Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille May 11th 2016 the circle of life


He took his great granddad’s watch from the drawer and looked at it one last time. He wore it on his wedding, a pocket silver watch from 1919, with a silver chain and a silver medal at the end. The medal was won by his great granddad from rugby and it still has the encryption of his name and the year. Ah, great legacy! Now that the son is getting married in two weeks’ time, he thought of passing this silver watch to him. He’s looking forward to seeing his son wore it on his wedding.

An old silver watch
Passed on by his great granddad
The son will have it

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille May 11th 2016 the circle of life

Monday Motivations – Treasure


THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Morning” by Kristen Case: breathing, against, birds, impossible, skull, bricks, coffee, unfolds, comes, sleeping, white, probability

The day unfolded quietly as I drank my coffee. I had a good night’s sleep for the first time after a long time. That was a good start. I sat in the garden, listened to the birds singing. I put the tortoises out and gave them some dandelions. I checked my emails and answered some of them. That was my morning.

At lunch time, I was cooking my lunch, when the doorbell rang. Ah, the postman came with a parcel, he was probably delivering the ones we’ve ordered recently. I signed the papers when suddenly the door shut. Oh no! I was cooking my lunch! Would it get burnt? Would my house be on fire? What should I do? Should I ring my husband? But, he was in a meeting the whole day, he told me this morning. And my mobile phone was in the house, in my bag. Should I go to my friend who has got the spare key? But my car key was also inside. Should I throw a brick in the window? He would kill me for that! I was starting to feel cold, as I just wore a t-shirt without any jumper, and I was barefooted. My skull was hurting from frustration. Why didn’t I put something like a shoe between the door and the wall, to stop it from closing? I usually do that, but today, I probably was still asleep, totally not there yet. Oh my God, the whole world was playing against me today!

“X marks the spot,” he kept telling me before. I didn’t pay much attention. I should have had. Now this desperate situation. I needed that spare key. Where was it? Why did I do something else while he was showing it to me? I thought he would always be here to get it. Or that it would never happen. Oh God, I promise to be good. And I was positive I could do this. Think, woman, think!

Was it by the gate where the cactuses were? Was it by the front door where the garden tools were? Was it under the blue pine tree? I remembered we kept on changing the place and we took it out last time we were on holiday. That unassuming thing which I didn’t consider before. It was the most precious thing this time. Wait a minute, I remembered where it was. All I need was to pinpoint exactly where it was. OK, right, give me a minute, yes, indeed, I knew it, it was there! I needed some knife to get it, affirmative, I got one from the garden tools. Sure, the flowers on the side, the trellis, I couldn’t reach it…. a little bit more…. found it – my treasure!

For: Monday Motivations by Esther Newton and Whirligig 54 by Magical Mystical Teacher


Pancit, Phoebe and Forsythia

*three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy*

our meal last night – pancit with beef, mange tout, peppers, onions – yummy!

meet Phoebe, our new bee in the garden. isn’t she such a busy bee?

lovely forsythia, giving us cheers on a grey day

So, what made you smile this week?

For: Weekly Smile Week 14 #weeklysmile, Three Things Thursday: Flowers and Bugs and…a Turkey?

Show Your World – A Paradise in Coron, Palawan

Hello. We’ve just got back from our holiday and one of the places we stayed was in the island of Coron, Palawan, Philippines. It was beautiful! 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: Show Your World: Lomonosov Moscow State University. Also for: old woods… and Skywatch Friday – 2016 March 03 Edition

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


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

Travel the world monument concept

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

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


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


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