An Existential Frame Of Mind

“You don’t have to stay anywhere forever.” 
Neil Gaiman, The Kindly Ones

“I’d come to realize that all our troubles spring from our failure to use plain, clear-cut language.” 
Jean-Paul Satre

“There are other men, and other lives, and time still to be.” 
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

“And so it was literature that brought me back to life.” 
Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

“Whether it is rational or empirical, your approach to life must always be empathetic. Emotional intelligence is acquired when knowledge and empathy are combined and applied to situations regularly in everyday life.” 
Stewart Stafford

Do not forget to look up to the stars every now and then. The universe has made you conscious – try to make sense of how it works & appreciate its beauty.” 
Paul Hildebrandt


CFFC: Eyes

The temperature is dropping outside and I’ve been faffing* the whole day. It’s a public holiday here, I think pretty much everywhere in the world (?). The day began with Che and I making the bed around Nermal the cat, who was peacefully sleeping on it. Why is it that cats decide to go to sleep when you need to get up and make the bed? And off course, being the cat lovers that we are, and absolutely** doting on him we routinely make the bed around him while he seemingly sleeps on. I think that sometimes he pretends to be asleep to test us how much we really love him – if we make the bed around him it must mean that we adore him. Or else he’s testing our bed making skills – “How to make your bed with a sleeping heavy cat on it”. Cats…! But just look at his eyes!

Beautiful Nermal, who regularly tests our bed making skills
©2019 Regina Martins

Extra: I caved in and bought a Nespresso machine. It was a good deal with the Aeroccino milk frother thrown in. And the considerate Nespresso people included a pack of 14 capsules. Thank goodness, imagine not being able to test the machines. It’s like the “batteries not included” phenomenon with kids’ toys. No child, or parent for that matter, wants to buy a toy with no batteries included. Imagine the drama! The Nespresso people seem to understand this phenomenon and included some batteries aka coffee capsules in the package.

Look what arrived today. I caved in and decided to get a Nespresso machine
©2019 Regina Martins

Faffing – South African English for doing nothing, absolutely nothing the whole day, aimlessly going from Instagram to News24 to Instagram to making some coffee to cleaning my make-up brushes…you get the idea 😉

**Lots of adverbs I know…

Entered in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge which runs on Tuesdays – this week the theme is Eyes.


Stream Of Consciousness

I had fun at work this week. Tomorrow is May 1st a public holiday here and I guess I’m looking forward to the day off. I want to Marie Kondo my home office. Let’s see how that goes. I’m looking forward to the space and not necessarily the part about things getting worse before they get better. I might also blog the whole day or read or watch Netflix or Brazilian telenovelas on Youtube. Anything goes. I took no photos this week, yet. I organised my make up yesterday and skin care items. I’ve been watching a lot of Youtube videos on makeup. I don’t wear it usually, because of time, or just because I like my skin. I focus on skincare so that I don’t need to cover up my face. When I do wear it it’s fun, but eye shadow I have never gotten the hang of. Anywhoo! It’s only Tuesday evening and it feels like a Friday. And judging by the long lines of cars at the drive-through restaurants so does everyone else. I don’t know where I’m going with this and it feels strange to be writing aimlessly but I need to get back out there. I haven’t blogged regularly since last year and there were times that I missed it. I want to strengthen my writing muscle again and this stream of consciousness is a start. I’ve posted pics – I love entering Cee’s photo challenges and I enjoy looking at other people’s photos. That’s why I prefer Instagram over Facebook, pictures paint a thousand words. My preferred medium. And I don’t like the adverts and manipulating of my feed. If anything makes it onto Facebook it’s because I have cross-posted it from Instagram. I hope Facebook leave Instagram alone. Six more words and I have 300. I made it!


CFFC: Bridges

Ponte 25 de Abril, Lisbon, Portugal. Cars on the top, trains on the bottom.

Ponte 25 de Abril, Lisbon. Cars on the top, trains on the bottom
©2019 Regina Martins

Iconic in construction, striking in colour.

Ponte 25 de Abril in Lisbon, iconic in construction and striking in colour
©2019 Regina Martins

Cristo Rei looking over the Ponte.

Cristo Rei looking over the Ponte
©2019 Regina Martins

Entered in Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge, this week’s theme is Bridges.


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: View From the Side

What is this little boy doing, sitting all alone on a bench? Waiting for someone to sit and have a chat. He’s very cute.

What is this little boy doing on a bench?
©2019 Regina Martins

I love this sideways look of Che’s hands whilst he was taking a photo.

Reflections on a window
©2019 Regina Martins

Golden serpent dragon at a temple in Bangkok. I appreciate that they are protected from many tourist hands, encased in a plastic bubble.

The golden dragon serpent
©2019 Regina Martins

This scary looking statue stands guard, protecting the temple and all that’s inside.

Scary-looking protector
©2019 Regina Martins

Entered in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: View From the Side.


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