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Weekly Photo Challenge: Careful

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Careful”

 

This was on a sunny Saturday in Covent Garden. We were on our way to the London Transport Museum and made a quick stop at the Covent Garden Piazzo to see what all the commotion was. It was a man on a unicycle and we had come at the moment where he asked the audience for a volunteer. A young girl took up the challenge – she had to throw three juggling batons for the man to catch. If she was able to throw them to him successfully, she would win £5… which she did! 🙂

The man was careful enough to not drop any batons and the girl was cheered on greatly by the audience. It was an awesome day and so fun to watch!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Change”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

I love a good sunset and nothing beats the view from my balcony. I thought this photo would make a lovely submission for this week’s WPC, change. I love the colours in the sky as it changes from day to night… it’s beautiful. I took the photos from my iPhone so please excuse the grainy image but I hope you can still appreciate the stunning sunset. You can also see The O2 all lit up ready for the night’s entertainment in the second photo. :).

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Today Was A Good Day

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Today Was a Good Day”

A trip to Legoland for mine & LO’s birthday

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This day was definitely a good day for all of us. Daddy P treated me to a wonderful spa day and LO had loads of fun at Legoland, especially at Miniland. Even though the majority of rides were for bigger kids, we managed to get on to a Fairy Tale boat ride with LO before he crashed out at the park. We only went on this one ride but the whole day’s experience to the place was magical and memorable. 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Close Up

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Close Up”

This week’s challenge has encouraged us to get close up and personal with our subjects. I’ve got a few images for this – one by me, and two by LO (no, seriously LO actually took the photos – he’s great at it!)

So without further ado, here is my take:

It’s a close up of a wilted rose. It was taken on my Saumsung S5 and I applied a filter to it which has really brought out the purple hue in the rose. You can also see all of that wonderful condensation on the bottle neck. I love condensation on glass. 🙂

And here is LO’s submission for the WPC Close Up challenge:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Close Up
LO’s favourite filter

They’re meant to be “selfie” photos but he hasn’t quite gotten the hang of angling the iPhone front camera to shoot his whole face just yet hehe 🙂 He’s really good at taking these kind of photos and when I leave my phone with him, I’m always greeted with a lot of these ‘selfies’. He even applies the filters himself – the black/white is his fave followed by the more contrasted one. I thought this challenge was the perfect chance to use them (with his permission of course, plus the photos were taken on my phone which makes them mine right?!) as it’s a real close up of his wonderfully curly hair. You can see the variation in each curl, or bunch of curls shall I say.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Door

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Door”

Whitecliffe Bay Holiday Park, Isle of Wight

This is not really a great photograph but the story behind this photo (or this door shall I say) will be forever embedded in my mind. It was summer 2008 and the family decided on a spur-of-the-moment family trip to Isle of Wight. We were a big group of friends and family and booked a 2-night stay at the Whitecliffe Bay holiday park. Our door is the one on the right; number 27.

Being Vietnamese, we are always naturally very superstitious – luckily, most superstitions I do not believe in however I do believe in spirits. I understand that not everyone shares this belief which is totally fine but I, myself have seen and experienced things that cannot be explained before so I believe that there are such things as ghosts and spirits. Apparently from what I remember from the parents saying was that the only reason why this room wasn’t booked up (the rest of the park which was fully booked) was because someone had died in there a long time ago (the holiday park owner told them so). Now, I am not too convinced that is entirely true but hey, who knows… So anyway we were all enjoying our lovely day here and the first night some of us slept well while some didn’t.

Mum’s friend said she saw a “ghost” that night – I didn’t see anything but I don’t believe she was making it up either. That night I did get that weird feeling sometimes you get when you can feel the presence of a stranger in the room. I disregarded the feeling and kept my thoughts to myself but after mum’s friend told us what she’d seen the next morning, my mum told me she also felt a weird presence that night. We were a little spooked to be honest. Thinking about it now and writing this still gives me the chills, I can literally feel the hairs on the back of my neck standing up right now… not great.

However, this stranger’s presence did not feel negative nor hostile but mum and I agreed that we were to not mention it to the children and would all need to go and stay at the other home on the park site which our other family friends had rented out. Mum tried to stay that night at number 27 with her friend but a few hours later they both came round to the other home saying that the “strange presence” felt more dominant and they didn’t want to stay. Luckily we were only staying here for 2 nights so the day after we got ready to leave. The trip was amazing despite getting the willies but I would definitely go back… just not to greet that door again though.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Roy G. Biv

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “ROY G. BIV”

The Greenwich Mummy | ROYGBIV

So this weekly’s photo challenge is a bit late – I’m really sorry. I just didn’t have anything in my archives that I found ideal to use as a single image so I decided to make a collage. It took me a day or two to gather a few of these photos together and I decided to use a photo to represent a colour; Red (balloon), Orange (apricot), Yellow (lemon), Green (matcha iced drink), Blue (sky), Indigo (Flower on the Birchbox), and Violet (the bar in LO’s photo).

Enjoy!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Off-Season

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Off-Season”

This week’s photo challenge was really difficult for me to find an idea of what to do – simply because things in London there’s really not much different from our winters and summers. So I’ve decided to take a different take on this week’s challenge.

I have come to realise that when travelling abroad, I usually tend to go off-season; (1) because it is much cheaper to travel around these times, and (2) because you get to experience the beauty of the destination whilst avoiding other annoying tourists that over-crowd places causing people i.e. myself unnecessary stress. This week, I dedicate my off-season travel to… Kavos, Corfu!

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Our hotel resort… nice & quiet

Daddy P and I went to Corfu in 2009. Funnily enough, when I had booked this holiday for us, I didn’t know about Kavos and its crazy party scene. Daddy P and I are definitely not party-goers and we were really thankful when we arrived to know that we came before the party season starts which was fabulous. The resort was super quiet and we were able to just relax and enjoy our holiday. We went on a few excursions; the most memorable one was the one to the islands, Paxos & Antipaxos however the reason why is a little embarrassing. Here’s what happened…

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The Greenwich Mummy | CorfuWhat on earth had possessed me to go on a boat excursion, despite knowing how much I get sea-sick, will still forever be a mystery but we wanted to see two beautiful islands and the only way to get there was by boat. I felt sick, my face was stinging from all the sea-water splashbacks as we had to stand by the edges of the boat as it was full with people was a living nightmare. I promised myself the views would be worth it and I was not wrong. The sea was amazingly clear and crystal blue – it was so beautiful. The cliffs on Paxos was amazing to look and we even headed inside the little cave you can see in the photo above. The boat also stopped at a lagoon where people were able to jump off the boat for a quick splash before we headed towards Antipaxos.

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Arriving at the port of Antipaxos, it looked like something out of a postcard. The waters were clear and so beautiful and the little town looked cute and quaint. As part of the excursion we were allowed 40mins of individual exploring before we had to head back to the boat to go home… then this is when our nightmare started.

We enjoyed a lovely splash in the shallow waters, it was freezing cold but as the sun was so hot it was like a really nice, cool dip. My phone then ran out of battery so Daddy P bought a little watch at a nearby stall and we set it to the right time. Little did we know, the watch had stopped working for about 30 mins so when we arrived back at our meeting point, to which we thought we were on time… we were late and the boat had already left! An hour or two later and we realised we’d had enough – we were low on money and just wanted to get back to our apartment. We eventually got back using a water taxi that set us back €100.

So that’s my little story about my off-season travel to Corfu. I hope you enjoyed it! 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Vivid”

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These two photos of models wearing these amazing, vivid costumes are in fact a sample of the costumes that will be on display at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival, worn by the Masquerade 2000 Mas Band. “It’s not all about feathers this year” said M2K’s Mas Band leader who wanted to bring more to the table for carnival and embrace other materials to create a unique show and bring a different dimension to the wonderful festival.  

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