Each stone tells a story

This week’s challenge is being led by Donna, and the topic is Rock my World. So welcome to my world of rocks, where each stone tells a story—not of scientific origins, but of cherished memories. Let me start with my most recent trip to Sydney with my sister, Pilar, my niece, Pam and Jack. We…

Before & After

Today’s challenge is from Johnbo, the before and after of photo edits. While I adore snapping photos, I often find myself hesitating to delve into the meticulous world of editing with dedicated software. My go-to approach involves minor tweaks on my phone, focusing on cropping and color adjustments to bring out the best in my…

Limestone stacks and turbulent sea waters

Sofia leads us this week with the topic of “Water in motion”. And just in time, I together with my family, went to the Great Ocean Road to take them for a sight seeing roadtrip. I am also linking this to Jez’s Water Water Everywhere and for Debbie’s Six Word Saturday First stop was the…

People…memories from the Philippines

I’m thrilled because my sister from the Philippines is finally visiting me here in Melbourne for the first time. Despite living here since 1991, I’ve always been the one to visit her because she felt Melbourne was too far. But now, she’s finally making the journey, arriving at midnight, and I couldn’t be more excited….

Cityscapes from Prague to London

In this week’s challenge, hosted by Patti, I will be showcasing Prague and London. While every city worldwide holds its own unique narrative, Prague and London hold a special place in my heart. Each snapshot I’ll be sharing is filled with cherished memories that resonate within me. (Well I really wanted to do Prague and…

A circular journey

For this week’s Lens Artist Photo Challenge, Anne Christine leads us with the topic of Circular Wonders. Let me focus on images with circles or circular patterns on architecture. On windows… Double dipping for Ludwig’s Monday Windows. On signages… On different art forms… On everyday objects… It can also be found in nature…

Venice at Night

This week Johnbo challenges us to focus on Tools of Photo Composition. I have decided to use lighting as part of this composition. I am keeping it simple and only including elements that are relevant to the story I am telling. So this is my story… and this is Venice at night in 2016. At…

Window Shopping in Obidos

Obidos is a charming town not too far from Lisbon. It has narrow cobbled streets with whitewashed homes, accented with bright blue or red or yellow detailing, red tiled roofs and spreading purple bougainvillea blooms. It is a tiny town but it has a castle, churches, restaurants and a maze of cobbled alleyways. But that…

The soothing sound of the Wind Chimes

Wind chimes are often seen as symbols of good luck and prosperity, with their spiritual meaning tracing back to ancient civilizations that believed in their ability to ward off negative energy and evil spirits through their soothing melodies. I find great joy in the peaceful and harmonious sound produced by the wind chimes in my…

Warm colours of nature

This week, Egidio leads us for the Lens Artist Photo Challenge with the topic of Warm Colours. “Traveling is not just about reaching a destination; it’s about embracing the warmth of new experiences along the journey.” Autumn is my favorite time of the year, so twice already, I have opted to travel in the months…

Exploring Melbourne’s Day & Night

This week’s topic for Lens Artist Photo Challenge is Day & Night I’ll stay close and showcase my home city, Melbourne for this challenge. Its diverse neighborhoods and vibrant urban culture create a lively daytime atmosphere, offering a variety of cuisines and renowned for its coffee culture. As dusk falls, the city transforms into a…

She lost herself in the trees

For this week, Anne-Christine leads us with the challenge of picking a poem or quote and using 1-4 pictures to illustrate this. (Ooops Sorry for having an extra photo) I stumbled upon a brief poem by Christy Ann Martine on Google, and I was intrigued by its mystery. Here goes … She lost herself in…

As the sun sets

“Sunsets are the most peaceful moments that nature offers.” – Unknown The word “dramatic” immediately takes my thoughts to the enchanting canvas painted by sunsets. There’s a certain beauty and emotional intensity in the way the sun bids farewell, with a sense of drama and wonder. “As the sun sets, the world becomes a canvas…

My Personal Favourites for 2023

A photo becomes a favorite for various reasons. While it might not hold the same significance for everyone, for me, it’s the attached memories that make it special. Linked to Patti’s LAPC Challenge “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes…

