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LTML-20: Walking Through Chinatown

This week for Life Through My Lens Thursday, I’m sharing a place with you that I always love going to.  Manhattan China Town.   Here are a few pictures that I took while walking with the family.   What really brings this place to life for me, is knowing that not much has changed from the first time I visited this place. Of course now, things are changing tourism has left its mark on the area, and the nearby surrounding area (Little Italy) is getting smaller, as this place is getting bigger.   For me and Mr. C, it’s a classic.  This is our “default” place to hang out and see what’s new.  Also, it’s not a bad spot to share my husband’s culture with our children.     There are a lot of buildings that have the same construction, but when I look up and see the wall of fire escapes and signs written in Chinese, I sometimes feel like I’m experiencing an old world.     True to form, a church is never too far away from the busy hustle and bustle of making money in the streets.   These days, who can visit Chinatown, and not get lost in the array of different items these vendors have for sale.  If you take your time inside these stores, you’ll find something that will add color and life to your home.   “New York” is never too far away for those that really wants to wear it.  Even though I’m from the area, but I do not mind sporting my state.  It’s one of the best ways to have...

LTML 19: Bright Lights

This week’s photography challenge, I had a hard time “focusing” on what to take.   It’s so weird not completing a LTMLT without Linus, as I now find myself struggling for inspiration. Even though I’m sad to no longer take pictures of Linus, I know that this is going to challenge me further to: Share things that brings me joy, and peace and hopefully allows you the breathe easy for just a moment. Not get too attached to one object or one thing — just like that, it could be gone. Stretch myself in concepts and ideas. Give you a glimpse of my life through my lens, of how I see things, and not see them the same way.       Even on a cloudy day (I actually think there was fog covering the top part of the parachute) , this place still brings happiness and joy to may people.   They don’t care if it’s raining or cloudy, or sizzling hot.  This place is and always will be fun to many. Even though this picture is year ago,  there is still a sense of enjoyment that is yet to be had.  A promise of summer on a cold, cloudy day. What place can you think of that is and always will be considered a place of fun and enjoyment for you?    ...

Today Is A Gift

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present. – Eleanor Roosevelt   Not too often am I reminded of the many possibilities of today.  What is today for most of us?   It usually consists of running errands, doing our best to get things done, and surviving to see tomorrow.  But in all of our busyness,  we sometimes forget the importance of today.  The precious gift that we are given that we (including myself) take for granted.     Quit Talking About Tomorrow.   We usually tend to fall into the habit of talking about our dreams and goals, things that we will do in all the tomorrows that we have planned.  It’s great that we have goals, and dreams, but we cannot forget that today is as precious as the hope of tomorrow. We hope that tomorrow will come for us.  We hope that we will have more time to make things right, to do things right–but we simply do not know what tomorrow will bring.     What if Today Was Your Last Day?   Last year I asked myself, How Would I Want To Be Remembered?  It’s a running question in my home and one that I share all the time with my family.  Do I want to be remembered as always out of the picture?  Never having enough time with my family?   If today was my last day, would I say, “I wish I would have worked more?”  or “Maybe I should have scrubbed the tub again?”   No.   These things will be the...

I Am Thankful On Mother’s Day

Every Mother’s Day seems hectic to me.  It’s has never really been about relaxing and taking the day for myself, after all I have several mothers that I need to celebrate in the process. Mother’s Day has always been about: Making the meals for the family. Spending as much time with my husband’s family as well as my own.   Mother’s Day for me has always been about getting the family together.   I know I could say that I want the day to myself, but I’ll be honest, that is not what makes me happy. I’m sure you would disagree, after all who doesn’t dream about lounging on a beach in paradise while someone serves them virgin drinks (yes I did say virgin). But Yvonne over at Empowerment Moment’s Blog, has inspired me with her post, Why Showing Mom Gratitude is Good For Her…and You! and realized how fortunate my situation is.     I am thankful because: We live close to myremaining living Grandmother.  My children (at least my older one) knows who she is, and has a relationship with her.  That is a blessing within itself! My husband’s mother lives in the same city as us! My mother is here with us, and able to spend as much time as she likes with her grandchildren (an added bonus, my husband and mom get along)!   I’ve come to learn that Mother’s Day is not really about me.  Yes, I am a mother, but it’s a time where I can also appreciate and say thank you to the mothers who stood before me.  These are the women in my lives...

LTML-18: A Mother’s Surprise

Hey everyone!  This Life Through My Lens Thursday is somewhat bittersweet for me.  It’s the last post that I will be doing with Linus. Why?  (of course you asked) Well, you see…Linus broke 🙁  and in a way where I cannot put him back together. Since we received him for a Christmas gift many years ago, I’m going to have to search really hard and long for a replacement.  I haven’t even broken the news to Zee yet.   She liked the photography I was doing with her toys, but I’m not sure if she was as attached to Linus as I was.  I know I’ll do more photography with her soon–after all, she loves taking pictures with the toys that set up. Also, this could also be a sign for me to remove my toy photography off this space.  Not too long ago, I asked if I should do it, but I think this will be the perfect time to change.  After all, I can’t see me do Life Through My Lens Thursday with another toy.  Well…I could…but it would just feel wrong–oh so wrong.  Even though my toy photography will be off this space, I’ll still be posting pictures (of course) of things.  Maybe turn my LTMLT into a real LTMLT; but I’m sure that will bore you guys to pieces. Without further adu…here is Linus’ last message (at least for now) Linus and friends wishes all the mothers out there a very Happy Mother’s Day, and yes Linus…we’ll be reunited soon. With that being said, if you’re interested in following my photography journey, you can find me on...
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