind words

  114. starlight says:

    hi there, even if your blog is full of award nominations, i still nominated you for the ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD. Read all about it at

  115. smirkpretty says:

    Hiya, Friend,

    I have nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blog Award because your blog inspires me!

    If you choose to accept this award, the requirements look like this:

    1. Display the award logo somewhere on the blog.
    2. Link back to the blog of the person who nominated you.
    3. State seven things about yourself.
    4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.
    5. Notify those bloggers that they have been nominated and of the award’s requirements.

    Your writing keeps me looking up. Thank you!

    • Thanks Shannon. Your gesture of generosity inspired me today. Thank you. I am honored. A perfect way to start the day. I will check out the rules and all. Thank you. Have a beautiful day .

  116. Hi Mr. B, the place where you’re from looks amazing, your hometown looks like Asia, is it? ;)

  117. I apologize if this is not the right place to post this – however your blog inspired me and I would like others to have the chance to be inspired by your blog. I have nominated you for the Lovely Blog Award – I sincerely hope you will accept it.

    The guidelines for accepting this award are as follows:

    1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog in your post.
    2. Share 7 things about yourself.
    3. Nominate about 15 other blogs that you enjoy.
    4. Let the nominees know that you chose them. (An aside: if you don’t want to play or pass along the award, that’s totally fine. Just know that this is my way of saying, “I like your blog! I really do!”)

    • Thank you so much. Awards inspire me to be better in what I do. Congratulations and once again, thank you for sharing this to your fellow bloggers. Have a blessed day. Lovely indeed!

  118. Hi, there! I nominated you for the Sunshine Award. :)

    Looks like I’m not the only one enjoying your blog!

  119. R C Norman says:

    I’m not one to do these Award things, but there are some blog sites like yours I enjoy so much, I wanted to recognize you as others have recognized me. I know you’ve been recognized with multiple awards, but I’m recognizing you again on my blog with the Reader Appreciation Award. Your site is definitely one of my favorites. You can view the award at No need to follow the silly rules — it’s the recognition that’s important. — Rob

  120. jakesprinter says:

    Great page you have here my friend , I update my about page too LOL,
    More power to your blog :)

  121. Hi, hope all is well with you and your sweet family. Just coming by to let you know that I nominated for the following award. Congrats :D

  122. Great personal story my friend!

  123. imexcited says:

    Hi! I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Here’s the link for details. Thanks!

  124. Shalvika P says:

    Hi! I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award!! :)

  125. Divine Lunacy says:

    Absolute Joy !

  126. Maribel says:

    Amazing path you are travelling. I commend you on walking with faith and allowing to take chances to find the best quality of life. I could relate. We’ve moved several times in the pursuit of where we should lay our roots. I think we finally can at least for this time in our lives. Thank you for recently following my blog and I sure will be following yours. I’m thankful that our paths crossed though this blogosphere!

    • The joy is mine my friend. A believe that certain things for a reason. Sometimes they do cause pain, other times triumph and happiness. Whatever it is , I hope it makes all of us into better persons we are destined to be. And yes, one step close to our dreams. I’m glad that path crossed as well. Have great weekend.

      • Maribel says:

        These seasons in life are planting seeds for the future. We get a glimpse of the harvest it brings but rain is necessary just as the sunshine is. Thank you for your comments and encouragement. Have a blessed weekend with your family!

  127. I see lot of love and care put in this blog. You have a beautiful family, i wish you all the best! :)

    • Thanks Ioanna. My family inspires me and my journey is all about the stories and dreams I make with them. One day, I hope to look back and remember through this blog how beautiful life has been. Have a wonderful day.

  128. sutira says:

    What a wonderful and inspiring story to share, Mr.B. Nice to meet you!

  129. thirdeyemom says:

    Hi there….I came up with my idea for a topic for The Weekly Image of life and want to email it to you. Can you please contact me with your address?
    I think I’ve got a good one that will be fun to do! :) Nicole

    • Thanks Nicole. I emailed tonight my email address. Thank you for finding the time. i’m excited to know what it is. It will be our theme for next week. Have a blessed day my friend.

  130. Indira says:

    Very inspiring journey.

  131. Yes, indeed your story is a “very inspiring journey”. Thank you for sharing for you have touched another life this morning. May God continue to bless your journey in ways you cannot imagine.
    Blessings – Patty

  132. I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. You can find it here: Blessings – Patty

    • Congratulations my friend. You are indeed blessed with so many gifts. Thank you for sharing this post. It’s an honor. And I too agree, “Writing has opened a door to my soul and taking me on new adventures.” God bless you and your family.

  133. Gen says:

    I loved reading your story. Thanks for sharing your journey.

  134. Beautiful ‘stories’ of your life and beautiful pics to go with – what a pleasure to ‘meet’ you!

  135. Sunshine says:

    Hey, Island T.
    I tried to open your Weekly Life Image: Passion but got a ‘page not found.’
    Just thought I would let you know…have a great week! :)

  136. pixygiggles says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and following! It’s a pleasure to meet you. I look forward to following along your inspiring journey. Great photos and writing style.

  137. Thank you for liking my post. Your blog is wonderful, such great journeys and stories.

  138. it is no accident that i chanced upon your site, i would like to read more of your literary pursuits as you continue your journey … thank you for invoking inspiration, i am deeply moved. i, too, am Filipino and i am touched that you are proud to be one as well.

    i have been a passive reader for a long time now, but i am praying that HE will hold my hand as i try to share some of my thoughts transcribed into words … one snippet at a time :)

    • I am proud of where I came from. The generous people who molded me all my life, the rich traditions and heritage, the faith and courage, the beautiful places I’d been for 31 years before leaving the Philippines…how can I forget. One of the many reasons I part of me will always be forever link to my country of birth. Thanks for sharing and God bless.

  139. This is a wonderful blog! Definitely following! :)

    p.s. I have that exact same mask hanging on my wall!! funny, huh? :P

  140. Good luck with your blog and your journey.

  141. Still Times says:

    What an amazing blog you have created. Your passion and dedication can be seen and read throughout your pages. The love of your family and life is so evident and so aww striking. I’ve enjoyed perusing through the different sections and I’m inspired to add a little extra to my blog. Thank you for sharing so much, truly a blessing to have found your blog.

