Preserving moments of time and space.

Street in Black and White

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A Silhouette of My Life

Me and the Cross

At my lowest,

God is my HOPE

At my darkest,

God is my LIGHT

At my weakest,

God is my STRENGTH

At my saddest,

God is my COMFORTER.


3 Kilometers of Life After Work

No, it’s not a coincidence. The daily prompt’s question today is something meant to be, personally.

“After a long day at work or school,
what are your favorite ways
to wind down and decompress?”

For the past year, my daily activities were almost the same. It turned out to be boring sometimes.

I go to work at 9 o’clock in the morning and since I am a secretary of a company, I sit most of the times in front of a computer receiving emails, answering telephone calls, writing different correspondences and printing a lot of documents. I go home at six in the evening and check my facebook and blogs after dinner, call my wife through skype, then sleep alone in my 25 square meter room space. A routine. Something I have to live with for I am not in my country. I am working here in a foreign land away from home.

Recently, after work, I asked myself why not try something new. Since I have my camera with me which I consider as my best friend, I decided to take a 3-kilometer walk from office going home. I took some photos along the way and I never expected that my photos would remind me of some things about life.

a coffee shop signboard1. MY LIFE IS A RESULT OF MY CHOICES. It is both a  genuine journey and destination depending on which road I take.

layered2. LIFE IS LAYERED. I can never be on the same shoes of anyone. I have my space to stand and fill which I have to nurture and enrich.

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3. FEEL BLESSED IN EVERY SITUATION. However tough life is, I should learn to smile and be thankful I am alive. There will always be someone there who has heavier loads than me to carry.

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4. CHOOSE WHICH SIDE. It’s either black or white. It’s my choice and decision to do good or bad, or to live it fair or not.

 

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5. YET OFTENTIMES IT’S BOTH.  Same as others, I have my brighter and darker side. No one is perfect. I just need to use the goodness in me more often.

traffic6. HAVE A BREAK IN BETWEEN. Being too much busy makes me forget to notice the essence of living and the simple things that give me genuine happiness. From time to time, I have to stop because not all things are meant to be done in a rush.

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7. ENJOY THE FRUITS OF HARD WORK. I should not forget to enjoy the juices of my labor.

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8. UP OR BELOW. Everyone seeks success. If ever I find it, I would rather keep my feet on the ground with someone than be on the top alone.

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9. BE CONTENTED. There’s nothing fulfilling than to be with a friend at the end of each day’s journey. Someone to share with.

life orbit10. LIFE’S A CYCLE. I have my own life’s orbit. A journey worth travelling. I just need to live life to the fullest before it ends.

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11. EXPECT A  TREAT.  However hard life will be, I will push through it. There will be a celebration. A bountiful table at the end.

So, that was my 3-kilometer of life after work. Things to remind me everyday for the rest of my challenging yet fulfilling life.

Thank you for reading.

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Maybe you would also like to know what others think about today’s prompt.


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Framed

As soon as I read this week’s photo challenge, I went out for a while and luckily had this photo.

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Makarona Street, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


 

 

You can find other blogger’s thoughts on this week’s photo challenge about street life here.


Have A Break

Unlike in other countries where workers and employees only work for 5 days in a week, it is different here in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. People spend 6 days for work and a day for a day-off.

Many expatriates and Saudis grab the opportunity to unwind on an early morning walk on a day-off. At this time, the streets are not crowded.

Here are two photos of my fellow Filipinos having fun mingling with pigeons at Corniche area in Balad.

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Flock of this kind of birds is a common sight here in the Kingdom. They would usually gather around you every time you throw some foods on the ground.

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This post is my share for WordPress Daily Prompt for today with the theme “fun”.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/daily-prompt-good-time/


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Street in Monochrome #01

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Time to Warm Up

A week after my return to work here in Jeddah, I began to explore my newly acquired fuji x100s for street photography.

I sold my Canon gear last year to be able to buy this very famous mirrorless camera from fuji. There are two major reasons why I change gear. First, my Canon DSLR’s shutter count is almost done. Secondly, I want a small and more discrete camera to use for my photography genre aside from landscape and still life which is street photography..

feet eikons street photography black and white
Photography here in Saudi Arabia doesn’t have that full freedom yet. There are places where photography is not allowed. Some people, especially Saudis are not that much open yet to be photographed by a stranger. (Note: women here are not allowed to be photographed). As a photographer, I respect there rules and regulations regarding photography.

To start my journey of documenting the streets and people’s lives here in Jeddah, I had a simple photowalk near my place. Later, I found out that most of the people living in that area are Pakistanis (I can recognize them through their clothes.) My purpose is not to fully focus on making photographs but to observe first how people will react on a person walking with a camera and how will they respond if they saw me shooting some things within the area. I also tried to observe if they will be that friendly if I greet them while I pass by. To make it short, I am just warming up. An introduction to my journey which I would like to take while I’m here in a foreign land.

As they say, street photography is very hard. One will be happy if he comes back with at least one successful good shot. Here are some shots from the photowalk.

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quarter eikons street photography black and whiteThis simple photowalk gave me an idea to document the different front doors and windows where expats lived (excluding those who lived in hotels and grandeur accomodations)  here in Jeddah, KSA.


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Daily Prompt: Waiting – Quick Eyes and Finger

In Street Photography, there is an approach that is called background fixing where the photographer looks for a good background and wait for another element to pass by which in a way or another coherent to the background. In this approach, patience is a virtue. This is in accordance with the idea that in street photography each element should be related to other elements in the frame.

Here are two of my simple examples.

The line and contrast between the floor colors is good for geometry composition.

I found the word “viruz” related to the action of the dog.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/daily-prompt-waiting/


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If Only We Are Like Children

I found it fascinating to shoot children. There are always something inside that made me smile and recall my own childhood. If I have the chance, I would definitely want to re-experience such moments.

In this vast and complicated world, some lessons can’t be found in our day to day routine. We just need to observe and listen to the actions from these innocent children.

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The freedom to seize the day and leave all worries behind.

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The courage of taking risk and choosing to go the extra mile.

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The choice to share and co-exist freely.

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To dream simply and find the true meaning of happiness.

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To race with friends not with competitors no matter you loose or win. It’s the experience of being alive counts.

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To just enjoy life. Live if full and simple. Let the world smile for us for we will only be in this world for a limited time and there will be no other chance but now.

Let us take time to listen to children. They have better messages for us compared to what we are showing them.  If we could only be like them, then this world will be a better world to live in.

How about you? Do you ever miss your childhood? I bet you have a unique one, ‘coz if not, so sad it will not be fair enough.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/20/daily-prompt-fair/


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Street Silhouettes #01

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For Private Viewing Only!

Here are my share for this day’s daily prompt challenge. Anything wrong with them?

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the fish vendor

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/daily-prompt-wrong/