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Altar - Retouched
Cubao, Quezon City (July 2007)
I've been asked a countless times if I ever photoshop my images. My answer was always that I don't even know how to use the tool. So one day in Manila, I tried to stitch 3 images of the altar of the church we first visited upon arrival last July. A lot of slicing and dicing, coloring and blurring and finally the above image.
I didn't like how it turned out.
This Monday, is Canada's Thanksgiving Day. It marks the time when people give thanks for the bountiful harvest and to welcome fall in autumnal gatherings. Originally a Canadian holiday when it was first celebrated in 1578, it was popularized by the US as their second* most popular holiday after Christmas. (Note: *- some consider it their only time to gather as a family without the trappings of commercialism)
So in the spirit of thanksgiving, I won't be carving a turkey or gorging a roasted chicken. We won't be out in the country and hike or get out of the country to shop and use our strong Canadian loonie. Instead for the 3-day weekend, I will pray and do a real thanksgiving for everything I've received the past years.
Philippines in the News
* "Desperate Housewives" apology over Philippine slur made. You can see the video clip here in case you missed it (as most of us who don't watch Desperate Housewives missed it) last Sept 30 during their season opening episode.
* Hopefully a breakthrough in the recent slaying of a Filipina maid in the upscale areas in Mississauga (definitely not near our Mississauga place), but 24 hours after identifying the victim, there's none yet. Some say murdered Jocelyn Dulnuan may have interrupted a house burglary. She's mentioned about safety fears during the 2 months that she stayed in the $ 15-million mansion. Something she probably learned from her background as a Criminology grad from University of Baguio. Any help to bring her home to the Philippines can be made by emailing her closest friend, as she doesn't have any relative in Canada, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If there's something about life that needs changing, I don't think I would be doing much. There's so much to be thankful that regretting some things happening is just a waste of time. Life is so short to be complaining or fretting over spilled milk, it's in fact shorter than we think to even waste time backtracking, picking up the pieces, blurring some details and altering some events.
Besides, there's no software to undo the past, like Photoshop, for this thing we call LIFE.