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I am now two years old on HubPages!

Updated on September 22, 2011

Two years old and still growing

Great! I was awaken from a short slumber one afternoon of September, 2011 and realized that I already reached the two-year mark of hubbing on HubPages.

My other self told me to celebrate but I'm tight on a budget. Wait, I better check my Google AdSense account and see if I already reached my payout threshold of $100 dollars for the third time around.

And lo! It is really is! But I still have to wait for a 30-day clearance before I withdraw it at the nearest outlet of Western Union in the city.

Woopah! I think I better postpone my celebration and just make a wishlist for this hard earned money for the past five months.

I'm still keeping myself busy with the other activities at home by participating in many activities at the county. It is also my source of the recent hubs that I just posted and published on this site.

My inspiration to do so ranges from tropical cooking, do-it-yourself projects, local activities and other personal experiences in life.


Travel Man posing at the gate of Taoism Temple in Naga City, Sept. 17, 2011
Travel Man posing at the gate of Taoism Temple in Naga City, Sept. 17, 2011

Advocacies on Travel Man's Hubs

I've concentrated on writing a series of hubs with a particular theme. This, aside from the contests that HubPages did sponsor and the weekly inspiration (former HubMob weekly topic). By the way, almost all of my hubs lack summary, so I'm still cramming to update it and promote it by writing an abstract per hub.

The outcome of my hubs concentrated mostly on the following series:

  1. Tropical Cooking - Being a Filipino, I've been cooking tropical food for the past decades of my life. With this series of hubs, I am promoting such cooking and the Philippine cuisine as well, so that, they'll get acquainted on how the islanders cook their food. I even made a food blog (Tropical JOE) promoting my cooking series.
  2. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Project - My practical side made me write series of projects that happened at home, like cementing a pavement, cutting a coconut tree, etc. Other hubbers are doing and sharing it, too.
  3. Health-Conscious - I am aiming to share the latest information in science that will benefit those who will read it.
  4. Practical Photography - I did a series of hubs regarding photography. Anyone can be an expert on taking pictures by just following practical tips based from my actual experience. There are lots of unexplored places in your locality that you can share to the whole world.
  5. My Vinyl Records Collection - I can call it a legacy, my vinyl records collection, where my father bought when I was born. I also added record acquired from the local radio station where digital music is already used.
  6. Trivialities in Life - There are lots of neglected topics that have a huge impact once you publish it. For example, virtues of life that we often neglect, like kindness, honesty, etc.
  7. Tips and Advices on HubPages - Well, I may sound like a guru but I'm just sharing bits and pieces of ideas and knowledge that I acquired while hubbing for the past two years.
  8. Politics Watch - I usually feature hubs on politics that are concentrated in the Philippines. College students usually leave comments and request to make more hubs regarding the present administration.

In time, I will also update my older hubs that usually feature Travel & Places.

So, if you're not in a hurry, you can still linger on my 400+ hubs and leave comments that can inspire me to contribute more on the next years to come.

Travel Man's Advocacies on HubPages
Travel Man's Advocacies on HubPages

My plans after two years of hubbing

Two years of productive hubbing have passed. I am still eager to contribute more if HubPages will continue to come up with positive changes that will make us more wiser and richer.

My plans? I have many, although I will try my best to continue writing productive hubs that will generate more followers and readership; much more, passive income. I think, this is also the main goal of every hubber. We, writers-bloggers-hubbers, are thinking the same thing, aside from being a productive individual of the world.

My perspective broadens because of the insights given by other hubbers who are more experienced in online writing.

I asked a very extreme hub makeover on writing a bilingual hubs because some of the Filipino readers, especially students requested me to write it in Tagalog. It will surely violate the HubPages Rules and Regulations, so, I told them to just use the Google Translate as a tool to broaden their understanding in the local language. Other hubbers also cautioned me to avoid writing bilingual hubs in the future. Maybe, for now, it is still a violation. But who knows? I might see future hubbers using their own native tongues and translating it in English for better comprehension.

Where can you find travelman1971?

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This is the region where travelman1971's place is located. Bicol is famous for its Mayon Volcano in Albay and CWC in Camarines Sur. Please visit us!

Let's celebrate!

September is a big month for the Bicol region in the Philippines, I just had a good time taking part in many activities of the Penafrancia fiesta. I didn't eat that much. I'm not getting any younger and I am watching my cholesterol level that close because I'm on my way to a complete medical check-up for a new contract of work on board ship.

Hospitality is still the best character of many Filipinos when there's a special occasion. You will enjoy it, too, in terms of the food (eat-all-you-can) and the accommodation.

I was invited by my former colleague on the radio and enjoyed my visit, especially on the buko salad, sweet and sour fish and some pork meat dishes.

I also relayed my two-year old hubbing online. The couple cheered and said that it was timely to celebrate my being a HubPages writer with them. They're also using social media (as in Facebook and Twitter) in order to reach out for long-distant relatives.

Well, it's just an introduction for my celebration.

Just wait, until I receive my third payout on Google AdSense. I might as well spill it out here; how will I spend the money.

Now, let's eat!

