Weekly Photo Challenge : Horizon

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Horizon. The space or line where the sky meets the earth. So many places where the sky meets the earth around the world, and millions of interactions between two elements. It can be water, a city skyline, a forest, a wasteland, a desert, a sunset outside your bedroom window. Is there a particular horizon which speaks to you?

There are several ways of looking at the word horizon.   Wiki says that it is the “apparent line that separates earth from sky, the line that divides all visible directions into two categories: those that intersect the Earth’s surface, and those that do not. At many locations, the true horizon is obscured by trees, buildings, mountains, etc., and the resulting intersection of earth and sky is called the visible horizon.”

I took it as a division — still between the earth and the sky … plus between being tired and getting the rest we need.

Hope the pictures deliver the message somehow.

Being a weekend, I wish everyone gets enough sleep and downtime.  Happy weekend to all!

Advanced Happy H, too!

 

P.S.  For other great horizon pictures, click on this link:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/weekly-photo-challenge-horizon/.

 

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Daily Prompt: Reading Material >>> Pick Me Pick Me Pick Me Please

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How do you pick what blogs or books to read? What’s the one thing that will get you to pick up a book or click on a link every single time?

Orange is the New Black

If I were to write why a book gets to be my pick from say, a stack in a store —- then these are the top 6 reasons (and I use just 3 books to drive home my point — if there is even one):

1.  The cover said Pick Me Pick Me Pick Me Please (this explains the title of this post)  —- could have been the title … or the picture on the cover (yeah, I am a highly visual person — I have tons of baaaadly written books with oh-so-nice covers).  I picked up Piper Kerman’s Orange is the New Black (it was laying around in our room) because the picture caught my attention.  Hmmm, nice shoes — are those espadrilles?  (Are they? Who knows?)   Yes, orange espadrilles are more interesting than black ones.  Just like that, my curiosity is piqued.

I also picked up Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project for the same reason. I got her second book for some other reason.   Until I wrote this post, I didn’t know that Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club had a lot of interesting covers (more than 6!)  I have included a picture of the one we have at home.  I don’t think our copy has the best cover and  I had to get it for someone’s book review project.

2.  Not only was the cover catchy, its title echoed Pick Me Pick Me Pick Me Please —- I had to find out why orange is the new black (ohh, someone had to go to prison),  whose happiness we are charting (it’s Gretchen’s!)  and how one gets into the JL Club (OK, old Chinese women with daughters.  Am not qualified).   Once I get the reason behind the title,  then I may or may not buy it …  if I cannot get it from the excerpts printed on the interesting enough cover, it goes back to the pile of books … bye-bye!

3.  So interesting cover —- catchy title …. the book moves on from the Pick Me Pick Me Pick Me Please stage to the next one:  You have 5 Minutes to get me to Buy You stage.   I start to read blurbs  and statements that start with “Praise for ….” by  the Blah-Blah-Blah Book Review.

The Joy Luck Club

Take this for example:  In 1949 (OK not too long ago, people live in houses already, no dinosaurs) four Chinese (OK, ancestors, possibly related to Mulan, interesting enough) women …. eat dimsum (yum yum), play mahjong (my grandma’s favorite pastime) and talk (OK, I like to talk) … call themselves the Joy Luck Club.  

Beautifully Written … A Jewel of a Book – The New York Times Book Review.

Good enough.  Minimum requirements met.

4.  Then, there’s checking if it is related to an earlier book … if it’s not, good!   No back reading required.

5.  Next and quite importantly,  I prefer big font (look for the BIG READ logo on the front cover) —-  also, books that are thinner than my dictionary, thus light-weight  and hopefully may fit in my handbag.

6.   Do I do The price is right routine?  Occasionally, but not really.  I have pretty expensive books — hardbound ones (like my copies of Rubin’s books — and I got stickers with my name handwritten by her …. yes, all the way from her desk!   My sister got me the book labels.)

The Happiness Project

So given all these reasons ….. what happened when I picked up the book which had Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling on it?   The kid got a scar on his forehead … not an interesting drawing, not in my favorite colors … no one’s book report assignment ….  mmmm, no, thanks.

Enough said.

P.S.

I have a Kindle (a gift) … it has an orange sleeve.  I have not picked it up at all.

Sadly, it’s collecting dust.   I love books — honest-to-goodness books.

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This is a delayed reaction to http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/daily-prompt-choices/  as I only get to write on weekends now.  Busy now, though not necessarily reading books.   What about you?

For photo credits:   They aren’t mine … I got them from the web.  If I have time, I will take a picture of my copies of the books, all in a row.

Happy weekend, everyone!  I saw Ground tonight —- but she said she is still busy and has not been writing any posts —- grrrr!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Saturation in Orange, Red and Aqua

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Weekly Photo Challenge:  Everyday Saturation in Orange and Red

I looked for the definition of saturation in art first and got this from answers.com:  (optics)

The degree to which a color is mixed with white; high saturation means little white, low saturation means much white. Also known as chroma; saturation.

In my 8-color Crayola world,  orange can best be shown as saturated through a collection of koi.   Walked along Greenbelt Park today and took pictures of these saturated orange beauties in their Sunday choreography … showing off to the crowd.

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A second try is the fiery red and bright aluminum in the Chihuahua Bar, where we had lunch.   The loudness of red is toned down by pictures of various sizes:

Chihuahua

Last but not the least, it’s my daughter’s aqua prison cell of a room:

Peaceful Aqua

Everything is in aqua and white (yup, no mixing of aqua and white to get a lighter shade) … even the word “peaceful” on the stainless steel disc / plate, reflects the room’s color.

Yelloy and Aqua

Did not have time to find anything that will exemplify “palest” for me … did not encounter any ghosts today.  For other pictures depicting saturation in art,  please visit http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/photo-challenge-saturated/ .

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Daily Prompt: Served with Gratitude

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Nothing beats being served with gratitude. We were given a generous serving of cake at Italianni’s, BGC (our regular go-to place for Italian fare). The cake was served in a big plate, with the word “Grazie” (in chocolate syrup, yes!) on it. Added calories —- yeah — but a nice touch.
I am employed in the customer service business so the gesture was much appreciated.
Shared with friends, it was a delightful way to end a meal. Burp!

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Find out more on how others appreciate great customer service here:
http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/daily-prompt-service/

Celebrating A Blog’s Anniversary

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Hi, Ground!

I was surprised to see an anniversary greeting from WP, saying that it has been two years since we started this blog. On the other hand, I’ve noticed that you have been away for so long now. No word from you, literally.

To celebrate the occasion, I decided to post a picture of the sunrise at Batangas, where I went a couple of weeks back.  I have not written for a number of days using the Daily Prompt (must be the topics … nah, I’ve been busy, really) so I just join the Weekly Photo Challenge, which I am enjoying tremendously. Sunrises signify tomorrows … more years with WordPress!

Salamat to our 60+ followers, so far.

Keep on visiting.

You keep me inspired … and happy.

Affectionately,
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