I See Red …

“Red is the ultimate cure for sadness.” – Bill Blass Red, especially if it’s the bright shade, speeds up the heart rate. It can stand for many strong feelings like romantic love or passionate love. It can also be for violence and anger. It catches our attention that is why it is used for the…

These lovely Timber Door

“I would rather own a little and see the world, than own the world and see a little of it.”. – Alexander Sattler I had been talking about this wonderful place for a few times already and possibly would be writing for more days to come. This is Daylesford, a country town that I so…

Tree Sculpture

“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.”― Chad Sugg This is not exactly a tree but is an oversized bird’s nest made out of tree trunks and twigs and stems. As a friendly elderly man told me while I was taking photos, he said that this…

Europe in 2016

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” – Babs Hoffman Leading lines is a photo technique that creates depth and dimension to a photograph. “Leading lines are all around us in cities and in nature. Your job as the photographer is to find them and arrange them in your photograph so…

At the Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens

“A garden isn’t meant to be useful. It’s for joy.Rumer Godden found in Power of Simple Living by Ellyn Sanna” ― Rumer Godden The Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens in Daylesford, Australia is an amazing garden built on top of an extinct volcano. If I had known this, in the light of recent volcanic eruptions in New Zealand and in…

Doors of 4 Town Churches

“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca As I have mentioned in my previous posts, I spent a few days in Daylesford with my husband, Jack. Jack is a different kind of guy and a very special one at that. I am praising him, not because I know that…

Let Me take you there…

 “The best dreams happen when you’re awake.” – unknown The topic for Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge is transportation. What better country to featured today than the Philippines. The Philippines is a very small country consists of 7,107 island, so it is not surprising that there are so many modes of transportation. Here are just a…

A Window with a View

“Throw open your window and let the scenery of clouds and sky enter your room! – Yosa Buson I travel every few years, like what they say, Work Save Travel Repeat. Now I am in my hiatus stage and this blog is helping me get through with my wanderlust feeling. I still keep on posting about…

Of Paint and Cobwebs

“You don’t choose the day you enter the world and you don’t choose the day you leave. It’s what you do in between that makes all the difference.” – Anita Septimus These are garden decorations, which to an ordinary person will just be taken for granted… left unnoticed cobwebs and all. But here I am making it the…

One year

“When was the last time you did something for the first time?” – John C. Maxwell It has been a year since I started this blog (but the concept of it started when I was recuperating from my stroke some 2 years ago). I started it primarily to serve as a memoir for my family and…

Special Spot in Sandringham

“Wherever you go, bring your sunshine… ” – unknown It is in days like these, when the weather in Melbourne is extremely warm, that you just want to get lost in the beach. Taking off your shoes, walking in the sand and feeling the cold water on your toes, is simply magical. My family went…

Little Red Door

“There is no key to happiness; the door is always open.” – Mother Teresa Norm’s Thursday Doors is back for 2020 so I just want to greet everyone a Happy New Year. For the Christmas break, my husband and I decided to go to Daylesford. We have been here several times before but every time…

Streetart Portal

“I laugh at the way some people think graffiti is all selfish tagging and vandalism. Thoughtful street art is like good fiction – it speaks out on behalf of everyone, for us all to see.” – Carla H. Krueger Streetart is a modern art form of expression that is usually painted on walls. It is done…

Country Side Daylesford

“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” – Dr Seuss This is my first post, after taking a bit of a break during Christmas and New Year. Took this photo on our short trip to Daylesford, the spa capital of Victoria. This is for Cee’s FOTD Challenge – Orange Flowers in…

12 photos for 12 months

“The best things in life are the people you love, the places you’ve seen and the memories you’ve made along the way.” – unknown It is nearly the end of 2019 and oh how time flies. I will be having a short break for this busy time of the year but before that I want…

Christmas Time Breakfast at a Grand Hotel

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot, British writer – Happy Pills #31 The Hotel Windsor is in the city centre of Melbourne’s, opposite the historic Parliament House. It is a grand heritage hotel dating back to 1883 which is evident in it’s antique mirrors, chandeliers and doors….

