Doses of Happiness

Yesterday I got to spend the day with my parents, something that is more and more precious to me now that I’m older. My dad captured some lovely shots: When I was younger, it was easy not to take ownership of my own happiness. The truth is, we don’t get to, or feel like we get to, make a lot of important life decisions when we are young. We have to go to school, and we have to listen to…

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Windansea

Today I went on a spontaneous walk around Windansea Beach at sunset just because I had nothing better to do, but it turned out to be one of the most stunning sunsets I’ve ever seen. Even though I was only there for half an hour, the scenery went through so many different phases. It was absolutely magical. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but I think witnessing something in person is worth a thousand pictures. Nonetheless,…

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Snow & Art – A “Winter” Day

Opening my curtains this morning, I was absolutely astonished to see that our yard has turned into this:  Even though the weather report has been saying snow for days, I didn’t expect anything nearly as beautiful and winter-y. The fact that I was photographing yellow leaves the other day and snow today is amazing to me. Being in California for years has made the most normal seasonal transitions foreign to me. It’s REAL snow!! In the afternoon, I got the…

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Yellow

I vowed to treasure my two weeks in Beijing by being in the moment and doing what I came here to do – spend time with family. With the weather being dreary and cold, I’ve mostly been staying indoors, scouring through old photos and listening to my grandma tell stories from the past. Today, however, I decided that it’s time to get out, before the temperature falls below freezing in the upcoming week (yes.. and it’s still just November). I…

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Family, Smog, Leaves – A Weekend in Beijing

How can you breathe in China? Does everyone really wear masks outside? China’s heavy smog has fascinated foreigners more than anything else, making China literally more mysterious than it already can be. Being back in Beijing for the first time in almost two years, however, I’ve noticed things beyond its imperfections and difficulties. The smog was apparent as soon as I first glanced outside of my plane window as we approached Peking International Airport. On the ride home, everything was…

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Fall Looks

I usually wouldn’t call myself a trend follower, not because I think I’m too cool for trends, but because I’m simply too lazy to update my wardrobe every season. This fall, however, I can’t help but notice that thigh high boots are everywhere, and they look amazing on almost every outfit. So I just had to get myself a pair. I had been anxiously waiting for them in the mail for over a week, and now that they’re here, I…

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Saturday in Downtown Laguna

You would think that it’s annoying to live in areas flooded with tourists, and for California, that is all year round. Quaint beach towns, however, are an exception. Locals and tourists blend in together much more as everyone is having a relaxing and peaceful time. Whenever I stroll down streets in Laguna Beach, I feel as if I’m on a vacation with my family. Today I went to Brussels Bistro in downtown Laguna – the first Belgian restaurant I’ve been…

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Favorite Coffee Shops

        As much as I appreciate good quality coffee, taste is not the only or even the most important reason for me to love a coffee shop. I love coffee shops because of their atmospheres, their people, and the conversations I could have there, whether it’s light hearted gossiping, or deep and meaningful catch-up sessions. I am no expert in coffee – Starbucks is more than good enough for me – but I do know which coffee…

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