E is for Epulaeryu


The Epulaeryu poem is all about delicious food. It consists of seven lines with thirty-three (33) syllables. The first line has seven (7) syllables, the second line five (5), the third line seven (7), the fourth line five (5), the fifth line five (5), the sixth line three (3), and the seventh line has only one (1) syllable which ends with an exclamation mark. The form is 7/5/7/5/5/3/1. Each line has one thought which is about the main course. Therefore, this poetic form, the Epulaeryu, which has corresponding lines built around the main course and ending with an exclamation point, concludes with the ending line expressing the writer’s excitement and feelings about the poem. The poem may be rhymed or unrhymed. The Epulaeryu poem was developed by Joseph Spence, Sr. The name of the poetic form was selected as a result of experiencing the Mediterranean and Far East cultures, and enjoying many succulent and nourishing meals and food during those memorable travels.


Entire pig is spit-roasted
Served with liver sauce
Over coals with crisp skin
Stomach is stuffed
Anise and laurel


Stew of fish, prawns or pork
Soured by tamarind
With kangkong and string beans
Is eaten with rice
My favourite dish
So sour

For: E Is For Everybody And Everything #atozchallenge fifth day of Na/GloPoWriMo

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Blush – Daily Prompt


Eyes that sparkle
Blushing all over
A fluttery stomach
Unable to keep still
Whenever I think of you
My world shines bright
Outburst of the heart

Matang kumikinang
Namumula sa hiya
Wagayway ng tiyan
Hindi mapakali
Tuwing naiisip kita
Ang mundo ko’y lumiwanag
Silakbo ng puso

For: Blush

Other “blush” posts:
Walk Like an Egyptian #amwriting
We Cannot Blush
Blushing Pink

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is an open-air museum and heritage park in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines. Spread over 400 hectares, the park features a collection of 27 Spanish Colonial buildings and stone houses (bahay na bato in Tagalog), planned to resemble a settlement reminiscent of the period. These houses were carefully dismantled, brick by brick, transplanted from different parts of the Philippines and rehabilitated in these premises, to resemble the original structure. For parts that were missing, woodwork and bricks were replicated to resemble the original structure. For this, the Ciudad employs a workforce of 130 people, including 10 wood sculptors, three metal sculptors, 30 craftsmen who design ceilings, and construction workers. There are also five architects, two of whom are historical architects, and two artists. The resort also has a restaurant, a beach, calesa rides and a swimming pool. (https://www.lascasasfilipinas.com/)

For: Our World: 26 February 2018 , Nurt Thurs – Your Author


Pilipinas – Tanaga

The Tanaga is a Filipino poem. It consists of four lines with seven syllables each; the rhyme scheme is AABB.

Traditional tanagas don’t have titles and are composed in the Tagalog language. Most have been handed down through oral history and contain proverbs and moral lessons. (Similar to the tanaga is the ambahan, which has an indefinite length.)

Modern Tanaga

The tanaga has been in danger of becoming a dying art form. The Cultural Center of the Philippines and the National Commission of the Arts have been trying to revive it. Several groups have been promoting the form in English.

The form is beginning to change slightly – not only are tanagas appearing in more frequently in English, they are picking up titles and varying their rhyme forms (for example, AABB, ABBB, ABAB, ABBA, AAAB, BAAA, ABCD, etc).

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Pilipinas kong Mahal
Kahit malayo ako
Puso ko’y nasa iyo
Mabuhay tayong lahat!

Philippines my Philippines
We may be far apart
But my heart belongs to you
Cheers to every one of us!

Filipino Dishes

Our national dish, adobo! Filipinos can cook it anywhere in the world, as long as we have the main ingredients: chicken or pork, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, salt and pepper. Marinate all the ingredients, fry them with a little oil, then simmer them until cooked.

chicken adobo, rice and peas
chicken adobo, rice and peas

Stir-frying is my favourite style of cooking – chop all ingredients in small sizes, like julienne. Fry garlic, ginger and onions, first, then add beef and the vegetables. Add oyster sauce, chilli sauce, soy sauce and voila – stir-fried beef!

stir-fried beef and vegetables
stir-fried beef and vegetables

Preserved ampalaya and atsara – good accompaniment for any grilled or fried fish, chicken, pork or beef.

preserved ampalaya and atsara
preserved ampalaya and atsara

Pancit palabok – is the first meal I ask when I come home to the Philippines because I don’t cook it here. It has some seafood like shrimps, dried fish or tinapa, boiled eggs, glass noodles, etc. Delicious!

pancit palabok
pancit palabok

Siomai is dim sum, steamed bun with vegetables and meat inside.


Favourite breakfast – also known as tapsilog which is a short form of tapa, sinangag (fried rice) and itlog (eggs)

beef tapa, eggs and rice
beef tapa, eggs and rice

Grilled squid – yummy! Stuffed with tomatoes, onions, garlic, some herbs, salt and pepper.

stuffed and grilled squid
stuffed and grilled squid

Lovely soup – chicken, unriped papaya, ginger, onions. Good when one has a cold. Or when one is homesick.

chicken tinola soup
chicken tinola soup

Our favourite dessert! My brother has got this super recipe and it’s to die for! 10 egg yolks, 1 can of condensed milk, 2 cans of evaporated milk, some rinds of lemon. The secret is to caramelise some sugar in a dish, sieve the mixture then steam it, or bain marie it.

leche flan
leche flan


And Now For Something Filipino

Just for fun, I dug some of my work and translated them to Filipino. Hope you like them. Have a lovely day everyone 🙂

sleep tight my poet
for in your dream world you go
colouring your sphere
whose fleeting tenure not break
wild realm of reality

matulog ka nang mahimbing, aking makata
para sa iyong pangarap na mundo ka pumunta
kinukulayan ang iyong daigdig
ng panandaliang panahon ng panunungkulan
ay hindi masira
sa ligaw na kaharian ng katotohanan


the kiss of the muse
and so inspiration comes
a slumbering thought
curdles long life in short time
pleasure, pain, faith, hope and love

ang halik ng inspirasyon
at siya ay dumating
isang muni-muni
mahabang buhay sa maikling panahon
kasiyahan, sakit, pananampalataya
pag-asa at pag-ibig

Unique – ABC of Love – Love is in Da Blog 2018

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Each one has something in them
A skill, a trait, that’s unique
We honour the souls so pure

We can read, we can admire
In a library of souls
Each one has something in them

Free the spirit, free the souls
Roaming around in this world
A skill, a trait, that’s unique

Let them remain untainted
Don’t give in to evil deeds
We honour the souls so pure

Ang bawat isa ay may isang bagay sa kanila
Isang kasanayan, isang katangian , na natatangi
Pinararangalan natin ang mga kaluluwa napakadalisay

Maaari nating basahin, maaari nating hangaan
Sa isang biblioteka ng mga kaluluwa
Ang bawat isa ay may isang bagay sa kanila

Palayain ang espiritu , ilibre ang mga kaluluwa
Gumagala sa paligid sa mundong ito
Isang kasanayan, isang katangian , na natatangi

Hayaan ang mga ito na mananatiling dalisay
Huwag bumigay sa masasamang gawa
Pinararangalan natin ang mga kaluluwa napakadalisay

For: Unique – ABC of Love