“Time Flies If You Have Fun”

Schools’ out for summer
Playing, running and swimming
Childhood memories

When I was young, summer was my favourite season. The sun was out, flowers bloomed and everything was bright and beautiful. It was the time we played outside all day (until our parents called us for dinner), cycled around our village, and seek our adventure in all places. We also swam in creeks and lakes, climbed trees, ate fruit we picked, played hide and seek. On other days, we played 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 rented some bikes and circled around our neighbourhood. It was a happy childhood.

Summer is still my favourite season. I love it when we could be lazy and not do anything. Or staying in the garden and drinking some cold drinks, listening to the birds singing. I love our garden, full of lavenders, roses, dahlias, petunias, sunflowers, and the three tortoises walking around their fenced paradise half of our garden (spoiled pets!). I also love it when we cycle to different beer gardens and parks, or go to the mountains to walk or swim in the lakes.

A warm summer day
Watching the ducks in the lake
Cycling to the park


For: Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, January 13th 2016. Also for: five minute friday :: time

Carpe Diem Special #191 A Trip Along Memory Lane #2 Soliloquy no Renga


at the seashore
wind of summer through my hair
the shortest night

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water moved softly round my toes
sultry air caressing me

wispy clouds across
boats rise and fall in the lock
lazy hazy day

sea lay without a ripple
cupped my hands and drank water

drips falling from lips
ah, the sweet taste of heaven
cool and refreshing

rough winds shake the darling buds
more lovely and temperate

palm trees swaying
clouds scudding across the sky
heaven knows why

have picnics by the seabed
open sunlit grass, cloudless

splashing with the waves
friends waiting for the sunset
the joy of summer

light of the silvery moon
never ending stories

all through the night
singing and dancing with joy
tired and sleepy

birds flying as dawn breaks
memories on shortest night

(c) ladyleemanila 2016


For: Carpe Diem Special #191


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Some of the splendours of the world – Taj Mahal, Santorini, Eiffel Tower, Marienplatz, Bali, Zugspitze, Teide Volcano, tigers in the wild, swimming in the sea, sunset, sunrise, flowers and bees, sweet peas in the garden, Salzburg, Regensburg, Turkey, sunflowers, Big Ben, bikes and snow, temples, boats in the sea, fishes in the ocean, Him Indoors’ model boat, the Philippines with 7,100 islands.

For: Beauty ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #18 by Patrick Jennings

Share Your World – 2015 Week #52


Tell how you are feeling today in the form of a weather report. (For example, partly cloudy, sunny with a chance for showers, etc.)
Sunny with a chance for showers. I’m always happy and positive, come what may. So even when it’s cloudy, I’m happy.

What is most memorable about your high school years?
Everything – I love my high school years – with my mates, the experiments, the girl scouts, little band, play house, singing group, writing in our magazine, boys, parties, etc.

Have you ever owned a rock, pet rock, or gem that is not jewellery?
Lots of them- shells, souvenir stones from different places.

Complete this sentence: I like watching…
Opera – and as a Christmas present, we’re going to watch “La Boheme” on January 5th at the National Theatre. Can’t wait!

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Him Indoors and I had fun in Murnau last week – walked around the villages, climbed up the hills and mountains, had warm mulled wine at the Christmas market, stayed at a five star hotel and enjoyed being pampered there for a couple of nights.
New Year’s Eve tonight – yay!!! Looking forward to the New Year!!!

For: Share Your World

With Her Red Umbrella

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Etol Bagam. Thank you Etol for the beautiful prompt!

She walked out in that track
With her red umbrella
How I wish to call her back
Along the way are some flora

She walked gracefully, such class
Hoping to find some answers
Her body like an hourglass
Also on the track are bikers

The wind embraced her pale skin
Still she carried on and on
At the edge of the forest
With herself she can discussed

The complex question
Why did she have to lie?
The answer she has none
And the dark sky saying bye

Haunting her in her dreams
Such a mess she got herself in
She even ignored the sunbeams
She can’t be found, to my chagrin

by brenda warren

For: Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers by Priceless Joy and Wordle 114 by Brenda Warren

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Fear not, my sweet one
For it always come, the sun
Cut the vicious line before it spreads
The red threads and all the eggheads
Don’t crease the scheme, might be useful
If you don’t do it now, you won’t be able
The lure of the flood of stream coming
And then looking forward to spring
The fact is, we don’t have to follow any line
It’s up to us to have our own sunshine

by brenda warren

For: by Ermilia in Eliabeth, Picture it & Write! and Wordle 230 by Brenda Warren

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Carpe Diem Seven Days Before Christmas 2015 #1 fresh snow

fresh snow falling
our shadow on the snow
a bright day ahead

a bright day ahead
looking forward to Christmas
with just you and me

with just you and me
being cosy in the house
drinking warm mulled wine

(c) ladyleemanila 2015

For: Carpe Diem Seven Days Before Christmas 2015 #1

Carpe Diem Full Circle #1, Sunflower Reflection

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sunflower blooming
not damaged by rain storm
puddles still there

sunshine on the beach
dancing waves across the sea
lovers making love

seagulls flying high
getting away from rain storm
lightning and thunder

wild plants on mountain
herbaceous peonies and sedums
nightingale singing