Flickr Friday: Discover

If there’s one thing I love about travelling, it’s discovering the little places. This photo from my last trip to New York City is one of my favourite… I loved daBhang Cafe; we went there after a get together at someone’s house mostly just for a change of scene1. There wasn’t anything that special about the place, but it’s still one of my favourite memories from that trip.

Later this afternoon, I’ll be leaving for St. Louis, MO for a wedding. A close friend of his is marrying the love of his life, and I’m pretty excited about it. I’m only going for two nights and will be leaving very early Sunday morning but I’m hoping I’ll get to meet another blogger friend, Mike of Celtophilia, while I’m there – it’ll be the icing on the cake for sure!

I wish I had more time there since it looks like quite a big city… but I’m confident I’ll find at least one little treasure while I’m there.

What do you like most about travelling?

  1. and probably some food as well[]

Flickr Friday: Unfamiliar

I have been making a lot of changes in my life: I moved out of my parents house, I changed jobs, I forced myself to keep in touch with more people and be more social; I changed my diet and lost a bit of weight; I picked up an exercise-type activity… and I’m not sure that I’m done changing.

I chose this photo because during the March 2009 edition of 26 Things for the word: unfamiliar. At the time, taking the subway was not a normal thing for me. It was foreign. These days, it’s how I get around. I miss driving, but I enjoy walking around and living close enough to things that I can walk to and from places. In heels.

I used to hate taking the subway to school when I was living in Scarborough because it was crowded, smelly and I had a huge ass backpack that I wasn’t allowed to keep on my back1. But these days… it’s one of the things I’m truly grateful for. I only wonder what unfamiliar thing I will come to love in days to come.

It helps to think of things like this when you feel like you’re not sure about things. And it reminds you that maybe… just maybe it’s ok to take risks sometimes. Now, I know… I know what you’re thinking. “Risks? WTF? You stopped driving2 and started taking the subway – what freakin’ risks were you taking?”

I’m talking about moving out of the safety of my parents’ home, where they were there to save me from myself at a moments notice. I’ve always felt independent but it’s not the same until you actually live on your own and have to fend for yourself. I still don’t consider myself that independent because I still get a lot of handouts from my3 mother who can’t resist but buy me some food when she goes grocery shopping4. And to that end, I guess I’ll never be truly independent because she’ll always be my Mum and she’ll always be who she is.

But anyway… I’m getting off track. I’m living a different life than I have for the last 27 and I’m happy for it. All I want to know is,

Is there something in your life that you can’t live without, but you never thought you’d be so glad to have?

  1. where it was most comfortable[]
  2. had to, I couldn’t keep the car that belonged to my Dad[]
  3. very Filipina[]
  4. she doesn’t buy everything but even one onion is help in my eyes and so it doesn’t count[]

Flickr Friday: A Revival

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while now, first of all: A huge Thank You from my whole heart1; second of all: I need to revive this post series. I may not be a photographer, but I still enjoy taking photographs and I really enjoyed sharing them with you.

For this revival, I chose a photo from my flickr photostream that surprised me by getting 43 views for no reason that I could see2. It’s a shot I took while driving3 of the my beloved CN Tower.

Ever since I came back from living in Dublin last year I’ve been falling in love with Toronto more and more. I used to take it for granted4. And I think this photo is fitting for explaining this feeling of reviving an old love, or even an undiscovered love because that’s what it reminds me of.

The CN Tower though is not a standalone object in my memory. The CN Tower needs the Skydome5 the combination of the curved dome and the beacon to the right of it will always feel like home. I may have lived my adolescence in Dubai but no place has ever made me feel as good as Toronto does. And after being away for such a long time, I can tell you that nothing clears my head or makes me feel as at home as blogging does6.

What feels like home to you?

p.s. did I mention that he got in last night? Oh yes he did!!

p.p.s. last year, I did a memorial post about the lives we7 lost 8 years ago. I didn’t do one this year, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take a moment8 to remember the fallen. But I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that 🙂

  1. You guys are so great for my extremely self-critical ego[]
  2. or that anyone bothered to tell me in the comments – I’m not complaining, I’m just sayin’[]
  3. don’t worry, I never look at the camera when I’m drive-shooting I always maintain the Young Drivers’ 8 second rule… if you don’t know what that is I can’t help you. This footnote is too long as it is[]
  4. as you do when you grow up somewhere[]
  5. now called the Rogers Centre but it will always be the Skydome to me[]
  6. especially blogging about my favourite photos… that I’ve taken hehe[]
  7. yes, we. We the human race[]
  8. everyday in fact[]

Monday Madness: My Superhero alterego Purple Rain

I’m not going to lie to you. I’ve often fantasized about becoming a superhero with full blown super powers and a hidden identity. So when I saw this on The Beacon, I just had to try it out for myself.

First of all, the song on the site is simply amazing – rockin’ to an 80’s hit while you’re choosing your alterego on a hungover Sunday night… what more could a girl ask for?!

The Hero Factory doesn’t come up with great superhero names but its still pretty neat. I created Purple Rain to reflect who I would want to be if I were ever given superhero powers. The Ninja star is only the beginning of her abilities, the cape for protection and the outfit.. well the outfit was part of a limited selection on the site but its good enough.

My ideal superpowers? WARNING: Heroes spoilers below.

My first choice would be to be an Empath. Yes, like Peter Petrelli was in Season 1. But I think I would have a better handle on all my powers1 and wouldn’t have lost all my abilities to my father in a lame ass hug. I would be able to empathize with people and know what they’re going through as well and I already feel I’m quite capable of this2, so this is why being an empath would be my first superpower choice.

My second choice would be to have a great mind like Batman or Iron Man. To be able to create something out of nothing and have all sorts of neat gadgets and the smarts to out-smart all my enemies. Of course, this comes with unlimited funding as well as seen in both cases of Batman and Iron Man 😉 and that’s an added bonus!

Third and last choice… hm.. would be a little hard but I’d want high-level telepathy like Professor Xavier’s. This is my third choice because I don’t really want to know what everyone is thinking all the time. But I liked how Matt & Peter were able to convince the guards to protect them instead of attacking them last week when they snuck into to enemy quarters3.

Anyway, that’s my little fantasy into superhero-dom. Give it a shot and let me know in the comments what you’ve come up with!

Who’s your superhero?

  1. like Sylar was[]
  2. at least when I focus[]
  3. another Heroes reference for those who don’t know[]