Who, Why, and What

Who am I

malot-calligraphyHi, I’m Malot! I’m a mother to two very talented, smart, and beautiful girls, whom I always refer to as Big Baby A and Little Baby Z in my posts and are also known as Big ’n  Lil Sis or Big Sis (Ali) and Lil Sis (Zoe). I’m also a wife to an eccentric, loving, talented, and hardworking man–whom I married twice–and happens to be an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker, or an expat based in Singapore to be more specific). Hence, we refer to ourselves as an OFW family. As a family, we like to travel, watch movies, take photos (with our digital gadgets), read, play board games, create art, and discover new dishes both at home and at restaurants.

I like to think of myself as a Proverbs 31 Woman in the making and a perpetual learner. I’m a Christian, and I like putting my skills and knowledge into good use by serving my family, the church, and the community in any way I could.

What I do

Aside from being a full-time homemaker (without a helper), I have been homeschooling my daughters since June 2016, while I continue to work from home both as a volunteer and a freelance professional.

As a professional, I specialize in PR writing, copy editing and proofreading (books, manuals, essays, and academic research papers), social media marketing, translation, customer service, and teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) online. As a PR professional, among the brands I have handled while working for some of the country’s top PR firms were Apple, P&G Pampers, Pfizer, Globe, Playtex, Tupperware, Johnson&Johnson, and more.

I’m also an independent distributor of anti-aging products by Nu Skin Enterprises, which include food supplements and skin care products, from the US. Being the leader in anti-aging science, the company was once featured on Discovery Channel, as well as in financial news programs and publications all over the world for its credibility as a business enterprise, admirable financial growth, and amazing products. I came to be a distributor because their products are instrumental in keeping all of us in the family healthy.

As a volunteer, I help in the copyediting and translation of Christian literature, as well as in leading and training other volunteers for certain non-profit organizations. I also teach in Sunday School and/or DVBS (Daily Vacation Bible School) when my schedule permits.

And, since I have this blog, I suppose that makes me a blogger too, though I never really considered myself one until recently. I was content at being a PR and SEO Writer, and blogging only for myself. It was through the help and encouragement of one of my blogger friends that I started getting invitations to various events as a blogger and became a part of different blogger groups on Facebook.

Obviously, however, there’s still a lot that I need to learn about professional blogging, and so far, the biggest challenge that I have is writing posts on a regular basis–you have no idea how many articles are in my drafts folder–and making this site’s appearance more appealing, if not reflect my personality, at least.

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I enjoy taking personality tests. According to howtofascinate.com, I have the Mystique Advantage (see above description); whereas, a certain test reveals that I am an ambivert and another one describes me as phlegmatic.

Why I blog

I started keeping a diary since I was probably in 3rd grade up until I gave birth to my eldest child in 2003. Somehow, starting a family and caring for a newborn took a toll on me, so I kept writing to a professional level during those early years of my marriage. This blog, however, was borne out of deep pain, particularly when my marriage was on the rocks a few years back. To cope, I went back to writing, i.e., journaling, but started doing it online instead.

In many ways, this blog has become a tool for me to rekindle my passion for writing, if not to keep me sane. This was my secret hideaway, where I could just be myself, clear my mind, and not care so much about the tone or words that I use, including grammar at times. I would write just about anything that came to my attention, boggled me, amazed me, as well as things that made me cry and cranky, including my secret longings.

So, don’t be surprised if some of the stories you’ll read here, especially those dated years ago, are supercharged with emotions–both positive and negative. You can say that I am one of those people who write with their ❤Expect then to read some pretty long posts too!

By making this blog public–it was on private mode for several years–I hope to connect with like-minded individuals, learn from others, and inspire, especially my fellow SAHMs and OFW wives (without a helper), who tend to take life rather seriously (like I do), in any way I could, with my own stories.

What I blog about

Since this is first and foremost a personal blog, the stories you’ll find here are mostly musings and/or confessions about (my) marriage, the challenges we face as an OFW family, my faith journey to becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman, and raising daughters who would grow up to become Proverbs 31 Women too, including some of our homeschool adventure.

Over the years, I have also started sharing my hobbies and interests, such as food, reading, traveling, volunteering, entrepreneurship, and more. From time to time, you’ll find press releases or featured posts here too; after all, I am a PR writer by profession. In the coming months, however, I hope to feature inspirational stories of the remarkable Christians I have met and advocacies or foundations I support, including events that cater to my fellow moms or parents, women who would like to grow in their relationship with Jesus, OFW families, and homeschoolers.

This blog, by the way, has already gone through a lot of changes in terms of name and appearance or format. It started as “A Musing Mom’s Tales”, with me as The Musing Mom. Somehow, I would always find the previous titles to be such a mouthful, too serious, limiting, etc., not to mention the ones I thought would be perfect were already taken. Anyway, I think I shall stick with the current blog name and title you’re seeing now. What do you think?

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From writing only for my own pleasure, I now hope to be a blessing to others through my own writings

Thank you for visiting. I look forward to hearing from you, even working with you! Feel free to link up, subscribe, share your thoughts on each story you’ve read, even your own testimony, and connect with others through this site. Let me know how we can bless one another, will you? ❤  Malot

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