May 27 Daily Prompt: Switcheroo

If you could switch blogs with any blogger for a week, with whom would you switch and why?

If I could be another blogger for the day, I would be any bloggers from the Daily Post. I think it’s amazing to get to paid to be creative. I can read and write ALL DAY long. During interactions with people, you can read, write funny, witty, crazy, weird and awesome posts. You get to know certain people like any regular bloggers. I can imagine the discussions that goes on to pick the Freshly Pressed posts, to pick the daily prompts, photo and writing challenges, and to pick the different featured posts to help other bloggers out.

Anyone want to switch? Here’s my blog post. Call me maybe ūüėČ

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May 26 Daily Prompt: Journey

Tell us about a journey ‚ÄĒ whether a physical trip you took, or an emotional one.

Photographers, show us JOURNEY.

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I am taking it old school and going for the Rocky statue. The actor is Sylvester Stallone. It is the epitome of journey. This statue stands outside the Art Museum of Philadelphia, right next to those iconic steps that are pictured in the movie. Can you believe this movie was released in 1976? It won 3 Oscars out of 10 nominations that year: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Film Editing.

Never seen the movie? A small start boxer is offered once in a lifetime chance to box. Expected to lose, he puts in the extra effort and trains as the underdog. You can read more here or add it on Netflix.

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May 25 Daily Prompt: The Next Big Thing

What will the next must-have technological innovation be? Jetpacks? Hoverboards? Wind-powered calculators?

Photographers, show us INNOVATIVE.

A closer look at my dentist screen. I thought he has the coolest office ever. When you lay down, you can watch TV. Or he can show you the xrays while he is looking at them on his computer. I personally think that’s awesome!

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May 24 New Weekly Photo Challenge: In The Background & Live and Learn Saturday: The Brooklyn Bridge

In a new post created for this challenge, share a picture that says In the Background.

This “In the Background” picture is from Wolf, one of my good friends who shot this in Brooklyn, NY. You can see the Brooklyn Bridge in the background. It is a bridge that I crossed many times coming from Philadelphia into Brooklyn. You can see downtown Manhattan in the background. If you look at the Wiki page, you can see how it looks during the day or where the World Trade Center used to stand¬†(which is the picture I had hanging up on my wall).

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Wolf is a young and upcoming photographer in New York City. You never see him without his camera. His shots are incredible. For more of his work, check his Facebook page. Follow me as I will feature many of his shots in upcoming posts.

 

Live and Learn Saturday: The Brooklyn Bridge

Construction: The Brooklyn Bridge construction started in 1869. It took 14 years to complete.

Carries: Motor vehicles (cars only), pedestrians and bicycles. It used to carry elevated trains until 1944, streetcars until 1950.

Crosses: East River

Designer: John Augustus Roebling, an German immigrant was the first. After his death from a crush injury with subsequent tetanus infection, his son Washington Roebling took over the project. Incapacited himself due to illness, his wife continue with the supervision and construction.

Design: Suspension/Cable-stay Hybrid

Total length: 5,989 feet (1825 m)

Width: 85 feet (26m)

Heigth: 1,595 feet 6 inches

Opened: May 24, 1883. 130 years ago.

Toll: Free both ways.

Facts from Wiki.

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May 22 Daily Prompt: Goals

When you started your blog, did you set any goals? Have you achieved them? Have they changed at all?

When I started the blog, I did not set any goals. I am doing this for fun, as a way to meet new people and interact. I want to read more from fellow writers and poets to improve my skills and showcase my craft. That is all for me.

Why are you blogging?

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May 21 Daily Prompt: Bittersweet Memories

You receive a gift that is bittersweet and makes you nostalgic. What is it?

Photographers, show us GIFT.

During my visit at the Philadelphia Art museum this weekend, I found out a newborn prince or princess was given this hand carved cradle as a gift to kings and queens. Next time, I’ll take a picture of the card giving all the details.

I thought a unique idea to show “gift”!

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What do you think about that? I personally thought it could bounce too much because the sides are too round. I don’t know.

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May 20 Daily Prompt: Dulled

You encounter a mysterious man offering you a magic potion that, once sipped, will make one of your senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch) super sharp ‚ÄĒ but dull the others. Will you sip it, and if so, what sense do you choose?

For an extra challenge, link your response to this prompt. 

I use all my senses on a daily bases so it is hard to pick just one and dull the others. I gotta say with my allergies, smell is the first to be obstructed for hours per day in the spring and the fall. Unless it is strong, my nose misses many things. Otherwise, it work pretty well. I like my taste buds because it allows me to enjoy food and beverages. I have a thing for dark chocolate and Oreo cookies. My hearing is important because I view myself as a great listener. I can imagine say huh huh and what did you say as people speak to me.

