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I feel you little boy….

I feel you little boy....

digging a hole

hoping to hide

from the rest of the world

I feel you little boy…

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Someone teach me how to live life…..

wandering crab

“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning” J. B. Priestly

So another New Year is here and everyone seems excited about it and their New Year’s resolutions. I never was excited about the New Year or never really made resolutions. For me New Year is just another day. But to keep myself and everyone else positive I thought I’ll put a few words out there………

Turns out I don’t have any words of wisdom, so here are my ramblings while gulping down meloncello straight from the bottle. 🙂  (I am not drunk, it’s just so hot out here)

Ok so I love my life… sometimes…. but then again that’s how everyone rolls isn’t it? 🙂

I have so many things in queue and they are very fair and small goals just to get my life back on track. I am not lost or anything, I know what I want and what I want to be doing, I just don’t know how to get there. And I have had enough of running up and down and not get where I want to exactly. So I am hoping to change a few things this time around.

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” – Bill Copeland

I need someone to tell me how to get things done. Don’t we all you say? Everybody’s lives would have been so much better and so much easier if there was a little gene in bottle or an angel on your shoulder, but the problem is there are no such things. It’s you and only you can figure your way in and out of things you want.

“No one saves us but our selves, no one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path” – Lord Buddha

“In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.” Theodore Roosevelt

So for a little inspiration, a little guidance I turned to Google. (C’mon it’s what we all do, isn’t it?) 🙂 I rammed through pages of inspirational quotes by people wiser than I am and it helped. It really did. Not just reading through but actually believing in them. So I wanted to share some that inspired me and I hope I remember these through the coming year of ups and downs. Like they say;

”It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up that matters.”– Vince Lombardi

On a different matter I now understand why they say ‘youth is wasted on the young’ so true. I am still young (considerably) 😉 and still I feel like by the time we finish school, go through university, get a job and earn something to be able to live independently you have spent the best times of your lives and don’t even know it. Oh well that should be another post all together. However, this is what I live by now. I always keep reminding myself this and is my golden rule at the moment.

“If you want to do something, you will find a way, if not you will find an excuse” – Anonymous

So this is my plan number one for the foreseeable future.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius 🙂

This new year I hope all of you will have enough motivation and guidance to carry out the things you need to do, I hope along the way you get inspired because life without inspiration is no fun life, I hope all of you get at least a bit spoilt by someone who loves you, I hope everyone will have a job regardless of you like it or not, I hope this year you will remember to smile and I hope you all will have a good 2013. 🙂

”Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” Roy Goodman

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light ” – Aristotle Onassis

oh little town, why you so lonely?

It’s been awhile, but what to do? sometimes technology fails a little bit more than I would like! Now to continue with my italian journey…

We went medieval town hopping!

I always wanted to and I was told this is the best way to get a feel of the true Italian country side. Who wants to say no? We started off at a little town called Posticciola near Lake Turano. I don’t think I have the right words to describe the architecture of exposed bricks, rubble and masonry and decades or maybe centuries old timber works of the place. It really was like walking through a history lesson. But at the same time you can’t help that feeling of absolute loneliness standing in the middle of empty streets and narrow pathways. I didn’t see anybody the whole time I was there. Later I got to know that most owners abandon their houses in most of these tiny medieval towns because it’s just too hard living there. It’s too far from the city centre and when tourism is at a low they have no income. Such a pity. But of course that didn’t stop us from wandering through the town on its’ tiny (when I say tiny I really mean tiny) pathways in awe. Sometimes I felt like I was trespassing, but of course I wasn’t. 🙂

  

Next big stop was Casperia. This is located in the town of Poggio Mirtetto and the historic centre of Casperia is walled and traffic free and has spectacular views of the local town on one side and the surrounding hills and mountains on the other. This of course was different to Postcciola mainly because it was part of a town and was more alive with people, charming little shops, bars and restaurants. Again the historic walled city was a delight to walk through climbing several steps up and several steps down. Good exercise i must say. 🙂 We ended the day on a lovely open terrace overlooking the local town, watching the beautiful sunset.

