20 Days of Chill: The end (Day 20)

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so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye
it has been a fun time doing the chills
20 days, but I think I forgot some prompts
it has been great being part of it
thanks everyone, I’ve enjoyed reading yours
perhaps we’ll see each other again
in other prompts and challenges
but for now, good luck to everyone
thanks A ‘lil Hoohaa for hosting it
have a lovely week!

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20 Days of Chill: Your favourite meal (Day 19)

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My favourite meal is adobo and rice. It’s basically any meat (chicken or pork) marinated with vinegar, soy sauce and garlic. The secret is to cook it slowly. And with steaming rice, it’s perfect! I also like pancit (noodles for long life!) which we usually have to celebrate our birthdays or any occasion. Anything grilled is also fine, as well as any fish or seafood. For dessert, I like leche flan, which is like creme caramel, and also bibingka (rice cake). I also like making our own pizza with all our favourite ingredients on top. Anyway, I’m looking forward to my coming trip to the Philippines so I can eat all my favourite food! cheers!

 

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20 Days of Chill: Vacation (Day 16)

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Hello everyone, hope you’re all fine. Our snow has melted and we’re 10 degrees today, getting warmer. This time next week, I’m off on a holiday – yay! Four weeks in four countries – the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore and Cambodia. How cool is that? I’ll fly ahead to the Philippines 8 days before Him Indoors. That way, I’ll be able to see my mother and other relatives and talk Filipino, eat all the Filipino food that I’m missing and just be a “Tita” or “Ate” again. Also, I’m taking my Mother and Aunt to Hong Kong for 3 days of “shop till we drop”, eating authentic Chinese food, going to night market, taking the ferry to Kowloon side and other “bonding” moments. We’ll be there for their New Year, too.

Him Indoors follows and we go to Coron, Palawan for a week of pure paradise feeling – swimming, snorkelling, climbing, walking, laying down on the beach and not do anything, being pampered and massaged and eating all the fresh fish and seafood in the world. Then, we fly to Singapore and visit Him Indoors’ brother and his family. Would be nice to see them again. Plus, swimming, shopping, hiking at the rain forest, walking at the botanical garden, night safari at their zoo, boating at Clark Quay, drinking Singapore Sling at Raffles, etc. Last, but not the least, going to Cambodia to see Angkor Wat (one of our Bucket List). This will be our first time in Cambodia and really looking forward to our holiday there. Cheers for now and have a great week everyone!

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20 Days of Chill: Can you hear me? (Day 15)

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Adventurous as she was, she walked further and further from her friends. They have agreed to hike the Black Forest and other places at the weekends. Looking at all the exotic plants and trees, she didn’t noticed she’s getting lost. And that she’s moving around going back and forth and the paths crisscrossed. By the time it was getting dark, she didn’t know what to do, how to get help. She bumped into something mossy and spooky, that’s when she uttered a yelp. Only silence in that eerie place, she’s imagining a lot of different scenario. Will she be killed by bears, will she die like a saint, this is what she foreknow. She waits; such tight corner she has entered and she doesn’t seem to get out. “Help! Can anybody hear me?” she wish for someone to help her find her route.

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20 Days of Chill: If I had a million dollars … (Day 14)

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If I had a million dollars, I’d travel the world
To some exotic and exciting countries as I swirled
I’d buy a new Jag for Him and a Mini for me
We’d ski and we’d go on our shopping spree
I’d buy the son and his K their first house
One by the sea and a vital lighthouse
That’s it from me and I’d be happy
Wish me luck and that’s the key

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20 Days of Chill: Dreaming (Day 12)

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To sleep, perchance to dream
Horses gallop across moonbeam
To dream, ah, that is so divine
Sailing across the river Rhine
Where all her thoughts meshed
And waking up feeling refreshed
Playing on each other in different fields
It’s as rough as a public park, the outfield
Wrestling with ideas, concepts, activities
Bees’ knees, cheese please, flees freeze
She dreams that she was a butterfly, flickering
Blooming, blushing, breezing, breaming
Flapping wings smartly, enjoying its nectar
Taking its time, fluttering with pleasure
A girl in a dream one morning in paradise
She can soar up high as the sun will rise
And she floats and brings out a slow yawn
Though she fears never shall she see dawn?

