Do you prefer eating foods with nuts or no nuts?
I like them both, with or without nuts.
If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?
a romantic-comedy with a bit of drama.
Who talks real sense to you?
Do you have a favourite board game?
Scrabble and other word games.
Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Last week was amazing – Him Indoors got a new car – a blue jaguar. Then both of us got new mobile phones (after I’ve washed his accidentally) and yesterday he’s got his new tablet. An expensive week, no doubt, but we deserve them hehehe. Sunday was the first Advent so we light the first candle, three more to go!
Next week I’ll be meeting my Punla people and we’re having brunch in town. Looking forward to seeing them again. Then the next weekend, we’re off to Garmisch for my birthday weekend – yay!!!
Hello everyone! Hope you are all fine. Here’s just remembering our trips to Singapore. Him Indoors’ brother and his family live there so we often visit, usually combining it with our trip to the Philippines when I visit my mother. Last time we visited, we enjoyed the Gardens by the Bay, which is a nature park spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden.
We also went to see the Botanical Garden.
Went to the park and watched nephews play hockey.
Had some pizza and Indian curries.
Went to Chinatown and Little India.
Lapu-Lapu was given a knife by the elder chieftain of the tribe. The knife was made from carved carabao and stag horn and said to have some supernatural powers. “Go, my son and defend our village from the Spanish conquistadors. We had our own beliefs from centuries ago, so we didn’t really need to be converted to Christianity.” And so Lapu-Lapu with his warriors waited for a battle to commence, ready to defend their independence, ready to die for it.
Meanwhile, Ferdinand Magellan’s fleet had entered the Philippines and sailed to the island of Mactan with a small force. Magellan was a converting Catholic, and because of this he lost sight of his main goal, which was to find the Spice Islands. As an intensely religious man, he began to believe that his journey was ordained by God.
Lapu-Lapu had rejected the Spanish conversion and Magellan decided to use force. Due to his profound convictions and the easiness of converting other chieftains in the Philippines, Magellan had no hesitations about entering battle with the rebellious Lapu-Lapu and his warriors. He severely underestimated the capabilities of his opponents.
Magellan’s flotilla were allegedly greeted on the shores with near 1,500 fighters. The combatants recognised Magellan as the captain. Lapu-Lapu descended on him with the knife given to him by the elder chieftain and killed Magellan. The other warriors fought with their bamboo spears and cutlasses in the rocky shores of the island. The rest of the Spanish retreated.
together we fight for freedom
together we overcome
we have to be free
colonisation from Spain
battle till the end
independence is worth it
for generations to come
warriors defend precious soil
battle of the sea
great ancestors of the land
defending sea till the end
the fruit of their hardship
they fought for our freedom
learning the past through art
at the gallery
as part of our heritage
should know them by heart
women took part, too
our own heroines
they struggle for our freedom
we’re so proud of them
I long to fly in the sky
to soar up the cliffs with the others
free me from the bondage of poverty
rift the cage so I can get out to freedom
cart me out to a world where I’m welcome
free me from hunger as seen from my rickety legs
I’m all flesh and bones, so please give me some bread
I’m baffled – why can’t I be just like any ordinary child?
the absence of responsibilities, worries and hardship
to be able to sustain a world full of innocence and fun
being able to chatter instead of stuttering in fright
give me love and I can understand that in any language
(c) ladyleemanila 2016
We never really have winter in the Philippines
I was 23 when I first saw snow in Switzerland
I was ecstatic and took a photo of myself
I couldn’t believe my eyes and I tried to taste it
Now, living in Bavaria, we have nice winter
I love winter, with its candy floss snow!
by Matsuo Basho
in a world of one color
the sound of wind.
What are you thankful for today?
I am thankful for winter and all the other seasons.