The Pine-Scented Chronicles

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A Penny For My Thoughts

I am a lot of things. I am that book with endless words. I am that pen that never ceases writing. I am an imagery that captures the beauty that there is. I am a song of elation, of sadness. I am a celebration of life. But most of all, I am a memory, a speck of dust that somehow coexisted and survived with other mindless dusts in our personal space in time.

But who am I really?

I am a son of the mountains and an FBI (Full Blooded Igorot). In my bloodstreams run the DNAs of fierce warriors that once ruled the hinterlands of the Gran Cordilleras. However, whenever I look at the mirror, I don’t see the image of a warrior but rather the reflection of a small town boy who grew up in the relative safety of the mountains, protecting him from the nightmarish realities outside of these mountains. But in spite of this, there was always that clamor inside of him to chase bigger dreams, to go outside his comfort zone and just experience the world.

And jump into the void I did! Hesitantly but with growing enthusiasm, I ventured into the “big city” to learn more and to experience things that the confines of my mountains could not provide. It is a maze that I often found myself lost. However, I have already learned a lot but I know it is still not enough. In the meantime, I’ll just be a sponge and absorb everything around me.

I enjoy the company of my close friends. I love small talks with my friends because it gives me a deeper insight as to who they are. This, I think that it is my one idiosyncrasy vis-à-vis personal relationships. I always have that insatiable appetite to know more about my friends and know more about what makes them tick.

I am an ultimate beach bum and a travel junkie. Travel is like second nature to me and I am always after exploring and falling in love new places and experiences. Though I grew up in the mountains, my heart was captured by the beach, with the sun, the sand and the gentle lapping of the waves acting like a manna rejuvenating my exasperated soul. I do like to trek mountains and keep in touch with my inner affinity with mother nature.

I am a bibliophile. My love for knowledge and learning pushed me to start reading early. I delved in newspapers and magazines, then eventually I got enamored with encyclopedias, with its glossy pages and colorful images. Now I am into novels of basically every genre but horror (I have too active an imagination).

Lately, I’ve been focusing on my writing. I am slowly regaining the momentum that I have once lost. I’ve been too obstinate for too long that I let my pen grow dull. But now I am back with a vengeance, and of the good kind, and I will now put to use the pen to inspire change. I don’t want to waste whatever talent was bequeathed to me.

There are still a lot of things I want to accomplish, and I am still on the process of adjusting my sails. However, I am putting my full trust in our good Lord, that He will guide me in every step of the way to reaching the zenith of my journey. With Him, my family and my friends as my inspirations, I know I will be able to reach greater things in this lifetime.

~Carl L. Batnag, CPA

44 thoughts on “A Penny For My Thoughts

  1. Very nice Carl! I’ve been noticing lately how you post in FB, how eloquent you are in expressing your thoughts and feelings. I was curious because I like what I see, so I clicked the link attached on your latest post and now I’m here commenting. Good job Carl! Continue to be a blessing. You inspire me a lot. Thanks.

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  2. Hi

    My name is Shaun and I’m an author, just wondering if you consider reviewing books, in exchange for a free ebook copy?

    Here is a link to my book (Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith) on amazon, so you can have a look and decide if it may or may not be something you would be interested in reading –

    Thanks for taking the time to consider my enquiry, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.



    1. And I thank you for dropping by 🙂 I am always fascinated by your adventures, they transport me to the places you’ve visited 🙂 I hope to read more of your adventures and hopefully I get to chance to experience them in the future.

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    1. I realize that I wrote this when I was younger. Over the past few years, I’ve come to understand that I am both a mountain and beach person. I was born and I grew up in the mountains and I still yearn for home even though I’ve been living and working in the big city these past eight years 🙂


  3. Thanks for your like of my post, “Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 6 – The Essence Of The Tribulation;” I appreciate your kindness.


  4. You are on the right track! Remember all things are possible by putting your trust in Him. Do you have time for a review of my self-published novel THE CROSS WE BEAR? (I. V. Greco – pen name) Proceeds will go to cancer research. It is available on Amazon. All the best with your endeavors!


  5. I came across your blog from your project 81 post and I’m happy I did! I like how proud you are for being an Igorot and it makes me really proud as a fellow Filipino, boasting one of our pride! Keep on writing!

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  6. Please consider reading my book about my wife’s grandmother, a Korean woman who struggled to receive an education in the early 1900s, suffered while fighting for Korean freedom, overcame many obstacles to become a physician and was an advocate for the rights of disadvantaged citizens. Available on Amazon & Kindle, “An Extraordinary Life, A Biographical Novel of Colonial Korea.”


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