#Throwback Thursday | A glimpse where all started


I know this post might be published Friday instead of today Thursday, since I honestly forgot that it’s Thursday! ย For all I know, it’s still Wednesday *geez* ย poor memory here ๐Ÿ˜€ ย Well, I was actually tagged by one of my blogger girl friends Eyah of Eyahnismย last week but I just read her tweet Friday so it’s too late to make this post already, and finally here it is!

This is just a quick post to give you an overview on my blogging journey. ย How I started from zero (like an empty cup) to where my blog is at present. ย I hope I’ll inspire you even just a little bit from this post.

Genzel Kisses Throwback Thursday

I’ve been hearing about blogging years ago but didn’t mind to pay attention to it because I thought, I won’t have time for it due to my studies. ย Maintaining scholarship just for me to study and help my parents, I can’t risk it with trying new stuff and devout my time on it. ย Then when I transferred school, I was invited by my dearest friend Kim to start blogging together, she has her own blog tho check it here and this one is for the both of us. ย I was originally from Onsugar.com, under the name – Beauty Train.

Beauty Train

Just as expected, I wasn’t able to cope with posting on this blog of ours so much. ย Then when I came back here in the Philippines, Kim encouraged me to make my own blog since she sees how I love sharing all my knowledge about different stuff. ย Be it about beauty, fashion, lifestyle, music, you name it. ย As long as I have information to share and to answer your question, I will. ย I’m not self-interested when it comes to things I know people can benefit from which is also my weakness, I tend to trust so easily and even forget to protect my own sometimes.

Snoe Beauty

My first ever decent blog haul – from Snoe Beauty. ย Read it here.

I started blogging without any decent gadget but my Nokia E5 Camera. ย My first posts were not that good when it comes to photos and I was still on the process of learning that time. ย It feels great though, improving every single day of my blogging journey.


Then finally, BF to the rescue! ย This is my first ever digital camera, that I can call my own. ย He gave this to me on my birthday last year with matching surprises and all. ย So sad that this was stolen last April 30 this year just after its 1 year camera birthday.

gen-zel layout1

Since day one, from Beauty Train to Genzel Kisses, my blog theme has always been pink. ย Light, dark, hot, as long as it’s pink. ย I just can’t find any photo of my first blog layout but of course, still it was pink. ย Kim helped me with that. ย This photo above was revamped by my trusted web designer – Deann of It’s Me Deann. ย You can read my blog revamp post here.


FM Makeup Baked Blush in Delicious Papaya – My first ever a bit decent review ๐Ÿ˜€

I honestly don’t know how to properly review a product before. ย What I just do is say whatever I think is important just like what I do when I share good things with my friends. ย It’s actually one of the reasons they encouraged me to blog. ย I talk a lot! ย If they will ask me like “What brand is nice for pimple prone skin?” ย then, I will talk like forever educating my friends with what I know and stuff *laughs* ย I even remember my friend Giselle telling me, I can be a tour guide in Watsons! *ROFL!*


Firmoo Global Optical Online – My first ever sponsor

I love sunglasses, for driver like me, it’s my best friend every morning every time I go out to avoid freckles, sunspots, and skin darkening most especially around the eye area. ย Thank you Firmoo for being the first brand who trusted my blog ๐Ÿ™‚ Read it here.

Genzel Kisses Blog

Welcome to WordPress!

I’ve been having this dilemma for a long time until I finally gave in in leaving Blogger and venture blogging in WordPress and I don’t regret anything at all. ย I had around 800 GFC Followers before I left, the one that was holding me back in transferring, then finally here I am! ๐Ÿ™‚

Genzel Kisses First postMy first post ever!

It feels so nice to reminisce where everything started. ย I’m so thankful for all those people who have been supporting me since day 1 and I’m trying my best to give back all your love for GKB. ย I’ve been into light pink, hot pink, light pink, and a lot of blog revisions. ย I’m also planning to have a new clean layout but of course it’s still pink, that’s the signature of this blog I guess. ย For my current layout, all thanks to le Boyfriend. ย He chose this shade of pink (from my logo on the upper left) and arrangements. ย Like it to bits!

