Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh

Hello everybody! ๐Ÿ˜€

It’s been a while since I posted something for the Weekly Photo Challenge. I wasn’t able to post for the previous challenge as I was so busy catching up with some serious spring cleaning. I really needed total time for spring cleaning because I wanted to get rid of some useless and not-so-important stuff from our house so,so badly.

And now, I’m done, not really done, but at least, I can be more relaxed now to write a blog post about this week’s photo challenge. ๐Ÿ™‚

As a response to the Daily Post‘s Weekly Photo ChallengeFresh“, I wanted to share with you photos which I consider and interpret as, well, fresh. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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In the age of where everything are processed or artificial, from the food to the beverages, I can’t help but appreciate the array of these fresh fruits. ๐Ÿ˜€

Fresh|ยฉSaraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

To me, fresh always means garden-grown and hand-picked fruits. I always see canned fruit preserves or bottled berry jams everywhere. There are also tons of processed and bottled, chemically manufactured beverages in every grocery I go. So to see real fruits is just a refreshing sight to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are my favourite fruits and berry of all time. ๐Ÿ™‚

And also, these fruits just reminds me that a new season is about to come.

Summer is already approaching. ๐Ÿ˜€

That means, it is time to get hydrated and find ways to beat the summer heat. ๐Ÿ˜€

I decided to make a refreshing and cool fruit water from these fresh fruits. ๐Ÿ™‚

Fresh|ยฉSaraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

The fruit water really tastes good! I love the combination of the fruits. ๐Ÿ™‚

So that’s how I interpret fresh. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you like the photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

Fresh|ยฉSaraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

So what does fresh mean to you? ๐Ÿ™‚

 

xoxo,

~Ainee

 

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You might also want to see other blog posts for this week’s photo challenge. You can check out:

Return to Eden

Last month, Danny and I decided to visit our favourite place in Davao City, the Eden Nature Park Resortย as a form of relaxation and retreat from our hectic and busy life in the city. Eden is a place very similar to Baguio City. It has a cool climate, lots of pine trees, and beautiful surroundings. Taken from their website:

Peace, serenity, bonding and celebration amongst the splendour of creation.

Eden is a home to vast gardens of herbs and organic vegetables, lush field of exotic and tropical foliage, acres of lofty pines and fruit trees, and showcases of exotic and indigenous creatures at the Deer Park and Bird Walk.

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After having our breakfast, Danny and I decided to walk around and take pictures. Everything around Eden is picture perfect. So if you visit there, be sure to bring a camera with you. You’ll miss half of your stay there if you don’t bring one. ๐Ÿ˜€ I want to share with you some of the photos we took. I hope you’ll enjoy them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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On the way to Prayer Garden, we were greeted by a group of mouse deer. ๐Ÿ™‚ They look so adorable. ๐Ÿ™‚

Eden Nature Park Mouse Deer|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

Eden Nature Park Mouse Deer|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

Then we headed to the Prayer Garden. Here are some of the photos we took from there. As always, the garden looks so, so lovely with all the flowers around. ๐Ÿ™‚ Get ready for flower photos everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚

Prayer Garden|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

Danny knows that I love flowers very much. He knew exactly what was on my mind: to have my photo of me taken with the flowers. ๐Ÿ˜› He was kind enough to be the “photographer” and me as the “subject”. ๐Ÿ˜€ I love him so much! ๐Ÿ˜€

Then we headed next to the Amphitheatre. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s beautiful as always with all the trees and flowers around it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Amphitheater|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

After the Prayer Garden, we just strolled and took more photos. Both me and Danny enjoying walking.

Eden Nature Park|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

Eden Nature Park|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

Eden Nature Park|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

We also gave a visit to our camp site last year.

Eden Nature Park|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

Eden Nature Park|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

It’s so nostalgic walking around. We have been coming to this place since 2002. But we never get tired going back. ๐Ÿ™‚ After taking strolls, we decided to go back to our room to take a rest. ๐Ÿ™‚

Eden Nature Park|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

We were so happy to learn that we were given this room because this was the same room that we had during our honeymoon. Very, very memorable. ๐Ÿ˜€

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We really love this room. ๐Ÿ™‚ We can always relax in here. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can sleep here the whole day! I love to wake up with the nature. ๐Ÿ™‚ Danny enjoys listening to the birds and the gentle breeze. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ah, photos cannot do justice of how nice this place is. ๐Ÿ™‚

I went outside the room to enjoy the surroundings when I found this lovely conifer lying around. ๐Ÿ™‚

Conifer|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

Then I gathered all sorts of leaves, pine needles, twigs and everything. They give a rustic feeling. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Rustic|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeenreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

After getting the rest we needed, we then decided have a little snack and strolled some more. ๐Ÿ™‚ There are still lots of nice places to discover and photos to be pictured. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are some of our photos from our random walks. ๐Ÿ™‚

Our last stop was at the gazebo open field. ๐Ÿ™‚ We love that place because it’s so cool and windy there, perfect for meditation, relaxation and even recreation. ๐Ÿ™‚

