Picture Perfect!

In photography, it’s not enough that we have a good camera. Knowing how to use it properly is of upmost importance. I am a natural light photographer, so the time of day plays an equally important role. Luck and timing is needed at certain times if not most. But one that is not given much…

Genuinely Authentic

How do you define authenticity? You all, I am sitting in my favorite spot right now (top floor stairwell), being intentional in my writing. Do you all think there is power in being genuinely authentic? I’m talking about not being afraid to show our vulnerabilities, weaknesses, how deeply we love, how limited our knowledge of…

Accepting To Less Expecting

Hey, you might be wondering if you’re in the right site and what happened to LifeSeeingLenses. You are in the right place and this is me, Charina. I’ve decided that it’s time for me to get into this writing thing and actually claim it. So, I am retiring LifeSeeingLenses to give way to Charina.Writes. I…

What’s In A Crossroad?

Growing up in a small town in the Philippines, I grew up as a school-home-school kid. I seldom go out or socialize. If ever I do, it will be with a small group of cousins. This same pattern went on until I was in college and I would say up to now. My life revolves…

The Power Of Vulnerability

Oxford Dictionary defines vulnerability as the quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally. Every time I hear the word vulnerable, I think of it as being helpless or weak. That this bring about heartbreak or disappointments or suffering and pain. And I always blame…

Silhouette

We each have stories to tell. Each one different from the others, each one revealing lessons and each one magnifying our strengths. I read somewhere that we shouldn’t be ashamed to tell our stories no matter how little or simple we think it is. For this simple stories of ours could be just what someone…

Dear Me

It’s been years since I wrote my first letter to my younger self. I think its about time to write another one. In my first letter, I wrote about how much I love myself. How I don’t want to change anything. But life has a way of changing us, in his time and his way…….

Dream Catcher

“Don’t let someone else catch your dreams. You be the dream catcher.” I am always fascinated with dream catchers. I also believe in their purpose. It could be this fascination with it, that made me a magnet for having connective dreams. When I say connective, I mean dreaming about people whom I haven’t seen or…

It’s in the Angle

In photography, we always aim to photograph the extraordinary. In fact, we would go places just to capture something special. Something of importance. Something rarely seen and eye catching. Several weeks ago, we went to Raleigh to pick up our daughter who’s in Governor’s School. While waiting, these flowers in a big flower pot caught…

What’s in a Boots?

Last July 4, we went to Meredith College for Parent’s Day at the Governor’s School that my daughter is participating in. We were invited to attend one of her class (Memoir) and to say that I fell in love was an understatement! There, we were asked to write a story from suggested topics like: Weird…