A view of Mars, they say | Haleakalā National Park | travel

This was a truly unique experience. Seeing planes fly by through the clouds is once in a lifetime. The peace and calm here is incomparable. Check out more information on the National Park Service websites: https://www.nps.gov/hale/index.htm https://www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/index.htm      

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first comment on youtube

I just got my first ever YouTube comment on a video I made about the calm life in Oahu, Hawaii. What a great surprise on Earth Day! I am so happy about it because it's a video I made out of complete joy and inspiration for a trip I care so deeply about with full [...]

admiration for El Capitan, Alex Honnold and Free Solo

The above photograph is of El Capitan or "El Cap" as I've heard it endearingly called. Seeing this in person is phenomenal. I could stare at it for hours. Here it is again on the left at a different angle. And here, again. Now imagine someone climbing this. Imagine a lot of people. I became [...]

Redwood National Parks | photo diary post | travel

Redwoods was comfortable, but at times it took my breath away because of the exhilarating beauty.  I feel so connected to something so close to my source, my soul. Redwoods gave me peace and calm. One hike here is not like another. It's all a different experience.   The Redwoods changed me. I felt so much [...]

Interview with interpretive park ranger Vivian Wang

Ever since I started watching documentaries about food waste, climate change, fast fashion and others, I began to really look at how my actions were in connection to these issues. I believe this really sparked my passion for nature more than I ever have. I developed a new appreciation for the world. National parks and [...]

papawei scenic lookout | maui, hawaii | travel

A short narration based on a piece I wrote called, our dreams, conveyed through these photographs. The words above were: We flew in from a place that had everything we ever needed. A home to protect us from danger, food that would feed our empty stomachs and love that would warm our hearts until the [...]

flowers through a broken camera

The blurriness reveals nothing to me. Standing in the middle of the field of flowers, taking photographs with a broken camera, my life was meaningful in ways I can't understand anymore. But I know I was free. I was alone. I was with a full heart of optimism and hope. And I was loved. That [...]

some delicious food in Washington State | travel

Good food is almost an essential for me when I travel--no, it's definitely important. Because to me it's more than the food. It's an experience with the place in a whole new point of view. It's how I can relate with the people who live there. I remember a time during the first longggg road [...]

Washington State stories and recommendations | travel

It's getting colder nowadays. The sun sets earlier and the morning darkness creates the perfectly imperfect atmosphere to stay in bed. But we can't and life goes on to another day of being (or an attempt at being) a productive human being. That was a lot of "beings." But I long for summer, as I knew [...]

the things I’ll never see

Mount Rainier at Reflection Lakes, one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen I went to a poetry festival a few years ago. There was one poet who stood out for me, but I unfortunately don't remember her name. She read her poem aloud. After sitting through and hearing from other poets read their [...]

oahu, hawaii

This trip is special to me personally, but also in a big picture way; it opened up my eyes to a whole new way of being. It's been so long since I've been on an airplane and that in itself was a journey, a good journey. Despite some scary turbulence, sleep deprivation, undesirable options for [...]