thanksgiving in shanghai

December 10, 2016

The last time I went to Shanghai, I was in the 6th grade.

I decided to spend Thanksgiving with the family since it would be my last “long term” vacation for a while. It came down to either Vegas (which we always go to) or Vancouver (which my parents used to go to a lot when they were younger). I forget how Shanghai came up as a suggestion, but once mentioned, we realized we had a couple of things we needed to take care of there anyway. It was only $500 for a round-trip flight, which was absolutely amazing!!

Four days was way too short but I did lots! I thought it would be best to just write short blurbs about each picture since I have so many.

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elite ballet theatre’s swan lake performance

December 9, 2016

I’m back again with pictures from Elite Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake!

Since I got my micro four thirds camera and my iPhone, getting wide angle shots had been a big thing. Unfortunately, my 35mm lens on a cropped sensor DSLR just isn’t cutting it. Because of that, I’ve been using my DSLR less and less. 🙁 I decided to try out Nikon’s D750 for the show to see if I would like it.

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swan lake dress rehearsal

November 29, 2016

The weekend before Thanksgiving, I went hone to shoot Elite Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake performance. Hope you enjoy these dress rehearsal pictures! Performance pictures to come soon. 🙂

coffee & conversation: graduation, the job search, and happiness

November 16, 2016

I have lots of great conversations with people. Sometimes these conversations are so inspiring, I think about them for the days following. I decided it would be awesome to share these discussions in the hopes that maybe it will inspire others as well.

This past weekend, I had brunch with Christy at Cafe Cluny in the West Village. We are both members of Kappa Alpha Theta, which is how we met. I was a senior when Christy was a freshman, so it has been a while since I’ve seen her. We met primarily to talk about her graduating and job search process. However, it became so much more than that

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astoria, my new home.

November 13, 2016

Hello friends!

I moved to Astoria about two weeks ago. Yes, GOODBYE Upper West Side :”). My friend told me that if I moved to Astoria, I’d never cook again. I scoffed at that statement. Yet, since I’ve been here for 13 days, I have not cooked once. He was right.

Time to come back to food blogging.

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labor day weekend 2016: new orleans, louisiana

September 6, 2016

Hello friends.

You’d think that will all my free time, I’d be blogging more?! Kidding. What free time? Besides sleeping, I have every hour of my day occupied. ‘Tis the life of someone who wants to follow their dreams.

I have been going HAM for the past weeks and started to burn out so I’d say this trip was a good one. Now onto my weekend in NOLA. 🙂

I wanted to go somewhere for Labor Day since I hadn’t since I started working two years ago. It was either Seattle or (I forget which city), but we somehow settled on New Orleans. I remember my parents went there when I was younger but that’s all. All I knew was, there were Mardi Gras necklaces.

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back to the grind.

June 19, 2016

I must say, this week has been difficult for me. After taking 5 days off from everything – going to the gym, homework, work, etc. – I’ve been totally out of it. 🙁 Luckily, my Moleskine notebooks came, so I started my bullet journal! Since it is still a work in progress, I will be writing a separate post on that.

Now onto getting back into the grind.

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la trip with justin

June 13, 2016

I just came back from a five day trip in LA!

Lots and lots of pictures for you all, so please bear with me. 🙂 I’ll try to make it as much like a picture diary as possible with little stories here and there.

Shall we?

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Corsaire + Chopped

June 6, 2016

First things first – let’s talk about this #pinkdrink everyone has been crazy about. Personally, I still have not tried it but I plan to later today. Basically, it is a Starbuck’s Strawberry Acai refresher with coconut milk instead of water. It has been everywhere. I tried to get it on Friday but for some reason they didn’t give me the coconut milk? 🙁 I snapped a picture of it anyway and somehow over the course of 2 days, garnered over 2000+ Instagram likes. Thanks guys??

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a thought on health.

June 3, 2016

I thought it would be good to write up something about where I am fitness-wise and what my goals are.

To some extent, weight has always been an issue for me for as long as I remember. According to my mom, I wasn’t technically fat until the 5th grade. I guess it wasn’t until then that I started becoming self-conscious with my body. With both parents and a sister who are on the thin side, I was always the one who stood out from the group. I slowly got bigger and bigger until about sophomore year of high school, when I got to around 177 pounds. My mom became worried. Size 10 pants were getting tight and my body just kept ballooning.

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