hey, you.

Thanks for visiting the blog. I hope your stay will be longer. I hope every story in this blog tugs your heart and leads you to the path everlasting.

I’m Joena.

This is me. 

Ideally, we would have this conversation in a coffee shop and I would whole-heartedly treat you for a cake and a tea. Then, I’ll start asking you about your heart. Yet, this will do for now.

I’m the typical girl in her 20’s who happens to love people and their stories. I delight in listening on how God pursues each of His children. The sweet aroma of His love never fails to bring me to tears.

My happy place is my room. Yet, I love you to take me on a date. Asking brave questions, honest answers, and sweet confessions warms my heart.

Karaoke and big parties are not my thing. They make me unnaturally happy.

I love intimate fellowships. I talk to myself, a lot. I love slow walks. I’ve always felt connected to trees, flowers, sky, and mountains. The ocean is my enemy.

This blog started in Manila and now continuing its journey in Bangkok. Maybe, New York will be our next home ..or New Zealand? I don’t know but one thing’s for sure: God will always be the center of each story.

I pray that the words of this blog speak to you and point you to a conversation with the Lord. I pray that it will be a confirmation of your calling. I pray that it would speak life. I pray that it would push you to go out of your comfort zone. I pray that it will make you chaise your dreams and fly high like an eagle. Above all, I pray that this blog will lead you to love more and forgive more. To see Jesus loving you more than ever before.

Cheers to a broken heart, made new only by the Lord.

i enjoyed our small talk,

Joena

49 thoughts on “Meet her

  1. The Quiet Place says:

    Hi Joena, a good friend of mine sent me a link of your blogpost “How to Guard Your Heart” and it was such an affirmation with what I’m going through at this season (Remember the marriageable man who passed all the qualities in your“The Right Guy Checklist,” ). Who would ever thought that I’ll read those words that spoke to me from a blog of someone a decade younger than me (No to generation gaps!!). I just wrote a note to inspire you to continue to write these stories, you will never know who it will touch or spoke to. God Bless and Keep writing for His glory 🙂

    1. joenasandiego says:

      Hello! 😊 I read your comment for hundred of times already and it still tugs my heart every time. Thank you for the encouragement. I appreciate you po! 😊

    1. joenasandiego says:

      Hello Glen! 😊 I graduated with an Education degree, majoring in Information Technology, which provides wider options for me in terms of jobs. Are you praying to teach anytime soon? 😊

  2. camillegraceb says:

    hi ate joena! I’ve been reading your blogs lately which inspired me to create my own blog! Hope you can visit it some time. And thank you for inspiring me with your blogs! I love your new coffee shop dates! ❤ ❤ ❤

    1. joenasandiego says:

      Hi, Camille. I am responding almost a month later. How rude I am, right? I apologize. Yikes. But hey, how’s your own blog going? Share some of your posts here. Would love to read it. 😊

      1. camillegraceb says:

        PS. Hi ate joena, i just saw you new tab, the letters. is it too much if I ask you for a letter too? Acads is trying to reap me off, I am now a junior studying BS Computer Science. I really hope you’d give me one 🙂

  3. Ellaine says:

    Hi. I have a confession to make. I use your blogs as my victory group materials. Hahaha now all the ladies in my VG wants to meet you. You have such a beautiful heart.

  4. Iza says:

    Hi, Ate Joena. Your blog and everything about it (esp. the stories and thoughts you’re sharing) inspires me a lot. It encourages me to continue writing and explore all that’s within it. I thank God, that He allowed me to discover your blog and stories. Everything here is AMAZING. This was indeed a conviction to pursue something I know I can do knowing that God already started a spark and love for writing in my heart.

    Everything in here is worth sharing. ♥

    1. joenasandiego says:

      Hello there. 😊 I believe it’s not an accident that God awakens that desire in your heart again. Pursue it and be faithful with little things. Those little things will bring you closer to His heart and that’s all that matter. Let me know if I can be of help. I am praying for your passion. You go, girl. 😊

      1. Iza says:

        Thank you so much, Ate Joena! This is indeed a wonderful confirmation and a lovely encouragement. I’ll surely let you know of my blog as soon as I’m done restoring it. Your prayers and insights would be of a great help. 🙂

        Blessed by your big heart. ♥

  5. Nica Salvino says:

    Hi Joena!..

    I just want to say “you made me happy”. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and lessons through God’s words. Your blogs really on point and helpful. We are at the same age but i admire how you talk so mature spiritually. Continue sharing God’s words and even convicting others. Love lots. 🙂

      1. Nica Salvino says:

        Wow, its been 4 months. Life at 24 is awesome, soaring and also challenging. At this age i have learn to build more convictions for God and even learn from other people’s mistakes but not taking it on the same step. How wonderful if i meet you someday for we have similarities. Continue to build your spirituality more and more.
        #TravelMore #EnjoyMore
        Love lots.