The best part is, I gained new friends not just virtually but we also see each other which I enjoy a lot since I’m just at home all the time.

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I do. ย If only I can share more, maybe this post will take forever. Hihi. ย It is indeed, when you love what you do, it will love you back <3

gen-zel signature


  1. Sis,
    I read your very first post last night. And I found out you already have 400+ blog post already. Hoowow! I’ve been wondering how you make and able to sustain a post every single day. Haha! That’s why I asked you last night if you are not sleeping anymore. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. As I’ve always been saying I learned a lot from your blog and vlog. Thanks also for allowing me to collaborate with you. You’re really nice. By the way I also love pink!
    PS: Naging letter na tuloy ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Riza! Thank you so much for this very heartwarming message <3 I really appreciate it. Oh yes I remember haha. A lot of people ask me that too, if I'm still sleeping. ๐Ÿ˜€ I think it's just a matter of how dedicated I am with what I do and when you love what you're doing, you'll never feel tired doing it even if it takes time and effort, maybe that's why ๐Ÿ™‚ But I'm not perfect, there are still times when I can't post most especially if I feel stressed and all. Thanks for always reading my blog and watching my videos., Really appreciate it so much. Glad that you find them useful. Oh yes, I think, pink is really for girls ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. That’s nice to know and now you’re using your own camera already? It’s so fulfilling to see ourselves improve a lot. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve put so much on this blog, love, time, effort, and my own money since I’m living independently and I’m proud + happy with that though it’s not easy. Thanks for always visiting Sakuranko. <3

  2. Congrats! Discovered your blog when it was still 2 months old, I think ๐Ÿ™‚ And there are more bloggers who stop after a while. Glad to still see you around.

    1. Awww, Rae! I hope I’ll meet you soon ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve met some of the bloggers whom I know since day 1 and would love to meet you too someday ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Love reading how bloggers started their blog and they ending with the rest is history. I’ve been blogging for quite sometime now, used one platform to another but never really into public consumption, just an online diary and ranting space as i called it!

    p.s if you’re late for #throwbackThursday then it’s #flashbackFriday then. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Henley. Oh I don’t know about that Flashback Friday :)) I should’ve have changed it to that title. Next time ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks dear!

  4. It’s nice to look back on happy memories. I hope you’ll always inspire us with your reviews! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Another inspiration Genzel ๐Ÿ™‚ I really like to read posts like this, from where bloggers came from and how it all started. Hope someday I’ll be able to share my thoughts too. I’m still on the process of being an effective blogger and have to really work on the photos! Haha..

    1. Hi Rubie! I’m so happy you appreciate my posts ๐Ÿ™‚ I believe, someday you will and don’t forget to tag me so I can read it too! ^_^ My blog was suffering from low quality photos when I started. I know you will achieve the quality you want soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. A question run in my head while I’m reading this update of yours. “Paano nga ba ko napunta sa blog mo dati?” I really can’t remember na. But good thing that I visited your blog because that time I started to blog AGAIN. Nag-stop kasi ako magblog then ngayon na lang ulit ako tumuloy. Thank you for being an inspiration to me Genzel. You know that! I love your blog and you being so friendly. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Lhen! aw thank you T.T I’m so happy that you’re active on your blog again. Keep it up sweetie! <3

  7. I know this post! ๐Ÿ˜€ i also visited your first blog before this last month kasi may nabasa akong isang post mo with the link to your very frst blog before gen-zel.com ๐Ÿ™‚ super sarap balikan ng nakaraan. haha! ๐Ÿ˜€ just continue your blogging journey and continue to inform your readers about certain product whether to buy or nt… etc. we enjoy reading your blog D

