Collage

The theme for this week’s Daily Post is Collage.

I could only think of one photo I had that might work for this.

It’s of a street art based around awareness of shark finning. Basically when we go for walks outside the centre, the kids love to stop by this. Which is how I was first made aware of it.

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I am also very fond of the photo collage feature we can use on WordPress, I use it so many times. In fact, I’m gonna use it now to show some more spots around Wellington!

Look at that collage! 😀

Angela.

Bridge

Bridge

The theme for this week’s Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is Bridge.

Seems straightforward enough, so for my interpretation, let’s look at some photos of bridges that I seem to have collected 😀

Bridges have a habit of showing up in my travel photos, as well as random photos I take day to day.

Some bridges are necessary to explore natural habitats that shouldn’t be disturbed. Like the pancake rocks in the small village of Punakaiki, in the South Island.

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Some bridges you find in parks. They’re small, and when I see one I have to cross it, and also get a photo of it. The one below is me and my brother in Pollard park, taking a photo of my mum down below taking a photo of us.

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Here’s the photo of my mum taking a photo of us on top of the bridge. Inception.

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Some bridges are meant to be for trains only. But you gotta make your way across it to continue hiking your way to Machu Picchu. Now it’s an adventure.

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Some bridges you find closer to home. In Zealandia, they have a long suspension bridge that you shouldn’t run across, but you want to.

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They also have a bridge built on top of the skinny dam that blocks the lake from running over the rest of Zealandia.

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Some bridges you don’t really think about. Like when you drive under one or over one on the motorway or highway.

Other bridges are landmarks, so you can’t help but notice them. When you visit, you feel obligated to take a photo of it, as it’s recognizable in both day and night. I don’t even need to say which bridge this is.

Some bridges are tiny ones in park that cross a stream, but you can bet that I will get a photo of it.

You can also bet that if I’m travelling with my husband, if I’m going to take a photo of a bridge, a lot of the times he will be in it. Whether he ran onto it to pose, or he just happened to be there. He’s in them a lot 🙂

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Bridges are pretty awesome, and if you see one, take a photo of it. Cause why not?

Angela.

Delta

Delta

The theme of this week’s Photo Challenge is Delta. Another theme I was unsure of how to interpret. In the original post, they suggest sharing a photo “that symbolizes transitions, change, and the passing of time”.

For me, I immediately thought of clouds.

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Clouds are our first reminder of the seasons.

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We often look up to determine what the weather will be.

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Lately, the clouds in our sky have been full and dark.

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They look impressive, and hold a sinister promise of rain.

But soon, they will pass. Bringing back blue skies, fluffy clouds, and giving the sun another chance to shine.

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Clouds are a reminder of the changing times. They’re always moving, never keeping still, changing throughout the season and even throughout the day. They are a friendly reminder that we’re all just hanging out on a spinning ball in space 🙂

Angela.

Transient

Transient

The theme of this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is Transient.

Another word that I wasn’t sure what the meaning was, but it’s good to learn these things. Transient is something that lasts for a short time, a brief, short-lived experience, or something that just passes by.

For my interpretation of the theme, I wanted to talk about a beach. Rarangi Beach.

For those who don’t know this is a small beach that can be reached from Blenheim. My regular readers may know that I frequently visited Blenheim when I was younger as part of our summer and Christmas holidays. Every two years we would come down for a week. One of our favourite activities was visiting Rarangi Beach. In later years, we began documenting our travels.

Every two years we returned, we remarked on how the place looked the same, but we ourselves were growing, and changing as a person.

Every time we return, I wonder what stories places like these can tell. So many people, animals, sticks, driftwood and seaweed pass through, from back to the time the beach itself was created.

Even footsteps on the beach don’t last. They fade as the waves wash over them, even while we watch. Not to get too morbid, but we ourselves are transient, we’re only here for a short time compared to the environment around us. I didn’t mean to end this on a somewhat dark note, so let’s end it here. Cherish these little moments, where you’re with your family, on a holiday, or just playing on a beach.

Angela.

Focus

Focus

The theme of this week’s Photos Challenge is Out of Focus.

I’ve only chosen one photo to show this week, and it’s one of my favourites from up in Auckland.

I was trying to take a photo of the miserable weather outside the car. Instead, my phone focused on the window, and the rain drops that were sticking with it.

The city outside was grey and blurry, and the focus was on the rain. It made for a good photo, and I like showing it to people. Now, I’ll show it again for the photo challenge.

Hooray for happy accidents 😀

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Angela.

Neatly in Order

Neatly in Order

It’s time for another Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge, this week’s theme is Order.

Things stacked or put neatly side by side, in rows or columns.

One of my favourite part of going to stores is seeing how neatly everything is organised. If you walk into a store and see a huge pile of clothes or books just thrown everywhere, would you buy or browse there? Probably not. Unless it’s a sale bin or something, then order goes out the window.

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Clothes hung up neatly, ordered by brand, colour and size.

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Cards and books lined up neatly in piles and rows, which sometimes I will straighten out if I’m browsing around and something strikes me as really out of place.

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Bakeries are another place where you can find workers who spend lots of time making the goods line up neat and tidy. I wonder if it bugs them as much as it does me when someone takes bread from the middle of the pile? Maybe just me?

When it comes to my own baking, I try ridiculously hard to make sure they’re all lined up evenly on the tray. Or even when I’m taking the photos of them, I want them to look neat and tidy.

