Carpe Diem #901 fields

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hard work, tough labour
planting rice is never fun
rice fields provide food

strawberries

children laugh and run
you and me busy kissing
strawberry field

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the English Garden
taking clothes off in summer
the feeling of freedom

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

 

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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

Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille December 2nd 2015

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A lovely afternoon and we are walking up the mountain. The wind brushes my hair, the scents of the flowers in the air and we can hear birds singing. A chill creeps into the air, but just a nip to let us know a new season is at hand.

all over the hill
the scent of blooming bluebell
blue wild hyacinth

blue wild hyacinth
as we walk up the mountain
swaying with the wind

swaying with the wind
soon the hill will be aflame
riot of gold and red

(c) ladyleemanila 2015

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Carpe Diem Haiku Writing Techniques #16 (Shiki’s) Shasei

Come spring as of old.
When such revenues of rice.
Braced this castle town!

© Masaoka Shiki

evening
waves come into the cove
one at a time

© Jane Reichhold

ame no hi ya seken no aki o sakai-cho

a rainy day
the autumn world
of a border town

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

at sunrise
wandering over the hazy heath
the cry of an owl

© Chèvrefeuille

Fernando Amorsolo 1892-1972

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as the sun shines
sweet spring, enjoy life’s offer
a welcoming sight

before the dusk
sculpture of silky thread
the last of the light

gleams like a full moon
golden as the crisp leaves
summer is over

(c) ladyleemanila 2015

For: Carpe Diem Haiku Writing Techniques #16

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.

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I Dream That I Am A Butterfly – FFfAW-Week of 10-20-2015

This week's photo prompt is provided by TJ Paris. Thank you TJ!

This week’s photo prompt is provided by TJ Paris. Thank you TJ!

I dream that I am a butterfly
Typography gets me down, but lets me fly
Fluttering, floating, wandering on high
Lifting my head from between my thighs
Like a flaccid flower in a fairy dance
Birds and bees all got up and left at once
Graceful in the supple haze of the breeze
Enjoying the sun and the summer breeze
Dawn is bright and breezy on the dew
This is the mission for which it is due
Like a gem-flower waving in a wand
The clouds and the wind are in a bond
With muffled music a message is sent
As the jasmine blooms with lovely scent
Now I’m waking up and saying goodbye
It was a lovely experience being a butterfly

exquisite colours
rainbow in a butterfly
pleasurable day

swaying butterfly
like lively ballet dancer
spins with the wind

For: Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

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