Dear Eyes

Monday Musings

Keep clear,

don’t blur,

please dear.

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A Sign

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For the ninth time today I heard, “We’ll just call you, thank you for your time.”

Freeing up the tears, I was about to crumple my five remaining resumes…

when for no reasons, I looked up.

Photo Credit: Alyssa Smith


In response to Sonya’s Three Line Tales Week Four.

The TLT rules are simple:

  • Take a look at the photo prompt and write three lines to go with it.
  • Your lines can be poetry, micro-fiction, micro non-fiction, quotes you think fit the photo prompt or just a really long caption – everything goes as long as it’s three lines long (you decide how long one line is).
  • A link back to this post would be nice (it’ll make me feel obliged to swing by yours to read your three lines, and some of your readers might want to join in, too – the more, the merrier, right?).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales – it’ll make it easier for others to find it in the Reader.
  • Use the hashtag #3LineTales on Twitter , #3LineTales on Elloor #3LineTales on Instagram if you’d rather not use your blog or don’t have one.
  • Read other participants’ lines and let them know what you think of their work.
  • If you want, post your three lines here in the comments (I think they’d look much better on your blog, though).
  • If the photo inspires you to write something longer than three lines, put a link in the comments, anyway – but mention you went over, please.
  • Have fun!

 

Faith

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“For your life to be great,your faith must be bigger than your fear.” ― Robin S. Sharma, The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO: A Remarkable Story about Living Your Heart’s Desires


Step up,

move up,

leap out,

jump out,

though

you’re

unsure

where

your feet

will land.

Photo credit: Quote Fancy

My sweetest thanks to the three lovely writers — Ishma of Ishma Imroz, Jade of Jade M. Wong and Heena of Heena Rathore P., for nominating me! 🙂

RULES OF THIS CHALLENGE:

  1. Post three consecutive days
  2. You can pick one or three quotes per day
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day

MY THREE NOMINEES FOR TODAY ARE (my new followers):

  1. Michnavs
  2. Lisa
  3. Vincent

Thank you for following me.

I hope you enjoy this challenge, too! 🙂

~

Nostalgic Tunes

“Words make you think. Music makes you feel. A song makes you feel a thought.”
E.Y. Harburg


To my greatest delight, Laduchessederat‘s topic for The Great Book of Lists for this week is… MUSIC! ❤

And you all know that aside from quotes and books, I am surely obsessed with songs, too! 😀

What music is so intertwined with your life and personality that you  can play it in your head without actually hearing it ? What musical pieces remind you of a particular time in your life like it was yesterday ?

So let the musical throwback begins… ❤ ❤ ❤

Infant Song

Sa Ugoy ng Duyan by Lea Salonga

The song Nanay (mother) used to sing for me. ❤

Childhood Song

Busy Days

I sang this during my Kindergarten diploma and it is still stuck on me! 😀

High School Song

Cats and Mouse by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

This was a huge hit during that time! 😀

First-Love Song

I’ll Always Love You – Nina

‘He’ asked me to sing it to him, and with the aid of a song-hits, I did. (Those were the days! :D)

College Song

A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton

Yeps. A videoke-must!

Present Love-Life Song

If You’re Not The One – Daniel Bedingfield

Our theme song, it is. ❤

Personal Life Song

Even When It Hurts by Hillsong United

Even when my strength is lost
I’ll praise You
Even when I have no song
I’ll praise You
Even when it’s hard to find the words
Louder then I’ll sing Your praise

Photo credit: Youth are Awesome

Video credit: Youtube


The Great Book of Lists by La duchesse d’Erat

Chapter 2.3 – The Soundtrack of Your Life

Thank you for bringing back good old memories, Laduchessederat!

P.S.

What is your life’s playlist?

Share it with me!

~

Envy*

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“The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.” ― Jim Rohn


*Those thoughts

           shattering,

           destroying,

            slicing,

            breaking,

you,

into

       p

             i

                e

                     c

                          e

                               s.

