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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Los Angeles County Museum of Art

During our trip to California last year, Kurt took Ezra and me to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).  We were pretty excited because we’ve seen this place appear on different TV shows and YouTube videos, so it was a treat to be able to visit it ourselves.

(Just a little note, despite posting lots of photos on my Flickr and doing the 52-week project, I don’t really have that much experience with art. I enjoy good art like a regular person and I respond positively to visually appealing things but I don’t have that much knowledge on the subject. That being said, don’t expect a commentary on the different pieces we saw this day, because then all you’ll be getting are different variations of “it’s nice” or “I didn’t like it”.)







The Urban Light exhibit outside the museum. Perhaps one of the most Instagrammed places in LA.  I first saw it in Ryan Higa’s Bromance music video and I thought it was amazing. I was thrilled to see it for myself.IMG_3320 (2)

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Of course Kurt shot lots of footage of us there



And I took lots of pictures




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Week 10/52 : Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back, and reasons to stay

Uploading this a little late. Although to be fair I shot this on Saturday and edited it on Sunday. I wasn’t completely satisfied with how I edited it so I kept playing around with it. I’m still not that pleased with it but it will have to do. I do like how my “dress” looks in this shot though. I put “dress” in quotation marks because it’s actually just a white top and a long piece of white fabric. I shot this in front of our house so I would have more space to spread the “skirt” out, but that didn’t turn out too well because it was so windy. In the end I just held the fabric in place and pieced the skirt together in Photoshop. (Aside from the wind, I also had a problem with passersby giving me weird stares while I was shooting this. There was this one guy on a motorcycle who must have driven past me at least 3 times while I was shooting. He probably thought I was crazy.)

The quote I used for my title was by the Dalai Lama XIV, and the lovely birds were from wolverine041269 on deviantArt. They were pre-cut too! :D

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Week 9/52 : Live life in full bloom

Thank you to my sister for helping me take this shot. We don’t have that many flowers in our garden at the moment so I had to borrow some of the fake ones in our living room. We had a difficult time getting the framing right because it was so windy outside and the vases with the flowers kept toppling over. But I love how this turned out so it was all worth it.

I actually did a similar setup before for an assignment during my FPPF Photography workshop.  Back then I was the photographer and Ezra was my model.  This time our roles were switched :)

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INSTABITS : February 2015

I drafted this entry before February ended and forgot all about it T__T  Anyway, here’s my Instagram dump for last month.  Almost half of these were grabbed from Dustin’s account since he updates his IG more than I do.

Amie and Dustin showed up at the office one morning both wearing red, so they immediately texted to tell me to wear red as well. Just as we were about to take a picture of the three of us, Jason walked in wearing red as well!

Meet my Friday lunch-mates : Sir Taps and Dustin.  We’ve been  having lunch together almost every Friday since the semester began.

This was taken during Sir Marvs’s birthday dinner celebration at Pizza Hut.  Two weeks before this he went around the office telling people what he wanted for his birthday.  He asked Dustin to get him an iPad and requested that I buy him a car.  We hope he enjoyed our gifts :D

Ma’am Chrys saw the picture we posted on IG last month (when Sir Taps, Dustin and I had lunch at Big D’s) and requested that we take her there too. This time I ordered their yakisoba, which was pretty good.

I bought this giant apple last month.  Look how huge it is!  It’s almost as big as my face!

At the Physika booth during the UPLB Feb Fair. Sir Taps, Sir Marvs, Dustin and I  would sometimes drop by the fair after our classes to grab a snack.

Dustin and I found the Bertie’s stall and we bought these tiny matcha cupcakes (which were pretty good).

Another Friday lunch with Sir Taps and Dustin.  At Cocina this time.

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Week 8/52 : I was only born inside my dreams

I’m a little late posting this. I shot this on Saturday but I wasn’t satisfied with the editing so I kept having second thoughts about posting it. In the end I decided to just turn the whole thing into black and white to make it simpler. I think it’s much better this way. Besides, I’m already 2 days behind.

My title came from the lyrics of Centuries by Fall Out Boy. I’ve really been loving their songs lately, especially the ones in their Save Rock and Roll album.

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Stopover in Seattle

This day marked the official end our of Alaskan cruise, but we had some time before our flight back to LA so we decided to spring for one last tour before heading to the airport.

We were really sad to have to leave the ship, which had been our home for the past week.  We made a lot of precious memories on the Golden Princess, ones that will stick with us forever.  This was truly a dream vacation, definitely one of the (if not “the”) most magical ones.  This ranks way up on my list of memorable trips, along with last year’s Hawaii trip.


After 8 days, it was time for us to say goodbye to the Golden Princess.  We disembarked via the gangway that we used to board the ship as well.



Goodbye Golden Princess


Thank you for all the wonderful memories

At the port, we found our guide who would be taking us on a short tour of Seattle.  Our first stop was the Space Needle.  On the way there, we passed by several boat houses.


Our guide pointed out this particular one because it’s quite popular among tourists.  He told us that it was the one that Tom Hanks lived in for Sleepless in Seattle.

Soon we arrived at the Space Needle:





 Our guide gave us our tickets and told us to return to the bus in an hour.  Before making our way up to the top, we decided to take a few pictures first:



I took this nice one of Ezra with the Space Needle.  I had a hard time because I didn’t have my wide angle lens with me. I had to kneel on the ground to capture the whole thing in the frame.  In return, Ezra volunteered to take my picture for me. This was the result:


 Can you see my huge smile?  No?  How about this one:


 (I’m so tiny that even my watermark is bigger than me).  Thanks a lot Ez!  (And she had the nerve to complain that she pulled a muscle while taking this shot.)  Fortunately my dad was able to take a decent shot of us


After this we made our way inside to get up to the top.  Ezra and I waited for my mom because she had to run to the bathroom, while my dad decided to go on ahead to save us a spot in line. During that short time, a group of tourists arrived and the line got extremely long



We spotted my dad way in the front of the line.  He was so far ahead that we felt bad about having to cut in front of all those people.  In the end we just decided to just go to the back of the line.  Unfortunately we didn’t realize how slow the line moved. It took us about 40 minutes to get to the front, which left us with just about 10 minutes to explore the view from the top.  To pass the time, I took a few pictures of my surroundings


IMG_3115At least the line had a nice view of the Chihuly Garden next door

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