Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

Wandering with my camera, I often find my eye drawn to strange bedfellows. Juxtapositions. Foils. Unexpected pairings.

- Michelle W, The Daily Post

 Overcome

I’d taken this some time late last year, right behind the school. The wire lined the entire compound, but this particular part of the fence separated us from the untamed green land some miles beyond. This section was shaded by a dwarf coconut tree, the one I’d like to stand under those hot days and it was on one such sweltering morning when I noticed these vines twisting their way around the length of the wire and the barbs.

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Bye-bye, Captain Clash

That’s the name I had for my granddad. He died last night, resting a final time after seventy two years. He wasn’t a captain really but an officer in the Special Branch, where he met some influential persons. He had so many stories, he never hesitated a moment to retell. I’d write more but that’ll have to wait because I’m leaving now for the ‘wake’.

We loved him, and I had the immense pleasure and sense of contentment to know that he knew that I loved him and that he loved me as much, perhaps more than I’d ever realize.

Be safe, my beautiful people.

D.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

It’s been a while since I took part, there’s so much to do, infinite things to think and worry about and I have only so much time.

Solitary. Us humans are social creatures but we all need time to ourselves, I know I do. The girl in this picture is one of my little sisters, I don’t know what she was thinking about but she sure looked at peace to me that day.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful

© Devina S.

This would be my first post about The Weekly Photo Challenge and you see, I have many photos and it’s not easy to choose the ‘right one’ amongst the many. Selecting one that depicts the theme ”Peaceful” was no exception but it had to be done so, I’ve gone and done it. The picture above shows a field of sugarcane, one of the places where I pass by and just look at and feel this … this weird tingly feeling from my head down to my toes, this happiness that seems to come out of nowhere and this kind of silence I hear, despite the roaring wind, that I’m afraid to think least my thoughts cause a ripple. What I felt was peace.

I pass by there every time when I go to school and I just love it! The fresh morning breeze blowing in my face, washing away all traces of sleep and the early morning birds chirping in joy with the birth of a new day. When the sun would be shining overhead later in the day everything would just light up! The green of the leaves would magically shed their darker shade into this happy lime green! And the clouds, oh, the clouds! Nothing beats fluffy white clouds on a sunny day! And that incredibly wonderful blue sky! Man, oh, man now I can’t wait for Monday mornin’!

This is just one itty-bitty section on the huge canvas that Mother Nature paints with such unrivaled skill! This picture says ‘Peace’ just by looking at it because that’s what you’d feel it you stood there and soak in the sunshine and listen to nature’s symphony. I’m sure glad that I have a place in creation, don’t you?

Peace out :)

Merry Christmas to all!

12:14 AM and it’s officially Christmas Day! And I’m still at work at the S-Mart since the previous day, but that’s okay because all the staff is here it’s fun! I’m going to take a nice shower as soon as I get home and drop like a log in a hurricane onto my beloved bed shared with an annoying sibling … if that makes any sense, the log part …It’s still cold and rainy, like last year I think.

For the ones who stay awake and keep watch, for the ones in the front lines in the Mid East far away from home and loved ones, whether you get this or not, a special Merry Christmas to all of you and I hope you all get home safe.

Have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas to everyone. May God bless us all.

Christmas is here again! Along with the hustle and bustle!

It this time of the year again, a time of giving a time of thanks, a time for family and friends. A time of celebration. A time for cake and ice cream! And the challenge of resisting them … that’s already a battle lost …

I’ve noticed that it’s every year I lose the feeling of the holiday spirit, it just could be me, it might be due to losing my childish innocence, I don’t really know why. As we get older the novelty of Christmas wears off. It’s really sad but the little kids are the lucky ones, they live in the moment oblivious to the processes of growing up. I envy them, I have always said that I’d never want to grow up but one just can’t get away from the inevitable. I still don’t wanna grow up!

For me, it’s a Christmas at home this year with the family *coughs* annoying siblings *coughs* and a Christmas at home is the best kind there is! We’re all decked up with lights and decorations and a little Christmas tree.Yesterday was our gift exchange at work to day and I got this cute little necklace!

I work part time in the Money Gram branch in our area and let me tell you guys, standing up yesterday for three hours straight wasn’t easy! There I stood bare feet (I ran out of the house with the  first pair of footwear I grabbed, which unfortunately were wedge-heels) behind the counter, rushing in and out of the cash drawer, Christmas jingles blaring over the speakers, praying to God above that I don’t give out the wrong sum. I shouldn’t be the one to complain because the other girl was there since eight that morning!

Around 1PM the Internet decided that it was the perfect time to go and die on us! It was for more than half of an hour it was offline. Bless you Mike the technician! Curse you stupid faulty Internet connection! Uh … I should take that back … Them angelic customers were all for pitchforking us! With today’s crowd my feet are screaming since it’s Christmas Eve we were even busier, 6 hours and counting on our feet!

The Christmas tree under which lies a little village with Mr. and Mrs. Clause in the front. This is at the local bakery. Picture courtesy of yours truly.

The tree and many of its decorations in the picture above are relatively new. I remember the old one, I liked that one better, we used to help dress it up and it held a lot of fond memories *sigh*

Close up of the tree

As I write this, I’m singing along to Michael Buble’s “White Christmas” ft. Shania Twain. Oh man, how I’ve fallen in love with his beautiful voice!

Oooh!Ooh! Check out this dude:

Santy Clause! He's such a hotty.

Santy Clause! He's such a hotty:P

Santa here sings Jingle Bell Rock all the day long (or as long he’s plugged in) and dances while he does! I’ve gotten early presents this year and my favourites being the books I got to choose. Thanks Granny! The said books being Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and J.R.R Tolkein’s The Fellowship of the Ring.

My copy of The Da Vinci Code, an illustrated edition.

I’ve gotten a good lot this year but didn’t feel I’ve given as much … it’s more of the giving than the getting but I’ve got smiles and Merry Christmases in abundance! This holiday season has been good so far except the various times my dad and his brother tells me that I’ve gotten fat, they only kid around but it still stings a bit even though I ignore them. I mean, come on people, I know I’m fat so you don’t need to shove it in my face ever so often. Joke or not but I play tough girl and tell them to shove it, in my mind of course! Pity party’s over so  don’t worry.

I’ll post my New Years Resolutions soon and I can only hope I stand by all of them this year. It’s going to be a rainy Christmas this year in my part of the world, it’s now 30 degrees C, how is it where you live? Enjoying the holiday so far?

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Peaceful New Year! I am now mentally giving all of you a big hug!

Cheers!

(All of the pictures in this post was taken by me, Devina)

Chew on this question, will ya?

I’ve been thinking about how much people fight, it’s because we think differently and we don’t see eye to eye on various situations. Then this question pops up in my head:

Is there something, at least one thing, that everybody on Earth would agree to?

Well, I was going to say the colour of the sky during the day but then some genius would come and spark a debate on what shade of blue it is.

So please think about it and share your thoughts. It would be nice to know, despite all of our differences, that we would all agree on something together.