June 08, 2019

1838-2019:Street Photography - A Photo for Every Year

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I have never ever posted on Saturdays as my regular posting is every Friday, but this video is really awesome and wanted to share it with you. Compilation of street photography and music from 1838 to the present day.

Hope you have a great weekend! xx

(Video by Guy Jones.)

May 31, 2019


A wall that plays music when it rains. Kunsthofpassage, Dresden, Germany.

When the rain starts to fall, this drain and gutter system turns into a spectacular musical instrument. What an awesome invention and design! May we make our cities more bearable.

Hope you have a lovely weekend! xx

(via Atlas Obscura. Photo by Vincent Kwong.)

May 17, 2019

We Are Only Humans

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Last night when I was lying in bed with my eyes closed trying to sleep, this question came to mind.
What would I like to improve about myself?
Well, it's not really one thing. I have many things that I'd like to improve about myself actually.

Neale  Donald Walsch once said: "Only when you stop letting fears hold you back, will you start to make those major breakthroughs in life". That phrase hit home. And I suddenly realized that getting out of my comfort zone is the answer!
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I've finally figured it out. I'll be honest. I am afraid of failing, at least some of the time. And that fear of failure stops me doing the things that can move me forward to achieve my goals.
In fact, I really need to overcome my fear of failure. So how do I step past the fear? I think I need to use some mental tricks for stepping outside of my comfort zone:
Switching up my routine, trying something new and moving toward the fear.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend. xx

(Photos from my ongoing project Dérives (Drifts) on Life Framer.)

May 03, 2019

Walking Is Good for the Soul

...as well as the body.
I'm one of those people who enjoy walking and I swear by the psychological benefits of my daily outing. I know firsthand that walking improves my mood levels, quality of sleep and keeps me energized.

Whenever I get out for a walk, I often always come back more calm and relaxed.
As far back as I can remember, I always loved getting out for a long walk. When I was a kid, I used to take my sister for little "exploration walks" around the small town we lived in back then.
Eventually, I realized that these walks had a profound impact on me, the way I look at things.

Studies have shown that walking a half hour a day can exercise your brain, reduce your stress levels and enhance psychological well-being.
Walking also helps the planet. The environment we live in. So you help to reduce air pollution.

Walking built into your daily lifestyle plan does wonders!

Hope you have a great weekend! xx

P.S. Hey, let's go for a walk! Don't wear flip-flops. Flip-flops infamously have no support. Keep them only for the beach or the pool. Do wear snickers and comfortable walking shoes (As per Podiatrist recommendations).

(Photo by Spyros Papaspyropoulos.)

April 19, 2019

Bunnies and Eggs + Have a Beautiful Weekend

This morning of Good Friday can't help but remember how magical Easter morning was for me as a kid.
I remember the joy of Easter and the anticipation of Easter Sunday. I remember having an Easter egg hunt and devouring tones of chocolate treats was what we always waited anxiously for.

Everyone loves a bunny, right? The Easter Bunny is a symbol of Easter, depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs, but how a rabbit got associated with Easter?

Still I remember it was always raining on Good Friday. My mom used to say "it will always rain on Good Friday because that is the day of Christ's crucifixion". Strange as it may be it usually does.

Hope you have a wonderful Friday! Happy holidays (to those who celebrate Passover or Easter)! xx

April 05, 2019

Have a Lovely Weekend!

With summer fast approaching, I thought I'd share an absolutely gorgeous aerial picture of Adria Beach Resort in Italy. This photo reminded me of leisure and fun times...sitting on the beach and listening to the ocean; this is the moment that I can breath and relax.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend. xx

(Photo by Bernhard Lang via COLOSSAL.)

March 29, 2019

Sliced Bread + Have a Delicious Weekend!

Sliced bread is turning 91 this year! The first commercial pre-sliced loaves of bread were produced on July 28, 1928 in Chillicothe, Missouri, using a machine - the world's first slicing machine - invented by Otto Frederick Rohwedder of Davenport, a jeweler from Missouri.
Rohwedder also came up with a way to keep pre-cut bread fresh. He added a feature to the Bread-Slicer machine that wrapped the loaf in a wax paper after slicing. It was an instant success!

Almost everyone has heard the phrase "the greatest thing since sliced bread".  It's been said that "the phrase is the ultimate depiction of innovating achievement and American know-how."

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xx

(Sliced Kleen Maid Bread Ad via The Atlantic).

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