light + darkness
sadness + happiness
joy + pain
sunny + rainy
And so on..
All comes in pairs.. so they say.
A rainy day is such a melancholic weather.
These past few days, I guess the heavens is conforming to the necessity, the melancholic mood is wrapping up over the city, so as mine.
How glad I am to come across with someone who has a good state of mind and heart. Let me quote him, and please pardon me if I don’t translate it. I love it just the way he said it…
“Hindi ko man alam kung ano ang masamang pinagdaan mo, kung ano ang nakaraan mo, pero ito ang masasabi ko… Lahat ng tao may kasamaang pinagdaanan, kaya hindi mo pwedeng isipin na ikaw lang ‘yan. May mga panahon na tayo’y nasa kadiliman, hindi ibig sabihin nun doon ka na lang.. Lagi mong tatandaan na ang umaga at gabi, laging magkasunod ‘yan. Kung iniisip mong parati na lang gabi ang nakikita mo, hayaan mo sa malaon at madali may umaga kang daratnan. Lagi kang maging matapang, gaya nang palaging ipinapakita mo. Tibayan mo ang loob mo, lahat ‘yan lilipas din. May mga kaibigan kang karamay.”
I know, this too shall pass.
Here's an essay about the said title from Oleg Novikov. A photographer from Russia. I've been viewing his work since I came to know about the site, I saw him first in FB.
There are all types of photographers for all sorts of purposes and, accordingly, there are different kinds of classifications for them. There is your professional, semi–professional and amateur photographer; wedding, landscape, and sports photographer; commercial, freelance, and even charitable photographer—you name it. Then there is also the Steppenwolf Photographer—a small, unnoticed niche of artistically–minded and contemplative folks who seem to fail to precisely fall into any of the major classes. They revolve in their innermost world and do not practice photography purely for art, money or fame. Though these attributes might be of certain importance to them, the major drive is chasing the moment when they are able to establish a direct and clear connection with the outer world through the means of photography.
Steppenwolf Photographer likes traveling to far–off locations—the farther the better. The gradual process of getting away from the daily routine and trite circumstances into the remote and unknown gives him a strong sense of obtaining a kind of a release, a sort of freedom. Very often the remote and unknown also means beautiful, and he subconsciously yet persistently searches for the moment of unification when beauty, freedom and his true self come together as one. For that very moment he is willing to travel over and over again.
He tends to travel alone and genuinely finds group travel incomprehensible. He feels embarrassed when someone has to wait on him while he is awaiting the right perceptive (or, in terms of his obsession, photographic) moment—so much so that he would rather take the risk of getting into trouble than hire a guide or be tied up with other people.
He always takes his favourite music and book with him even though he is aware that on that long and difficult hike every ounce is going to matter. Why? Because he knows that there is bound to be a moment when all of sudden he craves that particular tune or paragraph, as well as for the times when he feels a very delicate yet definite consistency between what unfolds before his eyes and what appeals to him in his favourite works of non–visual arts.
When out photographing, two events of the day are sacred to him—the sunrise and the sunset. Watching a day unfold inescapably fascinates him; watching all colours gradually fade to black always finds him contemplating. He tirelessly anticipates that short–lived flash when he feels that the colours in the sky somehow speak to his inner self. Memory is too fleeting and imperfect; the only way to try registering these moments—no matter how flawed it might be—is through photography. And in the end, the captured image represents a mixture of his frame of mind at that moment and fulfillment of the beauty of Nature.
He always looks for new destinations and forward to setting out. On the way to a new endeavor he is full of anticipation and excitement related to it. On the way back, however, his condition might vary greatly depending on whether the trip culminated in reaching the moment he had been hopeful of. If it did, you will find him smiling in a subtle and reclusive way; otherwise, you are likely to see him listless facing the inevitability of returning to the very same lethargic reality that he tried to escape from. Most of the times, however, the former occurs as, on the whole, he is perceptive and constructive enough to find a point where his inner self connects with at least one possible interpretation of the circumstance unfolding before him.
