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How Do I Say “Thank You”?

“What a journey — unbelievable, and very humbling. Thank you for everything.” These words said by Ms. Susan Boyle at the finals of Britain’s Got Talent are exactly the same words I want to say today.

How time flies. On this day, a year ago, I published my first post at this blog. To be honest, I was not sure then for how long I’d be able to keep the effort. My hands often get full with work and other personal matters. But I started this blog nevertheless, with me writing anonymously. I felt then, and until now, that a certain extent of my anonymity will allow this blog to mirror many things that are in my heart.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, my dear friends, for visiting this blog, no matter if you visit once in a while to lurk or visit to read every post, leave a comment, or share an insight. I enjoyed all the comments that I have received. They made me smile, laugh, cry, reflect on so many things, and say so many prayers of gratitude. You have blessed me with your presence here and you have given me so much joy and goodness. Though virtual relationships may sometimes seem superficial, ours is a precious one to me. I have made some wonderful friends here. Visiting your blogs was such a pleasure, too. It has enriched my life in many ways. I think of bloghopping as one kind act, one that reminds fellow bloggers that we listen, we care, and we share even if we are faceless.

There will be no cake for this blog, no candle to be blown, no contest to mark its first year in cyberspace. But I hope you will allow me to ask for a gift which will come in the form of one kind act. On the day you read this post, I hope you can do at least one kind act to others. You can smile at strangers, take care of your niece or nephew for some more extra hours, do an errand for your parents, be extra sweet to your wife or husband or girlfriend or boyfriend. You can call a friend you haven’t spoken to for a long time. You can wash the dishes when it’s not your turn to do so. Anything. Anything, really. Remember, there is no small act of kindness. All kind acts are big. All kind acts have the potential to brighten someone else’s day and to turn a life around. Of course, there’s no need to tell me about it or to blog about it. But if you choose to do so, you are absolutely welcome.

I am now excited about what another year will hold for this blog. If you care to join me for another year, come on in. Grab a chair and make your self comfortable. I have prepared coffee for everyone, a perfect companion as we marvel together at the celestial hues of sunlight that cross the calm beach water fronting my old nipa hut at sunrise.

Muli, maraming, maraming salamat po! It’s been fun blogging with you.

Posted 7 years, 10 months ago at 1:01 am.


70 Replies

  1. Happy birthday sa iyong blog, at sana magtagal ka pa, pati ako πŸ˜€ …

  2. nortehanon Nov 5th 2009

    Yes, LordCM, sana po ay tumagal pa tayo dito sa masayang mundo ng blogging πŸ˜‰

    Salamat po sa greetings.

  3. Happy 1st year sa blog mo. Napaka-selfless mo talaga πŸ™‚

  4. nortehanon Nov 5th 2009

    Salamat, Dinah!
    Ikaw po ang selfless. The things you have sent for Pens of Hope were truly appreciated by the children. How I wish you have seen all the reactions when they received them.

  5. Thank you for opening your door to us. You shared some beautiful insights beyond the norm. You have set some goals in helping the community not anyone could afford to share what you have done with your time and effort.

    Congratulations! More power and and good luck for the coming years.

    P.S. Sinulat ko na lang sa wikang Inglis.

  6. nortehanon Nov 5th 2009

    Thank you, Mommy Ebie! That is so sweet of you.

  7. (copy-paste na lang email ko sayo…ahahaha)

    Naks Ms. N natouch naman ako dito sa munting sulat mo…

    Happy 1st birthday sa blog mo, your site is an inspiration to all of us who dream of being able to reach out to people just by the power of writing…

    binigyan mo kame ng pag-asa at paniniwala na we can create and accomplish things in our most simplest ways like blogging…

    so with that i wish you all the best, keep blogging and continue to inspire us and the many others out there still waiting to discover your blog:D

    Yahoo!!! may pakain ba? hehehe…

    (wala daw pakain sabi ni Ms. N, pakape lang…ahahahaha)

  8. nortehanon Nov 5th 2009

    Naks, nakaka-tats naman itong mensahe mo sa akin, Deth. Salamat, salamat. Sana nga ay totoong may nai-inspire sa blog na ito hehehe.

    Yes, pa-kape lang ang afford ko. Kapeng barako lang, walang pang-Starbucks eh hehehe

  9. a biiiiig hug!!!

  10. nortehanon Nov 5th 2009

    Uy, salamat sa big hug ha! And thank you for patronizing my blog hehehe. Ang dalas mong bumisita dito eh, at ang tiyaga mong mag-comment kahit na hindi ka blogger. Sending you back a biiig hug πŸ™‚

  11. Happy 1st anniversary sa iyong blog Ms. N., more..more..more years to blog at sana ay marami ka pang batang mapangiti πŸ˜‰

    May the good Lord bless you always!

    fireworks effect….kaboom!

