My Day’s Colors

There’s never one sunrise the same or one sunset the same. – Carlos Santana


The elements of my WEEK day

Quick To do list

  • Commute.  Not anymore! 😀 It’s walk starting this Wednesday!
  • Drink coffee.
  • Work.
  • Write for work.
  • Write for blog.
  • Read fave blogs.
  • Write comments.
  • Walk home.
  • Read a novel.
  • Sleep.
  • Eat in between! 😀

The three things I’m excited about today

  • my Tatay and Nanay’s 25th wedding anniversary
  • reading a new book!
  • moving to an apartment (near in my office) this week!

The three things I’m thankful for

  • life of Tatay and Nanay my sibs, my dearest, my friends and my blogger friends.
  • my eyes and fingers that allows me to read and write.
  • her, a friend-who-shall-not-be-named who has been God’s best answer to my prayers. ❤ Bless her lovely and generous heart.

So far so good

Since the beginning of the year:

  • I’ve lost weight! KIDDING!!!
  • I’m beyond halfway of my reading challenge.
  • I’ve read a Harry Potter book (finally!).
  • I’ve read a couple of classics and local books.
  • I’ve written A LOT of poems and fictions!
  • I’ve known a lot of GREAT writers and poets.
  • I’ve created GENUINE friendships here in WordPress. ❤

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Writing Wells: People Behind My Words

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“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” Louis L’Amour


My mind’s once a desert,
barren and wordless,
until it found its oasis,
with these writing wells:

Personal and Lists Posts

Maya Angelou

Inspiration for: Agony (first post) and Ending Agony.

Mitch Albom

Inspiration forDear Mitch Albom: A Ronsardian Ode*, Top Ten Quotes I Loved From The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch AlbomThings I’ve Learned from Mitch Albom.

Nicholas Sparks

Inspiration forTen Books to Read if you Love Nicholas Sparks, The Best Novels of Nicholas Sparks Part 1 and Part 2.

Fiction and Poetry

Jason Mraz

 

Inspiration for: First Time, My Soul Sings, Fixer.

Sara Bareilles

Inspiration for: Seasons: Epilogue (last part of my FIRST-ever fiction), Used To Be Mine, City Lights, Sweet Sun.

My Family

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Inspiration forTo my cook, hair cutter and one and only driver, Nanay, Mother’s ChoicesFirst Forever, Stead, Rainbow Roof, Six Sibs.

My Bestfriends

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Inspiration for: Soulmates.

My Dearest

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Inspiration for: Dearest, First Poem, A Senryu for MJ, Conversations, One, The Vow, Taught.

Photo credits: Unsplash


The Great Book of Lists by La duchesse d’Erat

Chapter 5.1– People Who Inspired You

Thank you for a thought-inducing prompt, Jartagnan! And for hosting this awesome list,  Laduchessederat!

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Mind’s Colorful Beats

thoughts

“The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


I am currently…

Loving… writing poetry
‘cause I don’t know I have them in me.  

Eating… chewy moniegold.
Drinking… water, not cold.

Watching… nothing, really.
Going… to exercise my right to vote, freely.

Reading… The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.
Texting… my beloved papa.

Playing… nothing again.
Working… on new poems again. 😉

Listening… to sad poetic songs by Sara Bareilles.
Thanking… God for giving me nothing less.

Buying… gift for Nanay on Mother’s Day.
Planning… how to make her feel special.

Visiting… nothing but places from the book.
Wondering… if I will ever learn how to cook. 😀

Feeling… contented, excited,
for the words I’ll be reading and writing next.

Photo credits: Unsplash


The Great Book of Lists by La duchesse d’Erat

Chapter 5.0– I am currently

Thank you for one awesome prompt list,  Laduchessederat! ❤ I missed you! ❤

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Admirable Souls

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“Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.” ― William Arthur Ward


We are all
wonderfully made
yes, the Bible said.

But there are souls
we can’t help
but admire,
’cause they serve
as inspiration
to aspire.

And for me
they are…

Writer-Reader-Self

1. Mitch Albom

Wise Words: “All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.”

2.  Paulo Coelho

Wise Words: “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

3. Nicholas Sparks

Wise Words: “Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy. Remember that.”

4. Maya Angelou

Wise Words: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

Singer-Self

5. Jason Mraz

 

Wise Words: “It’s strange how dreams get under your skin and give your heart a test for what’s real and what’s imaginary.”

