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:

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

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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.

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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.

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Thanks for checking these out!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Candid Shots

I was thrilled to dig into my photo archives when I saw this week’s Cee’s Photography challenge. I just browsed through photos of different trips to Japan, my favorite holiday destination.

To start off, it’s no other than D being pleasantly overwhelmed by the lights and things to see in Dotonbori, Osaka. This was taken during our first ever trip to Japan way back 2010.

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D lost in awe at Dotonbori, Osaka

 

This one’s taken at Nara. I love this shot capturing a man appreciating and taking a photo of the flowers of spring.

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A Man appreciating the flowers of spring

And lastly, this is was taken by D in Tokyo, when he was waiting for me at our meeting place.

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Taken by D while waiting for me, Tokyo, Japan

 

Hay Stacks

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I haven’t seen these in a long time!Hay stacks

When I saw them again en route to Sagada and back, I am reminded of how I used to wonder about them when I was a child: what were they for? Are they the same stuff used to build the house of straw of one little piggy (in the story Three Little Pigs)?

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Field

Cee’s Black & White Challenge

Transportation

Can’t get enough of these fun photo challenges 😄

Here’s my response to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge on Public transportation (no cars or trucks).

This one’s taken Narita Airport, showing one of the best airlines in my opinion. Transportation

And this one’s taken while I was walking along the Chicago river.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Bridges

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I’m thrilled to have found nancy merrill photography‘s page because I find the weekly photo challenges enticing. It makes me dig up pictures from archives and as I go through them I remember the places we’ve been.

The theme for this week is Bridges. Both of the photos below were taken by our mobile phone cameras.

The first photo is taken from Firenze. It is the Ponte Vecchio bridge (also known as the Old Bridge), over the Arno River. What fascinated me about this bridge is not just its medieval architecture – it also houses several shops, some of which were founded a long time ago.

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When we went to Germany in 2015, I fell in love with the charming city of Wurzburg, in Northern Bavaria. One of the landmarks is the Marienberg Fortress, atop a hill left of the Main River. The photo below is an ancient stone bridge over a moat.

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Wurzburg, Germany

Check out my previous blogs where I posted more photos of bridges in the Philippines:

– Five Faves in Baguio

– Five Fave Things to Do In and Around Baler, Aurora

A Photo a Week Challenge: Reflection

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I’m a day late in responding to nancy merrill photography’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Reflection. I know the theme had already changed for this week (I will respond to that too – they photo challenges are quite fun). But I just couldn’t let the theme on Reflection pass! I realized as I was digging through old photographs that I did have some photos for this theme. So here they are…

My take on Reflection: I love the dramatic effect of reflections on water.

These are are photos taken from travels D and I made from over the last decade. They were all taken by D as he has the eye for good shots.

The first one is a photo of Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto. It is also called Rokuon-ji, and is one of Kyoto’s most iconic sights. When we got here, there were throngs of people getting off tourist buses. We intentionally rented a B&B close by in the hopes that we could get there early before the tourists do – we were wrong. Good thing is that the lines of tourists move quickly. The sun was not yet fully shining at the time, but nevertheless it was a sight to behold. 

This next photo shows the reflection of the pyramid at Louvre, Paris. It was just after sunset and at the time, we were using our digicam. It took a lot of shots to get this one.

And lastly, a photo of the reflection of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Angkor Wat in Cambodia. I’ve always wanted to go back to Siem Reap because there were too many temples I have yet to see. At the time we went there, we were only able to see the bigger, more popular ones. I saw tourists riding bicycles as their modes of transportation to temples and I would really love to do that someday. I also like Siem Reap’s simplicity, and the friendliness of its people. 

Seeing Kyoto, Paris and Siem Reap were a dream come true. We were just simply in awe by the culture, architecture, and landmarks of these cities.