  

  

Kelaniya : where life meets religion…

Sri Lanka is one of the oldest surviving Buddhist countries where 70% of its population are Buddhists. Kelaniya, a suburb about 10km away from Colombo is known for the buddhist temple built on the banks of kelani river and holds a significant place in the life of any Buddhist. It is believed that Buddha had visited Kelaniya and therefore it is said that all your sins will be washed away if you visit and worship the Kelaniya Temple at least once in your lifetime (of course it is just a saying but it just shows how much importance the temple holds).

For me Kelaniya resembles two things. My family, as I grew up in Kelaniya and the Kelaniya Temple. I am not a diehard Buddhist but still I grew up having a special place in my heart for the temple. I love visiting it every time I come down.  To go there in the evening and sit in a corner away from the crowds, gazing at the massive ‘dagaba’ or just soaking up the atmosphere where everyone is quiet and dressed in white with colourful flowers in hand is an experience in itself.

It is not special only for religious purposes but because for me nothing can beat the amazing architecture, the calmness you feel when you enter the temple grounds, and the sound of the bo leaves when the wind blows or the colours… yellow & red hues from monks’ ‘sivuru’, green bo leaves, soft brown sand and white-clad worshipers.

Here are few photos to show you what I am talking about… 🙂

 

 

I love the intricate details in this place…. it is such good craftmanship that you only find in these ancient places.

Hope this post finds your interest and any comment or feedback is much appreciated! 🙂

Kalpitiya: somewhere a little bit different

ah! the heat!

It was good getting there in our air-conditioned vehicles but when you see the change of colour in trees, the palm trees on the side of the road and woven dried coconut leaf fences you know you are in the dry country. Kalpitiya situated in Puttalam district overlooking the Puttalam lagoon on one side and the Indian ocean on the other is a beautiful place except for the unbearable heat during day.

 

I guess that’s life….

I really feel for the people living here or anywhere in dry lands. They still have to go out do their jobs or things they do to make a living and here I didn’t want to get out of the shade of coconut & palm trees to do anything till the sun went down.

I met some interesting people there….

We visited a little village in Puttlam district known for a group of African descendents who are famous for their music and dancing. According to them the ancestors came to the country in the 1800’s and today there are 22 families in the village and more scattered around puttalam. They were nice enough to do a quick little performance for us saying if they had time to prepare they could have gotten their 12 people group together and dress accordingly. 🙂

And of course with the music and dancing the children came from neighbouring houses to see the performances and to see the strange people from Colombo. I tried to capture a few of those gorgeous little faces and I hope you will find these as interesting as I did…

Geelong : The Beginning

In a way it all began here. Moving from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Geelong, Australia was not easy and sometimes even scary. Geelong was calm and quiet. From Colombo, where there are people on the streets chatting or eating food from road side cafe’s at midnight to Geelong, where roads are deserted and no place to get food after 8pm was sometimes too quiet. But one thing that took my breath away from the first time I saw to today, after four years, was the waterfront. It is where people come on weekends, where boats sway in the wind, where there are some beautiful pieces of architecture and urban landscape and of course some delicious food. To me, this is where Geelong lives…

 

Hello world!

Welcome to my humble little photo blog. This is all about my passion(s) in life. It took me awhile to realise them, but so far I have four. Travel, something I always wanted to do but never had the money. But I am getting there, one country at a time. Food, I love to eat, I can watch cooking shows all day but the actual cooking part by myself is not the most exciting thing. Don’t get me wrong I like cooking and I have tried many dishes but like most people I like it better if it’s done for me. 🙂 Architecture, my love at first sight after flipping through an interior magazine had cost me (and my parents 🙂 ) a lot of money and almost 8 years of education. And finally Photography, I always had a ‘thing’ for photography but never did anything about it until few years ago I was given my first DSLR. It changed a lot of things. So now I am a graduate architect who loves to travel the world with my camera in hand and try ‘most’ things that taste good. And this, is where I share…..

Hope you like it & thank you for your time.