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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning Bottled Sunshine

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning, Bottled Sunshine!

We all start our days in different ways: going for a run, hitting snooze 17 times, or watching the morning news, among many, many others.

6 October 2013.  No sunrise to take a picture of so I got me the next best thing.  This was supposed to be a gallery — but have yet to learn how to do that …. 

Good morning to all!

Love,

Home

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Other good morning photos are featured here: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/photo-challenge-morning/

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!

Daily Prompt: These Feet Were Made for Walking #2

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Daily Prompt: These Feet Were Made for Walking  #2

In keeping with today’s, my youngest and I went out for a short walk. From a chapel in Makati, we hit the pavement and walked a block to cross to a mall.

For today’s date, we made sure we wore our favorite walking wear. There goes “The Thumb” as our guest body part.  My, my, I told him, what big feet you have.   They used to be small ones I held in my hands to smell … now, not anymore!  (Himatay!)

Mommy & Baby Feet

Mommy & Baby Feet

When you walk,  look for the unusual — like music in the air ….

The Thumb approves again!

The Thumb approves again!

And the very unusual … an ambulant vendor in the middle of the upscale neighborhood park.

Manong shouting:  Tahoooooooooo!

Manong shouting: Tahoooooooooo!

And at the end of each trip,  say thanks you got there … and look forward to going Home.

Happy Sunday again, everyone!

Happy birthday, Ground!

For great fans of walking and all sorts of boots:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/daily-prompt-walk/

Daily Prompt: These Feet Were Made for Walking #1

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Daily Prompt: These Feet Were Made for Walking

Tell us about your favorite pair of shoes, and where they’ve taken you.
Photographers, artists, poets: show us WALK.

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Walking is my only form of exercise. I am not much of a trekker, so I usually straight paths, walk pavements and beaches than mountains, hills or anything requiring much thought. (For Pinoys out there, thinking goes: Matatalisod kaya ako? Mahuhulog sa bangin? Made-dead kapag nahulog ako kasi mababagok ulo ko? Pansinin ninyo yung kutsara sa sand hehe feeling shovel.)

So these feet were made for walking beaches.
No foots … toes on the sand type of walking.
Use your imagination —- just how soft and cool the sand of Boracay is.
Imagine all those footprints washed away by the sea. Gone in seconds.
The enjoyment stayed on as memories.

Footprints in the Sand

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Happy birthday, Ground!

For great fans of walking and all sorts of boots:
http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/daily-prompt-walk/

Daily Prompt: Procrastination >>> You’ve Got Mail from me!

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There you go … doing this postcard actually proves the point.
Now, I can get to my chores.

Have a nice week, guys!
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For other excuses for procrastination, check this DP:
http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/daily-prompt-time/

Daily Prompt: Three-Tenths .. to Nothing

Scribble down the first ten words that come to mind. Pick three of them. There’s your post title. Now write!

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To make the DP even more challenging,  I decided to ask the youngest and the oldest of my sons to give me five words each. One of them  was still finishing dinner and the other, busy with something at his computer.

The youngest is soooooooooooooooo visual — picking not just the remainder of his chicken, but also four of the five words to inspire me straight from the table.

While the other,  who is 12 years older,  probably wanting to impress, gave me four words I have not used since God knows when — high school?   Anyway … it’s easy to see who answered first.

1.  Air

2. Food

3. Water

4. Vitamins

5. Sugar

6. Hemoglobin

7. Photosynthesis

8. Respiration

9. Excretory

10. Splendid

So, there you go!  Splendid …. I came up with nothing and I pretty much felt like the doll next to my table — with 10 nails on her head.

Ma Mie

Other people’s three-tenths may have worked better than mine.  Check them out here : http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/daily-prompt-haphazard/.