Pasko! – B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Tanaga

Greetings from Paloma!

For this week I’d like us to return to the Tanaga for our inspiration.

The tanaga is a Filipino poem passed down through oral tradition. It consists of four lines with seven syllables each; the traditional rhyme scheme is AABB but modern tanagas may follow AABB, ABBB, ABAB, ABBA, AAAB, BAAA, ABCD rhyme patterns.

Ang Pasko ay sumapit
Mano po Ninong at Ninang
Pagmamahal sa mundo
Magdiwang tayong lahat

Christmas has finally come
Bless godfather and godmother
Love is for the whole world
Let’s all celebrate Christmas

(c) ladyleemanila 2015

 

For: B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Tanaga

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Christmas!

With the weather being so unseasonably warm, she was finding it harder than normal to get into the holiday spirit. At 17 degrees, it has been particularly warm at this time of the year. It was too warm to have a warm mulled wine while looking at Christmas decorations at the Christmas market. It was too warm to wear her new down winter coat, she was sweating like a pig! Not to mention her Ugg boots, they were far too warm. She just needs a light jacket and some trainers. She also doesn’t feel like going to Christmas parties at work and with some friends.

The truth was, she was feeling homesick. She wanted to be in the Philippines, where it’s really warm at this time of the year, around 25 degrees. She wanted to be with family and friends. She wanted to have started hearing dawn masses since the 16th of the month until Christmas Eve where they will hear a high Midnight Mass with all the choir and great music. She wanted to eat the Filipino delicacies “bibingka” and “puto bumbong” right after the mass, straight from the native oven and being sold just outside the churches. She wanted to hear the Christmas carols by the children in front of their house, with their made-up instruments of smashed tin cans held by wires. She wanted to decorate their house with all sorts of Christmas decorations and lights, fake Christmas trees (unlike the real trees from Germany), tinsel, paper chains, Christmas “parols” with flashing lights. Oh well, perhaps, next year, they can celebrate Christmas in the Philippines.

 

For: five minute friday :: choose your own word! and Write Now Prompt

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

A Perfect Gift

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She wanted to find the perfect gift to express how she truly felt about her mother.

Her mother will be 80 soon. And that’s a great achievement, to be able to reach 80 and she’s still cool, i.e. still here, still going to the gym, still looking after herself by not going out without a make-up on, still reading all the romance novels. But what’s a perfect gift for a lady she so admired? The lady who gave everything to her and her siblings? The lady who despite the fact that she was hurt, carried on and looked after her children?

There’s not a lot in the world that would be a perfect gift for her mother. She search and search, asking her siblings, asking her relatives and friends, even asking her mother. Of course, the mother just smiles and tells her – just you and your siblings, just you and the family. Right, all resolve then, they’ll all be there to celebrate her 80th birthday. Her sister from Canada, her brother from the UK, another brother on his ship and she’s in Germany. They’re all going to the Philippines to be with her on her special day. Looking forward to celebrating her birthday.

For: Write Now Prompt for December 1, 2015

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B&P Shadorma & Beyond – The Hay(na)ku

Hello World, this is Bastet presenting another poetic form.

As you can see by our title, the form I’m presenting is called ‘The Hay(na)ku‘ and it’s a fairly recently created form (2003) by poet Eileen Tabios (born 1960) an award-winning Filipino-American poet and writer well known for her prose poetry. The Hay(na)ku has become pretty well-known in poetic circles (The name “hay(na)ku” was coined by Vince Gotera).

With a name like hay(na)ku, we know that we’re into micro-poetry and this is just about as micro as you can get! It’s a tercet with just 6 words – line one is one word, line two – two words and line three – three words. That’s it. There’s no syllable count or rhyming requirements etc.

 

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Ladylee
Him Indoors
Together we live

A cosy home
In Bavaria
Blissful

Love
Is everywhere
Keeping us warm

My sweetheart
To love and cherish
No one else
Only you
Looking forward to old age
Together for love

(and now in Filipino)

Ikaw
At ako
Hanggang sa huli

Hirap at ginhawa
Kapiling ka
Mahal

(c) ladyleemanila 2015

For: B&P Shadorma & Beyond

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

Frontiers ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #10

The Twelve Apostles The Great Ocean Road Victoria, Australia Taken during travels, 1995 by Patrick Jennings

The Twelve Apostles
The Great Ocean Road
Victoria, Australia
Taken during travels, 1995
by Patrick Jennings

I left the Philippines many moons ago
And since then I’ve been venturing out
New frontiers, new challenges
Switzerland – where I saw the first snow
Where I was able to get a job at the United Nations
Where my heart was broken for the first time
Germany – where I met Him Indoors in the lab
Action, reaction, chemistry in motion
First time to camp in a one-man tent
America – ah Hollywood and Rodeo Drive
Went to work on my bike, loved it
Him Indoors came for a visit
Asked me to marry him and I said yes
Great Britain – got married there
Worked at Boots the Chemist
In their Research, doing Statistics
And back to Germany – had HRH the son
Our pride and joy and we’re still here
25 years later and I settling down well

For: Pic and a Word Challenge #10