30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 4


My young son asks me… by Bertolt Brecht

My young son asks me: Must I learn mathematics?
What is the use, I feel like saying. That two pieces
Of bread are more than one’s about all you’ll end up with.
My young son asks me: Must I learn French?
What is the use, I feel like saying. This State’s collapsing.
And if you just rub your belly with your hand and
Groan, you’ll be understood with little trouble.
My young son asks me: Must I learn history?
What is the use, I feel like saying. Learn to stick
Your head in the earth, and maybe you’ll still survive.

Yes, learn mathematics, I tell him.
Learn your French, learn your history!

What are you thankful for today?
I am grateful for HRH the son and his beautiful bride for being such loving children.

For: 30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 4, Thankful Thursday: Autumn

Here and Now – Discover Challenge



Sonnet 116: Let me not to the marriage of true minds
by William Shakespeare

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no, it is an ever-fixèd mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

For: Here and Now

Other “here and now” posts:
here and now

Elegant – Daily Prompt

And there they were – the newlyweds. She with her lacy white gown, her hair elegantly coifed and carrying a bouquet of exquisite roses, lavenders, carnation, hyacinths and scented geranium, tied with beaded ribbons. He with his charcoal merino wool suit, with a vest, matching her dress, and a pocket watch from his great grandfather. People greeted them with cheers and sparklers. A toast was made for their bright future, music was played by a band and people sat down for dinner. The menu was a combination of the couple’s favourite dishes with bottles of red or white wines on the tables. The evening went on, people dancing, drinking and eating, friends saw each other after a long time and relatives from different parts of the world came to share the celebration. It was a successful evening.

For: Elegant

Other “elegant” posts:
Haiku: Dawn’s Mindful Light

Haiku Hub Floating Challenge #1 – Heritage

Ritu from But I Smile Anyway is our first host for Haiku Hub and the prompt is “heritage.”

Two weeks before the son’s wedding, Him Indoors 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 1909, 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 heritage! HRH the son was delighted when we presented it to him. He’s always been proud of his heritage, being half Filipino and half British. It was nice to see him happy.

An old silver watch
Passed on by his great granddad
The son wore it, too

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: Haiku Hub Floating Challenge #1 – Heritage


Three Cheers to the Newly Weds!

Here’s to the newly weds

As we opened a bottle of fizzy

Wine impressed with its delicate

Fresh nose giving way to tangy apples

Creamy butteriness with good acidity

May they stay as sweet as honey

Seasoned with love and devotion


We also have some herbal, smokey salmon

With a piquant tartare sauce and garlic bread

Followed by saftig strawberries and ginger biscuits

Three cheers, here’s to many years of togetherness!


(c) ladyleemanila 2016



For: Wordle Special Addition Taste “August 22nd, 2016”

The Indian Wedding Feast

Hello everyone! As you all know, we’ve just been to Kerala to attend HRH the son and his beautiful bride’s Hindu wedding. I just can’t forget the experience of the wedding feast, which was served for all of us guests, 500 of us. It was called Sadya which means banquet in Malayalam. It is a variety of pure vegetarian dishes traditionally served on a banana leaf.

We had the nalukootan sadya with four kari, which are istoo, avial, erisseri and kalan (Wikipedia). The spine of the banana leaf is taken as the central dividing line. The narrow end of the leaf is on the guest’s left. Pickles and chutneys are placed on the extreme left below the dividing line. The chutneys are pulinji and injithairu and the pickles comprise chetthumanga kari and lime pickle.

Above the pickles and chutneys on the other side of the dividing line, papadum, plantain chips, savoury elephant foot yam chips and a ripe banana are placed. The banana is the short, sweet kadalipazham. The papadum are placed over the chips without covering them entirely.

All the kari are served above the dividing line. They are placed in a row with a little space between each. Below the dividing line and on the extreme right, salt and a pigeon pea dish is placed.

The rice is served with a serving utensil woven out of split bamboo and in cylindrical. The rice is served by jerking the basket in a smooth motion. No ladles or spoons are used. Then the sambar is poured onto the rice.

Once the meal has been finished, it is closed along the centre. Closing the leaf away from you signifies complete satisfaction with the food and closing it towards you would means a signal to the cooks that it needs improvement. I closed my leaf away from me. The food was really delicious!



Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille August 17th 2016 … a summer tale

They met at the university. They were doing the same course. Two different people with different upbringing, culture, tradition and religion. They didn’t hinder them to fall in love with each other. And so after they finished their course and Masters, he proposed to her and she accepted. We all gave our blessings and weddings were planned, one in each country of origin. And we were all pleased to be part of these celebrations. May they spend many years of love and happiness together!

their first dance
they looked at each other’s eyes
loving each moment

to have and to hold
with Thaali, garlands and love
till death do they part

(c) ladyleemanila 2016


For: Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille August 17th 2016 … a summer tale

#AwakeAugust – small stones 08/16/16


unpacking, laundry, shopping
back from 2 weeks holiday
from India where the son wed
his beautiful bride and we’re glad
three cheers to both of them
many years of happiness together!

(c) ladyleemanila 2016


During the month of August, I will be joining Satya and Kaspa for their Awake August 2016 and write small stones throughout the month. If you’d like to join us, simply write small stones during the month on your blog and/or post them on their Facebook page. Use the hashtag #AwakeAugust in your title to share with others on Facebook and Twitter. If you are unfamiliar with what small stones are, you can find out here. I do hope you will join in. It is a beautiful mindfulness tool.