In June I joined Circle of Mom’s Top 25 Photographer Moms even if it’s 3 days before voting ends. With the help of friends over at Facebook and PinayMommyOnline Community I was able to get in. The winners were announced next day after voting closed and I received an email from Julie for confirmation. Weeks later she sent a set of questions for Mom Photographers to answer. She asked for a personal photo to be included.
Yesterday I received an email from her again to inform me that they’ve published the feature on Circle of Mom’s website. I am quite sure that I sent a high-res photo but it still ended up blurred. Part of the questionnaire/interview was to include links to our most favorite photos. I had lots of favorites so choosing only 3 was quite difficult. So here’s what I included, albeit old and often used here.
(Fruits and Kids, Sept. 2007; Sony DscF717)
This photo has gone a long way; from print to TV to being stolen and used by an appliance center for their truck!
(Right behind you, August 2010; Canon 400d)
One of my behind-their-backs shot. My papparazi self shows off.
(Curiosity, June 2004, Sony DscF808)
One of my first portrait shot…that’s my son, taken in 2004, he’s 8-years-old now.
Again, I’d like to thank all those who voted and shared my entry in this contest.
Coincidentally Mommy Journey‘s theme is Mommy’s Favorite photo. I’m linking this entry up but the title should read Mommy’s favorite photos. 😉
“Yellow flowers come forward in the landscape helping to make a large garden feel cozier.”
Cartoons have a funny way of depicting real life. For instance, you’ll know that a character has been having a bad day if you see a raincloud drawn over his head. You just can’t help but crack up at the image of rain falling on him alone, while the rest of the world stays dry and comfy.
On certain days, I can very well be that character incarnate. I sometimes feel so miserable that I feel there’s a dark cloud looming over me. Thoughts of the entire world conspiring against me come to the surface, and then I feel the cloud only getting darker and heavier.
And then, I come across this cartoon of a man smiling despite having both his legs in a cast, and with a bandage around his head. I think about how incredible it is for someone who has suffered so much misfortune to still manage to smile. Could this cartoon be a reflection of real life as well? I’m guessing the answer to this is “yes”. Even in the midst of terrible circumstances, it is still possible for us to be optimistic. So, how exactly do we see the silver lining to every cloud that comes our way?
If we keep telling ourselves these four words, “This too shall pass”, it will remind us that nothing in this world is permanent. Whatever it is we’re going through, it will definitely pass. That’s just how the universe works. Try looking back a year ago, and you’ll realize that nothing is quite the same. At some point, something big or small has changed over the passing of time.
Thankfulness is also something which will help see us through the bad times. Look around you, and you’re sure to find something you can still be thankful for. If your car breaks down in the middle of a busy highway, be grateful that you still have a car. If the man you’ve professed your love to suddenly drops you like a hot potato, be thankful that you still have your friends and family by your side.
When life throws curve balls at us, it’s but natural to sulk and wallow in misery. But if we try our hardest to look for the positive for every negative, the white for every black, we should be able to be optimistic despite unpleasant circumstances. If anything, it’s that optimism which will help see us through the dark days.
Petunias in pink and lavender.
Photo taken August 2011, Fürth, Germany.
If you’re a Mary, Mary, quite contrary kind of woman, then you’ll know for sure how your garden grows. But more than how your garden looks, it’s also nice to pay attention to how your garden smells! Having a garden at home may serve as somewhat of a temporary escape or refuge for most of us, so it only makes sense to maximize your garden’s potential by peppering it with fragrant blooms. Here’s how you can get the best whiff of those scented flowers:
Plant your flowers along a path, or near an open window. Since these are the places you frequent, you will be able to enjoy their scent more often.
For some flowers which tend to be more fragrant in the evening, you can put them somewhere near your dining area. The Flowering Tobacco and Night Gladiolus are just some examples of “nocturnal” flowers.
Paved driveways and walkways are a good place to put your flowers, as the warmth coming from paved areas helps intensify the fragrance.
Plant those flowers in groups to have the most potent impact. If you plant them in a wide and windy area, the scent from the flowers will merely scatter.
You can have some flowers or fragrant plants act as ground covers, which when walked on, emit the strongest fragrance. Some examples are chamomile, lily of the valley or thyme.
You might want to keep scented flowers away from children’s play areas, as these flowers tend to attract insects. When bees sting, that’s hardly a pretty sight!
Inevitably, scents always evoke memories. Lovely scents will make you remember important times in your life. If you plant your flowers where they can best be appreciated for their lovely fragrance, you’ll be creating wonderful memories which you can always look back on in years to come.
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- Sugar and spice
- And everything nice,
That’s what little girls are made of.
But most girls, if not all, are also made of pink. You’ve probably seen this photo a number of times. This is one of my favorite photo of her…one that I also dug from my files. Didn’t knew I had this when I went about searching for a particular photo so this one is actually more than a year old…
“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”
Constant bickering, endless complaining… that’s something I hear from the people around me nearly every single day. They say that man, by nature, will never be content. We always seem to have this feeling that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. So we spend our days setting our sights on more verdant pastures, failing to appreciate the beauty of what is already within our reach.
Personally though, I think that to a certain degree, this yearning or longing for bigger things is good. To push it further, I see yearning as a gift. When we seek loftier goals, that motivates us to work harder- to strive towards the actualization of those high and mighty dreams. Wanting things which are seemingly beyond our reach gives us the much needed drive to push ourselves to the limit. We pull out whatever talents or skills we have from deep inside of us, and use these to achieve the things which our hearts desire the most.
Imagine a crippled man, doing his daily rounds of knocking on car windows, begging for food or money. He has the choice to be content doing that, simply living on what others may or may not give him for sustenance. But does that make him happy?
Now, if that same man suddenly yearns for bigger things, for a more comfortable life off the streets, he can do that. Despite his disability, he can choose to apply for maybe a job at a shoe factory, etc. Then, he wouldn’t have to feel so helpless and pitiful.
Happiness lies in achieving our goals. If we look around, the possibilities for the realization of our dreams are endless. All we need as a starting point is to have a spirit of yearning, a burning desire to explore what else life has to offer us.
Years ago I was alone looking for the right path on my own. I got lost as someone ignorant would. It wasn’t until you came and you held my hand that I found that track…it’s not easy and it hurts most of the time but I know I’m not walking alone. I know too that you will fulfill your promise, for at the end of that road is the paradise that we all once lost.
Matthew 7:13 “Go in through the narrow gate; because broad and spacious is the road leading off into destruction, and many are the ones going in through it; 14 whereas narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are the ones finding it.
Matalinghaga mang maituturing, kakaiba man kung titingnan, ang daan na aking nilalakaran ay hindi ang aking nakagisnan. Dumarating ang mga panahong napagtatawanan pero di ko iyon alintana.
Patuloy akong nanghahawakan sa kanyang salita: John 8:31 Kapag mananatili kayo sa aking salita, totoong kayo ay aking mga alagad. 32Malalaman ninyo ang katotohanan at ang katotohanan ang magpapalaya sa inyo.