Writing 101, Day 16: Mine your own material



If I had a superpower what would it be? It would be the ability to appear and disappear at will, the ability to be a different person in different setting. I chose to be one of the different characters during the Philippine Revolution of 1896.

Tandang Sora was my old aunt – She was poor and her only means of livelihood came from the profits she got in selling. One day in August, the Supremo and his forces, tired and worn out, but determined to fight the enemy, came to the house of Tandang Sora, who immediately gave them a hundred sacks of rice from her storehouse, ten carabaos and tools they would need. She herself had become a revolucionario. Her help extended from giving provisions to the movement; she took care of the wounded and sick freedom fighters, not fearing that she would be caught by the Spanish authorities.

I was the Filipino Woman Married to a Spaniard – I overheard remarks about the Filipinos from my Spanish guests. I was in my room, went out and told them to stop. When they wouldn’t stop, I told my husband. He sided with his countrymen and ignored my request. I took a stick and sought to drive them away by beating them. They arrested me but I was able to escape through the window of my house.

I was Trining and took part in many battles – Dressed as a man with a wide brimmed hat, I went with rebels wherever they went. Some of the battles include the battle of San Ildefonso, the battle of San Rafael and the battle of Zaragoza. At the battle of Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija, the enemy shot my right foot. I fell unconscious but when I recovered, I spoke with the Katipuneros with a smiling face. In the midst of shots and bolo flashes, I never showed the proverbial female weakness.

I could have been one of the many brave Filipino Women – the Katipuneras or the Babaylans who took part in the Philippine Revolution of 1896. Thanks for letting me write about them and acknowledging their struggles for all of us.

women took part, too
Philippine Revolution
our own heroines

acknowledging them
they struggle for our freedom
we’re so proud of them

(c) ladyleemanila 2015

My Thursday


One day isang araw, I saw nakita ko
I can’t remember how it goes after that
It’s just some random English and Filipino words
Anyway, I’m supposed to write about my day
It started early, it always does in this house
Before 6 I was up, checking my emails
Then I made a pot of tea for me and Him Indoors
He’s still in bed, warm and cosy, ah, bless him
Thursday morning, we usually go swimming
Early swimmers we are called, and so are the seniors
Who are also there first thing in the morning
Him indoors doing his laps in the Olympic size pool
I’m happy bobbing in the heated outside pool
After half an hour, we both went to the Jacuzzi
That was heaven on earth! Just like being on holiday
Back home, had our breakfast and Him Indoors works
Me? My free day today so I’m taking it easy
Did some blogging about fictions and photos
Had lunch, a quick nap and before I knew it, it’s late
Time to do some laundry, more blogging, think about dinner
We still got some bolognaise sauce from yesterday
I’ll just add some kidney beans, mushrooms and voila!
Chilli con carne with chopped chillies, of course
Good with boiled rice and a bottle of red wine
Him Indoors comes home, we sit outside
The weather is gorgeous to be outside
The day is not over yet, but I think it ends well
How was yours? Hope it’s a good one, too

For: Writing 101, Day 14: Recreate a single day

Three Little Pigs Meet Little Bo Peep


The three little pigs were busy building their house made of bricks.

Their neighbour, Little Bo Peep arrived and said angrily: “I’ve had enough of you lot! I don’t think you have building permission constructing your brick house. I’ve checked the town hall and it said: “house made of straws.”

“We started with straws, and then it fell apart,” said the three little pigs. “Then we tried building it with sticks, it also didn’t stay put.”

“That’s another thing, you pigs, you started attracting vermin (she meant the wolf) and my sheep started disappearing!”

“That’s why we’re building this house of bricks, because of the big bad wolf, who kept on huffing and puffing until he blew our house down”

“I heard that commotion, that huffing, puffing and squealing. I was about to call the police when I heard that noise in the middle of the night.”

“We’re really sorry, neighbour. Few more days and the house will be finished.”

“This is not the end of this. I’ll go and see my solicitor. You pigs started moving to this area, and look what’s happening to our property prices- I bet they have gone down a lot.” And off she went.


For: Tale Weaver #40
Writing 101, Day 15: Take a cue from your readers

If We Were Having Coffee Right Now…


If we were having coffee right now…I’d tell you about HRH the son. He’s nearly made it, his Masters thesis. He’s just handed it in last week and waiting for the result. So, we’re keeping our fingers crossed. Whatever or whenever it is, we’re so proud of him. Keep it up, our son!

If we were having coffee right now…I’d tell you that my Mom’s health is alright at the moment, thank God. Last week was touch and go. We thought she’d have a stroke, with her blood pressure up to the ceiling. Then, she had pneumonia. Luckily, she went to the doctor’s at the right time and the cardiologist sorted her out. The good thing about her, she’s a good patient, taking all her medicines and doing what she’s told. Here’s to your health, Mom.

