First Poem

Between the

two of us,

I am

the writer,

you were

the reader.

And then,

came the surprise

with yesterday’s

sunrise.

An English poem

you’ve written.

For the first time

t’was my turn to listen.

Imperfect grammar,

misspelled words,

well, I don’t care,

if subject agree with verbs.

All I know,

is how much

I am loved.

And it’s me,

you only

love.

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

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Valentine Bug Bite #3

(Yes, the bug has bitten me, hard! :D)

With his permission, here is the FIRST-EVER English poem (he usually writes poems for me in Tagalog) my dearest has written for me. P.S. Forgive the errors. 😀

You are the reason why I keep on moving forward.
The reason why I keep on smiling.. Dreming..
Dreaming that someday you’ll be the very first person i’ll see in the morning..
The woman that chosen by God to be with me forever.

You give meaning to my life..
Giving me precious memories to cherish.. To hold on..
I may be not a perfect man for you..
But I make sure to love you the way that no other man could do.

You are the girl in my dream.. The woman that I prayed for..
The woman that I will share my life with.
The woman that someday will walk in the aisle..
Wearing the most beautiful smile, and a teary eye…
Ecchanging vows of a lifetime. 💕💕💕

Early Valentines day poem to my one and only Rosemarie. 😍😍😍😍🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹💐💐💐💐💐💐

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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Conversations

Why can’t you write a poem for me?

I did twice, you’re able to see.

But you’ve written more sad poems that aren’t about me.

Oh that is true, I won’t beg to disagree.

Why can’t you write a story about me?

I did twice, you’re able to see.

But those aren’t about the present me and you.

Oh, ’cause they’re about the future that I want with you.

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

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Valentine Bug Bite #1

(Yes, the bug has bitten me! :D)

This is a non-fiction conversation between me and my dearest. 🙂

Those are true questions from him. And yes, I have written only two poems: Dearest and One; and two fictions: Endings and Forever’s Ending.

I hope this will make him smile. ❤

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Bug

A Senryu

I am looking for

romantic Valentine bug,

bite me, help me write.

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

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Finally! Finally! I have written a Senryu! 😀 😀 😀

Pardon my delight…

I’ve been reading a lot of beautiful Senryus from the poet and poetess that I admire, those are Mel, Dajena, Annie and Thomas. I am fascinated with their way with words and I have no confidence to try it because I always thought… I cannot. 😦

But… now I tried! And I did it! 😀

Pardon my first Senryu if it ain’t perfect. 🙂 I am just happy that I did it, finally!

P.S.

Does anyone know where the Valentine bug is? I need a bite so I can write something Valentine-ish! 😀

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Roaring Red

Hiding with controlled breathing, I saw her coming.

Without her knowing, I witnessed how thrilled she was with the new look of ‘our’ little corner. From rustic brown, to cloudy blue, to cheeky peach, to mossy green, I decided to finally paint our ‘love’ seat in roaring red!

Quietly and inches away from her, I watch admiringly as her hands move freely.

I am far but I can’t help but smile.

‘Cause just like five years ago, I am quite sure. On that red seat I will see, her name and mine inside a heart, an artwork made for me.

Word count: 100

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

Photo credit: Ady


In response to Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) February 09, 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 another awesome photo prompt, Priceless Joy!

Read more short stories here:

 

Ten Valentine Reads (with *kilig* excerpts)

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“There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love…” ― Christopher Morley

Today is The Broke and the Bookish‘ Valentine’s-inspired Top Ten Tuesday! Funnily, though, I published my own Top 10 Novels to Read on Valentine’s last year (plus Top 10 movies!).

So… for a change… I will be sharing with you my ten recent reads perfect for the love season plus words from each book that made me grin and of course made me *kilig*! ❤

FYI: 

kilig (A Filipino word with no direct English translation).
1. noun. It is the sudden feeling of an inexplicable joy one gets when something romantic or idealistic occurs.

