“The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies HOPE.”
Hope. I have written this word in my heart and mind on the first day of 2018 while on a trip going back to the city. I was so rolled up with life’s irrepressible circumstances that dragged me down to the heights of self-pity and loneliness. I cannot say that life is always meant for struggles because in the face of all these circumstances, we will always see the shadows of hope lurking around us.
Just like the picture, the shadows may leave footprints of doubt. We do not know what we will face ahead because we are too much focused on what’s behind us. This life is meant to be traveled on a long and dark pathway. But, along the pathway, we see the light. This only means that we are not in total darkness as we journey. There is still light and so goes with hope.
Hope hides different faces. You might see it in a face in the crowd frowning at you. It might be somewhere under your pillows or even in your pockets smiling back at you. Or with movies while you’re tears roll down at one of the scenes. Or you could’ve read it in a bible passage and you just didn’t focus on it. Life is but a mystery and we will never be able solve its mysteries. All we can do is to hang on even if it seems difficult because there is always hope to help us embrace the fullness of life.
aerial view of Tacloban, Leyte
a beautiful spot uptown Leyte
bamboo bridges and nipa houses
kids rowing and playing
amazing rice fields
I will capture your precious time as your read along a special tour to a place that became known to the world when the Typhoon Haiyan utterly destroyed this province in 2013. I will be your tour guide for the day and if you plan to visit the Philippines, do not forget to look up and search for Leyte.
Leyte is mostly surrounded by water and geographically speaking, it is one of the reasons why this place can be heavily damaged by natural calamities. This and some other reasons may eventually affect the people’s way of life.
Life in Leyte is simple. You can see the aerial view of Tacloban which is known to be the capital city of Leyte. It is not a big city but it is the doorway to the many treasures Leyte hides in herself. Notice the beautiful tree planted between those two bodies of water, a pool and the sea. You can always escape to a fresh and beautiful scene where you don’t need to spend your precious gold. You only need extra hours to do that. Look at the bridges. It is not always made of metal or cement but of bamboos and other special trees. You will experience movements while you walk like those of the hanging bridges in the forests. Dip yourself in the water if you must and savor the splendidly cool sea water. Hear the laughter of the kids while they row their small boats as they enjoy their time while it lasts. Pass a bumpy road on a motorcycle and you won’t even notice that your hair is already full of dust. In a way, it is not at all that bumpy but it is in some area. In addition, do not forget to smell the morning breeze with an aroma of freshly plowed rice field. You will love it.
Close you eyes and imagine all these. You will suddenly forget the noise from the bustling city. Linger onto that for an instant before you slowly turn you worktable upside down.
Have you asked yourself, “Where is My Beloved?” In all fairness, I often ask myself this question. And it may seem so hard to give an answer at this moment but I will in God’s perfect time. Just don’t ask me too often (winks). Okay, let us focus on this challenge because I will again do a different take on this one. The photos I will share were taken randomly with no thoughts and no particular angle. I just wanted to focus on the hopes of finding the beloved we are so waiting for quite sometime now (or should I say, for a very long time).
They say, “there is no forever.” Is it just me or that includes you who is in search of your forever, too? The moon and the stars may not be that aligned for us to meet at this time and so the search goes on and on until it lasts forever. That goes for you as well. They say, “try and try until you succeed.” So, off we go and live the same pattern we always do. And guess what? Sometimes, someone shows up and do the things a beloved does and then we ask ourselves, “Is this the one?” We prayed and prayed until the only answer we get is SILENCE.
a man in search of his beloved
As a result, we try to go and find the answers in the places where we can find solitude and tranquility. Most of the time, we have to wait and let the course of time take its action and we just have to see where the waiting will take us.
a woman who seeks solitude and tranquility in the hope of finding her beloved
And where? Maybe, to the one who completes that missing piece in us. Or maybe to the one whom we turned down at first but never walked away from us. Or to the one who augments being in love in all the places we go. I am not talking about the PDA stuff but about someone who respects us both in public and private places.
a couple who augments love to each other as beloveds
We never know where it will take us. We can only hope and pray for the best. Just wait and keep asking, “Where is my beloved?” Who knows that person might just be around the corner and we do not know just yet. For all the love seekers out here and there, let us storm heaven with our prayers so it will be shaken and give us our only BELOVED!
Like in many scenarios of the sunrise, the sunset, the sea, a sleeping animal, a beautiful mountain view and the like express such details of silence in it’s vivid form. Yes, they all do and I cannot disagree with that, however, I will try to take away your silence or mine in a different way.
Sometimes in our lives, we seek for silence we do not know where to find. The moment we face something unwanted, we face the nature where we can find the pleasure of the serenity it gives us. But, it is only for a moment. When we feel tired, where do we go? Of course, we bump our heads to the softest pillow we have and wait until we get ourselves to rest. Then, we achieve silence amidst our rest. Others find them in doing active sports that would really take their breath away. And they feel a sudden rush of peace. I can only imagine because I cannot put myself in such trauma while having fun. For all that matters, have you ever tried finding it on the roads or paths you take? I mean literally.
I am showing photos from different trips I had. The bridge seems narrow but if you have the courage and strength to cross it, you may get to where you wanted to be in the first place. The trail up a hill may take you quite sometime to reach the top but with perseverance you will eventually get there. And a pathway underneath the trees may give you some troubles along the way, like seeing a crossing reptile or an ugly ape. If you don’t mind them, they won’t bother you but do not forget to run whenever it’s needed. Just run for safety. For sure, you’ll get there.
Crossing that bridge with courage and strength, taking that trail with perseverance and going through that pathway needs only one thing – a moment of silence. It is in this point that we stop and listen to our heartbeats and when we’re ready we take that big step we can never imagine. We only need a moment of silence.
As we get older, we want things done immediately. We don’t like to waste our time. We rush things 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!
good memories to look back to
ice cream cake for focusing
spaghetti, good food to wrap up
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
a love to last
“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.
a smile before going to church
my all time favorite shot
when God blessed her and answered her prayers
a Krabi experience
while waiting for her coffee
I will be showing different tones and colors of the sun as it paints the empty sky in the breaking of dawn and eventually fades away at dusk after it does an awesome work. Just a perfect example of showing Evanescent.
Every color depicts memories, whether it is happy, sad or extra sad. Memories that only one (you) can decide whether to let it fade together with the sun or to let it stay until it shows another majestic sky artwork the next day.
There’s always a new beginning and it always start the moment the sun shows it’s sparkle. We can always let these memories stay but do not forget to live. We can also choose to let it go and still live. Whichever way we choose, there’s always a choice. Make a good one, people!
when the sun starts to show off it’s beautiful color
when it’s up and wide awake while trying to paint the empty sky
when it’s still quiet and still doing it’s wonderful job of painting the sky
when it’s noontime and glaringly showing its power and grit
when it’s blue and starting to cool down
when the it’s about to say goodnight and anticipating a beautiful tomorrow
when it’s glow fades and nighttime comes