Blogging Meme & Philippines Giveaway!

Time for a blogging meme! (Stolen from BPD in OKC).

1. How long have you been blogging?
I started this blog March 2008. Before I started this blog I used to have an online journal on Xanga.

2. What made you start?
I wanted a place where I could share & document my long distance relationship's story.

3. Who inspired you?
The idea started from reading other blogs out there, I wanted to tell my story too.

4. About how many hours a week would you estimate you spend on your blog?
I'm usually logged into my blogger dashboard reading blogs every day for 1-2 hours. When it comes to my own blog, I may spend 3-4 hours a week writing blogs.

5. What kind of experience or background do you have with writing?
I used to write stories & poetry and songs a lot when I was younger.

6. Talk about how you come up with blog topics. Where do you get your ideas?
I blog mostly about my daily life, my long distance relationship, our immigration process, pets, photography, my trips to the Philippines. I try to keep my topics interesting & unique. Sometimes I like to do features on different places, products, foods, etc.

7. What or who inspires you and your blog?
Life, my husband, the future.

8. Where and/or how do your brainstorming for your blog?
I post a lot of pictures on my blog, so most of the time the stories write themselves from my pictures. Sometimes when I'm out and something interesting is happening, I'll say, "This is blog worthy!"

9. Do you have any blogging rules or guidelines you follow?
I try to link and cross reference posts, so people reading can either back track in my blog or click a link for something I'm talking about to get a better understanding.

10. Is there anything you will not blog about?
I don't blog about work in depth or co-workers.

11. Do you have any sort of a publishing schedule in terms of day of week or topic?
I go with the flow and whenever I'm inspired I blog. When I'm blogging from the Philippines, I try to update at least once a week.

And now in honor of blogging it's time for another giveaway!

I picked up this gorgeous freshwater pearl bracelet & key chain from Kultura in the Philippines. The pearls on the bracelet are an iridescenct burgundy color. (Kind of reddish/purple.) The chain is silver. It's stunning in person, the picture doesn't do it justice! The rubber keychain says, 'Manila, Philippines'.

I'm also including 4 packs of San Mig 3-in-1 instant coffee in: Original & Mild. (best instant coffee ever! I always stock up when I'm in the Phil!) and 2 packs of Close Up Lemon Mint Twist Toothpaste! Both Philippines Products!

To enter the giveaway leave me a comment telling me how you found my blog & why you enjoy reading it.

(Remember anyone can comment, you don't have to be registered on blogger!)

This giveaway is not restricted to the United States, so my international readers can enter! Family & friends are not excluded from the giveaway. I will use a random number generator to determine the winner!

The deadline to enter this giveaway will be: February 22nd, 2010.

(This entry will have a future date until the giveaway is over!)

  1. Hey Sarah- It's Melanie- I had been reading your Xanga and was linked to your blogspot. You also told me you were moving to blogger.

    Why do I enjoy reading it?

    Because I can tell in every entry that you're happy, and knowing that I played a part in some of your happiness means a lot to me!

  2. I enjoyed your meme. It's interesting to see where your blogging inspiration comes from.

    I found your blog from a comment you left on Rattie Corner. I especially enjoy your Philippines posts. It's so interesting to see a foreign country through your eyes. Plus, I live vicariously through your rattie pictures, lol!

    Take care and have a happy weekend! Give the girls scritches for me. :)

  3. Hey Doll!
    I love your Meme & I am going to use it for my post today especially since I am going through a merger of all my blog posts.

    I found your blog from a comment you left on Jacki's blog Keeping Up With Me (well her original blog).

    I enjoyed your posts so much I read all about how you & your husband met. You are a great writer! :)

  4. I can't remember how long ago it was or through which search engine or link I went through but you posted about some Tudor book you had just read. I am an avid reader of just about anything Tudor so I commented back. When I went back in your blog and started reading about your then future husband, I was hooked.

    BTW, have you ever read A Tudor Story, The Return of Anne Boleyn? It is pretty pricey so I wanted to know if it was worth it.

  5. Hey girl!

    I really like how you have overcome obstacles for love. My hubby and I were a long distance relationship too and we have been married 20 years now!

    I have absolutely no clue as to how I found you or your you know how you found me? :-)

    Have a great weekend!

  6. Hi Sarah, I discovered your blog when I found you on MySpace. Even though we are cousins - we grew up on seperate ends of the country and have not yet been able to meet in person. Your blogs have been a terrific opportunity for me to get to really know you and I enjoy reading true love stories!! Stay happy and keep blogging!!!! Julie

  7. Hi Sarah, I think I found your blog from reading crazybride2be's blog.. I really don't remember the whole blog but the last time I went to that blog, it was changed to invitational only.

    Anyways, I like your blog because first, I am Filipino and I got intrigued by you and FB's relationship. It's like watching a love story from the moviehouse. I also enjoy reading how much you appreciate the Philippines by taking lots of pictures whenever you go there.

    I really hope that you and FB will live happily together forever! Best wishes to you two.


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