Mama

Mothers are the most selfless creatures on earth!

Thank you, mama, for being with me and bro 24/7 in our lives. In my case, even when I am a mother now myself, you are still there. It’s just amazing! We are giving back all the love we can give to you.

Mothers are the most selfless creatures on earth!

And motherhood is the best thing there is.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Not invisible

How are you as a mom, wife, daughter and sister? This #memoir will give you a different view of your life, having many roles to play.

It happens.

When you are in a relationship for long, you think you are invisible. That your partner does not see you anymore as you get wrapped up in chores and mundane things.

This memoir, Not Invisible, tells you that you are wrong. In every thing that you do—small or big in your opinion—your husband or wife and your children see you.

Frances Amper Sales, the author, takes you to her life as a wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister. And in every role that she plays, she makes sure that it matters because she matters and she makes a difference.

I really enjoyed reading this memoir for two reasons.

First, it is well-written. It is like the writer is just talking to you and telling you her story from the heart. The language is real, the words are vivid.

Second, it resonates. To me, being a mom of boys as well, a wife, and a daughter myself. I am sure, it will strike a chord in anyone who reads this, too. I think dads can relate to her stories, too.

Get to know more about Frances in her blog, Topaz Horizon. You can get her book through her blog.

LAPC #145 ~ Getting to know you

Travel is the best teacher, don’t you think?

In this edition of Lens-Artist Photo Challenge, Priscilla, the host, puts up the theme Getting To Know You — “as that theme might pertain to your relationship with a subject you’ve photographed. It could be a Person, a Place, a Culture, an Object…”

I choose few photos of my trip in Japan. I have always been amazed by Japanese culture. So, I really cherished the time I was in Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara. The place is so tranquil, and I love peaceful, zen places!

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

Inari is the protector god of rice, agriculture and industry, and is usually represented in the shape of a fox. The vermilion gates and the enchanted fox (komagitsune) are the specific features of Inari shrines.

Temizuya at the entrance of the shrine

The temizuya is an interesting feature of the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Before entering a shrine it is customary to perform a misogi, a purification process, where you cleanse your spirit first before entering the gates. Do not mistake it for a drinking fountain.

Here are the steps: (1) Approach the temizuya and remove one ladle (2) Scoop a little bit of water out and pour it into one hand, and repeat the process pouring it into the other hand (3) Scoop up some water a third time, cup your hand, pour some water into it, sip the water in your hand and then spit it out (do not swallow it – this is not a drinking fountain!). Source

Travel is really the best teacher.

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #145