Parents’ Wedding Anniversary

My parents are celebrating their wedding anniversary this week so I took the liberty of fixing one of their printed photos. This is their honeymoon picture which I removed some noise from. I also desaturated the photo which developed into a much cleaner picture!

Happy anniversary, Mom and Dad! I love you.




Torii and Autumn Equinox

Torii photo by @xinageco

Today’s #TBT photo is from my personal collection. I took this torii [gate] picture when I was at The Butchart Gardens with the Frenchie [ex] and his mother who was visiting from France. There was a Japanese garden there which happened to be my favourite spot. Then and now, gates remind me of the journey we are all travelling as these are symbolic of entry into a new world!

Tonight is the autumn equinox so today and tomorrow, here in the Northern Hemisphere, we will get two days of equal light and dark [that’s 12 hours each of daylight and night]. Following this, we then switch to a period where the darkness dominates so the nights are now longer than the days! This marks Fall’s arrival — you can actually feel the evenings are cooler. If you’re like me, you start to layer up, wear gloves, and maybe even wear a toque, when out for a late-night run outside!

I really love autumn because the flora burst with colour. Here in Vancouver, we get such spectacular hues of red, orange and yellow as vibrantly as possible when it’s Fall! Also, I find it quite romantic outside when the leaves are falling on the ground and the fog starts to be more frequent, haha. Autumn is the perfect time of year to start wearing your fave overcoat, don some warm gloves and drink hot cocoa 🙂

Nairn Falls TBT Pic

Cristina Gecolea at Nairn Falls Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada
Cristina Gecolea at Nairn Falls Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

John Lubbock

After School Special

It’s been awhile since I last ran the track at Mercer Stadium. I visited initially with my Physical Education class. I randomly dropedp by for a run and had to take pictures because this place is now so much better than what it used to be!

The stadium now has an ATF (artificial field turf) so it’s great for lacrosse, soccer and football. I didn’t expect it to be busy the day I went since it was late afternoon but there were a few PE classes using the field. The local high school track team was also there doing a practice so I hit the stairs for plyo drills after a quick warm-up lap.

I plan to come back here again when the weather is good. I LOVE working out in fresh air: the sensation of cool breeze mixed with warm sun energizes me. Enjoy the slideshow of my adventure, thanks!


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#NewWestminster #fitness #Wellth

Citius, Altius, Fortius is the Olympic motto [Latin: “Faster, Higher, Stronger”]

The Greeks understood that mind and body must develop in harmonious proportions to produce a creative intelligence. And so did the most brilliant intelligence of our earliest days – Thomas Jefferson – when he said, not less than two hours a day should be devoted to exercise. If the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence, was Secretary of State, and twice President, could give it two hours, our children can give it ten or fifteen minutes.

John F. Kennedy Address to the National Football Foundations, 5 Dec 1961

Flowering Alone

Today’s #TBT photo was taken at Beacon Hill Park in Victoria, BC on March 31, 2014.  On this date, I just finished writing my Social Media Marketing final exam (completed online because I was enrolled in a distance education class in the Public Relations Program at BCIT). As I look at this flower, I realize I AM her!

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Flowering Alone by Cristina Gecolea

She is fantastic, vibrant and beautiful. She holds herself up, proudly, to greet the sun. Daily, she basks in its warmth. While most of the flowers in the field are situated in pairs or clusters, this flower is alone AND thriving!

All who gaze upon her are delighted by the joy and beauty she brings into the world. Her radiance bursts forth from her core! She lifts your spirit higher because she is the epitome of fortitude. She has weathered past storms, enduring it all, steadfastly, alone.

Around her shoulders is a cape woven from hours of silent contemplation. You see, she is fulfilled by her own company and her beauty derives from the glory of her inner light. Solitude has only added more depth to her, enhancing her loveliness. She perfumes the entire field with her magnificence. She is not lonely; She is complete!

A few of you readers and loyal followers (thank you) know that I’ve recently split up from my partner of 4+ years. Whereas I’ve received many invitations from interested others to start dating again, I respectfully decline because I value my “blossoming” which can only be done alone. Instead, I go on dates with myself, walking alone, oftentimes in nature. I didn’t realize I naturally started a walking meditation practice until I began reading Thich Nhat Hanh‘s book Anger.

Through zazen, I observe my thoughts and feelings. I engage in deep breathing and focus on awareness. I have been disappointed, sad, angry, and now indifferent to my Ex, all in the span of 2 months.

I am aware of the mistakes of my past such as having very high expectations about our relationship from “just a guy” as he terms himself. Whereas it’s not bad to have such standards, the mistake I made is to want a commitment from someone not wanting the same thing. Also, it’s impossible to seek love from someone who is incapable of being alone. This “aloneness” is distinct from independence. Aloneness is the ability to enjoy your own company, regardless of what you’re doing.

It is my job to provide myself with the love I’m looking for. This is done thru self-love. Since beginning the practice of sitting meditation and just “being,” I’ve come to realize that only when you are flowering in your own presence can you water the seeds of deep love in yourself. This means knowing how to tend to your own garden before being able to care for the garden of another. I know there is much work to do in my own garden and now is the opportunity to do that! My epiphany is solidified as this quote came to me today:

The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it’s not. It is an existential truth: only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of another person–without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted to the other. They allow the other absolute freedom, because they know that if the other leaves, they will be as happy as they are now. Their happiness cannot be taken by the other, because it is not given by the other.


California Dreaming

Sharing with you a sunset photo I took when I was in Ventura Beach three Valentines ago. Would love to go back to CALI again sometime 🙂 Anyway, wishing you a Happy Hearts Day! May you love and be loved, always.vday2013