"Ligawan Noon at Ngayon - Ano ang Pagkakaiba?"






NOON...
Kahoy ay sinisibak
Tubig ay iniigib
Mabangong bulaklak
ang handog sa babaeng iniibig.


NGAYON...
Cellphone ang nasa kamay
o sa harap ng computer, naglamay
Nagkasagutan na ang dalawa
"In a relationship" na ang status nila.

Being The Eldest of Four


Simplymarrimye - Being the eldest of four
From left to right - DL, Mommy, Daddy, Malu, Mahlen, ME and Kiko


Filipino families are known to be
closely-knitted
With a father, working hard for the money
a mother, keeping the home
 a shelter of harmony
and the children, burning eyebrows
to get a degree..


Typical and basic as it is...
I came from an environment with
humble beginnings.
A product of early marriage... the firstborn
and the eldest of four
was raised by a couple who
struggled, lived and survived the
difficulties of life.

Miles Away

Miles away from you



The future is promising
And blessings are abundant
Working hard to provide
Even it means being away... miles away from home.


There are moments of joy
We're not able to share
There are moments of worries
With no shoulder to cry on.


There are times of sickness
I feel not your warmth
But I have to be strong
for our kids and their future.

The Hurting




Tears continue flowing
my eyes never dried
the past keeps on hurting
relieving the pain, I've tried.


Seeking for true happiness
wounds of heart, I get
filling up this emptiness
is much to my regret.

Meeting The Letter Writer for the First Time


My Debutante meets The Letter Writer
My Debutante meets The Letter Writer


It's my honor and pride to meet her in person
I only know her by name
and we happen to have the same.


It's my honor and pride to have her as my guest
and read my open letter 
for my debutante daughter.

The Superwoman We Know





She has been the
SUPERWOMAN
we know
who never fails to keep our
HOME
a place of 
convenience and pleasure.

She never fails to plan, 
prepare and cook
the best meal on our table
Never let the clothes 
dirty and crumpled.
Everything is organized from
ceiling to floor.

Expectation


Image not mine


When you expect 
SOMETHING 
will happen 
and it never did...
There's a reason behind it.


When you expect 
SOMEONE 
will come
and he/she never did...
There's an explanation to it.

Lizzette Aira - A Name That's Uniquely Owned


An instance flashed back before me, 
February of 1994, 
I learned that I was pregnant 
for the second time
after a miscarriage.


I recalled a time when I started 
to write down names like: 
Canisha Yvon, Dana Maureen, Leira Denisse 
but nothing would seem better than this particular name.
It never crossed my mind 
to search the meaning of your name 
ever since you were born 
until I found myself writing this. 
To my surprise, 
the definition describes who and what you really are... 
amiable, 
kind-hearted 
but sensitive and emotional by nature.

Reminiscing With These Old Photographs


My 4th birthday celebration photo with family
My bandaged hands


Looking at this photograph
is a reverie of the past long gone
More than four decades ago
an accident burnt my hands.


I may not remember anything
except for the stories repeatedly told
The scars that are still visible
remind me of the pain so unbearable.

KathNiel's Got to Believe at ang Tunay na Kwento


May isang sikat na Chichay
na ngayo'y bumibida
Komedyante rin
ang dating nya
pero sya ay may angking ganda
na mahilig managinip kahit
dilat ang mga mata.


Siya ay lumaki sa isang perya
Mama Bear ang turing
sa kanyang nanay
At Papa Bear naman ang tawag
sa kanyang tatay.
mahirap man ang buhay nila
"Never say die."
yan ang motto nya.

When Two Distant Hearts Become ONE



Dreaming for her
is a hard habit to break. 
She spent all her life 
dreaming with someone 
who will love her 
more than anything... 
who will always stay by her side 
and protect her 
from being harmed 
fight for her
when danger comes
comfort her 
when lonesome fills her heart... 
show her the way 
when she is lost
open his arms and offer
a warm embrace
hold her with much tenderness... 
 and bring her
to the world of ecstasy.

