TANKA 22: Nostalgia

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Spring is drawing near
Earth will be filled with cheers
Guess it can’t be helped
To cherish the memories we’ve shared
Everytime this season appears


Cheers to my 22nd TANKA poetry so far! I am more than happy to partake in this wonderful activity hosted by a friend blogger, Kiwinana of Ramblings of a Writer. For instructions, kindly click here. Have nice week!

Tokens of Gratitude : Birthday

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Nothing beats an unplanned get away. March 14th 2017 marked our youngest son’s third birthday. As always, my children prefer to eat out, play arcades, and enjoy rides in a mall. Out of the blue, we’ve decided (I always involve my children with things like these to make sure they enjoy.) to go on a staycation.

 

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staycation  a vacation spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.

The place we’ve visited is quite far from home and since we don’t own a car we have to endure riding a PUJ (Public Utility Jeep) and a train station to reach our destination. Nevertheless, my children enjoyed the journey and the scenery.

 

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Today, I’d want to express how grateful I am that God allowed us to experience wonderful moments in celebration of our bundle of joy’s third birthday. We, as parents would always find delight in seeing the happiness in our children’s faces much more when they enjoy life and make memories that we could cherish afterwards.

 

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I would like to share this YouTube video I created and hoping that you’ll find inspiration in doing the things that would make you and your loved ones happy.

 

 

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank God for His grace in giving my partner the ability to provide us with our needs and wants. I couldn’t be more thankful.

Once In A Lifetime

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He’s long gone yet his smell still lingers
I still feel his touch in my dreams
His fading footsteps as he walk away
I can’t open my mouth to beg him to stay
I cried a river that very day
Can’t stand looking at the doorway
My life fell apart yet he’s etched in my heart
Is this love more than lust?
The burning desire in our eyes
Our touch, it’s more hot than fire
Seventh heaven in an instant
Am I meant to love him from a distance?
He’s taken, I can’t stand a chance…

My Monthly Memories: January 2K17

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It’s been about two days now that the first month of the year have ended. So abrupt that I haven’t even noticed it the other day. But if there’s one thing I won’t forget is doing #mymonthlymemories post. This would be my second year of doing this wonderful blogging activity hosted by a lovely blogger, Basant She. You may want to visit her blog, The Socially Anxious Extrovert and be entertained by her adventures about life.

flowery      I love those random memories
      that makes me smile
      no matter what’s going on
      in my life right now…

I must say that this month of the year have been great and I’ve found myself smiling almost everyday. Learning the wisdom of giving without expecting anything in return, looking at things in a positive way no matter how awful it might be, and seeing the good side of others even if they did me wrong gave me peace of mind and happiness beyond measure. We truly have the power to turn disaster to our own advantage!

I would like to share my favorite post this January entitled, Silver Pride an entry to WordPress, Daily Prompt – Shine. It clearly defines how someone could still shine in the midst of adversities. I believe that the ability to surpass trials and difficulties in this life depends on a person’s mindset and determination. And I’m pretty sure almost all of you would agree that a problem is not really a problem if there’s a solution. So whatever situation we are in no matter how tough or insurmountable it may seem, we shouldn’t lose hope. Instead of wallowing in self doubt or self pity, we should put our best foot forward to advance and keep on going. Life may give us a series of unfortunate events but as long as God is allowing us to breath, we can still be happy and make others happy.

I’d like to share a few things that makes me happy these days:

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Eat out with my children

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Skype call from my partner

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Eating one of my favorite foods

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Writing using my pen with a cup of coffee

Cheers to a positive and happier February to all of us. I am grateful to God for all His grace. Having adorable and healthy children, and a very supportive partner is more than enough reason to celebrate life everyday.

Weekly Quotes To Ponder 36

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This quote never fail to remind me of how things could be so extreme at times – be it good or bad. And today, things have gone from bad to worst. Truly, I am being tried on how I would deal with this blow. Until now, I am still trying to convince myself that I am just dreaming, that history would not repeat itself. If you’re following this blog for quite sometime now, you may already read one of my posts entitled ‘Sudden Twist‘ where I shared a story about how a pet could touch someone’s heart.

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while waiting for the vet

After what happened that time, I’ve been hesitant to get another puppy but since my children’s really fond of having a pet in the house, we bought ‘Maxie‘ (our second Chihuahua puppy) last December 10, 2016. She was one half month old then. Everything seems fine, she’s an adorable and energetic puppy and is fun to feed. Even giving her a bath is an easy task not to mention taking her outside for a walk in the morning. Then yesterday, we noticed that she’s not in her usual self, she seems so aloof and doesn’t want to eat. And her stool is watery. I took her to the vet this morning and have been diagnosed with Parvovirus – the same exact illness that struck our first puppy. I am truly broke – emotionally and financially. As of to date, she’d been given an antibiotic through IV and been confined in the clinic. According to the vet, there’s a fifty fifty chance of survival so we’re still hopeful she could make it.

