30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 7

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Home Thoughts
by Carl Sandburg

THE SEA rocks have a green moss.
The pine rocks have red berries.
I have memories of you.

Speak to me of how you miss me.
Tell me the hours go long and slow.

Speak to me of the drag on your heart,
The iron drag of the long days.

I know hours empty as a beggar’s tin cup on a rainy day, empty as a soldier’s sleeve with an arm lost.

Speak to me …

What are you thankful for today?

I am grateful for my two homes, the Philippines where I was born and bred and Germany, where I am happily living with Him Indoors.

shore

The shore that call us home
Was the title of the poem
By Samuel Hazo in 1949
Makes me think about my life
Every time I go home and meet my
Family, friends and relatives again
After some time when I’m here
And they are there living differently
Yet parallel to each other, there’s this
Nostalgic feeling, of being home again
This land or these islands I miss so much
It doesn’t matter where I am now, and
I’m building a home with my family here
But over there where I used to call home
Full of childhood memories, of school,
Of college, of my first experience at work
First love, first kiss, first of everything
These experiences made me and taught me
They gave me a solid foundation of how
It is to be me, all the trials and errors
They gave me the confidence to try and
Explore different things and I have proved
That I can do it no matter where
So even when I’m happy here
I’d still be a girl with a fringe
I’d always go back to the shore
That calls me home, the Philippines

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

home is happy
home is cosy
home is warm
home doesn’t regret
home doesn’t mind sharing
home grows with love

it doesn’t matter
where or what is home
home is with Him Indoors
and HRH the son
our three tortoises
our flowers in the grden
things we share
experience and memories
I love our home!

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: 30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 7. Also for: NaNoPoblano Day 7

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Under the Sea

Hello. For us, one of the most beautiful places on earth is in the island of Coron, Palawan, Philippines. Club Paradise Resort is on a secluded island about 60 minutes from the airport by land and sea. Once on the island, we were on a beautiful tropical paradise with a nice sandy beach and simple but clean facilities. The beachfront cottages have gorgeous views of the ocean. Snorkelling was fun and exciting! House reef was fantastic. Sea water was crystalline and very clear. Saw a school of fish, barracuda, angel fish, sting rays, jelly fish, small shark, and fish of different species and colours. We basically snorkelled most of the time that we were there. It was just amazing! We also enjoyed hiking up the Eagle’s Point and nature watching, like watching for the monitor lizard to pass by or the bats flying, not to forget the beautiful sunset outside our cottage.

Great fun to be under the sea
Swimming with the fish and algae
Clear azure sea is amazing
Such adventure this snorkelling

Coral reef is another world
It’s like being in a dream world
I can swim for hours, that’s the thing
Such adventure this snorkelling

Saw a school of fish and turtle
Swimming with them is so blissful
Such a wonderful life, floating
Such adventure this snorkelling

Great fun to be under the sea
Such adventure this snorkelling

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: Maydays Prompts – Water Worlds

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Beach – Daily Prompt

Hello. For us, one of the most beautiful places on earth is in the island of Coron, Palawan, Philippines. Club Paradise Resort is on a secluded island about 60 minutes from the airport by land and sea. Once on the island, we were on a beautiful tropical paradise with a nice sandy beach and simple but clean facilities. The beachfront cottages have gorgeous views of the ocean. Snorkelling was fun and exciting! House reef was fantastic. Sea water was crystalline and very clear. Saw a school of fish, barracuda, angel fish, sting rays, jelly fish, small shark, and fish of different species and colours. We basically snorkelled most of the time that we were there. It was just amazing! We also enjoyed hiking up the Eagle’s Point and nature watching, like watching for the monitor lizard to pass by or the bats flying, not to forget the beautiful sunset outside our cottage.

For: Beach