Word-High July: Round-Up

Thank you so much Rosema of A Reading Writer and Maria of Doodles and Scribbles for creating Word-High July: 30 Beautiful Filipino Words, it made my writing in July even better. I loved learning all these new and beautiful Filipino Words and the culture that goes with them and creating content based on them. It was very challenging at some pints I have to be honest but I pushed through and have finally finished all of them even if I’m a bit late to the party. So here are all 30 of my Word-High July posts with their definitions. Most of these are poems so if you like poems here you go:

  1. Kilig – Butterflies in ones stomach
  2. Timpi – To control one’s self
  3. Tinatangi – Special someone
  4. Gunita – Memory, recollection
  5. Kalinaw – Serenity, tranquility
  6. Bughaw – The colour blue
  7. Muni-Muni – To think deeply, to ponder
  8. Silakbo – Emotional outburst
  9. Pagsamo – The act of pleading
  10. Indak – To dance in time with the music
  11. Humaling – Extreme fondness
  12. Takipsilim – Twilight, dusk
  13. Harana – The act of wooing someone by serenading him or her
  14. Balintataw – The pupil of the eye
  15. Siping – To lie down beside someone
  16. Marahuyo – To be enchanted
  17. Kaulayaw – A pleasant and intimate companion
  18. Paraluman – A muse that inspires artistically
  19. Habilin – Anything given to someone for safekeeping
  20. Kundiman – Love song
  21. Amihan – Northeast wind, breeze
  22. Makisig – Dashing, well-dressed, gorgeous
  23. Likha – To create something through intelligence and skill
  24. Dalisay – Pure, undiluted
  25. Kinaadman – Knowledge, wisdom
  26. Pahimakas – Last farewell
  27. Yugto – A fundamental transition or development of a story or phenomenon
  28. Halakhak – A loud, uninhibited laughter
  29. Gigil – Uncontrollable urge to pinch or squeeze someone
  30. Tadhana – An invisible force that makes things happen beyond the control of mortals




    Day by day nothing changes

    but when I look back,

    everything is different;

    it’s sad when the people who

    gave me the best memories

    become a memory,

    knocking the wind out of me

    only to be replayed

    a million times over

    in my head.

    All I can do is live,

    take risks, make mistakes and

    have no regrets; 

    they shape every detail

    of the person I am;

    I’ll only regret the chances

    I didn’t take.

    Some nights I wish I could

    go back in time,

    just to feel a couple of things twice;

    I woke up one day and

    nothing was the same anymore.

    I had to learn

    to let go.

    In response to Word-High July: 30 Beautiful Filipino Words Day 27 – Yugto



    Fate is a letter inside us that we are born with, and only when we are true to ourselves; only when we believe we have reached our full potential and done ourselves proud, only then may we be allowed to read it before we die. But would you read that letter knowing you cannot change anything you’ve ever done, to say that you cannot bear it?

    Fate is a gift we are given at birth – it cannot be taken away from us once we receive it. You must accept the things to which fate binds you and know that what’s meant to be will always find a way. You are given the gift of fate as a child, and it is put in a box on a shelf in a corner to be forgotten about, but it is still there and you cannot do anything to destroy it.

    Fate is a theme park. You are not given a guided tour at the beginning because you have to navigate it yourself. You must hop on the rides as they present themselves and after waiting in line for hours on end, you still don’t know  if you’ll like the one you’ve been in line for. And you font know if it will make you throw up your hot dog and candy floss all over the place. It really is a surprise what you’ll find.

    Fate is like a river on which you are white water rafting. You are caught in a current much stronger than yourself; and you must not struggle against it otherwise you will drown, and the people who try to save you may also drown. If you fall out of the raft, you should swim with the current and you will float to the river bank and survive. But be careful of the rocks.

    Fate is like a performance we are desperately unrehearsed for and the world is our stage.  But the show must go on, right? So we have to improvise; we know the historical of how the performance should go, but we can’t make it a spectacular shoe unless we know all the words and all the gestures. We have to make it  up as we go along – our friends and family are the audience and we feel like the show needs to be perfect for them, our best critics. But what we don’t realise is that the show is also for us and the audience don’t know what to expect, so why try and bake it perfect if everyone will love it anyway? However it turns out, tears and laughs along the way. And yes, some people may leave to go to the loo or to get food and some of them won’t return. But that won’t matter when you are standing under the spotlight, centre stage, and everyone is cheering at the end, will it?

    In response to Word-High July: 30 Beautiful Filipino Words Day 30 – Tadhana



    His laughter was my saving grace,

    it was timeless and contagious.

    He had a loud, uninhibited laughter

    and everyone who was around him

    when he laughed, fell in love

    with him. It was a beautiful laugh,

    like the promise of tomorrow,

    like a sunbeam,

    and it didn’t even matter what

    he was laughing about but

    the satisfaction

    was all mine;

    it felt like home and sounded

    like a melody.

    So we laugh and laugh,

    and the world feels like a

    kaleidoscope of new possibilities,

    all of our fears and frustrations

    disappearing; so happy in that moment.

    In response to Word-High July: 30 Beautiful Filipino Words Day 28 – Halakhak