Hike = lunch time for mosquitoes

I went for a hike today and boy, did the mosquitoes enjoy feasting on my flesh! It was peaceful and a bit muddy, but I had fun :). Tomorrow, I’ll probably be sore and scratching my bites, but I guess everything comes with its ups and downs. Enjoy these photos :). I’ll post more later!

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Boy Bands and teenage hormones

I was talking to my best friend the other day, and we watched a YouTube video about a reporter asking teenagers about their favourite boy singer or boy band (you know who I’m talking about). We were both in shock and almost about to barf. These teenagers told the reporter that it would be okay if their favourite singer were to enforce violence to get what they way, or that they can get away with anything because they’re ‘gods’ to them. ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? Had my parents heard me talk like that when I was a teenager, they would’ve built a dungeon and locked me in it for the rest of my life. Well, not really, but you know what I mean. I was taught self-respect AND to respect others since I was a fetus – someone would say thank you, and I would shake in the womb as a sign of ‘you’re welcome’.

Oh, I loved my boy bands when I was a teenager; Backstreet Boys, N*Sync, Westlife, New Kids on the Block (not my generation, though), Savage Garden, etc. I remember putting up posters of semi-shirtless Brian Littrell and Nick Carter, and drooling at the thought of meeting them one day – yes, I was going to marry them (pfft, teenage hormones). But, despite all my raging hormones, naive thoughts and dreams, I never worshipped them like gods, I would have never justified any acts of violence from them, nor did I ever disrespected the elder. I’m not going to pretend there weren’t crazy teenagers back then, because our technology was not as advanced (I feel like a dinosaur now, and I’m only 26 darn it!) as today, but it’s amazing how as an adult my perspective has changed so much and all I feel is sadness for what I see through the media. What is going on in this world? Is it because peer pressure has become too public thanks to media? Could some parents be blamed for this? After all, the video showed a DAD justifying an act of violence by saying as long as you’re a teenager, everything bad that you do should be taken lightly.

I get it, some of these artists are their role models, but that doesn’t mean they must justify their mistakes. It scares me to see that they can’t tell the difference between right and wrong. It’s like a chain of bad influences. It only takes one kid to shift the course of others, and some parents do find themselves helpless to help their teenagers – I feel for them. It’d just be nice if we all were in the same level. Is it too much to ask to be respectful? To be kind and loving to others?

 

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The beach and childhood

I love marine life, the ocean, sea shells, anything that has to do with water. However, tot only am I not an excellent swimmer, but I haven’t swum in the ocean for quite a while. There is no specific reason as to why, but I think it’s because I like to sit and appreciate the beauty, instead of invading it. I still submerge my feet, just not my entire body. Perhaps, it’s due to my positive childhood memories, and the good advantage I’ve taken of the beach. I don’t know. Maybe, I just got bored of it. After all, I grew up going to the beach and I even went camping on the beach.

My best friend and I used to go to the beach with our mums when we were little, and one day we went to this beach known (but unknown to us) for its high waves. Our mums were getting lunch ready and my friend I went by the shore to collect sea shells and rocks. Being the risk-takers that we were, we decided to go in a bit deeper but we faced our backs towards the waves so we could see our mums. Sure enough, they noticed we were too close to the waves and asked us to go back to the shore, but before we could there, a big wave approached. I remember looking under my legs and my eyes bulging. I yelled, “run” but before we could get ashore, the breaking wave caught up with us. It wasn’t a humongous wave, but it looked very big to us.We were fine, and we laughed it off after the initial scared faded.

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One of my favourite memories is walking on the beach with my late grandparents. We used to buy ice cream and walk on the sidewalk and sand. I remember my grandma and I used to laugh at the fact my grandpa and sister took forever deciding which ice cream to buy.  My grandpa and I would go to the rocks and stone skip into the water. I, of course, picked up the heavy ones because I loved the rippling effect they made in the water. Usually, there weren’t a lot of people nearby, so it was safe to do it. One of the most vivid memories I have of them. I even recall the smells!

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Do you have any good memories of the beach?

❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

I walked home with a rabbit last night

Okay that sounds weird, but it’s sort of true. Half way home, I encountered a rabbit that was hopping on the grass. It hopped/walked with me for about a block, before it made its way to a nearby backyard. I didn’t want to take a picture, because I didn’t want to scare it, but it was a fun encounter. It looked average size, which I’m a bit surprised considering the trash in Ontario seems to be good enough to make the wild life grow twice their size. Then again, it probably means not a lot of food is being wasted. I have yet to see a raccoon, and when I do, I hope it’s not a rabid one. 

