Stop. Look. Appreciate.

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We first met sometime during my senior year in high school. She was new. Most of my classmates had a difficult time understanding her, but somehow she made sense to me. She stirred something in me, she got me excited, she made my blood rush all over my body. I knew then that she was meant for me and was worth pursuing, so I did, for four more years.

It was not a smooth ride as I thought/imagined. There were bumps on the road and difficulties. There were times she drove me crazy, she frustrated me to the point of quitting. Strangely, that made me want her more. She officially became a part of my life the day I graduated college, that’s when I knew we will spend the rest of our lives with each other.

As romantic as all these may sound, this is not a love story, because…

She = Accounting/Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy

My course and my profession (of almost 6 years) is physically and mentally demanding.  It takes most of my time, it’s deadline-driven and sometimes it’s a face-the-computer-for-8-hours-straight scenario.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and what I do – it pays the bills and gives me financial flexibility.  However, it’s not romantic, it’s not visual, it’s too formal, it’s too white-black-gray-blue and lacks red-yellow-orange-green. I wanted white balance.

A catalyst presented itself in the form of a facebook contest by Sony wherein you could win a Xperia Z1. All you had to do was to share a picture taken by various photographers using the smartphone on your timeline and answer a few questions. One of the questions was:

“What kind of pictures would you take?”

…and I answered:

“I want to take pictures of sceneries that move me. Also, what I consider important like my family and my friends”

To cut the long story short, I did not win, but the experience was enough to make me buy a Xperia Z1 (this post is no means a promotion/advertisement :D) and take on a new hobby. I allotted time to take a break from the fast-paced world that I am in and capture art/beauty/moments. I gained a new perspective, that…

“Art and beauty exist almost everywhere”

Here are some photos I took (edited using VSCO Camera App)

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