Sunday, October 28, 2018

In the Nook

Green leaves on the tall trees,
Sunshine through the branches,
No drinks as chilled as these,
I have not for ages
Tasted the spice they cook
Into foods in the nook.

As I detect the scent
Of the dark, coming storm,
Wild and strong, the winds went,
Twisting in every form
Those poor ones who can't hide,
As the winds chide
With the torn leaves, they cried.

While I still remain here,
Unmoving, with no steer,
Still waiting 'til the clear.

For spicy foods in nooks,
I will not pass an age,
For the drinks over books,
Sunshine over my page,
The new green leaves so bright,
As I sit down and write.

Sunday, October 21, 2018


Lone flower in the grass,
Not even with a glass

Without your reflection
For one admiration

You're right in the center,
But to the common asker

You're basking in the sun
In the warmth and the fun

You're dancing to the wind
As it swooshed and it twinned

Sending crystal raindrops.
Even if he eavesdrops

You can't be heard tasting,
The clear freshness awing

The sunlight is all yours,
The wind and all its snores

And the gift from the sky
That just won't let you die.

Let them wonder and moan;
Breathe freely and alone.

Photo credit: Pixabay

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Blog Update

Dear readers,

Greetings! How are you? I hope that all of you are okay.

It has been more than four months since I last posted. I had been so busy with my job, my family and my personal life. I hadn't been able to post online like I used to. I am posting now only because I have a little time and I need to keep this blog going.

I am currently waiting for dinner. I'm supposed to continue working, but I'm already extremely hungry. I get a headache when I work while hungry, so I stopped working for a while. I spent the time reading the guidelines of HubPages and Channillo instead.

HubPages is an online blogging community. I actually never wrote on HubPages and never had the plan to write there because, at that time, I was young and the community of HubPages seemed so professional. I was intimidated. Instead, I joined Squidoo.

Squidoo and HubPages were the most successful blogging communities in those days. Squidoo was the more fun one. It had cute graphics and its system was gamified. Our pages were called Lenses and there were contests. I was successful on Squidoo, being featured as one of the top writers and winning in a contest.

I got busy in my personal life, though. A few years later, I received an email that Squidoo will be closing. They moved my Lenses to HubPages under a name they created for me, charlenedelfin lm. My sister and I found it interesting that they made my name "charlenedelfin lm," instead of just "charlenedelfin." My sister joked, "How did they know you're associated with a Lim?"

My family is not related to the Lims. It's just that my maternal uncles were leaders of the UP Vanguard, an organization of the University of the Philippines. One of the Lims was a member of the UP Vanguard and his sister is my godmother. I heard their family owned the hospital where I was born. That's why we found the name Squidoo gave me for HubPages extremely interesting.

They provided me access to HubPages and the option to update my Lenses according to the system of HubPages. I haven't been publishing those Lenses on HubPages, because I never had the time to read the guidelines of HubPages and make sure that my Lenses abided by them. I kept them in the drafts.

Reading the guidelines tonight, though, I feel that I shouldn't have taken so long to read them and should have just published my Lenses right away. Because they are almost exactly identical to the guidelines of Squidoo.

As for Channillo, their CEO invited me to write for the website a few years ago. She sent me a DM on Twitter, asking me to join. I joined right away because it was a rare opportunity at that time. My laptop had stopped working and I couldn't blog. It was hard to write blog posts through my phone. But it was easy to write on Channillo through my phone.

Tonight, I checked if there were parts of Channillo that I hadn't been able to view on my phone. All parts of it were visible through my phone. So I just reread the guidelines. I hope to start a new series on Channillo one of these days.

Well, my dinner finally arrived and I finished eating while writing this blog post. It is now time for me to get back to work. Have a great day!