    One question: I notice throughout your pictures of your son that his face is never fully shown, why is that? It’s all beautiful work, I just like to know the perspectives of other photographers and why they do what they do. I hope you don’t mind the question.


    • Thanks Maria. I just want to protect his identity. As parents, our first instinct is to make sure our children our safe and the internet can be a dangerous place if we are not careful. I do post his earlier childhood pictures. He changed a lot and if it’s not among my circle of friends and family, no one can recognize that it is actually him. Perhaps one day when he is bigger and can pretty much speak for himself and what he wants. That is way years from now though.

  142. Hey! I nominated you for awards on my blog! Congrats and check it out:

  143. ooplalund says:

    Grogeous story, and a beautiful family. I look forward to following your journey :]

  144. Beautiful post, it’s really inspiring. I especially loved the bird quote, “Like a caged bird, the best gift is freedom to soar and be yourself,” wise words. Great visuals too!! By the way thanks for checking out my blog, it helped me find your blog and it was very worth it! =)

  145. mudlips says:

    Hi. I’m amazed at where in the world I go via the internet and WordPress. Today, across the world, and around the US with you as you described the path you took to Texas. Thanks for telling your story, and many more thanks for following the stories I tell too.

  146. Congratulations, I´ve nominated you for the “Family of Bloggers Award”, to see what is involved check out my blog. If you choose not to accept the award I will not be offended, I just wanted to show how much I enjoy reading your blog and also to say thank you for your support and encouragement! Have a great day,G :)

  147. Ataleen says:

    Beautiful pictures, blog and posts! Really inspiring! Thank you for the follow, will be back here regularily to check out your amazing inspirational journeys! :)

  148. dakota85 says:

    Thanks so much for following my blog, your support means a lot! P.S. I love the passion you put into your posts, and look forward to more….

  149. Anne says:

    Thank you for following my blog! It is encouraging and humbling to see people (strangers!) interested in our stories. Your blog is beautiful, kind, and inspiring! You have such a wonderful outlook on life. Thank you again!

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  151. Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I hope this will be welcome news for you. If you prefer not to accept the award, I certainly understand, but I hope you will visit the other nominees, and they will visit you, just the same. To see more about the award and accepting this nomination, please visit my post at All the best!

  152. Thank you for following my photoblog! Blessings and Good Wishes for You too!

  153. mrcrish_cjr says:

    Your blog is awesome – so I nominated you for the “Super-Sweet Blogging” Award. Check out the link here:

  154. It’s awesome to have found your blog! I’m a medical student, a believer, who at the same time is very interested in photography. I find many of your posts interesting and somehow related to myself. Keep up the good work, you have an awesome blog! =D

    • Thanks D. I hope you had a great 2012. It is also a joy for me to discover someone who shares a similar interest and journey in life. I think photography is a perfect passion to overcome the stress of medicine. Wishing you an amazing 2013!

  155. Holly Ulrich says:

    Very nice! You have a wonderful “story”.
    This part gave me goosebumps, because it is so true:
    “I learned the hard way that America is not all milk and honey. That there’s a price for every dream , a tear for every dollar you wish for.”
    Will be interesting to follow you through the rest of your journey. :-)

    • Looking through your pictures of spending a beautiful , peaceful life in the islands made me wish I never left the islands. Perhaps one day God will hear my prayers and I will go back where the sun seems to be always smiling warmly, generously. Hoping to share your journey too.

  156. Thanks for visiting and following my blog “Eyes to Heart.” … All the best as you continue on your beautiful journey. … Be well, Dorothy :-)

  157. Iamrcc says:

    Thank you for the like of my Weekly Challenge post – “Big”.

  158. Sunshine says:

    Hey, Island T. um, this does not belong here but I tried at least three times to leave this post over at your Weekly Image “Discovery” but probably because it is sooooo late from the date you sent it out, I could not get a comment box to load.
    So, here is my Simple “Howling” Discovery:
    Thank you from the “caboose” car!! lol!!

  159. I am so happy to have found your blog. I really enjoy your posts and photos.
    I have nominated you for the Beautiful blogger award.
    Enjoy xx Emma

  160. Island Traveler, in appreciation for the continued enjoyment I receive from your blog, I have nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog” award. Details are here,, if you would like to pass on the award, but please feel no obligation to do so. Just continue providing inspiration! ~ Kat

  161. SkiDaddy says:

    You have a beautiful blog and wonderful story to tell. You are an inspiration, keep it up!
    Also thank you for following my blog, I appreciate your interest.
    Take care,

    • Thanks Dywane. I appreciate that a lot. All of us have something wonderful to offer and that’s one reason I kept blogging. Everytime I read someones’s blog, they given me something priceless and enriching.

  162. intlxpatr says:

    I love your story. I’m sorry you got scammed, and I also believe that inside every dark experience are the seeds of growth and enlightenment; we become who we are by surviving what we suffer and prevailing in spite of it. Dreams come true through hard work, and knowing what matters – as you do – family, friends, goodness, mercy . . .

    • Thank you for sharing so generously and with words that are comforting. I agree, “Dreams come true through hard work, and knowing what matters – as you do – family, friends, goodness, mercy . . .” Light prevails in the end. We just need to give it time. Hope you can share your blog site so I can visit it too and thank you….

  163. Amy says:

    Hi IT, I’ve nominated you two awards If you are too busy to play, I understand…

    • Thank you for such a beautiful gift. Truly a joy and honor. Honestly, I wish I have more time so I too can participate in these awards. I think they are beautiful and inspires each of us to be better in what we do. Congratulations and God bless.

  164. Thank you for dropping by and following my blog. Many blessings to you!

  165. Thanks for popping by and following my blog. I love the photos from your homeland and your resilient and joyful approach to life’s journey. I look forward to reading your future posts.

  166. Hello Island Traveller, thanks so much for stopping by Island Vignettes and following my journey. You are so poetic with your words, I just cant stop reading! All God’s blessings on your continued journey!

