I Don’t Know How To Spend My Time Wisely by Joel F

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If time creates memory and memory defines time, where am i?
Am i still in the past when i hope that the good things i have will last?
Or am i now in the present when my future steps in a split second
For sure i’m not yet in the future because i still keep my prayer in my door.

If my past defines my future, where will my present be?
Is it in the middle of the two, a prelude to a future past beyond my grasp?
If my present decides my future, who decides my past?
Wasn’t my past was also once my future in the not so distant present?

Time really confuses me, so i let go of my time. They say spend it wisely.
Does being wise mean you spend your time preparing for your future?
But how can you prepare for your future without neglecting the precious present?
How can you be wise when it goes so quickly?

Good thing i got memories.
But memories belong to the past not the future.
And time moves in a different direction, memory in another.
Time moves forward. Memory relives the past.

I’ll just enjoy the moment.  I don’t know how to spend my time wisely.
I’ll just use it.


*** beach photo taken in Phuket, Thailand.


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I’m All Yours Sunshine

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I’m all Yours Sunshine

It’s so hot in the Philippines now and everytime i feel the summer heat some memories keep flashing again.  Let me recall some of them:

After the alleys and the cobbled streets, we decided to walk in the park and indulge in the typical summer quebec city landscape.

The view of the sunbathers, some half naked, others fully dressed,  not  in the beach, but on a park full of greens.

Oh, what we usually ignore and take for granted in a tropical country is truly anticipated with excitement and enthusiasm in a country endowed with four beautiful seasons.

How i wish i could remember the last time i invitingly said “I’m All Yours Sunshine.”





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The Spider In Ottawa

Almost finished , this catchy art installation in Ottawa city caught my attention.  Captured by my lens and my wandering eyes, can’t help not to be enticed by its tentacles of temptations.

Surely, i could create a hundred poetry and a dozen themes for a picture speaks a thousand words  but why complicate things if i can just show you the scenery just the way it is. 😉



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Nathan Phillips Square

Strolling and finding Toronto’s greatest public space…Nathan Phillips Square.  The fountain, the pigeons, the beige colored city hall , the ice rink (on winter) and a current tv show filming on the plaza.  Standing and having my photo taken…. looking back, that time clock at the background reminding me that time flies so quickly when one is enjoying the view so deeply.

Capture it with lens and keep it forever. No words to expressed. Thank goodness I’ve got my wordpress!  😉

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Bienvenue Quebec City

I can give you a thousand reasons to visit quebec, particularly quebec city but  i don’t speak french, so  i might as well say it in universal language and that’s the language of visuals.

Since a picture speaks a thousand words, a random photos of this fascinating place might convince you that there’s no place like it.

Don’t worry i won’t post a thousand pictures here. I’m deeply convince that just this photo is enough to make you pack your bags,  try  the  “french”  fries and  indulge in  that very elusive french kiss! Bonjour!

Colors of Greens and Hues of Ingenuity

shadesofgreensStrolling around in Newcastle Island, i found a way to have my photo taken with no one in sight.Well, there were only 3 passengers on a pump boat (yours truly included) when i head to that island, the two strangers hurriedly bike around as they leave the boat.

Wandering to the greeneries , i saw  birds resting, few steps and they suddenly all flew to the horizon.,  if only i could ask them to have my photos taken. but all’s taken realizing  that’s the perks of traveling alone, serenity and ingenuity crops up and voila, a stone, a fallen trunk or a useless rock suddenly appears and one is ready for a photo shoot. Who says life offers a single hue? 🙂 – By JoelF

The Lost Child

thelostchildbyjoelf The sound of a scream as she opened her eyes. The movement of the ground was instantly felt. The place is too dark as she grasped for the light.  A lost child suddenly appears in the dead of the night.

She asked what happened? Why they are all alone, no neighbors to ask, no  one  to hold. The child speaks  saying he can’t believe , the moment he woke up, he’s walking alone.

She asked his name and he said he is john, she nods and say “Don’t worry i will  bring you back home.” The boy replied  “you are my home.”

