The Wanderer

What is she like? 
I was told - 
she is a 
melancholy soul.
She is like 
the sun to night; 
a momentary gold.
A start when dimmed
by dawning light;
the flicker of a candle blown. 
A lonely kite
lost in flight - 
someone once 
had flown. 
- Lang Leav

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Sanxia District, Taiwan | November 2013

Lately… My Favorites.

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I am so happy Spring is here! I was going a little crazy being locked indoors pinteresting DIYs, watching too many sad documentaries and stuffing my face with comfort foods!

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… and with Spring here that means my favorite flowers are at the market! I love Peonies. 

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I love hanging out with my sisters especially when one of them shares my love for photography and all of them are perfect photographic subjects. 

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I went shopping with a girlfriend a few weekends ago and was so shocked to hear the women in the fitting rooms talk about their bodies. It was similar to things I would say about myself: I wish I was thinner, smaller here, bigger there, yaddy yah.. and as I looked at myself in my fitting room mirror, at that moment I decided I’m going to start accepting and loving my body for exactly what I see in the mirror. That’s how my mirror selfies started. 

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… and I am loving the longer days which means romantic sunsets on days we have sunshine. 

Happy Spring!

Brunch with My Sisters

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My sisters are my favorite people to photograph. Aren’t they so beautiful and photogenic? I know I’m being a little bias as their big sis. ;) 

On this Saturday morning we waited almost two hours to be seated; however, that time passed by quickly over coffee with lots of funny stories about my nephews, the latest fashion trends, celebrity gossip and updates on our lives.

I love having brunch with my sisters. 

Checklist from San Francisco…

  • Stay and shop in Union Sqaure 
  • Road trip to Wine Country
  • Visit the market in the Ferry Building at the Embarcadero
  • Play games at the Musée Mécanique
  • Witness the hundreds of Sea Lions at Pier 39
  • Literally ring in the new year at the Asian Art Museum
  • Roam around the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
  • Watch the last sunset of 2013 over the Golden Gate Bridge

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SFO | December 2013

The last few days have been sunny and warm… makes me so excited for spring! 
Things I’m looking forward to……road trips…running outdoors…peonies at the market…sunshine!

The last few days have been sunny and warm… makes me so excited for spring! 

Things I’m looking forward to…
…road trips
…running outdoors
…peonies at the market
…sunshine!

It was through a simple google search for a bookstore nearby while I was in Taiwan that I found Eslite Bookstore and oh was I so happy to have found it. We stayed blocks away from Zhongxiao Fuxing Station and on my free days alone and free to roam, I would take the MRT to Taipei Main Station to visit the Eslite Bookstore blocks from Taipei 101. The amazing thing about Eslite is their all-in-one approach which is to bundle every girl’s wants into one giant place. First they have the best books on photography I’ve ever seen and their magazine section is humongous - there’s so much to choose from. Once you find that perfect book or magazine, there’s great wine bar on the bottom floor in the food court where you can sip on wine and enjoy your book or magazine. If you find that you miss your girlfriends, invite them over for high tea. There’s a restaurant on another floor that serves high tea. If you’re looking for a gift, visit the stationary section. It’s full of awesome calendars, pens, pretty papers and journals or you can go to the second floor that has shops full of clothes, household items, and cute knickknacks. This is every girl’s dream and it puts Barnes and Nobles into shame (Sorry B&N, I still love you when I’m in Seattle)! 
I don’t know what people dream about doing all day but for me spending time in this bookstore is it. 

It was through a simple google search for a bookstore nearby while I was in Taiwan that I found Eslite Bookstore and oh was I so happy to have found it. We stayed blocks away from Zhongxiao Fuxing Station and on my free days alone and free to roam, I would take the MRT to Taipei Main Station to visit the Eslite Bookstore blocks from Taipei 101. The amazing thing about Eslite is their all-in-one approach which is to bundle every girl’s wants into one giant place. First they have the best books on photography I’ve ever seen and their magazine section is humongous - there’s so much to choose from. Once you find that perfect book or magazine, there’s great wine bar on the bottom floor in the food court where you can sip on wine and enjoy your book or magazine. If you find that you miss your girlfriends, invite them over for high tea. There’s a restaurant on another floor that serves high tea. If you’re looking for a gift, visit the stationary section. It’s full of awesome calendars, pens, pretty papers and journals or you can go to the second floor that has shops full of clothes, household items, and cute knickknacks. This is every girl’s dream and it puts Barnes and Nobles into shame (Sorry B&N, I still love you when I’m in Seattle)! 

I don’t know what people dream about doing all day but for me spending time in this bookstore is it. 

Chihuly | Garden and Glass

I am blessed to be able to share my life with my beau. When it comes to art, he brings in fresh perspective and is always a source of inspiration to me. As you know, I love photography and through my photographs is how I express the beauty I see in this world precisely so. He, on the other hand is a painter. He uses is hands to blend colors and with brush strokes, translates it onto a blank canvas beautifully. We share a love for being creative and a love for art but with different media.

What he has taught me is how other forms of art media can influence your work. Although he loves painting he doesn’t necessarily look directly to other painters for inspiration. He looks at the work done by great artists and wants to know the thought process behind it, something I’m adopting and learning to do as well.

A few weekends ago, we visited Chihuly Garden and Glass – an art medium we’ve been intrigued in. Dale Chihuly is the artist behind the glass art medium and he has a great influence here in the Pacific Northwest. I first saw his work while shopping at the Lincoln Square in Bellevue - a multicolored chandelier hanging down three floors. Currently more of his work is displayed exquisitely in a museum tucked beside the Space Needle. My beau and I spent a Saturday viewing the 11 galleries. My favorite was the Ikebana and Float Boat. I learned this installment started in 1995 as part of the Chihuly Over Venice project. Dale and his team made temporary installations along a river in which he experimented with tossing glass forms into the river to see how the colored pieces would interact with water and light. Placed on a black drop, I love how the colors of the glass reflects.

Here are my photos from our visit:

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"I love to find beauty in everyday objects." - Dale Chihuly 

Chihuly | February 2014 

Photos by yours truly.