A frenzy Koi Gathering

Do you love Koi fishes?

A place where nature & man coexists. This is the place of Koi fishes as well.

How do you find the idea of seeing them swimming in agog twirling & twisting at the sight of the fish food being thrown into them.There’s something that we called many, something that we called plenty. But seeing them in real gazillions is a pretty frenzy sight!

I have seen the mouth of children being open for seconds & eyes sparkled with delight. Even adults are enamored by this pretty things called Koi, the lucky fish, the fish that legendary can swim up waterfalls! I am looking for another visit in this place, this time with my daughter. I am excited how she would react once she saw the Kois in the pond.

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Delightful world of Koi fishes

The oldest of the legends is the story of when Chinese philosopher Confucius was born a son in 533 B.C., King Shoko of Ro presented to him a Magoy, a black carp, as a gift. According to this legend, all modern-day Koi, and their bright colors, are from the Magoy given to Confucius by the king.

The legend says the Chinese then raised the Koi in their rice patty fields to be used for food, especially during the long winter months, and not for pets. The Chinese then passed on their knowledge of raising koi to the Japanese.

Raising koi in ponds began in Niigata, Japan during one particularly harsh winter.

Many of the attributes of the koi symbolize several lessons and even trials individuals often encounter in life. The Koi fish has a powerful and energetic life force, demonstrated by its ability to swim against currents and even travel upstream. Koi fishes symbolizes Good fortune, success, prosperity,longevity, courage, ambition & perseverance.

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Where’s our food ?

According to Japanese legend, if a koi fish succeeded in climbing the falls at a point called Dragon Gate on the Yellow River, it would be transformed into a dragon. Based on that legend, it became a symbol of worldly aspiration and advancement.

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Each color has a meaning, each shade has a significance to Feng shui & Zen

Another legend states that the Koi climb the waterfall bravely, and if they are caught, they face their death on the cutting board bravely like a samurai. In Japan, the word Koi refers primarily to the wild variety. As a result, many of the country’s symbolic meanings for the fish refer to the wild variety instead of the fish species as a whole. One of the primary reasons the fish is symbolic in Japanese culture is because it is known for swimming upstream no matter what the conditions are. These fish are even said to swim up waterfalls.

This is viewed as an absolute show of power because they will continue to swim upstream as if on a mission. They cannot be distracted or deterred by anything. Koi’s swimming downstream are considered bad luck.

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The gathering of Koi
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Partnership in Nature

This post is my Day- 7 and final Entry  in response for 7-Days Nature Photo Challenge which I was nominated by Stella of  Blog SimpleDimple .

Once again, Stella, Thank you  for  mentioning me in your post and giving this challenge. I felt that it’s really a challenge for me because of the time pressure, I have struggled to post everyday where in I don’t normally do. But in the end, I was pushed to post things with content that I love.

*The rule of this challenge is quite simple: Post a nature photo and nominate someone else per day for 7 days.

For my last post on this challenge, I wanted to nominate Becky  of In Becky’s head on this 7 Days-Nature photo challenge .If you haven’t known, Becky is a real head turner. Aside from her looks, she has a good head on her shoulders , majoring in Physics & working on her PhD in Materials for gravitational wave ,how cool is that?

Take time to pass by her page,I knew she has a lot to offer &  for us to learn from her posts.

She is also very passionate about reading, exploring new things & of course, food is close to her heart! Even without this challenge, I would always look up to her page for inspiration. I highly  recommend for you to give time to check her awesome Blog.

To Becky, I know your hands are full &  time is precious in our world, but if you would take on this challenge, I would appreciate it so much.If not, I still want you to know how much I appreciate you.

Thank you and I hope you have fun & enjoy the next 7-days writing about nature.

 

Hortus Botanicus : An Urban Jungle

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Wild entanglement,  Just like human beings, each plant has its own story.

Amsterdam has one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world called Hortus Botanicus. It was established in 1638 by the city municipality as Hortus Medicus, a herb garden with medical plants for Amsterdam doctors and pharmacists. The reasons for establishing a specialized medical garden were very serious: at that time the cities of Leiden and Utrecht experienced the plague epidemic (1634-1637) with thousands of victims. Additionally, several monasteries moved out of the quickly growing city and there was not enough space in Amsterdam to plant herbs.

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Do you have the mind of a Green Traveller?

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Lost in Plantation

The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. Although it is rather small nevertheless it offers you an excellent collection of different plants. It is a perfect place for everyone who wants to feel and experience the nature in the middle of the bustle Amsterdam.

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Do you want to be lost in the world of Plants?

