Sandbox Writing Challenge #76 — Life!

Sandbox Writing Challenge #76 — Life!

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 Indoors’ 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 27 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


a new dawn, new life
feeling grateful for all things
happy with my life

waddling through with life
experience and challenges
good or bad, they’re mine

on a journey through the world
focus on the deep meaning
time to appreciate

to find ourselves
our purpose and role in life
in tune with nature


the path of life
everyone has his own way
reaching there somehow

For: Sandbox Writing Challenge #76 — Life!

Sandbox Writing Challenge #72 — In the Moment

Sandbox Writing Challenge #72 — In the Moment

What kinds of things keep you from living more fully in the present moment?

Him Indoors and HRH the son are keeping me from living more fully in the present moment.

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!

Him Indoors plays the piano well
I like to listen to him as he plays
Be it a Chopin or a Beethoven
He can make it sound very well
Like he’s always serenading me

He also has a green finger
A good gardener he is and he knows it
He plants seeds, mostly chillis and impatiens
Our garden full of dahlias, lavender, sweet peas
He doesn’t mind getting his fingers dirty and muddy

And as for me, I like typing my blog
I may not use all my fingers, just the two
But I can type fast and hope the words come
So I’m keeping my fingers crossed
That all’s well that ends well

Happy we all are
When the son rang and said
She said yes and soon they wed
Gave her a charming sapphire ring
Lovely in her hands so they went ahead
Two lovely weddings, in the UK and India

We are happy, Him Indoors and I
We can feel the son is so happy
We are happy he found his Sweetie
She’s very lovely, we all agree
They can plan their future, all coolly
We’re happy to share with you all
Something positive and exciting
The world is wonderful and brightly

For: Sandbox Writing Challenge #72 — In the Moment

Sandbox Writing Challenge #70 — What’s your greatest get?

Sandbox Writing Challenge #70 — What’s your greatest get?

Is there one thing that YOU want most out of life?


Vessel of your love, dear
I’m here to give you cheer
As the birds fly and sing
See what the day will bring
We pace by the sunlit
And dance by the moonlit

Vessel of your courage
We honour our marriage
In sickness and in health
In silence and stealth
Together we face life
We try not to strife

Vessel of devotion
Shown by words and action
Challenges we can take
And we swim by the lake
Make our own history
We go through life with glee

Never do anything halfway
Love someone with all your heart
Things you always have to weigh
You’ve got to be smart to impart

Like sweet roses in the garden
Be careful with their thorns
The sun’s out and life’s fun
Why don’t you plant an acorn?

Check buds for loathsome cankers
They come like thieves in the night
Along the riverbank some amblers
Each one fighting for their plight

Before you tread on muds
Or be tempted to commit sins
Use your judgment, I say with a plea
Don’t do things halfway, that’s the key

Thirty years of devotedness and love
All the experience and our adventure
With you it’s like a cooing of a dove
Together we try to find some answer

We’ve made our home and oh so contented
Our son and bride join us and tortoises
We’re grateful to all and feeling so blessed
Places we’ve visited give us real buzz

We’re so different and we argue sometimes
Each other’s quirks and idiosyncrasies
We have created our own paradigms
One thing for sure, the day we always seize

For: Sandbox Writing Challenge #70 — What’s your greatest get?

Sandbox Writing Challenge #67 — Can acceptance REALLY change relationships?

Sandbox Writing Challenge #67 — Can acceptance REALLY change relationships?

How would accepting yourself for who you are change your relationship with YOU?
And thinking back to the person (or persons) you thought you could change, would accepting THEM for who they are change your relationship with them? How?

Accepting myself for who I am really change my relationship with myself. I forgive myself for the things I cannot and haven’t done, for all the inconsistencies and imperfection, for my quirks and idiosyncracies. I am kinder to myself, not so strict and not give myself impossible targets or aims. I am more tolerant with myself and the others.


Me, myself, I
Passion through poetry and fiction
Glad I could do what I’ve chosen
Passion in doing everything fully
To swim and snorkel in the sea
Passion in learning new things
Life is full of swings and zings
Passion in teaching English
Don’t worry, I’m also British
Passion in meeting friends
Being me, don’t do pretends
Passion in shopping till I drop
I like my top, don’t do swap
Passion in ringing my Mom
Like giving myself a balm
Passion in skyping the son
Telling his pun, it’s quite fun
Passion with cycling with Him
Sometimes going to the gym
Passion in seeing the world
Kaleidoscope as it whirled
Passion in experiencing life
I think I’m a good housewife
Passion with different culture
Eyes not covered with a blinker
I think I’m living my passion
I always feel that I have won
I’m grateful to this brilliant world
Such dazzling and wonderful world

Shake the ache I feel
Lengthen the strength of my soul
Pain still stains spirit
Not fault to put salt on wound
Not too much to touch my heart

Now I have my strength
Things are springing brightly
Not blame anyone
Things happened for a reason
Acceptance is a great balm

so let them fall, tears can come and go, so
let them be and some things we cannot let
we fall in love and then get hurt as we
learn some lessons and we just have to learn

keep on living as memories we keep
acquire some skills, doesn’t hurt to acquire
sun rises and sets, every day the sun
life goes on and it’s so wonderful, life

flowers blooming, appreciate them, flowers
rainbow after the rain, see the rainbow
dance by the light of the moonlight, let’s dance
together we see the world, together

let them fall, tears can come and go, so let
life goes on and it’s so wonderful, life

For: Sandbox Writing Challenge #67 — Can acceptance REALLY change relationships?