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my pre-summer vacation

Back in mid-May, I went on a 3-week vacation with O to Vietnam and Japan. It was his first time in Vietnam, my first time meeting his dad AND our first long international trip alone together. No pressure, right? :) Nah, we had such a blast (despite a few mishaps here and there). It was definitely a food trip for us. We (well, mainly me) made a list of all the food and/or places we wanted to eat in each location we stayed at. And needless to say, we almost hit 10 out of 10 spots. The weather was great most of the time (we caught the beginning of the raining season), and we got to enjoy some beautiful beaches in both countries. It’s been over a month since we came back and I’m STILL craving/missing the food we ate, especially in Japan.

Below are some photos I took (I decided not to bring my DLSR this time and took everything on my iPhone 4s). For the rest of the photos from the trip, click here. You will see that 90% of my photos were of the food we ate. Can’t you tell that I want to become a foodie? :-)

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japan, lately.

It’s been so cold the last couple of weeks that I thought snow might come early this year. But the closest thing we had was slushy snow-rain for a couple hours last night. Whenever winter and cold weather is here, my memories always return to the long winter in Japan back in 2007-2008. There was snow, harsh dry air and a lot of walking outside. This weather also brings me back to the cold days and nights in my old apartment. Insulation was nonexistent. Walls and windows were either grim- or thin looking. Miso soups, hot teas, a couple blankets and a space heater were my loyal companions (besides my two lovely roommates, of course).

I worked at several branches, and most of them are at a least 5-10 minutes walk from the subway/train station. It was the same routine 6 days a week, walking alone between point A to point B, often with ample time for my mind to wander and enjoy the surroundings of holiday lights and decorations from the ground to the glass windows of skyscrapers above train stations and shopping buildings.

Though this was not during winter time, one of the branches I commuted to that stood out the most was the farthest from the train station. It was an easy 15 minute trek to get to that branch, where it is located next to a nice supermarket in Kani city. During the summer, there was no shade for me to hide under so I would have to walk through the fields under the burning sun. After a couple weeks did I finally learn to appreciate this long walk despite the unyielding heat. I loved cutting through the small neighborhoods with old-style houses and bonsai gardens, imagining myself being planted in that environment, living like a true Japanese local. After the houses came acres and acres of farm fields, neatly lined and squared with an occasional farmer or two tending in the muddy grounds. It was so peaceful–a nice break from the city life that Nagoya has to offer.

It was over 5 years since I left Japan and returned to Seattle. The trip back last December was much needed and definitely impulsive. But it was all worth it given how much I had missed the country. Seeing old friends, eating local foods and walking around the same (and even new) places brought a rush of memories back to me. I promised myself that I will return and live there again. Someday.

{Images circa Japan 2012}

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elie saab: spring/summer 2014

I am in love. My absolutely all-time favorite designer Elie Saab has done it again with his spring/summer ready-to-wear collection. I love the classy use of lace in these dresses–especially the long pieces which, honestly, could easily translate to my perfect kind of wedding dresses.

His resort 2014 collection is also amazing. Clean lines and classic with a modern/contemporary twist to it.

{Images from Elie Saab}

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Less than two months before summer is over, but I JUST started riding and enjoying my new bicycle (photos to follow soon!). Why does this time of the year always fly by us so fast? I feel like I’m constantly late trying to catch up to summer every year, and by the time it finally rolls around the corner–fall appears. I could go on forever about this, really, if I wanted to. But enough of this boring weather talk. :-)

I am currently loving British electronic composer James Blake’s shockingly sultry voice (try closing your eyes and listening to him sing before seeing what he looks like first–you’d be pleasantly surprised, too) and super chill music when I first heard him on an episode of Entourage.

If you haven’t heard of this kid yet, check out The Wilhelm Scream and Limit To Your Love on YouTube.

Some other songs that cheer me up:

*Home by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
*Faithfully by Journey
*Little Lion Man by Mumford and Sons
*Bad Day by Daniel Powter

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quarter three

I hope your summer is going well, everyone! It’s already the second half of 2011–have you accomplished most of your goals or met your resolutions yet??

It has been almost a month since my last blog post. I can check off everything on my “summer to-do” list (from last month) except for working out and making new products for the shop. I’ll keep working on those two goals, but in the meantime, my two jobs are keeping me quite busy. Let’s hope this isn’t going to be my life for the next several years! But then again, if I can manage a vacation here and there each year, it won’t be that bad. Right?

{Images above: beautiful and delicate watercolor paintings from Mai Autumn.}

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i’m back! {sort of}

{I love the top and skirt here.}

Sorry I’ve been MIA these past couple of weeks! I landed a new job (yes, that was my belated good news!), and have been busy ever since–not to mention returning to my second job (as a visual merchandiser) on the weekends.

And since it’s summer, most likely I’ll be offline more often than not to see friends, spend more time with family and enjoy the sun. I hope you will, too!

Some of the things I look forward to over the next few months:

• My good friend (Anh) visiting Seattle again from Vietnam
• Attending my other (Anh) friend’s wedding (the first one in our group to get married!)
• Canada trip with my girlfriends for the weekend
• Redesigning my website + this blog
• Putting out new products in the shop
• Working out (Maybe? At least tennis…)

I hope the second half of this year will be less rough than the first half–with more distractions, happier new memories and better weather. Besides, winter is best for hibernating + spending more time online, anyway.

Have a great rest of the week, everyone!

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