    1. Thank you Fati!!! <3 I appreciate all your comments and time for reading my posts <3 Thanks so much dear!

  8. I’m blogging for almost two years sis.. but your journey amuses me. And I hope, marami pang dumating na blessings sa’yo. Saka sana, wag ka magbago. You’re the most approachable blogger I ever met (though not literally. haha) ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you Nikka!!! <3 T.T I've been always taught by my parent to always keep our feet flat on the ground no matter how successful we are in what we do. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much. I'm really looking forward to finally meet you in person someday. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. SIS, Your blog is one of my most favorite blogs. You are very approachable and friendly pa.. Haha i need to find a good camera na not too pricey for my second blog site, you have already checked that out dba,:) I lilly love your posts and vlogs, keep it up ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Lei! Awww, I’m super touched. Thank you so much for making my blog reached your standards for your favorites. I’m so happy <3 Hmm you can try my camera, I bought it for only 5k lang and it's super good ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again from the bottom of my heart <3

  10. Donah D. SweetJellyBean August 11, 2013, 8:55 AM

    What an amazing journey and yes you definitely love pink. It’s amazing how our themes, headers, writing styles evolve over time and I just want to say that you’ve done very well! Blogging is one big commitment and I can barely keep up with it – but when we’re passionate about something, we make time right? hehe. Keep it up sis, so cool to find you in the blogosphere. Enjoying your company and hope to see you someday x Donah

    1. Hi Donah! Thank you so much for that very sweet message. I fell in love with blogging to the point that boyfriend is complaining with it already hahaha. I’m also thankful to meet you through blogging. I hope to see you when you visit here in PI ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I’m just new in blogging and I’ll take you as my inspiration. I’m glad that you share your blogging journey to us. Will look forward to read more of your posts.

    1. Hi Roselle. That’s so sweet of you. Thanks for making my blog as your inspiration. More power with your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. You inspire me! With the trouble I’m having with a blogger who reacts to my every move, your post was just in good timing! Thank you! I myself started from scratch and experienced difficulties in coping up with this blogosphere we’re at. I am looking forward to having a throwback as good as this. I love blogging and I will blog no matter what. Bloggers like you are the nice and kind ones. You inspire co-bloggers and help ’em out. Just the way it should be. I’m not tryina be an FC but I really wish we could be friends. Once again, thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Pauchee! Oh, I’m glad this is a helpful post for you at this moment. I know what you’ve gone through. But it’s nice to go back to your first months of blogging someday and see how you’ve improved your blog and writing. It’s a self-fulfillment ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t have any regrets that my first post are crappy ones ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ve learned a lot. Yes, it’s the essence of blogging. Sharing. It’s priceless too when you know you get to inspire others with what you do. I hope too meet you soon ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re welcome!

      1. Yes! I really hope I’d get the chance to do a post like this. I know right. I am learning day by day. I am also learning by checking out other blogs that interest me and I get inspired by the bloggers who own them. I would want to inspire others with what I’d do too. I would love to meet you soon. <3
        Will be venturing in doing product reviews soon. One of my blog's firsts. Haha. I'm soooo excited! I hope it would turn out good. As of now, I'm researching on how to do product reviews so I could deliver a good one to my readers. Any tips? ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. That’s great! I’m excited to read your reviews! <3 I believe you can do this post someday ๐Ÿ˜‰ For the tips, I think the best I can give is to make it unique so people will go into your posts and make the info something like, the things you would look for in a review. Consider yourself as a reader ๐Ÿ™‚

          1. Thank you! Would be working on the review tomorrow. The tips are so useful! Would apply on my first ever review. Got my fingers crossed! ๐Ÿ™‚

          2. Good luck on your first review dear! ๐Ÿ™‚ Please let me know once it’s up. Would like to read it ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. galing naman! one year na pala blog mo and it has come a long waaay! congrats and goood luck sa blog mo ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. I can relate with your throwback thursday, I actually started blogging with friendster days pa, lol! dun pa ako nagstart mag blog then I learned about blogspot and I just love to post for my own memories to look back and even named it Kawaii and Colorful World but pink and colorful has always been my favorite themed too then for my graduation day I was given my own domain name and at first it was quite hard to think of a name for my own domain but I just put my name on it and luckily I never thought that with my new journey and new domain name that I had to start from scratch getting new followers and my old readers to my new one. A lot has changed, it was like a lucky gift for me, opportunities open doors for me in blogging world, I heard a lot of bloggers who became successful, they are the top bloggers and I never thought that I will become one too. Sobra nakatuwa di ba pag sa top blogs nasa first page tayo, ang sarap ng feeling knowing madami nag visit sa pinaghirapan mo picturan and post.

