About Sampayan ng Diwa

Literally, Sampayan ng Diwa is ‘thoughts airer’.

When I was thinking of a name for my blogsite, many images came to mind. I thought clothes airer was quite an unusual picture to use and most effective for putting my idea across.

I am not really into blogging. All I want is for this site to serve as a place to share my articles and poems. Like clothes after having been in the wash, they need to be aired. Hence, SAMPAYAN NG DIWA; in English, thoughts airer.


Life in Verses
I have liked writing poems ever since elementary days. I feel a sense of satisfaction and draw inspiration from unloading my thoughts and emotions (and at the same time holding back a bit) through rhyme and metre. For this section, I uploaded some of the poems I did from college days to present.

More Than Verses
Spending two years in England compelled me to write newsletters. It was the only way my family and friends could be kept posted on the things that were going on with me. I have not stopped sending updates since then, especially now that I am working fulltime with Wavemakers.

More Than Verses 1: Riding the Waves
In late 2010, I began labelling my newsletters ‘Riding the Waves’. At that time, I was about to join Wavemakers. By taking bits from the name of our organisation, I thought I could be able to capture the whole idea of facing that new phase of my life.

More Than Verses 2: Somewhere in Between
Sometime after finishing with Careforce and joining Wavemakers (late 2009 to early 2010), I wrote newsletters and articles to update people regarding ministry opportunities in that time of waiting.

More Than Verses 3: Diamonds in England
‘Diamonds in England’ was the name I gave my newsletters while I was in the UK. ‘Diamonds’ was a reference to the meaning of my name. I thought it would be nice to use the term because I would be talking about the precious moments I kept with me while doing my gap years. I was able to produce two volumes: the first with three issues and the second with two issues.

Shamira Japitana, 2011
Executive Ministry Assistant, Wavemakers
Youth Worker, Youth@111 – Capitol City Baptist Church
Team Member, YouthSENTral – Conservative Baptist Association of the Philippines


2 thoughts on “About Sampayan ng Diwa

  1. Leslie says:

    Shamira, what a lovely blogsite you have! I love the layout and the graphics! It’s neat and cool, the content is informative and interesting, and I like the wave metaphor. You really inspire me to go back to my own blog and find time to look after it. Goodness, blogging requires more time than I anticipated! But the little voice inside me is telling me it’s territory worth capturing, and you’ve just shown that to me. So thank you, dear diamond of a girl! You’ve done well with your blog, congratulations and keep up the good work! 😀

    • Hi Leslie. Your comments certainly have encouraged me. Thanks so much for your kind words. To be honest, I’m not really into blogging. I just needed a space where more people can have an easier access to my newsletters. The poems were just stuff I added. I never originally intended for them to be that publicised. That’s also why I never posted all of them.
      Thanks so much again. Please send me a link to your site so I can visit yours as well. 🙂
      By the way, I know four people named Leslie so please could you let me know which of them you are?:-) Thanks again. 🙂

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