At the end of the day, Steppenwolf Photographer does not care that much about showing his photographic work to others. Although original images are recorded using the best photographic technique and equipment available to him at the time, the final images often are only in the form of small–sized prints, computer files, or just original slides, because they suffice to serve as a link to the original moment solidly imprinted at the back of his mind. Every once in a while, though, he does produce an occasional huge print of colossal quality—to savour and celebrate the imaginative instant in full.
(The essay was scribbled on a napkin on the long flight from London to Shanghai on April 24, 2005.)
Up cleaning my files, sorting and deleting and looking for forgotten backlogs -- I came around with this read. Thought of sharing this... to ponder.
A reply from CEO of J.P. Morgan to a pretty girl seeking a rich husband
A young and pretty lady posted this on a popular forum:
Title: What should I do to marry a rich guy?
I'm going to be honest of what I'm going to say here.
I'm 25 this year. I'm very pretty, have style and good taste. I wish to marry a guy with $500k annual salary or above.
You might say that I'm greedy, but an annual salary of $1M is considered only as middle class in New York.
My requirement is not high. Is there anyone in this forum who has an income of $500k annual salary? Are you all married?
I wanted to ask: what should I do to marry rich persons like you?
Among those I've dated, the richest is $250k annual income, and it seems that this is my upper limit.
If someone is going to move into high cost residential area on the west of New York City Garden(?), $250k annual income is not enough.
I'm here humbly to ask a few questions:
1) Where do most rich bachelors hang out? (Please list down the names and addresses of bars, restaurant, gym)
2) Which age group should I target?
3) Why most wives of the riches are only average-looking? I've met a few girls who don't have looks and are not interesting, but they are able to marry rich guys.
4) How do you decide who can be your wife, and who can only be your girlfriend? (my target now is to get married)
A philosophical reply from CEO of J.P. Morgan:
Dear Ms. Pretty,
I have read your post with great interest. Guess there are lots of girls out there who have similar questions like yours. Please allow me to analyse your situation as a professional investor.
My annual income is more than $500k, which meets your requirement, so I hope everyone believes that I'm not wasting time here.
From the standpoint of a business person, it is a bad decision to marry you. The answer is very simple, so let me explain.
Put the details aside, what you're trying to do is an exchange of "beauty" and "money" : Person A provides beauty, and Person B pays for it, fair and square.
However, there's a deadly problem here, your beauty will fade, but my money will not be gone without any good reason. The fact is, my income might increase from year to year, but you can't be prettier year after year.
Hence from the viewpoint of economics, I am an appreciation asset, and you are a depreciation asset. It's not just normal depreciation, but exponential depreciation. If that is your only asset, your value will be much worse 10 years later.
By the terms we use in Wall Street, every trading has a position, dating with you is also a "trading position".
If the trade value dropped we will sell it and it is not a good idea to keep it for long term - same goes with the marriage that you wanted. It might be cruel to say this, but in order to make a wiser decision any assets with great depreciation value will be sold or "leased".
Anyone with over $500k annual income is not a fool; we would only date you, but will not marry you. I would advice that you forget looking for any clues to marry a rich guy. And by the way, you could make yourself to become a rich person with $500k annual income.This has better chance than finding a rich fool.
Hope this reply helps.
J.P. Morgan CEO
A question I’ve been pondering lately. I’m torn between staying and going home instead. I’m looking out for reasons, weighing the pros and cons. Most of it, says I should stay, because I need it. There have been a lot of “issues” wherein I feel I want to escape. But it shouldn’t be the reason why I should stay, right? In some ways, I am inspired. I’m still lucky there is “something” that inspires me to go through this ordeal. I still can smile amidst my confusion and indecisiveness. Thank you. And thank God!
I’ve been playing over and over, Gabrielle’s ‘Should I Stay’ -- to lift me up!
(nyaha career and love in sync)
Here I am, waiting for a sign, I never seem to know
If you want me in your life, where do I stand
I just don't know
I never feel I know you
'Cause you blow hot and you blow cold, it seems I've grown attached
Though we're not the perfect match
I just can't explain
Should I stay
Should I go
Could I ever really stand to let you go
Can you now find the right words to say
That maybe I'm getting in your way
I feel your warmth, got me wanting more, you've left the door half open
I'm in two minds to explore, but then again
Am I being honest, being truthful to myself, can I see my life without you
Could I be with someone else
Here's the Vid --Should I Stay
Sneak Peak: This is the world in my eyes.
