Don’t You Forget About Me

I don’t go out shopping for outfits and fashion stuff, but for some reason I managed to still look like a decent human being with all the hand me downs and free outfits I have.  The last time I actually bought stuff other than food for myself was perhaps two years ago.  And that was the replacement of my spectacle that my daughter broke, this wasn’t even counted as shopping says my sisters.

Anyways my  reliable 4 year old sandals are already looking pretty sick.  Mottled, loose straps, and worn out soles, her days are definitely numbered.  Poor thing.  We’ve been through so much together.  I wear them every week with dresses, shorts or jeans. During parties, vacations, dates, and workdays.  I marveled at the quality and versatility of these old pals.  Plus the memories they create.  But, my mom who still tells me what to do all the time says she felt embarrassed whenever I wear this with her and first begged me and then demanded me to go shopping.  Ay.  So there I was at the crowded mall yesterday.  Shopping.  Walking.  and Searching for a new friend (sandals) that would probably replace the old.

And there it is.  A brand new sandals.  Lets see what legacy you’ll leave me with.

For now.  Here are my old pals.  I will never forget shoe.

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This is for the Daily Prompt : Don’t You Forget About Me

Trixie and I

Daily Prompt __ Menagerie 

Do you have animals in your life? If yes what do they mean to you.  If no why have you opted not to?

I’m an animal loving gal but I don’t wanna own any because I’m already too busy and not rich enough to take care of an orangutan, a horse, an owl and a tiger.  ( I got tired of dogs lol 🙂 ) I used to own and love two mini pincher dogs when I was little, they died of old age after 8 years or so and I never wanted to replace them ever since.  I’ve grown up and didn’t want the added responsibility of taking best care of them.

We were at the Ark Avilon mini zoo last Sunday.  Below are some pictures of me with Trixie the friendliest prettiest Orangutan I’ve ever encountered.  She kept smiling for the camera and would even kiss you willingly if you tell her to.

IMG_1057Her hands are surprisingly soft.
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She wanted to do a high five lol 🙂

According to my mom-in-law, this mini zoo started as a hobby of an animal lover couple who just loves to buy and collect animals.  I love this zoo as it is very interactive and educational especially to kids.

Lost in the Details

As an artist, I’m attracted to details. To me, the beauty is in the details, they are the very source of expression in art.  

Hillside playground

It was a cool sunny morning, the playground is always the first place she wants to visit…

home

… lurking within

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Then I spotted Mr. Ichiban the itchy caterpillar (aka. Painted Pine Moth ) crossing the bridge …

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I zoomed in to take a closer look.  “You dare touch me?” asked Mr. Ichiban

Something plain and ordinary can be so beautiful and unique in its details.

You and I on Valentines

Husband and I had a failed Valentine plan yesterday.   We got home at exactly 8:30pm, still hungry and tired from work and looking for a nice place to have dinner, but it was extremely traffic, malls crowded and restaurant lines were crazy long…but I wasn’t upset at all for there are many more days we can celebrate Valentines day, today, tomorrow and everyday.   I read the daily prompt – Cupid’s Arrow last night and thought I’ll join in.  Twas nice to reminisce all the memorable Valentine times we had.  Hope you’ll enjoy this.

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Twas Valentine’s day when you kidnapped my heart.
A sweet little kiss for our love story to start
Twas Valentine’s Day when you first brought me a rose.
Blue roses are my favorite so that’s what you chose.
Twas Valentine’s Day when we took our first photo.
The mall’s photo booth was cheap and pronto
Twas Valentine’s Day when you asked me about my ex.
I thought that was weird and a topic too complex

Twas Valentine’s Eve when you recited a poem.
I was love-smitten all night long.
Twas Valentine’s Eve when you played your saxophone.
That was really sweet! Impressed with your tone.
Twas Valentine’s Eve when we had a candle lit dinner.
We had turkey and oysters but the cake’s the winner
Twas Valentine’s Eve when we swore our love
You and I, Forever in Love.

© 2013 Artistic Milestone.  All rights reserved.

I LOVE YOU

Weekly Photo Challenge : LOVE

Wedding

A picture of my grandma so happy at the church on my wedding day. This photo for me is all about love.  Before grandma died, she suffered from Diabetes, Alzheimer and Heart attack; diseases full of loss and pain.  As every year progresses, she loses more and more memory, sight and hearing. She forgets who my sisters were, my cousins, she forgets how to close the jar of jam, she forgets how to use the phone, she forgets a lot of people and her relationship with them.  Yet even with a dying heart and failing mind, she never forgets to give love and she never forgets me.  Among her 21 grandchildren, I grew up being the closest to her, hence I was the one that noticed first hand how her diseases were progressing and it’s so hard for me.  I would often sit very close next to her holding one of her hands as I talk to her, I talk to her about anything as I try to maintain my connection with her senile mind. I remind her to take a walk after meal, we talk about my work, my siblings, my boyfriend, my parents, what she ate at the mall last weekend, I often show her my artworks, and talk about her garden because she’s a big nature fan.  She always tells me she loves me, she tells me to pray, she tells me to eat more, she tells me to visit her often, etc.

Weeks before my wedding day I went up to her and gave her my wedding invitation and told her that it’s perfectly fine with me if she couldn’t come at my wedding because she’s too weak and had a hard time walking.   She told me “ of course I have to go because it’s your wedding. You’re my favorite.”   Sounds cheesy but that’s really how she talks, direct and sincere.  She attended the wedding mass at church the whole morning and the wedding reception at the hotel the whole night.   I’m so very much grateful for that and so very much grateful for having her in my life.

Here are some other images of LOVE that I LOVE :

Chelbug

Often times our pet knows more about love than we do. Agree?

sister and cousin in hammock

An old picture of my sister and cousin loving each other like two peas in a pod.

mao's birthday

Love is : Spending my whole morning in the kitchen to surprise someone on their Birthday…

Love this Cake!

Love is : I can’t get enough of you.

© 2013 Abigail Lu / Artistic Milestone

Daily Prompt: This Is Your Life

If you could read a book containing all that has happened and will ever happen in your life, would you? If you choose to read it, you must read it cover to cover. 

I’m very tempted to say YES but then when you think about it, a predictable life is no life at all.

when I was 17...

when I was 17…

Life is a journey, it’s a one-way trip filled with challenges, fear, surprises, happiness…all kinds of emotions that makes us human.

If life becomes predictable, then

Loneliness will not be as lonely

Challenges will not be as challenging

Fear will not be as fearful

But also

Happiness will not be as happy

Surprises will not be as surprising

Memories will not be as memorable and

Love will not be as loving

Life then will not be as remarkable

For it’s no longer a journey, but a destination

© 2013 Artistic Milestone / Abigail Lu