Coins of Heart

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Love they say should be give and take. But other times its give and give, not expecting a return. Yeah that hurts but thats what true love is making sacrifices and giving something for someone we love.

P.S in response for weekly photo challenge One Love

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Frogs & Water

It was raining for the whole week in our part of town. When I came to our back yard I found this little guy stuck in a water container we use to collect water.

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I kinda know how the frog felt being in stuck in there wanting to go out. That’s just like me stuck somewhere and wanting to go out and explore but it also save my life someway.

I took my camera and shoots this photo before releasing this little guy.

 

My Own Kind Of Paradise

“I have always imagined that Paradise
will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges

Heaven has a library…

It all started back when I was in my elementary years. While waiting for my parents to pick me up at school, I always end up waiting for them at our school libraries. It’s the place where I can be comfortable enjoying even if its I am only by myself. In this place is where I can have countless adventures and creating my own fantasy world. Ignoring the time and the people around me, I am in my own little paradise.

Browsing in libraries and bookstores are one of my hobbies. I think I can spend a whole day in those places just browsing and reading different kinds of books. I believe there is hidden treasure somewhere in those pile of books. I am always looking
and searching, different kind of novels with different kind of genre. Sometimes I am looking for the classics, from children’s book classics to romance novel, I just have this huge attachment to anything that pertains to something classical cause I feel
there’s a certain magic in those books.

Aside from reading and browsing books, I also like collecting them. I like the feeling in my own place to be surrounded by books, it feels like I have a companion just waiting to for their cure to tell their own stories. Not only that those books fills up the empty wall with their different designs and stories. Often times I just sit in front of them
wondering which book to read or simply trying to tell myself the stories on each of those books, which is kinda hard but I have my favorite one.

I am not obssessed with books, I just love them and sometimes when you love something its hard to explain. Its hard to explain  why I would rather choose to read hardbound books rather than just reading the movie adaption from that novel. Whenever someone asks me why I like to read books, its hard to find the answer
that fits the question maybe because there is no appropriate answer when it something you love.

For a bookworm like me, my place of solitude and relaxation is a place filled with books. It’s my own little world, my own little fantasy, and adventure, mostly it’s my own little paradise.

Here’s my list of my favorite books that turned into a movie or a TV series adaptation, I read and watch both.

  1. Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit
  2. Harry Potter
  3. The Fault in Our Stars
  4. Maze Runner Trilogy
  5. Game of Thrones
  6. Heroes of Olympus – The Series
  7. Narnia – Novel Series
  8. Time Travelers Wife
  9. Pride and Prejudice
  10. Les Miserables – Abridged Version

State of My Mind – In Most Days

These are my state of my mind to be potrayed by my very own cat.

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Sometimes I like to be with my favorite kind of people and just hang out. That is when I want to socialize mode or simply I just want to be with my favorite stuff toy.

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Other times I am like this cuddle in bed, being warm and hugging a pillow or in this case a large stuff toys. Especially if the weather are cold and rainy there’s nothing I like better than just to wrap myself in my blanket.

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Often times my state of mind is like these, that all I need is a good movie, a cup of cofee and yea, a messy desk to complete my day.

That is my respone for this week photo challenge State of Mind

Letters of Hope – Then & Now

The things that happened in the past is one of the reason that what makes up to who we are today. What happens in the past can give us hope to our present
day and current situation.

Remember we have a saying, “History repeats itself”. That is why we need to learn and understand the past events. From what happened to our past gives us this
current present but it also gives hope to others.

The letters that I found few years ago, it’s from my father to my mother. Hand written in a paper during the late 80’s and the early 90’s. my father was at Singapore during that year and I was just a little baby back then.

They were going thru tough times, financial wasn’t easy and they were just starting to get back on their feet after a fire at our old house. Yeah, it was that though
but still through my father’s word of wisdom of encouragement and my mother’s strength they manage to go thru it together.

They had their own hardship and trials that is unknown to me. When I read those letters I finally understands and realize what makes them who they are now. Strong, Resilient,  Adaptable and most of all Hopeful. No matter how many times they got disappointment and rejections in facing their problems, that is one that they didn’t lost to Hope and to Believe for the better tomorrow.

I gotta thank them because the fires that they go through together make who I am today. Now, I have my own seas and fires to cross but the letters and lessons
from the past give me hope for tomorrow. Maybe someday this will also be a happy story for others.

What Love Is… Love Hope’s

It was in the early years when the technologies were just being discovered and being invented.  The communication wasn’t that easy unlike today with the advancement of internet and all. Our way of communication back then was thru writting, and there was something magical about it. Letters and writing will always be priceless, timeless and you can see the writer’s emotion as he writes.

We were cleaning our old house back then 6 years ago since my grandmother died that place was not in use except for storing some stuff. It was really creepy when we first opened that house, full of dust and the place looks really old. As days goes on and we continue to clean the house throwing some old things that were broken or we’re not going to use. It’s a pity that we had to throw some of those old things because it was like we travel back in time, I saw old radio and old mp3 player. Old comic books and magazines, seeing the kind of fashion they had looks interesting. Last but not the least the one thing that I did not throw away are letters, letters from my father
to my mother, grandmother and older sister.

I didn’t let my mother know that I am keeping the letters or there were any letters at all. You know the movie and novel by Nicholas Sparks “The Longest Ride”, where the old man has all these letters for his dearly beloved, every time they read it was like going back in time. That’s exactly how I felt when I read my father’s letters, it was beautiful the way he wrote those letters made me feel like I am going back in time. The way he wrote like he was talking to them, and I can hear his voice. It’s kinda cheesy and cliche but that’s the beauty of letters it’s both romantic and cheesy. Just think of the time spent to write for your love ones, it was like typing in email but what makes it special was the anticipation of waiting for that letter. It takes weeks
sometimes a month before that letter reaches the destination and when your loved ones receive it, just think of the excitement of reading it. I know there’s always something special when it comes to letters, it made me think of old romantic movies.

My dad was working overseas back then, he’s one of the groups who build the military based in Saudi Arabia around the 80’s. He also traveled to Singapore for 2 years during the early 90’s. That time there was no cell phone, no email, and no skype to communicate quickly with a press of a  finger. The only way to communicate was thru letters. I learned more about them in reading those letters than asking them personally. Sometimes what the mouth can’t speak the hand will write,
since the only way they can speak to each other that time is thru writing letters it was made to feel that they are talking to each other.

LDR or Long Distance Relationship these days should be easy, talking to you partner is just in the press of you fingers. There are happy couples even though they are apart but often times I see is the complaint that their loved one is far away, there’s also the doubt of his or her faithfulness. Just like in the old days waiting weeks and months for the letter, we should have the patience and hope of receiving a message or a call from our partner.

Hope they say, is dangerous but hopes is the only thing worth holding on especially if it’s concerns your loved one. Love is patience, Love is Kind, Love believes and Love never loses hope.

Life & Art

For this photo Life Imitates Art challenge here’s my photo with a turtle statue.

This photo was taken at Jurong Chinese Garden, Singapore.

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According to the Chinese mythology tells that phoenix, qilin or unicorn, dragon and turtles are one of the most sacred animals.

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Being one of the animals that has endured longest on earth, turtle is considered as a symbol of wisdom, endurance, wealth and long life.

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A question to everyone just out of my curiosity. A Chinese friend of mine saw these photo with me and the turtle statues and told me it’s a bad luck to take pictures together with a turtle. Is it true?