Yesterday I successfully completed my 7-Day Nature-themed Photo Challenge on Facebook. It was, in a way, challenging, having to dig into your stock of photos as soon as you reach home from work and scamper to post it before the clock strikes 12 midnight. It was also fun especially when you find an image you have long forgotten having taken and actually be proud of it, more so when you need not have to do much post-processing.
As only a couple of you are my friends on Facebook, I would like to share these photographs to the rest of you with hopes that these would bring a smile to your face and joy in your heart. Comments are most welcome, too.
Day 1: Chasing the Sunset on My Birthday! — Sir Baniyas Island, Abu Dhabi
Day 2: Matterhorn dubbed as “toblerone mountain” on a sunny day after the snowfall. – Zermatt, Switzerland
Day 3: “Use those talents you have. You will make it. You will give joy to the world. Take this tip from nature: The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best.”– Bernard Meltzer – Zermatt, Switzerland
Day 4: My version of the Aurora Borealis! Soon, God-willing, I will get to see the real one! – Poblacion, Hungduan, Ifugao
Day 5: One day I got bored (ang tambay na-bore?), went for photowalk by the terraces and got this. Productive Boredom huh! Nabongyawan Rice Terraces – Poblacion, Hungduan, Ifugao
Day 6: The rainbow before the heavy downpour. – Laodicea, Denizli
Day 7: Boble Mid Bannawor! My solo trek of the Viewpoint-Bocos Trail.- Banaue, Ifugao
The temperature is rising, the flowers bloom…ahh, spring is here…am starting to miss the cool breeze, oh winter days are coming to an end and soon it will be summer…sigh…but to have this view, even just for a moment, while the red light is on, I’m loving Spring in the Emirates!
It was our third day in the serene town of Zermatt. We’ve experienced gloomy skies, snowfall (yey, finally!) and of course a bright and sunny day! We’ve been to the world’s highest glacier palace the day before so this time, it was time to explore more of the place on foot.
We set out of our cozy place in Casa Vanessa to wherever our feet would take us, taking pictures of everything almost every second. We were awed at every turn…the meadows, the small wooden houses, the sheeps and the cows, the mountain tops dusted with snow with Matterhorn’s almost perfect pyramidal peak creating a picture-perfect scene like those from picture books I saw when I was a kid.
Our unplanned walking spree led us to the Edelweiss Trail. We didn’t reach the end of the trail though but we’re just too glad to have trotted along this trail as besides the awe-inspiring landscape, we saw chamois (similar to goats) and marmots (large squirrels) out at play. Perhaps next time, God-willing, we will make it to the end.
God really has His amazing way of turning your dreams into reality, your life into that very something you’ve always wished for or even better. And often, He does it in a manner that makes you realize how each and every single event in your life leads to another.
Three weeks ago, while enjoying the serenity of the Alps, it brought back memories of those days having to clean a stranger’s house, tutoring, selling phone cards, the moment I lost my job after only 7 months into employment, those months of trying to figure out how to pay my rent, my bills, how to get to work for salary comes in only after 3 months. Thank God for friends and relatives for I at least didn’t worry about what to eat during those difficult months. I thought of last year’s ordeal of looking for a job, frustratingly sucking up every flicker of hope I had, money’s running low and so was my visa. And then that month-long stay in Buraimi, Oman where you are only confined to your “hotel” room and its premises, the grocery and once in a while trip to the market. Thank God for fellow Filipinos who became instant friends– we did household chores together, we go to the market together, we shared data to connect with our loved ones and the world…checking our mails once in a while hoping for an answer to our countless job applications, — they made each of my 30-day stay a learning experience.
Nine days ago, I completed my 1st year in this company that God blessed me with, a week after my one month stint in Oman. Some say I am lucky, maybe, but I more look at all these as a blessing, a BIG one. I don’t say it doesn’t get tiring at times, it sure does, but you know what, nothing is as tiring when you know how it feels to have nothing, when you’ve gone through difficult times, you learn to appreciate every tiny bit of your blessings.
From the wadi of Buraimi, to the majestic landscape of Cappadocia, the warmth of Pamukkale’s hotspring water flowing through the white travertines, the interesting walks with my fiancé on the streets of Istanbul, the warmth and comfort of HOME, the heart-warming and mesmerizing visit to the Vatican, the enticing sweetness of Chianti’s wine, the short yet lovely gondola ride in picturesque Venice and the picture-perfect Swiss landscape you experience on foot, on a cable car or on a train.
Behind all these travels is a supportive family, fiancé and friends, an interesting job and company and an AWESOME GOD!
I say God is good all the time and He does amazing things that make me speechless and feel like I am undeserving of His graces but grateful and joyful nevertheless.
I definitely am one happy, WAL-LANG child! Grateful, I am!
May your lives be blessed abundantly too and your hearts be filled with joy! Remember, no matter what gets on the way, Follow your Heart, Keep the Faith and Travel Light!