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As zero represents having nothing as a beginning, infinity connotes something that lasts forever.

But on this day of zeroes and infinities – 080808 – I would have to bade goodbye. This is not a sad goodbye though, as I am simply starting anew with zero, albeit in another blog.

As businesses would say — “We have moved to a better location, please visit us.” In the same way, I am encouraging you, my readers and visitors to visit my blog in a new and better home –

Let’s Go Sago . Net

This is the same food blog, but I have merged it with my travel blog as they are closely related. In that blog, I am introducing a blog character named…oops, I’m not saying it. (Or did I just mentioned it?!) It’s for you to find out HERE. Click away! Paalam!

“Good morning Sir Arthur,” greeted my favorite Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf barista. “Would you want your usual brewed coffee?” She continued, with a smile. “Café Americano for today, Michaela,” I replied with a glimpse of smile.

As I sat in my favorite corner of the shop and began to take my first sip of espresso, I saw an old man. He was seated at the next table reading the morning paper. You could tell his age from the deep lines written on his forehead and the corners of his eyes. He reminded me of my father. I took a second sip while soft tears partly filled my eyes.

I grew up practically away from him. Tatay Arturo, as his fellow coffee bean farmers used to call him, chose to stay in Batangas while he sent me to school in old Manila. It was only during summertime when I get to go to the farm with ‘tatay’. As a child, I was allowed to clean the red beans freshly plucked from the farm. When I became a young man, I was then able to assist in roasting the beans, the traditional way. During these times, the aroma of the Arabica beans would fill the whole town plaza.

Before the summer ends, tatay would always remind me to do well in school, to have a better future, and not be like him – a struggling coffee bean farmer. The arrangement stayed that way until my last year in high school, when he died.

Every time I drink coffee and smell the aroma of newly roasted beans, I shall remember my father, my tatay who plucked coffee beans to raise his son.

Upon finishing my espresso, I stood and bade Michaela goodbye, at least temporarily, because I’ll see her again next Sunday.

*A Fictional Essay/Short Story for What’s Your Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Story

If you think I deserve a merit, please feel free to vote for me HERE. Thanks in Advance. =)

I also submitted entries for the Photo section entitled “The CBTL Ambiance” and “Life is Full of Choices“. You may vote for the photos by clicking the links.

Break time for food related posts. Being new in the blogging world, I’m giving my share in the The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008
organized by Ms. Janette Toral for the 2nd year.

As much as I would like to nominate my own publicized blogs Travel-Tayo & Something Sweet & More, I decided not to do so. =)

Anyway, my Top 10 3 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008 are:
Manila Foodistas
http://manilafoodistas.blogspot.com

Music Picks ni Ed Arevalo
http://blog.edarevalo.net

Filipino Voices
http://www.filipinovoices.com

These are so far my votes, I have yet to read more blogs and decide…hopefully maka-abot sa cut-off date. =)

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UPDATE

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And here goes the next 7 to complete my list. The major criteria I personally used in coming up with the list are

  • Influential Aspect – its ability to impact upon its readers
  • Content – relevance of content
  • Maintained – more or less regular posting
  • Focus – has focus on a chosen niche

04 You Got Tech
http://www.yougottech.com/
05 The NOT So Talented Mr. Montano?
http://delfindjmontano.blogspot.com/
06 Build That Geek
http://conradmiguel.com/
07 AmongEd.Org
http://www.amonged.org/
08 Mar Roxas for President in 2010
http://marroxas2010.blogspot.com/
09 Lakwatsero
http://www.lakwatsero.com
10 Davao Delicious
http://www.davaodeli.com/

I’d usually go primarily for content (reason why #4 is there), but since this is mainly about being “influential”, #5 has a lot of this; although I’m not necessarily a fan of it. #6 may not be influential ‘yet’, but at age 16, this one has got a great potential.

Political blogs are naturally influential especially if the subject is controversial. These two covered the other criteria quite well earning them the 7th & 8th position. #9 & #10 capped it off being related to my blog-loves, travel and food. They’re influential in their own rites. =)

Also check these other sites I have considered in the process.
missingcarlo.filblogs.com, visitsagada.com, itsngenius.net/, miss-write.com/, wawsabaw.com/ , hometown-boy.blogspot.com/

This Blog Has Moved To…

Let's Go Sago!

A better and more active food blog, it promises to explore more dishes and food establishments in time as it is also combined with travel posts to make your experience complete. Let's Go Sago! (letsgosago.net)

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