Lebana’s Haiku

 

Haiku of the Day # 01

 

Burn the midnight oil.

Muddle your uncluttered thoughts.

That is how it works!

 

Haiku of the Day # 02

 

Learn from the past.

Revel on your present life.

Dream for the future.

 

Haiku of the Day # 03 

 

Love me or hate me.

Adore me or despise me.

Neither matters now!

 

Haiku  of the Day # 04

 

 I was once a child,

free from disillusionments.

Had I grown too fast?

 

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A Poem For My Dad

Hello readers!

We’ll be commemorating my father’s 15th death anniversary by tomorrow, September 21st. So, I crafted him a short poem. Hope he could read this from his resting place.

                                                                                        

A Poem for my Dad

 While sitting moodily off into space,

That glimpse plunges without a phrase.

 

The sound of squeals deafens me,

As my heart pounds heavily.

 

It might be eons since you departed,

Silent outcries have already melted.

 

Your memories linger in me,

Taming my spirit, making me free.

 

That pair of piercing brown eyes,

 The flamboyant speech that resounds,

 

The warmth of your embrace exudes,

Stirring my crumbling hopes and views

 

 

In misery or gaiety

In turmoil or serenity,

 

Only one thing is guaranteed

Dad, you’ll always be remembered!

 

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The Versatile Blogger Award

Hello readers!

 I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Yeka who created myyeka.wordpress.com. She’s really amazing. Her blog features natural hair, health and fitness, and even lifestyle and relationships. In addition, she hopes to reach out to people struggling with their personality and life, providing them moral support and inspiration. You better check out her blog.

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  1. Thank the bloggers who nominated you and share their links.
  2. Nominate at least 10 bloggers for the award and provides links to their blogs.
  3. Inform them about their nomination.
  4. Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may know.

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  1. I’m from the Philippines, a Southeast Asian country in the Western Pacific, comprising more than 7,000 islands. I’m proud of my homeland.
  2. Learning how to cook is one of the many things I wanted to be good at. However, I believe that nothing is too hard to learn and master. I’ll keep on trying.
  3. It might sound intriguing though, but I have that tendency to be skeptical at times especially when it comes to love and commitment.
  4. Among the various sports, I prefer playing billiards. (Just had the chance of learning the nitty-gritties last summer)
  5. I love Sidney Sheldon as much as I love his spellbinding novels.
  6. Reading and writing have been mooching my time since I was 15.
  7. Learn.Live.Love.Laugh.-is MY formula for a happy life.

 

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  1. aquibview (aquibview.wordpress.com)
  2. Thought Spark (thoughtsparkweb.wordpress.com)
  3. Gaillovesgod (gaillovesgod.blog)
  4. Life With La Toya (lifewithlatoya.wordpress.com)
  5. K E Garland (kwoted.wordpress.com)
  6. The Past Due Book (thepastduebookreview.com)
  7. Book Chat (michelleclementsjames.com)
  8. Random Thoughts (thoughtsfrommykitchen.wordpress.com)
  9. The Shower of Blessings (theshowerofblessings.wordpress.com)
  10. Friendly Fairy Tales (friendlyfairytales.com)

     

Hope you all accept the challenge.

Your readers deserve to know a bit about you.

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30 Things to Blog About

Hi readers!

Have you ever had that writer’s block? Probably, that was the time when you were struggling to come up with something creative to write about.

 It might be those exasperating moments when you were just stupidly sitting down in front of your computer while waiting for the skies to speckle some ideas.

You are not alone. Even thousands of experts out there wrangle finding the best topics in the world. The good news is, the best topics are just around the corner. It might be about yourself or such things you often ignored.

Here, I have listed 30 things that might help you out in times of need. You’re welcome.

  1. The things you’ve learned from childhood
  2. Your most embarrassing moment so far. We’ve all got one.
  3. A letter to your 30 year old self. What would be your advice?
  4. That thing that happened in high school that pretty much changed your life
  5. The best movie you have ever seen, and how did it make you a better person
  6. The hardest experience you’ve ever had and how did you get through it
  7. A letter to your future wife/husband. What would you tell her?
  8. The reasons why you started blogging. Explain the details.
  9. The most difficult decision you’ve ever made. Write freely.
  10. Share your bucket list: 10 Things you want to do before you die
  11. The last thing that made you cry or smile
  12. The time you met your one true love. It might be pleasing to share.
  13. Write a FAQ (frequently asked questions) post. This could be questions you frequently get asked in your blog. Or that mind boggling questions you heard from your friends or acquaintances.
  14. The best gift you’ve ever received at this point.
  15. Fashion: Your top 10 favorite dresses, bags, or shoes right now. Others might be interested in your sense of style.
  16. Your top 5 authors and how they influenced your knack in writing
  17. Brain dump: What’s on your mind right now
  18. Write a review on anything-a novel you just read, a new phone, or an App
  19. A letter to self, what would you tell yourself right now?
  20. The 5 most beautiful places in your town and why they are worth visiting
  21. Find your most popular blog post, then write an update on it.
  22. Your 10 most liked passages. The world might need to see them.
  23. Share how you overcome a certain fear.
  24. Do a DIY. A step-by-step guide on how to make something.
  25. Write a post asking for a help on something that’s distressing you lately. People love to offer wisdom.
  26. Top 10: Share a post about the top 10 blogs you just can’t get enough of
  27. The things that you’ve learned from a pet-whatever type of animal it is-
  28. #Travel Goals: You may write about the most enchanting places in the world you would want to visit later on
  29. # Self Goals: You may post about your future goals, and plans on how to get there
  30. Write a list post on things people might want to explore about. Pretty much like this one.

