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:

Brasa De Brazil, Jeddah

Brasa de Brazil is one of those restaurants you’d want to go back to over and over again. As in over and over again. 😂 Here are some reasons why…

Sadeem Hotel Suites, Taif

I’ve been to Taif less than ten times and I’ve never been to the city center to stay for more than a day. Mainly because most of the time that…

Friday Finds #6: Mobile Apps | McDo + Moleskine+ Amino + Influenster

Friday Finds is a themed post on my blog where all the helpful sites, products, or apps I’ve seen around lately are featured. You can check out: Friday Finds #1:…

CRAFTS| DIY Minimalist Notebook

Most filipino moms here in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia buy the basic school supplies like notebooks, pencils, and crayons from the Philippines (if there’s a chance). Mainly because the supplies in…

Hajj Holiday 2018 | Isteraha + Shoaibah Beach + Taif

I must say that this year’s Eid Hajj holiday was fully packed with outings. =) Though busy going out, part of it was the much needed break I wanted. We were…

How to Make a Green Screen on Keynote + Add it to iMovie

Final Cut When it comes to editing videos, Final Cut is the software that people always recommend. It can be a bit pricey, but if you are going to use…

Al Hori Restaurant: A Sweet Escape From Jeddah

Original date of post: July 13,2015 Updated August 11, 2018 Al Hori restaurant, along with other establishments outside Jeddah is one of those places that had me wondering before. I…

Jeddah| Summer All the Way!

It is so hot -can I say, scorching (?) in Saudi Arabia lately. As in hot. When you go to the car, you can’t even immediately sit down. You have to…

Lusie’s Lovely Linen

I love fabrics. I remember going to fabric stores near our house when I was young and I would just slide the tips of my fingers on different fabrics in…

How Unstructured Play or “Free Play” Can Help Kids Develop Better

We often hear old people say “let them play” or “it’s better for them to play”, but what kind of play is good for kids? Should we just let them…

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…



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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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