Hi! My name is Rommel. You are viewing The Sophomore Slump and this is my 300th post. Followers and alike, I hope you enjoy…

May I borrow your precious time as it took 1 year, 8 months and 27 days πŸ˜€ for me to finish this 300th post. I beg of you to view each of the entries. Not just beacuse I browsed and sifted through countless of blogposts to compose this, but mainly because these are great words and images by your fellow WordPress bloggers. It doesn’t take too much time to finish this post. I promise. πŸ˜‰ And if you don’t finish all the pages, you can always come back. πŸ˜€

See Page 5 for my posts that are the Most Popular, Beautiful Piece, Pride Worthy, Underrated,Β etc.

Here comes …

One of the fun things about writing a blog is the people you meet along the way.

— Debra Kolkka of Bagni di Lucca and Beyond, Almost spring in Lucca












1. Every place holds a treasure trove of insights.

… my eyes developed some kind of x-ray vision, which enabled me to look beyond the things around. I have learned to dig that treasure. I have learned to apprehend the significance of a place, what it mirrors to us; it made all the difference.

2. The best gift that we can give to our loved ones is time.
3. The more you travel, the more your horizons expand.
4. If there’s a will, there’s always a way.
5. It’s damn good to experience new things.

— Sony Fugaban of Stories of the Wandering Mind & Feet, 2013: A Milestone Year for Stories of the Wandering Feet & Mind


This is always a beautiful view, but today the light was perfect, changing every minute …

— Gilly of Lucid Gypsy, Sunday Gave Even More

Everyone has their version of the Field of Dreams.

Ours are made of…
Laughter, tons of smiles, hugs and kisses.
Child-like adventures, fun stories and lots of playtime.

— The Island Traveler of this man’s journey, On Top pf Bluebonnet Field of Dreams

img_6899-1bees drunk on warm pollen below an autumn sunrise

— Jo Bryant of Chronicles of Illusions, Small Stone

… we have found serenity in the richness of nature and alluring details in the night that quite often are overlooked. We are once again reminded of the awe inspired when we live in the moment.

— LuAnn of Paint your Landscape, Night Symphony and a Close Encounter

There is no better way to connect to a city, than to get off the beaten path and watch real people, at work, and at play. To witness the rhythms and routines of their daily lives, structured by the demands of family, job and religion.

— Madhu of The Urge To Wander, Caught in the Act

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  1. Wow, Rommel, congratulation to your #300. What a great post. Amazing! Now I will hurry to next page. I definitely will come back again and again. Thanks. Helen

      • Great job, Rommel! It must take you a long time to do this! I appreciate this post a lot. I will come back to follow the link and check each one out. You are super (great person, writer, photographer…), you know that? This post shows who you are!
        And I am not worry. You keep me busy enough with all these links. πŸ˜‰ Helen

  2. This is an awesome post Rommel! Congratulations on reaching #300. Words cannot express how honored I feel to be included in this post. Your graciousness and generosity when shining the light on other bloggers speaks volumes on the character of the man. I look forward to your next 300 as I am certain you will continue to surprise us, fill us with laughter, and make our hearts sing. Best to you always. πŸ™‚

  3. Congratulations on a spectacular 300th post, Rommel. This is just a wonderful compilation. Thank you so much for including one of my photos, and I guarantee you I will be spending time on each of the other sites you’ve included. My only concern is that I’m already having trouble “keeping up” and I’m absolutely certain I am going to find myself wanting to follow many (if not all) of these very enticing blogs. The photos alone have me interested! Here’s to another 300 adventures. πŸ™‚

    • Between you and me πŸ˜‰ I’m having trouble too. πŸ™‚ I’ve had a time away from blogosphere, I always go back to it.
      I’m so glad I found again your shot of the surfer. It belongs to a magazine. You know they have a good number surfing photo book/magazine, I think you should submit that photo.

  4. Wow! Awesome work! Well done Rommel. I find you very creative, generous, artistic, good eye on the camera. Including me in the company with other great bloggers is such an honor. Congratulations on your 300! and here’s to 300 more.
    …but wait how can I meet you now that you will be living in Greece? Betsy can not drive over the ocean πŸ™‚
    Maraming Maraming Salamat!

    • It’s your loss. Ahihihi πŸ˜€ Geez, Mona! I spent my whole lunchtime looking for a pic I could use. I wasn’t even fully content…you just have so many darn good photos!!!! I think it was your blog that I was most frustrated with. πŸ˜€

  5. Yours is a very kind tribute, Rommel, not only because it highlights talented and thoughtful bloggers but it illustrates your attentiveness to their words and artistic gifts. Several of those you’ve highlighted I follow. Others will be explored given your appreciated, virtual introductions. πŸ™‚ Congratulations on having the perseverance and commitment to share so much with us through your blog.

