Throwback Thursday: Paint Your Landscape


Have you met a fellow blogger before?

Well, I met LuAnn of Paint Your LandscapeΒ some months ago this year.

This gal is hard to reach because she’s always on the road. So when she finally hit California, I contacted this celebrity RV’er to make a reservation for an exclusive meet. πŸ˜€ A lot of RV’ers, who I pretty much envy, always organize a meet whenever they find a chance to be in the same location. So having to meet a big favorite RV blogger of mine, it was such an extreme excitement and joy for me. And for one day I also felt like I was in their click. πŸ˜€

We met halfway between where we were from each other which is Dana Point. Well I recently broke my GPS, and I have a poor sense of direction. So when I got closer to Dana Point, this awful guy had to call her for directions. (Way to go, Rommel). She got there early, and I, on the other hand, had to be waited on. It was really my initial plan to give her a bad first impression so I can swoop in later on with my winsome personality. πŸ˜€ (For the record, I’m only kidding)


We greeted each other personally for the first time at the Ocean Institute. We saw an octopus passing from one tank to another tank through a tube. She dipped her hand to feel the starfish. There were children learning how to dissect a squid. We wander around eyeing more aquatic animals.

After that, we decided to look around the area to see more of Dana Point. We took a walk, talked trash about other bloggers (I kid, I kid), and spotted a bed of familiar birds.


She got so bored with me that she decided to just ran away from me. (I kid again)


At some point, I felt like she was thinking that I’m only trying to exhaust or test her willingness. πŸ˜€ And so I did the same thing and ran away from her as well. πŸ˜€


We ate a nearby restaurant, talked some more trash about bloggers (I joked for the nth time), and then parted ways.

Before all these, I warned her that I might suffer a panic attack out of social discomfort. I think the only sign was that I snickered a lot. Well at some point, a homeless guy asked us for some spare change. Me and Lu looked at each other. Here we are, two strangers, only were connected through blogging and were meeting in person, and this random event occured…. Neither of us pulled anything from our pockets. Personally, there are just other ways to help these people. What I’m really getting at is I think it says a lot about how we approached each other. There was no measure of modesty, no pretentiousness, or we don’t have to act like we can walk on waters. We were in our normal selves. That’s exactly what I wanted. I have to know that I can be whacky, make mistakes, or be serious, in order for me to be comfortable around someone I just met. I’m glad I didn’t have to use a paperbag I reserved in case of palpitation.


Now, I can look back at Dana Point in a more distinctive way than my other California travels.





See LuAnn’s post about Dana Point. Also I found a company who might find that getting to the harbor ain’t that easy. Read it from Angelina Sims of Β Living, Β Loving, Laughing….


As for my Throwback Thursday picture… For your amusement ….


Me, my cousin, my father, the city mayor, some extras πŸ˜€ and my mother who was crowned Mrs. East Rembo (my hometown district) of ’91.

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  1. What a fun day and OF COURSE you’re part of the click. I met LuAnn about a month after you met her (so I know you weren’t talking smack about me πŸ˜‰ ) and I also met Mona Liza (Lowe’s Adventures)…. Two of my fave blogging pals. So one day I’ll need to meet you in some way off place πŸ™‚ Happy trails and lovely photos as always….blogger meet ups are the best!

    • Nothing like spending a day with another blogger. Ingrid, no one was immune from our trash-talking esp. RV’ers. Muwahahaha. πŸ˜€ I would love to meet you and Mona someday. We’ll find a ledge we can sit on. πŸ˜€

  2. So much fun to meet up with a fellow blogger and talk trash about the rest of us πŸ™‚
    It sounds like you had fun, and the next time you’re in California, you’d better let me know. I’ll supply the paper bags!

  3. What a beautiful place to meet! Oh, boy the first impression… πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰ You said you wanted to come to Texas… you’d better let me know when you do πŸ™‚ I Love LuAnn’s blog. What a cool photo of your family, Rommel!

