the road to happiness

Why can’t there be more Sundays in a week?

I just realized that I have been coming to this place every Sunday, and maybe I haven’t noticed that the Prieto family has also been coming here every Sunday too.

How I’d love to take a dip, but sad to say most of the people living around the waterways are not as caring as they should be. ย Maybe someday, hopefully in this lifetime.

I spent the day driving around without any place in mind. ย Just wandering around, same with my thoughts, thinking why some people who have less can afford to be happy more than people who have more than what they need.

Ordinary folks who only own bicycles smile a lot more, too, compared to people who drive beautiful cars.

It is quite ironic that higher the status one achieves in life, the more it takes to make that person happy instead of that person having so many things to be happy about.


43 thoughts on “the road to happiness

  1. I discovered your blog listed on someone’s favorite blog list. By coincidence I recently switch to a Fuji X-E1 camera. I sold A Nikon D800 & D7000 to make the move to mirrorless cameras. I love my X-E1.

    I am not a street photographer but an animal and nature photographer these days. I used to shoot portraits professionally decades ago. I am very impressed with your work and envy your obvious connection with the people in your area. I have chosen to follow your work and thank you for blogging. – Bob

    • Thank you Bob.

      I have also researched on the XE-1 before I decided on the xpro-1; I was worried about the EVF lag. Maybe the XE-1 has better performance, it being a newer model.

      You have an interesting blog, a good mix of different subjects. Lovely photos there too.

      • Thank you. I did a bunch of homework before deciding on the Fuji X-E1. Pros that use the XPro1 see the optical viewfinder as an advantage if they are used to it. I find myself using the rear LCD most of the time except for bright sunlight. That’s where the EVF comes to play. There have been a couple of firmware updates to all models, fixing some of the issues owners have with the cameras. I own the 18-55, 35 & 55-200 lenses. All required firmware updates as well. So far I absolutely love the camera. Thanks for commenting and stopping by. – Bob

      • ahhh.. i totally forgot about the rear LCD.. I don’t really use it much, more so now that a pair of reading glasses is becoming a necessity. Looking back now I should have used the rear LCD to shoot the flower I saw by the beach. I had macro turned on and composed it through the EVF – makes me want to bang my head on the wall. :)) Thanks for the tip.

      • I’m 64 and I’ve been forced to wear glasses since the age of 6. I also own a Sony NEX-5N that has only the rear LCD screen. That’s what got me in the habit of relying on it for composition and adjusting focus points. One of the reasons I bought the Fuji was that I couldn’t shoot in bright sunlight with the Sony NEX-5N. Each camera has its strengths and weaknesses. I’ll always own two cameras that fill the gap.

      • I’m still a long way from 64, hopefully I’ll still be shooting when I get to be your age. I guess one of the reasons why I don’t use the rear LCD is because anyone can just grab the camera from my hand when I’m in crowded places. I’m planning to get the 55-200 for my kids’ school activities.

      • The 55-200 is another remarkable Fuji lens. Like all the others it’s razor sharp output makes its price-tag a real bargain. The OIS lets me shoot at 1/15″ at maximum focal length. You can see some of my initial results at: . Beware that it does have lens creep when carried on my hip. I use a Black Rapid R7 cross-body strap.

      • I’m used to the lens creep on my canon 17-55, but nice to know about the grip/bracket you mentioned in your blog. I too have an R7 but don’t want to be screwing and unscrewing it every time I change the battery or memory card.
        The 55-200 might not be available yet in the Philippines, but should be here in time for my daughter’s graduation.

      • If you don’t want the expense of the L-Plate the Black Rapid SnapR strap system has a smaller tripod bold that allows access to the battery compartment. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I am not that comfortable with too many plastic locks on a strap – somebody can easily unfasten it from behind. I’ll be going to a convention next weekend and will most definitely look for a new strap. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Wonderful photos, as always and such a wise assesment of the human condition. Here in the west (UK) you don’t see many people smiling even though we’re in the GDP top 10, whereas touring Asia/Oceania (countries such as Indonesia, Fiji and the Philippines), it’s a very different story. I could give countless examples and it’s what has endeared me to the people.

  3. Wonderfumm window on people i would never have heard of, how they live and cope with their world. Great pictures, the quality of both the eye looking at the people and the eye behind the camera composing the picture i guess.

  4. Love your point about ordinary people on bicycles smiling more than those driving fancy cars! Its taken so many years for it to finally dawn on me that the more things we own the harder we are to please! Beautifully illustrated as always Orlando!

    • Thanks, Peter. These photo walks have taught me a lot about humanity, and I am sure it’s the same with you. Being in close contact with people does put things in perspective, and begs a lot of introspection.

  5. Well, to my experience, happyness needs to come from the inside. So if people are aiming for a higher status to get happy, they will never be…

    Wonderful pictures to illustrate ๐Ÿ™‚

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