PLAGIARISM - A Perfect Copycat




Modern-day imitators are now everywhere
There are amateurs in the field
yet most are deemed professionals.


Deception can be of many form
Beware, be cautious and vigilant
Any works of art or masterpiece
can be stolen in just one click.


We live in a world where technology reigns
The more it becomes advanced, the more
we can access infinite information.

"Makabagong Mukha ng Isang Kawatan"


"Ano ba ang itsura ng isang kawatan?
Paano mo makikilala kung may takip ang mukha niya?
Hinihintay ang dilim para makapagnakaw sya.
Ganito sila noong araw, ngayon... hindi na."


Simplymarrimye - Makabagong Mukha ng Isang Kawatan - pic1


"Pwede nang kumamkam ng pera ng bayan
ang mga buwayang hungkag ang tiyan
Di na kailangan pang maglagay ng maskara
dahil kahit harap-harapa'y nilulustay nila."

"PINOY Sex Video Scandals - Kahihiyang SINO ang may Kagagawan?"

"PINOY Sex Video Scandals - Kahihiyang SINO ang may Kagagawan?" by simplymarrimye


Di pa uso ang internet noon
meron nang iskandalong
 nagpalugmok sa isang artista.
Kilala nyo ba sya?
Betamax Queen
pa nga ang bansag sa kanya.


TOTOO man o HINDI
Ito'y pinagpyestahan.
Karangalan at puri ay saglit na 
nabahiran ng 
dumi't kahihiyan.

Napoles and the Pork Barrel

Simplymarrimye's Napoles and the Pork Barrel


"I don't know what PORK BARREL is."
A woman - innocent
until proven guilty, said.
Ten billion is a lot of money
to make anybody so rich instantly.

Flaunting your wealth 
is a big deal 
even it's earned through legal means
Sharing photos with 
lavish lifestyle is one careless move
 an exhibit of obvious evidence.

The PLATINUM That's Never Been More Precious Than Gold

Image Source


For almost fifteen years
 I chose to serve a company 
that I thought would give me the "best" in life 
but the best never came 
and I was left with no other choice 
but to leave the job 
I have learned to love.

I was hopeful that things would get better 
but the company's vision 
to regain stability was a failure. 
Time took its course. 

"What is meant to happen... So it shall be done."

Her Curly Hair Makes Her Prettier

Simplymarrimye - Making her hair curlier


We dotingly call her Aya
her eyes are chinita
and her hair has natural perm.
She always wants it longer
Effort and time are essentials
to get these perfect curls.

Having this type of strands
somehow makes this 
young lady wander...
How she wish to have 
a healthy silky
black straight hair.

Being A Good Samaritan


New International Version (NIV)
The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 
31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.
32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 
33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 
34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 
35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”


Simplymarrimye's On Being A Good Samaritan - Luke 10:36-37
Luke 10:36-37

A ROSE for my Birthday

A ROSE for my Birthday



My birthday fell on a weekend 
but I was surprised to receive 
a rose from my son, Kurt. 

When he got home from school
afternoon of June 28... he handed me 
with a shy-mannered gesture,
 a single stem with a red rose
 in full bloom and greeted me in advance.

He said, he wanted to buy a bunch
 but his money could only afford one. 
I felt so touched with this simple 
yet meaningful expression of love.

Psalm 46:1


Simplymarrimye - "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1


I believe that being religious is different 
from being spiritual
 but we can be both at the same time. 
Everyone of us has own journey... 
a voyage that must be navigated
once we hold the gear of life. 

It's far from over. 
It may not be always smooth sailing
There may be waves taller than us... 
strong winds that may drag us back to the shore 
or bring us to the depths of the ocean.

ME and My Daughter

Simplymarrimye - My Daughter and ME
My Daughter and ME


Our age difference is 27 years.
I admit, 
she's more beautiful than me.
We have disagreements sometimes 
but we know where we stand.
I am still her mother...
 and she is my child.