If we were having coffee right now…I’d tell you that a new student started his English lesson last week. He’s the boss of a lift company, as in big boss. So far so good, I’ve assessed his English and talked about his needs and wants. I’ve also showed him some of the books we’ll use. Hope it’s the start of a good partnership.

If we were having coffee right now…I’d tell you that since last week, we’ve been having lovely sunny weather, as if it’s still summer here. Not really a t-shirt and flip flop weather, but a weather where we could sit outside and enjoy our coffee.

Well that’s it from me. Thanks for having coffee with me. Have a lovely day!

For: Writing 101, Day 11: Update your readers over a cup of coffee

On My Way To Work


On my way to work, I took the train
Always on time, people come and go
Off to work, off to school, off somewhere nice
Mums taking little Toms and Marys to school
Tom’s still sleepy, Mary’s fussing on her coat
Teen-agers with their nonchalant ways
Boys talking about football last night
Girls busy gossiping and tossing their hair
Grannies on their way to the supermarket
Or could be their coffee mornings
And some don’t even know where they are
A lot with their laptops and mobile phones
Playing games, chatting and surfing
Listening to music, some very loud ones
A few still reading good old newspapers
And some with their pocketbooks
I’m one of them, clutching my book
Some very lucky ones with their luggage
Hopefully going somewhere nice
I’m off on the next stop
Time to say good-bye
Have a nice day everyone!

For: Writing 101, Day 10: Let the scene write itself

Writing 101, Day 6: The space to write

What are your writing habits?
What equipment or supplies do you use to write?
What do you need and want in a physical space?

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In the summer, I write in the garden
where the birds and the bees join me
the scents of the flowers give inspiration
when the weather is not nice and it’s cold
I’m in the study with my laptop, books, papers
a big window by my side so I can see out
a big flask of tea also by my side
listening to classical music or opera
sometimes I can also work in silence
I usually write first thing in the morning
before I go to work and also when I’m back
when I’m “in the zone” I can be anywhere
in cafes, busses, trains, parks, libraries

“Readers, what would you like me to write about in the future?” Any comment is appreciated, thanks ❤

Help! Can Anybody Hear Me?


Adventurous as she was, she walked further and further from her friends
They have agreed to hike the Black Forest and other places at the weekends
Looking at all the exotic plants and trees, she didn’t noticed she’s getting lost
And that she’s moving around going back and forth and the paths crisscrossed
By the time it was getting dark, she didn’t know what to do, how to get help
She bumped into something mossy and spooky, that’s when she uttered a yelp
Only silence in that eerie place, she’s imagining a lot of different scenario
Will she be killed by bears, will she die like a saint, this is what she foreknow
She waits; such tight corner she has entered and she doesn’t seem to get out
“Help! Can anybody hear me?” she wish for someone to help her find her route

For: Writing 101, Day 4: A story in a single image

Writing 101 – One-word Inspiration


let us not lose hope
tomorrow’s the day we wait
just be patient

keep up the good work
care and diligence bring luck
let’s hope all is well

I wish for the star
with some luck and good fortune
we’ll hope it comes true

over the hills
you were waiting for me
I’m so excited

over the rainbow
a bright new day begins
full of hope and fun

flowers in full bloom
busy bee pollinating
the bee on flower

the bee on flower
as the sun is shining
the hum of the hive

the hum of the hive
plenty of nectars to cure
beautiful flowers

(c) ladyleemanila 2015

Writing 101, Day 2: Write a List

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I’ve always wanted to make a list
When I shop, I have my checklist
List of things I like and wish for
Whatever stuff for me in store
List of things I have learned
I only get what I’ve earned
In the morning, I like a nice cup of tea
A swim in the sea, my shopping spree
Cycling and swimming with Him Indoors
Reading and hanging around in bookstores
What I wish, I wish for the moon and the sky
Not really, as long as Him Indoors’ my guy
I wish for HRH the son and his beautiful K
Be happy in their lives in every possible way
What I’ve learned, that’s quite a tough one
Sometimes I regret what I have done
And then I get the lesson, ah, never again
I’m getting there, I live in peace and Zen
I don’t hurt anyone and I walk in the glen

Writing 101 – Day 1


I write because I want to express myself. I’ve started this blog nearly a year now and so far, I’m enjoying the experience. All the thoughts, worries, musings, opinions, etc. – I was able to let them out, be they in a form of haiku, limericks, prose, short stories or just plain writing on the spot. I also enjoy all the prompts and challenges that the other bloggers provide and try to join in their challenges. I must say, I enjoy combining prompts, say a photo and some wordles, or a starting phrase and sentence and I have to finish the story. I also like some photo challenges, where I provide the photos asked by the prompt.

I write to express
Thoughts, worries, opinions
All that’s in my mind

Prompts and challenges
Creativity awakes
Bring them all on