  12. nortehanon Nov 5th 2009

    Salamat sa fireworks effect hehehe. Kumpleto na ang celebration sa tabing-dagat: may kape at fireworks na! hehehe

  13. Happy Blog Anniversary to you my dear N!

    *CHEERS* to many more cyberyears with you! xoxo, Ate Becca =)

  14. nortehanon Nov 5th 2009

    Hi Ate Becca!
    Thank you for the greetings!
    Sending you back hugs and kisses!

  15. Happy Blogiversary Ms. N! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for being so generous with your time and thoughts. Enjoy the blogosphere! πŸ˜‰

    Thank you for just being you and thanks for being a friend to me πŸ˜€

    I hope to meet you in person. πŸ˜‰ Keep blogging!

    Take care & Godbless.

  16. nortehanon Nov 5th 2009

    Awww..nakaka-touch naman ang sinabi mo, Roneth. Thank you so very much!

    Yes, siguro nga, someday God will let our paths cross πŸ˜‰

    Take care and God bless you, too.

  17. happy anniversary… wow.. kahit paminsan minsan lang ako napapasilip dito, nakakainspire naman lahat ng posts mo.

    happy blogging!!

  18. nortehanon Nov 5th 2009

    Thank you, nuts!
    Okay lang po na paminsan-minsan lang makadalaw dito. Ako nga eh paminsan-minsan hindi rin nakakadalaw sa sarili kong blog eh hehehehe

    Happy blogging, too!

  19. btw, wish ko talaga makapasyal ng samar.. sana someday, makabalik ako don.

  20. nortehanon Nov 5th 2009

    Samar is just an ahour away na lang! πŸ˜‰ Unlike in the old days when you had to endure 17 hours bus and ferry travel hehehe

    Halika po, uwi tayo! πŸ˜€

  21. Congrats ha. Kakatouch itong post mo. Keep it up and more power πŸ™‚

  22. nortehanon Nov 5th 2009

    Thanks, Jeanny! And thanks for the email, too!

  23. It’s been a year also since you dropped by my blog and left a remarkable line.. since then, my way of blogging changed — and so did my way of thinking. You always think positive and I admire you for that.

    Keep on inspiring people and continue being a wonderful inspiration to others, including myself.

    More power to Pens of Hope! πŸ™‚

  24. Congrats Ms. N..keep up the good work and

    …kailangan ko rin cguro mag Thank you kay AC kasi dahil sa kanya kaya ako naligaw sa blogey mo eh..ahihi Thanks AC…mwah! pwe! pwe! hindi aligo si AC..lols

  25. uyyy.. siryus tayo ngayon muymuy ah? hehehe. mwah! pweh pweh! di ka din naligo nahawa ka na sa mga kasamahan mo jan. πŸ˜†

  26. nortehanon Nov 5th 2009

    hahaha sa lagay na yan seryus pa kayong dalawa ha.

    Salamat uli, Muymuy. At salamat din kay AC for leading you here πŸ™‚

  27. nortehanon Nov 5th 2009

    Thank you for such a heartwarming comment, AC. Nahipo ako πŸ˜€ (Pahiram ng term mo hehehe). You are one of the people who have made me realized how powerful words can be.

  28. Ay.. ako din nahipo. Hihi. Sige, maghipuan tayo. Hahahah! Loko lang! πŸ˜† May package ako ulet ha, pero sa weekend ko na asikasuhin. May bago tayo donors. Hihi. πŸ˜‰ inform kita. πŸ™‚

  29. Happy happy 1st year blogiversary!
    sana ay tumagal pa ang blog mo at sana rin ay marami pang bata ang mapasaya mo sa pamamagitan ng iyong pens of hope.

    God bless!

  30. nortehanon Nov 5th 2009

    Salamat, Eli!
    Ako rin, yan ang wish ko. Na sana ay makapagpatuloy nang matagal na panahon ang Pens of Hope.

    God bless you, too!

  31. teka..kelan kba magpapakilala miss N?hehe

  32. nortehanon Nov 6th 2009

    hehehe napangiti naman ako dun sa tanong mo. Sige, magpapakilala ako sa iyo: “Hi, Eli, my name is Miss N.” O, ayan ha, kilala mo na ako hehehe

  33. Congratulations! And so I never thought your blog is less than a year only when I started visiting it… My only realization is that it is always a worthwhile place (on the web) to be visited. Though I don’t bloghop much because of time constraint…
    Again, congratulations! Keep up the good work and more power…

  34. nortehanon Nov 6th 2009

    Salamat, Sir Dodong,
    I’ve been hopping by your place. Minsan lurker lang. Ewan ko kasi what’s wrong but sometimes parang hindi tinatanggap ng blog mo ang comments ko hehehe

  35. That’s my blog’s problem that I still have to deal with. The commenting problem. I hope to solve this problem so soon…

