Twenty Three

This month, I turned 23. I know that age is just a number, and that by no means is 23 “old”, but seeing that number rise is quite nerve wrecking. It makes self-reflection inevitable: did I do enough in the past year? Was 22 a better year than the last? If not, is 23 going to be worse?? In a time of constant uncertainty and self-doubt, a celebratory occasion like a birthday almost seems like a burden. However, my reflection…

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Sedona, Arizona: Part Two

On our second and last day in Sedona, we paid a visit to Red Rocks State Park. The weather totally cleared up, allowing us to take a short and leisurely hike. It was a totally different feeling than seeing majestic red rocks the day before – a lot more peaceful and secluded. The temperature was low but the sunshine made it comfortable. On the way home, we stopped by Montezuma Castle National Monument, which protects cliff dwellings built by pre-Columbian…

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Sedona, Arizona: Part One

Travelling is by far my one of my favorite things to do. Even though I’m lucky enough to live in some of the best places in the world (in my opinion), my urge to go to different places never ceases. Therefore, what better way to kick off the new year than to visit a new place? My parents and I went on a short but sweet road trip to Sedona, Arizona. I hadn’t done much research beforehand. Since my dad…

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Hello 2016!

Last night I was lucky enough to try one of the best steakhouses in San Diego, Donovan’s. Of course, what I was more excited about was the opportunity to dress up. I got my dress over a year ago from London. Even when I bought it, I knew I wanted to wear it on NYE, because there’s simply no better occasion to wear a sparkly dress. It’s low cut but not too short, so it’s still really classy, just the…

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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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