If I could heighten one of my senses, I would go for sight. With sight, I can pretty much cover the other senses. I can read lips if I cannot hear. I can see what I want to smell or touch and feel in the blanks with my imagination. Dull does not mean nonexistent so my other senses would work. This prompt makes realize how grateful that I need to be that I was born with all my senses intact and functional. I know I would have survive but I can imagine how difficult it is to live without one of them.

Any senses that have been dulled? Any one of them would you be willing to sharpen while the others are dulled out? It was hard for me to pick one.

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May 19 Daily Prompt: Helping Hand

Tell us about the most surprising helping hand you’ve ever received.

Photographers, show us HANDS.

I was talking to a coworker regarding a book that I need to purchase for my summer class but I will not be able to purchase until a couple weeks from now. Plus we were told that it is not needed until week 5 of the semester anyway. She is awesome: she offered to lend me her book and I can return it whenever I am able to purchase my own. I said oh no, I don’t want to be a bother plus I want to highlight in my book. She said she did not mind if I highlighted in hers. I do not like to be an inconvenient to people. Plus, I know that it is a book I will be using for a couple semesters so I will buy it at some point anyway. On her day off, she shows up and leaves it for me along with the CD that I can use for practice questions. It warmed my heart to see that she went above and beyond to get it to me right away, knowing that I started summer semester last week and I want to do well.

I have to give her to a shout out for her heartwarming gesture. Thanks, B.! I am grateful for your help.

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Motivation Sunday: Fish Bowl & the Right Plan

There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys, how’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, “What the hell is water?”

Read the full speech from David Wallace here.

In my opinion, you have to know where you’ve been, where you are and where you are going in order to get ahead. At times, your biggest mistakes include overlooking the obvious. The fish lives in water so they overlooked their basic and vital requirement.

Before you embark into a new journey, you should research the idea, know your strengths and weakness, know your available resources, what are the chances of success, what must be your steps to achieve your goals. Is the business right for the area? Is it falling into step with the current economy? are some of the preliminary questions that go along with the planning process.

First, start with where you have been. What do you posses right now or what have you done in the past that you can use as a tool to get ahead? For example, what is your learning style? Knowing who you are will help you prepare a study schedule. Are you always on time? I am not so I have learned to give myself a 30 minute window. I would say, I’ll meet you 715 or 730pm while I am planning to get there by 7pm. I build it in delays and detours.

Here is another example: you owned a bakery for years and you decide to expand it into a full catering service. Are you able to attract customers to support you in your new venture? They can recommend your services to friends and family. They can suggest you for work related special events. What contacts or connections have you made that can help you move forward?

Now, take a look at your current status. Do you have the education and the skills to build a successful business? Do you have capital? Do you have or need a partner? Should you take a few courses or complete an apprenticeship? Do you have the right tools: accounting, staffing, advertising, vendors, etc. Is this the right location? Are you in the right market? Are you accessible and available to customers? Are you able to design or hire someone to design a professional website?

The planning portion takes the most time for a successful venture. It took me 2-3 months just to pick character names and write a satisfying outline. It is a project of love: I wanted to give it the best that I have. Share your ideas with friends and family and consider their feedback, talk to customers, talk to your competitors if you can. They may not share all their trade secrets but they may share general ideas that they figure you probably know already anyway -which you may not know yet.

By now, you know what you want, you have done your homework and you made your plan. It is time to test it out. Start with small and obtainable goals. They should be challenging but they should obtainable to avoid discouragements. Celebrate the small steps. Last, don’t forget who you are and why you started on this journey to begin with. Do you know what is your water?

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Let me ask you: Any major plans that you have in mind?

UPDATE: Motivation Sunday continues. You can read the following posts: Starting with a Good Idea, the importance of a Positive Attitude, Creating the Right Plan, Overcoming Obstacles and Going Beyond Failures.

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May 17 New Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

Escape. Depending on your current mood and headspace, or time in your life, this word can evoke different emotions and conjure a variety of images. Maybe the end of your semester is near, and you yearn for vacation and release: the desire to disappear and run away, the need to unplug and shut off.

Or perhaps you imagine quite the opposite: Lost in a maze. Stuck in a room, feeling boxed in, with the worst company. Frustrated in your own thoughts, wondering what to do next.

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View from the Sky. Approaching Fort Lauderdale, FL.

This picture was taken from my plane on my way to visit my family last summer. I’ve decided to select “large” for the photo challenges. I cannot wait to go home again when the summer semester is over. There is so much happening with the family. And yes, ladies and gents, I am back to posting. I will try to keep a regular schedule for y’all.

Tell me, where have you been recently? What is your “escape”?

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