23 March 2011

The Coron Piece.


Today, I got my complimentary copies of last Saturday's CDN issue. I browsed through the pages and I was (still am) very touched that CDN made a beautiful layout of my pictures.


It was the first day of March when I got an FB message from N of CDN (in part): "Can you lengthen your [Coron] story just a bit coz we want to publish it." She also said she got so in-love with my Coron picture.

I was quite surprised and happy but unsure at the same time. I called my Mom about CDN's invitation and told her about my self-doubt. "I can't write." I told her. She violently replied: "What? What are you talking about? What do you mean you can't write?" We both laughed at my silliness. And then I texted my friend Edeena who told me that my writing is something that is felt in the heart (or something like that). And then there's Chelo who said: "CDN has good taste ha! I love that they chose you."

With enough people who believed in me, I wrote my story about this magical island that is Coron. I did not lengthen my original Coron blog entry, instead I made an entirely new one.


My friends think it's quite funny that I doubt my writing skills. When I told them CDN asked me to write, they said in unison: "It's about time!" Somehow, many of them expected I'd take the writing and newscasting route. I feel grateful that everyone who knows me (since shatong days) do not doubt that I could actually write.

Still, I am quite aware that writing isn't really one of my strengths. I know I can write but I also know that I am no Jessica Zafra.

Back in highschool and college, I was writing for my school papers. In high school, I was close to becoming editor-in-chief, but I won president of the student council (we were not allowed to hold two high positions in school, so I chose the presidency). Maybe, my experience being in the school papers was to somehow prepare me for the present moment.


I believe that recognition comes only when you keep on doing what you love doing without thought of reward or fame. I have been traveling and taking pictures out of sheer love for travel and photography. And then someone noticed.

I am grateful.


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Chelo March 23, 2011 at 11:30 PM  

Please please please save me a copy of this one..;-) this is something i wish i have in my hands right now;-)
Ai, i think mag-subscribe gyud ko sa CDN if they have a regular column of you;-)
Your Coron photos are breathtaking..Makes me want to jump into the screen..;-)
You so deserve this..and YES!!!YOU can write!! i love reading what you write..;-)
Congratulations,Ai..if i was there, nag meet up na ta to celebrate it;-)

Aileen Siroy March 23, 2011 at 11:45 PM  

Reserved a copy for you, Chel! :) Will mail it to you soon (when I get well; still down with flu right now). Thank you for all your encouragement! I don't have a column (yet. haha), but been asked to write about Batanes. :) Let's celebrate even when we are thousands of miles apart. I am grateful. :)

Tuesday March 24, 2011 at 12:13 AM  

Congratulations Aileen! Your works deserve to be publish (",)

Often times, I find that we, ourselves, are the worst critics of our own work. We think that it's not worthy but everyone thinks it's the best work ever! Isn't it amazing? (",)

Your friend is right, your writings come from the heart, keep it up and you'll be surprised how many people will be touch just by reading your article.

All the best and goodluck! xx

konsuy March 24, 2011 at 4:39 AM  

ai, the universe loves you and you do deserve this. CDN should give you a regular space. sa man? suwatan na nako sila? hehehe.
their readership needs inspiration (from you).
so so so happy happy happy and proud of you. ga ambak ambak ko para nimo ug ma kusi gyud tika for downgrading your writing kay fan biya ko nimo.

julai March 24, 2011 at 5:56 AM  

Wowww Ate Ai,as in I am super happy for you and so proud of you ate. And I agree with your friends who say that you´re writing is felt in the heart. I am a big fan of your writing and photography ate ai. Keep up the good work! Ate, natinood na jd ang panagna that you´ll be super famous one day. go for it ate!

Liza March 24, 2011 at 7:36 AM  

Congratulations, Aileen! I can't believe you doubt your writing ability! You write so beautifully and take amazing photos! Finding you is like finding a pot of gold. There will be more opportunities like this for you--I have no doubt about that!

Patricia March 24, 2011 at 9:06 AM  

i'm so happy for you aileen! you know i always assumed you've written articles for newspapers and magazines already! i can't believe this is your first time. and the pictures are unbelievable! love the layouting by cdn as well. =)

Cindy March 24, 2011 at 11:41 AM  

Way to go Ai... i believe you have the talent {not just behind the lens} but with the pen as well, so please keep on writing --- you have followers you know... thank you for sharing your them.

