my bridge was selected

Yay, it’s official. My image of the Golden Gate Bridge was selected in schmaps.com (see previous post).

You can see my picture here.

Personally, I don’t think it’s one of my best shots, but I’m happy and thrilled to have been selected. “It was an honor just to have been nominated.”

Now I’m motivated to start taking pics again.


Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge, originally uploaded by creativepeeps

My picture of the Golden Gate Bridge was selected…well, “short-listed” as a candidate for http://www.schmap.com, the free digital travel guide!

I took this pic when BFF and I decided to play tourist in SF the day after 4th of July.


Has it really been over 3 months since my last post?!

That’s gotta change. 

As soon as I find the time, I’ll do another post 🙂

the soundtrack of my life

Recently, a group of us from work decided to put together the soundtracks of our lives. We then posted them on on our shared iTunes network. It was interesting how much one’s taste in music can say about him/her. After listening to some of my co-workers’ soundtracks, I felt like I knew them better.

I put together my shared soundtrack quite hastily one morning, so it probably didn’t capture all I wanted it to. But here’s my revised one. Since it is a life soundtrack, some of the songs are reminiscent of my “youth”. While most others are a reflection of how I get through the day (let alone my entire life!) and also what I try to live by.

I also added a link to song clips on Amazon.com, in case you’re not familiar with the songs and would like to listen to a clip or download the full version. I hope you enjoy!

  • So Young – The Corrs
  • Brown-Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  • Dreams – The Cranberries
  • Under Pressure – Queen & David Bowie
  • Independent Women – Destiny’s Child
  • Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts
  • Waiting on the World to Change – John Mayer
  • A Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin
  • Unwritten – Natasha Beddingfield
  • Extraordinary – Mandy Moore
  • The Warrior is a Child – Twila Paris
  • How You Live – Point of Grace
  • Voice of Truth – Casting Crowns
  • Redeemer – Nicole C. Mullen
  • Great is Thy Faithfulness – Avalon
  • What’s on your life soundtrack? Do share!

    the bug is back

    Now that I’m settling into our new home, I’m starting to pick old hobbies again. I’ve dusted off my Nikon and am taking pictures again.

    Last weekend, I spent an hour just taking pictures in our backyard. This one was one of my favorites just because it seems so fresh and clean.

    Daisy, Nikon D40

    I also started to press buttons and turn all the fancy knobs on my camera. Here are examples of some of the shots I got. The first shot is one where I focused on two pots in the background. I shot at 1/40 sec and f5.6.
    Pots on the bench, Nikon D40

    For the second shot, I focused on the flower at 1/60 sec and also f5.6.
    Purple flower, Nikon D40

    These were taken at dusk, so there was no direct sunlight, but it also wasn’t dark just yet.

    “She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.” – Proverbs 31:25


    Today is my Lola‘s birthday. She is 77.

    My Lola (grandmother) is one of the strongest women I know.

    She was widowed when she was in her 30s and raised 7 children on her own.
    And she did it in a place and time where there was no such thing as food stamps or welfare. She buried 2 of her own children (4 if you count the twins she miscarried when my grandfather died).

    She found odd jobs doing laundry and ironing for people. She also tried her hand at several businesses.

    Japanese paper balloons

    Japanese paper balloons

    For a long time she made Japanese paper balloons and sold them in bulk at the market or to people for fiestas and parties. She actually continued making the paper balloons well into my childhood — I remember helping her make the rice glue used to stick the paper pieces together. She said it was a way she made money for herself, even when her children were willing and able to support her.

    When her kids were older, Lola opened up a little canteen that catered to sailors (she and my aunts are fabulous cooks!) It’s actually how my mom met my dad.

    My Lola helped raise Sister and me, along with several other cousins. She lived with us when I was a young child, caring for us like only a grandmother could. And when she returned to live with us during our teenage years, she endured our teen angst.

    I love many things about my grandma. She’s taught me many things, and I am thankful for all she’s done for me.

    But the one thing that I will be forever grateful for is her fervent prayers for me to know and have a relationship with the One True God.

    It was she who gave me Bible stories to read and songs to listen to as a child.
    It was she who encouraged me as a moody teenager to always have faith in the God Who Is Able.
    Even now, it is she who shows me what it is like to truly trust in God for all that we may ever need.

    Happy birthday, Inay.

    a makeover again.

    Hi Readers.

    No you haven’t stumbled upon a new blog. It’s still the home of Creative Peeps, but I’m once again experimenting with a new layout. I like the look and feel of this one so much better. What do you think? I’d love some feedback!

    Also, I’ve got a customizable banner so I’ll be updating that semi-regularly with new designs and photos.

    Thanks for stopping by,