  36. Oh, by the way, I always wash the dishes in our workplace even if it’s not my turn to do it when nobody is doing it. I didn’t even think of it as another act of kindness πŸ™‚

  37. nortehanon Nov 6th 2009

    It is, Sir Dodong. It is πŸ˜‰

  38. Congratulations Ms. N! I really enjoy reading your post… very inspiring. Keep it up!

  39. nortehanon Nov 6th 2009

    Thank you, Ana!
    And thank you, too, for taking time out to make that greetings which you photographed. Nakakataba ng puso. I’m trying to see if I can include it dito sa comment, pero parang hindi kaya ng powers ko na gawin hehehe. But it will come handy someday. Magagamit ko yan balang-araw sa isang post ko πŸ˜‰

  40. Congrats & Salamat din. Isa kang inspirasyon. Katulad ng sabi ni PND hope to meet you in person…someday.

  41. nortehanon Nov 6th 2009

    Someday po siguro, Lolo Jem. We might bump into each other habang pumipili ako ng sandalyas sa tindahan ni Badong πŸ˜‰

  42. Congratulations and Happy anniversary to your blogsite.

    Needless to say, I am happy to have known you albeit virtually. I pray you’ll continue touching the hearts of our fellow Filipinos, and especially the kids who have been recipients of your kindness.

    God bless you!

  43. thank you too for the sharings…

    happy 1st bday to you (being the owner) and your blog!

    hope to learn more from you…

    it is indeed a blessing to be part of this home…

    keep it up… inspire more… and be blessed!

    take care always miss n…

  44. nortehanon Nov 6th 2009

    Thank you, Yhen! Ang sweet naman πŸ˜‰

  45. bluguy Nov 4th 2009

    hapi haniversari kapatid!

    …hapi to have meet you in this blogworld….one day magkikita rin tayo personally…salamat for making life a happy event for every kid that receive your gift…..pens of hope! mabuhay! ciao!

  46. nortehanon Nov 6th 2009

    Salamat, Kapatid na Blu. Thank you, too, for sharing your very enriching posts. Yes, we will meet someday πŸ˜‰

  47. I thought more than a year na ang blog na ito Miss N. Ang dami mo na kaseng active readers. πŸ™‚ Congratulations and may you have more blogging years to celebrate! πŸ™‚

  48. nortehanon Nov 6th 2009

    Thank you very much, Kikit! Naku, nakakahiya nga minsan sa mga bumibisita dito kasi hindi ako madalas makapag-update eh. It’s either I’m on a trip or I’m strapped to my chair in the office heheh. I hope to have more time to blog and to blog hop. Isa pa rin yan sa kinagi-guilty ko, hindi ako madalas nakakapag blog hop. Resolution ko for this blog’s birthday: to find more time to visit other blogs more often.

  49. first of all, happy first birthday sa iyong blog ms. n.. and i am really thankful kasi nakilala kita at napadpad ako sa iyong wonderful blog. marami akong natututunan sa bawat pagdaan ko rito. maraming maraming salamat din dahil ibinahagi mo sa amin dito sa cyberspace ang iyong mga insights and ideas. ^__^ again, haypee haypee burdee.. more years to come for you and your blog..^_^

  50. nortehanon Nov 6th 2009

    Jaid, iha, salamat for your kind words. Sana nga ay patuloy akong makapagbahagi nang kahit kaunti tungkol sa ilang mahahalagang bagay sa buhay πŸ˜‰

  51. Hi Miss N,

    I’m so glad you visited me again and left your new blog link. It’s great to have found you again and I shall be a regular visitor. Congratulations on a whole year of this new blog ~ I’m going to enjoy it.
    With pleasure I will do an act of kindness today in honour of your blog anniversary. I’ll let you know what I did later …
    Now pass that coffee …

  52. nortehanon Nov 6th 2009

    While still blogging as stillwaters, your kind words about my writing have really inspired me. You are one of those who encouraged me to keep on sharing through blogging so I thank you. I also appreciate very much that you will do an act of kindness in honour of this blog.

    Here, I’m filling a cup of brewed coffee for you πŸ˜‰

  53. Happy Anniversary po! I hope more articles and visitors to this blog! This website is such a wonderful blog made by someone who wanted, love rather, to help kids learn how to write and learn things! More powers din po sa Pens of Hope!

    God Bless!

  54. nortehanon Nov 6th 2009

    Salamat, Ax!
    Nakakatuwang muli kang napadalaw dito. Dumadalaw din ako sa blog mo, lurker nga lang minsan hehe. Naaliw ako sa “existentialist” post mo πŸ˜‰

  55. I am Jeff Nov 5th 2009

    Hi Miss N,

    Malipayon nga pagsalin’urog san ika una nga anibersaryo sa imo blog. Long live!



