I was 23 when I first left my country. 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.
A week after I’ve arrived in Switzerland, it started snowing. I couldn’t believe my eyes; the whole world was blanketed in white! It was so incredibly gorgeous and perfect, no footsteps in it, just lumps and bumps where plants sat in the gardens and cars entirely covered in snow. I was mesmerised. As soon as I’ve felt its powdery texture, I thought to myself, “This was the White Christmas people were dreaming about.” I couldn’t imagine that just a week ago, from sweltering morning – traffic starting to build up in Manila. The noise of cars, taxis, motorcycles, vans and jeepneys beeping and honking, children going to school and adults to work, street vendors selling taho (soya) or peanuts. Such a difference! A normal hectic day in Manila compared to a peaceful, snowy one in Switzerland.
For: 20 Days of Chill: Zurich, Switzerland (Day 15)
SO, your challenge if you choose to accept it, is to write your story using the weekly theme/prompt and write it in just 52 words…. EXACTLY, no more, no less.
I lost my money in Las Vegas
I asked my friends and they were cheerless
Poor me, probably sell my organs
As my debt increases and deepens
A signal that I’ll be spending my life in bleakness
I lost my teeth when I ate that steak
wasn’t able to taste that cake
(c) ladyleemanila 2017
For: Writespiration #99 52 Weeks in 52 Words Week 3
one of the most transcendent places I’ve been
tons of geological oddity of honeycombed hills
stun I was when I first saw these crazy structures
none of the other places can be compared to their frills
how extraordinary they are and at the same time chaotic
bow to its fantastical topography matched by human history
row and row of marvellous troglodyte-style architecture
show us more of towering boulders of otherworldly beauty
For: #JusJoJan Daily Prompt – Jan. 20th/17
January 19, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write about a quarry. It can be a place or include the by-product. The quarry can be operational, abandoned, it can be in real-tie or mentioned from another time. Where will the quarry take you? Go where the prompt leads.
People in this remote island were naive. They thought that foreign companies which invested to mine for copper would give prosperity to the island. But disaster happened and leaked a lot of chemicals into the river, the foreign investors left the island fended for themselves without any support. It was the locals who suffered, serious health and environmental problems had placed the community at risk. Mining in the area polluted waterways, killed fish, and flooded agricultural fields. People were being poisoned indirectly through the fish and water, but also, workers were dying from direct contact with the mining operations.
For: January 19: Flash Fiction Challenge
We’ve got to collaborate to serve and care for the community.
There’s no need to compromise for their concerns.
Look at the present state – not a good sight.
I don’t like some of the things happening in this world.
War, conflict, pollution and corruption.
Let’s now forget decades of inaction and stop blaming everyone.
Let’s forgive ourselves and move on. It’s time for action.
It’s time to listen, chat and contact them.
Time to cooperate and pull our resources together.
Prioritise and organise. Help our community all the way.
If not now, when? Let’s be proud of our community!
For: January 12: Flash Fiction Challenge