The Botanical garden is home to one of the oldest potted plants in the Western world – the “Eastern Cape Giant Cycad”. This plant was brought to the Netherlands more than three centuries ago.You can also see an example of the tallest tree species in the World – the Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), which is impressive not just because of its height, but also because of the reddish bark.

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Reach the skies!

The botanical garden in Amsterdam has some amazing plant highlights for its visitors: the Victoria water-lily, is a giant water-lily that flowers at night and only for two consecutive nights – the first night it is a white flower, the second night it’s a pink flower and then it closes and disappears under the water surface. The magic of nature! Another highlight is the Quiver tree, a tree-like aloe species from southern Africa as well as the Wood’s cycad, a dinosaur among the plants that is considered as an ancestor of flowering plants.

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A beautiful Urban Jungle in the heart of Amsterdam

Every Sunday there is a free tour at the Amsterdam botanical garden at 14.00 (2 pm). Reservations are not necessary, just find your guide under the large oak tree near the entrance.Every Sunday in July and August the Amsterdam botanical garden is open till 19.00 (7 pm) and Dutch jazz artists play live music on the outdoor terrace.

If you plan to visit Amsterdam, make sure you drop a visit to this amazing Botanical garden & get lost in the myriad of greens & serene beautiful nature. If you want to learn more about Hortus Botanicus tourist information & timings, you can check it Here.

 

This post is my Day 6 Entry  in response for 7-Days Nature Photo Challenge which I was nominated by Stella of  Blog SimpleDimple . Stella  has always been bubbly &, spreading warm love in the great community here in WP. If you have time, please do pass by her page & get to  know her through her soulful posts.

Stella, Thank you once again for  mentioning me in your post and giving this challenge.

*The rule of this challenge is quite simple: Post a nature photo and nominate someone else per day for 7 days.

For today, I wanted to nominate Amie of Becoming a Wild Family on this Nature photo challenge  my gorgeous Blogger friend, Yes, she is still rockin’ in her Blog entries even she has 4 amazing cuties tagged along in her wild adventures.

She is one of the Expat Bloggers that I met here that really shares her bubbly adventures about raising her kids out into the wild nature. What I admire about her is that She is a nature enthusiast  and homeschooling her children .

All these made Amie my perfect choice for  this challenge.

She is passionate about getting her little family get into nature as much as possible. She is a very hands-on mother &  instilling core values into her children relentlessly.Even without this challenge, I would always look up to her page for inspiration. and would recommend for you to give time to check her awesome Blog.

To Amie, I know your hands are full &  time is precious in our world, but if you would take on this challenge, I would appreciate it so much.If not, I still want you to know how much I appreciate you.

Thank you and I hope you have fun & enjoy the next 7-days writing about nature.

 

Malcapuya Island-Accidentally In love

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Island Hopping in Malcapuya Island

I fell in love at first sight to this island. Accidentally!

Malcapuya island is part of  the Calamianes group of islands and basically one of the hottest tourist spot in Palawan. Malcapuya island, together with the other islands of Calamianes, was a site of the Spanish politico-militar Provincio de Calamianes during the reign of the Spaniards. Later, it was dissolved by the American occupation forces and Calamianes was later joined to the Province of Palawan.

We were supposed to be going to the Banana island but our guide informed us that for some reasons, the island is not accessible and we are going to another beach as part of our Island Hopping trip. I visited Palawan with 3 or my girlfriends and we are so glad that we have made the decision to choose this place. It was beautiful. I couldn’t find any more words to describe this place. Just look at these photos . A real paradise tucked away in an endless horizon of azure,peaceful scenery.

 

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Malcapuya Island is one of the Island destination if you visited Coron,Philippines. This private island can only be accessed through the island trip arranged by the tour company and approximately 1.5 hours away from Coron. This island is owned by the Hennan Group of Resorts and regarded as the ultimate virgin beach, and it’s white sand beach can rival Boracay’s very own. The water that surrounds the island is crystal clear and almost like the morning sky with plenty of coral reef and offers a good  marine biodiversity where one can have the most enjoyable snorkeling destination. It has a very fine white sand ( better than Boracay!) and has the image of a virgin, untouched & genuine beach landscape. While you can enjoy the beach up to sky is the limit, the landscapes around Malcapuya could also leave you breathless. You can do a short hike & trek along its rough cliff and edges where you can have a great view overlooking the sea.

I could live in this place. It’s pure bliss just to look how blue the waters is against the cloudless skies.

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This little tree that managed to thrive on the edge of the cliff overlooking the Malcapuya beach. A real stunner. This is the most photographed part of the cliff.

