Dedication to my friend, Angela

Yesterday, I found out that my dear friend Angela will be moving back to LA this summer! Angela and I met about 5 years ago on Craigslist, of all places! She was looking for a roommate and I responded to her ad. Unfortunately she had already met someone (who also became a good friend) but promised that she would introduce us if someone else were to reply to her ad… […]

My First Indian Wedding… as a guest!

A couple weekends ago, Mike and I attended my college friend’s Nimisha & Alton’s big, fat Indian wedding in Hua Hin, Thailand. We decided to turn this wonderful opportunity into a Thailand vacation where we visited Bangkok first, and then head down to the coastal town of Hua Hin. Nimi and Alton’s wedding took place at the beautiful Anantara resort, right on the water! And boy, do her family and friends […]

Part 2: Sydney – My Australia Getaway

Before setting foot in Sydney, I’ve spent an incredible 5 days and 4 nights in Cairns with my friend Maiko. Together, we flew down to Sydney where we spent another 4 days and 3 nights exploring the city. We looked something like this every day – Maiko was the stylish one while I had my giant camera hanging down my neck *Asian tourist*: Day 6: My Sydney grand arrival – and we […]

Part 1: Cairns – My Australia Getaway

I wish I could say that my recent trip to Australia was spontaneous… although it was a fairly quick decision that I made. My dear childhood friend Maiko (author of blog Lights Camera Travel) and I recently reconnected after a 25-year friendship hiatus and we’ve been trying to find the next opportunity to see each other. Somehow, our conversation led to Maiko saying, “Hey –  you should come visit me in […]

Oh my god… Babies!

I don’t get to practice on youngsters very often, so I was excited when I just HAPPENED to have my camera at my friend’s brunch; it was cuties galore! Surprisingly, all of the little ones were very photogenic, and they stroke a pose for me whenever I pointed my camera at their cute faces. Their eyes lit up with curiosity and gave me the biggest smiles – what a great […]

Our Tree Up Close

I love browsing online for Christmas tree pictures. They all look so magical and cozy with their twinkling lights and sentimental decorations. As I sit on the couch, I look at our tree and realize that most of our decorations have a story behind them. Some are his that he’s had for a while, and some are mine, but we are gradually starting to grow our collection together. For instances, […]

LA Tourist with Friends

Last month, my two friends from London decided to vacation in California (I mean, why WOULDN’T they vacation in California?!) I took this wonderful opportunity to not only show them around Los Angeles, but to be their personal paparazzi! I say this with joy, but I don’t think they were too excited about having a big camera follow them around on their vacation. But like I tell all my clients, […]

A Night at the 626 Night Market

A couple weekends ago, I finally made it out to the 626 Night Market in Arcadia. The night market was first described to me a couple years ago as a vibrant, Asian food market that includes entertainment and performances by local artists. I imagined the night market to be like a big “matsuri” (Japanese summer festival) which I have fond memories of when I was a kid, so I hoped […]

My Neighborhood

You know how some people say that “you never know how good it was until it’s gone?” Well, I’m about to move out of my beautiful neighborhood of Marina Del Rey where I’ve lived for the past 3 years. As my time in my neighborhood draws closer to an end, I’m starting to feel rather appreciative of living in the West Side, and being able to walk down to the […]

A 25-year Friendship… Reconnected!

Maiko and I met in kindergarten in Yokohama, Japan when we were 4 years old. We did everything and went everywhere together – we were inseparable. Until one day, Maiko-chan suddenly disappeared. I suppose my mom had told me that “Maiko-chan had to move away to Australia” but in my mind, she just… disappeared! Poof! I don’t think I quite understood what happened to my dear friend. But time went on, […]

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