In response to this week’s photo challenge: Vivid
This photo was taken at Heaton Park, Manchester, UK. One may ask where the ‘Extra, Extra’ part is in the picture. The fact is that you cannot directly see it for it is the sun. Yes, the sun. Manchester rarely sees the sun shining in the sky even if it is officially the summer here. Therefore, it is always a pleasant surprise whenever we have bright, sunny, warm days.
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Today’s Daily Prompt asks: You are on a mission to Mars. Because of the length of the journey, you would never be able to return to Earth. What about our Blue Planet will you miss the most?
Rarely do people enjoy change. Whether we are stuck in a rut or having the best time of our lives, we often would rathe rstick to what we know rather than change – for better or for worse. Our brains are lazy. It loves routine and familiarity. New surroundings, a new job, a new person in our lives, a new house, or anything noble causes a little, if not a lot, of anxiety.
This sense of familiarity is what I would miss if ever I would be jettisoned to Mars and would not be able to come back. I do not know much about Mars. Despite having read a few articles and having watched a few documentaries, I still don’t know what to expect. Although, like some others, I would be excited of the prospect of living in a new planet, I would still be very, very nervous.
If I survive a few years in Mars, there will be no doubt that I will get settled and most likely enjoy my new ‘home’. I will become ‘habituated’ with my new surroundings. Then, and only then, will I no longer miss our lovely Blue Planet.
From Nature’s Video Channel:
I spent the first hours of 2011 with my partner, our family and friends.
A few weeks later, my partner celebrated her birthday again, with friends and family…
In April, me and my friends played a benefit gig for the people suffering Aplastic Anemia, which sadly was the cause of why one of our friends is no longer with us.
The gig was a success as it raised quite a bit of money and the people seemed to have had a good time.
We also said goodbye to two of our friends who moved to Den Haag. These guys warmed our hearts with their generosity, whilst inspiring us at the same time with their continuing success in their lives.
Dr. North is a magician on the grill
One of the prettiest moms-to-be I’ve seen:
I visited Pistyll Rhaeadr falls in North Wales during the spring. This place was breath-taking. I didn’t realise that there is such a lovely view in Wales!
A milestone has been reached by my partner in 2011. After 3 years of hard work and dedication, she graduated with flying colours!
I then went back home to the Philippines for a while with my partner. One of the first things we did was watch basketball- courtside! This game between UST and Ateneo was a really good one.
We visited Singapore, the tidiest and one of the most friendly cities I have ever visited…
Look at this for food choices:
And of course, we shopped at Bugis Street:
We then went to Boracay, Philippines, the greatest, most beautiful and relaxing beach I have ever been into…
When we got back to the UK, we moved to Manchester in preparation for the start of my Master’s Degree. Manchester is amazing. The city feels so alive and vibrant. I love how multi-cultural the city is. I also like how the buildings look.
This is a bonus: Old Trafford Stadium, the home of Manchester United Football Club:
Made new friends in uni…
Friends visited me for my birthday…
Remember our friends who moved to Den Haag? We visited them just before Christmas, and look, they have a baby! Thanks again for letting us stay at your place…
We then visited Amsterdam. Most of the pictures we took may offend people so, these are the only ones I will show you…
PS. Thanks, honey for the birthday gift!
My girlfriend and I spent Christmas at our place with our families. Our parents ended up cooking everything and doing everything for us, which was great! Family times are the best times!
Lastly, we had a meal at Wagamama on New Year’s Eve. We decided against cooking and staying in because that’s what we have always done for the past few years.
All in all, 2011 was a fantastic year for me. This is the reason why I do not have a New Year’s resolution this year. I think all I have to do is carry on what I have done. Here’s to another year of awesomeness!!!