Giveaway | Spice Up Your Blog With Envye

I find writing much more enjoyable with the perfect combination of two things - my favorite pen + the right type of notebook or a piece of paper. When OCD strikes, I like my notes without erasures or anything totally distracting. It's the same thing with my blog. I feel more motivated to come up with posts with an easy to navigate lay-out, a blog design that speaks about who I am, and an overall virtual space that is clutter-free. That is why I like Envye so much. Its selection of blog themes fits any creative person's preference - may it be a minimalist design or a theme much more ornate.

Just look at these awesome themes! 

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Envye offers premium Blogger templates and Wordpress themes as well as a selection of other ready-made content for your blog or website. With instant downloads and easy installation, your blog can undergo a professional makeover in just a couple of clicks! Visit to get started.
I have been in search of the perfect theme and I'd be rewarding this blog (that just turned four!) a new look soon. Above are my top 5 picks! And if just like me, you've been dying to re-design your site, or are planning to start a blog, you are in luck because I am giving away a BLOGGER template from Envye!

The main thing you need to do is visit and let me know through the comments section which blog theme you'd like to grab for yourself. Don't forget to use the Rafflecopter below for your entries to be counted. You may increase your chances of winning by completing a number of optional entries. 

Head over Envye and have a blast picking your favorite blog theme! Giveaway ends on the 30th.


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Between Lenses | Silence

I missed participating in this photo challenge, so today, allow me to share with you my take on 'silence', the theme for this month's Between Lenses

When I found out about this month's theme, I felt quite excited. Silence, for me, is such an interesting concept to work around with. A few years back, I wrote about communicative silence for my undergraduate thesis and read a whole lot of literature related to it. It is just so true that "we cannot not communicate". Even one's silence means something and it may be interpreted in a number of ways. It is interesting really, these differences. Some love it, some hate it. Silence may make or break relationships. Silence can connote negativity, like in the case of a dysfunctional machine. Or positivity, as the practice of meditation leads to calmness and tranquility.

Silence, in my point of view, is beautiful. We need it once in a while. Often, when I am in distress I find silence comforting - it gives me a very much needed break from the chaos of everyday life, it helps me gather my thoughts, it allows me to simply relax and let go of my worries. And in silence, praying comes naturally. Without distractions, it is easier to commune with God and be as honest as possible. Sometimes, when we are overwhelmed by life's challenges all we really need is to pause for a while.  I truly believe that there are answers in silence - there is clarity in staying still.

What is silence for you? How does it look like?

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Korea Chronicles | Tapgol Park

 / Day 7 /

Here's the second installment of my 7th day in Seoul. After a lovely lunch at a tonkatsu place, we dropped by Tapgol Park.

Tapgol Park is small but holds so much history and significance especially in the Korean people's quest for freedom. On March 1, 1919,  the independence movement against the Japanese rule took root here and quickly  spread across Korea.

A ten-storey stone pagoda, encased in glass, from Wongaksa Temple site is also displayed in the park. The pagoda must be pretty old since Wongaksa Temple was founded in 1465 and the Monument of Wongaksa (the tortoise stele in the photo below) was built in 1471.