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

Tale Weaver – #173 – May 31st – Days Of Old

Hello everyone! For this challenge, I’m reblogging something from my archive.

“You’re it!” I didn’t see her as she pointed to me, called my name and said, “You’re it!” I’ve got to look for them hiding around our street. It was getting dark so it was tough finding them. However, I knew Thor would be hiding at his usual place, my brother kissing our neighbour in one corner and I’d managed to locate Bethcha. Before long we had to go back to our houses and ate our dinner. Other days, we’d play patintero (try to cross my line without letting me touch or catch you), tumbang preso (hit the can), piko (hopscotch) or luksong-tinik (lit. jump over the thorns of a plant). Sometimes we’d rent some bikes and circled around our neighbourhood.

Easter Breaks. The only time of the year when all of us cousins stayed in our Granddad’s house. The number of times we walked back and forth the house and the chapel for singing the passion plays. The afternoons we spent splashing in that creek while Granddad washed the carabao, the still warm fresh milk that morning and the mangoes we’ve picked on the way to the farm. We all slept on the floor, some snoring, some talking, and telling each other’s stories, jokes and secrets.

Dapitan. Our house in Dapitan was small – for our parents, 4 children, Granny, aunts and cousins. It was constantly full of people and activities. Our cousins from the province stayed with us once they started college. There were 2 bedrooms, one for our parents and one for all of us with 2 bunk beds; the rest slept on the floor. My classmates and I loved hanging out there; doing our homework and projects; lunch and merienda (snacks) were at all times provided. When I needed to concentrate in college, I’d wake up in the middle of the night to revise or just to have some peace and quiet.

Childhood memories
When life was full of roses
Snippets of my life

Snippets of my life
Full of innocence and fun
Summer spent with friends

For: Tale Weaver – #173 – May 31st – Days Of Old

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 81, Hurry & Last, #Synonyms Only


I woke up and decided that today’s going to be a slack day. That means, there’s no need to make haste, just take it easy. It doesn’t matter if the day’s cloudy, I’ll drink my coffee from the old pewter tankard. I browse my romantic cloying book, boy falls in love with the girl sort of thing. With my hair still bedraggled from last night’s sleep, I’m still sleepy. And later on, take a shower and put my shirt and old jeans on. I don’t mind, I’m not in the mood for any truculent argument.

Take it easy day
Still sleepy from previous night
No need to be quick

For: Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 81, Hurry & Last, #SynonymsOnly


Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, May 2nd 2018 … railway trip


After three days tiger watching (we saw 2 tigers one morning, otherwise, mostly tiger food) in Ranthambhore, we boarded the train to New Delhi. It would take six hours of travelling. We were in the first class carriage. We passed by people boarding the other classes and the economy, hundreds of them! They were cheek by jowl, virtually holding one another up. The vendors came, selling tea, dodgy water, home-made vanilla ice-cream and crisps. We bought the ice-cream and boy, did we suffer! Food poisoning in the middle of the night wasn’t funny. That was an experience and a half.

train ride to Delhi
such an experience
different from the rest

(c) ladyleemanila

For: Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, May 2nd 2018 … railway trip

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 75: “Patience & Green” #SnynonymsOnly

– Ryn-Sweet-Surreal

Tuesday is my favourite day. After school, Mum is taking me to Irish dancing. I always wear something verdant and matches my eyes. With tenacity, I am learning the basic steps and having fun with my friends from the village. I need to have a rigid upper body and the footwork is so intricate. Practice, practice, practice, my teacher says. After the dance practice, we’re allowed to have some ice-cream and that’s the best part.

having fun dancing
with friends from the village
intricate footwork

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

For: Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 75: “Patience & Green” #SnynonymsOnly, Photo Challenge #205


Sunday Photo Fiction – March 11th 2018 – We’ve almost made it


We’ve almost made it. But not really. Such a shame. If only I could turned back the clock and stayed the way we were, I would. I almost did it – turned back the clock. But it was pointless. What was done was done, what was said was said, what was broken remained broken. Everything happened for a reason. The thing was, we’ve almost done it, almost surpassed the hurdles and challenges that came our way, almost ignored the pain that was hurting, almost crossed the finish line at the end. Oh well, it wasn’t meant to be…

you promised not to leave
but one day you were all gone
and left me crying

For: Sunday Photo Fiction – March 11th 2018


Happy New Year everyone!

Photo by Aldric Rivat

As we all approach the New Year
We wonder what it brings
Release the stars and lights so clear
Spare us the gutter stings
Good tidings it brings for us all
Roll the dice and see what’s our call
Good tidings
Good tidings
Down the lane we don’t feel small

Splitting atoms and new finds
A gold pin of honour
Fall in line for all thing spellbinds
Do things that make us whir
Carpe diem or seize the day
Sometimes we need a breakaway
Carpe diem
Carpe diem
Do things that make our days not grey

Happy New Year everyone!

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

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For: 100 Word Wednesday: Week 51, Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, December 27th 2017 New Year’s Eve, Wordle 331 Dec 23 by brenda warren