The above quote echoes my thoughts as I marveled at the beauty of the mountains before me. In particular, I was amazed at how from where I stood, the mountains were higher than the clouds. The clouds too looked wispy, lending a magical look to it.
Photo taken in Sagada using an iPod Touch (5th generation). Mira, my Canon Powershot G12 conked out on me on the first day of this trip, so I had to resort to mobile photography. This was taken early in the morning and the original photo had some noise in it. Thankfully, there are apps now like Mextures that in a way can fix “noisy” photos. Text added using Phonto.
I’ve always associated Easter with hope thus this quote.
Remember the movie The Passion of the Christ? I cried buckets when I watched it. At some points, I couldn’t even focus on what’s onscreen because I felt Jesus was suffering too much – He who is the sinless one bore our sins so that we may be saved.
Thankfully, Jesus’ story didn’t end on the cross. On the third day, God raised Him from the dead. It was the greatest of surprises, one which is a glimpse of what awaits those who follow Jesus.
Hope lives and its because Jesus trusted God the Father.
Happy Easter, everyone!
Now for the credits. The first photo was taken at Isla Naburot in Guimaras, which I will blog about soon. Filter is Pixlr-o-matic’s Carl filter. Text added via Phonto.
The second photo was salvaged from my old Sony Ericsson phone’s memory card. I remember taking this as I was doing my morning rounds at Plantation Bay. Since it was a little skewed, I used Snapseed to straighten it then added Pixlr-o-matic’s Ingrid filter and Clean border. Text courtesy of Phonto.
I can only imagine how scary it might have been to be enveloped in total darkness as the cocoon wraps itself around the caterpillar’s entire body.
The caterpillar would just lay there – helpless and wishing for a life outside – as seconds turn into minutes, minutes into hours, and hours into days. The helpless waiting would be such an agony death would have been a welcome respite.
And then, just when utter desolation takes over, the now-butterfly caterpillar emerges from the cocoon, all colorful and beautiful. Not only is it prettier, it can fly too! And as it flutters its wings then flits from one flower to the next, it looks at the world in wonder, and with new-found appreciation for the darkness that paved the way to its transformation.
Life’s just the same. Darkness is bound to come, and we either curse it, or live through and learn from it.
Photo taken in Siquijor’s Butterfly Garden. Contrast edited via Snapseed. Border courtesy of Photo Grid. Lights/Mask added using PicsArt. Text courtesy of Phonto.
Sometimes, opportunity presents itself and we have to be quick enough to seize it.
Photo taken earlier at Plantation Bay Resort & Spa‘s lobby. I was just whipping out my phone to take a photo of the sunset when Continue reading →
Pardon my looong hiatus from this blog. I got busy during the holidays and in between my much-needed long vacation at home, got so swamped with work.
I came up with the above photo and the accompanying quote because I was annoyed with someone who, for the nth time took solo credit for something I initiated. It’s a good thing that over the years, we’ve become friends so I was able to talk to her about how I really felt and we were able to settle our differences before we called it a day.
Nevertheless, I’m documenting this photo to remind me that there is more to life than getting credit for the things I do. I know myself and more importantly, God knows everything. I don’t need anyone’s acknowledgment to know my worth, or to know what I’ve done, or to affirm anything. I only have to do my best, and He will take care of the rest.
Photo taken at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Black and white filter courtesy of Snapseed. Text added using PhotoGrid. Pixlr-o-matic’s Sand frame completes this photo’s washed-out look.