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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July 6, 2015

DIOR, DDP, Seoul

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Visited the Dior exhibition today in the dongdaemun design plaza today. It was a totally beautiful and exhilarating experience. To avoid pretenses, I wouldn’t label myself a museum lover. Going to an art exhibition or museum definitely wouldn’t be the first idea to cross my mind on a given free day. However, I can sincerely say that I’ve never been disappointed in any museum or exhibition visit in these past few years, especially those related to art or fashion. I think art is innately appealing, it is so sensory, human, raw ; it always invokes a stir from within. Maybe it’s triggered by enormous, deafening respect, maybe it’s inspiration- most likely a congregation of both.

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June 11, 2015

Taipei, Taiwan

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Greetings from Taiwan!

This is my first time going to Taiwan, and it’s lived up to the high expectations I had-but even surpassed it in many unanticipated ways. I am shocked by a sense of unanticipated simplicity, I expected more of a hustling metropolitan throughout many parts of Taipei. But most surprising is my appreciation for what Taiwan is; I feel refreshed and peaceful. I put in my earphones. The lighthearted reggae or the occasional pop song that plays enhances the drive through the Taipei highways with its unexpectedly pleasant juxtaposition. When I close my eyes the colors still rush through my eyelids, like bits of construction paper melting in a puddle.

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