#SoCS June 23/18 – “bug”

blue net

lady bug flying
the children having fun
lucky to catch one

lovely lady bug
then he lets it fly again
what else can he catch?


bughaw, bughaw , aking mundo ay bughaw
bughaw na dagat, bughaw na kalangitan, bughaw na damit
kantahin ang kantang ito kapag nakararamdam ng pagkabughaw
bughaw na mundo, bakit mo ako iniwan?
bughaw na mundo, hindi ka na ba babalik?
bughaw na mundo, paano na ako?
magiging masaya ba ulit ako?
sisinag ba ulit ang araw?
may buhay ba pagkatapos mo?
hindi ko alam, hindi ko alam


blue, blue, my world is blue
blue sea, blue sky, blue dress
sing this song when I feel blue
blue world, why did you leave me?
blue world, aren’t you coming back?
blue world, how about me?
will I be able to be happy again?
will the sun shines again?
will there be life after you?
I don’t know, I really don’t know

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

For: The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS June 23/18


Remembering Dad on Father’s Day

Paalam na po, Ama
Kahit napaka-aga pa
Kahit di ka pa dapat umalis
Kahit marami pang pagkakataon
Masakit isipin na iniwan mo na kami
Na wala ka na upang ipagdiwang
At ipamahagi aming mga kwento
Na hindi mo na makikita
Ang aming paglaki at mga apo mo
Mga araw-araw na nangyayari
Aming narating, aming mga problema
Aming puso na nabibiyak, aming kaligayahan
Paalam na po, Ama
Lumalhati nawa ang iyong kaluluwa

Goodbye, Dad
Although it was still early when you left us
Even when there should be more opportunities
It hurts to think that you left us
You were not here to celebrate with us
And listened to our stories
That you never saw us growing
and your grandchildren
The everyday things and happenings
What we have achieved, our problems
When our hearts break, our happiness
Farewell, Father
Let your soul rest in peace

Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, June 13th 2018, on the beach

Such a lovely day on a beautiful tropical paradise. Enjoying my time walking on a nice sandy beach. From the beachfront cottage I have some gorgeous views of the ocean. Snorkelling is fun and exciting. House reef is fantastic. Sea water is crystalline and very clear. Swimming with the fish, that’s heaven! A school of fish, barracuda, angel fish, sting rays, jelly fish, small shark, and fish of different species and colours. It is just amazing!

with bare feet
strolling along the beach
with Him, that’s heaven

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

For: Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, June 13th 2018, on the beach

Philippines – my place in the world

Philippines, my Philippines
I’ve known you for years
You gave me fond memories
Of my childhood and early days
I left you when I was 23
To see the other side of the world
It doesn’t matter how far I’ve reached
I’ll always be coming back to you
To admire your beauty and warmth
To see our diverse 7,100 islands
It’s more fun in the Philippines
There’s no place like home!

For: Place in the WorldOur World: 14 May 2018


Photo Challenge #213 – I am here, you are there

– Nicolas Bruno

I am here, you are there
Miles apart, half of the world
We have to cross the seas and lands
We have to endure the storms coming
You are there, so far away, unreachable
I say this, you say that, misunderstanding
Hard to communicate, different opinions
Upsetting one another even not intentionally
Causing pain in the heart and soul, shattering
Over the mountains, through seven seas
Enduring the pain, winter, spring, autumn
Summer comes, is there a flicker of hope?
Can we overcome the hurdles, the storm?
I don’t know, I really don’t know


Narito ako, nandiyan ka
Milya ang pagitan, kalahati ng mundo
Kailangan nating tawirin ang mga dagat at lupain
Kailangan nating tiisin ang mga bagyo na darating
Nandiyan ka, napakalayo, hindi maabot
Sinasabi ko ito, sinasabi mo iyan, hindi nagkakaunawaan
Mahirap makipag-usap, iba’t ibang opinyon
Nagkakainisan kahit hindi sinasadya
Nagdudulot ng sakit sa puso at kaluluwa, nakakalungkot
Sa pag-akyat sa bundok at pagtawid sa pitong dagat
Pagdurusa sa sakit, taglamig, tagsibol, taglagas
Dumating ang tag-araw, mayroon bang pag-asa?
Maaari ba nating malagpasan ang mga hadlang at bagyo?
Hindi ko alam, talagang hindi ko alam

For: Photo Challenge #213

Thursday photo prompt: Splash #writephoto



We were always there
Come Holy Week or All Saint’s Day
And don’t forget the harvest time
And all the fiestas – they were always fun
All our cousins were there
Tatang’s farm was always open
We all slept together on the floor
Snoring, people talking in their sleeps
Playing till the sun came down
Swimming and splashing in the creek
And Tatang washing his carabao
Fresh unpasteurised milk in the morning
We just poured it with steaming rice
We added salt and ate with our hands
And on the way to the creek, we had fruit
Mangoes, lansones, bananas as we picked them
On harvest time it was fun, people singing
Grounding some rice and peanuts and coconuts
We made some nice dish, I forgot what it was called
Perhaps we’d never be all together or experienced the same fun
As we are all over the world and the farm was not there anymore
But we’d always remember the fun we shared
On Tatang’s farm in Culianin, Plaridel, Bulacan

(c) ladyleemanila

For: Thursday photo prompt: Splash #writephoto