I’m overflowing like a wild river; an adrenalin rush in zip, trapezing, bungy. Everything in my head is screaming loudly to such extent interest. I’m wild with inspiration and creativity. I’m hoping it’s going to be like this in every “moment” of solitude. So many things to do in diminutive time. Streamlining blogs, editing photos, writing, visualizing – one by one is in a haze when I couldn’t keep up.
For 3 days, I’ve been having a pleasant time renovating my photo-blog and I’m half way through. I’m pretty much excited, and then next longing for the beach scene.
I’ll start by being healthy I guess, good thing I have a ‘garden rummage’ coming up. Rejuvenating, it’s always been like for the first time.
Has been my current obsession really. [Side by side with Camelot and The Adventures of Merlin, but that's another story to tell]. I'm half-way through it already. I'm loving the series as much as the book. Just sorry I didn't get to watch this when it was released way back 2008, though I heard about the whole thing coming. And disheartened to know it just run 2 season and was cancelled in 2010 because of its low rating around season 2. Oh come on guys, people said it's worth watching, they LOVE IT, so am I. So what about a season 3 (and more..) ABC?!!!
Legend of the Seeker was a television series loosely based on novels in series entitled The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind. The show premiered on November 1, 2008 and ran for two seasons. The series follows the epic journeys of a young woods guide named Richard Cypher (Craig Horner), a mysterious woman named Kahlan Amnell (Bridget Regan), a wizard named Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander (Bruce Spence), and a warrior named Cara (Tabrett Bethell) as they defend against tyranny and destruction.
The first season is loosely based on the first book of The Sword of Truth series Wizard's First Rule. Some of the stories feature events and characters not encountered in the books, while others loosely adapt events from the book. The story begins after the invasion of Darken Rahl's army into the Midlands. Kahlan Amnell, a Confessor, ventures into Westland in search of a wizard and the Seeker, who has been prophesied to defeat Rahl. Kahlan finds the wizard, Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander, and the Seeker, Richard Cypher, who is forced to accept his destiny. Together, they set off on a journey to seek out and defeat Darken Rahl. They soon discover that in the process of defeating Darken Rahl, they unintentionally helped the Keeper of the underworld create tears in the veil which separates the underworld from the world of the living. Richard's quest in the second season is to find the "Stone of Tears" to seal the rifts between the worlds and defeat the Keeper.
Below is the Trailer in HD--
I'm loving the yummy recipe of this series... action, love, fantasy, sword fights, and the sexy bodies. * Drooling*
Season 3! Season 3! Season 3!
"The greatest thing a FATHER can do to his children, is to love their mother."
Who is the one person who can always make me smile?
Even when I'm mad at him?
Even when he makes me cry?
Even when he makes fun of me or laughs at me.
He is one of the people who always been there for me, one who has always loved, cared, and provided for me.
He is the one that inspires me to aspire all the best in the world. Someone who gives unconditional love and understanding, and even a spoiler.
He is one of the two most important people in the world. Someone I LOVE with all my heart.
He is my friend, my quiet hero, but most importantly he is my...
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all the DADs in the World!
For eons, I heard this song again.. yay!
And I think everyone can relate to the message of this song, since it has to do with caring. Also, I watched/heard Carrie Underwood's rendition of this, and she gave it full meaning to the truest sense. But of course, I still love Chrissie Hynde's. I'm sure she loves Underwood's too.
© Yllumière Leir Arts&Photo
La Paz Sand Dunes in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
Photograph: © Yllumière Leir Arts&Photo
From Pablo Neruda's "Los versos del Capitan" (The Captain's Verses) with the same title above.
Pablo Neruda, considered a poetic genius, the Picasso of poetry. Because of his works that I became more fascinated with poetry. This is a personal favourite.
LETTER ON THE ROAD
"And so this letter ends
with no sadness:
my feet are firm upon the earth,
my hand writes this letter on the road,
and in the midst of life I shall be always
beside the friend, facing the enemy,
with your name on my mouth
and a kiss that never
broke away from yours."
Read it ALL here...