A Photo A Week Challenge: Flower

Pretty little flowers

“Just living is not enough…one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” — Hans Christian Andersen

Nancy Merrill Photography posted some awesome shots of flowers of spring. A flower’s beauty for me is priceless – simple, elegant, delicate and mesmerizing. That’s why it was a pleasure for me to join in on the photo challenge because no trip of mine would be complete without photos of flowers.

And while I write this post, playing in the background is Minnie Riperton’s song Les Fleurs.

Cosmos flowers

Lavenders at my sister’s garden

Flowers at my sister’s garden

A Photo A Week Challenge: Urban

Tokyo, day and night

Here is my response to Nancy Merrill Photography‘s photo challenge this week on the theme: Urban.

It’s also a chance for me to recall my springtime trips this year to one of the best destinations to go to – Japan.

Tokyo, day and night

This photo was taken on the same window spot of my hotel.

As soon as I arrived in my room that spring afternoon and looked out my window and I was amazed by this concrete jungle. One would think that this densely packed place might have been loud, but amazingly, it was pretty quiet any time of the day!

Those nights, the lights from the buildings around me served as my night lamp.

A Photo A Week Challenge: Nostalgia

First time I saw this week’s challenge by Nancy Merrill Photography, I started singing Aqua’s Turn Back Time.

This first one reminds me of my late uncle who was also my godfather. He would play jazz (his favorite was George Benson) when I was young (around the time when the next photo was taken). He was also the one who inspired me to learn how to play the guitar.

Vintage

Fast forward to high school and then eventually college years – these photos symbolize what were probably the prelude to my blogging days. Yes, then, there was the typewriter AND the diskette (it’s not a giant printout of the Save icon, as I have seen in a meme somewhere in the net).

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What about you? What photos make you nostalgic?

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Smiles

“You’re just a smile away, just a smile away
A smile that blows a kiss into my heart” — Danny Jamie

This week’s photo challenge by Cee is about Smiles. Here are my entries – photos of my senior dogs Rex and Pedro whose smiles and gentle eyes never fail to bring a smile to my face whenever I see them.

Hope these pass on smiles to you too!

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Views from the Side

Thanks, once again Cee, for this week’s awesome black and white photo challenge: views from the side. Here are my entries:

This is my sister birdwatching at Wilson’s Prom, Victoria.

Birdwatching

Here’s my good boy Rex taking in the warm waters at Tali, Batangas:

Rex and Tali Beach

And here’s an eerie photo of the old Diplomat Hotel after dusk.

Old Diplomat Hotel

Cheers to the weekend!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Walks, Trails, Sidewalks

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“These boots are made for walking and that’s just what they’ll do. One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you.” — Nancy Sinatra

I had an instant smile when I saw Cee’s photo challenge this week, with the theme of Walks, Trails, Sidewalks.

You see, restlessness is my weakness, and walking is my remedy for this. I used to be conscious of the number of steps and relied to the dot on stepcounters, but I have since let go and just walked on and on and on.

Walking allows me to bask in the earth’s beauty – feel the sunshine or raindrops on my face; listen to the simple symphony of the waves, wind, birds, or crickets; let my imagination run as I gaze at the clouds, mountains, trees, streams, or stars.

These are some of the recently taken photos that came to mind with this week’s challenge. And I’m humming to some upbeat tunes in my walking playlist as I am writing this blog.

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A Photo A Week Challenge: Cityscape / Townscape

Heidelberg

I like nancy merrill photography‘s photo challenge this week because I get to browse through my archives of quaint places in Germany that D and I went to. I’m always drawn to the charm of towns – the townsquare, market place, bakeries and cafes. I’d imagine myself being in a fairy tale whenever I walk through these lovely places.

The first photo below was taken from Wurzburg, Germany. D and I went here a few years ago during Oktorberfest and we had quite a lovely weekend.

Drinks

This one’s from Koln.

Koln

And this one was taken at Heidelberg’s Old Town, my most favorite place in Germany.

Heidelberg

Comfortable and Cozy

Bulldog

Here’s my take on Traveling At Wit’s End’s Weekly Photo Challenge on Comfortable and Cozy:

Lulu, the sweet, rescued cat, finally warming up to me. Here she is, comfortably seated on my work stuff and couldn’t be bothered to move.

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Lulu watching me intently

Nothing beats waking up to the smell of a freshly brewed coffee. 305a6044-58c2-41ff-a277-e3af329cd8c9

Siesta under the sun on the beach of Bantayan, Cebu.

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View from the hammock, Bantayan, Cebu

Not mine (how I wish) – but this bed looks comfortable indeed.

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Model bedroom at the Gold Coast

A Photo A Week Challenge: Vanishing Point

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When I first started drawing one of the lessons my art teacher taught me was drawing from vanishing points to create dimensions. Ever since, I’ve come to have a deeper appreciation on vanishing points and look for them when taking in a view of a landscape.

I’m glad I this week’s challenge by nancy merrill photography lets me share these photos showing vanishing points. Hope you like them!

Boardwalk

This is the boardwalk on Freedom Island where I usually volunteer for coastal cleanups.

Dirtroad

The photo above shows the dirtroad to Nacpan beach in El Nido, Palawan.

Sand

And this one’s from my latest trip to California when I went with my mom, aunt and uncle to Malibu. I’ve been humming to Miley Cyrus’ Malibu all throughout that daytour!

 

Same World, Different Perspective

Clouds

This is my interpretation of Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge on Unusual Pespective.

Clouds

Taken on a cool January afternoon.

Canon

This one’s taken along the walls of Intramuros in Manila City.

Hello?

And of course, any chance I get to post the world from my little Pedro’s perspective. His dad took this while they were hanging out at the yard one Saturday night. I would like to believe he was waiting for me.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Pathways

I just discovered Something To Ponder About‘s page and was immediately thrilled with this Friday’s challenge on the theme of Pathways.

I love looking back at these photos. I can still vividly remember how they were, in real life, a feast to the senses, to my mind and to my heart. If I were to have a holiday right this instant and I am asked to choose where I would go to, I’d say anywhere where there’s a nature trail. When I’m stuck in the city traffic, or walking among crowds of city folk during rush hours on weekdays, I’d imagine I’m walking along these paths and zone out from my busy and noisy surroundings.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pairs

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I had fun digging through archives for this Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week. Here are my Pairs:

kissing statue

First and foremost, the iconic Kissing Statue while I was enjoying the sunset view in San Diego.

coldtreat

Popsicles that me and my sister tried out at Beerenberg Farm in South Australia.

And these two feet that bring me wherever, whenever. For this photo, my feet took me around Montreal, Quebec.

Thanks for checking these out!

A Photo A Week Challenge: On the Horizon

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  • “Beyond the horizon, in the springtime or fall, love waits forever for one and for all” – Bob Dylan

Here are my entries for Nancy Merrill Photography‘s challenge theme for this week – On the Horizon.

The first one was taken during my trip to Wilson’s Prom in Victoria, Australia, with my sister and brother-in-law.

trail

The second photo was taken when D and I were en route to Baguio. We stopped along the North expressway for a view of Mt Arayat early morning.

Mt Arayat

And lastly, this one’s my second project during my oil pastel beginner’s art class.

landscape

Thanks for checking these out!