  167. kz says:

    Hi. Following your blog has given me inspiration. Your posts have painted a smile across my face. That’s why I nominated you for an award
    I believe joining is optional; just wanna congratulate you on the fantastic job and urge you to keep bloggin’ ^^

  168. Jenn says:

    Life is really incredible when we stop and think .. look back at where we have been .. and where we are now … a beautiful life you have made for you and yours :) brightest blessings :)

  169. Thank Jenn. I still have so many obstacles to overcome and wounds to heal but I do have so much blessings to be thankful for and that is what matters the most. Life will never be perfect but we can always try to keep it close to how we dream it to be.

  170. wow, amazing, inspirational…I remember two years ago…your baby was a baby,,, now look how big! You are doing so well. Be blessed always, did not forget you – I am in college full time and working doing security too…

    • That’s true. Looking at his older pictures, he has changed a lot. He grew taller and lost a bit of the baby-like facial features. Though in my heart, he will always be my little baby boy. Time flies so fast and we really have to enjoy second with them. Thanks Jackie.

  171. Prosey Rosey says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and for following! I really like your photography and your stories that go along with the pictures. The combination of the stories and pictures gives it a very real experience.

  172. hi IT, i was given an award and i would like to give one to you as well. i hope you will accept and find the link here:

    you were one of the first ones to really encourage and inspire me to go ahead sharing my thoughts in word and photos to the community who has opened their hearts to me. this is my little way of saying THANK YOU for your kindness and support. have a great day ahead. APRIL

    • Thanks April. If there is one thing I learn from blogging it’s “Give.” Give generously, share generously without expecting in return. When I started blogging I have no idea what I was doing. In fact I’m still learning everyday. But I met a lot of supportive blogger friends and till today, I read their old comments and I smile knowing there are good people out there. A lot in fact. So that gives me hope and I’m just paying forward that same goodness. The world will be a better place if we give more and think of others other than ourselves. For 2013, my wish is that we all join hands around the world and make a difference.

  173. I love your Weekly Photo challenge-reflection so i had to read more. Your blog is addicting, creative and meaningful. I love it. Have a perfect day :)

  174. This Christmas season seems the right time to acknowledge the inspiring role your Reflection on Life challenges play in my blogging life – please accept another star for your Blog of the Year – 2012 –
    No pressure – this is just my way of thanking you for the stimulation your weekly challenges give me, even if I’m unable to participate. :)

  175. ideflex says:

    Here’s another one to add to your collection – Please accept this Gargie Award because you tell a wonderful story, have kept me so entertained and offered up so much that is new and interesting! He doesn’t bite and is housebroken…

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  177. kz says:

    hi there! ^^ i’ve presented you with the super sweet blogging award! ^^ congrats! ^^

  178. Thank you for stopping by my blog, you have a wonderful blog here and I really love the pictures :)

  179. Hello… I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award because your blog is very inspiring for me and I love the way you express you, your thoughts and sights. If you are interested please check here

  180. I have nominated you with the Very Inspiring Blogger Award….I hope that you will accept – I truly enjoy visiting your blogsite Please refer to:

  181. InaNutchell says:

    Thank you for visiting and following my blog. I have just been reading your post on all the unhappiness this Christmas season. Some of it is due to natural forces which we can do little about, but some just seems so pointless. It was a very thought provoking post.

    • Thank you. Those incidents haunted me and my wife for days. Very disturbing, scary and sad. Those that are man made seemed to be rooted with severe hatred and evilness. No words to describe how one man can create such a savage, inhuman act. It was an eye opener to the world that evil is just around the corner and we should do everything to protect our children.

  182. Thank you for visiting my blog. Wishing you peace this holiday season.

  183. Penny says:

    I”m so glad to hear Texas has been good to you and your family.

    • It did. It gave us a place to forget some of our past heartaches. Plus I met a lot of schoomates and people from my town in the Philippines who all work at the Medical Center. What a small world right? Everything is big in Texas, that includes hearts and hospitality.

      • Penny says:

        Awe, thanks so much! I agree. Nice people.

      • melanie says:

        Mabuhay! :-) another strange coincidence: my best friend and colleague I used to have at one of the Montessori schools has been Ingrid, a wonderful Philippino lady teacher of Chinese origin… we met again last year while I spent 4 days in Clear Lake before flying to Florida where we spent 2 weeks visiting lots of interesting spots…
        - – -
        Friendly thoughts and respectful regards, Mélanie

  184. Penny says:

    Forgot to say I really like the photos illustrating this post, especially the sailboats on the beach.

  185. Jenn says:

    your delightful blog has been nominate for an award :) brightest blessings always :)

  186. LyannV says:

    Thank you for being such an inspiration to me…I have nominated you for the Blog of the Year 2012 award. You can check out your link here and I would be honored if you would accept the award :)

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  188. muZer says:

    Hi .. I’ve nominated your blog for 4 different awards. Please take a peek at them here whenever you get a moment.

  189. tsizzles says:

    Hi, I know it’s late but I nominated you for the “Blog Of The Year” award. Check it out:

  190. Hi there,

    Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I know you’ve gotten many awards, but I hope you’ll appreciate receiving another one. If you prefer not to accept the award, I certainly understand, but I hope you will visit the other nominees, and they will visit you, just the same. To see more about the award and accepting this nomination, please visit my post at All the best!

    • Thank you for starting the year with generosity and gratitude. Two things we all need for a hopeful, brighter 2013. Congratulations! You have a beautiful blog that inspires people. Thanks for sharing these awards. Truly a joy and an honor. Have a blessed New Year.

    • Congratulations. What a great way to start the year. Thanks for sharing an award that inspires people. Wishing you and your family a blessed and wonderful 2013!

  191. janna hill says:

    If you haven’t already received the Reality Blog Award (I didn’t see it on your wall) now you have. Hang it proudly. Here is the shortlink
    If you have already received it (and have it hidden) you are just too darn special. At least a few of us think so.

