Summer Time In Mind

Wednesday, May 6, 2020


It was that one time in the middle of April (perhaps when spring was in full force in Japan) when my colleague from the Tokyo office sent me photos of cherry blossoms, which she took from a park near her apartment that made me pause to think that: if it's spring over there, then it's full on summer over here where I'm at!

Aside from the sweltering heat and the overly bright blue skies that greets me when I look out through the window, I would have to admit that I don't feel any different; I would honestly love to tell you dear reader that I'm looking forward to a trip to the beach with family or friends, or that I've got an ice cream date soon, but perhaps not this time around.

Back to my conversation with my colleague, she began describing to me her experience of walking around and taking photos of all the blooms that surrounded her, and how it was such a missed opportunity for people not to be out and about, to be sitting or laying on the grass while watching the petals fall. The way she described that waking moment, accompanied by the photographs she sent over, truly made me imagine it all in my head.

In these times, the best we can do is to admire from afar, and that's fine for now. We can still make the most out of the season while staying home or wherever we find ourselves at the moment, in whichever situation we're in. In our minds we can think about that memorable experience we've had in our favorite season, or what reminds us of it. Sharing with you some greens, blues, and oranges, as for me these seem to be the colors that made up my summer from the past couple of years, together with the things I think about when I think about summer time:


Longer days, early sunrises, late sunsets, extra vibrant skies. I remember taking this photo, and it was on a day when I was able to leave the office on the dot, so I was able to have time to get some exercise. There the sky was, making some magic up above which for me felt like such a treat after a day of work.

Waking up first from among my high school friends and racing towards the beach front just to catch the sun rise. I sat alone on the sand and listened to the calm waves washing my feet which I extended just enough for them to reach my toes. I may not see my high school friends as often as I'd like, but we're all pretty low-key, and we love each other all the same.




Hiking with my dad for the first time to catch the best view of the sunrise. Best decision made at 4AM. During this time, I appreciated my dad's strength; it was evident to me how he'd always keep in shape and was very consistent with it. I'm grateful for parents who encourage me to keep healthy always.

Watching as the sun dipped itself onto the ocean, and all the orange spilled and rippled upon the waves, like orange juice. My friends and I were sitting on our towels. Priceless. We all were reminded of the importance of taking a good break once in a while, for as we are serious with our work, we must also be serious with our rest. Just like how the Lord created the earth in seven days, he rested on the seventh. We admired the beauty of His creations, for sure, during this trip. 

Blooms all around, a photo diary on a walk around the village I wrote about 2 years ago. What a joy it was to walk around freely and see the different colors of the Bougainvilleas from around my neighborhood.

Knowing and discovering the secret life of plants together with family in London's Kew Gardens. I observed how my sister kept taking so many photos of my parents during this trip, and it made me think about while we were caught up with graduating, serving in church, starting our careers, and establishing great relationships with others, we may have forgotten to spend more time with our parents who are our constant and greatest supporters in this life. I acknowledge that no parent is perfect, but to have them is already a gift. Every family trip teaches both my sister and I something, which I think truly is an invaluable time together. 

Summer camp in Baguio. I haven't gone to camp for some years now, and to be honest, I'm actually yearning to be back. I learned and experienced so many firsts in my summer church camps, such as rolling off the hills with friends, doing wacky poses on photoshoots, appreciating the morning and cultivating the habit of being a morning person, and most of all, laying down all my cares and worries at the feet of the Lord, and growing deeper in love with Him. 
And of course, there's ice cream! : - ) my summer is never completed without this dessert.

The seasons go on, as we do.


Another thought that came to me is that, at times it's good to look back, to say hello to our selves from days or years before. From summers spent doing whatever you liked to do best, or being wherever you felt most alive. I'd like to think that there's this opportunity that presents itself, in which you gain even more understanding about yourself as you are reminded of truths you may have already known from way back.

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I'd like to know, in which season are you currently in now in your part of this earth? What's your memorable experience, or favorite thing about it? 

I'm always inspired by what you, dear reader, share with me. : - ) Happy Wednesday. 


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16 comments

  1. This has inspired me to start a photo diary of daily walks or happenings. I forget things really well, so it seems like a great idea to remember and remind myself of past times! We're in spring now!