6. Sara Bareilles

Wise Words: “Your fear of jumping without a net is so valid, and the trick that you haven’t learned yet is that that’s life, always and everywhere. There are no nets. Life is a big, long free fall, and the sooner you can embrace what is beautiful about that, the sooner you will start to enjoy the ride.”

7. Darlene Zschech

Wise Words: “Sometimes it takes suffering to reveal to us just how rich we are.”

Photo credits: Kazuend


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Chapter 3.1– A Party of Choice

Thank you for a thought-inducing prompt, Mandibelle! And for hosting this awesome list,  Laduchessederat!

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Travelling Tastebuds

“Counting calories is the quickest way to spoil a good meal.” – FT Ledrew of Hook, Line and Inkwell


My heart would want
a figure that’s sexy
but that want is always
ditched by my tummy!

Because all I want
is…
are…
this…
and
these…

1. Barbeque! (USA)

2. Cheesy and Meaty Pizza (Italy)

3. Hakaw / Shrimp Dumpling (China)

4. Bopis (Philippines)

FYI: Bopis is a piquant Philippine dish of pork or beef lungs and heart sautéed in tomatoes, chilies and onions. Classified as pulutan in Philippine cuisine, bopis is served with alcoholic beverages.

I don’t drink but yeah, I love bopis! 😀

5. LTB (Lugaw, Tokwa, Baboy) (Philippines)

FYI: LTB is the Filipino porridge/congee served with chunks of fried pork and tofu! 😀

6. Cheesecake (Greece)

Photo credits: Ali Inay, Ang Sarap, Giphy, Wikipedia, Panlasang Pinoy, Spauntaneous, Tumblr


The Great Book of Lists by La duchesse d’Erat

Chapter 3.0– Favorite Dishes

Thank you for a satisfying prompt, Laduchessederat!

P.S.

Did I make your hungry? 😀

Sorry! 😀

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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!

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Moving Words

“We live and breathe words.” ― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince


With a heartfelt thanks to Laduchessederat,  the prompt for The Great Book of Lists for this week is written by yours truly. YES, me! ❤ ❤ ❤

And you know I am a quote junkie so you probably know what will happen next. 😀

“Words, as simple as they may seem, possess power. Once spoken, you cannot take them back. Once said, it’ll be either white or black.
 
So today, let’s make a list of those words that has pushed you forward, to do good, to be glad. Words that kept you standing. Words that encouraged you to keep moving. Words that picked you up. Words that lit you up. Words that introduced you to an unknown world. Words that explained you the meaning of life, even beyond earth.
 
Those words deserve to be shared, so let’s share them today.”

So here are THE WORDS THAT INSPIRED ME TO:

 START THIS BLOG

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

CONTINUE DREAMING

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

SHOW COMPASSION

“When you’re struggling with something, look at all the people around you and realize that every single person you see is struggling with something, and to them, it’s just as hard as what you’re going through.” ― Nicholas Sparks, Dear John

BE YOURSELF

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” ― Steve Jobs

NOT FEAR DEATH

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.” ― Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

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The Great Book of Lists by La duchesse d’Erat

Chapter 2.2 – Words that Matter

Thank you for the letting me inspire and write this week’s prompt, Laduchessederat! ❤

It is my honor. ❤

P.S.

I can include a lot more quote but I have to stop myself. ❤

I hope those words touched you, too.

🙂

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Innocent Kisses

“It’s the kind of kiss that inspires stars to climb into the sky and light up the world.” ― Tahereh Mafi, Ignite Me


With all honesty, I almost skipped this list but thank you Mandi for some eye-opening words! 😀

Because tomorrow’s the most romantic day of the year (do y’all agree?) Laduchessederat‘s The Great Book of Lists for today is about favorite onscreen kisses. ❤ (Okay, don’t hold off your smile, I know this made you smile! :D)

“So, this week, I’m suggesting you guys to list you favorite onscreen kisses, be it on TV or on the silver screen. What smooches makes you swoon, sigh, howl or cheer ? Are there any lips lock you watch over and over ? Have you had the pleasure to see two characters you’ve been rooting for finally find love ? OR are there kisses you wish you’d see on screen ?”