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Sometimes you can find order in your family home, where someone will spend ages lining up photos on shelves to make sure they’re all spaced apart evenly, and in good order.

Order just makes what’s on display a lot more appealing, satisfying, and easy to find. But you know just cause one can appreciate order, does that mean every aspect of their life will also be tidy? Well..

Nobody’s perfect right? 🙂

Angela.

Friends

Friends

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge theme is about a Friend.

“The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” — Henry David Thoreau

I have a few very close friends, these are friends who I can go weeks without  talking to (because we often get busy in our daily lives), but when we catch up to chat, it’s like nothing changed. These close friends I have known since high school. They’re amazing people and they inspire me for different reasons.

Kruti is one of my closest friends. We’ve known each other since the beginning of high school. We both can’t remember who friended who first. Just that, we bonded and never left each other’s sides. We were very touchy-feely friends which I normally wasn’t before. We hugged constantly, and sometimes would randomly hold each other’s hands. We talked for aaaaaaaaaages about Harry Potter, as well as completely random subjects.  She also shares my love of taking photos of things, and we constantly take selfies now when we’re together XD This carried through till uni, and then when she moved to Australia. We love when we’re able to catch up, and this was most recently done at the wedding!

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Sarah is one of my closest friends. She shares my love of sci-fi and fantasy shows (she knows more than me actually), movies and games. Growing up, I was at her place often as we attempted to pull many all nighters with movie marathons (I almost always fall asleep eventually). She is currently living in China teaching English (Hi Sarah), so I haven’t seen her in person much lately either, but we Skype and message each other consistently. She is also the reason behind my Peru trip, that  trip brought us even closer together. We had an amazing time, we did also bicker a teensy bit, but hey if you go on a one month long backpacking trip with your close friend and live in close quarters for all that time, you’re gonna bicker a little XD Our friendship stuck it through though!

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I’m proud to have these ladies as my two closest friends. They’re both smart, gorgeous, talented ladies who, by association, make me that too XD

Thanks for reading!

Angela,

Evanescent

The theme of this week’s photo challenge is Evanescent.

I’m going to be totally honest. I had no idea what that meant. My  first thought was of that band Evanescence, but I figured that wasn’t right. It took reading the definition a couple of times to finally figure out what photos I wanted to share.

e.v·a·nes·cent [evəˈnes(ə)nt]
adjective

  1. Soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing.

So for my interpretation, I thought about Pohutukawa. For those not in New Zealand, the Pohutukawa is a native flower and a kiwi icon.

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During summer, the trees go into full bloom, the red flowers bring the promise of summer, and for us Christmas! Red and green are traditional Christmas colours, and who needs Christmas trees when you have Pohutukawa lining the streets.

My family often spends Christmas in the South Island, and in our grandparents front yard, they have a Pohutukawa tree.

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen that tree not in bloom. Then again, we only ever visit in summer. Every year, we know we will see that tree. I love these flowers, the colour is so vibrant, and their association with summer and Christmas doesn’t hurt my opinion of them either.

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But too soon, the flowers fall on the ground, making somewhat of a mess. But decorating the ground with their colour. It’s a reminder  that summer is at an end, and soon it will be cold again.

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Then everything is back to just green, and we wait.

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Wait for those red flowers to come back, reminding us of the arrival of summer.

That’s my interpretation for this week’s photo challenge. A moment in time that passes or disappears quickly. Evanescent.

Angela.

My Heritage

My Heritage

This week’s photo challenge is about Heritage.

I immediately took this to mean about family and culture. It could be interpreted a range of different ways, but as regular readers know, I absolutely love my family. I also love talking about them. So here we go again.

I am bicultural. I have lived most of my life in New Zealand, so that side may come out stronger, but I also consider myself a Filipina (mostly in spirit, as I keep meaning to relearn Tagalog). My dad is from New Zealand, and my mum is from the Philippines.

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I consider myself a proud Kiwi. Our country is beautiful, it’s a tiny island sure, but it’s packed full of incredible sights. Lord of the Rings and Weta have certainly helped boost our image of that 😛

As with any sights, you just sometimes have to go out of your way to find it.

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As for my Filipino side, I was there when I was incredibly young. I only lived there from when I was 4-6. However, I do remember from my time there, that it gave me an amazing work ethic (which I since lost and then regained yay!). The schooling system was very different from kindergarten back home, there was more of a focus on academia. For that, I’m thankful, as when we came back to New Zealand, it gave me a boost, and for most of my school life, I was doing work above my grade level.

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I have also inherited a lot from my family.

Including biological traits. I have inherited my parent’s black hair and brown eyes. Their short to average height (For some reason though, my sister is an Amazon). My dad’s poor eyesight which means I require glasses. A slightly lighter version of my mum’s darker skin, which also gives me the ability to tan fairly fast in summer (thanks Mum!).

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As well as personality traits. I have a weird sense of humour. I love to photograph everything, bake, and give out hugs thanks to Mum. I love movies, computer games and board games thanks to Dad. Also, my love of mini golf! Is there any better outdoor activity? 😀

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Finally, I have inherited my love of family birthday traditions. Every year, for each birthday, we will get together for a dinner, cake, presents, and chats. (Similarly for Christmas.) Most recently, we got together for my Dad’s birthday last weekend. Next month, it’s my brother’s turn.

Heritage is fun to stop and think about, especially when you have an amazing family. I have been shaped a lot by how I grew up and my parents. I have since grown up and left home, but I look forward to one day passing my own heritage down to future generations (not any time soon though!)

Angela.