Eden Nature Park|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

The field had a very lovely gazebo. ๐Ÿ™‚

Eden Nature Park|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

And a very nice view that I can’t help taking a picture of my hubby, Danny there. ๐Ÿ™‚

Danny. :) |www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

Since the place was wide and open, Danny and I decided to play badminton. ๐Ÿ˜€ It was quite a long time since we played this game together. ๐Ÿ™‚

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And we decided to go home after the game. ๐Ÿ™‚ We really had a wonderful time at Eden. ๐Ÿ™‚ We wouldn’t get tired coming back to this place. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We really look forward to return to Eden…I hope later? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Eden Nature Park|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

xoxo,

~Ainee

Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange

Orangeย is a very happy and energetic colour . Whenever I see that colour, it gives me a cheerful and giddy feeling. ๐Ÿ™‚ The colour orange is the result when you combine the two primary colours, red and yellow.

According to psychologists, the colour orange “is optimistic and uplifting, rejuvenating our spirit.”

So, in this blog post, I want to share with you a group of photos with the colour orange in it as a response to the Daily Post‘s Weekly Photo ChallengeOrange You Glad It’s Photo Challenge Time?“. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have always loved the colour orange especially in sunrise and sunsets. ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s the thing also when I look at this colour. It makes me want to fix myself a glass of ice-cold orange juice. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I hope the photos I shared made you happy, energetic and appreciate the colour orange. ๐Ÿ™‚

So while I get my drink, you might want to see some of the other orange photos from other WP bloggers. ๐Ÿ™‚ย “Orange” you excited?ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

xoxo,

~Ainee

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward

I love to travel. I really do. In fact, I have a long list of places that I really wanted to go.

But what stops me from travelling is my fear of riding planes. We had a near plane crash experience in one of our flights and that gave me a terrible trauma, to the point that I said to myself that I will NEVER ride planes again…

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Last year, when my husband’s clan decide to have a reunion in Baguio City, I was excited! My brother-in-law suggested that he’ll do a land trip from Davao City to Baguio. It made me more excited and I started packing up my things right away for the said trip.

But when I later found out ย from my husband that we’re going to have a plane ride since he has already booked it weeks ahead, my excitement vanished and I suddenly became reluctant to go. My husband knew for sure that I got nervous because of the plane ride but then he assured me that everything’s going to be alright.

And to make the long story short, I did take the plane ride, but I can’t help from shivering and freaking out every time the plane free falls or if we’re experiencing turbulence. It reminds me of the near plane crash experience we had. Thankfully, we landed safely! Thank God! ๐Ÿ™‚

So, as a response to Daily Post‘s Weekly Photo ChallengeReward“, I want to share with you some snapshots that I took from our trip. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Ruins|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

Windmills, Pagudpud|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

I took these pictures using a camera phone. They may not look outstanding but these photos mean a lot to me because it reminds me of the reward I got for taking up the courage to ride planes again despite the trauma that I had; I was able to go to the places that I really wanted to go and to see the beautiful views that I only see at travel magazines. ๐Ÿ™‚ If I really did decide not to come just because I was afraid to ride planes again, I would have not seen these wonders. I would have not been able to take a photo of these. ๐Ÿ™‚

It is really true,ย that in order for you to get your reward, you must go through so much pain and suffering and terrible torture. But all of the endurance and perseveranceย are worth it. All of the pain and suffering are nothing compared to the reward that is awaiting you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

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Let’s see the wonderful rewards of our other WordPress bloggers. ๐Ÿ™‚ It really is inspiring to know the story behind their wonderful photos. ๐Ÿ™‚ Some of the blog posts and photos you might like to see are these:

xoxo,

~Ainee

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

I first encountered the word “rule of thirds” when I attended a photography workshop in our youth summer camp. That’s when I learned that it is a principle in photography composition. It is a principle used to make photos balanced and more interesting. To do this, “the image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections.” (quoted from Wikipedia.)

So, when I first held a DSLR camera, I tried taking pictures using the rule of thirds, hoping that I really did nail it.

As a response to Daily Post‘s Weekly Photo Challenge Rule of Thirds“, I want to share with you a photo that I took a couple of years ago when I was still trying to figure out how to use the DSLR.

Weekly Photo Challenge|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

I took this photo after the rain has stopped. This photo gives me a very refreshing and reviving feeling. It’s as if the rain has also washed my troubles and stress away, along with the pollution and toxins in the surrounding and is giving a very promising renewal of life. ๐Ÿ™‚

I do hope that I nailed the rule of thirds in this one. But anyway, I hope you like the photo and may you feel the rejuvenation that I also feel every time I look at this photo. ๐Ÿ™‚

You can also see some of the wonderful shots from other WordPress bloggers like “Iridescent Ice Bubbles” by Jodi McKinney, “Feeling Good” by Sherri Matthews and “Rule of Thirds Using Nature” by Tisha Clinkenbeard. ๐Ÿ™‚