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    1. I forget easily too; it's not easy for me to capture every moment, but I still try my best. I can say I've grown comfortable in doing it as time passed :) Ahh, lovely spring! Hope you're enjoying the weather, sun, and blooms while indoors!

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  2. I love that you take photos everywhere you go! I'm not usually the kind but I'm thinking of doing it more now.

    Loved your entry, you write so wonderfully!

    Bee of https://beecaluya.com/ x

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    1. I'm not the type too, but I don't pressure myself over it; if there's a missed moment, that's totally fine. I can capture the feeling in different ways and mediums, such as writing or drawing it.

      Thank you for your time with me on here, Bee! Hope you're enjoying your weekend. <3

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  3. Oh Anna, these photos are so beautiful! They make me want to just escape, and travel so very much. It's currently spring here in the UK, with summer waiting in the wings. The weather has been so beautiful which makes this strange period a little brighter.

    I hope you're well. //teandtwosugars.blogspot.com xx

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    1. Thank you, Georgia! We will have time time, some day, and it will be so so wonderful. The weather does wonders to our moods and days, I'm grateful we have the sun on both our sides. :)

      Keep well and safe always. Thank you for your time with me.

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  4. Oh man, it is a bummer that we are locked in when flowers are blooming really well! I really felt that missed opportunity here. I love all of these shots that you took! Looks like you got to enjoy yourself in peace, hehe. We're in the middle of spring in the west coast. It is getting HOT!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. Thanks Nancy <3 Let's treasure our peaceful moments.. I figured we need these more than ever. Remember to drink lots of water on the extra warm days!

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  5. Thanks for posting these uplifting photos. I don't know what to expect this summer. I really don't even if NY comes out of lockdown life will not go back to normal. I mean masks at the beach it will too hot for that so I guess that means no beach. Who knows...

    Allie of
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    1. Life will be different, definitely, after all this. I also don't know what to expect or how to feel after the lockdown period; perhaps people will be more cautious and more mindful. Indeed it will be another adjustment to a new normal as they say, but we'll go through it collectively. :)

      Aw man, we'll see how life pans out, but I'm hopeful there will be still beach days!

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  6. Your photos are so beautiful! This is going to be a different summer for most of us for sure. You're absolutely right when you say we can enjoy the season from home or whereever we are. We love to go to the beach and swim in the ocean and beachcomb. Beaches are closed here but my parents have beachfront property that we can swim as long as we ensure no one else is down there first. We are installing one of their old pools in our yard and I bought a frisbee and we bought a bistro set and patio stones and are turning our yard into a little outdoor oasis where we can lounge in the pool (it's a bit too small for really swimming but at least it will help keep us cool and relaxed) and enjoy the sunshine. I am so grateful right now that we have a good size yard!

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    1. Kirsten, thank you so much for your time in reading through, and for sharing with me about your yard! Such a blessing indeed to have space that you can turn into a mini oasis of your own :") it's all sounds so exciting, and I'm sure this would be a great experience nonetheless. Nothing can stop us from having a great summer, after all! That's so nice as well that your parents have a beachfront property. Hope you get to use it lots ;)

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  7. Oh, it is wonderful that you are taking photos whereever you are! Thanks a lot for sharing - and I can imagine especially during these times it is a gift having all these pictures. Thank you so much for sharing and take care!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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    1. Rena, you are so right. It's a gift to have these photos indeed of the past few years. Who knew I'd be looking back at them and appreciating and learning from such memorable events that seem to have happened only yesterday... Keep safe and well always!! <3

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  8. These are such gorgeous pics Anna Jo!! I have no idea how summer here will be .. it's not that hot get over here in NJ haha!! I'm not really one for going out anyway (I don't have the money either hahaha) but o know from this country alone lots of ppl have been restless as it is... It's such a weird time to live nowadays! They're even talking about a second wave in the wintertime which I can see happening because people want out of the stay at home rule already.. we just have to make do as best as we can!

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    1. Weird times indeed! I haven't even gone to walk outside around in my village, which I miss very much.. we have to do what got to do. :( I can relate with the restless feeling; I think I've done almost all imaginable things that can be done inside the house! But it's great as well to see how creative people can get, and you're right, seems like we'll just have to make do. Thanks for your time here, Geraldine! <3 I miss your writings and I'm awaiting your comeback :))

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