During Penafrancia Fiesta, Sept. 17, 2011 (c/o Francisco's Family, my former radio colleague)
During Penafrancia Fiesta, Sept. 17, 2011 (c/o Francisco's Family, my former radio colleague)

Let's have a refreshment.

Buko - Young Coconut (All photos by Travel Man)
Buko - Young Coconut (All photos by Travel Man)

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @hi friends: Thanks!!! You can join us here, too!

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      hi friends 5 years ago

      great

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @alwritetea: Thanks for loving it! HubPages inspires writers all over the world to go online and earn certain revenues.

      Two thumbs up for you and thanks for gracing my hub.

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      Lisa Sumner 5 years ago from Vancouver

      Wow! Fantastic Hub! Very thorough and informative! I am brand new to HubPages, but am LOVING it so far. You are truly an inspiration and a motivator to keep writing and sharing information with the world.

      High five! From one vinyl record collector to another!

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @ Millionaire Tips: It's done for us all here on HubPages. Thanks a lot!

      If we contribute useful hubs continously, then, we'll be receiving the corresponding rewards from the company and its affiliates.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @ mahua sengupta: Thanks for the accolade. Hoping you'll stay for long on HubPages, too. :D

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Happy belated anniversary! Best of luck to your future from me as well.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Lita C. Malicdem: Thank you somuch , Ma'am Lita. I hope I can visit you one day and have a good conversation regarding our hubbing life.

      I, too, wish on your untiring contribution on HubPages.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

      Congratulations on your second year at HubPages! You've made great contributions in so short a time. No wonder that your pay-off is that handsome, too! Here's a wish for your continued progress. Cheers!

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @moiragallaga: Thank you, Moira. Two years is not enough. I will continue writing and stamp my contribution on HubPages.

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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Congratulations Travel_man! More power to you!

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @weestro: Welcome to HubPages. You have great, unique hubs, too. Yes, it's a long way to go and lots of adventure to discover here.

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Congrats!! I just hit one month so I have a long way to go!! Keep up the great work!

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @homesteadbound: Thanks for your concern. If you will read one hub on my Politics Watch Series, I wrote the interview of the television announcer in Tagalog and translated it in English.

      After publishing that, I received an email from a Filipino college student, requesting me to write hubs with Tagalog counterpart.

      I realized that for now, it will not be possible due to the rules and regulation being imposed by HubPages. All hubs, for now, should be written in English.

      Again, thanks for dropping by.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      I didn't see your hub that was not in English or was bi-lingual, however, I wondered if they would let you write with the left column being in English and the right column in Tagalong.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @homesteadbound: Thank you for the hub-visit. That's my dilemma, too. Running out of ideas will mean mental block. I've noticed that some seasoned hubbers retired early from the site. I don't want to be like them. I'm enjoying writing to the fullest.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Cyndi10: Thanks for dropping by. It's been two years since I published my first hub. Since then, my outlook about online writing changed. I've seen a glimmer of hope to let my tiny voice reverberate not only in the confines of my room but around the world. HubPages is really making a difference in our lives.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Cyndi10: Thanks for dropping by. It's been two years since I published my first hub. Since then, my outlook about online writing changed. I've seen a glimmer of hope to let my tiny voice reverberate not only in the confines of my room but around the world. HubPages is really making a difference in our lives.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Cogerson: Thanks to you, too. 8 months of reading my hubs mean a lot to me. Yes, every place I visit leaves an unforgettable spot in my heart and mind.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Gypsy Willow: Thanks to you. I'm on the road to finishing year 3 on HubPages. Wish me luck! :D

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @princesswithapen: Thank you for coming. Yeah, it's been a two years of self-discovery through hubbing and learning lots of ideas and info from other hubbers, too.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @blackreign2012: Thank you. Feel free to browse on my other hubs and don't forget to leave comments.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Website Examiner; You're welcome, Sir! I'm fortunate to be visited by one of the most seasoned hubbers on HubPages.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @dankendk: You bet it does; coupled with eagerness, frustrations,,,and little by little, the elusive TRIUMPH (disguised as SUCCESS). Thanks for dropping by!

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @kerlynb: Salamat (Thanks!), kabayan!!! My journey to HubPages is full of struggle; I still am facing challenges with every hub I write here.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      I'm at 5 weeks, so it's hard to think of two years from now. I hope I haven't run out of things to write about. Congratulations! And you're getting checks too! Yeah!

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Congratulations on two years as a Hubbet! As someone who is relatively new to Hubpages, I admire your tenacity. I wish you many more Hubs.

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      Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

      Congrats on two years, i have enjoyed reading your hubs for the last 8 months...hope you find a great place to visit ...keep up the awesome work my friend.

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      Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Well done travel man. Keep up the good work!

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      princesswithapen 5 years ago

      Congratulations travel_man1971! Surviving two years on HubPages is a top effort. We all at HubPages look forward to many more of your hubs.

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      blackreign2012 5 years ago

      congrats!!!

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      Website Examiner 5 years ago

      Congratulations, and thanks for your support and positive activities!

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      dankendk 5 years ago

      Wow! I must have been an awesome two-year experience! Looking forward for more hubs! :D

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      kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      Ouuuuiiiiiiii!!! Congratulations :D