Reconnecting With My Birth Story – The Meaningful Dragon

I thank my mom for making Mid-Autumn Festival an extra special day for me. A day she wasn’t worried about how heavily pregnant she was to go out and celebrate the wonderful festival with her loving husband and her little princess right inside her tummy. A day she wasn’t worried about the troubles that may cause her if I decided to see the world on that day. All she wanted was to show me her love by taking me on an adventure to enjoy the spirits of the festival.

The curiosity of seeing what she saw on that day has been haunting me for a long time, but I never take the time to go out and enjoy the spirits of it until this year.

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I was trying to keep my expectation as low as possible, but the beautiful lights from Chinese wreath kept me thinking what would happen as I explored.

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Drum rolling perked up an exciting ambiance while keeping me awake from dreaming too much. Performers all started to entertain us by holding festive lanterns one by one.

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Fire Dragon Dance finally began after much anticipation. The smoke from the Dragon permeated the place while a thousand of people cheered the performance. Photographers ran up and down to capture the perfect moment. The place became much more chaotic than usual, but nothing could stop me from connecting with the Dragon. The Dragon that I saw as my mom – a powerful woman who lights up my life with laughter, love and kindness…whose Chinese horoscope happened to be a powerful Dragon as well…

The dance was short but memorable. People might forget it after some time, but the feelings of it kept growing on me.

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The smell of the smoke, the image of the dragon and the noise of cheering never seemed to fade away until I saw chains of festive lights shining in the darkness. A moment reminded me of the magic of the Universe. There are billions of people in the world, but I was long destined to be the daughter of my loving parents.

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Exploring the place with how proud I was to be their daughter made my adventure truly special. I didn’t know if it was coincidence. The place was somehow decorated with a traditional theme to make me feel as if I traveled back in time when I was still rolling inside my mom’s tummy. Neon signboards with some names that could only be seen back in the day and lanterns designed in a traditional way were presented in front of me all at once. Such a scene added a delighting note to my beautiful memories.

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I thought the delighting scene already wrapped up my night beautifully, but a joyous moment came in suddenly when I saw lion dance lanterns. It was colorful and moving that seemed to celebrate my birth.

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It was also a moment when I seemed to see my mom smiling and crying happily. Holding a fragile little me gently in her arms without forgetting to act as a powerful dragon to protect me from day 1 until now.

*Post note: You all know I already shared my birthday post here on WordPress. Mid-Autumn Festival is actually my lunar birthday. Although I rarely celebrate it, I think it would be amazing to dedicate this post to my parents especially my mom.

Behind The Darkness

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What does it feel to be in the dark? Instant fear with scary images emerged? Scared of haunting sounds slowly whispered in your ears? Feeling worried if there is no way out?

Does the darkness sound familiar to you when dealing with difficulties? Darkness drifts in as if it is going to rain heavily to wash away all your hopes and dreams… Visions have become blurry to leave your path uncertain… Carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders with the anxiety of deciding what to do in order to overcome difficulties…

The truth about difficulties is more frightening than anyone could imagine or we simply let it blindfold us with darkness? Whether struggling in the dark or being the person who sees the light through darkness and blooms through adversity, it is dependent on your willpower to fight through it.

“Circumstances don’t determine your state of mind, for that power rests with you. When you maintain a peaceful inner posture, even in the midst of chaos, you can change your life.” – Wayne Dyer

 

Snapseed Fun

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I’m neither a professional photographer nor great at editing. However, I love to play around with photos and editing. I was introduced to try using Snapseed by my lovely friend Julia few months back I believe, but I never knew how it worked and I wasn’t into this app at that time. Somehow I wanted to give it go and see how it works after using my mobile to take this picture. At that time, I just wanted to see whether this mobile app was able to make some magic on the picture I didn’t like. Surprisingly, I liked it due to the fact that the app was pretty fun to play with. I know a lot of photographers don’t like their pictures to be edited too much (so am I even though I’m not a professional photographer), but I think this kind of editing app is very fun to play with from time to time and make it easy for those who don’t like complicated editing tools 🙂