  192. shofar says:

    Aloha, I listed your blog on my Tab bar ‘Blogs I Like’ under Travel and Photography. I enjoy your journaling from your heart and photos, too. Sony and Rommel are blogging friends I met when I first started blogging last summer. Back home we are also missionaries in a small Filipino church.You can read about my ‘Philippines Mission Work’ at

  193. I have nominated you for a Beautiful Blogger Award because I appreciate the way you shine a light on the beauty of family and noticing the small things around you.

    If you wish to accept, please visit my blog for further details

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  195. hi there,
    you’ve got a great picture……..
    actually you can capture the best moment, make your picture preety drammatically deep
    i wish i have that someday…
    btw, thx for sharing…

  196. Freedomborn says:

    Hi dear friend, it was wonderful reading your adult life story, you have shared your childhood with us before. My heart was touched by both. You are very open and Trusting dear island traveler, so I’m not surprised you were ripped off, no I’m not going to say don’t even trust anyone again until your sure because you will never know for sure if they have to earn your Trust.

    I have helped people only to be abused but I will not stop helping others because then a part of me would die. Like you I have wonderful friends some for over 30 years and longer and we trusted each other right from the beginning, yes it does make you a victim sometimes but the benefits outweigh the this.

    Just be yourself island traveler, your a V.N.P and that is very special indeed, you touch lives and leave beautiful memories, thank you.

    Christian Love from us both – Anne

  197. janineyork says:

    What a beautiful and touching story of love and loss. The pictures drew me here, but the words kept me, I am now a fan. Looking forward to following your journey!

  198. yumnaidrees says:

    Thankyou for following my blog! :)

  199. Thank you so much for visiting my blog, it allowed me to find yours! Your photos are amazing. Keep up the good work! Now following you :) xoxox

  200. Congratulations! I love your blog and have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.
    However, there are rules and I won’t be offended if you don’t want to follow them. I just wanted to share your blog with others.
    Ana (

  201. Greetings from Australia,
    I was really touched by your journey in life; it seems through adversity that your mind heart and soul have reached a beautiful place to be. There are indeed many challenges in life, and I believe those of good heart and pure disposition will always suffer in some way. Nevertheless, suffering and joy can coexist together if one chooses to see beauty in whatever situation they find themselves, wherever they may be. It seems to me that you are one such person. :)
    God bless you and your family

    • Bro, thank you. These are beautiful, “suffering and joy can coexist together if one chooses to see beauty in whatever situation they find themselves, wherever they may be.” True. We always have choices. If we choose what is good and hopeful with faith and love, we can covercome any storm. I appreciate the wonderful comment. Wishing you and your family all the best.

  202. Hey, thank you so much for stopping by at my blog, so I had the chance to discover yours! Your posts are so insightful and full of hope and inner beauty, even if life holds painful and difficult situations at times. I’m impressed by your journey and most of all by the love you have for your family and for the little moments that shines through in every post of yours. Keep up cherishing the “little” things, it’s so important to be reminded of their value again and again once in a while :-) Have a wonderful day and stay as inspirational as you are.

  203. ciao! luvFAB blog.

  204. Your blog has inspired me so I’m nominating you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. You can check it out here:

  205. likeitiz says:

    He, I just nominated you! Check this out:

  206. GalOnTrip says:

    you portray your story beautifully in words. may be i don’t come from the same country as yours, but i understand your perspective about leaving the hometown you love for a better life changes since i also come from a 3rd world country. i don’t do nursing. but i have friends, acquaintances doing nursing school overseas, from holland, england, sweden and other developed countries. it’s a high demand job, so it’s more possible to get out from their own country. your story represent one of the millions who have the same dream. some made it, some don’t.
    i was also overseas for a years for studying, and trying to find a job. yet i didn’t succeed. i thought, if it doesn’t work, perhaps God has another plan, a bigger plan for you. well, i still don’t know God’s plan for me, though. but i still keep searching for the answers.
    regardless, i’m glad you’ve made it and built a family you love the most. thanks for visiting and following my blog!
    i wonder where you originally come from. is it the phillipines? cheers!

    • Thank you for a generous comment. God does works in mysterious ways. Some dreams comes sooner, others longer. I would like to believe it happens for a very important reason. Before leaving for the U.S., I was in a hurry to do so but now I wished I stayed longer and savored every moment with my parents and sisters. Perhaps one day, the tides will change and I will once bask under the tropical Sun’s happy days. God bless.

  207. Srdjana says:

    With pleasure I read your blog and see photos.
    Thank you very much for visiting my blog.

  208. jannece says:

    Wow! You have a great blog. I felt honored when you hit like on one of my posts and grateful that it led me to knowing an amazing well-travelled person like you. Your stories are very inspiring, it sparks hope in me again to do what I really want to do with my life. I deeply appreciate people like you who touched lives even in your own a simple way. I also have an interest in capturing images that gives me a good impression, that’s what I’m trying to achieve now. I’m not a professional photographer but capturing images was ever since my interest, it’s just that my life had led me to different situation..Again thanks for finding my blog..

  209. jannece says:

    Wow! I felt honored and grateful that an amazing blogger has visited my site. I’m only 1 month to blogging and after learning that an interesting and well traveled person like you had checked out and liked 1 of my posts I felt so inspired. Just in time that I almost given up blogging. You give me enough reason to pursue things that I love in my life like photography and writing. I believe I’m so far from being perfect but how I deeply appreciated it so much how you changed my perspective in life. I’m not a professional photographer and writer but you are my inspiration to that passion. Big thanks! By the way, I’m from the Philippines also.

    • Thank you. I hope you continue blogging . I checked your website and it was no longer there. Everytime I hear from a fellow “kababayan” I get excited. Their stories reminds me of the many happy memories I had in our country. God bless.

  210. becky6259 says:

    What an amazing life journey! You also tell it so well — I have enjoyed what I’ve read so far! Thanks so much for visiting Mrs. City Boy and the like and follow — I am looking forward to reading through your blog more!

  211. Madoqua says:

    Thanks for visiting and following my blog. apologies that it has taken a while to reply. I am enjoying reading your blog, your photos and stories are amazing.

