Friday, April 11, 2014

Between Lenses | Warmth

Hey, it's April! And it's time for Between Lenses, a photography challenge by Tara Victoria and Latrina. I love this challenge because it allows me to capture images based on specific themes and I love the fact that I can participate even though I'm not a pro and I don't have the most sophisticated camera. :D So, if you, too, enjoy the challenge of capturing moments, images, etc. hop on and join the fun! This month's theme is WARMTH. 

Warmth for me is joy. The kind of joy that comes from being loved, appreciated and being grateful; also from loving, giving, and living. It's that invisible bond that ties families together, that makes friendships grow steadily, and that makes strangers understand each other even with words left unspoken. Warmth is the sparkles in this little boy's eyes, in the way he presses his lips to form a smile, in the way his simplicity and innocence speak the sweetest thought. I believe that children have the most genuine ability to love. They are ever willing to give people second chances, they are ready to give a smile and a hug. When they are grateful, they tell you, they show you. This is warmth. And this is the kind of warmth we always, always seek.

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Silver+One | An Hour at Caleruega

This was the last sunset of my 25th year.  Beautiful. Colorful. A day before my birthday, I took my mother and my younger sister to Caleruega (probably the very first thing that comes to mind when friends and family ask me for a nice place to go to that's relatively near Metro Manila). We got there a few minutes before 5, it was a quick tour, but we pretty much covered the must-see places. I have to say though that an hour is not enough, especially if what you are after is some time for rest, relaxation and reflection.

It was a very hot Monday - March 31st, the beginning of summer, so we didn't really have a choice but to bask in the sun's afternoon glow.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

In the Spirit of Lent

We all need a healthy dose of silence (in our lives) once in a while. I appreciate days of solitude, a break from the noise and the chaos. But there are days when I avoid silence, too, especially when I have to do a repetitive task. If it does not require much thinking and introspection, I love to have music in the background, listen to a podcast, or my favorite F.R.I.E.N.D.S. episode sans the video.

We could only hope for a day or two of repetitions and so on. And yet, monotonous days are becoming much more frequent and silence just makes a seemingly boring existence much worse than it actually is. So, we seek fun and adventure, and surround ourselves with as much noise as possible to fully say that life is fun. Until we realize that we cannot stand staying still, keeping quiet anymore.

Do you think that there is beauty in silence? That even with the absence of sound, there are answers, there is clarity, there is enlightenment.