US-Canada Trip 2022 After Thoughts


As of Sunday evening, I was home again, in my own bed, enjoying a quiet night rest. No more sharing a bed with Mom, no more listening to her snoring, and no more having to listen to her loud YouTube playing all night long. The trip has ended at last.

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US-Canada Trip 2022 Day 4-5


For date reference, day 4 is referring to September 23 and day 5 is September 24. I think this is more for me than for anyone in particular.

As I wrote in this post, I felt like the trip had gone downhill after day 3. Even with the spectacular views from CN Tower on day 4, I can never compare those views to that of the Niagara Falls.

After CN Tower, we took the street car up to Toronto Chinatown. I have been to only two other well-known Chinatowns so far – Los Angeles and San Francisco – and I’ve come to expect rowdy behavior from the senior residents of Chinatown. Still, it was a bit disorienting and with Mom constantly wandering to God-knows-where, I had to be on my toes every second.

Can you tell my anxiety level has been pretty high during this trip?

After finally grabbing a bite, we walked a few blocks down to Toronto City Hall. It was my idea because I needed a photo of the Toronto sign in the Nathan Phillip Square to prove I’ve really been to Toronto. I don’t know about you but have you ever had to prove to someone that you’ve really been to a certain place?

I have. From then on, I’ve always photographed the sign of the place I’ve been to.

That afternoon, on the way back to the hotel, I received a call about my car. At first, I thought they were calling me to notify me my car was ready to pick up but it turned out they broke something while dismantling the car door. So now, new parts will need to be orders and who knows how long that’ll be. I became so anxious after the call. I know I should had been but I was.

Day 5 aka my birthday was spent driving from Toronto to Ottawa. Mom drove while I sat back and enjoyed my birthday drink from Starbucks – Iced Matcha Latte. I was thankful she allowed me to connect my phone to the rental car so I can play some music instead of listening to the hum of the road and our pathetic attempts of trying to make small talks with each other despite our small talks so far lasted less than a minute before Mom either got angry and started shouting or she got bored.

She also wasn’t feeling well that day and she had to exit in a random town and take a nap behind a Tim Horton (Canadian coffee franchise) while I just sat there, earbuds in, and listened to my music. I volunteered to drive but she wouldn’t let me, most likely still worried about my driving skills after my accident.

We finally arrived at the Ottawa motel at a little after 4 PM. As soon as we had a small meal, mom took some cough medication and went to bed.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #218: Over the Hill


Donna from Wind Kisses is guest-hosting this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and she is challenging everyone with the topic of Over the Hill.

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#SundayStills – All About #Roadtrip


The theme for this week’s SundayStills is all about road trips, whether it’s recent or long past. For the last few years, I’ve had at least one road trip each year. They were all memorable in one way or another and I still find myself reflecting on them from time to time.

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#SundayStills – Distances are just #Numbers, right?


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#SundayStills – Monthly Color Challenge – #Jade Green Waters


Sunday Stills

CMMC: March Rainbow Colors


Multi-cultural
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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #187: Water


This week, Anne from Slow Shutter Speed is the host of Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #187 and she has chosen the topic of Water.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #179: Serene


This week, on Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #179, host Patti challenges everyone to seek serenity in our photographs.

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Lens-Artists Challenge #144: Taking Flight


This week, on Lens-Artists Challenge #144, Tina has challenged us with the topic of “Taking flight.”

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Shimmer


A Photo A Week Challenge

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Bank


Here are some of my favorite banks from the past:

Tuesday Photo Challenge

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Reflection


I love this topic and I hope you like these pictures of reflection on water around the world. Continue reading “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Reflection”

Photo of the Day!


I was experimenting here in this photo. I have been watching YouTube videos, trying to learn photography technique. One of the many photographers I’m following on YouTube suggested instead of taking a general landscape or a macro, why not shooting a photo from a certain perspective? So there I was, attempting to capture the view from the flowers’ perspective.

What do you think?

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Technical Details

Sony NEX-5T v. 1.00 (f/5.6, 40 mm, ISO-100, 1/160 sec)

Photo of the Day!


Can you believe this? I started planning a road trip more than a month ago and the day has arrived.  Continue reading “Photo of the Day!”

A Photo a Week Challenge: From Above


Here is a gallery of pictures taking from a high vantage point. Hope you enjoy. Happy Sunday! Continue reading “A Photo a Week Challenge: From Above”

Week 2 Topics – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge


Week 2 topics for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge include: truck, mural, octopus, whale, animal, painting, orange, black, water, lighthouse, ocean, vivid, vintage, and blue. I think I have just the pictures.  Continue reading “Week 2 Topics – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge”

Week 1 Topics – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge


Cee has started a new series for this Fun Foto Challenge! And she challenges us to use the little details in her photo for topic inspiration. This week’s possible topics include: geometry, bushes, window, brick, curtain, green, tan, wall, building, dark red, tree, etc. Here is mine: Continue reading “Week 1 Topics – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge”

Diagonal Lines – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge


This week, Cee challenges us to creatively come up with pictures containing diagonal lines. Continue reading “Diagonal Lines – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge”

Flags and Banners – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge


It’s been over a year since my big road trip where I traveled to Canada and different parts of the U.S. Continue reading “Flags and Banners – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge”

Still Water and Waterfalls


Here are a few of my favorite photos involving flowing water and waterfalls. Enjoy! Continue reading “Still Water and Waterfalls”