This is my Life

Daily Prompt – If you could read a book containing all that has happened and will ever happen in your life, would you? If you choose to read it, you must read it cover to cover.

Thanks for the great idea, Tom!

Yes, why not? and I’d read it from cover to cover. I love reading books, all sorts of books. They always give me a sense of adventure and I’m sure I’ll enjoy reading about my life.

“Life is a journey, not a destination”
We’re always on our way until it’s done
I sing this quote with delight
For we all have to fight our plight
For my life is designed to shine
We can combine ways to outshine
When I was first new to this world
I uncurled, twirled and whirled
My parents were joyful for they knew
I’ll go a long way to grew and flew
That I will win, no matter what
Always following my heart and gut
They gave me this secured shelter
My questions they always answer
Of course, love and compassion
Were always there as well as fun
They dedicated their lives on me
As I go in my life journey spree
And I in turn, dedicated mine to them
And from my heart and soul, this poem

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I was born as the eldest daughter in a family
I looked after my siblings and they were three
My Mum taught me how to market
How to feed the family within a budget
That’s probably how I get the love of shopping spree

As a student I was diligent and ambitious
With fellow students sometimes we’re boisterous
With dedication, I’ve got my degree
Moved to Europe, I want to be free
Got some Masters on Linguistics and Business

Chemistry in motion, met Him Indoors in a lab
Action and reaction, fell in love and reached our sky lab
Being a wife was fun, I thought
Even though sometimes we fought
It’s quite exciting, who says being married was such a drab?

After seven years, HRH the son was born, I’m Mum at last
I nurture him, looked after him and didn’t mind being typecast
Eighteen years later, he left the nest
To university to find his own quest
His first day of school, karate, piano lessons and time flew so fast

I love being a Business English trainer to some companies
To sales people, human resources and some became my buddies
As a freelancer I can say yes or no to a contract
I don’t have a boss and I can’t be sacked
I can still have my free time, hobbies and meet my friends with ease

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One more day to illuminate
Me on the priorities of life
I don’t want to be a dead weight
And I don’t want any strife

One more day to storm
The challenges and hindrances
I’m sure I could still perform
What’s all this fuzz?

One more day to pool
Resources for the common good
I don’t want to be cruel
With the frosty weather I withstood

One more day to create
Significant impact on you
I need you, I tell it straight
Before I say adieu

One more day to haunt
Me with the scenes of our lives
I have no wealth to flaunt
We’ll see each in our afterlives

One more day to need
One last kiss before I’m lifeless
My very last good deed
Before I spin the axis

One more day to pay
The price of my sins
There must be some way
To play the violins

For: This Is Your Life

Teach Your (Bloggers) Well

Daily Prompt – We all know how to do something well — write a post that teaches readers how to do something you know and/or love to do.

Hello everyone! Him Indoors and I love cooking and of course, eating. Here are some of the food that we’ve cooked. Hope you like them.

We also love our garden and here are some photos of the things in our garden. Hope you like them.

For: Teach Your (Bloggers) Well

Sorry by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

There is much in life that makes me sorry as I journey
down life’s way.
And I seem to see more pathos in poor human
Lives each day.
I’m sorry for the strong brave men, who shield
the weak from harm,
But who, in their own troubled hours find no
Protecting arm.

I’m sorry for the victors who have reached
success, to stand
As targets for the arrows shot by envious failure’s
hand.
I’m sorry for the generous hearts who freely
shared their wine,
But drink alone the gall of tears in fortune’s
drear decline.

I’m sorry for the souls who build their own fame’s
funeral pyre,
Derided by the scornful throng like ice deriding
fire.
I’m sorry for the conquering ones tho know not
sin’s defeat,
But daily tread down fierce desire ‘neath scorched
and bleeding feet.

I’m sorry for the anguished hearts that break with
passions strain,
But I’m sorrier for the poor starved souls that
Never knew love’s pain.
Who hunger on through barren years not tasting
joys they crave,
For sadder far is such a lot than weeping o’er a
grave.

I’m sorry for the souls that come unwelcomed
into birth,
I’m sorry for the unloved old who cumber up the
earth.
I’m sorry for the suffering poor in life’s great
maelstrom hurled,
In truth I’m sorry for them all who make this
aching world.

But underneath whate’er seems sad and is not
understood,
I know there lies hid from our sight a mighty
germ of good.
And this belief stands firm by me, my sermon,
motto, text –
The sorriest things in this life will seem grandest
in the next.

For: I Can’t Stay Mad at You and Humble Pie

On Philippine English

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You are a Filipino if… you say “open/kill/close the TV.” Yes, that’s right, we literally translate “buksan mo… ” or “isara mo…” which is “open” or “close”. We can’t say: turn it on/off….for appliances/devices.