I can hardly see myself 
in her when I was young
though I am the eldest 
in my family as well.
She's a young lady of this
digital age
while I'm about to turn my 
golden page

Flower Power


Red, yellow and white... blossom so bright
Red, yellow and white... blossom so bright

Flower symbolizes beauty
A bloom that captivates the eye
Its redness means passion
A desire to cuddle the warmth
of love in the air.

Flower may change a sudden mood
from a very long face
 to a grin from ear-to-ear.
It can make or break a flaming affair
and dry up until the wind
blows it away.

A KNOCK at my Door

Memories of yesterday 
seem only a dream
A reverie of my heart's cherished desires
Countless moments are long forgotten
and only a handful 
has etched deeply...
eternally into my soul.

It was a continuous struggle
to find my life's missing piece.
But an unforgettable 
knock at the door
finally opened my
FUTURE.

Unexpected GIFT from GOD

Ultrasound result dated nov. 14, 2008
Ultrasound result dated Nov. 14, 2008

I want to share with you my story... quite an ordeal but a rewarding experience. It was a great relief when I saw my third child for the first time.

THE CONFIRMATION:
My first ultrasound done dated November 14, 2008 wasn't a good news yet so I have to undergo another TVS. Fortunately, the result showed a live fetus with good cardiac activity.

This was a clear confirmation that I was pregnant. There was no blighted ovum and it took away our worries. My husband and I left the ultrasound clinic around lunch time and we headed to my OB-Gyne for a check up. She gave me some first trimester medications like Folic acidDuphaston and Isoxilan to prevent me from pre-mature labor because there's a subchorionic hemorrhage seen inside my uterus. She also adviced me to have a complete bed rest.

The GREAT Providers

Simplymarrimye's The GREAT Providers - Kiko and Papa Ariel
Kiko and Papa Ariel

The 
PILLARS
KINGS 
of our domestic throne.
Dreams reign in their hearts
Aiming to offer 
GOLD 
and
never second hand.

HOME 
is the castle
they unselfishly protect
Nobody can trespass
The gates are locked up
with their fists like steel.

Warriors in the battlefield
Blood, sweat and tears
they hurdled... to serve the
abundance on the table.
The best that tomorrow may bring.

Shooting Like-a-PRO


I've been fascinated 
with this 
stimulating hue 
The shade represents
 joy, clarity and hope
Its brightness illuminates
like the sun 
bursting with light.

Simplymarrimye's Yellow is the Color of MIND and Intellect / Golden Trumpet (Allamanda Cathartica) - image 1
Golden Trumpet (Allamanda Cathartica)

I found this yellow flower
in an orchard place
and captured its 
beauty and grace.
I focused my lens and took
this macro shot.
The trick was a bit hard
but these attempts 
are not that bad.

Getting Older Gracefully

Simplymarrimye's Getting Older Gracefully - From left to right: Marri, DL, Malu and Mahlen
From left to right: Marri, DL, Malu and Mahlen

Being the eldest of four siblings, I became responsible at an early age. I took charge of the house when our mother was out and since our father was then working as an overseas contract worker in the Middle East, I had to be emotionally and mentally matured.

As I grew up, I learned a lot of things which made me a better person... An obedient daughter... a loving sister and a trusting friend. I remember, my mother would always tell me that I have to take care of my sisters, be dependable and lead by example.

At first we were only three with age gap of two years. We were fondly called “tatlong maria”  (three Marias ) because our names start with Maria. When our father decided to stop working abroad and stayed home for a while, mother got pregnant and after thirteen long years of patiently waiting , their prayers had been answered. They were blessed with a son…

CHARICE - Although Glamour Has Gone, TRUE SELF Has Found

From CHARICE's photo archive
 Behind these looks is a mask

She's living her dreams
and reaching the farthest star
with all the fame and glory.

She's wandering in a world
full of glitters and gold
making her life... a story.

With the fancy dazzling limelight
and the deafening applause
there's a music, unheard.

A powerful gifted voice
was echoing... a melody that
no one has ever learned.