Photo credit: Quote Fancy

Thank you Ishma of Ishma Imroz, Jade of Jade M. Wong and Heena of Heena Rathore P., for nominating me! 🙂

RULES OF THIS CHALLENGE:

  1. Post three consecutive days
  2. You can pick one or three quotes per day
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day

MY THREE NOMINEES FOR TODAY ARE (my new followers):

  1. Rona
  2. CS Knotts
  3. Gina

Thank you for following me.

I hope you enjoy this challenge, too! 🙂

~

 

Honk

PHOTO PROMPT - © Al Forbes

I won’t forget that day.

Amid the heart-rate machine’s beep, Dad recalled how mom easily wakes up anytime of the night whenever she hears his buggy’s honks.

While dad’s reminiscing, the doctor entered and told us that after over six months in coma, mom might not wake up again. We might just wait in vain.

Sickly dad asked me to get his old unmoving  buggy. He said, “It is our last chance, buddy.”

After I returned, dad opened mom’s windows. He went down and pressed his buggy’s horns.

I won’t forget that day…

when we waited for a honk-made miracle.

Word count: 100 words

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Al Forbes


In response to Friday Fictioneers prompt for 26 February 2016.

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly writing challenge hosted by the generous Fairy Blog-Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, where a photo is used as a prompt for a piece of fiction.

Read more great 100-word short stories here:

Agony

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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


A look back,

to the words

that pushed me

to start

this blog.

A back track,

to the quote

that gave me

a brave heart

to write.

Photo credit: Quote Fancy

After three calls from three lovely ladies/ talented writers / a bit quote junkies? 🙂 — Ishma of Ishma Imroz, Jade of Jade M. Wong and Heena of Heena Rathore P., I am now participating again with 3 days 3 Quotes Challenge. 🙂

RULES OF THIS CHALLENGE:

  1. Post three consecutive days
  2. You can pick one or three quotes per day
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day

MY THREE NOMINEES FOR TODAY ARE (my newest followers):

  1. Shona
  2. Lisa
  3. Shrikant

Thank you for following me. I hope you will enjoy this challenge! 🙂

~

An Ode to Fun

An Ode to Fun

T’was a usual
Monday morning,
until you gave me
goosies without warning.
After reading,
your skeleton’s story,
I had no time
to even fell sorry.
‘Cause your talent
in making me happy,
is incomparable,
oh so, surely.
To roll on the floor
I almost did,
but there’s no carpet,
yes, you noted!
So lemme thank you,
my dear Funsie!
With you, sadness,
will be just a fantasy!

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Favim


Ode is a poem praising and glorifying a person, place or thing.

And this ode is for my dearest Fun of Simply Me, who made my week a happy happy one.

Finale: Exploring Ilocos Sur

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This is the last part of our joyride, so let me take you to Ilocos Sur for one last time! 🙂

NOTE: First five parts are here, here here, herehere and here!

Buckle up for our final ride!!! ❤


 

It was the warm sun who wake us up on our Ilocandia 2015’s last day! After two days of rain, God has finally give us the sun!

And sun means… swimming! 😀 (Thankfully our lovely hotel has a small pool!

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After the dip, we fin’lly went out, checked out, and explore…

The Old City called Vigan in Daylight!

FYI: Vigan City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in that it is one of the fewHispanictowns left in the Philippines where its structures remained intact, and is well known for itscobblestone streets and a unique architecture that fuses Philippine and Oriental building designs and construction, with colonial European architecture. In May 2015, Vigan City was officially recognized as one of the New7Wonders Cities together withBeirut, Doha,Durban, Havana, Kuala Lumpur, and La Paz.[4]

It was indeed beauty beyond words! ❤

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We also tasted the famous Vigan empanada!

