October Throwback

I thought of posting some old posts from October of the previous years.

2015 October Posts

The Writer’s Manifesto. Such a great read for writers by Jeff Goins. =)

The Writer’s Manifesto: The Heart and Art of Writing

Amazing Health Benefits of Taho. Believe it or not, this post has got one of the top hits/ traffic in this site.

Amazing Health Benefits of Taho & Tofu

When Mothers Cry.  No matter how strong a mom is, there will be that instance where she will reach the peak of her emotions-and so tears start falling.

When Mothers Cry

Kitchen Gift Ideas for Moms. Timely for Christmas. =)

Kitchen Gift Ideas For Moms

2014 Posts:

Exhausted Yet Pursuing.  “Maybe you’re like Gideon asking God signs and wonders just so he could believe. I pray that when God does give you the answer, you’ll passionately serve him to the end of your strength. 🙂”

Exhausted Yet Pursuing

If We Could Only Do This. A video about making disciples and focusing on what is essential than what is superficial and short-term. =)

If only we could do this…

2013 Posts: More on reading books. =)

Destination Unknown

And Then There Were None


Back in 2011: Excuse the layout and content because they were imported from my old blog (www.islesgilian.blogspot.com) and I did not bother to fix them when I started blogging in WordPress.

The List: List of names my tutees were suggesting for a boy’s name when they found out I was pregnant. =) Well, it was close to what I chose: Jacob.

The list

My First Muffin– This was my first attempt to bake a cupcake. Looking at how I started, I feel really happy comparing my first muffin to my Hello Kitty cupcakes now. haha I’ve come a long way when it comes to baking.

My First Muffin

For 2016 posts:

Easily Identify Plants Using Picture This App

How I wish this Picture This app was available when I was in college studying taxonomy. Picture This app helps you identify plants by just taking or uploading a photo.…

Turning Mess into Moments

If you follow my IG and FB stories, you might see funny photos and captions I make out of taking care of kids. People pretty much enjoy reading it and…

Eid Family Outing 2018 + Isterahas

Eid break in Saudi Arabia is usually spent by going out with friends and families. Sometimes, people go out of town and sometimes they go to resorts or villas (isterahas)…

Doodle With Gil #6: BLESSING

Doodle #6 BLESSING is inspired by the story of Abraham. When God blesses us, that is for the purpose of being a blessing to other people and glorifying his name.…

Doodle #4: DRIVE | Women are now allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia

Doodle #4 and 5 are inspired by Saudi Arabia’s new law that allows women to drive. It feels so historical. Well, it is historical. I’m so happy for all the…

SUPERBOOK: The Great Adventure

I grew up watching Superbook or the Flying House as a child and I’ve learned so many things about God through this show. When my kids were old enough to…

How To Make DIY Binoculars from Juice Bottles

After finishing a bottle of chocolate drink, I saw my son wash the bottle. I asked what he was going to do with it and he said he wanted to…

Doodle # 2: PICTURE

Doodle with Gil 2: Picture reminds me of the different photos people post on social media. We should not feel bad, neither should we envy great photos because there is…


DOODLE 1: FAVOR is inspired by the story of Noah in Genesis 6. It is encouraging to know that in a corrupt and evil world, God made a way for…

Interaction Matters

I’ve recently read an article from Bright Side about taking time to talk with kids and I was reminded of how important interactions with kids are. Sometimes, there are conversations…

B&W: Jeddah Waterfront

Starting Your Own Business in the Philippines

Originally posted December 8, 2014. Updated May, 15, 2018 If you are an OFW who needs ideas on how to start your own business in the Philippines, including step by…

8 Unique Items On GeekBuying.com That Will Amaze you

People have been inventing really cool and advanced items lately, there are so many out there, but I’ve got 8 here that I found from Geekbuying.com who are on Super Category…

The Woman in the Balcony

Standing in the balcony, there she stood looking as far as she could. I was stuck in traffic when I saw this old lady in the second floor of her…

Think Twice

This was supposed to be a speech for this year’s graduates or for students going back to their home countries.  I realized however, that this piece is also perfect for…

Fakieh Aquarium, Jeddah

I have to admit that growing up in Saudi Arabia means you have only seen a few real animals; those that are eaten like seafoods, and those that are common…

Where did April go?

What happened in April? It made its way so fast I didn’t even notice that it’s May already. Maybe too many things happened in April. Let’s have a recap. Made…

Dolphin & Seal Show at Fakieh Aquarium, Jeddah

Fakieh Aquarium’s Dolphin Show is one of the go-to activities for almost every kid in Jeddah. It’s something new especially for people who have not left Jeddah since they were…

Laban and Mint Drink in Less Than One Minute

My kids love drinking laban/yougurt drink. I, however, had difficulty drinking it plain. It tasted like spoiled sour milk for me so I thought of a way on how to…

Easy Chocolate Crinkles

I used to have a hard time making crinkles. Now, everything seems easy. Maybe because I also included the kids in making it so it felt easy. I just prepared…



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11 thoughts on “October Throwback

  1. I love re-reading my old posts too. It is nice to remember those moments especially when my son was still in toddler years. Sometimes, I edit and update my old posts to give the current information.

  2. I read your post about when mothers cry, that’s the one with the strongest magnet for me. lol. I remembered when my mom cried. First when she lose her temper on my attitude back when I was in HS and 2nd was a confession she made before I got married. And even now that I just remembered those two, I get really emotional. :/

  3. Wow. You’ve been blogging for so long na pala. And I love your writing style. I’m bookmarking The Writer’s Manifesto as I am interested to know more about it! I think retweeted about this one, too. 🙂 And like Mommy Nilyn, your article “When Mothers Cry” has a pinch in my heart.

  4. Been thinking of doing this. I think I’ve read that one of Jeff Goins. I love Jeff Goins! I have yet to complete the Intentional Blogging course, I’m on my third. That’s why I”m looking forward to the holidays because I plan to get into it. 🙂

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