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  213. Su Leslie says:

    Just to let you know, I’ve nominated you for an inspirational blog award, you can read my nomination post here:

  214. ajaytao2010 says:

    Nice reading about you your farm and you island, it was intoxicating I loved it very much

    Thanks. For visiting my blog Browse through the category sections, I feel you may definitely find something of your interest.

  215. MJ says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Your comments led me to reading this beautifully written page. I love your snapshots too – lots of candid pictures that show emotions, etc.

  216. Opalla says:

    It’s wonderful to meet you in blog sphere, simply because you liked my post Future Tense, and this led me to check out you Blog. You have a beautiful story and you are so honest and genuine is your writing. I am following you Blog now, and perhaps you are interested in mind. :)

    • Thank you. That means a lot. Life is a fusion of joy, sadness, pain and triumph. To tell them makes other relate that they are not alone. This blog is about a personal journey which had it’s fair share of bumps along the way. Keeping it real goes a long way. Plus, it’s a great therapy to just pour out one’s heart and mind.

      • Opalla says:

        I treasure life and feel blessed every day that perhaps I can make a better day for somebody or myself. I may be further on in my life’s journey than you, but I think we share the same belief. Very nice to meet you and hope to get to know you more.

  217. Such a wonderful story! :).

  218. Hey! Thanks for stopping by and following my blog! I love what you’re doing here, so I’ve returned the favour! Cheers mate! :-D

  219. praveena says:

    Hi Island Traveler,
    I am glad that I found your blog. It took such a long time to read all the comments.It was worth spending the time:)After reading all the comments,I am running out of words.All I can say is your life journey inspired me.I m looking forward to read more of your journey.Let the journey be filled with delightful moments:)

    • The comments are my most priced achievement since I started blogging. It contains the most beautiful, inspiring, positive encouragement from the blogger friends I met along the way. Thanks.

  220. Sonel says:

    It’s so great seeing you again IT and reading your lovely, inspiring posts. I missed you all and thanks for stopping by my blog again. Have a wonderful day my friend. :) *hugs*

  221. jessicajhill says:

    Wow. What a touching story. You’re a strong, brave, determined man! I’m looking forward to reading more of This Man’s Journey. I’m curious, where did you grow up? It didn’t say…

  222. Thanks so much for stopping by once again and liking my post ‘Word a Week Challenge – Colour’ Your continued support is an inspiration and much appreciated! :)

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  224. janice27 says:

    Good day! I have nominated you for this award. It’s okay if u won’t take part. I’m just glad to let you know that you also deserved this. Cheers!

  225. Thank you for dropping by and following Malcolm’s Corner. I enjoyed reading about life’s journey.

  226. Harold Green says:

    Hi the island traveler. What a beautiful, engaging read you are. I savored every word, then turned the page to savor more. Thank you for discovering my blog It gave me an opportunity to discover, explore and Follow your blog. Hope we both enjoy our journeys. Best to you, your Island wife and beautiful son, Harold

    • Thanks my friend. Life is about making choices and adventures. I admire how you and your wife embrace the many adventures and surprises in life together including capturing images and travelling to places.

      • Harold Green says:

        You are welcome Island. In a few weeks, Rita and I are off for a long slow journey into the Amalfi Coast discovering the culture, foods and wines of Italians. How my Nikon is looking forward to meeting this rich culture.

  227. Thanks for following my motherhood blog! If you like taking photos, you might enjoy my photo blog at

  228. I’m sorry Island Traveler I didn’t realise you were Posting this one again, I have been receiving very old Posts from everyone, WordPress told me it was a bug, the only way I could stop it was to stop nearly all comments, I kept looking for your new Post so didn’t realise, anyway thank you for sharing your life and heart, this is your Theme and you are very faithful to do so.

    You have also blessed us greatly dear friend, Ron does not comment much now on other peoples Blogs and he can’t when it is just WordPress or Facebook etc and not the standered comment box as I cant make it personal for him by adding his picture, this is why he left a comment for you on our Blog.

    I would just love to meet you and your wife and son and give you all a big hug for all the joy you have given us, never stop sharing your heart and life dear friend, it encourages so many.

    Christian Love Always from both of us and a Big Hug too ((( HUG)))

    Ron and Anne

  229. Praveena says:

    Hi!! I know u have received this award .But I am one of many others who really enjoy what you write. I’ve nominated you for Very Inspiring Blogger award.
    Check out my blog post:

  230. Alap Parikh says:

    I loved reading through this page.. You tell your story in a refreshing manner!

  231. You have a wonderful blog, so i’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Congrats! You can check it out on my recent post – Celebrating Bloggers.

  232. Sebastian says:

    Hello IT! I look forward to really diving into your blog. Also, thank you for following my blog at Faith1st Ministries I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st because the “just shall live by his faith.” — Sebastian

    • It inspires me like a new day’s blessing when I hear God’s words through another brother or sister out there. Life can get so crazy and stressful that I get so distracted from doing, feeling and living as what a Christian should be. It wakes me up spiritually and somehow help me find my way. I stop counting the times got lost and went as stray. Oops, totally guilty on that part! Good thing our God is a patient , merciful and loving. Thanks.

  233. Cl_Elli says:

    Thank you for stopping by and for your follow today. I am a nurse of 24 years and now full time house wife for the last 2 years…and loving every minute of it! I really like your pictures and posts. I will be following along. God Bless you and your family…and I’ll be seeing you around the blog!

  234. KJ says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Your blog is so full of life! Love it!

  235. You have been nominated for The Best Moment Award Cheers !
    Go to http;// for details

  236. I enjoyed viewing your photographs. You have great composition telling the stories of life. Thanks for liking my blog, Sally

  237. Thanks for stopping by and following searavensailing, I only hope I can one day master the art of blogging as you obviously have here! Great photography and words to inspire, thank you again, Terry

  238. Thank you very much for stopping by and following my photoblog!
    I wish you a wonderful week,

  239. Lakshmi Loves To Shop says:

    Namaste…thank you for visiting and following my blog…it was so sweet of you :-) I look forward to following your fabulous blog ~ Lakshmi x

  240. Hi friend!! I’ve nominated you for an award. You can find the details here: There’s absolutely no pressure to accept. I simply want you to know how wonderful I think you are!!

