Swaying Purples

I don’t reblog, but this lovely piece written for me by my blogger-best-friend, Maria, is worth sharing with you. ❤ ❤ ❤

Believe me, it's heart melting. ❤

Thank you dear, Maria! I cannot thank you enough because you just know what I love (purple, tulips and your words). ❤



Cup-shaped blooms
Loved by a Rose
Acres of verdant fields
Swaying purple grows
Of grace and regal
It’s beauty shows
‘Neath the cerulean skies
Simplicity glows.

A flower of love—
Undying and passionate
No wonder why a Rose
Fell for a tulips
For she, herlself, is beauty
And grace intertwined
She glows in simplicity
Sways with love ‘neath the skies.

To read more about Tulips, click here. Photo credits goes to Favim.

I’ve been away from blogosphere for quite some time because life happens. Well, life still happens but I’m happy to be back!!! How is May going on for you? Here in PH, May is celebrated with it’s Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May). 🙂

So this one’s for a very special flower from my garden of blogger friends, Rosema of A Reading Writer. She’s an exquisite poetess and storyteller, a sweet and charming friend, and a kind soul with a heart that listens…

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Numbered Days: A Naani


Numbered Days: A Naani
©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer

Let me spend
my last few breaths and what’s left of me,
to show you for the last time,
how do I love thee.

Photo credit: Gerard Moonen

In response to Blogging from A to Z Challenge: N is for Naani.


The Naani is a stanzaic form found at Shadow Poetry and is most often an observation of human relations or current events although it can be open to any subject. Naani means “an expression of one and all”. The stanza form was introduced by Dr. N. Gopi an administrator at the Teluga University.

The defining features of the Naani are:

  • stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains.
  • syllabic, with a total syllable count of between 20 and 25 syllables.

Missed a letter/poem? Read all Poetry from A-Z here.


Awardsss and Seven Facts

Nothing beats the joy of getting acknowledgements from your co-bloggers. – rosemawrites

Maybe this is the last time that I will say that? But that doesn’t mean I am not grateful, because I am actually more than grateful.

Let’s start the thank you’s cause I can sense this will be a looooong post!


  • Yvo and Leanne for giving me the Infinity Dreams Award.

  • My dear Ishma for giving me One Lovely Blog Award

  • Rachel for giving me the Creative Blogger Award


  • 27writers for giving me the Dragons Loyalty Award


From the bottom of my heart, I really want to thank you guys! 🙂 There are thousands or even millions or even billions of bloggers, and the mere act of nominating me is both touching and humbling.

Thank youuuu!

I’ll be breaking rules here because I will just share seven facts about me and nominate a lot of lovely lovely bloggers!


1. I tend to listen to sad songs when I’m happy, and to happy/uplifting songs when I’m sad.

Quite ironic, eh?

2. I have necrophobia.

Necrophobia is a specific phobia which is the irrational fear of dead things (e.g., corpses) as well as things associated with death (e.g., coffins, tombstones, funerals, cemeteries).

And, I haven’t looked/seen any dead people EVER! Even my grannies. I can’t…

3. According to Myers Briggs, I am an ESTJ personality or ‘The Executive’.

Yeah…Hmmm. 🙂

4. I am fascinated with butterflies. 

I find them magical and endearing. 🙂

5. I don’t like fireworks for my wedding day, I want flying lanterns. ❤

Wedding’s too far but yes, I have my preferences already! 😀

6. I prefer male singers than female singers…

Like Jason Mraz, John Mayer… ❤

7. I am somehow… slowly… becoming… a WordPress addict! 

Shhh! It’s a secret! 😀

And my nomineeeees are:

NOTE: I know some of you are an award-free blog and that is perfectly fine. 🙂 I nominated you not to pressure you to answer, but to show you that for me, you deserve all these awards, too!

Photo credit: All photos aren’t mine. 🙂

That’s it!


Real Neat Blog Award

Nothing beats the joy of getting acknowledgements from your co-bloggers. – rosemawrites

It is now my turn to tell how grateful I am to Annelise of The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange for nominating with my first-ever Real Neat Blog Award.

For book updates, reviews, and anything bookish, please do visit her lovely blog! 🙂

The award rules are:

  • Thank and link the person who nominated you. (thank you!)
  • Answer the 7 questions your nominator has provided.
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers and create new questions for them.

Here are Annelise‘s seven questions and my answers! 😀

1. Which are your favorite book genres?

Murder mysteries, contemporary YAs, general fictions. 🙂

2. Which is your Hogwarts house?

Uhm.. sorry. I haven’t read not watch any Harry Potter yet.


3. Are you afraid of porcelain dolls?

Not really. 😀

4. Do you read ebooks? What do you think of them?

Yes. Majority of the books that I read are ebooks. I have nothing against them, to be honest. BUT, I surely prefer ‘real’ books. For me, real printed books are more special. (More costly, too! :D)

5. If you were cursed and would only be able to eat one single thing for the rest of your life, what would you choose?



6. For how long have you been blogging?

I posted my very first post on August 28, 2014. So technically my blog is about… 1 year old and five months. But to be honest, I was actively blogging only after I joined Blogging University’s Writing 101 last September 2015.