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White and fine as a powder sand shores in Malcapuya

We stayed in a beach cottage with a hammock where we have a direct access of the beachfront. We enjoyed our lunch and just lazed around admiring our amazing view.  If you wanted to stay overnight, they have nipa hut cottages or you can bring your own tent to set up.

There are two restrooms with open air showers a few meters away from the huts.The island does not have electricity, but they have a generator which provides light and electricity at night.There are outlets in the huts where you can charge phones and camera batteries.You can also opt to stay in a simple house-for-rent on an elevated portion a few meters from the shoreline, which has a single room, basic yet comfortable beds, and a decent restroom.

For backpackers, Here are your must-haves when visiting this island : insect-repellent lotion, a hammock, beach blanket, flashlight, basic toiletries, sunblock, snacks, drinking water. Make sure to stash these items in your backpack.

There’s a small sari-sari store on the island where chips, drinks & beer are sold. However, it’s best to bring your own food for cooking for dinner if you’re staying overnight.The best meal of our whole trip  was the freshly grilled fish,  on the beach prepared by our guide from Mt.Tapyas Hotel along with a freshly picked coconut with its juice.

Fell in love accidentally-it could happen to you, just like a travel bug hits me. When you return to your home, everything seems strange, then you start to look forward for your next trip.

This is my  entry for Day- 5  on the challenge posed to me by Stella of the Blog SimpleDimple in response to her 7-Days Nature photo challenge. Stella  has always been bubbly &, spreading warm love in the great community here in WP. If you have time, please do pass by her page & get to know her through her soulful posts.

Stella, Thank you once again for  mentioning me in your post and giving this challenge.

*The rule of this challenge is quite simple: Post a nature photo and nominate someone else per day for 7 days.

For today, I wanted to nominate on this Nature photo challenge  my gorgeous Blogger friend, Minaxi of GameplanhappilyeverAfter. Yes, even her name is so unique!

She is one of the Expat Bloggers that I met here that really shares her bubbly adventures along with his hubby. Fairy tale love still exists and her love story is one living example.She takes you to a light tone on her creative approach in life, travelling, relationships & living the most of her life. Even without this challenge, I would always look up to her page and would recommend for you to give time to check her awesome but dreamy Blog.

She makes me smile with her kind comments & provocative posts, so I know she’s a keeper!

To Minaxi, I know time is precious in our world, but if you would take on this challenge, I would appreciate it so much.If not, I still want you to know how much I appreciate you.

Thank you and I hope you have fun & enjoy the next 7-days writing about nature.

 

 

Lost in the forest

The forest is filled with magic and secrets.

What do I feel?

I am thrilled yet excited to be in the forest.I can feel the nature embracing me, in a big warm welcome.Trees that are reaching the skies, dwarfing over me. A silent spell was cast.

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Adapt the peace of Nature.Her secret is patience..

What do I see? 

I open my eyes and see green all around me, mostly trees and algae rotting the bushes.The grass beneath my feet are breathing out life.Gasping for knowledge. Only the grass knows who have set a journey in the same spot I am standing on.

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Steep rows of pine trees in the valley

What do I hear?

I hear the birds chirping, the frogs croaking, and other mysterious nature sounds. They have an orchestra here,a myriad of tunes & melodies in harmony. Did you know that the earth has music for those who listen?

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Nature is not a place to visit…It is Home.

What do I smell?

I smell the earth, the scent of the fresh blue sky,its rays piercing through the pines, the leaves have an intoxicating scent that goes in and out of my nose.

 

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What do I taste?

I taste the flavor of the beauty of nature.The rain nurturing the leaves. The dew that kissed the shrubs. Its pungent.Its all raw.

All my senses are alive. It got lost in this paradise. It got revived and my soul finds healing.I want to leave all my fears behind.Its only in the still silence of nature that one will find true bliss.

This is my Day- 4 humble take on the challenge posed to me by Stella of the Blog SimpleDimple in response to her 7-Days Nature photo challenge. Stella  has always been bubbly &, spreading warm love in the great community here in WP. If you have time, please do pass by her page & get to know her through her soulful posts.

Stella, Thank you once again for  mentioning me in your post and giving this challenge.

*The rule of this challenge is quite simple: Post a nature photo and nominate someone else per day for 7 days.

