Posts Tagged ‘photography’
I wonder if I ever shared this picture here, I can’t remember. I only did a few write-ups about my chemo days, the early years of blogging have been about getting well, getting on with life and trying to live it the best way a cancer survivor can. Would you believe that I met online friends here who shared and underwent similar journeys with me?
Facebook reminds you of a previous post you did years ago on the same day and month that you posted it and I got this.
Really, it made me smile and memories are reborn. A former classmate in high school prepared snacks for the doctors and nurses at the Ambulatory Care Unit of the UST Benavidez Cancer Institute. She brought a large tray of Pancit Malabon, drinks and cookies. Despite the two IV drips attached to my arm, I enjoyed those moments I spent with the staff. The first time I saw that Oxaliplatin IV drip wrapped in a black cloth bag, I just can’t help but think….that’s poison but still I have to convince myself that it would make me get well.I asked the oncology nurse why it has to be wrapped in black and she said that it should not be exposed to the light.
It was one of the best birthdays ever, because back then, listening to them singing happy birthday made me think that life even at its worse makes you feel happy too.
Posted in city gardening, Close to Nature, Closer to God, flowers and blooms, journeys, photography, tagged flowers and blooms, gardenia, home garden, photography, silence speaks on August 13, 2015 | 2 Comments »
It rains every day now
and seeing these late Gardenia blooms reminds me of summer,
those days of lovely sunrise and sunset.
Life is good.
Life is wonderful.
And I always remind myself to take time and appreciate what nature brings.
Posted in blessings, Close to Nature, Closer to God, Clouds, inspirational, life, photography, tagged blessings, Close to Nature, Closer to God, Clouds, inspirational, life, photography, reflections, silence speaks on July 29, 2015 | 6 Comments »
When the world lets you see its lovely face on a beautiful morning like this.
You are humbled, mesmerized, awed and dazzled.
When the morning brings such beauty
before your eyes.
When the morning sun reflects its light
on these lovely cotton candy clouds,
be thankful….it is enough!
Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, life, photography, quotes, tagged Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Batanes, Close to Nature, Closer to God, life, Patience and faith, photography, quotes on July 15, 2015 | 8 Comments »
Patience, patience, patience is what the sea teaches.
Patience and faith.
One should be empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.
(Big thanks to my friend Matt Velasco for sharing this photo. I enhanced it a bit and put some quotes in it from the beautiful book, Gift From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh).
Posted in life, photography, rainy days, ramblings, typhoons, tagged Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, life, nature, Pandakaki flowers, photography, rainy days, thoughts and ramblings on July 9, 2015 | 6 Comments »
It’s almost a week now since the rainy days started, three days in a row where all levels of classes in most schools in Metro Manila and suburbs were suspended due to the inclement weather. Typhoon Egay left a few days ago but it was bold enough to leave monsoon rains in the metropolis. Typhoon Falcon entered the Philippine area of responsibility the other night. It didn’t make a landfall but dumped more rains and saturated the streets of Metro Manila. It’s still a bit dark outside and drizzling. Oh, can’t help but sip a hot cup of coffee (yes, my third cup for the week). And why am I even counting? I haven’t touched the brew for quite sometime, that’s why.
One finds beauty even on a dark rainy day. These tiny white blooms are just so lovely to ignore. They bring a bit of sunshine to an otherwise bleak morning.
Posted in family life, food, life, Philippine cuisine, photography, rainy days, recipes, tagged Comfort food, family life, life, photography, rainy days, silence speaks on July 6, 2015 | 19 Comments »
It’s a rainy Monday and PAGASA said we will have these monsoon rains for the next five days. Typhoon Egay hasn’t left yet and there is another one coming but has not yet entered the Philippine area of responsibility. I hope it will divert its course farther from the country.
Josef and I have thought about it even before we reached the market this morning, braving the early morning shower. He asked me what is the best food for merienda (snacks) on a rainy day. I suggested soup with crackers but he didn’t buy it. What about arroz caldo or minatamis na saging? Can you prepare both, he asked. Why not?
Arroz caldo or congee is best prepared with sticky rice and chicken wings with lots of fried garlic while minatamis na saging is the easiest version of cooking saba banana (Philippine plantains) but you can simply boil it or eat it raw, it does not matter. I bought eight pieces and a cup of mini tapioca pearls. We had this for snack this afternoon.
If I am not too lazy tomorrow, I will cook arroz caldo not for merienda but for dinner. Dinner today is fresh bean sprouts topped with crunchy flaked tinapa, another comfort food on rainy days like this.
The sun showed its face for a while so I went out to visit the garden and took a few shots. I love those silver raindrops clinging to the leaves after the rain.