Last chance bloopers

This is the last post for the Lens Artist Photo Challenge for the year. Led by Tina, we are asked to post photos that didn’t quite make it to the blog for this year of 2023. I will give it a go… Last Chance Here are some photos that were taken during my travels to the…

A magical journey

“Life is a magical journey, so travel endlessly to unfold its profound and heart touching beauty.” – Debasish Mridha I started traveling later in life. Growing up in a third-world country where travel was mostly for the wealthy, my dream of visiting magical places like Disneyland only came true when I went there with my…

Capturing Moments: Embracing Empty Spaces

I am linking this to Patti’s Empty Spaces LAPC , Xingfumama’s Whatsoever is lovely Challenge and for Johnbo’s Cellpic Sunday for this week. These are photos that I took with my IPhone during my travels from October to early November this year. What lovely memories…

Looking up, looking down in Sintra

Situated only 25km from Lisbon, Sintra is a picturesque town that has extravagant palaces, ancient castles and stunning scenery. One of the most popular day trip from Lisbon that people take is to see the colorful Palácio da Pena. This spectacular castle is located high in the Sintra Mountains and is considered one of Portugal’s…

Signs in Lisbon

Currently, hubby and I are leaving Lisbon and are on our way to Porto via the Alfa Pendular or the CP – Comboios de Portugal. I haven’t posted in the past couple of weeks (or months) because things have been kinda hectic. So now I am linking this to Johnbo’s Signs in Lisbon Markets Some…

Framing my Travels

Sometimes intentionally but most times unintentionally, I use arches and openings on walls to frame my subject. For me, the purpose of framing is to guide the viewer’s eyes to what I want to emphasise and ultimately create a better composition because of it. Some of these photos I have used before but bear with…

Cloudscapes and Skyscapes

“Clouds in the sky very much resembles the thoughts in our minds! Both changes perpetually from one second to another.” – Mehmet Murat ildan I am a fluffy cloud kind of person. they’re so pretty and so I basically take a photo of it every time I see it. Here are clouds taken from nearby…

Glowing Moments in Budapest

When I saw the prompt, my trip to Budapest immediately came to mind. I have posted this before on my other blog…but hey, no harm in posting this again. On 2018, hubby and I went to Budapest and there we went on a night cruise. The architectural and historical buildings sparkle on the banks of…

Santorini of the North

(Road Trip part 1) TRAVEL DIARY: SANTIAGO 1 I haven’t been to Greece so when my sister and nephew suggested that we go for a few days in this place said to be the Santorini of the North, then I didn’t hesitate on agreeing to go. This is quite a new experience for all of…

The “road” I was forced to take

This week’s theme asks us to think about our favourite style of photography as the road (most often) taken. I love taking flower photography, travel photos, as well as photos of random objects and sceneries that I see along the way. This time however, I went on a trip back to my homeland the Philippines…

Peace amidst chaos

“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.”-Deepak Chopra. Holidays are not just all noise and laughter and catching up with people… there can also be some down time. I was just in the Philippines a few days ago and in between the chaos, I found some time for myself. These…

Laguna

My brother in law, Honorio, took us to this wide expanse of land that was a golf course. There we had a bit of a stroll and had lunch, where we ordered these amazing cold drinks which was just right for the Philippine weather. Next, we parked our car near the highway and then we…

Shoes on the Danube Bank

“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” – Elie Wiesel On the banks of the river Danube, just in front of the Hungarian Parliament Building are 60 pairs of iron shoes. The “Shoes on the Danube” is a moving holocaust memorial, which honors Hungarian Jews who were murdered in 1944-1945. It is…

On the Waters of Faraway Lands …

“Travel opens your heart, broadens your mind and fills your life with stories to tell.” – Paula Bendfeldt Missing travelling? 2 years and 8 months, that has been the amount of time that I had not done something that I so love. Especially now that borders have been opening up in other countries, I am…

What a Wonderful World

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru Thanks Amy for the challenge for this week – It’s a Wonderful World… what a beautiful reminder. When…

Welcome to Buda Gardens

“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.” – Proverb I have posted many photos from gardens recently like the Cloudehill Gardens and the Rhododendron Gardens, so let me take you now to a different one, the Buda Historic Homes and Gardens. This was one of the places that my…