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Dream
Vision
Fantasy
Recurrent dream
Castle in the air
Vision of loveliness
State of unreality

image by Valentina Kallias ~ “Apocalypse Horseman Pestilence”
image by Valentina Kallias ~ “Apocalypse Horseman Pestilence”

The lady in my dreams, she looks so mysterious
With just one eye not covered, she looks anxious
Such great sorrow and despair I see from her eye
As if she spends most of her time with her cries
Her body exhausted after the expulsion of energy
I can tell she’s making a dramatic plea
The problems she’s carrying too heavy to bear
I would like to care for her, I promise and swear
Her wrists and hands all tied up with black cord
I wish for her not to be hated or abhorred
And then the knight with shining armour came
Who has done great deeds as the public acclaim
He greeted her as he swaggered along the corridor
He’s probably the miracle she was waiting for
To give her happiness and love in this world
They fell in love and together they twirled

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20 Days of Chill: Misfortune (Day 10)

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His heart was heavy. He had to find the right words to let her know. It would be a shock for her and he wasn’t sure how she would handle the news. Why? He had asked himself that question thousands of times over the last thirty minutes. Why? Somehow there had to be an answer for it. If only he could come up with one before he had to tell her.

The situation has polarised into two competing opinions. Should he tell her or not? His love for her should be selfless. He should stop being a posey and tell her the truth. But can she handle it? If he carries on with astonishing lack of discernment and stick with the lies, then that’s not fair for her. Sooner or later, the flames of their loves will turn to ashes and joy will turn to fear. That’s a lot to handle. He should tell her who he really is. He should reveal his true identity. That he’s not from this world. That he was summoned to go back to where he came from. That it hurt him to leave her but he has to do what was commanded of him. He was able to accomplish his mission on earth and now it’s time to go home.

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20 Days of Chill: A dose of vitamin N (Day 8)

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CHILDHOOD MEMORIES
We’ve all had them. These were the times when life was full of roses and innocence, of experiments and fun, of being with families and friends. These were some of my recollections.

“You’re it!” I didn’t see her as she pointed to me, called my name and said, “You’re it!” I’ve got to look for them hiding around our street. It was getting dark so it was tough finding them. However, I knew Thor would be hiding at his usual place, my brother kissing our neighbour in one corner and I’d managed to locate Bethcha. Before long we had to go back to our houses and ate our dinner. Other days, we’d play patintero (try to cross my line without letting me touch or catch you), tumbang preso (hit the can), piko (hopscotch) or luksong-tinik (lit. jump over the thorns of a plant). Sometimes we’d rent some bikes and circled around our neighbourhood.

We were always there
Come Holy Week or All Saint’s Day
And don’t forget the harvest time
And all the fiestas – they were always fun
All our cousins were there
Tatang’s farm was always open
We all slept together on the floor
Snoring, people talking in their sleeps
Playing till the sun came down
Swimming and splashing in the creek
And Tatang washing his carabao
Fresh unpasteurised milk in the morning
We just poured it with steaming rice
We usually added salt and ate with our hands
And on the way to the creek, we had fruits
Mangoes, lansones, bananas as we picked them
On harvest time it was fun, people singing
Grounding some rice and peanuts and coconuts
We made some nice dish, I forgot what it was called
Perhaps we’d never be all together or experienced the same fun
As we are all over the world and the farm was not there anymore
But we’d always remember the fun we shared
On Tatang’s farm in Culianin, Plaridel, Bulacan

NOWADAYS
A dose of Vitamin N is very important. I love walking or cycling around and be in nature. The smell of flowers and plants, being in the woods, mountains, lakes, etc is great! I like to observe all the changes, flowers blooming, hedgehogs and squirrels, birds building their nests, singing or migrating somewhere warm.