    I also started having sponsors, readers who became my friends and I was also one the bloggers to get invited in events with so much perks that will just keep you inspired and going, I agree with the part that “when you love what you do, it will love you back ” . For me it’s hard because I also have kids that I need to take care but how do I also make time for blogging? I don’t sleep that much anymore hahaha… just to post something because I enjoy it!

    Anyway Gen, if I go on too it will be like telenobela lol! but you are one of the blogger that inspires me and I really hope to meet you in person soon! โ™ฅ More Power and Keep it up! โ™ฅ

    1. Hi Rochelle! Thank you so much for this message. I’m happy to hear that. Yes, I believe it was a lucky gift. Congratulations for making it this far. Blogging requires dedication and I can see it from your blog. I love reading your posts about the events you attended plus I admire you since you already have kids but still manage your time to blog. I’m so happy to know this simple blog of mine inspires you too! ๐Ÿ™‚ More to go for the both of us. I wish us both success and blessings in the future. ๐Ÿ™‚ I really hope to meet you in person sometime soon!

    1. Hi Sissy! Thanks thanks? The recent one before I changed? I opt for minimalistic design with a touch of pink of course so I ended up with this one ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. KIM NIEVES(www.kimnieves.com) August 14, 2013, 5:57 PM

    Wow grabe, you were able to climb up the fashion & beauty ranks in a short period of time! You are a true inspiration Gen-zel! Congrats, I super love love love Genzel Kisses blog!! Keep on sharing beauty infos and reviews because I enjoy reading them โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Kim! Thank you so much for these sweet words of yours! I feel so happy and thankful that you like my blog and enjoy reading my posts ๐Ÿ™‚ You motivate me to work harder ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again! <3

      1. KIM NIEVES(www.kimnieves.com) August 15, 2013, 12:24 PM

        Welcome sis! ๐Ÿ™‚ Awesome to know people like you with immense knowledge in beauty. Hope to meet you one day ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Hello Gen-Zel! I love the overall transformation, the blog layout and the writing style! More awesomeness to come, love! Cheers xx

  17. It’s nice to see your journey as a blogger and it’s nice to see how you have progressed since the time you started.

      1. I had my post years ago and it’s about rediscovering my love for writing. I started mine as a personal blog way back when friendster was still around.

      2. I had my post years ago and it’s about rediscovering my love for writing. I started mine as a personal blog way back when friendster was still around. Just sharing.

        1. Oh that’s great. I had friendster too but I we didn’t have computer at home back then so I wasn’t able to take advantage of the internet.

  18. I enjoyed reading this post, Gen. You’ve really come a long way already and I am sure more blessings are about to come your way. I also salute your friendship with Kim; Nothing but genuine friendship. No crab mentality. She encouraged you and here you are right now, thanking her. I think that’s really sweet. It’s really nice to look back from where we started no? It feels so great seeing how we were able to improve ourselves. So far, this is my favorite post from your blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Michelle! Aww, thank you so much for this heartwarming comment and for all your wishes for me and my blog, likewise! Thank you, that’s how I value friendship with anyone, even to you. ๐Ÿ™‚ I honestly always remember her most especially when it comes to my blog. She’s a genuine friend. Sadly we can’t spend time together these days due to her hectic sched. I agree with that, definitely no crab mentality or competition. We help each other grow and that’s how bloggers should be. I’m also thankful that all of you that I knew through blogging are like that. Yes, it really feels nice to reminisce those memories plus it helps in keeping our feet flat on the ground. Thanks a bunch. I wish you more power and blessings too <3