Congratulations by the way!!! *wish i can have a copy too, or even just borrow and be able to read straight from the column*

Meikah March 24, 2011 at 1:45 PM  

Yes, what do you mean you can't write? Of course, you can! Hehehe

Congratulations, Ai! I'm happy for all your successes! :)

Mommy Blogs March 24, 2011 at 1:46 PM  

Congratulations! Can you post your article in your travel site? =D

JoPiE March 24, 2011 at 5:18 PM  

Congrats, AI! So happy for you! :D

My wish for you is that you get to write a travel column. :D

Aileen Siroy March 24, 2011 at 5:47 PM  

Tuesday said...
Congratulations Aileen! Your works deserve to be publish (",)

Often times, I find that we, ourselves, are the worst critics of our own work. We think that it's not worthy but everyone thinks it's the best work ever! Isn't it amazing? (",)

Your friend is right, your writings come from the heart, keep it up and you'll be surprised how many people will be touch just by reading your article.

All the best and goodluck! xx

. . . . .

Hi Tuesday! Thank you for saying all these wonderful things. I feel braver and more worthy to be published. :)

It's true, we are our own worst critics. :) I'm just glad that I have off and online friends who give me some good boingking on the head! LOL.

Have an awesome time in Helsinki! :)

Aileen Siroy March 24, 2011 at 5:49 PM  

konsuy said...
ai, the universe loves you and you do deserve this. CDN should give you a regular space. sa man? suwatan na nako sila? hehehe.
their readership needs inspiration (from you).
so so so happy happy happy and proud of you. ga ambak ambak ko para nimo ug ma kusi gyud tika for downgrading your writing kay fan biya ko nimo.

. . . . .

Hahaha! Nakuyawan ko reading: "Sa man? Suwatan nako sila?" LOL.
Thank you, Chi, for being proud of me and for being always there for me -- published or not. :)

Aileen Siroy March 24, 2011 at 5:54 PM  

julai said...
Wowww Ate Ai,as in I am super happy for you and so proud of you ate. And I agree with your friends who say that you´re writing is felt in the heart. I am a big fan of your writing and photography ate ai. Keep up the good work! Ate, natinood na jd ang panagna that you´ll be super famous one day. go for it ate!

. . . . .

Grabe pud nang super famous, Jul uy! LOL. A fortune-teller once told my Mom that one of her daughters will be famous one day. And I think in my family, it's D. I'm just an ordinary person who does what I love to do extraordinarily well and have been lucky enough to have someone notice it. :)

But thank you for being so nice, for being happy for me, for liking my work. :)

Aileen Siroy March 24, 2011 at 6:01 PM  

Liza said...
Congratulations, Aileen! I can't believe you doubt your writing ability! You write so beautifully and take amazing photos! Finding you is like finding a pot of gold. There will be more opportunities like this for you--I have no doubt about that!

. . . . .

Thank you, Liz! And this: "Finding you is like finding a pot of gold" is one of the most wonderful thing someone ever said to me. Happy. :) Thank you. :)

Aileen Siroy March 24, 2011 at 6:08 PM  

Patricia said...
i'm so happy for you aileen! you know i always assumed you've written articles for newspapers and magazines already! i can't believe this is your first time. and the pictures are unbelievable! love the layouting by cdn as well. =)

. . . . .

Now that you mentioned it, I used to write articles for the UN. :D Thank you, Pat. You believing my writing capability means a lot to me because I admire your writing a lot! Love CDN's layout. I feel like they gave a lot of importance to my pictures. :)

Aileen Siroy March 24, 2011 at 6:14 PM  

Cindy said...
Way to go Ai... i believe you have the talent {not just behind the lens} but with the pen as well, so please keep on writing --- you have followers you know... thank you for sharing your them.

Congratulations by the way!!! *wish i can have a copy too, or even just borrow and be able to read straight from the column*

. . . . .

Thank you, Cinds! I am more comfortable taking pictures than writing an article, I guess. Now, I am encouraged and inspired to write more. :)

Sadly, the article is nor available online.

Aileen Siroy March 24, 2011 at 6:17 PM  

Meikah said...
Yes, what do you mean you can't write? Of course, you can! Hehehe

Congratulations, Ai! I'm happy for all your successes! :)

. . . . .

Thanks, Mei! Haha! You should've heard my Mom say it! :D

Aileen Siroy March 24, 2011 at 6:18 PM  

Mommy Blogs said...
Congratulations! Can you post your article in your travel site? =D

. . . . .

Thanks, T! Will ask if I can actually do that. :)

Aileen Siroy March 24, 2011 at 6:19 PM  

JoPiE said...
Congrats, AI! So happy for you! :D

My wish for you is that you get to write a travel column. :D

. . . . .

Thank you, Jops! Thank for being happy for me!
I wish for your wish to come true. LOL.

Anonymous April 7, 2011 at 8:56 PM  

congratulations! happy to read about you even if we no longer are together, Ai.

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