I’d like to know why animals like to follow me. Perhaps it’s because I have the same schedule as a wild animal? Or am I turning into Snow White? I’m going to guess the former, because my singing sounds like demons pitchforking a thousand lost souls at once. Every time I see an animal outside, I want to adopt it, but I resist the urge due to the fact it’d be unfair to steal their freedom. If you see a rabbit, raccoon, fox, don’t be afraid (unless they’re charging towards you) and admire the beauty nature has to offer. Whenever I see raccoons outside at night, they don’t really care about what I’m doing, which means they want to get to their home safely just like you do. 

Just something to think about for today. Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, so we must take this moment to appreciate everything around us, because if it weren’t for our mums (and dads) we wouldn’t be here at all. I’m adding-on a bottle of Advil for my mum for all the headaches I have given her (well, I wasn’t bad, but you know, I still gave her headaches at times). 

PS: I love to look at this photo. It takes me on an imaginary parallel universe 🙂

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My first time

(read the whole thing)

I remember when it happened, it was on my water bed a long time ago; however, I do not recall the feeling of my satisfaction, but I remember how the person who carried me at that moment felt, but I’m not going to count that as my first time. My first time was unforgettable, I was fully aware of what I was about to do. I did hesitate and I was nervous, but the delectable freshness that brushed on my lips convinced me to open up, and welcome the creamy flavour. I felt like I switched onto a slow motion mode, that allowed me to enjoy my long awaited reward. I needed to hold on to something, in order to help me get through it all. It was a bucket of emotions twirling at the centre of my palate and making its way down my soul. Not to mention the minty cold air that blended with the scenery, and the small chunks of chocolate that were shared in perfect harmony. Oh, how much I loved the first time I had mint chocolate chip ice cream.

What did you think I was talking about?

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

This week’s Photo Challenge is all about monuments! I’d like to start with a well-known monument, which is the CN Tower located in Toronto, Canada. The last 2 photos are monuments that captured my attention. The second gives me the feeling that something is underneath the earth, kind of like Alice in Wonderland. In the third photo you can see a cabin on your right-hand side. It looks like it is hidden. Enjoy :)!

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Inspirational – A to Z Challenge

A to Z Challenge letter: i

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Inspirational

This is why I created this blog. I want to pass on the inspiration and help others feel worthy. The only reason I am who I am today is because of all the people who have inspired me since birth. I am not 100% positive all the time, I cry, I laugh, I love, I grief, but I am at a point in my life where I do want to strive to regain all hopes and help others overcome their own fears. It’s easy to dwell in sadness, believe me, to this day I still grieve the loss of my grandparents, the constant trips my dad took during my childhood, the heartbreaks, the lost friendships, my pet hamster, and other struggles I have faced. But, that is all the negative side, and I remember the positive time that created a great balance during my life. For every despair, there were lots of loved ones who showed their genuine support, and friends who were straight forward when I needed them to be.

It is a hard battle to remain positive, but it is not impossible to win. There will always be negative moments to try to keep me down, because that’s exactly what negativity does. I am strong, but sometimes I lack the confidence to believe I am very strong. It happens, right? It is tempting to blame yourself for misery, but if you dwell in it for long, you begin to believe it. Don’t we all want to feel good? Live a happy life? I know I do, and I will keep fighting for my own happiness, even if there are others who will try to tear me down. You should do this, as well. Be happy and confident about who you are, and help others through your anecdotes.

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Daily Prompt: Green-eyed Lady

They ask: We all get jealous from time to time — what wakes the green-eyed monster for you?

Daily Prompt: Green-eyed lady

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Oh, heck! I think I’ve just felt the wrath of the green-eyed monster. It is a foggy and rainy day and yes, I’m jealous of whatever city has warm and sunny weather :p. In all seriousness, I think us humans will always feel jealousy, there is no way to change it 100%; however, it is definitely possible to control it and lessen the reasons why we become jealous. When I was younger —a long time ago. I’m 26 now — most of my classmates had plastic multifunction pencil cases, which were extremely popular then. I wanted one. How could I not have one and my friends could, right? I was determined to get it and tried to convince my mum to get me one. My mum, being the good parent that she is, explained how the pencil cases were not very convenient due to lack of space, but I didn’t want to listen. During our trip to purchase school supplies for the next school year, my mum found the multifunction pencil case, and before we purchased anything, she showed me the one she recommended (bigger and practical) and the one I wanted. Are you sure you prefer the plastic one? She asked, hoping to convince me not to get it. Yes! Please! Please! She asked me a few more times, but failed to change my mind. Well, she ended up buying it. You’d think that she was spoiling me, that she bought it to shut me up (I was a chatterbox so I wouldn’t blame her), but she was on a quest to teach me a lesson (I was old enough for it).

