Week 38/52 : Phantasm

Happy Halloween!

I’m always excited to shoot and edit my self portrait around this time of year. As you know, I have a slight fascination with darker conceptual images. I try to stay away from too much blood and anything too gruesome, but I love eerie and haunting pieces.

I actually had something else planned for this year. For the past few years, I’ve been uploading some dark stuff around Halloween, so this year I wanted to do something a little lighter. But after shooting and editing it, it didn’t feel right. I’m still going to upload it, but I decided that it shouldn’t be my Halloween SP. So as soon as I got home last night, I shot and edited this.

I asked Ezra what she thought and she said it was scary and perfect for Halloween. I was happy until she told me that she’s mostly creeped out about the thought of having five of me around. Hmph.

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Week 37/52 : Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars

Another origami-inspired self portrait. I had to make several of these paper planes for the little kids during our origami exhibit last month. I figured I might as well turn the experience into something useful.

I’m still 5 weeks behind on this project. I know I keep saying this, but I do have a few pictures ready for posting, I just keep forgetting about them. Gah~

My title are lyrics from B.o.B’s song called Airplanes.

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Week 36/52 : No more counting dollars, we’ll be counting stars

Last month our university had its annual science fair. We put together an exhibit called “The Physics and Math in Origami”. I thought it was pretty interesting. I enjoyed teaching kids how to fold paper into different shapes, and I even learned how to make this cute origami bow :) I thought it was really pretty so I decided to use it in a self portrait.

The quote in my title are lyrics from One Republic’s song called “Counting Stars”.

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Alaskan Cruise Day 1 : All Aboard the Golden Princess!

For my parent’s 30th wedding anniversary, they decided to take the family on an 8-day Alaskan Cruise.  It was Ezra’s and my first cruise, so we were pretty excited.  I already wrote an entry about the overall experience back in June (which you can read HERE) but I decided to make a separate entry for each day anyway.  This is for Day 1.  I also posted a vlog for this day, which you can view HERE.

Our cruise started in Seattle so we had to fly in from Los Angeles.  Our flight was at 6am which meant we had to leave the house around 4.  Flying time was about 3 hours, and I tried to use it to catch up on some sleep.




Our plane

I sorta wish we got to ride on the cute Disney plane though



We arrived in Seattle at around 9am

We made arrangements to have a shuttle take us to the port, which we waited for outside



We brought our coats with us because naturally we expected Alaska to be cold.  Ezra couldn’t fit hers in her bag, and she didn’t want to carry it anymore so she decide to just wear it.  She looks like a fluffy Eskimo

Soon our shuttle arrived to take us to the pier





Boarding time wasn’t until noon so we had to wait outside for a bit

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It was pretty cold and we ended up having to all wear our coats

We took a few pictures of our ship while waiting:





The bridge (I think)

At around 11am they started allowing guests to check in. We already had our luggage tags prepared so we simply dropped our bags off and proceeded to boarding




A staff member checked our documents and took our passports.  Afterwards he gave us our cruise cards and a map of the ship


Your cruise card is very important during your cruise.  It serves as your room key, credit card and identification while you are on board.

After about 30 minutes of waiting around, it was finally time for us to board



Selfie while standing in line

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Alaskan Cruise Vlog #1 : Golden Princess

My parents just came back from their Japan cruise the other day, so I figured it was about time I shared this video here on my blog. This is a vlog of our first day on the Golden Princess back in May.  Ezra and I took a lot of footage while we were on our cruise, and I decided to start editing them last month.  I haven’t had much experience when it comes to video editing, so don’t expect any fancy stuff.  I basically just cut the footage which I thought would be interesting, threw in some subtitles, music and voila!  Eet izz done~

The video mostly contains Ezra and my crazy antics while we were on the boat.  We were a little hyper because it was our first cruise experience.

If you’re interested, Kurt made two other videos of our whole Alaskan Cruise experience which you can check out HERE.

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Pasalubong Diaries : Japan

My parents returned last night from their trip to Japan.  They signed up for a cruise that would take them to different cities along Southern Japan, but thanks to Typhoon Vhongfong they spent more than half their time out at sea.  Their captain did his best to keep them safe, so instead of stopping at the different ports like they were supposed to, they ended up spending 5 days hiding out near west Korea.  They’re a little disappointed to not have seen the places they wanted to see, but we’re all just really glad that they’re safe.  Besides, they still enjoyed themselves despite being stuck on the ship for 5 days.  They lounged around, watched some great shows, ate plenty of good food and got a lot of relaxation time.

Naturally, they weren’t able to do much shopping, but they still managed to pick up some goodies for Ezra and me.


Green tea and strawberry cream daifuku, some strawberry pretzel sticks and onigiri.


Rice crackers, furikake and melonpan

We also asked my mom to pick up a magazine that has Satoh Takeru on the cover.  Since Rurouni Kenshin just came out, we figured it would be easy for her to find a magazine that featured him.  Unfortunately, my mom is still not that skilled when it comes to differentiating Japanese faces.  This is what she ended up getting:


Hello Ryo-chan~

It’s not Satoh Takeru, but Ezra and I are still happy.  After all, we were huge NEWS fans back in the day.  Ryo and Yamapi were our favorites.  (The next issue of Anan will have Yamapi on the cover.  It’s already been released but unfortunately my mom wasn’t able to get it for us T__T)

IMG_7837 copyThanks Mom and Dad for the gifts!  We’re glad you enjoyed your trip despite the change in plans.

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Nail Art : Lacy Purple

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My nails from a few months back.  I realized that I have a bunch of nail art photos on my laptop that I haven’t posted.  I’ll probably be spamming you with photos of my nails these coming weeks.

I bought these stickers from Malaysia a few years ago.  I’m not sure what brand they are.  All I know is they were very affordable, so I ended up buying a lot.  For some reason I stashed them in a drawer as soon as I got home and forgot all about them.  I think I was trying to save them for a special occasion, because back then, nail art stickers were expensive.  Nowadays you can get them everywhere and for a really low price too.

For the base, I used a shimmery purple polish from Etude House.  And I added the black dots using my Sassy Nail Art Pens.

I loved these stickers.  They look so classy, and they lasted pretty well.  I had them on for two weeks before they started to peel.

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