Week 14/52 : Soiree

This was taken yesterday at Aprille’s 30th birthday party. Her theme was “sideyard soiree” (hence the title of this self portrait). She had this beautiful garden party with the cutest decorations. A few weeks ago she told us that she was just going to have a simple dinner at her place for her birthday and it somehow ended up being this really fancy party. We teased her about it being more like a debut rather than a simple dinner. The party was held under this huge blue and white tent which was a perfect background for my self portrait this week.

Ezra helped me take this shot at the party. Two years ago, whenever I asked her to help me take my photo she comes up with some great angles and poses for me, but ever since she stopped the 52-week project she seems to have lost her touch. I actually posed her and took photos of her to show her how I wanted the shot to look, and she still had a hard time getting it. It’s funny because I’m supposed to be the model and yet I’m the one directing the photographer where to stand and how to angle the camera XD (Aside from forgetting how to take good photos, she also needs to practice posing in front of the camera again. When we shot my 12th self portrait a few weeks ago, about 80% of the shots were unusable because she looked so awkward XD.) But I do like how this shot turned out, so thanks Ez!

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Space stuff, viruses and vibrations at the California Science Center

On our last weekend in California we were trying to come up with something to do, so we browsed Yelp for suggestions.  The California Science Center popped up as one of the most recommended places to visit in LA.  I love science museums so I was thrilled that Kurt and Ezra were on board with the idea.  Geek mode ON!



Before we even made it inside the building we spotted this huge torque exhibit:



A 3014kg pick-up truck was attached to one end of a lever, and you have to try to lift it at 3 different positions.  It’s quite obvious that the further you are from the fulcrum, the easier it is to lift the truck. IMG_3889



We spent quite a bit of time playing around here before making our way to the building. When we reached the entrance, we expected to have to buy tickets to get inside, but we were surprised to find that entrance is actually free! (Something we probably should have known if we did our research properly XD)


The first thing we saw when we made it inside was the Air and Space exhibit, where they had sophisticated telescopes and space capsules on display


This is a 1/5th scale display of the Hubble Space Telescope


And this is the original Gemini 11 Space Capsule.  Supposedly 2 astronauts lived inside this tiny little thing for three days!  I probably would have died of a panic attack if you made me stay in there for longer than 5 minutes. IMG_3941

Another space capsule from Project Apollo


Closer look at the door


Kurt took loads of footage of Ezra as usual


There were other interesting setups around the area, such as this optics display


The California Science Center houses the Endeavour Space Shuttle.  You probably saw pictures of it online last year as it was flown around on top of a plane:


(Image source)

Unfortunately we didn’t get to see it because you had to make a reservation, which we failed to do.  But there were plenty of other things to see in the museum, so we weren’t too broken up about it.


There were also stations set up where employees gave demos to illustrate interesting concepts.  I think this was the demo for pressure.


This spiral thing is an exhibit for how sound travels.  Two people stand at opposite ends of the pipe and can have a clear conversation with each other


And this one shows how air makes different sound pitches based on the length of a glass tube



We had fun playing around the earthquake exhibit, where we were asked to build a house that can withstand tremors.  We failed miserably.

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INSTABITS : March 2015

The first quarter of 2015 is over. For some reason I feel like New Years eve was just a few nights ago.

Kicked the month off by watching the K-drama Marriage, Not Dating.  I loved it.  The story was light and funny, and the characters were charming and adorable :)

Ckloy visited me at the office this month.  I think the last time he dropped by my office was back in 2012.

We finally got to try the dim sum at Tim Ho Wan last month.  There’s always a long line for this place and we heard that its because the food is really good, so we decided to go see for ourselves.  We loved their sweet pork buns :)

I forced Ckloy to take selfies with me while waiting for our order to arrive XD

Had lunch one friday at Seoul Kitchen with Amie, Arvin and Dustin

Ezra went through my planner and started making a scene when she saw that I had Amie’s birthday marked but not hers, so she went and did this. (Her birthday and Kurt’s are one day apart.)

This was taken on Amie’s birthday. Sir Marvs, Sir Taps, Dustin and I prepared gifts for her but unfortunately they’re a little NSFW so I can’t show you guys.

I gave my bangs a little trim since they were getting too long.  Ezra told me  that I should trim them every two weeks, but I get lazy.  I didn’t cut them as short as she did before, but I made them short enough that I can wear them down if I wanted.

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Los Angeles Zoo

Ezra and Kurt thought it would be fun to go to the zoo, so we planned a trip during one of our weekends in California last May.  I think the last time I went to an actual zoo was back in the 6th grade so I was pretty excited.




Took several candid couple shots. It’s my role as the best third wheel in the world.


 We’re here!



 Tickets were $18


 This was where the gift shops were. We had fun playing around with the toys here



 The zoo had a few animal encounter stations where guests can touch the animals and learn more about them


One of my favorite areas was Muriel’s Ranch.  It seems to be popular with the kids too because you get to play with the animals here



Ezra’s a huge Cuticle Detective Inaba fan so she gets excited when she sees goats

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Week 13/52 : Happy Easter

I almost wasn’t able to post this in time because PLDT is acting up again. It took me about 15 tries before I was able to log in to Flickr today.  Hopefully they’ll fix that soon.

Anyway, I was trying to come up with an idea for my self portrait yesterday when a delivery man arrived at our house with a box full of eggs. I figured since Easter was coming up, I might as well use them.

Thank you to my sister for helping me with this.  I asked her to hold the eggs at first while I took pictures, but she had a hard time keeping them in place without her hand taking up half the photo, so we switched.  I wasn’t sure how this would turn out while we were shooting, but I really like the final image.

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Week 12/52 : Seeing double

Ezra taught me how to braid her hair like hers. I styled my hair like this the whole week and received several comments from people telling us how much it made me look like my sister. We’re often mistaken for twins as it is, and this makes it even more confusing for strangers to tell us apart. But I really love the hairstyle so I’ll probably keep it for a while.

Since Ezra has been missing doing the 52-week project, we figured it would be fun for her to appear in my self portrait this week :)

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Week 11/52 : Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth

I gave my bangs a little trim last Friday. They’re long enough that I can still sweep them off to one side, but I also have the option of wearing them down if I want to. It’s been a while since I cut my bangs this short so I sort of feel like a new person again. I haven’t been growing them out intentionally, I just always forget to trim them every two week like Ezra told me to.

I really like the quote I used in this week’s title.  I’ve been trying to find who said it, no luck so far.  I like it because I’m your classic people pleaser.  Because of this, I get a little down every time I feel unappreciated or neglected. Over these past few months I’ve been training myself to not base my happiness on other people’s opinion of me. It’s a little challenging, having lived all these years always worrying about how others perceive me, but I believe it will definitely help my self esteem in the long run.

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