Paying it Forward for a Cost of Friendship


Thanks to Friends of Our Awesome Planet!! One of my motivation for blogging is to gain more online friends and meet the fabulous Filipinos in and out of our country. Some just started as readers, then became acquaintances through comments/ email exchanges. At some point, I do hope to cultivate online friends that lasts. This is why I prefer food trips with small groups, photo tripping, blog meets/ eyeballs, and I make it a point to answer each and every comment (even if it is a delayed response). Also, there are people who ask me to promote their sites and most of the time I oblige as long as it is awesome and for the cost of friendship (free πŸ™‚ – as Pauline, our Media Manager would used to say. It is also a way for me to pay it forward to friends of Our Awesome Planet who are generous enough to share my site with people, give me word-of-mouth tips, and continue to read through out the blog’s 27 months existence.

This blog would continue to be an online live biography of our life and our adventures hoping someday that Aidan and Baby 4 will be great leaders of our country. Imagine, they can look back at their childhood/ formative years and read history through the eyes of their parents. Sometimes, I’m tempted to transform it to a magazine type site or to fully commercialize it. I would often resist that temptation because I want it to continue to be personal and to document “experiences” rather than doing reviews for the sake of content. “Where is the fun in that?”, I would ask myself.

It would continue to conform to the highest standards of integrity, honesty and truth. These are the traits ingrained in me by Papa Procter and we call it PVP or Purpose-Values-Principles which is the core essence of the company that I’ve been loyal to for close to 12 years now. Also, my mom would always say that don’t strive to possess earthly treasures but rather strive to collect treasures in heaven. That is why, my blog is a way for me to fulfill my personal mission in life to:

Touch One Heart. Inspire One Mind. Save One Soul. No Day but Today!

Sorry for making this a sentimental post. I usually have moments like this because I am humbled at people letting me know that they read my blog and when I look at the blog statistics. I do hope that I can pay it forward by sharing with you the Very Best of the Philippines and offering my “friendship”.



10 thoughts on “Paying it Forward for a Cost of Friendship

  1. What’s up Anton? We’ve enjoyed your postings and good recommendations for restos (Anotnio’s, La Cocina de Tita Moning etc…). I had to reveal you to my mahal as the source of my cool fabulous restos. hehehe
    You have a beautiful family and you’re one of the few bloggers that have no air.
    Anyways, maybe we could buy you guys dinner on our next visit.
    Happy blogging and more travels!

  2. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you and your family through the blogger interactions, thanks for sharing your talents with us. Next year, the Phil Bloggers should give out best dad blog (and you’ll win that one for sure!).

  3. You have a wonderful blog Anton! Keep it like that and I already look forward to see the culinary discoveries of baby 4! πŸ™‚

  4. I agree with Jin-jie, walang hangin whatsoever! And with Mila, you are a most admirable family man. I really feel honored to have met you and your lovely family. One of the many reasons you have the number of fans that you do is because of your personality which shines through in your posts. Your candid, very humble, and extremely nice – whether in your replies via email or in person. πŸ™‚ Keep it up Anton, you have touched and inspired more people than you know!

  5. tuloy mo lang ito bro, maraming tao natutuwa dahil sa blog mo. I also appreciate the few times that we’ve corresponded. sana nga may magawa ako para sayo for all the good that your blog has done for us, your loyal readers.

  6. “Touch One Heart. Inspire One Mind. Save One Soul. No Day but Today!”
    i find this indeed inspiring. πŸ™‚ we can change the world little by little.
    your blog is a great source for wandering food lovers like me. πŸ˜€ keep on blogging!

  7. hello anton. “don’t pay me back. pay it forward.” is also my guiding principle in life πŸ™‚ i’m (trying to) make my own travel blog. i’m still quite shy about it, but one of these days you’re gonna be the first person that i’ll invite to “review” my blog πŸ™‚
    btw, i traveled around cebu during the Holy Week. i went to moalboal, malapascua, and bantayan islands. if it wasn’t for you (through “our awesome planet”), i wouldn’t have been able to convince my family to go there. we loved bantayan and moalboal, but it was malapascua that really took our breath away. did you really buy a lot there? oh how i wish i could have my own place in malapascua too.
    wish you had a meaningful Lenten Season. and again, thank you very much. you inspire me in so many ways πŸ™‚

  8. hi anton,
    so happy to meet you at internet marketing bootcamp… we are so inspired. Sometime, it is good to earn a lot of money thru the internet esp since it is easy. But after hearing your module, WOW!!!
    Become so addicted reading thru your blogs and enjoyed it! I was AWED!!!
    so happy reading your personal mission and envy that you are not tempted to earn more when there are a lot of opportunities.
    My hats off to you! Would certainly love to follow your footstep to inspire more people.
    Keep up the good work!

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