Sweet Distractions

As we get older, we want things done immediately. We don’t like to waste our time. We rush things to up to get them done right away. But, whether we like it or not, we always get distracted with the many little things around us.

Some things just cannot escape our vivid minds. They like to stay especially when we are up to something important. They always choose to remain. And they always win. Yes? Of course, who wouldn’t want to think of these sweet little distractions? They make us look shiny, bubbly and feeling light.

When I’m too down, too tired and very exhausted in everything, I take all these sweet little distractions with me. I always take myself down memory lane and reminisce sweet, good, happy and even sad memories. Then, if my mind wanders too much, I will need some ice cream to put me back to focus. But where would I usually end? I will always find myself eating something really good and delicious. And from there, I’ll be able to wrap things up for the day. Oh, shiny!

 

Texture

Textures are everywhere. They can be interpreted with how we see things, how we describe things and how we even feel. All these make up the texture of the things that surround us.

My photos are stone formations of a Buddhist belief done in a particular area in Thailand. You see the stones as hard and rough. But how do you feel seeing these stones piled like the way they are? Having seen them for the first time drew my attention to getting the reason behind this belief. I, somehow, managed to know the reason but I could go on and on asking many whys. So, I may just conclude that what we make in our lives are textures of how we live that life.

Satisfaction

All these are truly satisfaction. I love ice creams and anything that’s cold and melts in my mouth. Taste a thirst-quenching halo-halo, a Filipino dessert. You’ll love it ’till the last drop!

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Halo-halo, a Filipino delight

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Kuya J’s halo-halo

Crushed ice sprinkled with condensed milk and flavored drink. Experience the taste of different colors only in Thailand.

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Thai iced dessert

Cool flavored drinks that makes you click your camera button. Smileys all over you!

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Buko pandan juice with smiley faces

A delicious Filipino salad. Sweet! You will forget your name but you still want to eat more.

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Filipino salad

But, of course! Chocolates are heaven! I can’t live without them (big smile).

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all about chocolates

Whenever I get to eat them, I am already satisfied. Some of my favorite things are simple but they’re so sweet. And I am, too! (winks)

Unusual

River Kwai (pronounced as Kw-ey) is an unusual exciting place to visit while in the Western part of Thailand. The best time to visit this river is first thing after sunshine. I can guarantee an awesome and unusual experience when you get up close as an inch away from a passing train. People stand on the railways to take photos and selfies as the train approaches. We do not get this kind of experience in other places. If ever you find your way in this place, do not miss the chance to take a selfie on the passing train along the River Kwai bridge.

San Juanico Bridge

Each place has it’s story to tell.  Where I grew up has marked history as one of the strongest cities in world.  Surely, there is no place like home but this place survived the strongest typhoon ever recorded in 2013 – Haiyan.

Tacloban is just a small city that’s surrounded by water.  One of its remarkable spot is the longest bridge in the Philippines that was built in this place – the city where I grew up.  History wrote that this bridge was built out of love.  Even if it was slightly damaged by that Monster Haiyan but it still stands beautifully and still serves it’s purpose.

 

 

 

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Delta

Oftentimes, we forget many things because we hurry up to do so many chores and tasks for the day. We tend to divide many parts of our time just to fit in for the day’s purpose. Sometimes, we fail to notice many simple things and we almost do not see their importance. Time is very inevitable. We cannot change the passing of time but we can always make room for time.

Delta  is an area of low, flat land shaped like a triangle, where a river splits and spreads out into several branches before entering the sea.” At some point, this may show us the variation of time as it slowly evanescent and fades like a flower. My photos may not seem like an area of low, flat land but it sure does show us the inevitable changes of time. Life is very short, let us make something worthy of our Creator’s approval.

Transience of Life

Life is transient and temporary.  We do not know when’s our time to leave this temporary life.  But while we have everything at it’s best, make sure not to waste the only life we have for nothing.  Do something worthwhile while time allows us to do the many wonderful things in this world.  We do not want to look back where only emptiness reside in our hearts.  Life is not black and white.

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sunglasses on the beach

We would not want to walk alone with no memories to cherish.   As we cross life’s road, collect as many memories as the sand and hold them in the deepest chambers of our hearts.  In the end, we will still be happy because we are not empty inside.

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flip flops on a rocky sea sand

And while we’re still journeying, try not to forget that the most beautiful things in this life is with the word L-O-V-E.  Love the people who makes us happy.  Take some time to walk in the seashore.  The steps we take may be transient but the memories will always stay.

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bay walk couple

Be passionate.  Kiss more often.  Say ‘I love you’ and mean it.  Life is but temporary but love lasts together with the memories we made with the people we love.  So, let us spread L-O-V-E!

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a love to last

Lights in Focus

Doing focus at night is really a challenge especially when you’re just a trying hard photographer like me.  However, I always have a good feeling when I tried to take that shot and the outcome looks fantastic.

Lights at night, on the other hand, is an extra challenge. My photos for this week are only on a practice basis that turned out okay.  I love the Victoria Harbor view at night. It could be a busy night out with family and friends. The doll with a very spectacular beauty shined even more with those dramatic bokeh. But, take a closer look, she’s hiding something inside her. Ohhh…And lamps sold at a night market served its purpose in letting me try out more bokehs. I call it big and small light circles. I also took a photo of a night lamp on a cozy night and an extraordinary firework right on time when it boomed. I thought I could make another beautiful bokeh but it turned out it’s already sleeping time and darkness is soon to arrest me. Happy viewing everyone!

The Order in Nature

Order has its many ideologies – depending on how the person acts upon it, looks on it and how one does it.  I am taking on a different angle of showing order at how I perceive things differently.

As a nature lover myself, I am quite amazed at how nature does its awesome job at being so “neatly and methodically arranged”.  Well, I must say, God is.  Nature brings so many wonders of God and, therefore, we see beautiful things.  Without being destroyed by the elements of this world; a calm, peaceful and a ship-shaped world will be experienced.  Hence, let us take heed and act on being so orderly just as how God showed his orderliness thru His wonderful creation.

 

My Angel Friend

“And there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Prov. 17:17 is a famous bible verse for friendship and I am highlighting a very common feature of the theme Friend. But, I wonder how many people would feature their best friends? I guess not so many except if they went up for that heavenly trip up there.

In our lives, people come and go. They say, you met them for a very certain reason. Reasons that sometimes we cannot understand or worse we cannot accept. But, whatever and wherever your friendship ends, they will always remain a part of you.

God called my best friend home about 8 months ago and the situation turned me upside down. Things have changed and they will never be the same again. However, these are all temporary. I am looking forward to that blessed hope when I will meet her again in that sweet Beulah Land. One thing that I would always be thankful for was that I was able to sat with her, laughed with her, prayed with her, supported her and took care of her during those times of her pain and agony. Those were the times that won’t be replaced by anything. I am blessed for having such a wonderful friend. I miss her so much.