FYI: The Vigan empanada is much in keeping with the Vigan people’s love for vegetables in their cuisine. It is similar to a thin taco that is fried to a crisp, with vegetable and meat filling. Rice flour is used for making the crust or the shell. The galapong or rice flour dough is made a day before it is used. Atchuete or orange food color, salt and oil are mixed into the rice though. The dough mixture is then kneaded as thinly as possible on a banana leaf (wax paper is a good substitute). Vigan empanada’s vegetable filling is made up of green papaya that is grated, toge or mung bean sprouts, monggo or mung bean and shredded carrots. Its meat filing consist of whole egg and skinless Vigan longganisa.

After buying souvenirs and pasalubongs, we then proceed to a place to eat called…

The Hidden Garden

There are some beautiful flowers and plants but our main concern is really… to eat. 😀 Soooo…

(L) Bagnet – Bagnet, to put it simply, is crispy fried pork belly, a cross between Chicharon and Lechon Kawali, where the lean meat is crispy but not dry and the pork skin with all the pork fat is fried to a crisp. It is usually served with a dipping sauce of Fish Paste (Bagoong Isda) with chopped red or white onion, tomatoes and green onions.

(R) Tapa Tagalog – Tapa is dried or cured beef, mutton or venison, although other meat or even fishmay be used. Filipinos prepare tapa by using thin slices of meat and curing these with salt and spices as a preservation method.

Tapa is often cooked fried or grilled. When served with fried rice and fried egg, it is known as tapsilog (a portmanteau of the Filipino words tapa, sinangag and itlog[egg]). It sometimes comes with atchara (pickled papaya strips) or sliced tomatoes as side dish. Vinegar or ketchup is usually used as a condiment.

After the late lunch, we then proceed to our penultimate stop…

The Safari

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FYI: The Baluarte or fortress is a must-see attraction for first time visitors, and even for those who have visited Vigan before. It has a mini zoo with animals from other countries and others endemic to the Philippines. It is a private collection and is therefore continuously being improved.

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There are indeed animals that we saw for the first time. 🙂 There is also a Safari Gallery with a lot of mummified animals inside. (Which for me is really creepy!)

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After Baluarte, we also went to…

The Pottery

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FYI: Pagburnayan Jar Making is one of the famous and must see attraction in Ilocos Sur. It is located in Brgy. Pagburnayan Vigan. Pagburnayan is a place where they used the old and authentic methods in pottery. The root word “burnay” is an earthenware jar crafted by potter’s hands with the aid of a potter’s wheel. It uses fine sand (anay) as a tempering material and fired at a high temperature in a huge brick-and-clay ground kiln that make it is harder and more durable than other terra cotta. The local bagoong(fish sauce), sugarcane vinegar, and basi wine would not taste as good as if not fermented in burnay jars.

We’re not able to take photos as we are actually rushing to go home already. (The travel is roughly 12 hours. :D)

Sooo… I guess that was it! ❤

Thank you for coming along with my journey! 🙂

It’s time to go home! Till my next adventure!

Lots of love,

Rosemawrites ❤

The Gift

After 30 minutes of stillness inside this steaming, stinky bus, I promised myself I won’t ride an ordinary bus again. I almost went off until I hear someone quietly sobbing.

The man beside me, a construction worker (I think) wearing dirty green chinos and old faded jeans silently cries as he clutches a plastic bag with his tired-looking hands.

I resisted asking him.

Five minutes passed…

I give up.

“Are you hungry? I have some biscuits here.”

He shakes his head.

I resisted talking.

But he suddenly speaks again.

“Today is my son’s seventh birthday.”

“We never celebrated birthdays.”

“We have no money.”

“But for the first time I was able to save enough to buy his dream ice cream.”

“Our house’s only 10 minutes away.”

“But in this traffic… my son’s ice cream is now turning into a soup.”

His eyes quietly welled up again.

Now so do mine.

 

Word count: 150

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Ellespeth’s friend

IMPORTANT NOTE: This story is inspired by a real incident I read on Facebook last year.


 

In response to Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) February 23, 2016.

Rules:

  • a flash fiction challenge (stories in 100-175 words or less)
  • each story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end
  • no serial (continuation) stories
  • include a pingback to the challenge post

Thank you for a thought-provoking photo prompt, Priceless Joy!

 

Read more short stories here: