Sometimes, you need no words to express the beauty of life and all it brings.
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Posted in life, art, Close to Nature, Closer to God, photography, weekly photo challenge, tagged life, Philippines, Close to Nature, Closer to God, photography, Weekly Photo Challenge -Wordpress, Weekly Photo challenge: Color on April 6, 2013 | 13 Comments »
Posted in guilty pleasures, photography, weekly photo challenge, tagged family life, life, photography, Weekly Photo Challenge -Wordpress, Weekly Photo Challenge 2013, Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward on February 28, 2013 | 4 Comments »
Are you the adventurous type? Do you look forward to new challenges in life, be it simple things or some unknown fear of heights that you want to conquer? Challenges are part of daily living and it’s up to us to meet them with a smile hoping that everything would be okay in the end. Three years ago, the whole family went to enchanted Kingdom as part of the family day celebration of Bank of the Philippine Islands where I used to work and where my daughter and son-in-law are presently working as bank officers. I am afraid of heights (until now). My knees always wobble at the thought of all those head-spinning rides but my kids enjoy them. They’ve been to Enchanted Kingdom more than I can count.
And they always say, the thrill is in the ride. Yeay…way to go….forward!
Posted in Happiness, journeys, life, photography, silence speaks, weekly photo challenge, tagged guilty pleasures, life, photography, Weekly Photo Challenge -Wordpress, Weekly Photo Challenge 2013, Weekly Photo Challenge: Home on February 11, 2013 | 3 Comments »
There is a saying that goes, home is where the heart is. And sometimes our heart lies in simple things, appreciating the beauty of what is around us.
Silence is golden. And our cat is enjoying the silence of resting in our small garden with the morning sun and the occasional chirps of birds around.
The joys of friendship, just being there for each other and at peace with the world while enjoying a good swing in our garden hammock.
There is no better way to spend one’s time than enjoying good books on a lazy afternoon. Reading is a treasured hobby that I would always enjoy.
Having a good cup of morning coffee with hot pan de sal. What more could you ask for?
Posted in blogging, Caleruega, Close to Nature, Closer to God, Clouds, guilty pleasures, life, Philippines, photography, road trips, tourist attraction, trekking, weekly photo challenge, tagged Caleruega, Close to Nature, Closer to God, guilty pleasures, life, nature, Philippines, photography, Tanay, Weekly Photo Challenge -Wordpress, Weekly Photo Chllenge: Beyond on January 19, 2013 | 2 Comments »
Here are my own interpretations of what the word Beyond means to me in pictures. Come to think of it, I always look forward to this weekly photo challenge because somehow you get to look once more at some pictures which at the time you took were just pleasing to your eyes and senses. Sometimes though, they acquire a meaning and you wish you could capture the essence of each view and place you see.
Beyond this mountain is my provincial home which I haven’t visited in quite a while. My old memories of this places is tied up to the river running below this mountain where we used to catch fresh-water fish during the early parts of rainy months. And yes, the impromptu picnics beside the river and taking a long soak after. Fresh, unpolluted running water and lovely river stones that sometimes my cousins and I used to bring home for our Piko games.
The cool mountains of Tanay. I remember taking this shot three weeks after my six-sessions of chemotherapy ended. It was a kind of litmus test how far I can go without tiring myself after such a life-changing treatment. I miss this place, I hope someday I would be able to come back here.
What lies behind closed doors, do you know? Dreams! Pockets of happy days! Actually, I was fascinated by the stained-glass door. I seldom see this kind of window and door treatments except in places where they value old-age decor.
There is always something that fascinates me in discovering places and looking beyond. I took this in Caleruega, the hanging bridge was simply irresistible. And beyond this is a vast garden and an upward climb to a hill that gives a wonderful view of the Batulao mountains in Batangas. It’s one of my favorite places to visit.
Posted in life, reflections, silence speaks, weekly photo challenge, tagged Faith, illumination, life, light, photography, reflections, Weekly Photo Challenge -Wordpress, Weekly Photo Challenge 2013, Weekly Photo challenge- Illumination on January 12, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” – Plato
Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, gardens, guilty pleasures, photography, weekly photo challenge, tagged Close to Nature, Closer to God, home garden, life, photography, Weekly Photo Challenge -Wordpress, weekly photo challenge 2012, Weekly Photo Challenge: Green on November 18, 2012 | 9 Comments »
Sometimes, I sigh in frustration that I could not identify the names of these plants.I am quite clueless, but I simply love the different shades of greens in this set. Then I learned that Anahaw is our national leaf, hooray!
They call this Livistona , a family of palms.
A footstool palm or anahaw.
That’s all there is to it, I think. There are around 1,200 varieties of ferns so it’s a lost cause for me to identify all these. My sis-in-law takes charge of our garden in the province. These are just some of the evergreens that we have there.
Posted in life, Philippines, photography, silence speaks, weekly photo challenge, tagged life, Philippines, photography, Weekly Photo Challenge - Silhouette, Weekly Photo Challenge -Wordpress, weekly photo challenge 2012 on October 20, 2012 | 6 Comments »
And I thought that silhouette shots are poorly done so I didn’t give them much thought until today. I did some silhouette shots while experimenting with light and shadows. It was a hit or miss, mostly the latter
Nuestra Senóra de Candelaria Church in Mabitac, Laguna. This is the bell tower of the old church. I took this during our Visita Iglesia in the towns of Laguna.
One of my favorite places….Caleruega.
I was actually fascinated by the cloudless blue sky with our old avocado tree in the background.
Transfiguration Chapel, a part of the beautiful landscape of Caleruega in Nasugbu, Batangas. This is one of my favorite destinations.
Posted in city gardening, Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, photography, weekly photo challenge, tagged Close to Nature, Closer to God, flowers and blooms, life, photography, Weekly Photo Chalenge - WordPress, weekly photo challenge 2012, Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy on October 7, 2012 | 8 Comments »
This may come a little late but since I am searching for the best photos to define the Weekly Photo Challenge which is entitled Happy, I opted to upload new shots here which I took early this morning at the garden. Yes, it is such a nice surprise seeing new blooms and feasting your eyes on something you didn’t really expect to see. And being happy means exactly that. Fancy seeing my Gardenia sprouting buds at this time of the year. Gardenia usually bear flowers during the months of May and June. Maybe, it’s nature’s way of telling me, “I’ll give you a surprise today to make you happy.” And to my surprise too, I saw new buds of my lone Amazon lily, a promise of another day to document its lovely bloom!
And yes, this is the first time that I used the image gallery of WordPress. Just click on each picture and you’ll see it in full.
Happiness is really how you make it and simple things could make you happy! St. Augustine says, “Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.”
Posted in blogging, Close to Nature, Closer to God, life, weekly photo challenge, tagged Close to Nature, Closer to God, home garden, life, nature, photography, Weekly Photo Challenge -Wordpress, weekly photo challenge 2012, Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth on August 5, 2012 | 4 Comments »
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – anais nin
It’s always a thrill to find some nice subjects that would represent how one would interpret the weekly photo challenge here at WordPress. Some would be just symbols but it’s also quite a thrill to literally point your camera at something that means exactly how one views the subject at hand. Growth – an ampalaya plant just out from its bud and a oregano just starting to sprout new leaves. They’re both growing nicely in our backyard.
Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, photography, weekly photo challenge, tagged Close to Nature, Closer to God, photography, weekly photo challenge, Weekly Photo Challenge -Wordpress, weekly photo challenge 2012, Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming on July 14, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Dreaming of green landscapes and wide empty spaces.