I will be without a laptop for the next week or so while my uncle fixes the LCD once again (I'll probably buy a MacBook soon because this is getting ridiculous). Since I can't edit my photos to create a new blog post, I'm taking this time to put together a compilation of some of my Instagram snaps. My phone goes just about everywhere with me, making this photo-sharing app an easy way to share tiny glimpses into my life (and to exercise my photographic eye when I'm sans DSLR).
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Last week I hopped on a train down to the South Bay to shoot graduation portraits of my sister. These were taken at the photogenic Elizabeth Gamble Garden in Palo Alto. Can't go wrong with the pretty girl + flowers combination!
This photobombing spider caused my sister to snatch her tassle off the sundial...and we had to tie it again.
Portland was awesome! In some ways, it's similar to San Francisco: green lifestyle, convenient public transit, and welcoming of weirdness. It definitely had less of a big city feel (not necessarily a good or bad thing) and seemed cleaner. What I didn't expect was how nice people were! Almost everyone we encountered were super friendly.
As we were there for only two days and three nights, we didn't really have time to wander any part of the city besides the NW quadrant and downtown. Next time I will definitely explore more. Looking back at my photos, I realized that all we did was eat and shop. That was mostly due to the weather, which was rainy—it even snowed towards the end of our trip! On our way to dinner on the last night, I slipped on some black ice and injured my tailbone, causing pain to my rear end that lasted for a few weeks. Worst souvenir I ever got.
The cozy little apartment we rented off of Airbnb.
Connie warming up by the heater. It was her best friend for the entirety of our stay.
After settling in, we walked over to Mio Sushi for dinner. On the left is the Portland Roll, which I thought was appropriate for our first meal in the city.
Next up was Papa Haydn for dessert. My salted caramel chocolate ganache tart was amazing! And moscato is always yummy.
In January, Connie and I took the Coast Starlight up to Portland for a few days. This trip was a bit random (people kept asking us why we were going to Portland of all places). When I discovered the Coast Starlight, I thought it sounded like a fun way to travel, packed with an abundance of photographic opportunities (I was right). I picked a destination along the train route that was interesting and new to me, and Connie (as always) was enthusiastic to the idea of a getaway. On the night of January 12, we took the shuttle from the San Francisco Ferry Building to the Emeryville station and started our journey.
7:03am - I couldn't stay asleep for more than an hour at a time, and when I saw the slightest bit of sunlight peeking through the mountains, I stopped trying in fear of missing the sunrise.
7:48am - Looks like I wasn't alone.
7:56am - Still in NorCal, but not too far from the Oregon border.
7:57am - My sleepy partner in crime.
8:11am - I moved to the sightseer lounge for a better view and didn't return to my seat until we neared Portland.
8:18am - My like-minded train mates.
8:36am/9:33am - The scenery made for such a pleasant dining experience.
9:55am - The first Oregon stop. The man in the green tracksuit on the left was getting kicked off for disturbing other passengers. I don't know the whole story, but he was very gregarious and talked nonstop in the lounge.
10:35am - A pair of tour guides boarded at Klamath Falls and told us about all the happenings in the surrounding area (and made me realize how much of a city girl I really am).
My sister had a bucket list for fall which included a photoshoot with leaves, so I visited her in San Jose to help her check that item off her list (never mind that it's already the middle of winter). I took the chance to explore the city a little bit. Stephanie said that I'm the first tourist she's ever seen there.
Alright, this post is over a month late, but I have a good reason! My laptop was in the shop for a few weeks (my uncle gave priority to his paying customers, but he replaced my LCD for free). Not that any of this matters since no one reads this blog. Anyway, I spent Christmas with Bonny and Steph in the most tourist-ridden part of the city. We didn't know where else to go, and we knew that the Musée Mécanique (best thing about Fisherman's Wharf) is open every day of the year.
P.S. This is the first post featuring photos taken with my new camera!
I didn't take very many photos during this trip. We were given $750 to spend at various shops, so we spent most of our time shopping at Caesars Palace and Planet Hollywood. I did manage to grab a drink with my Paris roommate on the last night though. :)
This past Saturday we celebrated Peggy's retirement at Presidio Social Club. The afternoon was full of delicious food and laughter. A good deal of the laughing (and embarrassed gasping) were due to the Creative Cursing book that Tiff included in her gift. I'll never forget Peggy's and Josephine's reaction when the first word they saw was "penis." We'll miss you, Peggy!
The fries were so good that Josephine, Mary, Tiff, and I devoured them before I got a picture.
The TV was playing old movies the whole time. I thought that was a nice touch.
I've given up on making a separate post for each thing we did, so here's one post with select photos spanning four days. We did a lot during our short stay in Oahu, but I feel like there's still a ton of things to see on the island. I'm sure I'll be back and visit some of the other islands too. Huge thanks to my sister (and future wedding planner) Stephanie for planning most of the trip!
After snorkeling, we went to lunch and then hiked up Diamond Head. The hike is about 1.6 miles round trip, which would've been a breeze if not for the sun pounding down on us. I ended up with a horrible sunburn on my shoulders even though I applied sunscreen!
At the halfway point.
First flight of stairs (out of four).
View of the Pacific Ocean and Waikiki from the summit.
I unintentionally interrupted a guy from enjoying a musubi to have this photo taken. It was kind of awkward.
This was our first time snorkeling, and I think it's safe to say that we all had a lot of fun! The thought of swimming far off from the shore, with the ocean floor several feet below us, was a bit daunting at first. (And would you trust your life with something as silly sounding as a noodle?) The whole experience turned out to be really exciting, and I got pretty close to a sea turtle!
Not sure if these are blurry because I was freaking out or if it was because the turtle was swimming too fast for my camera to capture.
It started pouring at one point, but it lasted for only a few minutes.