 

I hope from this huge list of ideas, you’ve found a passionate topic to write about.

Just make sure to pop back and leave a link in the comments with any blog posts you write from the list.

 

Have fun writing your new blog topic!

Good luck!

 

© Anabel Geneta-Raymundo

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Grateful

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“The root of joy is gratefulness” 

David Steindl-Rast

According to Dr. Flo, “Gratitude is a seed that multiplies once planted”. It grows and leads to transformation. I am deeply moved by its power that reaches the soul and beyond.

At this early point in my blogging career, I find it strange that I draw so much attention from the much amazing bloggers out there. I may sound cocky this way. But no. I’m just too grateful.

Honestly, I should have posted this yesterday after seeing that comment from a fellow blogger. As you might know, my blog-Lebana’s Journal– was included in the list of Heartsinink’s Five Most Favorite Bloggers. She is a new blogger who aspires to become the best version of herself through her genuine expression and creative imagination.

I am human as I am a warrior– this is her tagline.

 Since she started with her amazing blog, this lady never fails to show her continuous support and admiration to some hopeful bloggers including me. She’s always on the point and ever ready to speckle her most colorful and uplifting comments.

Oddly, I didn’t expect this kind of acknowledgement from her. This is too much.  She’s really sweet and adorable. A woman like her is like a gem, rare and hard to find. That’s why I’m eagerly inviting all of my friends/followers to check out her blog. You’ll never go wrong with this one.

Although I mentioned in my recent post that I am writing not to impress but to express, I couldn’t hide the exhilaration knowing that someone recognizes my work. As I look at it, I think that true recognition follows when you put your heart into doing something. And when everything turns smoothly, you should give the credit to those who truly deserve it.

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This short post is actually intended for Heartsinink and to all of you who keep on supporting and believing in me. I have a lot of reasons to be happy and grateful today, one of them is YOU!

Thank you!

 

-Anabel Geneta-Raymundo-

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Expressing vs. Impressing

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved: Loved for ourselves, or rather, Loved in spite of ourselves.-Victor Hugo

Perhaps you have heard a lot of deliberations about this issue-a topic which might throw you for a loop.

Overwhelmed by the increasing attention I got so far, I would like to retell my purpose why I have started my blog which some of you might have already read.

Honestly, I had been the type of person who cared much about others’ opinions and attentions. When I was younger, I would study hard to get high grades just to gratify my parents’ persistent wishes.

Growing up, I learned that to be loved and accepted, one must live up to the standards of the world. This may involve compromising your individuality -your sense of self.

Needless to say, the continuous pursuit for recognition and approval was annoying. So finally I had enough of that practice and I started to change my mindset toward things.

I write not impress but to express.

If it works to me then definitely it will work to thousands out there who struggle expressing themselves.

Basically, when you try to impress, your actions and speech become stifled. Every word or sentence has to be likable to those persons you are trying to impress. When everything fails, you become disheartened and unresponsive. The truth is, if you won’t deviate from it, you will be permanently stuck in a continuous cycle of disappointments.

In contrary, when you express you are just being yourself without inhibitions. When someone discards your ideas it will be easier to accept. It doesn’t kill you anyway.

It is a fact that we differ from one another. We are all born unique-it means that we have different skills, talents, likes, dislikes, and styles-which marks us special.

What is appealing to me may not be appealing to you, the same with what is important to you may not be valuable to me. Having fewer followers, likes, and comments doesn’t make you a lesser person or writer, let’s just say that your interest may not be the interest of many.

You should not adjust to conform to the standards of this society. You have your own story to tell and they are inspiring and exceptional. Let the world see them.

Once again, I’m not trying to influence your writing style or purpose. You have your own free will to do or write whatever pleases you. Remember that no one else is in charge of your happiness, but you.

Happy blogging!

© Anabel Geneta-Raymundo

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5 Things You Need to Know in Life

Life is not easy. At this age and time, I haven’t met or heard someone saying it is the other way around.

