I almost deleted this image from my thousand of Cuba photographs, because the girl’s face was a bit out of focus :(. Later, while re-visiting these old files, I found that I really like the face expression of the old lady on the right. Here’s a close-up. I love the way she warmly and humbly watches over the girl. I’m not sure if she is a nanny, grandma or just even a neighbor, it does not matter – because I see the love, it’s so natural, organic and true. And also because in Havana, people share the open space in buildings, …

Life is a gift – never take it for granted.

Dear friends, Recently, a sad news hit me deeply. Humberto – who’s a talented artist, great tango dancer, loving father of the 14-month-old boy, and husband to my dear friend Elena, who’s also an inspiring artist with most beautiful soul – had a heart attack, and he’s facing heart surgery which would take a long way to recover. First, shocked. Second, I got so scared. Because this could be happening to me, you, your loved ones, to anyone, anytime. The ordinary life – we tend to forget to appreciate how precious it actually is – it could be ended and …

An ordinary morning.

“Joy comes to us in moments — ordinary moments. We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.” -Brené Brown +++ We saw them every single morning while taking a walk – it must be an ordinary thing for them but we found it an extraordinary, look at that splash! – Seen in Old Havana. ©Mariko Evans


…start seeing some flowers are blooming. +++ Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! :) ©Mariko Evans

Dear Spring,

So much rain fell in Metro Vancouver lately – it broke a record set in 1956…it seems like Spring has decided to tease Vancouverites a bit this year…? Dear Spring, I know you’re just around the corner, take one more step closer to us, we are so ready to have you here! :) +++ ©Mariko Evans