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Weekly Photo Challenge: Magic

Disneyland, USA
location: Anaheim, California
Every kid dreams of going to Disneyland. And when they do get the chance, the event is captured in pictures and videos for a lifetime of happy memories.

As far as I’m concerned, you can call me a late bloomer. It’s a place I’d never been until I was an adult. But it didn’t matter anyway. I felt the magic. It made me feel like a kid again.

Disneyland Electrical Parade Disneyland Electrical Parade
Disneyland Electrical Parade Disneyland Electrical Parade
Disneyland Electrical Parade Disneyland Electrical Parade

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My favorite event on that first visit was the Electrical Light Parade held along Main Street featuring floats and live performers covered in thousands of electronically controlled lights. After hours of walking around the park on a hot summer day and standing in line at the rides, it was a welcomed treat. It provided a moment to unwind, relax, and gather one’s bearings before calling it a night.

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November 19, 2016 at 8:53 am 5 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fun!

Disneyland Characters
Location: Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Disneyland is the happiest place on earth. You never outgrow it. It provides fun for all regardless of age. I say it as I really mean it and not from somebody who want to take you for a ride.

Take the case of my mother who is way, way past the retirement age. When she came to see me from the Philippines, I took her to Disneyland. It was a six-hour drive from the San Francisco bay area where I live, but it was all worth it.

She caught the magic. She even had her picture taken with the Disney characters roaming around. It was a joy to see her living in the moment and having fun after my father passed away.

Disneyland is where happy memories are made. I’m sure my mother had a great time and the memories of her visit would remain with her (and me) for a long time.

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August 13, 2016 at 7:24 pm 23 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pure

Location: Disneyland Park, Anaheim, California

On a hot summer day, playing around ground spouts is pure joy. Every drop of water can provide relief from the unrelenting heat. Darn, it’s moments like this that one wishes to be a kid again.

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June 12, 2016 at 12:34 pm 12 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Spare

Airport Scene
Location: San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California

Traveling nowadays can be so stressful as a result of added security that one wonders if it’s all worth the trouble. It shouldn’t be like this considering the ever-increasing cost of airline tickets, but that’s the new reality. Some bad people are determined to cause us harm.

After surviving the harrowing long lines at the TSA, aren’t you glad there’s this moment to spare before your flight to provide some relief?

It can be used for spending quality time with your traveling partner, texting, working on your laptop, taking a nap, having a snack, enjoying a bathroom break, staring aimlessly in space, or whatever suits your fancy provided it doesn’t alarm authorities.

And voilà! Before you realize it, it’s boarding time. You’ll be on your way to your destination.

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May 28, 2016 at 9:15 am 7 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light

Dandelion Flower
location: San Francisco Bay Area, California

I have a soft spot for the dandelion with its beautiful yellow flowers. I admire its determination to survive even in the harshest of conditions. But it’s a weed and a free spirit. It doesn’t sit well on manicured grounds. If this poem speaks to you, then we are kindred spirits. Dear one, I wrote it for you.


would i give air to this feeling
buried deep in snow
would you give it sun and space
would you let it grow

i’m not a rose i know
i’m a lowly bred
i’m a dandelion
with a yellow head

would i show up in your garden
would i make it through
or would you let me die in spring
with memories of you


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March 25, 2016 at 4:01 pm 3 comments

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