    Blessings to you, and thank you for always being such an encouragement!


  241. Cl_Elli says:

    Hi…I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for coming by and commenting on my posts and that I really love your blog pieces. I have also nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award.
    God Bless you and your family!~E

  242. Stef says:

    Hi Mr B. I love the tone and spirit of your blog; so wonderful. Thank you for checking out one of my blogs ( and choosing to follow it – I really appreciate it! Be well.

  243. RituKT says:

    Hi, I wanted to thank you for following my blog ‘Beyond Beauty Tips’ and supporting me in my journey for six months.
    I recently moved that blog to its own domain
    so I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to my blog at its new address.
    I hope to see you there. Thanks!

  244. Thanks for the follow, blessings

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  246. lidipiri says:

    Your story is inspiring so I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

  247. Hi, very interesting reading! Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. I am looking forward to reading more of your posts.

  248. Twas a very interesting story!

  249. Great “about page” and you come across as a wonderful, determined individual with alot of inner strength. May you be happy and all your family too. MM 🍀

  250. What a wonderful life story you have! I wish you and your family many blessings. Your photos are beautiful. Thank you for visiting and following my blog.

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  252. 4feet2mouths says:

    Great stories of you and your son! This is long overdo…,but thank you for following food & travel adventures this year at 4feet2mouths. We appreciate you as a reader.

    • I had a great time reading you travels and the many things that inspired you. Life is about making as much memorable experiences as we can. So much places to see with so little time. Thanks.

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  254. I have the great pleasure in nominating you for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” which I hope you might accept. Please see my home page or use the following link to see further details. MM 🏆

  255. jatinpatel8 says:

    I love your Weekly Photo challenge-reflection and it makes me read more and more. Your blog is addicting, creative and meaningful. I love it. :)

  256. KJ @ says:

    Hi there! Your blog seem to make the ordinary beautiful!! I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, but looks like you already have been nominated from the above comment ! Anyway, here’s the details! Cheers :)

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  258. Hey there!
    It has been quite long since you last visited my blog and shared your valuable feedback! :)
    Here are some tokens of remembrance, and appreciation for you. I will actually be glad if you just visit and accept, no rules necessary.
    Sincere wishes,

  259. Thanks for following my blog! Your blog is very interesting and inspiring!

  260. ARK says:

    One of the best blogs i have ever seen so far… YOU ARE SIMPLY AWESOME…

  261. Rusha Sams says:

    I am so glad you have decided to follow my blog, because now I have found yours. The first post I read was about your son in kindergarten, and I have a granddaughter entering kindergarten next year. It’s so hard to believe. And I agree that there are challenges with every age. But we live for this little girl and her parents. Thanks for following Oh, the Places We See. I’m glad we’ve met!

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  263. melanie says:

    Mabuhay and thanx for dropping by, amigo! :-) Have a great day and a peaceful-zen weekend with your loved ones… Cheers, Mélanie

  264. I come from a Paradise-like tropical Island too, and while reading your post it made me feel a rush of emotions. Life is hard, indeed, but the best thing is being able to stand up despite all the hardships that come across it. You are really lucky to be having a loving wife and son. You are even luckier to be aware of how lucky you are, so many people take their family for granted nowadays :/ I wish you lots of happiness and courage :)

  265. Thank you for visiting my blog and following. This is a beautiful story of life and I’m looking forward to reading more of your stories. Have a beautiful day! :)

  266. Thanks for stopping by and liking my blog post. I enjoyed reading your bio above and will enjoy checking out the rest of your site.

  267. chris13jkt says:

    Hello Island Traveler,’
    Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. I’m glad that it bring me to yours. Now. I’m still reading your interesting life stories and some other stories of yours. I believe that I’ll be back here quite often to enjoy your posts so that I can know you better :)

    • One of the reasons I kept blogging no matter how hectic life gets is that every day I have the chance to meet the most amazing and talented of people such as you. Looking forward to read more of your posts. Thanks.

  268. Mr. B.–You could easily convince 300 million Americans to go the OTHER direction (to your island home). Fortunately for the island, they won’t.

  269. Herman says:

    Hi there. Thank you for following HoB. Much appreciated!

  270. You have such a beautiful life’s story. I can see you writing a book someday.

    • It’s a cocktail of everything fun, crazy and painful but I guess so is everyone’s else, right. There so much reason to be happy about despite of the many bad news I had last year and this year! Thanks.

  271. Greetings Island Traveler–I want to thank you for viewing my blog and for now wanting to follow along on my life’s journey. Yours is a beautiful blog complete with such a heartfelt base—thank you for sharing your hopes, dreams, hard work, frustrations and joys…. I look forward to reading more—Again, thank you for including me in your world…..
    Grace and Peace—Julie

  272. janand503 says:

    Hi Island traveler, Thanks for following my blog, loved reading your blog,so well written,and a great joy to read-Jan.

  273. Hi! thanks for dropping by my blog. Like you, I’m a nurse as well, still a baby in the medical field but slowly getting there. anyways, you have a beautiful story, i look forward to reading more. =)

    • It all starts with baby steps. Soon enough, you will be living your dream in the most inspiring way. Wishing you all the best in Nursing and in life in general. Stay blessed always! Thanks.

  274. znjavid says:

    “My parents told me that the only wealth they can give me and my siblings was education” That’s the best wealth any parent can give, it sounds like your parents were amazing. Great story. Thanks for visiting my blog and the follow! Best wishes, Zainab

    • My parents thought of the same thing and they were absolutely right. I just wish they are close by to share the dreams they help me make. May be one day. Thanks. Best of blessings to your family.

  275. Thanks so much for the blog follow!

  276. It’s an honor to see your amazing blog.Thanks.

  277. Mark in Sumpter says:

    thanks for stopping my blog…I really enjoyed visiting yours…..and may I add that I believe God has been leading you to a place to do the work you do. God bless you!

