Another time to share

This post might be longer that I expected but first of all, I’d like to share one blogger companion’s story whose life has been changed by an unfortunate circumstance. His name is Edward Echwalu who is a Ugandan freelance professional photojournalist with ReutersIrin Newsand The Observer (Uganda).  On 20th June 2013, all of his camera gears were stolen.

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My livelihood and profession is dependent on taking pictures. It’s my hobby, my passion, my bread, my hope for today and tomorrow. Waking up the next day knowing I didn’t have what defined who I am, who I have become was a hard feeling to hide.

– Imagine losing your life time investment in a flash!!

I came across his blog by WordPress’s recommendation on blogs I may like around a month ago, and Yes! when I saw his photos on the blog, I liked them. Not only they were fascinating, but they were also telling the stories behind them. I was totally captivated by his photos. When I read about his misfortune story, I felt sorry for him especially by his above words. Imagine it occurred to me and hope for tomorrows has gone?

There is a campaign sourcing some fund to help him top up on his next gears called African Stories through Photography and there is a Facebook page ‘Echwalu Photography Fundraisers‘ to support this activity.

I still believe in this quote from the Lord of the Rings:

Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.

I hope you will.

Other things to share are that I got nomination for two blog awards on consecutive days in the week prior to this past week from fellow bloggers.

The first one was Super Sweet Blogging Award which was the 2nd time I got this award. Thank you to lovely Judy Lesko for thinking of me.

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The rules are still be the same as the 1st time I got this award so I’ve already replied to the sweet answers on A sweet word.

Another one was The Awesome Blog Content (ABC) from weliveinaflat with Donna (Thank you to her kindness) and the rules for the award are as following details:

To ‘accept’ the award you just add the abc award logo to your blog – the links are at the bottom of this page for you… and then you can share something about yourself with your readers and then pass the award on to other worthy bloggers – there’s no limit to how few – or how many – other bloggers you can send this to.

To share something about yourself – you will need to go through the alphabet and choose a word or phrase for each letter and use that to describe yourself – it might be something about you, something you like, or a place or thing you dream about.

– from the Award creator

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Before going to describe myself by following through each alphabet, I think I’d like to mention (nominate) other 1+3 blogs for their sweet awesome blog content. This time, I choose blogs that I liked the way they present their photography.

  • Spilled MillkI liked the idea behind their blog and their photos are also well represented the things they want to communicate.

    Spilled Milk is a collaborative photography blog, featuring a collection of photographs from 14 talented mothers from around the world. We are prompted by a weekly theme reflecting some aspect of parenthood and the complexity and beauty that comes with raising our kids.
    – from Spilled Milk –

  • Morgan Wiltshire Photography: I believe that she is a professional photographer and I love color, lights, aspects of her photos. They are inspiring.
  • Patrick Tan Photography: He is a freelance photographer and I saw his works on the wedding parties which I think that they truly captured the sweet romantic vibe from that kind of events.
  • You must be somewhere in London: Ha, the blog name is cool and her photos are awesome. I like the color shades that she manage in photos posted on the blog. And of course, I liked everything related to England especially when she posted about English countryside. Love it!

The photos on the above blogs are inspiring. They motivate me to want to do something about my photography skill but I think it will need a lot of effort. In the meantime, I will see and admire their photos for the way they see the world.

Let’s get back to my world via alphabet:

A Analytical
B Books
C Cats
D Dogs
E Espresso
F Friendship
G Gadgets
H Home
I Intellectual
J Jump
K Kindle
L Listen
M Music
N Normal
O Omlet
P Pooh
Q Questions
R Radiohead
S Sleepy
T Travel
U Upgrade
V Vintage
W Winter
X Xtra Butter
Y Yawn
Z Zing!

Last but not least, thank you again to Judy Lesko and Weliveinaflat with Donna for these two awards nomination.

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A Word A Week Challenge – Tropical

My country, Thailand, has a tropical climate which is warm and humid. This time of year, we are in the rainy season. But today the sky was clear and still no sign of rain. This afternoon I went to my aunt’s home to have a Yoga session with her. We practiced Yoga in her bedroom which we could see the abandoned garden behind her home from the bedroom windows. Despite the warm weather, we were cooler from the wind that flew through opening window panels.

Bangkok | Thailand | 2013

Bangkok | Thailand | 2013

After finishing the session, I walked back to my home because our houses weren’t far from each other. It took around 10 minutes to reach my home.  During walking back, I needed to use an umbrella to shield me from the strong rays of light. However, I still snapped some photos along the way. It was good to have a chance to observe these scenes I used to pass a lot but I might overlook something.

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Bangkok | Thailand | 2013

Even though the above photos were taken here in Bangkok, not on any island or beach. I wish that they can represent Tropical for this week’s A word A week challenge from Sue.

Go to the moon and back

During past week, Bangkok and near-by area were cloudy and rainy. The sky just appeared yesterday and today. It was great to see some clear blue sky when I looked at the sky. And I was a bit surprised that I could see the moon on the sky at the time around 7 am this morning which was quite late to be able to see it. The moon looked very small compared with the big sky but I was still glad that I could capture it.

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Travel theme: Ripples

When I took some of above photos, I never knew that I would have this blog and join the challenges here. And I do enjoy participating in those challenges as they help me see things from the different angles. Like this week in the Ailsa’s travel theme which encourages me to notice the small things in my photos; Ripples.

The tranquil sea

Every thing around here is calm and back to be normal. Unbelievably, the situations on these previous posts (Smile and maybe tomorrow and The war inside) really did happen! No more shouting and accusation. Moreover, I feel like some burden has been lifted up from my shoulder as other two people finally know the same information as me.

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Still, I have to be careful and I won’t dare to touch any sensitive subject. I don’t know what lies beneath the quiet atmosphere like this as that person still holds the untrue belief. The current situation is similar to the tranquil sea that looks peaceful, but you will never know what the next big wave or even tsunami will come.

Trying my hardest to prevent the next turmoil.

The practice

Spaghetti with pork spam and sweet basil

Spaghetti with pork spam and sweet basil

If you notice on the right-hand side of this blog’s homepage, you will see the category called ‘Cooking with my mom’ which I rarely post under it. I think I can be good at cooking but I didn’t get a chance to help my mom in our kitchen that much when I was young as my regular house chore was helping my dad clean our home. The time has passed so much and I started to realize that I need to learn how to cook from my mom especially know my favorite dishes’ recipe.

The above food was one of my attempts to cook my preferred dish. I helped her prepare this dish 3-4 times before but this time I mostly did it by myself. It started by heating up water with a bit of salt and then boiling spaghetti around 12 mins. In the meantime, chop pork spam into dice and stir them in skillet without any oil until their color turns to be darker. After 12 mins for spaghetti are up, check its state and if it’s ok, put it in room temperature water. Then, stir garlic and dry big chili with olive oil until color of garlic change from white to yellow. After that, put spaghetti along with fried pork spam and put seasoning ingredient which my mom teach me to use dry fish stock (from Japan) and Thai fish sauce (Yes! spaghetti with Thai Fish Sauce!). Lastly, put sweet basil and mix everything together until sweet basil is cooked.

That dish was our breakfast last Saturday. The taste was good and I hope that I can do it without my mom’s help next time.

Behind the shot
App: oggl
Re-size, Crop, Credit: Typesetter

On the 4th Monday of every month, the phoneograph challenge is our choice among Abstraction, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel which I selected Food for this week. More photos from other challengers are here.