A Photo Diary of Windows

Wednesday, May 20, 2020


What do you do to slow down time? I'd like to think this is how time slows down: it is whenever we're experiencing something new for the first time, when we're doing something we enjoy together with loved ones, or when we're enjoying our own company. This is when we're most present; we tune in to what matters and tune out everything else.

It can also be the times we stare out the window. While we're living in a fast-paced world with no one wanting to be left behind, perhaps it is a small act of rebellion, to drop everything for a while, and shift our eyes toward what can be seen outside our windows. It's funny because, I remember a mantra that I use for work, which is that.. no one's gonna die if you take a break, or if you make a mistake. So do it, and act on your own accord!

I'm sharing with you a photo diary of sorts, a collection of photos I took from before. I realized I'm fond of windows, and what I can see from outside. They will be followed along with my thoughts and insights, so I hope you stay a while, dear reader.


I'll start with this window which reminded me of Beauty and the Beast, because of the rose detail! As I looked out through this window, I could see all the yellow and details of this museum's outer facade. It was a sunny day, and the yellow all around made everything else to be seen outside much brighter than I expected it to be. It was for me, a visual treat. This was in the Fine Arts Museum, Saigon Vietnam.


I took this photo of my good friend, Sher who writes at Simply Sherlyn! This was our first trip together abroad, and my first with a friend. I'm happy with this photo, although it's not really a window but more of an arch, I thought that this was the perfect shot of A Young Woman Looking Out.

If there's one thing I observed about architecture in Vietnam, it would be that they are fond of open spaces in the middle of their structures. And of course, the color yellow, which I very much loved during our time here. Such a time spent it was, in My Tho Province, Saigon Vietnam.


This was on a bus ride going home. I was also with Sher. We were talking about the color of the sky, what was it more of? Purple? Orange? Both, probably. But it was a great way to end the day, talking about our life and work rambles, listening in and offering encouragements to each other, all the while looking out the window to watch the sky transform as it welcomes the night time.


I was simply just fascinated by the overwhelming greenery in this moment of looking out. I would describe this moment wherein I felt the most calm. We were sipping tea, and I stood up to look at the tiny trinkets beside this window. Such a simple spot in the cafe, but when surrounded by much green, I believe it makes all the difference.

This was in an interesting place, a Cafe Apartment in the middle of the city, 10 minutes away by foot from another famous one along Nguyen Hue Walking Street, Saigon Vietnam.


This was taken in Baguio, Philippines where we would have our annual summer camp. Waking up to these pine trees made me feel so grateful for the cold temperature we experienced for a week.

I remember this time to be that quick break I took from my committee duties. There would be that gap in the afternoon wherein we can have free time to either go back into our rooms to rest, or to play games with everyone else outside. What a gift it is to rest and enjoy time as we like.


I was trying hard to get a nice photo of the rolling hills, but I ended up with this, and I quite like it. I like how candid it is. Looking out the window during commutes is the best way to ruminate, to sort out our thoughts, and to be greeted by the seemingly endless beauty of the lush green hills.

Maybe looking out our window means more than seeing what's outside, but also to look deep into one's thoughts. A check-in on our mental state, and how great it is that the scenery outside aids us in these moments.

This was on a train ride on our way to Stratford-Upon-Avon in England. I've had my favorite memories of train rides while in England, you can read my narratives here.


Not a window, but it could be, in a way! This was in Hyde park which is connected to the Kensington Palace, in London. I stood on this spot for a while, just observing the people going about in their activities around the park. It's like a film of sorts, with life unfolding in front of me from behind this window of leaves. I'm a big fan of wide, open, and green spaces, so this was a delight to see.



Time spent in Westminster Abbey was another one of the most peaceful moments I had a couple of years ago. This was taken as we were about to go out, and I couldn't help but just admire this open space. I felt small, in a good way. Seeing beautiful structures such as these render me with feelings of awe for such a great place of reverence.


I work inside a tall glass building in the middle of the city, and this is what often see, more tall buildings. In these times, I'm reminded of the bigger picture, which I often lose sight of because my senses have narrowed down to what I could be frustrated with at the present. But seeing everything outside reminds me that I can choose among many different perspectives, and that I always have a conscious choice in how I make sense of my circumstances.


Good things happen when we spend time to look out, as we deliberately stop and challenge our human tendency to rush things. This momentary pause welcomes rest and encourages deeper thought, which can be more than enough to carry us through the day.

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Thank you for your time with me, dear reader. Have a great rest of your week!


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14 comments

  1. oh goodness, i love this! i never pay attention to windows that much, but they really are magical when you think about it. giving you a peek at little slices of life here and there. i need to be more deliberate about slowing down sometimes.

    Xx http://theactivespirit.com/

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    1. I agree Disa, I love the bits of magic we can find when we slow down and look out. :) Thanks for you for being here Disa, have a lovely weekend ahead.

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  2. i have a thing of always looking out of windows and seeing what things are on the other side. i love your photos here, especially the cafe apartment, it's so green!
    ellie x // elliekblog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. The Cafe Apartment was my favorite spot in Saigon Vietnam; if there was something like that in my area here in Manila, you would probably see me there everyday! Plants certainly can bring life to any area/space. <3 Thanks for your time with me on here, Ellie :)

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  3. i love looking out of the window, especially when i am in deep thoughts. I have a romantic thoughts about windows. I cant explain it but its like the "windown" to the other side of wall.. I really cant explain it hahaha but lovely post!

    kandice, kandicekaye.com

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    1. Thank you Kandice for your kind words; it's true, looking out through windows can offer us that time to spend with our deep thoughts and to enjoy a calm moment. Thank you again, and lovely to see you here!

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  4. Ahh, this was a calming read. Thank you for the photo (and a lot of other ones) from our trip to Vietnam! I especially liked that green window overlooking the ~dodgy dilapidated apartments~ housing quaint shops. If we had those here in Manila, we'd defs be hitting it up.

    Sher | http://simplysherlyn.blogspot.com

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    1. Defs Sher, we'd be there all day everydayyyy. Our time there was priceless! It will always be a memorable place for us both for sure.

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  5. Dear Anna Jo, wow, your window photos are beautiful! I totally understand your love for windows - although I have to admit that I really like it to get a glimpse from outside through a window to see what is behind the window :) Hope you are still well!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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    1. Hello Rena! Getting a glimpse of the outside world is always nice to do, especially now as we all stay at home. It's true as well, how we tend to be curious about what's really outside.. :") hope you're well, and happy weekend!

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  6. What beautiful photos and words to! it's nice to see how each picture captured a special moment in time for you - I agree a little glimpse away from the mundane can be really refreshing to us!

    Hope you are having a good week :) It's a bit cold here - winter has arrived a week early!

    Away From Blue

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    1. Hello Mica, indeed, each moment I've shared is memorable for me. We need to be refreshed daily, even while we're staying home. I find that through this simple sharing, I'm able to achieve that. :")

      Wow! It's cool to hear that it's winter over at your area. Hope you keep warm and cozy, thank you for your time with me here. :)

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  7. Oooh I feel you! When we do things for the first time, time can seem slow. However, if we feel rushed and anxious, time will fly! I like that we can really get into the moment when we are into things that we really enjoy. I love all of the different pictures you've taken! Oooh! I haven't been to Vietnam in years!! Oooh the sky is gorgeous when it's getting dark. The greenery around looks amazing. I really need to travel more when lockdown is over! Have a great weekend!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. Being in the moment is so important, especially in this time. The more details we take in and notice, the better! Hope you're having a restful weekend as well, Nancy! :)

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