I can’t help but wonder if this is just a coincidence or one of fate’s cruelty. When you are a stay at home mother of  four children who relies with just enough remittance abroad from  your  partner and is always struggling to make both ends meet, it is really tough to deal with this kind of situation. Honestly, I am caught in a dilemma at the last minute of taking our puppy to the vet. I even asked myself if it is worth the risk? I do understand the cost and it would really leave my wallet empty however, I cannot just let the puppy die without giving it a chance. And besides I don’t want to see it die in my arms just like our first puppy, so with closed eyes I did gave it a go. God’s willing, it will survive and worst come to worst, at least I won’t have any regrets.

While writing this post, I just received a call from the veterinary clinic saying that the puppy didn’t make it. I was shocked, it took me a minute or two to respond. Maybe it’s not yet time for us to have a long term pet. Another heart break, I’d let it be for now. This too shall pass. I just pacify myself that even though she’s  gone, all the fun memories we had with her would remain immortal.

Faith Amidst Fate

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Unpleasant past, burned letters
Its ashes gone with the wind
More than a decade
But the pain’s still here
Too real, too hard to conceal
Always pretend ’til I mend
And by then, myself I can convince
That we are not meant
To be lovers nor friends
But those eyes won’t disguise
Real feelings inside
Burning desire consuming your pride
I’m more than tired
Why fight what we can’t deny?
Give in even for once
Throw us a glance
Be lost in a trance
We’ll never know ’til we again try
Rare love we have found
It’s worth all the while

My Monthly Memories: December 2K16

yellow-bloomI love those random memories
that makes me smile
no matter what’s going on
in my life right now…

 

 

What I feel at this very moment is so profound, I’m afraid I can’t find a word to express it. However, writing gets the better of me. I find it irresistible at times, truly there’s something that’s waiting to explode. Year 2016 is finally over. That fast! And here I am, left with so many thoughts and overwhelming feelings I could hardly catch my breath.

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Anyhow, life never stops as long as we’re breathing, so might as well choose to live and be merry. This is in response to a blogging event hosted by a beautiful blogger, Basant She called, #mymonthlymemories. A wonderful way to take note of the things that you want to cherish and reminisce, right? I’ve been doing this for 12 months now and I am more than happy to have come this far. This last entry in 2016 would also serve as my Year-End Review for my blog.

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This blog is actually five years old but I have not written article/s until January of this year. My very first entry is an assignment for Blogging 101, entitled, Me and Myself. That blogging event did more than teach me the basics of blogging but also served as a trigger to push through with fulfilling my long time dream to be a blogger. Something that brought me joy and happiness, something I would be proud of and cherish for the rest of my life.

A homebody and a nocturnal person that I am, I find peace and delight in writing articles and poetry ever since high school. I’ve kept those by myself and never grew tired of reading them over and over again like a litany whenever time permits. As I approached maturity, I realized, why not share it with others? It may entertain, inspire, and give hope in a way. I do agree that random acts of  kindness, no matter how small can at least touch another soul and make someone feel cared for. That’s what we all want, right? Someone to make us feel we exist. Talking about existence, a big shout out to all 328 bloggers who followed my blog. I may not be able to write all your names but I want to express how grateful I am that you took interest. And to all those who stumbled upon my articles and poems, who spared a minute or two to read, like, and comment, I thank you all. You people add inspiration for me to keep on sharing a part of my soul. Furthermore, I cannot help but mention few bloggers who keeps up with my blog ever since I started writing and considered them not only avid followers but more as friends, I would be delighted if you’d take time to visit/check their blogs:

  1. Kiwinana of Ramblings of a Writer
  2. Miriam of Out an’ About
  3. spiritualjourney17
  4. thatmishmash
  5. Heide of THEFEELINGSIHAVE
  6. Sonali of Howling With The Wolf
  7. Infinite Living
  8. Arcane Owl of A Wayward Scribblez
  9. La Cronicas Del Otro Mundo
  10. Tikeetha of A Thomas Point of View
  11. Bikurgurl
  12. Frank of Dutch goes the Photo

This may be  long already but please forgive me if I would also want to share some of my articles and poems that I find special and worth reading. You’d definitely  put a smile on my face if you spare a couple of minutes of your precious time to check them out:

  1. That Amazing Pain
  2. #LoIsInDaBl Day 1 – True Self Love
  3. Deep Inside
  4. 3Line Tales
  5. TANKA
  6. AtoZ Challenge
  7. Weekly Quotes To Ponder 16
  8. Aftermath
  9. Weekly Quotes To Ponder 31
  10. Monday Morning Melts – SERENDIPITY
  11. Life In Shambles
  12. Tokens of Gratitude : Thank GOD

I’m almost done and I am more than satisfied and happy.  December indeed is one of the busiest and yet fulfilling month last year. I am only able to  write 6 articles, I failed to partake  with blogging events that I usually join every week. But one thing I’ve learned, we can only do what we can so whenever opportunity knocks, I grab it and make the most of it.

Another year has come, another chance given by God Almighty to make our life worthwhile and use it to help others the best way we can and be happy  no matter how tough our journeys might be. Once again, thank you all and God bless!