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Overdue photos of people I took last year in South Korea – Jeju Island, Busan and Seoul. I finally have the time to post some of it. My two-months backpacking photos all over Europe were deleted when I reformatted my macbook. So, I decided to post my other photos in case something similar happens. My blog is a back-up copy of my memories.
By the way, we are backpacking Myanmar tomorrow (Friday) until Sunday (3 days). Do you know where to spend 4-5 hours (1am to 5am) while waiting for Ubein’s sunrise? We’re thinking of booking a hostel but I don’t think it’s worth it. We will arrive in Mandalay from Bagan at 1 am. Either we stay at the bus station (Is it safe?) or go somewhere. We are a group of five so just need a safe place to chill out.
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Grand Canyon, Chonburi, Thailand
Thinking of offering free photography services around Bangkok just to practice more and improve my skills.
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I am not impatient. I only have patience for things that are worth the wait.
This post is for Chevvy! I can’t do the 3-day challenge but I’ll post 3 quotes today. Check out her blog chevvy8.com and you’ll enjoy her posts! Thank you so much for this.
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Don Rodney Junio who currently lives in Kyoto, Japan travelled to Russia and brought home beautiful photos. Here is what he says when I ask him what makes Moscow a fun experience.
“It’s a city with many cultural and historical sights and over the top architecture being once a showcase city of the former USSR. Good food, great culture.”
“Sometimes, travel is about the difficulties of arriving at a destination changing the constancy of a supposedly ordinary journey. ”
I started adding lines to my photos June of last year. The lines are product of my imagination while the photos are product of my favorite buddy on earth – baby nikon. As I looked back, I’ve chosen 10 lines that best quoted my 2015 moments. Hope you enjoy it. [Click the photo for the link.]
As I read people’s yearender posts on how amazing 2015 is, I look back to how I lived mine and reflect on the things that I’ve learned best.
I was unemployed from January to April then went back to corporate work on May 2nd only to travel to Europe from mid-October to mid-December. The carefree and easygoing wanderlust bug has gotten into me since my “residency” in the UK from 2012 to 2014. Or maybe even after that. But for today, I will talk not about the places I’ve scratched on my map but about the things that hit me the most.
Believe on the kindness of people whom you will meet. I’ve talked about kindness of humanity on a separate post but I didn’t detail on how a stranger bought and gave us foods on the way to Copenhagen, another paid our entrance tickets and treat us to dinner in Milan, someone bought me coffee in Switzerland, a young couple gave me chocolates in Granada, a new friend invited me to visit her in Prague, a guy carried my bag in Madrid, and so on. It’s amazing how you can connect to people and they can just be the sweetest. Trust on their goodness but also, don’t forget to pay it forward.
You are an ambassador of your own country. People will always create perceptions and stereotypes. So, try to talk about yours with good impressions. You’ll meet people from all over the world and they’ll be interested to know where you come from, as you are as interested to know about theirs. Be Ms. Philippines.
Sometimes, the best experiences come from unplanned adventures. Just wander around and immersed yourself with the unexplored. Try things, eat local foods, talk to people and know their stories. It’s an opportunity to learn and appreciate unexpected things that come from new beginnings or end as unforgettable moments.
Appreciate what life can offer. Stroll along the bay while the sunset looms over your shadow. Hike trails to discover what lies ahead. Get lost on unfamiliar lanes. Dip your hands on the coolness of a lake. Take a seat on a wilderness. These are free and we’re fortunate we get to enjoy them.
Most of the time, we take our happiness for granted. We don’t do the things that we want. Remember to enjoy the fruits of your hard work. Throw yourself out there and no matter what happens, tell yourself you are awesome.
Pour your thoughts on a journal. It doesn’t matter if it’s just few sentences on a daily basis or even weekly. It will give you the time to reflect about your experiences and the things you learn from it. Your journal will immortalize your moments and someday as you go through it, you’d be amazed on the awesomeness of your adventures or the silliness of your thoughts. Still, it will thug your heart and brings back memories.
Now as I bid goodbye to 2015 and welcome 2016, I hope for greater things to come and new experiences to cherish. May we all have an even better year than the previous!
I apologize if I half-expected more from you. I apologize for wishing that you’d do the same things I do and offer things I am willing to give for you. I know that most disappointments come from unmet expectations but sometimes I can’t help it. I pretend it doesn’t matter but it does. I realize that now.
I apologize for wanting things you cannot readily give. For things that I may not have demanded but somewhat hope for myself. For thinking I deserve better but not realizing… maybe, you also deserve better. So, I apologize for all of these. Perhaps, this is a little bit too late but let me have it please. Yes, this is I still being selfish for wanting a little peace and consolation.
I am now aware that just because you are ready to give something does not mean people have to. It’s the same way that you can’t expect people to love you back just because you love them. You can’t ask them to make you their reason of existence just because they are to you. These things cannot be imposed and sadly, I’ve learned the hard way.
So, I apologize for making you chose to walk away when it’s not supposed to be. For keeping quiet and sweeping things that I felt disturbing out of the way. For holding on too much and making excuses. Though I know our connection will never be lost and whenever you need me, I’ll still be there. You may not be ready to acknowledge me but I still wanted you to know. I am here and I am not going anywhere.
It’s the ability to move forward when things are not easy that makes the difference.
Bristol City viewed from Cabot Tower.
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Silly, silly girl.
I hope by now you realize that you don’t need to fit into someone’s idea of perfection.
You’re not meant to be just a pretty face on a crowd of nameless faces. You’re meant to be looked up beyond your appearances. You’re meant to be worshiped with your strength and intellect. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.
Silly girl. The world may view you differently but don’t let it rip you layer by layer until you no longer have self-respect. Don’t let yourself be subjected to the world as if they have every right to judge you. You must not let anyone validate your self-worth. No stamp of approval needed.
Many times, you’ve questioned the person you’ve become. But, did you ever question the kind of people you’ve chosen to be with? Maybe, it is not about you? Maybe, you’re just at the wrong place with the wrong people?
Remember that the only person who can make you feel less should be yourself. The only person who can tell you that you are not good enough is yourself. Words and people do not matter unless you make it matter. Embrace yourself and just be the amazing person that you are. Because you truly are.
(The girl is Maria. Photo taken in Newcastle.)