  6. Miguel says:

    I go to your site every night and read your blogs while I’m here in my hospital bed. I’m a cancer patient. Would you be so kind to write me a letter? Thanks.

    Also, heck, I’d be honest, you’re the kind of woman I would want to marry but it sucks that time is limited. Well, at least for me.

  7. Margo (@jbllmby) says:

    Hello, Ate Joena! ❤ I really admire your blog and you, too! I always read your posts here because it is one of the things that remind me of God's faithfulness to me and I was also inspired to use my blog to share His words. 🙂 May God continue to use you and this blog as well for His glory and honor alone! God Bless you, Ate! ❤ 🙂 Take care!

  8. christinepiguerra says:

    Hi Ate Joena,

    Glad that I’m able to read your inspiring and heart pounding blog 🙂
    I do relate. Hehehehe! ❤ Thanking God for your life. Keep on writing. God bless your heart.

    1. joenasandiego says:

      Hi. I tried checking the link but apparently, the page is no longer available. Would you be so kind to send me another copy? Thank you. Looking forward to hearing it from you the soonest. 🤗

  9. jeiselalama says:

    Hello Ate Joena! 🙂 I just want you to know that I am one of those young women who was so blessed in reading your blog. I thank God for my best friend who sent me a link of one of your post entitled “Why do I always have to adjust for everybody and end-up saying sorry?” since that was exactly how I feel during that time and God let me read your entry. I was praying that day that God would give answers to my tired heart, and your blog became a blessing for me. I remember the time I cried outside the room after reading that post and I felt that God is speaking to me through you. I’ve been thinking of ways how to thank you but I guess I’ll just send my thanksgiving message here. 🙂 I also was inspired to write as well, thinking that all life stories are worth sharing and God’s goodness will always be worth sharing. You are blessed ate! 🙂 I hope to see you soon in person. Thank youuuu! 🙂

    1. joenasandiego says:

      Hello, there. Oh how I love your story! Thank you for sharing it. 🤗 I am all the more blessed whenever I hear testimonies on how the blog has affected lives such as yours. From my heart to yours, thank you! 💐

  10. Faye says:

    I’ve been a regular follower of your blog since my college days and up to now that I entered my season of being a young pro.

    I’m wondering when will I get the chance to interact with you. Lots of questions I’ve been dying to ask you since most of your blogs had helped and speak to my heart. Pls continue to write your heart out. You are inspiring many! 😃

    1. joenasandiego says:

      Thank you Faye for being a constant. There will be a coffee shop date on July for the readers of the blog. Please do come! An announcement will be released soon. 💕

  11. Christopher Jed Carandang Pocsidio says:

    Wow Praise God for your life and your heart to do this Blog. May you encounter His GRACE and LOVE and to share it to Others.

  12. iamlostandfound says:

    Love your blog, Joena!!! You’re an inspiration! Thank you for shining His light to hundreds if not thousands of souls!! I’m praying to go to BKK next year, would love to meet you if time allows it 🙂

  13. Sherill says:

    Hi Joena! I chanced upon your blog from a sister from my community. I would love to backtrack and read your past entries 🙂 I love this line…..God will always be the center of each story.

    It inspired me to blog again.

    God bless!

  14. Claire says:

    Gosh I wanted to encourage you girl but it seems like you’ve got loads of it now 🤗 Anyhow I still want to throw you a hug…God is using you tremendously and I pray that God will guard that love in you for Him and renew it everytime so the enemy will always be just an accessory of your future testimonies! Keep on writting.. keep on rocking for Jesus! The world needs you 😘

  15. shelley says:

    hi! i found your blog on a fb post. glad im here. im will start blogging soon. any tips? thank you. continue to do what youre doing for your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 😊💖

    1. joenasandiego says:

      Thank you. I am excited for your writing journey. Just write your heart out. Let God handles the pen. He’ll give you the words your mouth can’t even speak. No matter what may come, keep on writing. 🤗

  16. bblvs says:

    May I just ask po. I have this special someone of mine. I prayed for him and ask God that if he’s not His will, remove that person in my life. Months passed, he’s still here. I find it weird whenever the people around us say that they feel that different kind of kilig whenever they see us. Some says that the glory of the Lord is seen in us. I don’t want to pressure myself and I also don’t want to pressure him. We just want to serve the Lord first as our friendship become stronger. We’re also waiting for the LORD’s answer if we are called to be each other. We’re just becoming close to each other while we’re serving the Lord. We’re holding bible studies for the youth together and we find it really happy and enjoying in the presence of the Lord. We feel peace whenever we’re together. What do those things mean po kaya? I don’t want to.rush things and feel pressured but things seems to be a little weird.

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