Month: July 2014

HAPPY! Daily Prompt: Musical Marker

We all have songs that remind us of specific periods and events in our lives. Twenty years from now, which song will remind you of the summer of 2014? I don’t know how many times I’ve heard Pharrell Williams’ song, “Happy” in the past 6 months, but I can tell you that I don’t know if I’ll ever get tired of it. For my birthday this year, Carolina created a photo montage with “Happy” as the soundtrack and last week, someone shared the video, “Happy from Kamakura, Japan,” where I had just visited. The infectious tune and uplifting lyrics can chase away all the gloom in a matter of seconds, which makes it my anthem of 2014. Daily Prompt: Musical Marker |

Daily Prompt: Adult Visions

As a kid, you must have imagined what it was like to be an adult. Now that you’re a grownup (or becoming one), how far off was your idea of adult life? My adult life is very much like what I imagined it would be and this is why: I’ve pursued my love of traveling. There is something about becoming intimately familiar with a new place. Experiencing a city is a multi-sensory experience. The body experiences everything about the city through all the senses; sights, sounds, smells, textures and language, culture, and history all come to life. Traveling also interrupts daily routines and forces someone to learn and adapt quickly. I’ve learned to rely on myself and to be resourceful. Being somewhere new means trying new things that I might never do at home, but it’s also meant developing a greater appreciation for my own culture. When I’m away, I can genuinely appreciate the similarities and differences between the host culture and my own. I’ve lived a life of trying new things. When I’m in a position to do something different or try something new, I’ve always asked myself, “Why not?”. …

Missing Japan

After spending a whirlwind week in Japan, I came home to Hilo and immediately began looking for flights to return. It seems, with every visit, I find myself being drawn in by its charm and beauty. I’m still processing the trip, so I’ll likely write about these experiences in future posts, but for now, here are some images of my time spent in Kamakura and Matsuzaki.  

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast

Even though we can’t watch the sun dip below the horizon from the east side of the island, doesn’t mean Hilo people can’t enjoy sunsets. Seeing the last minutes of sunlight serving as the backdrop of Mauna Kea is always a pretty sight. Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast: