Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Thirty-two years of existence and thirty-two years of overflowing blessings from above. Another year for me to prove my worth. Still a long journey. The road can be slippery or rough. The way can be a wide-winding road.
Living in this world independently is quite tough. Decision-making, saving and investing for something are my top priorities as this moment. I am not getting any younger anymore. I am looking forward what kind of life I am heading to.
There is no turning back, but face forward and take the challenge along the way. There are lots of single women out there who turned successful in their chosen careers, who were so contented and happy just being themselves.
Sometimes, it crossed my mind, how does it feel, having my own family someday. With a loving, responsible, supportive husband and kids who will call me, "Mama". All my fantasies and illusions keep playing behind my mind. Well, to dream is the only free in this world.
People come and go. They can be good influence or the opposite.. These people made history as part of my past, my present or can be part of my future.
I cannot foretell my future nor foresee what will happen at present time.
God only knows what is best for me. Having my faith is the only shield I am clinging on.
Below are my compilations of landscape shots in Dubai and Maldives Island Resort:
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
January 6, 2014 when I left Angsana Velavaru, and moving to another new assigned site. It was on January 7, when I started my duty in Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru. It was my first time to be in this resort after more than two months stay in Angsana Velavaru. I still miss Velavaru with all my friends and happy memories we have shared.
Then I met my colleague who is already a Professional Photographer in Philippines. It is my first time to work with him. I told to myself, "This guy is a serious and strict man". And yes indeed, my intuition is always correct. (yeah maybe in some instances).
He popped a question I won't ever forget was, "Do you have concern in terms of sales?". And replied back, "Yes". (The rest is history).
He taught me everything from camera, the process and system in Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, and the island itself. After 2-3 days in Vabbinfaru, I went to Angsana Ihuru (these 2 island resorts are just near to each other). We worked as a team. He guided me to the right track (sometimes he gets mad at me, coz I am stubborn and my stupidity in other things as far as job is concern).
Within 2-months working in two resorts (Ihuru and Vabbinfaru), we have ups and downs. Conflicts will be always there. Contradicting ideas, pride, and indifferences are the main reasons why I and my colleague fought with each other. But at the end of the day after duty, we compromise.
He is not only a colleague to me, but a good friend, adviser, and mentor. During my 2-months stay in Vabbinfaru-Ihuru, I learned a lot not only in terms of Photography. He enlightened me to the word of God. Though I practice Roman Catholic teachings, listening to the sermon of a Priest is not enough.
He re-direct me to the Bible, and shared some Bible verses to my withered soul. From that very moment, I knew the Holy Spirit is guiding us.
It was February 27, when I left Vabbinfaru-Ihuru and moved to Kuredu Island Resort. I was sad leaving the resort and saying goodbye to all good friends and to my mentor.
God wants me to be matured and tough enough that's why I was being transferred to a far flung Island Resort.
Many things happened in Kuredu Island Resort. After 1-month stay in that resort, I was assigned in Jumeirah Vittaveli. Never in my wildest dream that I can be a leader who will lead the group.
Then there was a big event in Jumeirah, actually a wedding ceremony with group of people as invitees. I asked my District Manager that I need help regarding this event.
That was the time when my Boss uttered the name of my mentor. He was working then in Paradise Island Resort after some changes and re-shuffle of staffs. The rest is history again.
It is a great experience and opportunity to be re-united again with my mentor. Every wedding ceremony that Jumeirah Vittaveli has, he is always the lead professional photographer and I am the shadow behind the scenes. So far, I am learning from it.
I am thankful for his patience and keen understanding though sometimes he gets irritated easily. We jive in one common interest which is photography.
|Look up! As Mr. Angelo Ongchua, lead photographer, guides the bride|
The story and stunts behind the scenes.
|Chinese Couple taken in their Lagoon Villa, Jumeirah Vittaveli|
|Pointing to other direction, as Mr. Angelo Ongchua directed a pose to the groom|
|The stunt of the lead photographer.|
|Not only photographer but also a stuntman|
|She's doing documentary:)|
|He can be a model.|
Monday, May 19, 2014
My Points of View: Finding a perfect match (part 2): “Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of lov...
Sunday, May 18, 2014
“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.”
“No woman wants to be in submission to a man who isn't in submission to God!”
― T.D. Jakes
― T.D. Jakes
Relationships are never perfect and always require lots of work, compromise, and a willingness to resolve conflict in a positive way. To find and build any relationship worth keeping, you may need to start by re-assessing some of your misconceptions about dating and relationships that can prevent you from finding lasting love.