Confused by the words but the tears in his eyes, gave her a message she can’t deny,  as the  boy  hold her hand and showed her wrists, the blood is gushing, from the cut she didn’t miss,

It is only then that  she felt the pain when the child start saying ” I asked HIM to make me, a part of this world, but how can it be , if my mom isn’t home”

Years had passed as she speaks on the floor, to all those who are lost and almost took their own course. She found the truth that life is a cord that binds  not one , but all.  As she leaves the hallway, she was greeted by a friend , who gave his gift for her son John’s first birthday.  -by JoelF


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Australia’s X Factor and My Musings

thexfactor I just watched the recent you tube video posted by Miss World 2013 Megan Young that went viral, with more than a million views in just a few days. It’s about a 28 year old filipina auditioning in Australia’s X Factor. I enjoyed watching it, not only because of her great voice but it also caught my attention  somehow due to several reasons. one of them is “You Can Relate” to the circumstances she’s in. I don’t know, maybe it’s just my wild imagination but somehow i was touch while watching the video. let me say why. By the way, this is just my observation.

The  Age and  The  Accent:   She enters the stage and was asked by the judge how she is, she answered it with a not too australian accent.  After asking her age, a male judge instantly asked her “Are you, Were you born in Australia?” She proudly replied  “I’m from the Philippines”.(i’m touched by this, i’m proud of her!).. Perhaps it’s the accent that prompted the judge to ask that,, although she is not white, i don’t think the judge would ask that even if she  has a brown skin if she speak with an australian twang as i ‘ve watch the other two filipino australian teenagers who auditioned recently and was never asked those things as the judge can see and hear clearly that the kids speak very australian. “Who’s here with you then” , a follow up question, you can see from the judge face that he’s perhaps clueless on why she’s there on the stage. When she said she’s with her family, and friends, nothing has change from the male judge’s expression until she said the word “husband”. The moment the male judge heard the word “husband” , now he lightens up, a smile in his face was visible as if something is going on in his mind. “How long have been married?” “2 years” the girl said. (I can’t read other people’s mind, so this is just my gut feel observation, and I hope i’m wrong). The girl might feel that the male judge might think that she married an old man, she instantly told him, without him asking her husband’s age, that her husband is 22 years old.Something that is not so common nowadays, a young Australian Guy marrying an older Filipina which proves again that Love knows no age. Then a female judge says “Cougar”, the lady replied with a funny statement and there you go, she got the audience laughing  and the judges smiling with her sincerity. 

Facebook and Love Searching:  “How’d you meet? ask the male judge, the lady replied “Facebook”, now you can see the judges starting to like her, smile on their faces. She continue narrating that when she saw the guy’s photos on facebook, she gave him a message “You Look Good” and even say that she really want to catch that guy until the guy likes her. So natural, honest and sincere, that’s why it amused the judges who never in their wildest dream have imagined  that someone on national television would admit that.  Following a guy , catching him until he falls for her ..and she’s a woman! truly admirable!  And call it mushy, Love is such a many splendored thing, one can go to great lengths just to find “the one”.  And most of the times most people would hate to admit that we have a such certain longing, that at one point in our life, we tried going online to find that special someone either by using our facebook connections, other social media sites or logging  on to dating websites! Yes, it’s universal and one shouldn’t be ashamed of that.

The Looks:   After hearing the lady sings, a male judge confessed that he didn’t expect what he saw (or heard). He told her that when he saw her came out on the stage, he thought ,no way would she be able to sing. Why? What was his basis? What else but the looks, that physical outward appearance.. Which brings me to one thing that we all can relate to. First Impression! We all fall for this mistake once in a while when we judge people on how they look from the outside. I remember one time me and my friend were walking in downtown when a man with dirty torn clothes was walking towards us, i was texting someone when she said “your phone, put that in the bag” i look and got what she meant, as if that old guy will snatch my phone, but nope, he didn’t , he just happened to wear dirty torn clothes but it doesn’t mean he’s bad. That happened , we all fall for that, we judge people (most of the times by their status, how they look, how much they own etc).