For today, I wanted to pass on this Nature photo challenge to one of my inspiring friend, Liz of Little house in Missouri. She is one of the few Expat Mamas out  here that I can totally relate to and have given enough encouragement in my posts. She has been posting powerful content that really comes from deep insight on raising her 3 multi-racial kids.She is very passionate about well-being, women’s issues, social justice,homeless/food bank & the arts. She also enjoys nature & embracing the changes of being an Expat family.She have been a great inspiration on her take on parenting as well.  Even without this challenge, I would always look up to her page and would recommend for you to give time to check her awesome but relatable Blog.

To Liz, I know time is precious in our world, but if you would take on this challenge, I would appreciate it so much.If not, I still want you to know how much I appreciate you.

Thank you and I hope you have fun & enjoy the next 7-days writing about nature.

 

 

Don’t hurry, Don’t worry

“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.  “

Walter Hagen

For my Day-2 for the 7-day Nature Photo Challenge, I wanted to post about my morning walk this morning. Friday is the day-off here in Kuwait so I always look forward to this day. This is the day where we as a family can enjoy the “Don’t Hurry, Don’t Worry “mode because we are free from the early morning rush when preparing to go to work.

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These beauties have greeted us with delight. They’re gazing up into the bright morning sun. At this time, we have these spring flowers in Kuwait just along the beach.I called them “wild silent spells “. 

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I spotted an orange butterfly hovering around these wild flowers and I just smiled.This is quite a rare sight here..I normally see more  flies, but not a butterfly!

If you just looked around, there’s so much beauty in simple things around us. If we just took a moment to not hurry, then we will not miss these special moments in nature.The basic pollination and beautiful metamorphosis. I decided not to hurry because I know I must take this moment while its still in front of me. After a month, the weather in Kuwait will soar high that I will no longer see these wild silent spells.

When was the last time you are actually in a “Don’t hurry, Don’t worry “mode?

When was the last time you took time just to adore & smell the flowers around you?

To end this post, I would like to pass on this 7-Day Nature photo challenge to Cheryl,  the amazing woman behind the Blog “Twobrownfeet” which is a very inspiring blog about travel, chasing your dreams & love to seize the day. I hope she accept this challenge & enjoy posting about nature.

*The rule of this challenge is quite simple: Post a nature photo and nominate someone else per day for 7 days.

Again, thank you Stella  of Giggles&Tales for inspiring me to do this challenge.X

Look Up, Adore the visible sun {Kiltepan Peak}

Keep   your   face  to  the  sunshine   and   you   cannot  see  the  shadow 

~ Helen Keller

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Pursuit of Happiness : My close encounter with the visible Sun

Life is either a great adventure or its Nothing.

Which one are you in?

I have climbed so many high points but I was never in too much awe-overdose with the visible sun than my close-up encounter with the sun as it rises in Kiltepan Peak. This is one travel memory that really shapes up my addiction to sunrises & sunsets. The sun is my favorite subject for photography. For me, its perfect. It’s beauty is endless. Its charm is relentless.

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 Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye..

Just like most of you, many times when I refuse to look up & appreciate another sunrise,It’s the same moments when  I don’t see any reason to feel motivated. I felt like everything is monotonous, a tiresome routine. When I’m stooping down, it’s because my spirit is low. I couldn’t see the good in anything except the shadows, all gloominess in my sight.

I am so thankful for my family and friends who have been there to support me and made me get up, gazing up & looking forward to the new day. Nature has been a place where I get my renewed inspiration. Like a magnet in which I find myself attracted.

 

Could you imagine a life without nature?

Or a life spent in complete solitude?

I overcome. I learned to look up, fixed my gaze to the beauty of sunshine. I have started to adore the visible sun once again.The pursuit to happiness doesn’t happen overnight. I know it’s easier said than done but it’s also doable. It requires every muscle of your body to move together with your mind. But once you master it, you will be rewarded with a great view.

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 Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light. Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity .

Hope is the most important thing that people need to move forward. The slightest ray of hope can ignite the human spirit’s ability to overcome.

So for my first post for the 7-Days Nature photo challenge, I shared with you breathtaking views from Kiltepan Peak in  Philippines. I wrote another post about the beauty of this place in Here.

Although I regularly post nature photos , this particular post and the upcoming 7-day series was inspired by an amazing mind behind the Blog SimpleDimple in response to her 7-Days Nature photo challenge. Stella  is writing from her heart, spreading warm love in the great community here in WP. If you have time, please do pass by her page & get to know her through her soulful posts.

Stella, Thank you for thinking about me & mentioning me in your post.

The rule of this challenge is quite simple: Post a nature photo and nominate someone else per day for 7 days.

For my Day 1, I nominate Jovy of BecomingDeutsch. If you wanna know how a life can be more exciting when you are in an interracial relationship then head on to her page to get some inspiration.