We’ve all been there. Even the richest people in the world failed once or twice in their lives. Even the intellectuals suffered from despair and condemnation.

Life is an unending cycle of learning and relearning things. It is composed of twists and hitches that one needs to defeat.

As we see it, it is never perfect. However, we should never disregard this principle: Live life the way it should be lived.

I’m not a sage nor an expert. But I have this assenting view towards life. I have shared here 5 most important things you need to probably rediscover about life.

You may disagree with some of these but please give it a shot first. If it makes you better and happier, apply it. If you think it doesn’t do any good, throw it away.

So here it goes……

  1. Trust yourself.

You are living in a world where you are bombarded with how inadequate you are. You’ve seen in the news how another 19 year old created a software that some giant company bought for a frigging $1 billion. Then you look at yourself and feeling disgruntled for not doing the same.

Because you feel you don’t have enough knowledge, you go out trying to get more skills and competencies. But then, when you already acquire those, you realize you are still inadequate.

This is not because you lack anything or what. It is because you don’t have resourcefulness, the feeling and confidence within you. It requires to show that you can take care of things, that no matter how bad the situation is, you will overcome it. Just learn to trust yourself.

  1. Learn to ask the Right questions.

When I was younger, my parents would punish me for not knowing the right answers in my assignments, tests and activities. Of course, the same is true with my former teachers. They wanted me to get the correct answers instantly.

As I grew up, I discovered that knowing the correct answers wouldn’t give me anything. But the right questions would.

Why asking questions is better than knowing answers?

If you ask the right questions the more likely you get a good answer. If you think you have the answer then this thought will limit your ability to find a better answer.

Undoubtedly, questions help you clarify things in your mind. The better questions you ask, the better your answers will become.

  1. Practice the 20-Minute Rule.

This rule will completely change the way you think about doing and learning things. Even if you’ve never been able to learn a skill before, following this rule will help you learn that skill in 30 days or less.

What is the 20 Minute Rule?

The rule is this: Whatever you want to learn, practice it 20 minutes in the morning right after you wake up and another 20 minutes before you go to sleep.

This is essential. By spending the 20 minutes after you wake up, your brain will be at freshest and will be able to assimilate the lesson quickly. However, the 20 minutes before you sleep at night is more important.

During sleep, your brain starts to accumulate all the things you’ve learned in the day. New connections are made in the brain which supports learning.

There is a saying about the brain, “Neurons that fire together, wire together”. As you practice, the pathways get created. The process is called myelination. Myelin is a chemical in the brain that is used to connect neurons together.

The more you practice, the more myelin gets laid down, the easier it is to practice. This is a virtuous cycle that gets established.

The more you expose yourselves, the more likely you become skillful.

  1. Think Accurately.

The ability to see things as they are and not as you “think” they are is probably one of the best things you will learn in life.

Most people don’t have this ability. They think they do, but they actually don’t.

What is accurate thinking?

Accurate thinking is being able distinguish facts from opinions. Whenever someone talks to you, they will share their opinions, speckled by facts. Not facts, speckled by opinions.

Your job is to distinguish facts from opinions. You must determine also if it is an important fact or useless fact. If it is an important fact, use it. If it is not, forget about it.

Make your decisions based on facts that you collect from a number of resources.

Just remember a quote from Dead pool. “Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one, and everyone thinks everyone else’s stink.”

Focus on finding facts from the opinions and you will be successful.

  1. You matter than you think.

When I was 25, I had that fatal experience.

Strangely, my right foot had swollen without any knowledge of its cause. I went to the doctor to be checked and he said I suffered from cellulitis. It is a kind of cell infection which I might have gotten from insect bites. Then I was advised to take some medicines for a week, but it didn’t do any better.

My condition became even worse and that made me disheartened for days. I couldn’t eat nor sleep. Everything turned darker. The following day I was rushed in the hospital.

As I was resting in bed, I realized one thing. I didn’t want to die. Not this time.

The doctor clearly explained my condition. It was no longer about my swollen foot, I had that severe gastrointestinal problem. He further said that I was nearly dehydrated when I was rushed in. The situation could have been a lot worst if I weren’t brought earlier.

I realized then, just for that split moment. I mattered.

It was one of the valuable lessons I learned in life. I matter. It matters that I live. It matters that I do the things I want to do.

In this same light, I want to share it with you: You matter. Don’t wait for that fatal experience for you to understand how important you are.

Even if no one else cares, no one else recognizes you. You matter.

Sometimes the world will let you feel how incompetent and worthless you are. This might be the time when you’re thinking about jumping in front of a bus or shooting your head by a gun.

Don’t do that. You matter. It matters that people see your abilities.

It matters that you share your gifts to the world. You might be seeing your potentials just yet, but they are brilliant and surprising.

Let the world see them because you matter.

 

© Anabel Geneta-Raymundo

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