This is one of the rooms inside the Chateau Chenonceau in the super posh Loire Valley Region of North-eastern France. This room is so inviting because of the textures of the wall, the carpet and the bed. They all blend so seamlessly and create a palette worthy of the royalties of France. I will never have this in all my life, and i do not believe that i would ever enjoy having one. I would probably sell it and go for simple living in the village, and do something good with my money. Diocesan priests like me do not have a vow of poverty, but through the years, i have come to understand more the joy that comes with simpler life. Some people from my own town in the Philippines will not consider my life simple, but then again, not everyone will really understand what I am saying here… that’s just the way it is. 🙂

This is my entry to Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Texture. Thanks Cee!



I was just recently in Bangkok, and had the humbling privilege of walking through the Grand Palace. Surrounding the temple of the Emerald Buddha, I saw these intricate designs all over the place, in different sizes and styles. I noticed the elaborate and meticulously designed temples and palaces. As I meandered about, I realized that the more intricately designed the temples and palaces are, the more it manifests the degree of their importance for the people.  Every little piece of gold mat, or gem, or glass that is mounted upon the walls and towers of the temples and palace buildings showed people’s devotion and love for their culture, their beliefs and their national identity.

Philosophizing with myself along the way, some more thoughts developed:

1. I will never belittle any expression of love in culture or religion.

2. When we no longer show such value in the churches and cultural symbols, we also consequently lose our identity and self-understanding.

3. These really intricate and passionate things we do are our response to the amazingly designed world that God has given to us.

4. These man-made things make a culture rich and beautiful, so they are things that people should be proud of. 

5.  As a Christian, I should always embrace and appreciate the symbolisms and rich expressions of my own religious heritage.

This my entry to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Man-made Things

simply beautiful...

A great site

The Real Dee

life, thoughts of the day, random stuff, growing old, opinions, lots of opinions, sassy life, filter free thoughts, dysfunctional life, family, faith, rants, feeling blessed

One love, one journey

Remember where you came from

Wind Against Current

Thoughts on kayaking, science, and life

A Word in Your Ear

Stories and Photographs of my travels, Tales of friends, family, animals and my life

Where's my backpack?

Romancing the planet; a love affair with travel.

Taking a Deep Breath

A quick dash away from madness