The Song:   She pick a good song, “Halo” by Beyonce Knowles. It blended well with her great voice and the lyrics, yes, the words in that song , one can feel that she meant it, she felt every line of it and the audience and the judges are not deaf to her emotions.Truly you can feel her emotions while she’s singing it.  I was touched especially when she sings that line:  “I  found a way to let you in, But I never really had a doubt, Standing in the light of your halo, I got my angel now. …Everywhere I’m looking now, I’m surrounded by your embrace, Baby, I can see your halo, You know you’re my saving grace, You’re everything I need and more, It’s written all over your face, Baby, I can feel your halo, Pray it won’t fade away.”

She got a standing ovation from the  judges .No wonder both the male judges  say, they felt as if the lady owned the song, the way she delivers it.  She has a powerful voice and she pick the right song. No matter how great one’s voice is, if she wasn’t able to pick a good song that suits her, it won’t be as touching as it would be. Just like in life, we survived not so much of our skills, but more of our will. When we learned to pick our battles and when we learned that we just have to look around us, realized that we’re not truly alone. For others it can be their loving partner, for some it could be their mom, dad, their  kids, friends or even the Supreme Being, One thing is for sure, somehow, somewhere, SOMEONE’s gotta be your halo!  – by JoelF





The THAI That Binds

I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain…….

Time flies so fast, in a glance it  looks just  like yesterday, oh yes it was, but memories still linger. I remember the excitement of booking a flight with my friends to visit amazing Thailand. The endless chat over the phone regarding our trip: the first thing to do, the first place to visit, the first show to watch. As Bangkok is really an exciting city…so many temples to visit, great shopping district, exotic food, warm friendly people , exciting gay nightlife, no day or night was ever wasted. .heheheGolden Buddha Bangkok

Riding an elephant is a must, going to the floating market is in the list,  watching the transgender cabaret show shouldn’t be miss, the one street filled  with gay bars and those riveting what have you’s , oh my  and the list  goes on….. Riding the “tuktuk” was exciting, seeing the inner skirts of the city made more exciting when the driver brought us to a jewelry factory…wow! A haven for me ! tuktuk, thailand, travels, bangkok

Jamie insisted on eating on a hawker’s stall because  he’s more excited to try authentic street thai cuisine than the continental buffet in the hotel where we are staying, we all obliged. Oh boy, he was right, the pad thai is heavenly! Onward to The Grand Palace and one can see the splendor of the old thai kingdom with its reclining buddah and all those gold statues that surround you.

Heading to the outskirt and seeing those elephants, Cris uttered “I wonder if we can all ride on that?’..Jamie replied: of course we can but  laughed when Cris said “that’s animal cruelty, I pity the elephant, you’re putting all your weight on him!”  I joked “must be that pad thai and the street barbecues, might as well go tomorrow before breakfast so you’re at least 10 pounds lighter.”  Jamie replied  “hey that’s what i get after paying your tuktuk fare, you didn’t even share”.i sheepishly smile and gave him a rebuttal that if i did not haggle with the driver he can’t give us a free treat.”  Now we’re even..hehehe, that’s the good thing about traveling with friends, simple situation can be a lifetime of fun.elephantride1, thailand travel, bangkok

so many things to share, so many photos to post …the cabaret and the gay red district was really totally fun..too bad i can’t share everything here especially Cris’ sexy photos with his new boyfriends, lol! I love phuket and pattaya..those beautiful beaches…12 days of stay in Thailand is worth it but you know what….it’s fun visiting places but a place becomes memorable because of the people….either by the friends you’re with or the people you meet….I also enjoyed my second trip to thailand but the first one was really memorable because i’m with my friends…and it is really so true, inspite of all the quirks that we might discover with our friends while traveling with them  and the slight differences we encountered….there’s nothing more insightful in learning who they are when you travel with them and i learned that it is our thai trip that binds our friendship stronger….the more i love them after the pad thai. ;-)…As Tim Cahill once said “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles..”  –  By Joel F.

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