When kilig, one may experience the following:

*butterflies in one’s stomach
*heart melting
*shivers down one’s spine
*irrepressible noises from one’s mouth
*uncontrollable smiling
*an inner conflict between hope of something wished for and reality

Here are the Ten Valentine Reads with some heartfelt excerpts! ❤

Love & Misadventure
First Love
Before I fell
in love with words, 
with setting skies
and singing birds-
it was you I fell
in love with first.
Norwegian Wood
“Letters are just pieces of paper,” I said. “Burn them, and what stays in your heart will stay; keep them, and what vanishes will vanish.”
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
“…Why would I want to watch other people kissing,” I say, “when I could be kissing you?”
Fangirl
“I miss you.”
“That’s stupid,” she said. “I saw you this morning.”
“It’s not the time,” Levi said, and she could hear that he was smiling.” It’s the distance.”
All the Bright Places
“You have been in every way all that anyone could be.… If anybody could have saved me it would have been you.”
See Me
In the end, the only one you can ever really please is yourself. How others feel is up to them.
Everything, Everything
In my head I know I’ve been in love before, but it doesn’t feel like it. Being in love with you is better than the first time. It feels like the first time and the last time and the only time all at once.
Every Day (Every Day, #1)
The moment you fall in love feels like it has centuries behind it, generations – all of them rearranging themselves so this precise, remarkable intersection could happen. In your heart, in your bones, no matter how silly you know it is, you feel that everything has been leading to this, all the secret arrows were pointing here, the universe and time itself crafted this long ago, and you are just now realizing it, you are just now arriving at the place you were always meant to be.
Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)
“You liked me.”
I smiled.
“You were smitten with me. You were speechless to behold my beauty. You had never met anyone so fascinating. You thought of me every waking minute. You dreamed about me. You couldn’t stand it. You couldn’t let such wonderfulness out of your sight. You had to follow me.”
I turned to Cinnamon. He licked my nose. “Don’t give yourself so much credit. It was your rat I was after.”
She laughed, and the desert sang.”
We Were Liars
“He was contemplation and enthusiasm. Ambition and strong coffee. I could have looked at him forever.”

Words and photo credit: Goodreads


What are you reading this love month?

Have your read some of these?

Let’s talk!

🙂

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Top 10 Movies to watch on Valentine’s

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Too much sweetness isn’t good for the health but the season demands ‘cheesiness’. So let me present you another Valentine-related top 10 list. After the 11 awesome novels that I posted days ago, Top 10 Novels to read on Valentine’s, here is my Top 10 movies to watch this coming heart’s day!

Just like what I did last time, these movies are from the list of films that I have already watched. Thus, if you’re favorite movie isn’t included, maybe I haven’t watched it yet. 😉 Also, let me note that this list is not ranked.

50 First Dates (2004)

‘Forgetful’s love story.’

Henry, a veterinarian, met Lucy in an island in Hawaii when his boat breaks down. Known as a womanizer, he finally wanted to settle with his ideal girl, Lucy. Until he discovered that she is an ‘amnesiac’. Thus, he should make Lucy fall for her over and over again, every day.

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

If you want a full-effort man, then make HIM watch this! 😉

Titanic (1997)

‘The tragic love story.’

A fictional romance set in a true-to-life tragedy and is now considered a classic. That is Titanic. When the poor Jack met the rich Rose in the ‘ship of dreams’, they fell in love. Unfortunately, the ferry sank killing one of them, But their story did not end there.

THOUGHTS: 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.

The Wedding Singer (1998)

‘Love song’s love story.’

Robbie, the wedding singer, and Julia, a waitress, were friends who are both engaged. On Robbie’s wedding day, her fiancee changed her mind. To help her friend heal a broken heart, Julia asked Robbie’s help in planning her wedding with her own fiancee. Little did they know that they will eventually fall for each other.

THOUGHTS: 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 watch!

Oh! That airplane scene was just so heartwarming. I melted with Drew actually. 😁

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The Proposal (2009)

‘The boss-employee love story.’

Margaret Tate is an established editor-in-chief in a well-known publishing company. She doesn’t believe in love that is why she never got married. But when she had a work visa violation which will result in her being deported in Canada, she was forced to propose a marriage to her assistant, Andrew Paxton. The two settled in a mutual-benefiting deal. As they got to know each other, they eventually fall in love.

THOUGHTS: This is indeed a fun to watch rom-com flick. Sandra Bullock’s acting prowess is just commendable while Ryan Reynolds is just so cute!

Breaking Dawn (2011)

‘The me-against-the-world love story.’

Bella Swan and Edward Cullen finally tied the knots in Breaking Dawn Part 1 . After the adversaries they had been through, the couple was able to survive. But their story doesn’t end there as well.

