On Traveling: Who Brings What?

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As I was browsing at my photo archives, I noticed in one specific photo having this detail at the background. I zoomed out and amused on what it entails. With just one look you can tell on how these two travelers delegate responsibilities.

Light come now quickly

Shadows hide in your absence

Reveal what needs be

 

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Photo Challenge – Cee’s Which Way

This is my first of joining a photo challenge, and i hope the firsts of the many. The subject of the challenge is to capture photos which depict direction, or anything that relates to it. May it be streets, bridges, stairs, road signs, lanes, aisles, and many many more.

I have browsed through my archives, and found some of them:

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Dubai streets, when it rains

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Sneak pic of the aisle in one of the grandest hotels in UAE, Emirates Palace

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You may have thought you’re seeing the gate entrance (left side of the photo). But not yet. Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE

 

 

 

Happyness Quote Day 31 – Gratitude

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Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.

Maya Angelou


When we appreciate all that we have in life, our egos step out of the way, inviting even greater abundance into our lives.
Practicing gratitude for our lives – for the air we breathe, for our magnificent bodies, and the beauty of being alive – is a wonderful place to start. From this, we can expand outward, like ripples in a still pond, appreciating everything and everyone we encounter and those who touch our lives as well.
What are you thankful for today?

NaPoWriMo Day 30 – Cruising with Words

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Hail, ye, the fulfillment of this dare filled my very soul
Euphoric passion and lavished praise for the 30 poems
Letting the seed grow in the grounded heart
Liberated the words for jewels to flaunt, and
Orchestrated a chain to entangle my thoughts.
 
Good Lord, grant me the wisdom to pursue
On this cruise I set out to the ocean of words
One prompt to another was like a mystery solved
Deliberately rhymed and versed to satisfy my whim
By and by, next April spring will come too soon
Yearning that the seed has grown with a solid trunk
Earnestly I wait, and patiently I learn.

With over 1500 participants for NaPoWriMo this year, it was indeed a very good season.

And so now for our final prompt, we are challenged to write a poem of farewell since today befits the final poem. It is not necessarily a goodbye-forever poem, NaPoWriMo will be back again next year. For a little inspiration, here’s selections of goodbye-and-good-luck poems from the Poetry Foundation website.

NaPoWriMo Day 27 – I Am

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I Am, But a Clay

When I was gathered from the depth
of earth and formed to the creator’s
liking – I Am. I stand here alone.
What made me I Am?
 
What makes us different? 
Half and half we are different.
Who made us different?
The creator, or the created one?
 
 We all long for perfection
And we pray for that longing.
Look at me now.
I never reach that perfection.
 
For I don’t even know
What perfection is like.
If you will tell me now
I may know if – I AM.
 

Our prompt today from NaPoWriMo is an ekphrastic poem. This is something similar — a poem written from a photograph.

I’m a Busy-Buddy, and I Reach-Out First

What you send ~ Will come back;
What you sow ~ You will reap;
What you give ~ You will get;

What you see in others ~ Exists in you;
So Give out all the love you can and let your love shine through!

I attended a Life-Mastery seminar few years ago, and one of our chants for the entire duration was this – “I’m a busy-buddy, and I reach-out first”.

It’s ironic, isn’t it? But I tell you, the moment we started reaching-out to others, we made ourselves busy with our new-buddies. We engaged with them more authentically. The depth of conversations increased as we, together with those we reached out, communicate openly the actual state of being.

Since I joined Zero to Hero challenge, I discovered so many wonderful blogs. They are like treasures in the cove that when you start to dive-in, and linger a little longer, you will be amazed with the depth of wisdom and ideas that settled in there.

To give a bit of idea of what’s around here in World of Mymae in the days to come, read below the things that keep me sane in my new home.

Volunteering. This usually happens on a Friday or Saturday, the regular days-off here in my city. It’s when you have too much love on yourselves that you can’t wait to share it with others. And yet I may still need well-spring of inspirations. I already found few of those blogs, and will find more.

Volunteering

Countless number of balloons make a huge change on the view of the sky, compare to one

Cultural Exchange. I always meet strangers, and in one meetings or another, it’s an opportunity to gain friends. I am involved in this cultural group, attended by many people who, not only are interested with small talk, but are also getting into insightful discussions about  cultures, traditions, and even teaching or learning languages other than their own.

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Language and Culture Exchange

Photo Journal. I mentioned in my previous post that I had started with photography few years ago. But I had to sell it to fund my relocation here in Dubai. It took me a year to buy a new one. I am using a Canon digital camera on this journal, which I am content with the quality of photos I had taken. All the photos that are included in this post were taken by this digital camera.

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From deserts, to green bushes, to skylines

Arts and Crafts. It’s probably not my own work of art, but will definitely try my hand on it. I find this new interest of visiting art galleries, and exhibits, and so I’ll be making posts of my discoveries, and hopefully can feature some artists. Also, I find a new joy in writing letter mails and sending them in the post. If anyone is interested to be my pen pal, let me know in the comment below. Let’s bring back the “old-school” communication. I just sent-out a reply letter to a new pal from Canada.

Art

“If you hear a voice within you saying, You are not a painter, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”

Health and Fitness. I’m so lazy at this, but I keep on reminding myself that I need to invest on this activity. I certainly need plenty of ideas, much more to mention – discipline – on this matter. For bloggers who are into healthy stuff, yoga programs, fitness routines – consider me your fan.

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You can set yourself up to be sick, or you can choose to stay well.”- Wayne Dyer

I would like to express my gratitude for everyone who follows this blog, and those who expressed their thoughts in the comments. It’s a challenge, at the same time, a source of inspiration – that someone out in this blogosphere is wanting to hear what I have to say. Happy writing! Enjoy liking! Have fun following! Love commenting!

 

~MyMae