Life in Colour Challenge: July, BLUE

Jude at Travel Words hosts the Life in Colour Challenge.

Here’s something on this month’s colour:

  • This month we will be looking for Blue. A primary colour that we look upon almost every day. But don’t forget about the different hues which include indigo and ultramarine, cyan and the other blue-greens such as turquoise, teal, and aquamarine.

Here are some blues from self’s archives:

  • Two friends in Manila started a jewelry business to benefit the women of Marawi, Philippines. All the jewelry is handmade by women from the island. If you would like to order from them, one of them is coming to the States in August, and can ship when she gets here. Here’s her insta page: pagari_ph. And here’s the backstory of what happened in Marawi.
  • Self took the time to drive to the central coast last month. Some of her happiest memories were of driving to the central coast to visit son, who was a student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She stopped at Avila Beach, spent a few nights at San Luis Obispo.
  • The parrots were in the Rain Forest exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences. She visited in April.

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

Colors and Letters Photo A Day Challenge: July 2

So many challenges, so little time!

July 2 is a COLOR: Azure.

OF COURSE self has Azure in her archived photos.

  • The latest issue of Pembroke Magazine is a beauty. Cover art is Creative Work Cow by Indian artist Chhavi Sharma. Self has a story in this issue: “Sand.” The editor asked if self could pose with a copy of the issue, preferably in a tropical setting (since her story’s set in the Philippines). She promised a beach picture. Watch this space!
  • Cheap Thrills is a vintage vinyl store on Higuera in downtown San Luis Obispo. Recommended by a friend who is very into vintage vinyl. This was such a great find. Look at that great storefront!

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

Monday Windows: Loft, San Luis Obispo

Took a road trip down the central coast last week.

Self loves windows, just in general.

More about this Photo Challenge:

  • Windows are all around us, windows to look into, windows to look out of. This challenge is to look AT windows, photograph interesting ones and share the images. You can either post new photos of windows or dig some out of your archives.

H. G. Wells: Dystopian, 1908

Self started reading Inferno: The Fiery Destruction of Hamburg, 1943 a few days ago, while she was taking a wee break in San Luis Obispo. The sun was shining! It was hot! The surrounding foothills were brown!

In the early afternoon, when it got too hot to walk, she holed up in the apartment (which had a really fabulous blow-up of Dearest Mum’s favorite actor, Steve McQueen; self felt right at home, the minute she walked in) and read.

Self feared this book would be a dreadful trial, a slog to get through. But, surprisingly, it has been a fast and engrossing read. Even from the first chapter, which began somewhere in 1169, the year Hamburg’s harbor was created/christened.

Chapter 6 (Self wasn’t kidding when she said this was a fast read) begins with a quote from an H. G. Wells novel, The War in the Air, which is about “a world war in which aerial bombing campaigns would destroy every major city and bring about universal social collapse.”

Here is his fictional description of “the bombing of New York.” Bear in mind the novel was published in 1908:

  • They smashed up the city as a child will shatter its cities of brick and card. Below, they left ruins and blazing conflagrations and heaped and scattered dead . . . Lower New York was soon a furnace of crimson flames, from which there was no escape. Cars, railways, ferries, all had ceased, and never a light led the way of the distracted fugitives in that dusky confusion but the light of burning.

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

Flower of the Day (FOTD) Photo Challenge: Seen at Growing Grounds, San Luis Obispo

Growing Grounds is a wee little plant nursery, right across the street from the San Luis Obispo Mission. It’s so wee, it would be easy to miss. But San Luis Obispo used to be self’s stomping grounds. Because son went to Cal Poly. So, she was so happy today to see that it is still there.

The flowers are so pretty (linking to Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Photo Challenge. She asked the saleswoman what the flower was — it looks like a petunia, but it belongs to a succulent (“Easy care,” the woman said. “Just fertilize every two weeks.”)

She’s thinking of going back to the store tomorrow and getting it.

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

Still June, Still White or Silver (Life in Colour Photo Challenge)

Every month on Travel Words, Jude posts a new colour for her Life in Colour Photo Challenge.

June’s is White (Bonus: Silver)


Interesting choice. What’s even more interesting: Self keeps finding new examples of White and Silver, every day!

She drove to San Luis Obispo yesterday for a wee break. The weather in the San Francisco Bay Area’s killing her. Over here, on the coast, she feels BREEZE! She’s in a sweet little loft, about a mile from downtown.

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

Lens-Artists Challenge # 149, Part 2: Cool Colors – BLUE and GREEN

The host of this challenge is Tina at Travels and Trifles:

  • Leaving behind “just for fun”, we move on to the blues and greens found in nature. Complimenting each other perfectly, this was the area where I found the greatest frequency of the two colors together. My image above presents it in an abstract way via a vertical pan of the spring marsh grasses. Below, we see it in a more classic landscape of sky, trees and water.

Self turned out to have a lot of blue and green colors in her garden!

Today she will share pictures from her front porch.

Featured today: hydrangea, garden ornament (lugged home from San Luis Obispo, years ago, when son was at Cal Poly), armeria

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: ‘Z’ Anywhere in the Word

Self’s word is AMAZING.

Here’s a picture of something son left behind in his room. He attended college in Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. His freshman dorm was Muir, the Math and Sciences dorm. He moved to shared housing for his sophomore year, but his third and fourth years at Cal Poly, he was back in Muir — as an RA, or Resident Assistant.

When he graduated, the crowd that attended commencement included a group of students who had all gone through Muir and had the good fortune (they said) to have son as an RA.


Excavating Son’s Room: Amazing Discovery

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Signs: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

A T-shirt self bought in Bacolod. Translation: "I am from Negros Occidental." (Dear Departed Dad's Home Province)

A T-shirt self bought in Bacolod. Translation: “I am from Negros Occidental.” (Dear Departed Dad’s Home Province)

Sighted at the San Luis Obispo Farmers Market, Thursdays year-round

Sighted at the San Luis Obispo Farmers Market, Thursdays year-round

Aquarius Theater, Emerson Street, downtown Palo Alto

Aquarius Theatre, Emerson Street, downtown Palo Alto: A fixture of self’s Stanford grad student days. She saw her first Kurosawa movie here: She thinks it was “Kagemusha.”


Letters 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

It’s strange that self is in London but here she keeps posting about back home.

Nevertheless, she needs to store her London images for a while, it’s all a little bit much (i.e. overwhelming)

In the meantime, here’s a second post on the week’s theme:  LETTERS.

For this post, self decided to focus on signage.

San Luis Obispo Farmers Market, August 2011

San Luis Obispo Farmers Market, August 2011

Picture # 1:  Son attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  Two years after he graduated, we finally attended San Luis Obispo’s famous Farmers Market, where self took this photo.

Filipino American Fiesta at Yerba Buena, summer 2011

Filipino American Fiesta at Yerba Buena, summer 2011

Picture # 2:  There are so many Filipinos in the US of A!  And the biggest groups are in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Every year, there’s a Filipino fiesta at Yerba Buena Park in San Francisco.  Self wants to say August.  Pampanga, which self visited last year (at the invitation of Alawi Canlas, who she met when she was a Fulbright Fellow at Skyline College, several years ago) is famous for its cooking.

T-shirt self bought today from L'Fisher Hotel Gift Shop

T-shirt is sold in the gift shop of L’Fisher Main.

Picture # 3 is self-explanatory.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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