Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Y for Yummy: A Post for ABC Wednesday

I've been cooking for almost 30 years now and thankfully, most of the dishes that come out of the kitchen have all been called yummy by those who have tried them. I may not be like the young home chefs that you probably have seen on Masterchef Junior, but at least no one yawned at the food that I place on the table. Oh, no one has yelled at me up to this point to tell me that the food I served is the yuckiest of all that they may have tasted. 

Yipee! I can actually make some edible meals! 

Brightest Blessings!



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Parallel Horizons

Parallel defined by as 

extending in the same direction, equidistant at allpoints, and never converging or diverging:
and horizon is defined as

the line or circle that forms the apparent boundary between earth and sky.

As you may notice, there are similarities between the two. Separation, boundaries, lines that never meet. 

Yet when viewed from a certain angle, train tracks, the most common parallel lines that exist, your eyes perceive them to be merging and meeting with the horizon. Is it truly just an optical illusion, something that the mind concocts to make sense of the things that it sees? Is there a certain truth to it?

In reality, train tracks meet at certain points. These are the places where two tracks meet in order to let the train change its course. It may not be at the destination yet, but it does start a new journey. Same goes for the horizon. From afar, one can say that the sun kisses the sea as it sets. Another trick of the eye? Maybe. But, mountains kiss the skies lightly. Clouds caress the tops with the soft touches. They meet each other for but a brief moment, yet both change drastically. The clouds break and change its shape, the mountains are fed by the dew to make the trees grow while the earth around it shifts as water flows. 

And that is how relationships change us. Some people come into our lives like the fleeting clouds. No matter how brief they come in, they always leave a lasting mark. Then there are those who are like the train tracks, they will be with you until it's time to change tracks to go on a new adventure. Some, like the train tracks would remain at your side, running along with you until you reach your destination. 

At the end of the day, it's really up to you and how you view things. Will it be an unreachable horizon or will it be one that the mountain reaches to kiss? Would you be two separate rails on the tracks that never meet or would you look at it from a different perspective wherein at the end of the line, the two meet, side by side until the destination is reached. Together side by side, working together towards a common goal? 

Brightest Blessings!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Toy Photography in Black and White

I've been introduced to the world of toy photography October of last year when I stumbled upon the Facebook page of the Philippine Toy Photography Club (PTPC)

Since then, I started to collect toys of different shapes, sizes, and from different manufacturers as well. I even opened a second Instagram page called Toyscapes by Halie to showcase my toy photos. Why did I decide to dip my finger into this genre? In all honesty, the first reason that I had that time was I didn't have enough time to go out of the house to pursue my first love - street photography. But, as time passed, I realized that taking photos of toys is a whole different learning curb. It allowed me to tell a story using a single toy just by using my imagination, along with whatever I have that is available. 

For the shot above, I took it inside the house in the height of the afternoon. To get the desired spotlight effect, I made sure to place the toy at an area where only a sliver of light was present. I dialed up my exposure compensation to make sure that the surroundings would become darker. I then experimented with different angles of the toy until I got one which was satisfactory to me. In post processing, I still dialed the levels of the photo to make it a bit darker, then sharpened it. And there you have it, The Joker under the Spotlight.

Brightest Blessings!



One Direction - Story of My Life (Boyce Avenue cover) on Apple & Spotify

I wasn't a fan of this band, but when I heard one of their covers, I immediately converted. And given the chance, I would love to be able to talk to these men. Just to pick their brain and would love to see how they work together.

For all the covers that they have done and also their originals, this one is my favorite. No, I am not a fan of One Direction, but this song hit me with a ton of emotions from these brothers. What can I say, I am very much a fangirl, I'm crushing on all three of them, most especially on Daniel, with Fabian coming in second, and last but definitely not the least, Alejandro. 

What I liked about this cover is the fact that all three of them sang the song. Their voices have different qualities to them, but when they come together, it's total harmony. 

Ugh, I'm usually not at a loss for words, but with this, I am. 

Brightest Blessings!



Thursday, June 1, 2017

You've been GHOSTED!


You have got a great thing going on with a member of the opposite sex; out on a couple of exclusive dates, enjoyed your time together and it seemed like there's a potential there to form a deeper, more meaningful bond. Then out of the blue, the person that seemed interested in you stopped answering your calls, texts, and seemed to have suddenly lost interest in to further any communication.

This sudden disappearing act is known as GHOSTING. A term used to describe people's experience when the person whom they like abruptly shifts gears and directions. It is when someone whom you think you're jiving with suddenly stops communicating with you without any explanations or goodbye. When this happens, you are left wondering about the next step to take. Will you move on? Accept the reality? or Will you hold on and wait?

The best way to deal with this form of emotional and physical rejection is by trying to remember these things:

1. Admit that you got hurt. It's okay to tell yourself that you got hurt when the good things were disrupted, especially when you thought that there was hope that the relationship can extend beyond friendship.

2. Don't put yourself down - sympathize with yourself. It's okay to feel the loss. It's normal.

3. Talk to someone. Don't keep the hurt to yourself. Go out with your friends. Tell them what happened and how you feel. Letting out the emotions is acknowledging them. Be angry, cry, yell if you must, just let it out.

4. Take care of yourself, physically, emotionally, mentally, and psychologically. Exercise, move around, get enough sleep, and eat healthy. These will help lower the production of stress hormones. 

5. Think positively. Try to look at the situation from a different angle. Maybe the person who ghosted you thought that disappearing will be good for you. It's difficult to do, but may be you can give the person the benefit of the doubt.

6. Let GO. You may have fallen, but the best thing that you can do for yourself is to get back up and start walking again. Just remember to do it on your own time, at your own pace. And, try not to date someone on a rebound. You don't want to get ghosted again. 

Based on the article found over at Psychology Today
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