Weekly Photo Challenge: MOVEMENT

I took these photos last Summer while we drove through the one-way tunnel that is the entrance into the Marin Headlands of Northern California, a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.  I can’t remember how long the tunnel was, but it was a long one — I mean, there is a sign that instructed drivers to turn off their auto engines while waiting in line, if that says anything… Luckily, I’m not claustrophobic and driving through tunnels don’t bother me.  It was actually a fun drive and a good photo opportunity.

Weekly Photo Challenge: CREATE

I met my Hubby at a time when I was exploring different career options.  At that point in my life I was feeling very jaded with the healthcare career option, so I decided to take a couple of art classes.  Appreciation for art was always part of my life (thanks to my father) and I thought, “Why not?”  Although I am now a healthcare professional, I certainly do not regret my 5-odd-years diversion.  If anything, I am glad for it.  My decision after all led me to a wonderful time of my life where I nurtured my artistic side whilst meeting and surrounding myself with other artists, Hubby included.

The above photo features a painting of his.  In the background is a painting of 2 of his electric guitars and his amplifier.  In the foreground is one of the guitars in the painting.  Look closely at the guitar and you will see a reflection of the other guitar in the painting (which is not in the photo).  Not only did the Hubby create the painting, he also built the guitar…

Weekly Photo Challenge: CLOSE

This old photograph
seems to me like a fading dream
and I am chasing
of us
so distant
so far away
and I wonder if this is all I have left
a distant memory
of how close we once were
a longing for the past…



My Father, My Inspiration for Writing

I write.  I always have.  My earliest (and fuzzy) recollection of my own personal creative writing was a journal that I kept — I believe a Laverne & Shirley episode inspired me to start one.  It was an episode where one of the two characters was writing in her diary how the other was particularly annoying — and I thought I would write about my sister in my diary as well…

My writing stems deeper than imitating characters on TV though.  I owe a lot of it to my father, my inspiration.  I loved reading his typewritten letters to me written during a long and sad separation between us.  I loved reading the articles he wrote for the newspaper that he worked for as well.  He is a retired journalist now…

He sent me these 2 photos taken early on during his career (ca. late 1980s).  Whenever I read his letters, I always imagined him typing away, pouring his heart out… Those typewritten letters are now replaced by emails, instant messaging and social networking (it took a LOT of convincing him to join the 21st century though!)  I do miss the tactile sensation of typewritten letters and receiving and opening a letter.  Nonetheless, I still love reading them, I still collect them, and I am still inspired by his writing…

Journalist, typing away…

Journalist, resting…

Happy Father’s Day, Papa Dearest!

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRIENDSHIP

A dog can have a friend; he has affections and character, he can enjoy equally the field and the fireside; he dreams, he caresses, he propitiates; he offends, and is pardoned; he stands by you in adversity; he is a good fellow.  ~~ Leigh Hunt

A moment captured between my cousin and my sister’s puppy… It was adorable to watch her puppy sit in front of him and stare and stare and stare instead of begging for a bit of ice cream.  Instead, he bestowed the puppy kiss…

Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY (Cheers to Thursday)

Ah, it’s Thursday, the last day to feature a hardy perennial from my garden via the WP Weekly Photo Challenge… I hope you enjoyed this series as much as I’ve enjoyed putting together a daily feature… But it’s not quite over yet — not without introducing today’s featured perennial, Tradescantia “Concord Grape”, also known as Spiderwort.

A good friend and fellow gardener introduced me to this spindly beauty.  I remember looking at it at the garden center, thinking that it looked unkempt and disorderly (which, based on my tendency towards unusual plants, should attract me to the plant in the first place).  I did bring a pot home that day, based on her recommendation and assurance that it provides beautiful blooms all season and that it is low-maintenance.  And, obviously, I was not disappointed…

I divided the pot in half — I admit that I wasn’t yet quite convinced — and planted each half behind a row of Hostas in a little patch next to our back door.  The placement was a good one since we’re greeted by lovely purple blooms all season and throughout the day as we pass through the back door.  And the unkempt and disorderly foliage?  I actually like it for the texture that it adds to that of the Hostas.  The foliage reminds me of wild blade grass and its blooms makes it even more interesting.  This Spiderwort is definitely a must-have — I mean, with a name that conjures witchy tales and a wild appearance to match it, why not?

Cheers & Happy Gardening!

Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY (Not So Wordy Wednesday)

Almost to the end of my hardy perennial series via WP Weekly Photo Challenge and I just cannot not feature an absolute garden staple: Hostas.  I am undoubtedly a Big Fan — not a Collector, but I do seem to collect them.  It’s really hard not to since they are gorgeous plants that are great garden performers and there are so many varieties (and many more introduced each year!)  I could go on and on and on but today, I will let the Hostas “speak” for themselves…

Did I mention that I have a tendency to collect Hostas?

This blue variety is one of my favorites…

White Hosta blooms, part 1

White Hosta blooms, part 2

White Hosta blooms, part 3
























Small Hands, Big Hosta