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When Friends Meet, Hearts Warm

Gosh, I’ve practically neglected this site. HAPPY 2017  to all.

Last Sunday, a few friends and I went to visit a member of our Catholic page at Facebook who is presently undergoing treatment for lupus. She was an OFW in Hongkong until more than a year ago.  Since she is  staying with his brother for a while, we went to visit her at her brother’s condo in  Pasig last Sunday.  It was my first time to see her although she has been a member of our   Apostles Filipino Catholic Community  (AFCC) for more than five years now.  It was a happy celebration of friendship – lots of laughter, exchanging stories about life and reminiscing about the early years of AFCC.

We took pictures of course and I am posting some of them here. My main blog Dreams and Escapes is almost full so I don’t want to post high-res photos there anymore.

We had breakfast together at the condo and Apol (the one in red) prepared  it for us.  she is still under medication but she looks okay now.

We had breakfast together at the condo and Apol (the one in red) prepared it for us. She is still under medication but she looks okay now.

 

Taking shots at the corridor :)

Taking shots at the corridor 🙂

 

Endless chats....

Endless chats….

 

The pool outside looks inviting.

The pool outside looks inviting.

 

And we had our shots taken at the balcony too.

And we had our shots taken at the balcony too.

 

The final shot....

The last shot….

 

Yeay, we can't get enough :)

Yeay, we can’t get enough 🙂

It is so nice to be with friends again catching up – the joy of meeting and celebrating friendship, the endless  and non-stop chatter and laughter all around. This is my first time to go out with friends since the start of the new year.

Hopefully, our next gathering for  close members of the page will be pushed through this year. I am looking forward to it.

Merry Christmas

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A BLESSED AND MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU!

Christmas – a celebration of Christ’s birth.

It’s that time of year when we feel a little nostalgic, remembering days of old, some Christmas celebrations from way back. It’s that time of the year when we remember old friends, even those we only see once in a while. It’s that time of year when family togetherness is what counts most in our celebration and I guess Noche Buena would be the loveliest meal of the day when you take time to prepare something for the whole family. There is that feeling of joy in one’s heart , a feeling of hope, a feeling of love.

Today’s Quote

 

Punta de Uian

Punta de Uian

I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets. It has
given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful. Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and benumbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me – I am happy.
~Hamlin Garland, McClure’s, February 1899

Save The Koi

Save the Koi

When you really need to relax, spend sometime watching an aquarium or a small pond and you would get to appreciate the timeless moments, just being there. Listen to the silence, it’s a joy in itself.

The Art Of Flying

“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.” – Richard Bach

 

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A friend said that this is one of my best shots.  And I thought the composition was not good, I was only trying to capture the clouds rapidly changing course  while passing through my lens. Then came this bird gliding rapidly, making itself framed inside the tie wires which we used as trellis  at the back of the house. This is a raw shot and it reminds me of  how it is to be free, unhampered by any extra baggage, reaching one’s destination by sheer determination and grace. It is the art of flying.

What Happiness Is

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–  Waking up to the song of a sparrow

outside your  window

– Feeling  the cold breeze that gently bites

your cheeks

–  A cup of hot black coffee

–  Freshly baked pandesal

–  A visit to the garden

– Discovering new blooms

– Raindrops lingering on the bright

green leaves

– The fresh look of the garden

on a cold morning

–  Watching the day unfolds

–  Seeing a patch of blue

in a cloudy sky

– Turning the pages of a favorite book

You see,  life is simple

And happiness could be just within your reach.

When Water Meets The Sky

When water meets the sky

Each day is a new journey, there is always something to discover, there is always something to dream about.

Life!

The gift of each morning, you see something beyond the ordinary.

The gift of each day, you see something  that would make you smile.

The gift of each dawn in your life, you see something  new, something to look forward to.

Ah!

Don’t give up on your dreams.

On Life

Life

Life will throw a lot at you, so you can count on learning something new every day. I have learned to open my heart and let life teach me whatever it has to offer. Every day is a gift wrapped in the lessons of tomorrow.

– Teach Me (Amy Lynn Steele)

The Essence Of A Moment

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Subic Bay

Sometimes you need to be –

Right where you are

No thoughts of tomorrow

No regrets about the past

Just letting life absorb your thoughts

this moment

this minute

this hour!

 

Caught In The Quiet

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I catch my breath sometimes

feeling so blessed with the wonder of it all.

I  feel the connection  that nature brings –

It soothes, it heals, it inspires.

 

 

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