Puppy Photography in South Street Seaport

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Careful.”

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One fall Saturday this October, we took the kids to the dog park in South Street Seaport. Rice, the Westie in the picture, always enjoys running around and playing with other puppies, big or small. Cookie, Val, and Chase had a great time chasing each other as well.

In capturing this picture, we had to balance getting the puppies’ attention and making sure that they stay in their position. I’m very happy with how it turned out, as their poses showed a bit of their personalities!

The Freedom Tower and The River

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Half and Half.”

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A few blocks away from work is the Hudson River Park, which is my favorite park in the city. Not only do you get a picturesque view of the Hudson River, downtown NYC, and Hoboken, but the park is also excellent for biking, running, or the simple joy of hanging out with friends.

Do you have a landscape or a particular place that you’d always love to come back to? This particular landscape is one of my favorites, and has been the subject of my many Instagram posts.

During summer, I sometime would spend lunch breaks on one of the benches there. There has been a time when Chris biked from 57th St. to W Houston St. to meet me for lunch (it took him around 15-20 mins to go downtown, and another 15-20 to get back. So that only left 20-30 mins for the “actual” meal!). I would also come here after work and wait for the sunset, as sunsets are very beautiful here.

Parks are one of the “luxuries” that every New Yorker gets to enjoy in the city, especially during the summer. The city gets crowded during the summer because of tourists, but I think there’s no better season to enjoy this beautiful city. There are a lot of free activities held at parks, too.

Hope you, too, are having a lovely summer! (Well, if you’re located in the Northern Hemisphere lol)

Upper East Side

The exercise for today after work was to test out my new lens (I got 24mm f/2.8 STM – my very first wide angle lens!). I was so excited to take it out for a spin, and I just couldn’t wait to go home after I picked up my lens from B&H.

Here are some of my pictures – hope you like it as much as I do! Looks like my 50mm has competition…IMG_7364

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Bethesda Fountain in Central Park | Couch to 8K

Today, I woke up early again for a quick morning jog with my friends. The Vancouver marathon is exactly a week away, and I have not really been training for it.

Today, there was a lot of people and families in Central Park. A 3-mile run was scheduled this morning, and so we also ran with the participants to boost our energy and to keep moving forward. 

Here’s a lovely picture of the Bethesda fountains. Spring is really in tbe city!!!

A first look at spring in NYC

We all remember how the official first day of Spring in NYC was. It looked something like this:   But when I had a jog early afternoon today, the weather was very pleasant!  See those petals floating? Those are cherry blossoms and boy, they’re ready to be in full bloom in a matter of days!      

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Motion.”

That clock in Grand Central

That clock in Grand Central

How many times have I seen this clock? Whenever I pass by Grand Central and see this clock, I always think to myself, “Live from New York – it’s Saturday Night Live!” See what watching SNL marathons has done to me.

Date check: it’s the 29th of October. It’s been ages since I last visited or posted something on this blog. So why post now? Maybe because I was otherwise inspired. Or maybe because I just wanted to delete pictures from my phone and save the best ones by uploading them on wordpress.

Time, for me, is one of life’s most precious gifts. However, it’s also one of those that I take for granted. It pains me that I seem to not make use of my time wisely and efficiently – that if only I could go back to college, for instance, I would’ve studied harder (or partied harder). While days might go by in a blur these days, it surprises me how much I’ve grown throughout the years. I guess that’s what being far away from home does to you – it forces you to grow up.

The next time I see this clock, I know I’ll be reminded not just of what once has been, but also of what I could become.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

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This post is for Bea – I know you’ll do great things in Kenya. We’ll always have NYC and how we biked from Central Park to Hudson River Park (uptown to downtown, ehem) one nice & sunny Fall afternoon.

Photo taken at the Hudson River Park. Yes, that’s New Jersey in its full glory.

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Perfect date – literally and figuratively.

Photo taken from the Riverside Park fronting Hudson River.

photo (8)How could something so simple be so beautiful? Sunsets are one of God’s greatest gifts.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable

photo (4)Hope.

Hope has always been my companion.

It’s funny how life sometimes throws you in situations that leave you no choice but to grow. You will reach new inflection points that cause you to question your previously-held beliefs. You will, as I’ve mentioned to my office mate, “be so frustrated that all you can do is to smile, think happy thoughts, and do better than your best”.

Note that while others would view this as a sign of resignation and weakness, keep faith that this is a source of strength.

Quite the contrary, you may say. But in that moment of resignation, immerse yourself fully and observe how every bone, how every muscle in your body reacts to the situation. Then take a deep breath – you know in yourself that in that moment, there is really nothing you can do. Acceptance is the first step of growing up. Wallow in your sadness and bitter tears – but keep it short.

Then take action. Find comfort in the thought that the best is yet to come, that this is yet another challenge that you should overcome.

I sincerely believe that in the future, as I look back at this particular inflection point, I’d smile and be thankful that I’ve been through it.

Come on Life, bring it on.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says

For this week’s photo challenge, I chose to write about the Philippine Independence Day Parade in NYC this June 2nd.

“It’s more fun in the Philippines”, so our official Tourism slogan says.

It’s amazing to see the large number of Filipinos who congregated in the Madison Square Park to celebrate this special day.