  4. What a great blog post Rommel. Of course I would say this as it was about me lol! πŸ™‚ Seriously, I may have been a little on the shy side when we met so I probably kept the wackier side of my personality hidden a bit, but look out next time! I am not always sure why I am drawn to someone, but after reading your blog I knew I had to meet you. You are the real deal, warm, unpretentious, a delight to meet! Hope to see you again when the weather is nicer. I think a good hike would be in order, what do you think? πŸ™‚

    • Weeee! Too bad it’s not me. πŸ˜€ I sensed it even from before that you’re very approachable and are very comfortable engaging with others. What took you so long to meet a blogger? Hehe. πŸ˜€ Have fun with your meet. Lovely Christine will be very very lucky to have you as company.

  5. Hey, you are so fortunate to meet LuAnn, I still have to meet her somewhere someday. It is always cool to meet fellow bloggers, the real person behind those great adventures.
    Where is East Rembo?
    Did you get assigned to Phil to help?
    When we get back to CA, we have to, i say we have to meet.

    • Wait, you two haven’t met? I was so convinced you two already did.
      I grew up in Makati.
      No, we were warned to get ready, but we never got the green to actually head there. As long as there are some sort of help and I’ve done even the littlest ways to help, I’m still cool not being able to go there.

    • 8 years!!! Whoa! Must be nice to finally have that meet for that long period of blogging together. It’s feels weird now that I’m thinking how long I’m gonna keep this blog. πŸ˜€

  6. such a fun read and both your detours went over to wonderful bloggers. πŸ™‚ love all the memorable photos β™₯ even the throwback one. πŸ˜‰

  7. How nice to meet a fellow blogger in such a beautiful environment. I have family in Dana Point so it’s on my path quite often. It’s always so lovely to see the Ocean Institute and the distinct rules about protecting tidepools and ocean life. When I was a child, back in the dark ages, Dana Point was very well known for abalone. But we were rather ignorant back then and we would harvest abalone without any restrictions and at least for awhile there weren’t any abalone to be found. The cove at Dana Point is really a jewel and your photos demonstrate that! Nice memories for you to have.

    • I knew you have some sort of connection with Dana Point. Wait one, Debra. I’m Googling what abalone is. πŸ˜€ …………….. Ahhh, I see now. πŸ˜€ Thank be to the people who always strive for the preservation of nature for us future inhabitants can appreciate them.

  8. Hey there! how are you? been MIA in blog land… I got pissed off with WP so I stopped but I eventually missed the blog life so here I am again, forgiving and forgetting wp mistakes.

    Anyway, I hope I am not that famous to be a part of that trash talk about bloggers, πŸ˜€ I’d kill yah if I weren’t part of it. Great post and reminds me to visit this place. I have been passing by the area over and over but never cared to stop. Thanks for this.
    Prmmm (intended to misspell πŸ˜€ )

    btw, hope you’re fairing well in JP. yeah?

  9. Oh what fun Rommel…can’t wait til the day we meet my friend. You can be just as yourself as you want. But can we please not go anywhere where they dissect anything huh ????

  10. Haha…No matter how hard you joke, the obvious is coming out. You do know how to joke. Your, for lack of a better term,”parenthetical humility” made your delivery funnier all the more.

    I wish I get to travel with a fellow travel blogger again soon…to talk trash about other bloggers (I was joking!).

  11. Ha, I so enjoyed your description of your day with LuAnn, even if it involved ‘trashing’ me πŸ™‚ You couldn’t have chosen a more fabulous setting! And I love the flash back shot Rommel.

  12. What a brilliant meet up Rommel .. how could you and Lu Ann NOT get on !
    Sounds and looks from your pictures a great success .
    Meeting up with a fellow blogger can be such fun . I know πŸ˜‰

  13. Loved this venture with you & Lu Ann. How wonderful! This is REAL LIFE πŸ™‚

    Lovely clear photos too.

  14. This is my second visit. May I use the first Dana Point shot or the one of the tree when I post this poem

    on the Opinionated Man’s blog as a guest author in two months? I will credit the photo back to your blog, though I can’t promise it’ll be a link per se. I would note your site address, of course. On the small chance you don’t know, he has a following of about 27,000.

    I’m also not positive I will do this, but wanted to secure your okay on the likely chance I would like to at time of posting.


    • More than willing to allow you. Thank you for asking. I had my whole pictures stolen from me without asking permission, authorization, nor even acknowledgement. So I really appreciate you asking first. Go ahead and post at will. πŸ˜€

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