A Very Basic Weekend in LA

A Very Basic Weekend in LA

Since moving to LA I’ve spent probably less than half of my weekends in the city, but when I do, I like to do every cliche LA thing possible. It’s not my intention, but LA is so taken over by social media that no matter how hard I try to resist, I somehow end up in all the hottest instagrammable spots. One of the biggest reasons I don’t love LA is exactly because of how easy it is to become “fake” and to forget how little “likes” on social media really mean. I’m generally pretty good about keeping things real…

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August 31, 2016
Sunday at The Huntington

Sunday at The Huntington

I went to High School in San Marino, a tiny immaculate suburban town next to Pasadena. There’s really nothing going on there, with the exception of the famous Huntington Library which has a stunning 5 star overall rating on Tripadvisor with over 1,500 reviews. It’s ranked undoubtedly the number one thing to do in San Marino, out of a total of THREE things. The Huntington is essentially a museum and botanical garden in one, which is an especially nice combo for a hot day like yesterday because when we overheated from the sun, we could easily walk into an exhibit…

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August 23, 2016
Good Morning La Jolla

Good Morning La Jolla

You really don’t know what you’ve got until you’ve lost it. Okay, that’s a little too melodramatic, but I’ve never appreciated the beauty of San Diego as much as I do now that I can’t spend more than a couple days there every month. As a mostly inactive person, I could never fully take advantage of San Diego as an outdoor activity paradise, but for the gorgeous views, I am willing to make some effort. One of the most convenient little hikes for UCSD students is the trail down to Black’s Beach from Gliderport in La Jolla. It’s literally across…

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August 16, 2016
Dealing with Imperfection

Dealing with Imperfection

While my blog is primarily photo based, occasionally I like to write about subjects that I feel strongly about, hoping that maybe at least one person resonates with me, plus it’s always fun and rewarding for me to articulate my thoughts. Stepping into post-grad life, and recently, becoming completely financial independent, gave me countless opportunities to reflect. I feel like I know myself a lot better now, which is obviously a good thing. But it does mean that I see my strengths AND flaws more clearly than ever, and that isn’t necessarily easy to deal with. By nature, I tend…

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July 31, 2016
Getty on Fire

Getty on Fire

Getting ready for a nice day out at Getty Center, I didn’t know that a crazy sand fire in Santa Clarita had taken over half of Los Angeles’s sky. It filled the air with ash and turned its ever sunny blue sky into a combination of orange, red and black. As scary as wild fires are, yesterday’s weather made for an insane photography opportunity. The Getty Center is situated on the top of a hill, overlooking the city and the 405 highway. At the top of the hill we could clearly see the ocean front, where the weather was normal…

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July 25, 2016
Golden Hour at the Pier

Golden Hour at the Pier

I started my “adulting” life in San Diego, one of the most relaxed places ever; and since I didn’t have a full time job for a while, I was able to go wherever I wanted during non-peak hours. Since I’ve moved to LA, I’ve been quite overwhelmed by how busy it is. First of all, I simply have much fewer hours in the day to myself, and trying to excel at work means I need to make choices outside of work that optimize my performance, like sleeping early. Since summer started, the number of tourists that flock to places nearby…

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July 18, 2016