18 May, 2011

Moments to Remember

I love taking photos. Well, I'm not a professional photographer. I don't even own a DSLR. There are lots of affordable high-quality digital photographic machines everywhere, but I'm contented (for now) with my existing good-quality digicam. Photography seminars or trainings are not (yet) on my list.  Photos I had taken before, even ones that I thought possessed artistic or nostalgic significance -- sunset pictures, a spot by the lake, I love looking at them. What matters is that, I could make those unique moments into snapshots.

Pictures are about remembering moments, not just places. They remind you of what you were doing, whether it's how hard it was to climb up a mountain or splashing in the pool or paddling a canoe. True as they say, "A picture is worth a thousand words."

05 May, 2011

I've Never Been To Me

Charlene Duncan, her one-hit-wonder in music in the late 70's up to the early 80's.
Originally written from a male point of view.

Hey lady, you lady, cursing at your life
You're a discontented mother and a regimented wife
I've no doubt you dream about the things you never do
But I wish someone had to talk to me
Like I wanna talk to you...

Oh, I've been to Georgia and California and anywhere I could run
I took the hand of a preacher man and we made love in the sun
But I ran out of places and friendly faces because I had to be free
I've been to paradise but I've never been to me...

Please lady, please lady, don't just walk away
'Cause I have this need to tell you why I'm all alone today
I can see so much of me still living in your eyes
Won't you share a part of a weary heart that has lived million lies....

Oh, I've been to Niece and the Isle of Greece while I've sipped champagne on a yacht
I've moved like Harlow in Monte Carlo and showed them what I've got
I've been undressed by kings and I've seen some things that a woman ain't supposed to see
I've been to paradise, but I've never been to me

Hey, you know what paradise is?
It's a lie, a fantasy we create about people and places as we'd like them to be
But you know what truth is?
It's that little baby you're holding, it's that man you fought with this morning
The same one you're going to make love with tonight
That's truth, that's love......

Sometimes I've been to crying for unborn children that might have made me complete
But I, I took the sweet life, I never knew I'd be bitter from the sweet
I've spent my life exploring, the subtle whoring that cost too much to be free
Hey lady......
I've been to paradise, but I've never been to me

(I do not own the video)

01 May, 2011

Kids Always Make Me Smile

Kids are so much fun! Naughty or nice, they always make you smile.

Today, I received a beautiful and touching message from my kids written on a Big Birthday Card, with matching artworks on it, kisses chocolates nicely arranged on a colored-paper container, and a sweet white forest cake.

Here's the message...

I remember it from the very start
You accepted us with your loving heart
Every scene in our lives you took part
And praised our EPIC arts ...XD

Always there when life is cold
Lending a hand more than told
Always there when life is warm
Giving us protection from harm

Thank you for catching us when we fall
You are the best mother of all
One last thing we want to say
is.. Happy Birthday!

They just made my day a very special one. ♥