Sweater Weather

Mindless strolls. Turtlenecks. Hot drinks with whip cream. These are probably my top three favorite things at the moment, other than spending quality time with friends and family, of course. I didn’t used to own a single turtleneck sweater because of my irrational fear of being suffocated, or sweating too much without being able to take it off. Recently, however, I’ve developed a sudden obsession with turtlenecks. I love them all so much that I can’t believe I ever had…

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‘Tis the Season to be Jolly

For many reasons, December has been especially fun and festive for me this year. I’ve realized that for someone who isn’t into everything holiday related, this time of year is actually pretty dreadful. But thankfully, from shopping, gift wrapping, to baking and decorating, I’m excited about it all. This is the first year I haven’t had any finals to take, so what better time to spend some effort on showing people how much they matter to me? I started gathering…

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Christmas in a Garden

Having experienced Christmas in Europe and even China, where it actually snows, I sometimes have a hard time getting psyched for Christmas in sunny California. This year, however, I have a bit more free time than ever before. So starting from early December, I already started to buy Christmas presents and deliberately get into the holiday spirit. Today I went to Roger’s Garden in Corona Del Mar with my dad. Roger’s Garden is essentially a garden center, but with its…

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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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