  278. mk says:

    Hello! Thanks for the visit & follow. What an interesting journey you have made.

  279. Roho Ya Chui says:

    Thank you for the visit and follow! All the best for you! :-)

  280. mardmood says:

    Hello! Thanks for the follow. One of my closest colleagues happens to be from Philippines too so it’s always very interesting to learn about other places and cultures (she especially likes to share about the beautiful Boracay island) :) May God bless you in whatever you do.

  281. kerryl29 says:

    Thanks for the recent visit to, and follow of, my blog. It led me here and I’ve really enjoyed reading your fascinating background story and your recent entries documenting your adventures in Texas. I look forward to experiencing more!

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  283. rjmackin says:

    Thank you for following our blog. Your own is very vibrant and full of life! I look forward to hearing more of your stories.

  284. I know a lot as that of which you speak my friend. Homesickness eventually settles, when you get to my age, to a dull ache and in my case is quickly swaged by a visit to remind me that it is no longer the homeland I remember. About time to move on for me, one more adventure before it’s too late? Courage mon brave.

  285. Patti Ross says:

    What a great site about life, love, adventure. Your visit to my blog led me back you yours. Thanks for stopping by, so I could find you.

  286. A very touching and beautifully penned ‘About Page’, Kabayan! Your story reminds me so much of me and everything that I’ve gone through in life. It’s indeed tough to be in the shoes of a Filipino, but it’s nonetheless colorful, inspiring, and most of the time rewarding in the end. I salute you for having so much courage to share some of the deepest outskirts of your life. Such actions speak volumes about you as a father to your family. Mabuhay kayo! And thank you for following me at TMiM!

    • The Filipino passion and roots we carry with us always. The constant exodus of Filipinos hoping to find a better life, a better dream continues. A lot of them needed sacrifices that sometimes are hard to bear but somehow we managed to overcome with faith, love and hope. There was a time I didn’t thought I will be a part of that exodus but now I proudly, happily accept and share that I am. I hope this blog remind every Filipino and all who left their homeland that they are not alone and will be never be alone. God bless my friend…

  287. Thank you for stopping by my blog today and for following. You have a fantastic blog and an inspirational story. I wish you all the best.

    • Thanks you. I appreciate that. Each of us have something to offer in a positive way. There are days that we need to see or read something to feel better. Through blogging and getting to know other bloggers, we see a brighter perspective of things and situations.

  288. Jenny Trozell says:

    Wow, what a story. Thank´s for sharing.

  289. Capt Jill says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m glad you liked my photos of the horizon for the weekly challenge.
    I think you’ve got a nice blog. I loved all your pictures.
    Nice that you made it to Houston. Its a great place for people in the medical field.There’s always plenty of work in the area and lots of interesting things to do.
    I moved to Texas years ago for work too. I left Floridas beautiful beaches and people thought I was nuts but its been worth it to me too. I live only 50 miles S of Houston. If you’re ever down near Freeport, say hi ;-)

    • Oh, wow. That close. My friends goes to Freeport for fishing. A few goes to Surf side for the beach. I did went there twice. Been awhile. I’d be glad to say Hi to Capt. Jill of Freeport one day. Thanks for stopping by too. Small world.

      • Capt Jill says:

        that would be great! I have a place at Surfside, I hang out at the beach there a lot.
        I made it to the beach clean up this year and some friends even came down from Houston. I did a couple of posts about it on my blog. Turns out we picked up almost 14 tons of garbage!! (NOT just me and my friends, we quit early for burgers!) They’ll be having another one in the Spring. If I’m not away from home, I’ll do it again. It was fun :-)

      • Oh, wow. That is an inspiring event to help clean our environment. Please update me of the future events . If I’m off work so would love to help. I bet my family will be excited to join too. How everyone treated our environment for so many years are now being reflected by the scary horrific extreme weather disasters and changed . Bless your heart got making a positive difference.

      • Capt Jill says:

        yeah, its a good thing, its a worldwide event and goes on at least once a year, maybe twice. I wrote a post about it on my blog, will keep you informed next time.
        I do agree that we have been trashing the environment since forever, might even agree with climate change- that has also been going on forever. I’m not so sure that WE caused it or that we can do anything to make it more to our liking. Mother Nature is very powerful and she is probably pretty well pissed at us now (with plenty of good reason).

      • Thanks. I would love to be updated of your environmental projects. Yes, mother nature is powerful and demands respect from all of us. It is also generous and amazing. Either way, we only have one planet and we need to be models of change for the better. A blessed day my friend and hope to visit Surfside soon.

  290. Mel says:

    Mr.B, i love your blog! Very engaging. Thank you for the posts about what you and your son did to raise money for typhoon disaster very inspiring :) blessings, Mel

  291. Dave says:

    I was deeply touched by your humility and your love for your family as I read your story. Thank you for sharing. And thanks, too for your interest in Gwichyaa Zhee. Funny how we must all travel our own road, but we still have room in our hearts to appreciate the journeys of fellow travellers. Best wishes to you and yours on this Thanksgiving day.

    • Thanks for a very generous comment. Life is good no matter how hard it seemed to be when we count more our blessings. Every year feels like a roller coaster of ups and downs but in all, God, my family and truest friends kept me going. In a way, this about page is a tribute to all who walked with me and joined me in my journey.

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  293. Dear Island Traveler – your posts have inspired me since I first found and started following you here. For that reason and because a peer award is appreciation for the gift of your writing, I have nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. If you choose to respond, here is more information on the award.

  294. wildflower says:

    Hello Island Treveler, maybe a little late, but thank you for following my blog :-) I’m doing likewise with yours.Very Nice blog, Proud Pinoy! :-)

  295. Hi Island traveler, Thanks a lot for following my blog, and I am pretty happy to find your wonderful blog.

    I haven’t see a better “ABOUT” here in blogosphere so far.

    Have a great year ahead.

    • Thanks for the visit. So much had happen since I first wrote my “About” page but there are things that remained the same such as the great support of our blogging community. An amazing 2014 to you.

