Some Memories

Some Memories

I used to remember everything. Well, not *every*thing, I didn't have a superpower, but I remembered a lot of details, dates, encounters... There were countless occasions where I would remember the exact date something happened, but would hesitate to say it out loud so I didn't seem creepy. That's not the case anymore, getting older is no joke! It's not as easy to recall specific details and more instances where I would forget entire memories that I used to hold close. Yet perhaps counterintuitively, I feel like I can remember memories, sometimes pretty distant ones, more vividly than before. They…

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Beijing Outfit Diaries

Beijing Outfit Diaries

View from Jingshan Park Wangfujing (王府井) Wangfujing is one of the oldest and most popular shopping streets in Beijing. While known for traditional Chinese brands with hundreds of years of history, it’s also home to modern malls with stores of all price tags and countries of origin. You can pretty much buy anything in this vicinity. The main street is an impressive promenade wide enough to keep it from becoming too crowded (most of the time). Like all shopping trips, strolling around Wangfujing somehow ended up being a LOT of walking, and this was the first full day of my…

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Snow & Art – A “Winter” Day

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 opportunity to visit a traditional Chinese art academy, where I got to meet and have tea with a couple of…

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Yellow

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 chose to go see a row of beautiful ginkgo trees that have turned the ground into a golden carpet. These…

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Family, Smog, Leaves – A Weekend in Beijing

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 hard to see, even though our apartment is technically in the suburbs of Beijing, where it’s less developed but populated…

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