One Colour or Hue

“A misty morning does not signify a cloudy day.” – Happy Pills #30 This is for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – One Colour or Hue

Red Roses – Macro Shots

“Happiness is a choice. SHORT STORY.” – Happy Pills #29 A red rose stands for passion, desire, romance and true love. The red rose is the classic “I Love You” rose. These are roses for Sunshine’s Macro Monday – The I Love You Rose and for Cee’s FOTD Challenge- The I Love You Rose

Gingerbread Village at St Collins Lane

“Hello there. Life can be tough, but so are you.” – Happy Pills #28 These are welcoming doors to a Christmas display of the Gingerbread Village by Deniz Karaka, the executive pastry chef at Epicure Catering. Karaca and his team of 12 chefs spent more than 2,000 hours making an elaborate construction of famous Melbourne…

One Baby then Another and Another …

“You can’t have rainbows 🌈 without a little rain ☔️.” – Happy Pill #27 Babies are welcome addition to the family and these two came about a month apart. They are my grandkids from two of my nieces and nephews in law. Henryk is half Filipino and half Polish, while Mila is pure Filipino. Aren’t…

One Misty Day in Budapest

“Your life is your message to the world. Make it inspiring.” – LL Lee – Happy Pill #26 During the Autumn and Winter season, fog is a common weather phenomenon in Hungary. See how we coped with misty Budapest in November of 2018. This is for Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge- Misty

Macro Marzipan

“Happiness grows by being shared.” – Happy Pills #25 Last Saturday, I and my husband visited the Gingerbread exhibit in Melbourne. I will be posting more later on this week. But for now, here are some macro shots of these cute marzipan figures. For Sunshine’s Macro Monday – Macro Marzipan

The Old Charm Revisited

“When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine.” – Happy Pill #24 Casually walking through the Block Arcade in Collins Street Melbourne, I spotted this amazing window display of Hopetoun Tea Rooms. You can’t miss it, as at any given time this window would be lined with food lovers staring at their display of…

Take a Break … Have a Seat!

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” – Happy Pills #23 It was a great day, so my husband and I decided to walk around the Wilson Botanical Park Berwick. It was so relaxing to hear the birds chirping, to see the water flowing, the ducks swimming and to sit on some of the…

Festive Windows and Doors in Melbourne

“A good life is a collection of happy moments.” Happy Pills #22 Last weekend was the start of Christmas festivities in Melbourne CBD … not as extravagant as in the Philippines (and I really miss these celebrations) … not as grand as in the USA (hope I could experience that one day) … not as…

Nature’s Glow

“Look on the bright side.” – Happy Pills #21 Nature says goodbye to us in many different ways. These sunsets left me in awe and in gratitude. Here are some sunsets’ glow over a few months while doing my afternoon walk. For Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge- Glow – Nature’s Glow

Yellow Roses Macro Shots

“Love is the beauty of the soul.” – Saint Augustine – Happy Pills #20 It is well known that a yellow rose symbolized jealousy, but we can also say that it represents friendship and joy. These sunshiny blossoms conveys warmth and gladness. These are different species of yellow roses and this is for Sunshine’s Macro…

Round Tables and Chairs

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Happy Pills #19 This is a shopping centre in Melbourne called The Emporium Melbourne. It is an 8 level contemporary shopping mall in the heart of the CBD with upscale shops and restaurants. When in need of a rest these are some comfy chairs and what…

Last Saturday

“Love is not just looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery – Happy Pill #18 This is a compilation of door shots that I took last weekend in and around Melbourne. Who among you is like me… I walk around with my camera (but this time I was…

Whites Around the World

“Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it only empties today of its strength. Let go and you will shine.” – Happy Pill #17 I love the colour white. Although it is not as happy as yellow or as bright as red… it gives me a soothing, calm, fresh, pure and clean feeling. Here…

A Walk In the Botanical Gardens

“No three words have greater meaning than I Love You.” Happy Pill #16 The botanical garden is a great place to have some macro shots. Love walking here…so peaceful! For Cee’s FOTD – Botanical Garden and for Sunshine’s Macro Monday – Macro Botanical Gardens