The story behind the mask


~ a cloudy veil ~ ©Thesunsetgirl.Com

“Virtue has a veil, vice a mask.” – Victor Hugo

Typically, someone would wear a veil for modesty and a mask for deception. So both are things used to cover the face and more often than not, high moral behavior is connected with the former and immoral behavior with the latter.

It’s all about choices and consequences.

Of course one might argue that not all who wear veils are moral and not all who wear masks are immoral. Life experiences taught me two things: the intention behind the choice is what counts and the challenge lies in finding it out.

This is one of the ways I learned how to do so.

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Carpe Librum

~ the literal passing of time ~ ©Thesunsetgirl.Com
When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.


After all, life is a journey and we sail through all the challenges in it to reach the destination. As we only have one lifetime, we must give it our best shot.

There are times, however, when ‘gets going’ might not be the best choice to make. Sometimes, life makes us wait and that is when the anchor plays its role. It will make sure that the ship is secure firmly in its position. It doesn’t mean there is no challenge in that though.

Not only we must be willing to wait but what we do while waiting may also be a challenge in itself. More often than not, we try to make things right while waiting which might not end up well. So waiting is not an easy thing to do and each of us deal with it in different ways.

I prefer waiting by escaping reality and coming back renewed.

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How to lead a photo walk

~ light after dark ~ sunset at Harbour View in Manila, The Philippines ©Thesunsetgirl.Com
We travel for different reasons and end up with different results. To me, the most important part is the people I meet along the way.

Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.
~Dalai Lama

Or both: meaningful friends on meaningful days.

As I experienced in the last couple of years after meeting a group of people in some South East Asian cities. I was blessed to meet meaningful friends and I learned a lot from them which made the journey full of meaningful moments. As a result, I flew home after each journey with a big smile!

Then it was time to put those learned lessons into practice.

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When things are crystal clear

~ crystal clear ~ ©Thesunsetgirl.Com
I didn’t understand what the responsive theme had done to my website but I would by the time I finished with all the settings and codes I had to tweak around here.

It wouldn’t have been possible without the feedback I got from the readers and I’m grateful for that.

Chances are big that I will tweak some more in the future but for now it is suffice to say that I’m done!

It is one thing to build a website from scratch and it is another to use a ready-to-go theme and tweak it. I did the latter because life priorities do not allow me the time needed to create a website from bottom-up. All credits go to the people behind for the themes I have been using all these years.

Alright, so what now?

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What I learned from the Monarchies on Java

~ a postcard from Java ~ ©Thesunsetgirl.Com
In the light of celebrating both the World Heritage Day (April 18, 2015) and the Indonesian Kartini Day (April 21, 2015), I would like to share some visits I had to the Monarchies or ‘Sultanates’ on Java island, Indonesia.

One of the things I love about Indonesia is the diverse cultural landscapes I can find in each province I am privileged to visit. They add different flavors into the mix which never fail to fascinate me!

All those things combined make visiting places I had previously learned from books and history lessons back at school far from dull! In fact, being able to finally add images of places and people into those lessons is really exciting. When the time came for my visits to these ‘kingdoms’ on Java, I packed my bag with all the travel necessities and extra amount of curiosity. I was eager to learn more about the past and all its history.

The past, however, was not the part where I got my lessons from.

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