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Weekly Photo Challenge: Heritage

Slot Machines

Location: McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada
It was around noon when I arrived at the McCarran International Airport to catch my connecting flight to Baltimore. For somebody who hadn’t been there before, the place was quite a spectacle to behold with rows after rows of slot machines enticing you with the usual come-on.

I guess it should be expected in Sin City. It’s part of its colorful heritage. Still, I found it a little odd considering that when you’re at the airport nothing could be farther from your mind than entertaining these one-armed bandits. Whether you’re arriving on a vacation, going home after losing your inheritance at the casinos, or just passing through, your main concern is getting out of there as quickly as possible.

To prove my point, I took the above picture of the slot machines around the departure gate. As you could see, there were hardly any takers. Just having a slow day, perhaps? I bet, that’s the best the owners of these machines could hope for.

As I boarded my flight, I thought of coming back to Las Vegas if only to take on these one-armed bandits. It’ll be cool to beat them at their own game before they become history.

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May 21, 2017 at 1:32 pm 4 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Danger!

Sign For the Blind

Location: Dunkeld, Scotland
There’s this sign I saw in Scotland a couple of years ago. What can you make of it? My initial reaction was that it was addressed to the blind. On second thought, it would be like the blind leading the blind (pardon the pun). As we all know, the blind can’t see and read like a normal person.

The sign was likely posted by the door to inform the public that it was primarily for the use of the blind. However, it was presented in such a way that could cause the reader to be blindsided (again, pardon the pun).

A sign, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is a posted command, warning, or direction. It follows that it should be clear and unambiguous and not subject misinterpretation. Otherwise, it can lead to misunderstanding and unexpected consequences like injury or death.

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May 5, 2017 at 3:36 pm 12 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wanderlust

Galapagos Islands

Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
If Galapagos islands are in the bucket list of many travelers, it doesn’t come as a surprise. Visiting the islands is like a step back in time where hues of gray and white dominate the landscape.

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Made famous by Charles Darwin, they’re home to a variety of wildlife such as mammals, reptiles, and birds. Due to lack of natural predators, they have survived unmolested. Humans don’t scare them. They don’t mind if you get up close and personal and take their pictures.

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The photos on this page were taken in 2012. They sure brought back many happy memories. I’d love to go back but it’s just that there are other interesting places to go leaving little time for a repeat.

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April 29, 2017 at 7:27 pm 6 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

Austria Alps

Whenever I travel, I’m amazed to see how beautiful is the world we’re living in. The camera is my witness. It doesn’t lie. No matter where I go, I find something to please the senses.

Of course, I have favorites. The Austrian Alps region is one of them. The views are gorgeous with the mountains, rivers, and green landscapes in perfect harmony.

The above picture was taken while traveling from Salzburg to Hallstatt. During the trip, I kept my eyes wide open so as not to miss the scenery all around us. It was simply priceless.

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April 22, 2017 at 9:25 am 11 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

Margaret Krook

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
A bronze statue stands outside the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm. It belongs to Margaret Krook, Sweden’s most beloved stage and movie actress who died in 2001. It’s placed on the same spot where she went for smoke break in between rehearsals.

From the distance, it looks uninviting and cold like any other statue. But surprise! Tourists who stop by to pay homage to Margaret Krook and touch her statue find it warm. Marie-Louise Ekman, the artist who created it, made sure it stays warm to room temperature using heating coils all year through.

Over the years, the statue has experienced discoloration due to exposure to the elements and the thousands of hands touching and rubbing it especially around the belly area. It’s maybe time to restore the statue back to its former glory.

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April 14, 2017 at 10:57 am 6 comments

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