7. Which are your favorite social media communities or sites? (Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc.)



My nominees are again, my NEWEST followers! 🙂 Thank you, guys for clicking that follow button! 😀

NOTE: If you are an award-free blog, that is perfectly fine. 🙂 I just want to show you that I appreciate your effort to click that FOLLOW button. 🙂

  1. Skipah’s Realm
  2. Pooja of That Weird Brown Girl
  3. Fawad Hassank
  4. Kah Choon
  5. A Short Conversation
  6. Austin of Writings by Ender
  7. Priceless Joy of Beautiful Words (My new-found blogger friend! :D)

My questions are:

1. Describe yourself in ONE word.

2. When and why did you start blogging?

3. Is there a person that you look up to? Who is it and why?

4. What’s the perfect pair for a book, is it coffee or tea?

5. Aside from blogging, name one activity that you truly enjoy.

6.  In your bucket list (or if you will have one), what country/place will be on your top spot?

7. Do you have a phobia? What is it?

That’s it!


2016 Reading Challenge Update: January


Four books in one month! Am I slow? 😀

1st – A book with a blue cover – We Are Called to Rise: A Novel by Laura McBride

We Are Called to Rise

What is it about: An immigrant boy whose family is struggling to assimilate. A middle-aged housewife coping with an imploding marriage and a troubled son. A social worker at home in the darker corners of Las Vegas. A wounded soldier recovering from an injury he can’t remember getting. By the time we realize how these voices will connect, the impossible and perhaps the unbearable has already happened. We Are Called to Rise is a boomtown tale, in which the lives of people from different backgrounds and experiences collide in a stunning coincidence. When presented the opportunity to sink into despair, these characters rise. Through acts of remarkable charity and bravery, they rescue themselves. Emotionally powerful yet tender and intimate, We Are Called to Rise is a novel of redemption and unexpected love. 

What I Love: The last few chapters where the lives were all connected. It was done flawlessly.

The strange set of characters/lives are interesting to read. They have their own stand-alone stories and it is impressive how they lives were interweaved.

What I Don’t Love Much: The length, I think, can be dimished. There are some parts that bored me a bit.

Wise Words: 

“We fail even though things matter very much; it’s the possibility of failure that makes them matter more.”

“What is most beautiful is least acknowledged.”

“So little matters so much, and so much matters so little.”


Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 (Good read, definitely!)

2nd – A book you can finish in a day – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


What is it about: Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

What I Love: Rainbow Rowell’s heartwarming storytelling skills is a delight to read. I love the innocence, the softness and the fragility of her characters.

It took me 10pm until maybe 2am to finish this book. Yep. I wasn’t able to stop!

What I Don’t Love Much: The Simon Snow parts…

Wise Words:

“Words are very powerful.. And the take on more power the more that they’re spoken.”

“There’s nothing more profound than creating something out of nothing.” 

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 (Good read, definitely!)

3rd – A murder mystery  – Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3) by Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)

What is it about: When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

Career of Evil is the third in the series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A mystery and also a story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.

What I Love: It’s creepiness at its best! It will leave you haunted ’cause it is insanely gross!

The red herrings are all well-written and I surely never saw what was coming! So greatly written!

What I Don’t Love Much: Uhm. Nothing! 😀

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT read!)

4th – A book recommended by someone you just met – Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

What is it about: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

What I Love: The lightness, the thrilling anticipation, the KILIG-inducing scenes, the rawness. I love how the story unfolds. I love how the twists lead to the heartwarming ending.

What I Don’t Love Much: I expected too much. Maybe I expected more of something that I cannot honestly figure out.

Wise/Witty Words:

“People are shameless when it comes to cake. It’s a beautiful piece to see.”

“People are really like houses with vast rooms and tiny windows.”

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 (Good read)

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

Photo credit: Pop Sugar and Goodreads

Story Summary: Goodreads


I’m in!


Here I am again.

To finish with flying colors

yes, I hope to gain.

©2015 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Pop Sugar

DAY 38 of 50 Days of Gratefulness

Today, I am thankful for chances!

After I almost completed my 2015 Reading Challenge, two books away!, I am now giving myself a second chance with Pop Sugar!

Here’s the complete categories, for those who might be interested:


…will be posting my book list, soon!

BUT, if you have any suggestion please do tell me! 




We can achieve peace, one person at a time.



“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil
is for good men to do nothing.”
Edmund Burke

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We are normal, everyday hard-working people with a common hobby, blogging. We hail from far and wide. We reside in different lands, on different continents. We speak different languages, eat different foods, and are of varying ages, professions, and religious and cultural backgrounds.

We do have one thing in common…

We believe that terrorist attacks, wherever they may be perpetrated; whether in France, Tunisia, Canada, Iraq, or in Denmark, Turkey, UK, Algeria, Yemen, USA, Lebanon, or in the skies over Egypt, or in India, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Kuwait, Libya, Bangladesh, Syria, or…

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