    • Even I surprise myself on how I remember other people’s words, images, and blog posts. Blogging really has become a huge part of my daily life. I choose it over TV or games. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Jude. Just so you know … for a long time … I was set on your ticking dandelion clock πŸ˜‰ …. then I changed my mind at the end. Oh well, it’s nice that you ended up starting the last calls pics.

  6. What a beautiful post Rommel…I’m honoured to be included amongst such an amazing group of bloggers and photographers. πŸ™‚ And cannot wait to see the next 300 posts and read all about your adventures in Greece. 2 years! Amazing!

  7. *300* … such a milestone Rommel , a great achievement considering the demands on your time .
    So glad to have found you early on in my blogging days, your lovely humorous and thoughtful outlook on life and generosity of spirit is evident in each and everyone of your posts . Keep up the good work πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much for including me in this special post of yours , it’s quite made my day .. I’ll be hopping over to see the others very soon .
    Have a fun weekend !

  8. Hi Rommel- This is a very nice post. I know it had to take a lot of time to create. Congratulations on your 300th posting!! Blogging takes so much time and dedication. Good luck with your next adventure in Greece. What a beautiful country- I’ve been there once and was very impressed with Athens and the Greek Isles and the people there seemed quite nice.

  9. Ahh my dear Rommel, first of all congratulations on your 300th post! Next thank you, I’m honoured to be included here πŸ™‚ Then thanks for sharing all these posts, many from people I know and love and some new to me.
    Last of all keep doing what you’re doing please πŸ™‚ you brighten up the blogosphere!

  10. Seeing my work there is very humbling. You made me feel like I am featured on Freshly Pressed. Thank you very much!

    Anyway, I’d like you to know I leafed through the pages and I’m glad I did. I was deeply moved by the quotes from all the bloggers.

    1. “When traveling, it always pays to look around even when it seems there is nothing there.”
    2. “Human eye is superior to a camera.”
    3. “Humans have a pretty incredible stretch of capabilities, and while the ideal of accumulating great material wealth is an overriding dream for many…it is usually those who seek a simpler route that find a greater sense of happiness.”

    Words are indeed powerful. Nearly all of them made my hairs raise. The same goes for the pictures at the last page.

    Hope to see more of these in the future. Three cheers!

    • It was sooo rough finding the right quotes and, on top of it, the image to go with the words. It was rough, but it was really really nice revisiting and viewing the beautiful words and images of these awesome blogs.

  11. Congratulations, Rommel! Every single post of the 300 is remarkable. This one is awesome!
    (If you like to use the romance photo of mine, I need to redo it due to the watermark, I was not familiar with it. Let me know if you do… )

  12. Thank you Rommel for including me in your list. It is an honor, and very generous for you to do this for your fellow bloggers! I look forward to your adventures in Greece, and all your posts in between.

  13. Congrats on the 300th post. You always do such a fabulous job of highlighting some amazing blogs. I feel honored to be included. I’ll be keeping this post in my inbox so I can peruse it slowly and follow some newly discovered bloggers via Rommel. I look forward to your adventures in Greece πŸ™‚

  14. Hey Rommel! Congratulations on your 300th post. You always make your readers “feel” as though we are there sharing the experience with you. For that, I salute you my friend. Keep the posts coming!

  15. Thank you for including me. ☺️ Touched and honored. What makes you beautiful as a blogger is your generous soul. You give much of yourself in words and scenes while recognizing the work that others put out there too. Lookin forward to 3000 more posts and beyond!

  16. Rommel,
    thank you for collating these wonderful posts – all so worthy of the spotlight that you have given them in your blog.
    I so agree with the quote that the best thing we can give our loved ones is time. In the fast paced world of many demands that we live in, that truth seems to be harder and harder for so many (myself often included!) to live by.
    I’m so glad I found your blog, and will be back for more!
    Best wishes to you,
    Emma πŸ™‚

  17. Rommel, you are a remarkable young man with great insight, having your special gifts and talents from God inspire us over and over again! You will always be a cherished friend from when I first got on blogosphere you’ve been there/here for me with your beautiful photos and travel stories! Aloha and God bless you! ~Liz

  18. Congratulations on #300, that is an impressive achievement as with the quality of each of these. The collection of quotes/photos you have above are impressive, really like – The Island Traveler of this man’s journey, On Top pf Bluebonnet Field of Dreams. Well done, and look forward to more amazing posts!

