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It was a bittersweet end to my last days living in Palo Alto (for the time being.) It’s hard to leave knowing that it will never be quite the same home, even as the same love and memories exist there. Even familiar things can become quickly unfamiliar, and in my years ago many things will change. However, with this heart-tugging goodbye to my hometown behind me, I am so excited to embark on the next chapter of my life- college!

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September 12, 2015

amidst summer rain

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In our lives, there are a million beautiful instances that pass in a glimpse. Some of these beauties we anticipate, some we catch in the present, and some are only registered in retrospect. I observed so many moments like these in my two months traveling around Asia this summer. I was lucky to capture one of these moments in an (albeit scattered) , group of photographs. While visiting a sightseeing location in Taiwan on an incredibly hot day, out of nowhere it began to rain; a drizzle turned quickly into a down pouring.  I love when it rains in the summer. It might sound weird- it’s not one of those things that I would list if you asked me what I enjoyed.  Whenever it happens however, my brain scatters and drops everything, and my concentration pulls  to the occurrence around me.

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August 22, 2015

Shanghai Summers

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This summer, right after my high school graduation, I took a two month tour around Asia. I visited Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and China. You can view some of those travel posts under the “travel” section of my blog. I am really excited to share these photos taken by Eric Vernon in Shanghai! Be sure to visit his instagram @ericvernon. I guess being in Asia for the past few months has changed my style a bit, I don’t know if you can notice the slight changes in my hairstyle, clothing choice and makeup. (And yes, I’m totally doing the “v” sign in two of these pictures…hahaha) I  lived in an apartment on East China University of Science and Technology (华东理工学院) with my grandparents before moving to America, so I had been surrounded by the atmosphere of Chinese universities growing up.   I love how we captured the quiet ambience of Chinese universities in these pictures. The wu tong (or parasol) trees in this picture are symbolic of Shanghai now. They line many streets and neighborhoods. These trees were a leftover of the French influence during the concession, lasting until the early forties. Since Shanghai is a really special city to my upbringing and identity, it was great to be able to capture this part of my life to share with my readers. <3

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August 18, 2015

Wanderlust Taiwan

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It’s been weeks since the end of my 2015 Asia trip, and I’m continuing with a few more travel posts.

Here is another post from Taiwan. This collection of photos were taken in Taipei, Taiwan. I love the quaint ambience of the streets- I felt it was captured beautifully in these photographs. One thing that I notice about traveling the foreign places is colors. Different countries lead me to stare at different color palettes and combinations than the ones I’m used to seeing. The colors in Taiwan felt especially vibrant, a rainbow array peeking through the background jungle of gray infrastructure and greenery.

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