I was a butterfly fluttering around the fields. I’ve just woken up from a cocoon and I was very hungry. I ate some leaves and drank some nectars from some flowers. It was refreshing. And now, I have the full view of the wonderland, the sky was clear, the ocean was majestic, the mountains were impressive. What a glorious feeling being able to fly.

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20 Days of Chill: Summer rain (Day 7)

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rain in the summer
multi-coloured rainbow’s out
promising some hope

promising some hope
for a bright and charming day
rain gives us blessing

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colourful brollies
glimmering in the rain
worship going on

worship going on
climbing up the temple
offering their thanks

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She ran hastily down the rainy street
Hoping for him discretely meet
Her spirits high, her longings old
Not minding being out in the cold
To draw upon the power within
An array of spirits like a jinn
To go where no one has been
But then where will she begin?
One sad soul destined for gloom
If she can’t find her groom

 

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20 Days of Chill: Life’s turning point (Day 6)

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The first turning point for me was when I first left my country. I was 23. The first time to be away from my family, the first time to travel to Europe, my adventure. I could still remember that day when they all took me to the airport, my parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, friends – quite disheartening, actually. I was sad to leave them, but at the same time, looking forward to my journey.

with heavy heart
kissed the family goodbye
sad at the airport

Four years later, I was returning to the Philippines – that was the second turning point for me. I have proved that I could do it! I have lived in Switzerland, Germany and the United States. I worked as a Secretary to the Ambassador of Ethiopia at the United Nations Office in Geneva. I did the English correspondence and dealt with his appointments. It was a great diplomatic experience. Then I went to Germany to do some laboratory training. I’ve got my Chemistry degree from the Philippines, so I was able to get a 6-month training at BASF, Ludwigshafen. There, I met Him Indoors, who was also doing some training. Action and reaction, love happened and we were sad to part ways after the training. I went to Los Angeles, California, USA and he went back to the UK to finish his Chemistry degree. In the summer, he visited me in Los Angeles and we decided to get married. That was the reason I was returning to the Philippines – to tell my parents that we were getting married.

lots of experience
and met the love of my life
far away from home

Third turning point was in June 1986, our wedding. We got married on the nicest day of June in the UK. We prepared a big fish (baked) with mayonnaise, red and green peppers, chopped carrots on top. I also cooked spring rolls with sweet and sour sauce and other Filipino dishes. Him Indoor’s mother baked the cake, and did the other dishes. We prepared before hand, so we used the fridges of their neighbours to store them. My cousin from Germany and her husband came and she was my Maid of Honour. She wore a Royal Blue Dress. I wore a creamish dress from the Philippines, made of pineapple fibre, like silk. It was exquisite! Him Indoors wore a dark blue suit, with his great grandfather’s pocket watch. We got married in the Register Office, which was a magnificent timber building and the oldest building in the country. It was so romantic!

we both said “I do”
on the nicest day of June
till death do us part

Four years later, Him Indoors was accepted to work in Bavaria so we moved here. It was a new place for both of us, not knowing that we would be still here after 25 years. We’re happy here – we have the mountains to hike or ski in the winter, and the lakes, beer gardens and parks to walk or cycle in the summer. It was just the right size for us, not too big a city and not too little a village. We have a terrace house and a garden. Fourth turning point of my life was when HRH the son was born two years later. Oh to be a mother is great! I decided to stay at home and looked after him. We did lots of things together, from toddler groups, music school, kindergarden, school, etc. I volunteered to work as one of the librarians in their library. When he was 10, I started thinking about going back to work. I did some training, a Master’s in English Language Teaching. Now, I’m a freelance English trainer/teacher. And so, my journey continues.

family of three
Bavaria is now our home
journey continues

 

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