  19. Your post motivates me to blog more ๐Ÿ™‚ I blog about online investments before and other online jobs, but I quit it and deleted it hahaha most of my readers complained of the color of my fonts and backgrounds so I started to think that it’s not really for me. If I really want to inject “kikayness” into my blog I must post some kikay stuffs too, right? So now I’m doing what I really love ๐Ÿ™‚ Gifts and other stuffs are just bonus ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Hi Love Joy! I’m happy to hear that you feel motivated by this post ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish you and your blog more power and blessings to come. Yes, doing what you love to do is priceless and worth your time definitely. Will look forward to more of your posts ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Reginia {PoisedinPrint.com} August 15, 2013, 12:59 AM

    Wow, this is such a detail “Firsts” post. Blogging is hard work and takes a bit of dedication to stay the course. You’ve done well and have had some great accomplishments along the way.

  21. It’s always nice to look back. It makes you grounded and reminds you of where you came from. I had horrible photos at first, too! Now they’re okay. Still want to get better ^^

  22. wow! did you know that i a new blogger! its been my 4 months doing blog yesterday although my blog got created last december and for being a busy woman on a day and night job,i dont take it seriouly and leave it empty in 5 months!
    i also got a “levam” nickname from my friends levam means leny vampire! because they dont see me sleep properly too!
    by the way you inspire me with this post honestly! you write professional too! thanks for posting!

    1. Hi Leny! THank you so much. I’m so happy to know that this post inspires readers ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep it up, and more power to your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. I can relate talga sis. Since I started blogging (2007), lahat ng themes ko puro pink, as in iba-iba shades ng pink. Ang girly and cute kasi, dba? Hihi. Anyway, I’m glad because of World Balance, I was able to know you. Hihi. From time to time, I watch your Vlogs kasi very helpful talga. Late bloomer kasi ako kaya madalas ako mag watch ng vlogs ng different beauty bloggers pra madaling matuto mag make-up at magpaganda. Chos. Haha! :))

    1. Hi Dhadha! Awww, thanks so much for reading and watching GK ๐Ÿ™‚ I really appreciate it. yes, pink is like a color made for us girls hoho. ๐Ÿ˜€ I think what I really like about pink is that it can be so girly and fierce at the same time depending on the shade but still femininity is there ๐Ÿ˜€ Same here, late bloomer din. I started to explore the world of beauty when I was 22 ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. I really enjoyed your post today. I am building up a following and I am too on the verge of looking at switching from Blogger to WordPress. I look forward to reading more of your posts!

  25. 400+ blog posts, Wow! how did you do that. Ako wala pa ngang 200 posts sa blog kong 2-years na.

    1. Dedication and love for what I do I think became my foundation ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Papaleng ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. We all look at blogging as something that really makes us happy. We don’t blog because we can earn from it or because we find sponsors through it. We blog because we want to make a difference and we have to always remember the very main reason why we continue to update our blogs despite our busy schedule.

  27. Congrats sweetie! Way to go and don’t forget do it because you love it and you are enjoying it.
    Oh reminiscing time hi-hi I remember the old days too where we only blog personal stuff and no photos or whatsoever. We also send personalized e-cards every occasion yay !

    Today there are so many blogs who are into beauty & fashion and all those product reviews yay!

    Good luck to your blog sis


    1. Hi Yesha! Thank you so much. I wish you and your blog the same ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree, but it’s okay as we have lots of reviews to read on hihi ๐Ÿ˜€

  28. cool! it’s really nice when people still blog after a long time. I haven’t been blogging for too long, and you’re really inspiring! good luck!

  29. Rosalie B. Tangonan September 22, 2013, 6:36 PM

    You’re blog is one of my first daily reads. It’s inspiring to know your journey as a blogger. I admire you so much because I can feel that you are really into blogging and your blog is always up to date ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope to read more from you genzel!

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