Thursday, March 23, 2017

Anza Borrego Wildflowers

My friend and I decided to check out the wildflowers in Anza Borrego last weekend. I haven't had a chance to play with my DSLR for a while, so what a time to do so!

The images have not been edited.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Two lovers meet in the afterlife. One remembers the many reincarnated lives they spent together, the other doesn't.

I wrote this back in July of 2014. I am just going to throw caution to the wind and let it into the world. Hopefully this will help inspire me to write more (and better) again. It's a bit cheesy, but oh well. :)

Writing Prompt #9 Two lovers meet in the afterlife. One remembers the many reincarnated lives they spent together, the other doesn't.

Two people find themselves alone in a final afterlife setting. One remembers the hundreds, if not thousands, of lives they spent together as true loves, while the other has no memory of the past. The one who remembers tries to convince his/her partner to remember as well. Their afterlife is up to you...


We had been born and loved each other in every part of the world, several thousand times over.

Even though we always found each other, in each reincarnation, we only truly remembered the other after our love blossomed.

He always found me first. He was drawn to me like a moth to a flame. I was always a bit skeptical of him and his passionate ways. In every life, he was a dreamer, but it never took me long to fall for his charms. He always had a way of making me become a believer.

He didn't always succeed in his dreams, but that never stopped him from trying. That's one of the many reasons why I fell for him, lifetime after lifetime, regardless of where we were, regardless of what year it was.

We had lived richly and poorly in every sense. Born into wealthy families in the best neighborhoods, and into poverty in rural villages of third world countries where we struggled to find drinking water.

We didn't always get to spend our whole lives together. Our love wasn't always ideal. Several times, on several occasions we found one another when one of us, and sometimes both of us had created lives and families with others. Each time was different; even though we were always overwhelmed by our love, sometimes the commitments we had made weighed upon us too heavily that we stayed faithful to the lives we had already created. These were the hardest times, the times when we realized we couldn't be together, even when we knew that we were soul mates.

The best times were when our story worked out like a fairy tale. When we were each other's first and only love; when everything fell into place and nothing could stand in our way. In those times, when we recognized each other and remembered our pasts, we always vowed to wait for each other in the next life so that we never had to hurt anyone else.

That was always the plan, but each time we were reborn, new to the world, with no memory of our past and like everyone else, unaware of what life had in store. But usually within a few days of meeting, he would recognize us and not long after, I would too.

In our very last life, we didn't end up together. We were both married and each had two children. When we met, it was whirlwind romance, that as always, took us by surprise.

Before meeting in this last life, we were both pretty happy. Neither of us ever would have thought we would have had an affair, neither even felt discontent, until we found each other again. Our emotions took hold, but neither one of us had ever imagined the devastation it caused our respective families. We still loved our spouses, but our love for each other has always been bigger than our abilities to manage our emotions. Especially when we first got were in contact again. Nothing could prevent us from being together, even for a little while, ever.

This time, we both reluctantly agreed that we should go back to our families. The pain we caused our children was too much to bear. Even though we found each other once again, we were in love with our spouses and couldn't live with it this time.

Our last day together was full of anguish. We spent one last weekend with one another, and never left the hotel room. We lie forehead to forehead, with tears streaming down our faces, knowing it would be the last time we saw each other in this life. We held each other until our arms were exhausted, but we didn't stop clinging to each other until we had to leave.

"I'll wait for you in our next life" I told him. He embraced me with all his strength and promised the same.

Little did I know, I would no longer be reborn.

I don't know how long I waited for him. Time isn't measured in the same way that it is on Earth. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

#HumpDayHaiku 4Q16

October 26th:

I totally missed September, but couldn't let Halloween pass me by! It's simple, but fun. :)

November 30th:

The holiday season is here!

December 21st:

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

#HumpDayHaiku 3Q16

I almost missed July!

Aug. 17

Olympics inspired... These elite athletes are truly inspirational. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do" - Edgar Degas

So... yeah, I've taken up painting. And to be honest, no matter how much I end up doing, I plan on staying on the "don't know how" side so that it stays fun and "easy".

I think a part of me has always strived to develop an artistic side. I have so many art supplies: crayons, markers, acrylic paint, pastels, colored pencils... Even though my wardrobe may contain just a handful of colors, my eyes are always drawn to vibrant colors.

Paint Nite
When I accompany friends into stores like Sephora or even the Home Depot paint aisle, I look at the color palettes and feel a peaceful calmness.

I've been an inspiring creative for a long time but I've never dedicated any time to it. But considering all the supplies I've accumulated over the years, it seems about time.

About 7-8 years ago, Costco has an art easel and paints set that I bought on a whim. After that, it just sat in a closet or garage, collecting dust until now. Why did I wait so long? I just didn't want to commit. Why did I finally break it out? Well, I figured, 1. Why not? and 2. It's something to do while I binge watch tv!

As Danny Kaye says, "Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it."

And after my first Paint Nite with my good friend, Erica, the creative juices really started flowing. I had already been working a weekly Hump Day Haiku that was accompanied by a drawing. Up until that point, I was essentially drawing stick figures. After, I decided to step up my game and see what I could do.

I have finished that project, but haven't found another one for this year. I've been playing with my new DSLR and been taking pictures as often as I can, but I still felt like something was missing.

There is just something to forcing yourself to constantly brainstorm and create a new thing each week and then just stopping. I start getting what I consider "creative anxiety" where I just want to draw something. But not just something, something that I like and am willing to share. I have several half finished sketches so now I'm switching gears and trying a new medium.

I have another 5 canvases ready to have paint thrown on them. Over the next few weeks and months I'll be adding whatever I create here. Hopefully they will turn out ok, but even if they don't, I honestly don't have a clue of what I'm doing so I'm just going to have some fun.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

#HumpDayHaiku 2Q16

I've been missing this project and haven't been drawing as much as I'd like.

Hopefully this quarter I'll have more.

Apr. 13:

Happy hump day!

May 4th:

My friend said that Star Wars is a tricky topic because of the mega fans. The bf wanted me to add Yoda, Han and Chewie too. Can't please everyone so I drew what I wanted.  😆

In any case, may the 4th be with you!

Jun. 8:

Now who doesn't like smiling purple hippos?

I'm hoping I'll do at least another one or two before this month ends! 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Chúc mùng năm mói!

Happy Vietnamese New Year!

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy,  and prosperous year.