two too many

These photographs were taken during one of the best years of my life. I went on so many adventures and learned more of who I was. I felt free. And yet, it wasn't forever. The photographs stay there and the memories come along, but the reality is still different. It's different because time has passed. [...]

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believe in us

I had a chance to meet two new people today. And although I met them separately, they gave me the same good vibes called happiness and gratitude. There's something about the way they presented themselves and how they spoke that really showed the kind of character they had. Both work in their field of studies [...]

the star

my wish was granted before the star fell down last night. it leaped into the deepest ocean lit in between the swirling seaweed. constantly twinkling its pointed corners moving from here to there. upwards it flew towards the sky having landed on the cool grass. it illuminated the ground below sprinkling golden dust of jewels. [...]

color & design: photography and music videos

I think one of the most surprising things I learned about myself is that I really value design and color. They could be about anything; food presentation, home interiors, choreography and fashion. It's silly to not know before, but now that I do, it seems so obvious. I did not have a desire to study [...]

reaching a milestone

I've written on this blog for several years. Truly, this platform has been one of the greatest things in my life. I reached a big milestone yesterday and I am so proud of getting here. It is not what the achievement is necessarily, it's more about what it means to me. It signifies a passing [...]

going with the flow

I haven't painted in so long. I've had mini sparks of inspiration here and there to get my supplies out and just start. But I always end up resisting it. Or I'm too lazy to actually do the work. The motivation in me to do things this week has dwindled down a lot compared to [...]

bún thịt nướng, fresh rolls and value through food

I have so many photographs of food I eat. Although I did not make the food here, there's something about keeping it as a memory for me that makes me feel happy and fulfilled. The more I cook now, I am realizing how time and care truly makes a meal taste good. There has been [...]

butterfly petals

I don't think butterfly petals is their official name. I don't know the name of this flower at all. It was so eye-catching though. They were so perfect, they looked like they were made by hand; a controlled and intentional creation. But rather, they stemmed from nature. Grown from a blueprint unseen and unpredictable. I [...]

twinkling love stars

You laughed the stars Into the sky Twinkling along Mountains at night For everyone to see Wishing and dreaming A love that stays as True and bright. Cubby created the first two lines with her writing prompt: Laughter. Now that I realize the title of the poem prompt, this post could have gone another way [...]

Food review – shave snow at Powder, San Francisco, CA

I had my first taste of shave ice in Taiwan. The summer treat was surely unique to me as I've never had anything like it---red beans, tropical fruits and cream topped over literal shave ice was one of the tastiest and interesting desserts I've ever eaten. Fast forward to my trip to Oahu after trying [...]

“look at the stars” – coldplay

I never thought I'd listen to Coldplay as much as I have in my life. I even own one of their cds randomly, oddly, since I don't consider them one of my favorite bands. But maybe I do now. There's just something about the words they sing. Or the messages they have. I think I'm [...]

Food review – dan tat (egg tart) at Golden Gate Bakery

I waited in line for this flaky (does anyone else think this word looks funny? I had to Google it to make sure I spelled it correctly) crust, sweet soft custard filling for over 20 minutes I think. I told him, "This better be worth it." He gave me this half smile and his left [...]