I know you want me to shut up now and proceed with the list 😁, so fine! 😀 BUT! I am NOT actually posting the exact kissing scenes. 🙂

Instead, I will be listing down movies with kissing scenes that made my heart flutter. ❤

1. 50 First Dates (2004)

Adam Sandler’s wit and humor will keep you entertained while Drew Barrymore’s heartfelt acting will make you love the movie more.

2. Titanic (1997)

I was a young lass when I first watched this movie so I do not really understand it at first. But when I finally watched it as a grown-up, this is indeed a classic love story worth sharing.

3. The Wedding Singer (1998)

A movie where the epic ‘Grow Old With You’ song came from. Isn’t that enough to make you watch this film? 😍 Drew and Adam’s chemistry is also so fun and cheesy to

4. Breaking Dawn (2011)

 I just love their wedding scene. 😊 The setting, those white flowers are just so breathtaking, the vows, and the couple itself. You need to see the sexy scenes of a vamp and a human! It’s funny yet hot! 😁

5. Love and other Drugs (2010)

Aside from the commendable performance of my favorite actress, Anne Hathaway, the movie’s plot is really worth to watch. The story explored way beyond sex and he part that explains Parkinson’s disease is an eye opener as well.

6. Letters to Juliet (2010)

Some may argue that the premise is so usual, boy meets girl, hated each other, then falls in love. But what I love about this movie is it’s deeper take on enduring love. Take Claire’s love story.

7. Safe Haven (2013)

Critics may say a lot of negative comments for this flick but I will still love it. Yes, the book is way better. (It is actually a regular phenomenon nowadays.) But I think Julianne and Josh deserves praise in their portrayals. Also, North Carolina’s beauty is just so awesome!

8. The Lucky One (2012)

A love story set under complicated circumstances, The Lucky One is a must watch flick. With the hot Zac Efron as your leading man, who would ever say no! 😁

Photo credits: No photos are mine. 🙂


The Great Book of Lists by La duchesse d’Erat

Chapter 2.1 – Favorite Onscreen Kisses

Thank you for the *kilig*-inducing prompt, Laduchessederat!

Have you watch some of these flicks? What’s your fave among them? 

Tell me!

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Dreamy Steps

“Not all those who wander are lost.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


Laduchessederat‘s The Great Book of Lists for this week is indeed  a great way to start my February!

Why not kick this new month by sharing a piece of our dreams : travels we’d love to do, places we’d like to go to,  we’ve been dreaming of, even writing them down in our bucket list bust never found the time for. They make us dream, engage our imagination or cast a new light on our neighborhood.

I don’t want to speak more, let the photos do the talking! ❤

Hop on and let me introduce you to some of the places that I have written in my not-so-finished bucket list! 😀

1. Amalfi Coast, Italy (I want to eat the big strawberries and lemons here! :D)

“It is is a stretch of coastline on the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Province of Salerno in Southern Italy. The Amalfi Coast is a popular tourist destination for the region and Italy as a whole, attracting thousands of tourists annually.[1] In 1997, the Amalfi Coast was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a cultural landscape.[2]

2. Vaadho Island, Maldives (The Sea of Stars is TDF! :D)

 

 

 

 

 

Vaadhoo island is famous for the ‘sea of stars.’ This marine bioluminescence is generated by phytoplankton known as dinoflagellates. Woodland Hastings of Harvard University has for the first time identified a special channel in the dinoflagellate cell membrane that responds to electrical signals—offering a potential mechanism for how the algae create their unique illumination.”

3. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, Mexico (Butterflies are fascinating, what’s more if there are millions of them together! 😀 )

The Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve is a World Heritage Site containing most of the over-wintering sites of the eastern population of the monarch butterfly. The reserve is located in the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt pine-oak forests ecoregion on the border of Michoacán and State of Mexico, 100 km (62 miles), northwest of Mexico City. Millions of butterflies arrive in the reserve annually. Butterflies only inhabit a fraction of the 56,000 hectares of the reserve from October–March. The biosphere’s mission is to protect the butterfly species and its habitat.

4. Ueno Park, Tokyo (To walk under a roof of Cherry Blossoms is just a lovely dream! 😀 )

Ueno Park (上野公園 Ueno Kōen?) is a spacious public park in the Ueno district of Taitō, Tokyo, Japan. The park was established in 1873 on lands formerly belonging to the temple of Kan’ei-ji. Amongst the country’s first public parks, it was founded following the western example as part of the borrowing and assimilation of international practices that characterizes the early Meiji period. The home of a number of major museums, Ueno Park is also celebrated in spring for its cherry blossoms and hanami.

