Blogged: On TV, Print, and Gratitude

Hello, everyone!

First and foremost, I would like to thank you for your continuous support of this blog. It has been almost five years since this food blog started. There were some challenges along the way to the point that I almost gave up on keeping it updated. But because of my faithful readers throughout the years, I am inspired to stay to keep it up and running.

Creating a food blog (or any kind of blog, for that matter) and maintaining it are two completely different things — the former being easier that the latter. Keeping it active is not an easy task, especially for someone with a really busy schedule. However, there’s a sense of reward and fulfillment every time I hear (and read) really nice words from you. For that, I thank you.

Mga Luto ni Lola
The blog’s old logo with the original Blogspot URL.

And because of your constant support, I’m proud to share with you that Mga Luto ni Lola has consistently been one of the highest [Google] ranking food blogs in the country, sometimes even beating many of the really well-known food blogs. In fact, this blog is even more popular than the blogger behind it. And that’s okay, because it was never my intention to be popular anyway.

Mga Luto ni Lola also paved the way to so many doors for me — from social media management to job opportunities to even writing a book. I also had my own share of failures though, but at least I get to meet really amazing people who believe in me and in what I am capable of doing. And I guess that’s the best thing that happened to me more than anything else. Not to mention, all the sponsors and media companies who have supported me all the while.

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Blogged: Rekindling Memories of Philippine Kitchens

“This is the book that I’ve always wanted to write.” I told Amy Besa, co-author of Memories of Philippine Kitchens, a book of Filipino stories and recipes gathered from all over the country.

Memories of Philippine Kitchens

“I get that a lot,” she replied with a sweet smile on her face. She was about to sign the book, so she asked, “What’s your name?”

“GJ,” I said. “I’m a food blogger. I blog about my lola’s recipes.”

“That’s great! You should write a book too!” she said. And that’s the same message that she scribbled as she signed her name on the title page.

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Blogged: Lola’s Top 3 Android Apps for Food Lovers

Eeek! My food blog was hijacked!

I’ve been freakin’ out for the past weeks because I couldn’t get into my blog’s dashboard. There was an error on my WordPress log in page, and the ignoramus in me had no idea what was causing it. I’m not exactly the best person to ask about technology and programming, you know. But thanks to my friend, Mij, who tweaked some codes on my blog to resolve the problem. And now I’m back!

Speaking of techie, and being an Android fan myself (yes, I like keeping myself updated with the latest news in tech and gadgets), I made a list of some of the best Android apps for all the techie Pinoy foodies out there — something that you may find useful when you’re out for lunch or while you’re prepping something nice for dinner.

So, ready your Android devices, open the Google Play app, and download my top 3 favorite Android apps for food lovers:

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