A SF outing with the Changs
I went back into my archives (I have much more to go through, as usual) and found photos from January 2013 that I never went through. This was a short afternoon outing with Art and his whole family at Crissy Field in San Francisco. His sister’s family was in town visiting over Winter break. It was a typical SF day, equipped with beanies and jackets at the beach. His sister, Yiyi, and her...
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hike to the tourist club in muir woods
In Muir Woods National Park, live famous the coastal redwood trees. Here in Muir Woods, it is the only and possibly the last on the planet old-growth coastal redwood forest. Old-growth referring to not only time length but includes other factors, such as adaptation and luck. It is difficult for many forests to withstand repeated disturbances, particularly when humans are involved, thus making...
A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things...
los angeles venice canals
Over Labor Day weekend this year, my brother and I decided to go on an exploration of Venice and to specifically see the Venice Canals. Well it was more like I wanted to go and I dragged him along. :D Originally, I had seen photos of this fascinating little neighborhood on Instagram and looked it up more on Flickr. I was stunned to find out that this was in the states, let alone California! It...
beverley hill's greystone mansion
Back at the end of August 2012, my brother and friend took a spontaneous trip to check out the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, CA. This historic mansion sits on 12.58 acres of land in a wealthy and beautiful neighborhood. The mansion dates back to 1926. The two-story mansion has 55 rooms in 46,054 sq ft., and includes a theater, bowling alley, and billiard room! The garden itself originally...
dominus estate winery private tour
Back in early September 2012, Arthur and I got the opportunity to go on a private group tour of Dominus Estate Winery in Yountville, CA. This winery is architecturally beautiful and unique. It was completed in 1997 by two Swiss architects, Herzog and De Meuron. This was their first project outside of Switzerland. They are also famous for designing the de Young museum in SF, “Bird...
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environmental tax on cigarettes
Have you every done a beach cleanup? Or a street cleanup? What item(s) did you find yourself picking up the most? Most likely, you will say cigarette butts. Next to plastics, cigarette butts are the number one litter problem. Many local environmental organizations and government agencies spend millions setting up cleanup events to keep the community free of litter. But why should these...
dos lagos walkway
Detours are fun. Especially scenic ones. I took such one in August on my way down to San Diego. I was traveling with my aunt and suggested we take the I-15S to stop by the Dos Lagos Promenade in Corona to check out this really neat walkway. I had always seen cool photos of this place and was blown away by the design and architecture. The walkway is made of bamboo and steel. It helps provide...
island in the hills dentistry photoshoot
A couple of weeks ago, I did my first dentist photoshoot for Island in the Hills Dentistry in San Diego. Dr. Tran and Dr. Tabornal are in the process of creating a website and updating their pamphlets and asked me if I could take some photos for them. I was excited to be asked to take photos but at the same time nervous. I’ve never done a photoshoot for a dentist office before, let alone in...
Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the...
To make a long story short, I finally invested in getting a real camera bag for my dslr and camera gear. I use to just put my Nikon in my regular purse anytime I went out. After much research and long undecisive moments, I finally settled on getting the Lola by epiphanie bags. Here’s the description of the bag: Studs, pocket pleats and a structured handbag shape give our Lola a...
malibu state creek instawalk
A couple of weeks ago, I meet up with some LA and OC based instagrammers at Malibu State Creek Park for a photowalk. It was my first meetup in this area and it was a lot of fun. I got to meet a lot of new talented photographers and iphoneographers! We started the meet up in the afternoon at Malibu State Park, then headed over to La Piedra Beach, and finally grubbed at Swingers. Despite the...
Los Angeles County Museum of Art | Los Angeles, CA Earlier this month, I took advantage of Bank of America’s Museum on Us program and visited LACMA. I had been wanting to check this place out for a long time and was super excited. First of all, I had no idea it was located in Hancock Park, which also houses La Brea tar pits and Page Museum. This whole park area was really nice!...
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the magical tower at victoria beach
I first learned of this tower and secluded beach on Instagram. Several of the people I follow posted amazing photos of this place. It has sort of become a well-known hotspot for Instagrammers! Victoria Beach really is a hidden gem. So I made it a point to make sure to check it out. First off, finding this beach was a bit of a challenge! There’s only one narrow stairway located in a...