You are a Filipino if… at the middle of a sentence or story, you switch your “he” to “she” or the other way around. The Filipino “siya” is neutral, no sex, either a boy or a girl. That’s why when we are not really thinking, we can easily interchange he and she.

You are a Filipino if… we use a long phrase like “.. will be the one …”, and “… will be the one who will …” instead of “… will …” – e.g., “I will be the one who will go …”, rather than “I will go …”. I guess we thought it would sound we know how to speak English if we use them, however redundant they could be.

You are a Filipino if…you cannot pronounce “v” – we say “b” or “f” – we say “p”. In Filipino, we don’t have the “f” phoneme, that’s why we substitute “p”, and at the same time, “b” for “v”. Some of the other sounds that Philippine languages lack include [ɪ], [æ] and [ʌ]; only a few still retain [ə].

You are a Filipino if…you use code-switching,”taglish” (Tagalog-English) i.e. mixing Filipino or other dialect with English in one sentence. Sub-varieties of Philippine English are emerging based on the regional location and thus linguistic influences of the speakers.

 

For: Non-Regional Diction

My Future? Everything’s Bright and Beautiful!

Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other – Daily Prompt
Write a six-word story about what you think the future holds for you, and then expand on it in a post.

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Yes, that’s my future
everything’s bright and beautiful
I’ve got Him Indoors and HRH the son
we live in a cosy place and a garden
my mother is still beautiful and still here
my siblings and their families are well
my friends come and go, keeping the best
we’re healthy, aside from normal aging
I’m still happy with my job
we’re retiring in 8 years’ time
HRH the son and his K are getting married
HRH the son will finish his Masters soon
we’re celebrating our 30 years anniv next year
everything’s bright and beautiful
Thanks – I couldn’t ask for more!

For: Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other

If You Leave – Daily Prompt

Life is a series of beginnings and endings. We leave one job to start another; we quit cities, countries, or continents for a fresh start; we leave lovers and begin new relationships. What was the last thing you contemplated leaving? What were the pros and cons? Have you made up your mind? What will you choose?

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Yes, life is a series of beginnings and endings. I left my country, the Philippines 33 years ago and I’ve been to different countries – Switzerland, France, Germany, USA. Then I met Him Indoors and we decided to get married in the UK. We stayed there for 4 years. Then we moved to Germany and have been living here for the last 25 years.

And as for jobs, I also have a lot of different experiences and jobs. Started with being an Algebra teacher after college and at the same time as a Medical Representative in the Philippines. When I was in Switzerland, I worked as a Secretary to one of the Missions in the United Nations Office. In America, I worked in the Computer Department. In the UK, I worked as an Assistant Statistician to their research department. Now, I’m a freelance General/Business English teacher/trainer in Germany.

So what now? We’ll probably retire in 8 years’ time and we’re thinking of different possibilities. We’re staying here in Germany, but would like to get away for their winters. So probably we’ll buy something in the Philippines and stay there for a couple of months. Depending on where HRH the son will end up staying, we would also like to be near him, at least, in the same continent.

For: If You Leave

Pride and Joy – Daily Prompt

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HRH the son is our pride and joy. From the time he was born and now at 23, he’s still our precious one, and the only one. We’re always proud of him and we wish him all the best. Cheers, our son!

The time really goes so fast
We can still remember all the years
His first words that gave us cheers
The first time he crawls and walks
The first time he rode his bicycle
His first day of school with a big bag
Karate, music, choir, kung-fu, guitar
When we reminisce them they bring tears

From primary years to senior years
He was showing some independence
Lots of friends, loves Maths and Science
Learns to drive, happy to have his license
Friends stayed overnight and had fun
Activities in school, soon time to leave
To another country to have his degree
We surely miss him but we had to let him go

Happy we all are
When the son rang and said
She said yes and soon they be wed
Gave her a charming sapphire ring
Lovely in her hands so they go-ahead

For: Pride and Joy

Seven Wonders – Daily Prompt

Khalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words. What would your seven words be?

Thanks for the great idea, Mati!

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My seven words would be:
LOVE – Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. (by William Shakespeare)
HAPPINESS – A happy family is but an earlier heaven. (by George Bernard Shaw)
CHALLENGE – The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart. (by Dorothy Day)
DIVERSITY – Diversity: the art of thinking independently together. (by Malcolm Forbes)
COMPASSION – Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless. (by Eric Hoffer)
FAMILY – Family is the most important thing in the world. (by Princess Diana)
OPPORTUNITY – Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door. (by Kyle Chandler)

Have a lovely week everyone!

For: Seven Wonders