When we got home I opened it, but I didn’t transfer my supplies from my old pencil case. Instead, I wanted to flaunt it at school. I didn’t want to brag, I just wanted to let everyone know I had one, I was cool like them. Sure enough, my classmates loved my new pencil case and before class started, I decided to fill it with my pencils and erasers. You should have seen me, proudly grinning at the fact I got what everyone had. Then, it faded. Wait, how come nothing fits in here, I thought. I’ll make them fit. I know what I’m doing. How come nothing fits in this THING. Ugh.

At the end of the school day, my mum picked me up, and I exited the school doing the walk of shame. How was your day? She knew something happened by the look of my face. Ok, but the pencil case didn’t work. Can we exchange it for another one? I whispered. Same one? She asked. No, the one you showed me. She told me there was a chance they wouldn’t do the exchange, after all I really wanted the plastic pencil case. But, we returned to the store and my mum asked me to do the talking. Yea, hmm, I..I..want to exchange this? I asked. Want? Mum stared. May I exchange this? I asked again. Luckily, they let me do the exchange. As soon as I got home, I transferred all of my supplies to the new pencil case, and I was happy. My mum told me that there are times we want to do what other people do or what they have, but I shouldn’t strive to obtain things because I want them and to follow others. In addition, I should find what works for me and what I like. Sure, I liked the pencil case, but only because my peers had it, and it was not useful in any way. But, she reminded me that we all live differently and should be grateful for what I currently have. Also that we don’t know what life has given other people, and we don’t know why they have certain things or why they lack. She mentioned kids who don’t even get a chance to go to school,or even have the supplies to help them.

That does not mean I suddenly stopped being jealous and lived in everlasting perfection, but it stuck with me and I did learn a valuable lesson out of a pencil case situation. I don’t remember if it was that year or the years after, but during one Christmas I received two of the same toy, and I clearly remember as soon as I received them, I told my parents I wanted to donate one of them. A few days later, we paid a visit to some children and I gave them the toy. I helped them assemble it and they looked very happy. It felt so good to give back and I haven’t forgotten it to this day.

Of course, I still get jealous of certain things, I’m not perfect and I don’t expect to be. However, I have learned to control certain aspects of jealousy and whenever I get jealous, I tell myself the Blessings I have in my life at that very moment. Yes, it is hard, because you also look into the past and wonder what could’ve happened or what you could’ve had, but we must remember that those thoughts damage your soul. Everyone is different, and we must find the key that helps up bring ourselves back to our reality. As much as that reality may be grey, we still have a light inside all of us. Instead of looking backwards, look forward to the next day in your life, not in others’.

 

❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

 

 

Random Photo of the Day #13…with a Story Starter…and Ellie’s daily update

Good evening (morning or afternoon) everyone! How was your Thursday? Only 1 day until the weekend! Even if you have to work on the weekend, just celebrate…no? no? Okay.

There isn’t much to update, except that I go back to work next week! So, I’m just enjoying the last few days. I’m staying up late —I always stay up late, but let’s pretend I don’t and make a big deal out of this — to watch Grey’s Anatomy at 12am. The reason why is because my sister lives on the other side of the country so she’s 3 hours behind me. We like to watch it at the same time :p. Tonight’s episode should be interesting, there’s a weird bug going around at Grey-Sloan memorial hospital! 

Today’s photo of the day is self-explanatory, when you look at it :p. Look at what I found! This photo is all about peace. We want peace and we want the world to be peaceful. Will it ever happen? Until then, think about things that make you feel peace. 

Enjoy the rest of your day/night :D! Ta ta for now!

Story Starter: They envisioned a plate full of hopes…

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Daily Prompt: Three Coins in the Fountain

If you’d like to write about it, here’s the link :D: Daily Prompt: Three Coins

The question they ask is the following, Have you ever tossed a coin or two into a fountain and made a wish? Did it come true?

I have many times, and the answer is yes and no. When I was little, I went to the well of St. Rose of Lima (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_of_Lima) where I wrote a wish and threw it in the well. What did I wish for? World Peace. Why did I wish for that? I don’t remember. But, it goes to show you it’s been about 20 years (I think) and I’m still waiting for World Peace. Will my wish ever come true? Perhaps not, but even though THAT wish didn’t, other wishes have been granted, thus reminding me of the wish we all make everyday; to have hope, to see hope, and to share hope. Not all wishes are meant to come true, and there is so much evil out there that it interjects the goodness that comes from our hearts. God or a fountain aren’t genies, and I’d rather have prayers or wishes “rejected and approved”, than to have 3 granted wishes I’ll regret later. Even though my wish for World Peace hasn’t come true yet, I can tell you that MY world now has Peace. I can’t complain 🙂

So, there’s my two cents (haha get it?).