Until her journey through
 life is suddenly halted
And it's time to confront reality.

The mask should be removed
no more pretension nor hypocrisy
Now behold... her real identity.

Creating A Legacy Through Writing


JOINING ME in this journey is...



















TERESA GAUDINEZ-MARTINEZ
 "A mother by emotion, a writer by profession, and a blogger by intention. Teresa or Teresay as she is called in the online community is a researcher and web content writer since 2005. Before settling into writing, her work experience was founded on the banking, advertising, and cooperative industries. She is a regular contributor to various SplashPress Media Blogs."

Simplymarrimye's Creating A Legacy Through Writing / Tere's handwriting
Tere's handwriting 

Her handwriting is a calligraphy that defines her innate skill... 

Experts say that penmanship harbors more than the power of self-expression and bears the unique imprint of ones personality. Handwriting reveals hundreds of elements of the person's "personality and character" which includes glimpses into the subconscious mind, intellect, energy, fears, motivations, imagination, integrity, aptitudes, etc. There are over 100 individual traits revealed and an unlimited number of combinations.

Sentimental

"Knowing how to love is
knowing how to be hurt.
But learning to accept failure
is learning how to take a step
in letting go."

Simplymarrimye's Sentimental
Credits to vibrationz.webs.com


Fix what is broken
return from where you start.
Take what is given
swear not to depart.

Search what is lost
learn from the past.
Value what it costs
savor while it lasts.

Kite Flying is Like Reaching Out for a Dream


When we seek true satisfaction in life
we aim for success and happiness.
Sometimes, the more we strive
the more failures we encounter.
Like a kite it can fly high but when
the wind blows harder... it can be torn away.

children enjoying kite flying


Kite flies high
with the strength of string
that holds it.

It needs a right lift
for the wings to spread
widely... freely.

Floating like ornaments
moving with the wind
slightly disturbed.

NANAY - The MOTHER Who Started It All


JOINED ME in this journey was...


















ANASTACIA O. ACIERTO
- Nanay Tacing, as we called her, a native of Bicol and was born April 15, 1928. She faced the challenge of married life at a young age of 14 to ARMANDO ACIERTO and had blessed with 6 children, two older boys; Dante and Danilo (both deceased) and four girls: Lourdes, Teresita, Aida and Gloria, who are now living her legacy as devoted, loving and hard-working mothers...

"Being a mother is the noblest profession but the hardest of all."

ILAW ng Tahanan





Nagsimula ang lahat 
sa kanyang sinapupunan
Ang binhi'y inaruga sa loob 
ng siyam na buwan
Unang sulyap sa liwanag
ng sanggol na iniluwal
Pag-asa ng buhay
para sa 
ANAK
 nyang mahal.

Paggising sa umaga
paslit na ang kanyang gagap
upang malusog na gatas nya
ay maipalasap.
Habang lumalaki, 
siya pa rin ang hanap-hanap
Mainit nyang pagmamahal
at mahigpit nyang yakap.

Up Close and Personal

Simplymarrimye's Fishes, up close and personal
Fishes, up close and personal


This isn't under the sea
nor under the vast ocean deep
A huge tank that resembles their
natural habitat.

They seem to enjoy it
They seem to be happy
Maybe, they have
another mission... a role other than
being aquatic organisms.

A purpose that should be achieved.
To offer their beauty
within reach
To share their uniqueness
and be appreciated

Paghawak sa Tamang Paraan


Credits

Di ko pa naranasan
ang humawak ng isang ibon,
subalit batid ko
na may tamang paraan.
Hawakan sya nang mahigpit
maaaring syang mamatay.

A Matter of Choice

Credit

The battle has never ended
It's a continuous journey through 
LIFE's most agonizing traits
A world where no one can defeat
what is bound.
Nothing is so perfect...
just full of uncertainties.
Yet beyond any human fate
lies the unbroken promises
of the future.

A World Like No Other


In every dream I make, 
I want him there with me.
Feeling the magic and beauty of life.
Exploring the boundless 
symmetry of nature
and its immeasurable wonders
as they unfold before our eyes.


