No, it’s not a coincidence. The daily prompt’s question today is something meant to be, personally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6. 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.
7. ENJOY THE FRUITS OF HARD WORK. I should not forget to enjoy the juices of my labor.
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.
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.
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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As roads crossed
from a lifelong journey,
When destiny becomes uncertain
brought by unending choices,
Have to stop for a while
Feel the flow,
Reassess your passion
Reset the goals,
Burn the flame
and get ready to start again,
A new threshold of life.
This is my share for this week’s photo challenge with the theme Threshold.
Today’s daily prompt question from wordpress is “Have you got a code you live by? What are the principles or set of values you actively apply in your life?”
This is a photography blog, so I would like to interpret and answer the question using a photograph. I live my life through symmetry and geometries (not literally).
As soon as I read this week’s photo challenge, I went out for a while and luckily had this photo.
You can find other blogger’s thoughts on this week’s photo challenge about street life here.
Some other inside stuffs here from wordpress bloggers .
This is my share for this week’s photo challenge with the theme “perspective”. I use reflections to combine different subject elements in one photo.
These are some of the building structures at Balad, Jeddah, KSA.
My share for Wordpress Daily Prompt with the theme “we built this city”.
The group assembled at Al Reihaily gas station in Obhur and left passed 3:30 in the morning. It was a more or less 430-kilometer land travel from Jeddah to Al Wahba crater, but since its discovery by Saudi Tourism, highways and signs had been constructed to lessen travelling time.
We traveled via Thuwal due to availability of gas stations along the way. It was a 6-cars convoy travel. A friend offered a sit for me in his car with his family and since I was used to long travels, a 4-5 hour trip is just a piece-of-cake.
As soon as the sun came out, we took shots. The photo above was taken during one of the many stop-overs that we had.
What is good about this adventure was the road ends exactly at the crater’s edge. Upon reaching it, every one took their weapons, and Filipino photographers conquered the place.
Al Wahba crater is found in Saudi Arabian desert n the western edge of the Hafer Kishb basalt plateau, which has many volcanic cones. It is recorded to be 820 feet deep and 2 kilometer in diameter. The bottom is covered with white sodium phosphate crystals which makes the crater attractive to photographers.
Geologists believed that the crater was formed by volcanic activity in the form of an underground phreatic eruption – a massive steam explosion generated by molten basaltic magma coming into contact with subterranean water. – Source: Wikipedia
Since it is dangerous to climb down the crater (but not to experienced and prepared mountain climbers), we preferred to stay on top and maximized the use of what is available.
The wall of the crater is made of different kinds of rocks. Well, this is not a time to go back to science class, so let me just show you some photos.
Most of the grass, palms and other plants can be found at the northern part of the crater. We are near the southern part so no one dared to go near. According to some bloggers who came first before us, there is only one safe way to climb down, and it will pass through the place where most of the vegetation are located. It is also where visitors who plan to stay overnight build their camp.
In the part 3 of this series, we will go on to some wider shots on what to expect at Al Wahba crater including magical time-lapse photography by our very own Filipino photographers.
Blue is my favorite color since I was a child. And this song from Michael Johnson was once my favorite song to sing during happy nights with my friends before while having some good times in front of an ice-cold beer. Cheers to those happy memories.
But I’m bluer than blue
Sadder than sad
You’re the only light
This empty room has ever had
Life without you is gonna be
Bluer than blue
This post is my share for today’s wordpress daily prompt with the theme “always something there to remind me”.
If ever I have a dream at this very moment. I want to be like a speeding light. I want to go home and be with my family in the Philippines. Hug and kiss them for a while, then I’ll go back here again in Saudi because I have to work next morning. 😀
This is my share for today’s daily prompt with the theme ‘sweet dreams’.
Let me give way to this two Pakistani expat who allowed me to take a photo of them during one of my walks here in Jeddah. They were waiting for the prayer time to start when I approached them. A friendly smile is what I got.
Thank you my friends for the opportunity making this portrait for you.
These three photos below belong to only one shot. I cropped it 2 times to show some details and a closer look of the subjects.
It made me glad about the performance of my Fuji X100s in low light condition.
Although this doesn’t strictly follow the guidelines of this week’s photo challenge in wordpress. I still would like to share it with you.
Go on my darling, move away
but my love for you shall stay.
This day honey I set you free
but sweet memories shall remain in me.
Go forth, find your destiny
With someone you wanted through eternity.
But if fate leads you to a lonely room
remember, I’ll be waiting here at home.
This post is my share for today’s daily prompt with the theme “release”.
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.
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.
This post is my share for WordPress Daily Prompt for today with the theme “fun”.
These are famous garments use mostly by our friends in Muslim communities. There’s a lot of displays here in Jeddah which I thought good subject for color photography. I was not mistaken, perhaps in my opinion.
This post is my share for WordPress Daily Prompt for today with the theme “fad”.
A marriage of shadow and light is good in photography specially when shooting in the streets.
The scene below was taken on an early morning of a Friday while Salah (prayer time) is on-going at Old Balad, Jeddah. All business establishments here in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia closes to give respect at times of prayer.
Here in Jeddah and all over the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, it is a common sight to see people praying on the streets. If they could not go to a nearby mosque, they can choose any place to pray. They do it in groups, but if wanted, they may do it alone.
It’s a good thing to know that people can pray anywhere. It is an affirmation that God is everywhere.
This post is my share to WordPress Daily Prompt Theme, “Society”.
Today I had the time to visit one of the historical places in Jeddah, KSA, the old Balad. Modernized designs of homes are now noticeable in the Kingdom so it was a wonderful experience to see the old yet unique structures they have before.
This part of Jeddah had been considered as one of the Kingdom’s historical sites. Expats and tourists are very welcome to visit and take photos. I believe there are a lot of great places inside the Kingdom for me to visit and I hope I could have the time.
The people living in the area have been good to me and I never had the feeling of fear getting apprehended by authorities.
It was a great day. More photos to come on my next posts.
Oh! I need your control
Without you, I’m a useless fool
So, please don’t just leave me down the hall. I like to be played
It’s why I was made
If you don’t like me, do a trade
To someone who’ll love me ’til I fade. Without someone, I’ll be just a ball. ———- http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/photo-challenge-object/
To where should I be?
If endless roads meet,
and my wings limit the sky as I flee.
To where should I stay?
If seasons change,
like any other place I played.
To where should I die?
If to dust shall I be
as time passes by.
Tell me, to where should I be?
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..
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.