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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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 [...]

eggs

cycles of life in the form of oval-shaped symbols of existence and non-existence socio-economic backgrounds through labor and digestion fast-food industries to farmland America to vegans and fitness buffs to children and their children shells of all varieties cracked, broken, smooth, intact, colored, white, spotted or not. the yolks of continuity boiled, beaten, scrambled, poached, [...]

music therapy

it's the piano keys hitting the downer notes. it's the guitar that strums along with the beat. it's the lyrics that dance along the melodies. it's the meaning behind all the words; every single letter that created the masterpiece. i used to live in this bubble of misconception that what i listened to defined who [...]

risk

without any cushion to fall on a guarantee to lean on an ally to depend on risk is everything. make or breaks the existence prolongs or delays progress unpredictable by nature risk is dangerous an opportunity of difference chances weighed either way hope renews itself risk is potential is it a right to not do, [...]

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 [...]

clarity

we sat on the rocks. early morning trying to catch the sunrise. we drove in it as we drove by it getting here. we weren't disappointed though because we've seen so many. it never gets old chasing the sun. it's too beautiful and you just feel like the whole world is greater than whatever worry's [...]

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 [...]