God is the center of everything. As what the bible says in Ephesians 5:22-30 New International Version(NIV):
22 , submit yourselves to your own as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to , so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[a] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his loves himself.29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body.
Rob&Marjolein Love Story
|Surprise wedding proposal by Mr. Rob|
|Engagement day on March 31, 2014|
|Planned date on their official wedding ceremony- July 21, 2014|
|They've known each other since November 15, 2003|
|They met during their vacation job in the supermarket|
|Wishes and Prayer- "Joy, Happiness and Healthy Life"|
Anthony&Kendra Love story
Anthony and Kendra first met in a local beach in Tasmania, Australia. Both were strangers with each other. Anthony was with his friends same as with Kendra. And when their eyes met, it was totally "Love at first sight"
|Mr. Anthony & Kendra Edwards on their honeymoon in Komandoo Island Resort|
|Wedding day: March 8, 2014|
|Engagement date: January 5, 2013 in Koh Yao Noi, Thailand|
|They've known each other almost 11 years now|
|"Ever-lasting love" for these couple|
Sunday, April 20, 2014
"Every relationship has its ups and downs, but there are ways to stay on the right track even when the "downs" are hovering around you. Unfortunately so many couples find themselves working against each other when times are tough. Financial situations are the number one cause of marital spats. The anger that arises during these spats commonly lead to other problems such as complete communication break downs, adulterous affairs, and even verbal; emotional; or physical abuse by one or the other, or even both partners". - Rori Raye
Inspiring a man to see you as the one woman he wants to be with forever is all about you being able to receive love
I want share these tips I read from internet on how to keep love stronger than anger.
1. Communication- Discuss the events that are causing the challenges in your life.
2. Honesty- Always be honest on your feelings.
3. Trust- Trust each other.
4. Acceptance- Learn to accept each other's differences and flaws.
5. Compromise- It is a give and take relationship.
6. Step Back- Give someone's space. Both of you calm down and contemplate. Afterwards, talk and settle the unfinished business.
7. Give in- Don't be stubborn. Be open-minded.
8. Creativeness- In every problem, there is always a solution. Use your creativeness.
9. Humor- Laughter is the best medicine.
10. Take some "together" time- bring back the time, when you started dating. Go to the park, take some walk, cuddle, and enjoy the joy ride. (source:http://voices.yahoo.com/10-ways-keep-relationship-strong-613413.html)
A healthy, loving relationship can enhance many aspects of your life, from your emotional and mental well-being to your physical health and overall happiness. For many of us, though, finding someone we want to share our lives with can seem like an impossible task. But don’t despair, even if you have a history of relationships that don’t last or if you feel burned out by traditional and online dating, you can still learn how to find lasting love.
Here are my guests' pictures taken in different Island Resort in Maldives. Upon seeing their sweet smiles, you can feel the intensity of their emotions towards each other. Love is in the air. Love moves in mysterious ways. If it is really meant to be,it is meant to be. Put God first, and He will guide you to your perfect match.
|Sweet couples from UK, posing their funniest shot.|
|Mr. Ian and Ms. Amanda, having fun at the sandbank of Kuredu Island Resort|
|got married on March 30, 2013 at Central Hotel in Male. |
"I love you the most, my love (ma haadha lobiveye lobivaa)"
|Mr. Ahmed Sanweel & Ms. Shazra Mohamed|
They were my first Korean guests' photo shoot
|Mr. Sehyung Oh & Ms. Yookyung Song|
|Newly wed on February 8, 2014 in Seoul, Korea|
|Photo taken in Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru|
|photo taken in Kuredu Island Resort|
|lovely grand daughters of Sir Bill and Ma'am Vivian|
|wedding photo 50 years ago|
|Tied a knot on March 22, 2014 in Hamburg, Germany|
|Mr. Volkan & Ms. Semra on their holiday in Kuredu|
|Newly wed couple from Germany|
|Tied a knot on February 15, 2014 in Townhall, Gammertingen, Germany|
|Mr. Marcel proposed during New Year's Eve in the year 2013|
|15 yrs in-relationship before settling down. Despite the long distance when they were in college, still the communication and strong bond were intact.|
|Mr. Marcel & Ms. Tamara during their beach wedding photo shoot in Kuredu Island Resort|
|The relationship started on July 4, 1999. "I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)"|