The Smile by William Blake

There is a Smile of Love
And there is a Smile of Deceit
And there is a Smile of Smiles
In which these two Smiles meet

And there is a Frown of Hate
And there is a Frown of disdain
And there is a Frown of Frowns
Which you strive to forget in vain

For it sticks in the Hearts deep Core
And it sticks in the deep Back bone
And no Smile that ever was smild
But only one Smile alone

That betwixt the Cradle & Grave
It only once Smild can be
But when it once is Smild
Theres an end to all Misery

 

Poem by William Blake
Photo – Stefan Stefancik

New You for 2017

Whether last year had been a good or a not-so-good year for us, it’s in the past now. Let us channel our time and energy to enjoy the many takeaways from it. Count the blessings that came our way and likewise savour its beauty and significance to our lives and those around us. This, to us, is the true essence of the holiday season.

As we tackle on this year, may we keep working on our goals, and while at it, ask advice from big-brained friends who are willing to help and share. Try to eat healthy and eat happy. Exercise as much as you can, one muscle group at a time. At least fifteen minutes of quality routines should be enough actually.

Pack your bag and go to that dream city or island you’ve always wanted to visit. Get to know about a different culture and language even. Blurt out that joke or funny story you’ve been meaning to tell. What we’re saying is: be brave. It is entirely up to us on how we’ll write, draw, and colour our 2017 story. Happy new you!

Haiku | Waking Dream

Waking Dream

cool wind brushed my face
as I listened to the rain
night paused in silence.

Haiku | Unsaid

Kuei Ya-lei

Image Source

such treasured moments
we’d watch old films together–
that was ecstasy.

Photo Essay: Borobudur Pilgrimage

Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple

Like many, one of the main reasons to travel to Yogyakarta or Jogja in Indonesia is to see the temples. At a recent trip, we saw three of the most popular ones: Prambanan, Pawon and Borobudur. The Borobudur Temple was the most magnificent of all three, hence we created a photo essay of our experience.

We have gotten to know many important events and historical relevance of the temple because we were provided with a knowledgeable tour guide. It was indeed very educational as it was very cultural. As we were traversing the three main levels of the Borobudur Temple, while at the same time enjoying the architecture and the sculptures, we have felt an invigorating psychological calm, peace and serenity.

With 504 Buddhas and 72 of it surrounding the central dome at the top most level, the inner peace we have felt must have been brought upon us by the Buddhas and the intricate stone carvings on its walls; which certainly helped retell its story from a different perspective. Although ours was not the typical pilgrimage one may have had, but still a pilgrimage nonetheless.