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:

Journal Pages| A Joshua Leadership & A Joshua Generation

This is the last chapter of the book of Joshua where he was summarizing everything that happened to them and how God worked through them. He then gave the people…

Life in the Middle of the Desert

My husband’s company had a family day last March and we were not sure if we were still on the right track because—well, look at that photo above. We were…

Songs| Burn the Ships by For the King and the Country

Burn the ships that take us to the past. Addictions, bad memories, wrong relationships, etc. Step into a new day We can rise up from the dust and walk away…

How To Make Souvenir Mugs

Finally did a video showing the process of how to make a souvenir mug using a mug press machine. I bought a mug press machine January this year for personal…

Journal Pages | Honor

As I was reading Romans 1, I was alarmed at how a simple act can progress and put us into a position that causes us to do foolish things. It…

Durrah, Saudi Arabia

This is the part of Saudi Arabia that many people outside (and even those inside) Jeddah don’t see. If you are living outside Saudi Arabia, you may think that we…

Featured App: ESV Bible App + How To Use + Illustrations, Devotionals, and more

This app is a powerful tool which includes devotionals, illustrations, maps, charts, and other helpful resources to help you understand the Bible better.

My Soul Longs For You

My soul longs for you In a dry and weary land Where there is no water Why soul cries out to you As it thirsts As it hungers As it…

Netflix Documentary | A Plastic Ocean

You’ll never want to use plastic again after watching this documentary. You will find yourself very cautious in the use of items made of plastic.

Photography|Arabian Camels

Some camels like walking alone. Some like it in groups. Either way, they all look great. 🙂


Discipline. We don’t see it that often anymore. From following street lights to waiting for our turn in a queue, one sees who is disciplined and who is not. From…

Wonder With Gil + Blog Theme Reset

I have been trying to change this blog from Words & Wonders to Wonder with Gil. I have been very busy for the past months and I’ve given up so…

Al Ula Heritage Village Re-Opens to Public in 2020

It’s almost holiday and people are thinking of exploring the other parts of Saudi Arabia like Taif, Abha, Al Ula and Madain Saleh. Unfortunately, Al Ula and Madain Saleh are…

Sewing, Pursuing, and Singing

I just sew my second son’s black teddy bear this morning. It has been torn for quite some time now and I thought that maybe delaying to fix it could…

Seasoned Seaweeds

Most people are probably not aware that there’s a snack pack for roasted or seasoned seaweeds because we just see the big nori that cover the sushi rolls I saw…

Random| Streets, Satchels, and Swimming areas

Jeddah streets have less people before the breaking of the fast during Ramadan (around 6-7pm).😃 It has been a long time since I walked with my family outside because of…

Jeddah Restaurants | I’m Hungry + Low-Maintenance Friendships

The first time I went to I’m Hungry, Jeddah was unplanned. They were those instances where you and your friends just wanted to go out then one suggested to go…

How To Digitalize Your Kid’s Artworks Using Procreate App on IpadPro

I want to preserve my children’s artworks, but as neat as possible. I keep some of the sheets of paper or notebooks, but I’m pretty sure they might get lost…

Photography | Black Eye 3-Pack 4G Fisheye Lens

I am not a fan of distorted images (yet?), so when my husband gave me the Black Eye Lens accessories for phones I was honestly clueless on what to do…

Book Quotes | The Realm Follows (A Game of Thrones)

The presence of the king is the presence of his kingdom. As I was reading this line from the book A Game of Thrones, I was reminded of what God had in his mind for earth. He wanted the the heavenly culture of the kingdom of heaven to be present on earth



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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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