  56. nortehanon Nov 6th 2009

    Salamat sa imo greetings, Jeff. Maupay kunta kun nakapalit ak minoron hehehe. Pero kay talagsahon naman la an nagtitinda minoron yana sanglit kape nala an ak handa πŸ˜€

  57. congrats ms. N!!!

    hehe una talagang kumuha ng atensyon mo ay ang cue na cute na asong avatar mo hehehe


    tapos lagi pang napapasaya mga bata. nakow. nakaka touch

  58. nortehanon Nov 6th 2009

    Salamat, Jason!
    Buti pala at ito ang naging avatar ko kung hindi, di ko makukuha ang atensyon mo πŸ™‚
    Sana’y ipagpatuloy mo ang paggawa ng mga kwentong gulay hehehe. It is interesting πŸ˜‰

  59. congrats! you’re one of the best!

  60. nortehanon Nov 6th 2009

    Thank you for the kind words, Sir. Coming from you, it is such an honor πŸ˜‰

  61. I hope hindi pa ko late to greet you a Happy Blogsary! πŸ™‚

    You’re one of my inspirations here in blogosphere. Kaya siguro minsan I find it hard to write a new blog dahil rant lang ang posibleng maging laman nun. I admire you for your positive outlook in life and for bringing inspiration to people.

    More power Miss N! And thank you for sharing your life with us.

  62. nortehanon Nov 6th 2009

    Hi Enjoy!
    Ay, hindi ka pa po late, may kapeng barako pa, andyan sa likod, timplahan kita? hehehe.
    Salamat sa nakakahipong mga salita (si AC ang may-ari ng term na yan ha heheh). Write lang po ng write kahit na rants pa yan, express lang ng express. Maganda nga iyang nakakapag-express ka, kahit ng mga rants. It somehow helps you get them off your chest, di ba? πŸ˜‰

  63. hi Dear Ms. N!

    congratulations for your portal’s red day πŸ™‚

    First, I would like to thank you for taking time to PM me amidst your busy sked. You just made your virtual friends and followers felt that they are equally especial and important to you.

    The very first day i set my feet here, I became your instant fan. And even w/o me leaving my footprints, I would like you to know that I am those who look forward for your new entry to come. Well who would argue?? your humble, humane, and intelligent stories are more than enough to crush even the stonest of heart and stubbornest of spirit.

    Your modest way of helping the helpless thru your pen of hope project did inspire a number of us to also do our simple, yet very noteworthy task of sharing our blessings, and talents, esp in this highly critical time.

    may you touches more souls…and may you never get tired and weary in your mission..and sana, magpakita ka na sa aming mga tagahanga mo. πŸ™‚

  64. i smile in my silence for the joy in between…

  65. congrats ate! masaya ako na nakilala kita at ang iyong blog. more power! :]

  66. THank you also for sharing your ideas insight. Andami ko natutunan din sayo. Happy anniv sa blog πŸ™‚ Parang kelan lang dba?

  67. Miss N, sorry mejo late ang reaksyon ko, di ako nakakapagblog hop nitong mga nakaraang araw, nakita ko email mo sa akin, nagpapasalamat ako kasi naappreciate mo ako… congratulations, keep on blogging marami kang napapasayang readers mo… πŸ™‚

  68. Makikigaya na rin ako sa isang friend mo copy paste ko reply ko sa email mo. hihi.

    Hi (ur name omitted) . How are you? Happy blogversary (tama ba term ko?)! ano handa mo, hehe. Hindi nga ako nakakadalaw sau medyo toxic pa rin. Hope to visit your site soon. Happy anniversary ulit. πŸ™‚

    Sana one of these days makatulong ako sa project mo. sige email kita kapag libre na ko sa mga bagay-bagay. πŸ™‚

    Ang liit talaga ng mundo. di ko akalain magkukrus muli ang ating mga landas. Send me some pics, ibang … yung naiimagine ko eh yung bata pa na payat. wait ko ha. πŸ˜‰

  69. nobodsygurl Nov 12th 2009

    better late than never sabi nga.. kalain mo bilis talaga ng time… hehehehappy anniversary po… and more more blogs… πŸ™‚

  70. miss n,
    happy 1st yr sayo. alam ko masaya ka kasi kahit wala kang identity dito e ang daming nakakaalala sayo di ba? isa lang ang ibig sabihin nyan, may tiwala sila sayo kahit di ka nila makita at isa na ako dun! sipsip ba? di naman siguro ano? pero alam mo, kahit wala na ako sa blogging e naaalala ko ang mga poste mo dito na puro kagandahan ng loob ang iyong ibinibigay sa mga batang natutulungan mo, masaya ako para sayo miss n kahit di tayo magkakilala personally. sana isang araw e makagawa rin ako ng isang blog na pede akong makatulong sa kapwa ko at di lang pansarili ang iisipin ko, muli salamat……………………

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