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  297. Thanks so much for the follow! I was so intrigued reading your journey and can’t wait to read more from you in the future! :)

  298. Just discovered your blog and wanted to compliment you! Great blog and lovely pictures. Irene

  299. Hello traveller…I think you have an awesome blog, so I nominated you for the award of excellence :) :)

  300. Wow! Your story is so inspiring. The journey you have made give food for many thoughts on values, life choises and where it leads us. Thanks for the follow btw. Will be back to your blog soon.

  301. aliewsMuses says:

    Thanks for following. I hope you’ll enjoy my journey, and I’ll be seeing the path you’re taking too. God bless.

  302. Sherri says:

    Hello to you dear Island Traveler! I have at last had a moment to come over and read more of your incredibly inspiring, moving and honest story. I want to thank you firstly for taking the time to come over to my blog, for the reads and for the follower. I am so happy to be now following you. I can resonate with so much that you write here.

    As a Brit who married an American and moved to California in 1986 and lived there for the best part of 20 years rasing my three children, I too understand all about the American Dream sometimes turning sour. We moved about a fair bit but always stayed in the same county (San Luis Obispo) and when my marriage broke up after 22 years I returned to the UK in 2003, the same year you moved to California! I wonder if we passed each other in the skies…:-)

    Life certainly take us to so many different ‘islands’ yet how wonderful that you have been blessed with your beautiful wife and son to share in the journey with you. I am so happy for you that you have been able to heal from the hurt (and it can take a long time) and move forward into this next stage of your life.

    I am happily remarried (and friends with my ex!) and my now grown children are my heart and soul and always will be. Savour every second you have with your family (although you don’t need me to tell you to do that as it is obvious that you already do so!) as you grab life by the horns. What an incredible testimony you have already to the strength of the human spirit and to a tender heart such as yours.

    So lovely to meet you, thank you, and God bless you and your beautiful family – Sherri :-)

  303. inkspeare says:

    Hello. Thank you for visiting my blog. It is nice to meet you here. Best wishes on your journey and blessings to you and your family.

  304. Sandy Sue says:

    Thanks so much for visiting my site and choosing to follow along. May the road rise up to meet you on your journey.

  305. cjjustice1 says:

    Thank you so very much for visiting me at my new WordPress blog.
    Kamusta! I grew up in your country; to me it is my second home.
    I miss it, though I have learned to love the country of my birth now.
    Although my life choices have led me to remain here in the U.S., my
    heart always is drawn to the people and the country of my 1st home
    and of my heart still.
    Looking forward to following your blog. ~ Carolyn

  306. mbheri says:

    Hello Island traveller, i have to thank you a lot for finding and following me, am just a starter, hope to keep up with your expectations, your candour impressed me, you are doing a good job of inspiring people with your thoughts :)

  307. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for the follow :) Just read some of your writing, it is very honest and genuine, will follow up on more of your posts soon! Kind Regards,


  308. litadoolan says:

    This is so incredibly inspiring. The story has given me a new fresher perspective on life and a certain boldness. I am thrilled to have read this and I know I will be popping back to read again.

  309. vera ersilia says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog and wanting to follow it. I am very impressed with your sincerity and the heartfelt way you write. Those are valuable gifts to find in people.
    I am not posting much these days because age and Winter are weighing heavy on me, but Spring is around the corner … and there are already many posts in the blog that I’d love you to see and give me your opinion – when you have time. I wish the best of days now and in the future, much happiness, to you and your family. Sincerely, Vera

  310. vera ersilia says:

    PS: Your photos are wonderful too.

  311. Sherri says:

    Hello again IT. Your blog really is so wonderful, beautiful and inspiring. As such, I have nominated you for The Shauny Award for Blogging Excellence. You really deserve this, and many congratulations to you dear friend :-)

  312. Sherri says:

    Sorry IT, wrong link! Here is the link you need:
    I got my posts mixed up, it’s been a long night lol :-)
    Have a great day!

  313. Hello IT, nice to meet you. I’ve been reading your blog, and find myself moved by your honesty and compassion. You are a good good person – it shines from your blog.
    I need a bit of that island paradise feeling – there’s something about tropical islands that is so completely intoxicating.
    Thank you for following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer.
    Blessings, Alison

  314. L @ PSB says:

    Hello ,
    Welcome aboard Point, Shoot, Blog!
    I’m happy to make your acquaintance and thanks for stopping by :)

  315. I have nominated your blog with The Sunshine Award. Cheers! Here is the URL to my post “Spreading Sunshine” for more information.

    Thank you.

  316. Thank you for the follow. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and love the photo and caption about the footsteps on the beach. We each have our own path.

  317. Vee dC says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog and liking! Happy writing, fellow RN. :)

  318. emeraldwake says:

    Perfect blog,nice to be here ,i saw,i was impressed , take care,Regards from Poland ,EM

  319. Bumblebee says:

    Hi Island Traveller. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post. I’m so glad you did! It brought me to your site. It’s gorgeous and full of love and appreciation for the beauty in our world. Just what I needed to be reminded of! I especially love your blog about treasuring the special people and gifts around us. Thank you so much and keep sharing! Sarah

  320. Thank you for visiting my site and liking the story, “Blog Transfer/Closure”. I really like the photos in in some of your blog posts.

  321. You look at your life through eyes of appreciation. You describe the low points as poignantly as the high points which to me exemplifies tremendous character. You describe your wife the way most women dream about being admired. You are a lovely man and I wish you and your family every blessing in the world. So far you’ve built a rich, beautiful life.

    • Thank you for sharing generously It’s truly wonderful to look back and remember our love story. It reminds us the details of what made our heart flutter 16 years ago and the many reasons why we fell in love. Marriage is hard work when true test of times comes but in every storm we face , love help us through the worst.

  322. Very inspirational posts! Thank you for visiting my blog and allowing me the opportunity to read through yours. Never give up on a dream!

  323. Jennwith2ns says:

    Thank you so much for the follow!

  324. Hello Island traveller. Thank you for visiting my blog and deciding to follow it. I wish you the best on your journey.

Thank you. Wishing you a blessed, beautiful day.

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