Weekly Photo Challenge: Ooh, Shiny!

August 19, 2017 at 10:00 pm 6 comments


Location: Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Whenever I travel, I bring along a pocket camera. It’s good enough for me since I have no patience fiddling with settings and stuff. Just like typical tourists, I tend to point and shoot indiscriminately, thanks to the availability of memory cards that can store thousands of pictures. If there’s one thing that differentiate me from the others, it’s that I don’t take selfies.

Even with an outstanding guide, distractions can happen on a tour. When they occur, a pocket camera can be your friend. Just draw and fire at will to save them for posterity.

Seeing the familiar in unfamiliar places provides a pleasant distraction to me. It could be as simple as the sight of clothes hanging out to dry. For one thing, it reminds me of the place I grew up in the Philippines. On the other, it’s gratifying to experience this common thread that binds people regardless of geography and distance.

As for any distraction that has become more of an inconvenience than anything else, I suggest that you treat it as part of the experience. Who knows? Many years down the road, when time has smoothened its rough edges, you’d be able to remember it with fondness.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. stenoodie  |  August 20, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Great post! Really like the sentiment you conveyed in the writing.

    • 2. plaridel  |  August 20, 2017 at 7:06 pm


      thank you. li’m glad you liked it. 🙂

  • 3. Christine Goodnough  |  August 20, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    So true. The incident may be harrowing at the moment, but later you can tell your grandchildren about it, or have a chuckle with your friends about the time your suitcase didn’t follow you to Phoenix and all you had in your tote bag was a nightgown and some fuzzy socks. 🙂

    • 4. plaridel  |  August 21, 2017 at 9:56 pm


      looking back, i’d been in those situations before. 🙂

  • 5. Shiny: Selfie with Seals | What's (in) the picture?  |  August 21, 2017 at 10:38 pm

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    • 6. plaridel  |  August 23, 2017 at 4:12 pm


      thank you for the pingback! much appreciated.


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