10 Things of Thankful 132 (with or without feeling) #10Thankful

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Before the year ends, allow me to thank everyone who made me smile, cry, proud, love, like, and all other emotions this year. Thank you all!

Thank you Him Indoors for being here, no matter what. For growing some flowers for me, for cooking my favourite food, adobo and rice, for making me laugh with your witty jokes and for keeping me on my toes. Thanks for all the holidays we’ve been this year – India, Philippines, Sicily, Malta, UK, Singapore – the memories we share, the fights we’ve had on silly things, the make-up straight away and of course, for the love we give each other.

Thank you HRH the son for being who you are – our pride and joy! Thanks for finishing your Masters this year – Master in Psychology from a prestigious university. Thanks for being a good son, who skypes us every Sunday, who Whatsapp us with some photos of Dr. Who convention, of what you cooked for your Christmas dinner, etc. Thanks for introducing us your beautiful K who we dearly love, too. Thanks for setting up a new home with her and for letting us know about the wedding plans for next year. Really looking forward to it.

Thank you Mommy for being our Mom – still rocking at 78, still beautiful. Thanks for being healthy, well, at least, for being in control of your diabetes, for looking after yourself and for keeping yourself fit by walking everyday. Thanks for being there when I ring, for telling me your day to day activities, what you did, where you’ve been with your friends, for reading some books, keeping your mind active. Thanks for your European tour this year, we always have London! We love you.

Thank you sister and husband from Canada, for skyping once a week, for your news, for your sports commentating, for planning to come to HRH the son and his beautiful K’s wedding next year and for planning our trip to London afterwards.

Thank you big brother and family in the Philippines. Big brother is still on his ship going around the world as a Chief Engineer and the family living next to my Mom’s. Thanks for the video calls from time to time, thanks for updating us about your lives. Good luck.

Thank you little brother and family in the UK. Thanks for being our hosts when we were there. Thanks for cooking sisig, sushi, leche flan for father-in-law’s 80th birthday party. Thank you Princess Zoe for making us smile, and of course, the two boys (they’re men, now) for sharing your lives with us. All the best for your future.

Thank you friends for our coffee mornings, Japanese lunch, shopping spree till we drop, our chitchats about everyday lives, our walks from one village to the next, our phone calls. Thank you to all my online friends, too. Thanks for sharing us your lives with the posts you shared, for liking, commenting, etc.

Thank you blogging community. Thanks for making me happy, thanks for sharing me your posts, thanks for letting me read fiction, non fiction, musings, book reviews, beautiful photos, weird ones, flowers, fun photos, etc.

Thank you gym for making me fit, for being there when I want to exercise, cross-train, zumba, Latin dance, body balance, have tea and talk with some ladies there, too.

Thank you classical music, good movies, lots of books, concerts, musicals, plays, museums, parks, mountains, lakes, new and old places, sunny weather, the spring, autumn and our mild winter.

Happy New Year everyone!

 

For: 10 Things of Thankful 132

Christmas Market – B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond – The Circular Poem

Hello, Bastet here for a new episode of B&P.

Today we’re going to look into one of the many variations of the Circular Poem. I first came across this variation reading a blog written at Jane Dougherty Writes a few weeks ago where Jane, a very talented poet, challenged her readers to try the form. I found it very stimulating indeed!

So the circular poem we’re going to try is Jane’s variation of the form as described here in her words:

“A circular poem is one that goes round full circle.

The last word of the first line rhymes with the first word of the following line and so on until you end up back at your first line.

Lines can be any length, it’s the rhyme that’s important.”

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Christmas market in the city
Sea of people looking around
Background of lights and decors
Stores, malt wine, stars and figures
Firs, sweets and nuts for home to bring
Meeting friends, shopping spree so precious
Christmas market in the city

Meeting friends
At Christmas market
Drinking wine
Having fun
Peaceful atmosphere today
All so valuable

 

For: B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond – The Circular Poem and Share A Little Bit Of Christmas Spirit

Show Your World – Munich

Munich, Germany – the place I call home for the last 25 years with Him Indoors and HRH the son. Munich – “gemütlich” or cosy, not as big as London, Los Angeles or Manila, and I always feel safe in it. Munich – with the River Isar that we can swim, walk or cycle around, and the Bavarian alps nearby, for walking, climbing and skiing. Munich – Oktoberfest, Toll Wood, Marienplatz, English Pagoda Garden, all the beer gardens in the summer, Deutsche Museum, Alte, Neue and Modern Pinakotek, concerts, opera, ballet, classical music and lots more for cultural events. This is my city and I hope you can visit it one day. Cheers everyone!

For: Show Your World

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Chicken and Cashew Nuts

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prepare all ingredients: cut the chicken, chop garlic, ginger, onions and chillies. Cut the other veg in cubes.

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stir fry the ginger, garlic, onion, chillies and chicken

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let the chicken go brown, then add oyster sauce and soy sauce, salt and pepper

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put the chicken on one side. fry the vegetables and the cashew nuts

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stir the chicken in with the veg. cook basmati rice with wild rice

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best served with a nice glass of white wine (Sauvignon Blanc). Enjoy!

For: Tasty Thursdays and #MySundayPhoto

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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.

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