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.

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?

 

Back in Time

For this weekly photo challenge about Time , here’s mine about how can I go back to my past.

“Time flies but not memories.” – Ika Natassa

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These four notebooks are my window to my past, with it, I can look back to who I was during my teenage and high school years. This is where everything started. This is where I started to write and learn to love writing.

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This is where I write my misadventures during my teenage years, my high school life and my friends. This is where I can look back and to where my heart first beat for someone. This is where I can laugh reading my crazy antics. This is where I can talk to my past self and say, “What did you just do?!?”, “Why did you just said that?!?”. I know for sure that she won’t listen to me

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This is also where I learn that some things don’t last forever. There will be moment in our life that we have to say goodbye. This is also where I learn to discover more of myself, what I can and can’t do, who I wanted to be and the things that I wanted to achieve.

After five years of these journals hidden away, it’s a relief that I found it and start looking back at reading who I was once upon a time. With that I wanted to write my journals again, maybe after ten years I can look it up and read again my misadventures in life.

“Till Death Do Us Part”

They met during WW2, he was a soldier while she was a village girl. In one of his
mission they met accidentally, in an unlikely place, in an expected situation where
their love story began.

They got married and had children of their own. They had their differences but still
that doesn’t them from loving each other wholeheartedly. Even though he’s a soldier
but he had a gentle heart and calm spirit. She’s a strong lady with a
strong will and an outspoken mind who still believes in superstitions. Both of them
holds a spirit of understanding and a fighting spirit. They can take on any
challenges as the two of them stays together.

He shares stories to his children about his experience as a soldier. She also teach
them how to work and to do their best. They both teach their children to dream and to
conquer challenges, to be strong and to have good manners. Some days may be good,
other days may be bad but still they stick together through thick and thin.

They love their grandchildren, ready to spoil them with gifts, foods and love. Taking
caring of them when their parents are busy, telling them stories which add more
every day. It maybe simple but it’s their whole life, their whole love willing given
to each and everyone dear to them.

They stay together “till death do us part” when she died due to a heart attack he slowly starts to change. He missed her so much, his companion, friend, and partner. She understands
him and encourages him, even if it’s in a funny sort of way. Now that she’s gone he felt alone, even if there’s his family, his children, and grandchildren. Still, no one can take care her place. Her last word to her children was, “Please take care of your father.” Even in her dying bed, she still thinks about his tomorrow without her. She wants him to be taken care of, maybe not like she does but still she wants him to happy and well.

A year after her death that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he constantly forgot about things. Where he was, who are they and often think about his past, their past. His mind would go back to his younger, teenage, adult self-remembering what he had before but never stayed in the present. Sometimes he would act like a 5-year-old child, other times a mischievous teenager and sometimes a traveling adult. Always changing from day to day.
Always about the past but not here in the present.

He was taken care of by his family, he wasn’t put in a nursing home as their promise to their mother. Even though he became very forgetful some things he didn’t forget, his manners, he always says thank you when food had been given to him or an act of kindness of had done to me there’s always that  word Thank you. In his remaining days, he was well loved and take care of. After 5 years he passed away and finally be able to be with her again. Tears were shed but most of it were filled with smiles and talks about their love for each other. After their long

In his remaining days, he was well loved and take care of. After 5 years he passed away and finally be able to be with her again. Tears were shed but most of it were filled with smiles and talks about their love for each other. After their long
journey together they finally have their happily ever after.

That’s my grandparents love story, it makes me smile every time I hear it. It’s real and
it’s true and It shows how love should be.