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For those who bumped into this blog just recently, I just want to let you know that I do have a photo blog called Behind the Lens. The URL is: http://saritabehindthelens.blogspot.com.This is where I mainly post my photo essays.

I love taking pictures. I always have my digital camera with me wherever I go.So if you have time to spare, do visit my photo blog on Blogger.

Meanwhile, I regularly upload tons of photos on my Flickr Pro site here.

See you there!


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Yummy Home-Made Cake

There’s a nice Ukrainian lady near my home who bakes delicious home-made cakes. Her cakes are really good and a lot cheaper compared to those being sold in bakeshops and supermarkets.

In the picture is one of her cake creations. We order cakes from her whenever there’s someone in the church family who is celebrating his/her birthday.

Doesn’t it look yummy?

(Note: More photo essays can be found here.)

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I’ve managed to upload some of my holiday photos (Germany and Sweden) on my Flickr Pro site, despite being sick. Praise the Lord for giving me the will power to do so. 🙂 My home church in the Philippines needed some photos to go with my recent field reports for the missions festival slated in April. 

To view my Sweden 2007 photo set, click here.

To view my Germany 2007 photo set, click here.

Happy viewing, everyone. Have a blessed week! 

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Winter Shots


Snowfall started late this winter. This probably means that it will continue to snow until early spring (we don’t really know, though, since the weather can really be unpredictable).

Ukrainian children love having some sledding fun. I actually tried it before, and I must say it’s really fun!



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Going to a Ukrainian market is an experience in itself. I thoroughly enjoy it!

At the marketplace, you see vendors selling food products like bread and fruits from trucks. This is a common sight. People come with their plastic shopping bags and examine the products being sold up close before making any purchase. So much like Pinoys going to the “palengke” (wet market).

In this photo set, you see a wide array of bread lined up for consumers to choose from, a lady vendor selling “kvaz,” a popular thirst quencher here in summer; people buying bread from a man who has stacked his bread inside a truck, and shoppers going home after an hour or two of haggling and buying at the market. Trams are a common means of transportation here in Donetsk.

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 “Who am I today?” I ask..
And I wonder if I even know.
I know the past has shaped me now,
Even though the past was long ago.

The little moments form a blur,
The times both happy and sad,
All the people I once knew,
And the things I used to have.

They all helped me to become
Where, what and who I am now,
Because everything has influenced me,
I’m not sure exactly how.

But I’m thankful for the memories,
Even of the people I’ve never really met,
For the people I miss, the people I love,
And even the people I’d like to

For these memories have helped me grow,
They’ve made me calm, yet strong,
And now there’s a story to my life,
That they’ve been writing all along.
So, thank you for the memories.
Without them, I don’t know who I’d be –
Because somewhere among these memories
Are the things that define me.



(NOTE: Lee, a friend, sent this inspiring message to me. Thanks, Lee, for the encouragement!)

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They came, they had fun, they had fellowship with other children, and in the process, they got to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. 

That is what the yearly summer kids’ camp  is all about.

“Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19: 14, New Living Translation) 


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