Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue

I’m a bit late with this one, but I just got back from a trip to Verona. Since blue is one of my favorite colours, I didn’t want to let this photo challenge go by without posting.

Blue made me think of water, so this picture is one I took in an aqua center in Majorca, Spain. A little Picasa- touch up and voila πŸ™‚ my interpretation of last week’s photo challenge!

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Belgian weather

You can not rely on the weather here in Belgium nowadays. One minute it’s sunny and warm and the next it gets freezing cold and it’s raining cats and dogs. It’s like changing seasons in one day from time to time. This was also the case last week when I was getting home from work: while driving it was storming like hell but 1 minute before arrival the sky cleared up and the sun came out, as if nothing ever happened.

The picture came out great in my opinion, so even bad weather can have an upside.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

Last year, I visited the Chinese pavilion and the Japanese tower in Brussels with 2 friends of mine. These buildings were built at request of the Belgian king Leopold II in 1900. He got the idea for the more exotic buildings in Belgium after visiting the World Expo the same year.

When visiting Brussels, these buildings have to be on your to do-list because they’re unique in Belgium.

When I visited them, they were open at night so the pictures turned out kind of blurry. The one below was taken by a friend and although it’s unfocused, I love the picture. The kiosk was a part of the Chinese Pavilion, so cute!

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Fishing day

As I mentioned in earlier posts: my boyfriend loves to fish (read: is addicted to fishing and can’t stop talking about it). But when it’s lovely weather outside, I do dare to join him now and then. The pictures below are from a fishing session last summer. I can’t stop smiling while looking at them; good times πŸ™‚

I love it when people are passionate about their interests, hobbies etc. It adds meaning to your life and makes you set goals to keep improving yourself. Although I have a couple of things I like to do, I’m still on a quest to find a real passion. Suggestions, anyone? πŸ™‚

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Daredevil…Or not

I’ve been wanting a tattoo for a long time. More specifically, a barcode tattoo. The meaning behind it for me is the fact I shouldn’t take myself too seriously. I’m actually just a product of society, even a number you might say. It reminds me of a quote from a movie: “Don’t take life too seriously; you’ll never get out alive” [Van Wilder] (Not exactly a philosophical source, but I think it’s nicely said and true πŸ™‚ ).

Then a funny thing happened last Summer. While browsing sites, I came across the website of Scott Blake. This guy is obsessed with barcodes and has a whole website of barcode art. You can check his website here, it’s really worth it! You can even order barcode sticker tattoos and that’s exactly what I did.

Although the fake tattoo is quite large, I like the result. But for a real tattoo I would probably want it to be half the size. This way I can hide it easily from my family, they do not approve this at all. πŸ˜‰

I honestly don’t know if I’ll ever get it, I’m maybe not a daredevil after all πŸ™‚

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I’m back!

The past couple of weeks were very busy and I didn’t have enough energy left to post. I wasn’t feeling the blog also because my grandmother passed away recently; so who was I to post about ‘things that make you smile’, right? We all miss her a lot, but knowing that she had a good life and turned 95 this year is kind of comforting to me. πŸ™‚

So here’s a picture I’m gonna dedicate to her. I made this one with my camera, but I thought these kind of effects were only possible with a more professional model. So yet again I’m proud of my little baby! Although we need to work on getting the shape right I guess πŸ˜‰

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Do you know Kony?

This video is all over the internet nowadays. You should definitely watch this if you haven’t seen it already.

After seeing this video, I read some articles about Kony and this campaign. This campaign gets a lot of criticism: doubts about the motives of Invisible Children, the organization that is behind KONY2012 (a plan to make Kony famous, so he cannot stay hidden and will be arrested), the way they spend their money, whether or not Kony is still active,…

To be honest, I will not donate money for this campaign and I’m not sure I support this campaign for 100%. I thought it was strange that the movie was made so professionally (so expensive) and for me, that wasn’t necessary at all. Another thing I wasn’t too keen about were the offered bracelets with Kony’s name on. The concept and idea are great, but I just don’t see myself wearing a war criminal’s name on my wrist. And I can’t see why this would help finding Kony unless it had a picture of him on it.

I do think Kony and the LRA, the Lord’s Resistance Army, (and actually all those war criminals who walk around freely) need to be found and brought to trial -whether or not they’re still active! It frustrates me that people who murder/torture/… so many innocent people, are so hard to be found. It is for this reason I’m posting about this and the KONY2012 campaign. We can’t say for sure this campaign is the best way to stop the man, but it’s at least something. Doing nothing and being critical is easy of course.

If this campaign is a way to stop Kony, I feel obligated to do my little share and make Kony known. But I do wonder what the people in Uganda think about this campaign. The campaign is a bit too Americanized, in my opinion.

Some articles with background info and criticism:

BBC news 2009

BBC News 2012

The Telegraph

The Guardian

KONY2012

What do you think about this video, this campaign?

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