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About Topaz Horizon

Hi everyone! Thanks so much for dropping by my little, old blog. Yes, it's old. I've been blogging since 2006. Well, 2005 if you include my sporadic posts on a private blog over at Friendster.

My love for blogging has waxed and waned over the last decade. At first, it was just an online journal. Lots of nonsense, ranting, and silliness as I grew up. Then it became my avenue for figuring out this life. Then it became a money-making machine as brands partnered with me to make their products reach my readers. Then I didn't know what to do with it anymore. I'm not unaware that I've developed a following—women who are brave, honest, authentic, and struggling with marriage and motherhood. So what do I do with this voice?

Well, I've decided to continue being the brave, honest, authentic me going through life's trials and triumphs. This is important to me because I need to find other women who are also bravely living life and looking it in the eye, and will not gloss things over, will not back down, will not run away, and will soldier on, celebrating the ups, ploughing through the downs, and then meeting new friends along the way.

I want to celebrate working women, especially working mothers, on my blog. I want to bring together mothers of boys so we can learn how to raise real men. I want to be a friend, a student, and a mentor to these women. We have much to learn and teach each other!

I want to honor my marriage, which is my source of strength and calm in this crazy world. I want to honor my children, who teach me more about myself and life more than I teach them anything, to be honest. Most of all, I want to honor my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who I haven't honored enough despite all the blessings He has given me.

I'll still blog about brands I love, products I just found, the work that I do, the adorable children I have, and the marriage I enjoy. Because we're all friends here and we need to talk about happy, silly stuff just as we need to go over the heavy, serious stuff. So I hope you're ready for a ride because that's what we're on here on Topaz Horizon!

Frequently Asked Qs

Who are you?
I'm a writer. I have over 15 years' experience in writing, editing, and magazine publishing.

I studied Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines, with Short Fiction as my major. Two stories I wrote got me a much coveted slot in the UP National Writers' Workshop in 1999. That workshop was also where I met my husband, writer Vince Sales. We now have three wonderful sons, Vito, Iñigo, and Piero.

So in one sentence: I am a wife, a mom, a writer, and a blogger.

Why is your blog called Topaz Horizon?
The silly answer to that can be found here.

How does your blog earn money?
My blog earns through sponsored posts and brand ambassadorships. I'm grateful that both my husband and I have careers that allow us to stay home and be with our little boys. It is an incredible privilege to be able to work and raise our children at the same time! Blogging especially has given me many opportunities. On top of being asked to write about motherhood and childcare for parenting magazines and websites, I've also become a digital ambassador and blog partner for many family-friendly brands like Pampers, Nivea Baby, Sangobion, Lotte Xylitol, Jolly, Biogenic, Physiogel, Nutella, and Smart Telecom. I am so glad that I'm a blogger!

What's your stance on blogger integrity?
I'm aware that since this is a personal blog, people expect personal stuff in it. I respect that so I promise to only accept work from brands I really use, really like, and really believe in.

To be completely transparent, I've made it easy to spot if a post is sponsored. I start the post with "This post is brought to you by so-and-so," and then I also label it with "Sponsored Post."

As for blogger integrity, this is all I have to say.

Do you publish all comments?
No. Comments that aren't really related to the post (usually goes something like this: "Love your blog! Please visit mine!"), comments that are spam, and comments that are nasty don't see the light of day.

I used to just publish everything for the sake of freedom of expression. And then I realized that nasty comments attracted even more nasty people. And I don't want any of those trolls hanging around. You see, this is my house and I don't allow people to leave their trash lying around.

How do I contact you?
You may email me at 

Topaz Horizon also has a Facebook page! Many of my readers drop me a line there or comment on my blog posts there. I kinda like it better since I get to see the faces behind the comments.

If you have any more questions, just email me or leave a comment on the FB wall! Thanks for reading!

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Terms of Use, Disclaimer, Copyright and Other Policies

This blog is a personal project, a little hobby. While I have sponsored posts, these are few and thus I can still happily say that Topaz Horizon is not a lucrative money-making venture (yet!).

I do want to assure my readers that all the opinions expressed here are still my own (not bought) but please be reminded that I write out of my own experience with my marriage, my kids, and the products I feature. Please do not do or buy anything that I do/use and assume the exact thing will happen to you! Everything I write here is for informational (sometimes for entertainment!) purposes only, and anything I suggest is just, well, a suggestion. So, for example, if you decide to use a diaper my kids use/d and your baby suffers a rash, or if you decide to have three kids, too, then get freaked out because three kids are a lot to feed, I'm afraid I can't compensate you or be held responsible in any way whatsoever! (If your problem is with a product I featured, kindly take it up with the company. Thank you!)

A blog is an online diary shared to the public. (Please read at your own risk!) While I am a happy mommy, I'm not an expert mommy. I have many thoughts about parenting and the stuff I use to make this journey easier, and these thoughts are often typed quickly, spontaneously and unedited. I sometimes revise the content after publication when readers point out spelling and grammatical mistakes, so I welcome advise and correction!

I do, however, reserve the right to monitor comments and will not publish or respond to comments that are abusive, profane, idiotic or just plain rude. So please let's be nice!

Since this is a blog that spans years, I must admit that my opinions change. (I know I said I was never going to have kids, right?!) So while I cringe at some blog posts I wrote early on, I keep them there to remind me of how I've grown—hopefully wiser—over the years. That said, you are welcome to read through my awkward changes but please don't judge me solely on a few posts, especially old ones, since my thoughts back then may not be the same as the ones I hold now.

You are also welcome to share my blog posts with all your family and friends! But please be reminded that all content is my property, except for some photos and poems and music which are all credited and linked properly. You may use some of my content if you wish, just tell me, and credit me or link back to the blog.  

As for me, I also credit readers' content. That means letters, emails, gifts, Tweets, Facebook messages and posts. I will assume that all correspondence posted publicly (a.k.a. on social media) is okay to be shared through my online and print media. Private messages and gifts from private citizens will be treated as confidential unless I think it's worth sharing and you will be assured that I will ask your permission first before I share to the public.