Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy

Happy. It is the one thing that everybody wants to achieve. It is something that I also want in my life – to be happy. These are the stuff that makes me happy – photography, traveling, exploring new places and cultures, food, the beach, flowers and soda or cola. Using the new gallery format, here are my photos for this challenge. Enjoy!


Photo of the Day – Wat Arun Temple

Also known as Temple of the Dawn, Wat Arun is one of the famous landmarks of Thailand. It was named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn. This photo was taken while the boat was cruising along the Chao Phraya River. I was able to take a photo of this place during the day (Meandering in Bangkok) but it’s prettier and more mysterious at night.

Photo of the Day – Sky Lantern

Sky lanterns, also called as Chinese lanterns, are special because it goes airborne when the flame from a candle heats up the air inside the candle. In Thailand, it is used for celebrations and special occasions and is believed to bring good luck to release a sky lantern. A family lights a sky lantern while on vacation in Koh Samui. You wont see the mom because she was busy taking pictures of her family. A time spent with family is a great reason to celebrate and will forever be remembered.

Photo of the Day – Man vs Monkey

This photo was taken at Monkey Beach in Phuket. You guessed it right. It got its name from the monkeys hanging around. From the big boat, we used a kayak to get to the beach. Most of the tourists take pictures, like me, and others give food to the monkeys. Here, the monkey wants more food from the man below. They are pretty sneaky and can grab your bag of food in a flash if you’re not watching.

Capture the Color Contest

Traveling is something I do to enrich my soul, explore the world and experience different cultures. Taking photos while traveling is a way to freeze and capture the moment of such a wonderful experience. Thank you to Michel for telling me about this contest.

This is my passion that I intend to do until I grow old and encourage people to travel go out of their comfort zones to experience life on the other side of the world. These are the colors as they were captured through my lens.


Floating Village: Student on her way home during lunch break

This was a photo taken during my visit to the Tonlé Sap Lake in Cambodia. I was on a boat  cruising around the Floating Village when this little girl caught my attention. She was wearing her school uniform and was rowing the boat in the middle of the day. She’s on her lunch break and with a lolly in her mouth, she gave me this cute smile. 🙂


I was chilling out on the beach in Koh Samui when the sky was just losing the yellows, pinks and violets. All that was left is the blue sky turning into different shades. Out of nowhere, this old boat with a red sail appeared going to the pier. It stands so picturesque amidst the blue sky and white boats that I couldn’t resist taking a photo.


I was on my way to the main area of the bivouac when I saw a row of huge sunflowers growing along the pathway. I was surprised to see these since it was really hot on the Sahara Desert but they were growing radiantly facing the sun. Some may consider this a weed but to others it is what it is – a flower, a sunflower.


The aerial view of Pampanga, pretty isn’t it?

I will always associate green as a color of nature. A color of peace and harmony. I was riding a hot air balloon in Pampanga, Philippines when this photo was taken. This is such a stunning shot for me because it captured the beauty of nature with the moon hovering the countryside as the sun was rising.


The clouds were a bit gloomy and it was a bit windy. Quite nice actually.

When I think of the color blue, the first thing that comes to my mind are the people of the Sahara Desert. They wear a turban to protect themselves from the sun and from the sand during sandstorm. The turban and their clothes are blue in color to help them stay cool even under the intense heat of the sun.

I hope you guys enjoyed my photos. Feel free to drop by my website and check my other posts. 🙂

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