Source

From the enchanting softness
of morning sunlight until the brightness of
moon rules the night.
Patiently awaiting a star to descend
conceding our every wish.
From the whistling sound of wind
touching the greenfields,
to the fresh-scented blossoms filling the air.

Love Will Find A Way


CREDITS


A nest to stay has sighted 
beneath those shady bushes.
Cropped with caring seeds...
Warmed by coated arms.

Grasping the thorns of intro,
Refrained through boresome midst.
As the tune painted every line...
Its rhythm flamed and fired.

Why LOVE has Gone?



.... and two hearts met 
for the last time
She is dreaming alone
silently weeping in pain. 
Hoping for a moment to come 
but never unfolded. 
Then she recalled 
that passage of time. 
Shattered thoughts were 
gambling in her head.

"Was that a look of hidden promises or a glimpse of no return?

This PISCEAN is Now A THOMASIAN

younger Patricia Michelle

JOINING ME in this journey is...


















PATRICIA MICHELLE D. MAGOS
- A Piscean, born March 7,1997. MITCH, as dotingly called by relatives and friends is the eldest of three siblings by parents, Charlie and Mahlen Magos. She just graduated secondary school last March at La Immaculada Concepcion School (LICS) in Pasig City and is an in-coming first year in University of Sto. Tomas pursuing her dream course, Architecture. She has shown great interest in this academe through her artistic and creative inclination. Her enthusiasm in designing and her unique vision for style are overwhelming.

Patricia is my niece and she practically grew up with my daughter. They attended the same schools in primary and secondary but now, they will be burning eyebrows in different universities.

Certified HOUSEBAND


JOINING ME in this journey is...



















DONALD PAGULONG
- A certified "houseband" who is an expert in doing all kinds of household stuff... A liberal-minded father to three wonderful children: Karen Mae, Meryll Diane and Kevin Clint and a cool hubby to a beautiful wife, Rose Marie. An alumna of FEATI University, graduated with a degree in BS Electronics and Communications Engineering. Currently, a preacher at Glory to God Baptist Church, Victoria, Laguna.

A blogger at night and a lover by day.

Also known as, Papaleng proudly claims that there's nothing special about his personality. He's just a simple man who contents himself with what he has. He believes in this Tagalog saying

Shine Bright Like a DIAMOND

Simplymarrimye's Shine Bright Like a DIAMOND
Photo Source

How hard is a diamond?
Is it like a rock in a volcano's core
or a difficult dilemma 
you are facing now?

How would you compare it
with the kindness
of a human heart?
Shining bright like a diamond?
Invaluable gesture...
priceless humility.

Life is a Merry-GO-Round


JOINING ME in this journey is...


















JEAN LORRAINE GONZALES PAL
- is a native of Davao City, born on April 21, 1976. The only child of Juan and Maria Loreto of Matalom, Leyte and Davao City respectively. She attended Ateneo De Davao University and received a Degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major in Marketing in October of 1998.

Jean Lorraine or dotingly called "JL" got married at age 23 and gave birth to her eldest daughter, Mikaela Francesca who is now 13 years old.  Unfortunately, her marriage did not work out so, had to be separated 3 years after with a newborn baby girl at the same time... Chelsea Jeanille is now 10.

The New Me, Myself and Irmee


Irmee's birthday in Oakville... 18 July 2010

JOINING ME in this journey is...



















IRMEE CASTILLO
- A mom to Aloysius, Archilles and Alexus and a committed wife to a loving husband Lito... They are the four boys in Irmee's life whom she treasured more than any wealth in the world. Her family is living in Toronto, Canada for three years now. She works as a Documentation Specialist in a Global company.

Amongst her favorite things include making memories... from planning trips, travelling, taking photographs of her kids and the picturesque places they've been to, collecting souvenir items and postcards, scrap-booking and making photo books.

Explore and Be Free... A Traveler's Perspective of LIFE


Budget Biyahera - Mai Flores



JOINING ME in this journey is,..