    • Thanks Dalo. The Island Traveler is really topnotch when it comes with Hallmark words and images.
      I’m highly impressed with your blog. With yours, I had so many images and quotes to choose from so it wasn’t too hard. I really loved your Art of Devotion post, but I had to go with a new one so I choose your quote from Positive Envy.

  19. Rommel, first of all Congratulation with your 300th post here! You are productive, creative and artistic person. All your posts are informative and interesting. Looking forward to read, see and know about your new journey and experience.
    Second thing, I am really proud you mention my post in your lovely list of the blogs. Thank you very much!
    The collection of the blogs in your list is worth to read and follow.
    Good Luck with your future numerous posts!

  20. Wonderful post with lots of great quotes and photos. Plus a surprise for me near the end! Thank you very much for the surprise and this post Rommel. Keep on posting quality stuff like you always do.

  21. Congrats on your 300th!! πŸ™‚ This is a wonderful post and all thought provoking! May I suggest exploring the East Coast before heading out to beautiful Greece. It’s beautiful back East in the fall. πŸ˜€

      • If only I had that power! Hahahaha! It’s beautiful in Colorado in fall. It’s closer to Cali and you still get to see the beautiful colors of fall. I haven’t been there personally but I’ve seen photos and some of my friends have been there. One of them actually just got back from a road trip not too long ago.

  22. Phew! I’m relieved to know that you haven’t set me such a big task. I’ve already read more than half of these πŸ™‚ Now to find some time for the others. 300 is a great number. And all of them a great read, Rommel πŸ™‚ Here’s to the next 100!

  23. Awesome collection! Wishing you all the best with your new adventures, Rommel! Ingat and have a wonderful weekend! ~ Mary

  24. Hello Rommel!

    I’m just dropping you a note to let you know I nominated you for a “Very Inspiring Blogger” award.

    Now you don’t have to do anything. You don’t have to accept it. Its only my way of recognizing what a great job you do on your blog.

    If you do want to follow up and accept this “award” then you can find my post about it with all of the steps to follow. The post is on my own blog and you can find it here: http://wp.me/p47ccR-1KQ

    All the best to you and hoping for continued success on your blogging path.

    Douglas ( http://moorezart.wordpress.com )

  25. I want to thank everyone who celebrate with me. It was a time-consuming but rewarding process. I enjoyed re-reading blogs and visiting these blogs and all the other blogs. To put it and see it all together in one post, I really am very content with that accomplishment as well as achieving the 300 posts. Thanks again, and have fun blogging as always.

  26. Incredible! You amaze me as much as all your incredibly talented blog friends. Thank you for linking Miss Averey’s birth (still makes me emotional to look at those). She is a YEAR old now. OMG. Where does the time go? Are you ready for Survivor???? πŸ˜€

    • It’s amazing how time flies. It seems like it’s faster when you see it from a child’s growth. I love that post.
      I’m so ready for Survivor! Thank goodness no Redemption Island this season. It just doesn’t work when it comes to love ones season. Exile will be fine. I’m curious how well the TAR twins do in the game. They were awful in the All-Star season of TAR.

  27. Oh Rommel, thank you:) This is a beautifully thought out post. A lot of time went into preparing it. Each quote and picture is a gift. Most of all, Rommel, your character shines through. You are a good man πŸ™‚
    Thanks for including me in your 300th post.

  28. first, thank you ever so much for the feature, Rommel, and congratulations on the 300 mark! i’ve been away from your blog like, forever…and away from taking photos and writing haiku like, forever…and wow, so happy you remembered my blog. i enjoyed visiting with all those you featured here and one of these days i hope to visit Palawan. what a beautiful place. have a wonderful September, Rommel!! πŸ™‚

    • I’ve been away from your blog as well. For some reason, sometimes I go there it won’t upload your page. Thanks for always paying attention to my Featured blogs.

      • good to know…i changed my background to a no design one hoping that resolves the slow upload. let me know if it’s better. if not, i’ll have to find another solution. and you’re welcome…your features are always delightful. πŸ™‚

  29. Congratulations, Rommel on your 300th post and on your efforts to compile this enormous project. I can see that you have put a lot of thought and consideration in selecting the right photos to represent each blog. Also, you have introduced me to some new ones. That’s indeed a beautiful promenade through WordPress gallery. Thank you for making me part of it.

    • It’s never how fast or slow you get there. As long as the posts speak with your personality. It took me about a year and a half to get to another 100. You’ll get there eventually. πŸ˜‰

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