Our House – Daily Prompt

What are the earliest memories of the place you lived in as a child? Describe your house. What did it look like? How did it smell? What did it sound like? Was it quiet like a library, or full of the noise of life? Tell us all about it, in as much detail as you can recall.

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Hope by Iskander 1989

Our house in Dapitan was small – for our parents, 4 children, Granny, aunts and cousins. It was constantly full of people and activities. Our cousins from the province stayed with us once they started college. There were 2 bedrooms, one for our parents and one for all of us with 2 bunk beds; the rest slept on the floor. My classmates and I loved hanging out there; doing our homework and projects; lunch and merienda (snacks) were at all times provided. When I needed to concentrate at college, I’d wake up in the middle of the night to revise or just to have some peace and quiet.

I love our 3-door apartment. I think we moved there when I was three and stayed until I left for Europe. Our cousins lived in the first door and we’re in the third. The back yard connected us all, so we went back and forth through it. That was also where we did our laundry and hanged our clothes. There were 4 cousins and 4 of us siblings who were always together. Playing, talking and listening to music. Arguing, fighting and being friends again.

That was also the time when we used to have phone friends. In those days, there was only one phone between 2 families. That was tough! We took turns and somehow a system and a schedule was followed.

We started having parties. Any excuse for a party, we would have one. We used one house for food, drinks and entertaining. We removed all the furniture in the second house – that was our disco house! We set up some strobe lights, disco lights and loud music and we partied all evening.

We lived in a busy street. It wasn’t the main road for cars and jeepneys but we could hear them all. From sweltering morning – traffic was starting to build up in Dapitan. The noise of cars, taxis, motorcycles, vans and jeepneys beeping and honking, children going to school and adults to work, street vendors selling taho (soya), barbeque or peanuts. That was a normal hectic day in Dapitan. I always have fond memories of it.

For: Our House

Home Turf – Daily Prompt

Name five things in your house that make it a home.

Thanks for the lovely prompt suggestion, thekyleinator!

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Him Indoors and I
HRH the son and K
happy together

in the garden
Gin, Rex, Nik – our tortoises
eating lettuces

flowers, herbs and trees
butterflies, hedgehogs and birds
garden full of fun

he loves gardening
I love writing and cooking
we love cycling, too

For: Home Turf

Holidays by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – Nurturing Thursday

Our three weeks’ holiday starts tomorrow – yay! We’ll have fun. fun, fun and I’ll tell you more about them when we come back. Did I mention them? Yes, we’re going to different places! Cool! Have fun everyone and see you when we get back. Cheers!

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The holiest of all holidays are those
Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
The secret anniversaries of the heart,
When the full river of feeling overflows;–
The happy days unclouded to their close;
The sudden joys that out of darkness start
As flames from ashes; swift desires that dart
Like swallows singing down each wind that blows!
White as the gleam of a receding sail,
White as a cloud that floats and fades in air,
White as the whitest lily on a stream,
These tender memories are;–a fairy tale
Of some enchanted land we know not where,
But lovely as a landscape in a dream.

For: Nurturing Thursday

Share Your World – 2015 Week #31


Would you rather take pictures or be in pictures?
I’d rather take pictures than be in the pictures. I always have my camera with me and has been taking a lot of pictures wherever or whenever I could.

Where do you like to vacation?
I like going back to the Philippines, first to see my mother and my old friends, and of course, because of the sun, sea and fun. I also like going to other places like Italy, Spain, UK, France, etc.

If you had to describe your day as a traffic sign, what would it be?
It’s going to be the green light, always on the go, ready for action, me!

List at least five favorite first names.
Liza, James, Edward, Janet, Jessica

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
We had a good long weekend attending my niece’s wedding – it was a lovely event.
Him Indoors’ parents are coming to visit for a week or so. Looking forward to a nice weather with them cycling, walking, going to the mountains, having a grill in our garden, hanging out, etc.


For: Share Your World

Visit to India – SoCS July 25/15 “vis”

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Vis-à-vis our last visit to India, we noticed that the women who worked in the fields were wearing their high-visibility saris. What a vison! It was a pleasant view, the orange, blue, yellow, pink and neon green saris in their landscape vistas. It was a very successful way to convert an ordinary shot into one with a lot of visual appeal. The visit to this country changed my visceral view of the world. The people have endeavour to create a community that is not only accessible, but is also a model of visitability. They were friendly and hospitable. We would visit again.

For: Stream of Consciousness Saturday

Carpe Diem #770 Hikage (shade, shadow)

in the backyard
overgrown by Ivy
my old bike

my old bike
leaning to the hot wall of my home
a hot summer day

a hot summer day
in the backyard of my home
sparrows bathing

sparrows bathing
in the fountain of the mansion
what refreshing

what refreshing
seeking shadow under the willow
in the backyard

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fun rollerblading
with all his speed and gimmicks
people are amazed


the lazy sun peeks
birds sing in harmony
swimming in the shade

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a day in Munich
walking in Olympic Place
on hot summer day


can’t help but stare
curious on the green man
as people walk on


Street Scenes in the Philippines – Sundays In My City

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Crafty Children (Sundays In My City)