MAI FLORES
- A freelance content writer who has an overwhelming desire to collect Starbucks Global Icon mugs from different countries, from which she already visited South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, and of course Cebu and Manila (amongst other Philippine destinations that she’s been to).

Mai's Starbucks global icon mugs
Mai's mug collection (Source)


An alumna of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Mai graduated with a degree in BS Clothing Technology. She is single by civil status but happily in a relationship with her BEAU (as she romantically calls him). Her strength springs from knowing that she has a loving family, and of caring and honest friends. Their love and support is what keeps her going.

Living LIFE's Difficulties

JOINING ME in this journey is,..



















ALFONSO YLAG
- Witty and funny according to himself, but actually he is a real jerk sometimes especially when he's with close friends. Alfie or also known as PINGGOT, is currently residing in Rego Park, New York and working in Best Western. He came from a failed marriage but is blessed with two sons and a daughter. Being the father who should provide, he's constrained to stay in the US for a job opportunity.

He is single but not available... saving his love for that someone whom  he considered LOVE of his life. Quite complicated relationship... nevertheless, hopeful that GOD will hear his heart's desire for a lifetime partner. Being alone, away from his loved ones is the saddest part of his journey through life and trying to earn decent income to support and provide his children the best education is the main reason why he had to work overseas. He wants to have financial stability.

A Message of Gratittude Coming Straight From A Mother's Heart

arlene ancheta on A Message of Gratittude Coming Straight From A Mother's Heart

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ARLENE E. ANCHETA
- A mother to three beautiful daughters, a devoted wife to her beloved husband, a business woman, an accommodating sister, a loving daughter, an amiable and strong-minded person. She preferred to have own business than working corporately to personally attend to her kids' daily concerns and being a hands-on mom, she assures that her children are well provided and protected. Her main priority is their education and health.

Two of her children have been diagnosed to suffer developmental delay. Her youngest is now undergoing therapy sessions and her second child is able to attend regular school despite the condition. She is very thankful for bringing her child to Woodstock Learning Center, an educational institution where the primary mission is to highlight its student's full potential regardless of any special need like that of her daughter.

Harlem Shake... Invaded the House

video editor-kurt dariel
JOINING ME in this journey is,..



















KURT DARIEL D. BERMUDEZ
- Barely 3 years old in this photo, now a teen-ager is the video editor of this version of Harlem Shake. A second year high school student in La Immaculada Concepcion School who is fond of meme and a regular reader of the trending 9gag. He's a natural joker, easy-go-lucky and very playful. He loves to watch magic shows on TV like that of Criss AngelDavid Blaine and the Masked Magician.

He can swim... but he's no Michael Phelps. He plays the guitar... and his wildest dream is to be like the famous Sungha Jung. Kurt loves to play basketball... and the famous Kobe is his great idol.

"TOTOO"


JOINING ME in this journey is...

Danlourd - the author of this poem


DANLOURD A. DE ASIS
- The author of this poem written in Filipino language, is an eligible bachelor with a stable career in AIG Shared Services as a Systems Analyst. DL, as fondly called is a music enthusiast with a gifted vocal chords according to some fanatics (these include his close friends and family, LOL!) and loves bar-hopping, backpacking (in and out of the country), going to the Gym and sweating out (aiming for an impressive ABS), taking snapshots (has an eye for photography), a bit hopeless romantic and has a talent for writing poetry deeper than depth like this one:


Totoo,
Lahat ng simula'y may katapusan
Kadalasan, hindi 'happy ending'
Ngunit walang lugar ang pagsisisi
Sa kwento ng tunay na nagmamahal

Sapagkat,
Sa iyo ko natutunang umibig
Pag-ibig na kayang tumanggap
Pag-ibig na hindi makasarili
Pag-ibig na nagbibibigay

Sa iyo ko rin naranasang ibigin
Taliwas man sa nakasanayan,
Isang napakasarap na pakiramdam
Hindi masukat, hindi maipaliwanag