THOUGHTS:

I know you see this coming cause I am really a fan! 😊 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! 😁

If Only (2004)

‘The turn-back-time love story.’

Ian, a businessman, lost her girlfriend Samantha in a car accident after they had a fight. During that night, Samantha asked Ian to just love her. The morning after the accident, Ian was surprised to hear and see Samantha, alive and well. Once he realized that the day is like a deja vu of what happened, Ian tried to alter the events to be able to save the love of his life.

THOUGHTS: The story is pure and heart-tugging as it involves death. But most especially, the film emphasized that a couple must always make an effort to show their love for each other. Because no one knows what will happen next.

Love and other Drugs (2010)

‘The medical-related, funny and needy love story’.

The successful sales rep for the recently launched ‘sex’ drug Viagra, Jamie, is a known womanizer until he met Maggie. As he professed his love and his intention to commit, Maggie, diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, refused. But Jamie did not stop. As they explore love and drugs, the couple realized how much they need each other.

THOUGHTS: 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.

Letters to Juliet

Letters to Juliet (2010)

‘Serendipity’s love story.’

Sophie accidentally discovered an unanswered ‘letter to Juliet’ while in a pre-honeymoon trip with her busy fiancee Victor. She answered the letter and eventually got to know the letter’s writer, an old woman named Claire.

As they both look for Claire’s long lost love, Sophie found her own with Claire’s mean but cute grandson, Charlie.

THOUGHTS: 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.

The lines in the movie is memorable as well!

One Day (2011)

‘An odd yet tragic love story.’

Emma and Dexter met at their graduation party, then make-out but agreed to be friends. As the movie showed the two characters on every July 15th of more than 20 years, starting 1989 up to 2011, viewers came to understand how strange their love story is.

THOUGHTS: The oddity of this flick makes it realistic. Anne and Jim showed a person’s imperfection and the capacity to love as well. The ending is sad but I think it’s the most moving part of the movie.

One more spot left, but I think you know this is coming! Here comes two flicks based on Nicholas Sparks’ novels. I did not include the Notebook because I already featured it in Top 10 novels list. So here it is!

Safe Haven (2013)

‘A dangerous love story.’

Katie never let her guards down against men until he met and got to know Alex. After she decided to finally let her heart love again, the ghost from her dark past threatens a comeback which put her and Alex at the brink of a collapse.

THOUGHTS: 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!

The Lucky One Movie Poster

The Lucky One (2012)

‘Destiny’s love story’.

While a soldier in Iraq, Logan was known in escaping death. He considered a photo of a young woman as his lucky charm which kept him safe. As he went back to America, he decided to look for the lady, Beth. Wounded with trauma of war, Logan tries to fix everything while Beth resists falling in love as her ex-husband isn’t over her yet. How will their love story continue? Watch the movie.

THOUGHTS: 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! 😁

There you go! Happy Valentine’s everyone!

💕

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Top 10 Novels to read on Valentine’s

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The ‘cheesiest’ day of the year is coming and to celebrate this year’s  season of love, I created a top 10 list of novels to check-out this Valentine’s! Because this is my list, these awesome novels are from my goodreads READ list. This means out of 103 books that I have read, I selected stories which I think is the best companion for this love season.

Whether you are in a relationship, single, no-boyfriend-since-birth, friendzoned, heart broken, widowed, hopeless romantic, or anything else, here are the stories that you may want to check out. I intentionally picked diverse type of love stories so anyone can relate. So here are the books that can teach and show you what love truly is.

10. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Honestly, I will not call myself a fan of this book but the story really says a lot about love. Two cancer patients, Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace, fell madly and deeply in love amid their physical state. Green ended the story in a realistic yet very painful way. Yes, I cried!

9. The Host by Stephenie Meyer – A love triangle set during an alien invasion composed of a woman, a man and an alien/soul inside the woman’s mind. Isn’t it freaking strange?! This is the exact reason why I picked The Host. Meyer’s overly imaginative mind gave birth to Melanie who refused to leave her own body which was supposedly owned now by an alien/soul named Wanderer.

As Melanie flashes her fond memories of her love, Jared, Wanderer ‘Wanda’ also fell in love with him. On the other hand, these three had their own happy endings in the novel’s last pages.

8. Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho – This is not your ordinary overly romantic book yet it explains a lot about true love. Maria, a young Brazilian woman who stopped believing in finding true love met a handsome painter in Geneva. Despite their differences, they both discovered an ‘inner light’ that explains ‘sex in the context of love’.

If you’re fond of cheesy ending, I guarantee that you will get want you want.

7. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – Love can give life even for a short time. I consider this book one of the saddest novels that I have read. (Yes, this made me cry as well.) Lou Clark, a positive and bubbly lass, was hired to be an aid for Traynor, a grumpy quadriplegic who has no desire to live.

As Moyes told how Lou tried so hard to change Traynor’s mind towards life, the characters then cared and fallen in love unexpectedly. But the reality of life will be the greatest hindrance of their blossoming relationship. In as mush as I want to change the book’s ending, I can’t. Yes it’s just so heartbreaking but it is realistic .

6. Where She Went by Gayle Forman – A follow-up for If I Stay, Forman continues Mia and Adam’s love story after Mia woke up. I chose Where She Went as the first book is not really focused on their love story. If I Stay is more on Mia’s decision making, to stay or to die with the rest of her family.

After Mia woke up, she did what Adam whispered to her, she left him. But it was not the end as they met three years after. As they revisit the past and rekindle the love, the couple realized the meaning of true love. The ending? It’s sweet.

5. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – Put away those tissues as this novel won’t tear you up, it will literally make you laugh. This is your not-so-ordinary love story as Simsion put together a genetics prof with a bit of social disorder and a barmaid yet fierce and intelligent woman.

Don Tillman has accepted that romance isn’t for him. His few friends suggested a Wife Project for him where women will be measure in terms of all his standards. Rosie is clearly not a woman who can pass Don’s standard, but as they work together in finding Rosie’s biological dad, Don discovered a new feeling that he isn’t use to, it is called love. How will he know and admit it? Read the book. 🙂

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4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – Look back to your high school first love with this novel by Rainbow Rowell. A feel-good and a bit funny novel  yet deep and serious at the same time. A not-so-beautiful red hair girl, Eleanor, paired with cute and bi-racial lad, Park, makes an interesting and romantic story of innocent love.

Until now, I am left hanging. Please Rainbow, tell us what’s that three words in Eleanor’s card for Park!

3. Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer – Years after the story has ended and the final movie was shown, the Bella and Edward story can still make my heart flutter. I am not fond of vamps but its the story that made me love them as a couple.

In case you don’t know them, Bella is a human who has fallen in love with Edward who is a vampire. As the series progressed, Meyer put twists, love triangles ahem Jacob, and trials in the couple’s relationship. In the end, they had their happily ever after forever.

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1 and 2 plus a BONUS! – If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know this is coming! Love in written words was introduced to me by my most loved author, Nicholas Sparks ❤. So definitely, this list will never be complete without his novels.

There are two spots left by I can’t really choose just two. So we’ll have a bonus novel! 😁

First is Message in a Bottle. Among all leading men of Spark’s novels, Garret Blake is my favorite. As a writer, it is a dream to have a man like him who can translate love into heart-tugging words. Though his love story with Theresa had a tragic ending, (I even watched the movie with hopes that it will not have the same ending as the book), their love story is just so lovely to remember.

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I shed tears when I read Message in a Bottle. It haunted me and I thought that it is the only book that can do that to me. I figured out I was wrong after reading Nights in Rodanthe. This short yet moving novel gave me chest pains (seriously) as the story was told.

A 45-year old woman with troubled marriage, Adrienne, and a 55-year old doctor who tries to mend his relationship with his son, Paul, met and fall in love. But their life’s circumstances changed them and their ideas about love.

Pure is the best description for this Sparks novel. It isn’t too romantic yet it conveyed the deepest meaning of the overrated word called love.

Last but not the least, because this list won’t be complete without this novel, is off course The Notebook. Noah and Allie’s touching love story is now considered a classic. Who would not fall in love with a story that started at a young age and ended as strong and intense as ever even Allie succumbed to Alzheimer’s.

The reason why this story is the most celebrated Spark’s novel is it gives hope that forever may exists. Whose heart will not melt while reading how much the old Noah still loves the old Allie who sometimes cannot recognize who he is?

If you have not read this novel, aww! That’s the saddest!

Happy Valentine’s!

❤💕

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