UK Trip Day 5

I watched the sunrise from a train this morning as I headed to Scotland.

Before I left for the UK, I remember checking the weather daily only to feel disappointed because it would forecast rain but 4 days in London, there was mostly blue skies and sun with afternoon clouds and a few minutes of drizzle, that’s it. I was surprised by the weather and now I got to see a sunrise?

I arrived, at last, in Glasgow after a 5-and-a-half-hour train ride, well, 4-and-a-quarter with about a 30-minute layover in Edinburgh.

If there was a day to feel extremely overwhelmed, it was today.

Firstly, my alarm went off at 4 AM. Everything was going fine until mom and I got on the train. When I bought the tickets online the week before the trip, I had seats reserved for the train but mom decided she didn’t want to sit in our assigned seats. She put her coffee on the table but decided to sit in the row behind. So I decided to do her a favor and carried her coffee.

Who would’ve thought the moment I grabbed the coffee by the lid, the cup would fall beneath, spilling coffee everywhere. Mom was furious. “Why did you touch my coffee?” She growled.

“It’s an accident,” I told her. I was trying to be nice but she just made me feel bad as I stood there, paralyzed as she cleaned up the mess with napkins. I was afraid to move, paralyzed by anxiety and fear, afraid if I intervened, more would go wrong.

Was I wrong to stand there like a deer in the headlights?

Probably but didn’t I have the right to be afraid?

Fortunately, the train remained quiet until we reached Newcastle when 4 people came aboard and insisted in sitting in our seats, which meant we had to move. I took a row while mom took another.

To be honest, one of my fears on this trip was not being able to understand the Scottish accent but it wasn’t difficult at all. I knew exactly what the man said when he told me to pay at the “till” and exactly what it meant when the meat is labeled at “minced” (maybe it’s also an English thing, not a Scottish thing).

I actually think the Scottish accent is one of the most beautiful accent I’ve every heard. Of course, despite constantly bragging about learning to speak English by watching the BBC, mom hasn’t been able to understand a thing since we arrived in the UK.

At first, I thought it was the slangs that’s getting her but I’m starting to think she’s just like her family – lazy and just wanted to rely on me.

Vintage Car
Wheel and Sunrise
City View

CMMC: December Alphabet – V or W at the Beginning

Caption (from top to bottom):

  • Vintage Car
  • Wheel and Sunrise
  • City view

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #217: Opposites

Tina is the host for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and she has chosen the topic of Opposites.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #178: You Choose

This week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #178, Tina is allowing us to choose our own topic. Since 2021 is drawing to a close, I think this will be a good opportunity to share a few of my favorite shots from 2021, shots I’m proud of and happy with how it came out. I hope you enjoy.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Sunrise

Sunrise at the office
Another sunrise, another day

A Photo a Week Challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: Natural Lighting

Natural lighting is how I take my photos. I didn’t have a flash set up on my old mirrorless camera and became so used to it that even though my new DSLR has a flash built-in, I never use it.

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CFFC: Orange

In the glow of the morning light
Orange Flowers

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #153: It’s a Wonderful World

This week, on Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #153, Amy challenged everyone with the topic of It’s a Wonderful World.

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Sunrise

One of the things about living on the Wasatch Front is we don’t get to see sunrise here because the mountains are in the way. Continue reading “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Sunrise”

Photo of the Day!

…and we have reached the final Photo of the Day of 2018. Continue reading “Photo of the Day!”

Photo of the Day!

The best travel experience I’ve had 2018 was definitely my solo trip to Capitol Reef National Park in September. Of course, the trip was awesome. It made me realize the freedom of solo travel. I didn’t have to sleep and wake on schedule. I could choose what to eat and where to dine. And I could stop at any turnout and any hiking trail.  Continue reading “Photo of the Day!”

Share Your World – Week of Sept. 17 2018

What Is Your Favorite Beverage?  (for those who really dislike “favorite” questions, hey, time to time, one just pops in and will not be denied). Continue reading “Share Your World – Week of Sept. 17 2018”

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Last weekend felt like a dream….

Good Saturday morning! Thank you for joining me for another edition of #weekendcoffeeshare. Come on in and enjoy a cup of coffee with me. Continue reading “#WeekendCoffeeShare: Last weekend felt like a dream….”

Sunrise and Sunsets – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

January Sunset over the Pacific

December Sunset at the Utah State Capitol

November Sunset at the Utah State Capitol

October Sunrise at the office

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Daily Post Photo Challenge


I love taking pictures of sunrises and sunsets because sunrises and sunsets signify the beginning and end of the day and I think those two things fit this week’s photo challenge. Therefore, I hope you enjoy my selection. Continue reading “Glow”

Photo of the Day!

I have been going to work an hour earlier than my usual time this week because my mom is doing overtime Continue reading “Photo of the Day!”

Photo of the Day!

My mom often says, “Take for granted for the time you’re in school because this will be the happiest times of your life.” Continue reading “Photo of the Day!”

#WeekendCoffeeShare: First Weekend Home

If we were having coffee, I would tell you good morning and thanks for joining me for the first 2017 weekly chat hosted in the U.S. Continue reading “#WeekendCoffeeShare: First Weekend Home”

Top Photos of 2016

Since this is the last week of 2016, I will be taking the time to reflect on certain aspects of the year. Continue reading “Top Photos of 2016”

Half-Light: Sunrises

I took all these pictures during the last month and they were all taken in the early in the morning. I love sunrises, there are always so many colors associated. I just don’t like getting this early. Good thing I only have three more weeks of school left.

Daily Post Photo Challenge – Half-Light