5. Keukenhof Garden, Lisse, The Netherlands (Oh, I love tulips… so much! :D)

Keukenhof (“Kitchen garden”, Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkøːkə(n)ˌɦɔf]), also known as the Garden of Europe, is one of the world’s largest flower gardens. It is situated in Lisse, the Netherlands. According to the official website for the Keukenhof Park, approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually in the park, which covers an area of 32 hectares (79 acres).

6. Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Kitakyushu, Japan (Magical, right? So magical! :D)

Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu, Japan ( 5 hours from Tokyo, if you take the Nozomi high speed train) is where you will find this pastel-colored fairytale tunnel. The gardens are home to about 150 Wisteria flowering plants spanning 20 different species (white, blue, purple, violet-blue and pink). This is the reason why the Wisteria tunnel is so colorful and graceful.

7. Jason Mraz’ Avocado Farm, Bonsall, California (Yes, I have to watch him live there! :D)

This private property produces 30,000 pounds of the fruit a year, which go to a local Chipotle—except for the two to four avocados the vegan Grammy winner eats daily.

8. Namiseom Island, Korea (The set of my favorite all-time Koreanovela, Endless Love Winter Sonata.)

Photo credits: Favim, Place to Travel, Incredible Place to Visit, Wikipedia, Tourplus, Laidback Gardener, Tripbucket, Elisesaidso, Hostel Seoul Tower


The Great Book of Lists by La duchesse d’Erat

Chapter 2.0 – Dream Travels

Thank you for the thrilling prompt, Laduchessederat!

Where are your dream destinations? 😀

Share it!

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Flying Pages

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!


It is more than a delight to fill-out Laduchessederat‘s The Great Book of Lists for this week! Well, you probably know why because it is about books! ❤ ❤ ❤

Books that made you feel like you knew the characters, like you were riding dragons or finally understanding the underlying truth of the universe, the one that made you experience the character’s journey almost like they did, the one you did not want to finish but were dying to 1/ know the end 2/ know if a sequel was already in the works.

If I can only list them all, I would surely do it! BUT, I cannot! So I will select just ten books that transported me.

They are…

1. Rising Sun by Michael Crichton

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Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

This book introduced me to reading and transported me to the thrilling world of crime novels. I read this for a book report when I was in high school. 🙂

2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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Genre: Inspirational, Fiction, Contemporary

This book made me a dreamer, again. I was at my life’s lowest point when I read this book and yes, it is surely a book that will move you.

3. Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks

Message in a Bottle
Genre: Romance, Fiction

This book transported me to the world of grief and introduced me to romance genre and to my fave romance writer, Nicholas Sparks.

4. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Genre: YA, Dystopia

This book introduced me to YA dystopia genre and transported me to the Hunger Games arena in a fictional nation called Panem! I think I finished this series in less than a week? 😀

5. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Genre:

This book introduced me to my most loved favorite author, Mitch Albom, and transported me to ‘heaven’. From then on, I’ve been a fan.

6. Para Kay B  by Ricky Lee

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Genre: Adult Fiction, Romance, Humor

This book introduced me to Philippine literature. It is the first local novel that I’ve read and it showed me how romance and humor work well together. 🙂

7. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs
Genre: Biography, Non-fiction

This book introduced me to a well-known tech pillar, Steve Jobs. This biography transported me to the beginning of his life until his last days. It’s actually a great read. 🙂

8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl
Genre: Contemporary, Thriller, Mystery

This book introduced me to the dark side of marriage and transported me to the clever yet criminal mind of Amy. It is insanely good read!

9. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary

This book introduced me to one of my fave YA writers, Rainbow Rowell. Reading this innocent and imperfect high school love story transported me to my good-old-days! It actually reminded me of my first love! 😀 ❤

10. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

11/22/63
Genre: Historical Fiction, Science Fiction

It took me so long to finish this book but it is well worth the effort as this book introduced me to one of the best crime/mystery authors, Stephen King. Transporting me back to 11/22/1963, this fictional novel with a bit of magic/mystery is surely a nice way to learn American history.

Header photo credit: Dream and Pursue


The Great Book of Lists by La duchesse d’Erat

Chapter 1.4 – The Books that Transport You

Thank you for the lovely lovely prompt, Laduchessederat!

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