Jul 22, 2016

Jules, my forever model

Yesterday was this girl's birthday. I was unfortunately running around like a headless chicken all day so couldn't post this on time...but you'll forgive me right? :) I've been holding onto these photos for a few months now, taken in New York when she came to visit during my birthday week.

We first met our freshman year of college. We hit it off right away and hung out for an entire day, talking about literally everything from our favorite food to boy dramas. If you've met Julie, you know how easy it is to talk to her, no matter who you are. She has this ability to make literally anyone feel comfortable.

She is also a health nut. She got me to try my first kale juice, which she personally made for me, way before it was even a thing. Shall we say a trendsetter?

We rode the water taxi from Queens to Brooklyn then to the financial district for the spectacular views. A little side note: I've officially decided that I hate boats that are not giant ferries. I get super sick.

Julie is also good at dealing with my dumb shit, like failing to notice that she had braces on for a year and posting a birthday post a day late. :)

But most of all I admire her because she is incredibly diligent, smart, strong and caring. Did you know she's teaching herself to code? That she's nonchalantly run a blog that racked up more than 140K followers? HER DOG IS INSTAGRAM FAMOUS. Whenever she puts her mind to something, she actually does it, quite flawlessly. Jules also helped me break up with dudes that weren't right for me. She deeply understands why I am the way I am about career and boys and stuff. We've bonded over our mutual passion for coffee and photography and football and honestly just spending time together. I'm incredibly lucky to call her one of my best friends.

So bon voyage, m'love. There is so much to look forward to, and this is only the beginning.

But before you do that, let's quickly walk down the memory lane:

Jun 12, 2016

Here are dogs that are better dressed than you

Last October, I made myself and Ann go to a doggy Halloween costume parade at Thompson Square Park so we could surround ourselves with dogs. So this is what rich people are up to nowadays, I thought, staring longingly at a chihuahua rolling in on a giant princess castle on wheels. Anyway, it got pretty crazy and crowded quickly - small dogs needed to be carried so they wouldn't get kicked around and die. I mostly spent all day chasing around golden retrievers and big dogs because obviously the big, furry ones are always my favorite. I shamelessly took photos of dogs and their people, which took up an entire roll of film, just so I can do...what with it?! So I guess I'll just post them here. ENJOY

^ "What is life"

Jun 1, 2016


It's already June...good god. Are we already halfway through 2016?

- Summer came at us fast. Literally overnight, I was sweating in my sleep because my apartment traps heat and I didn't have an a/c unit. It's so hot. Even in the middle of the night. I'd wake up sweating and throw all my blankets and shirt to the ground and lay there as still as I could. Nope, didn't help. Special shoutout to all the generations that made it through life without the a/c.

- I turned 26 a few weeks ago. I celebrated it by eating through New York City with my sister and switching jobs and then taking some days off to go on an epic GoT marathon. I'm so emotionally exhausted. This show just loves to hurt you.

- We found 2 cockroaches in our apartment so far. Coco and Roro. Pretty sure all of their extended families are already nesting somewhere within these walls.

Quick break for happy thoughts, because f roaches.

- I've been obsessed with The 1975's new album and particularly with this song, at first because it's got some sick jazz gospel vibe but also because of the piercing lyrics. "If I believe you" is basically written from a perspective of a nonbeliever, or maybe an atheist, who is struggling with the notion of religion and spirituality, challenged with seeking higher power and purpose in life. As someone who grew up Christian, I can't say that I haven't had my doubts and struggles in believing in all the religious customs that are obvious to religious church-goers. For me, it wasn't so much about believing in God as it was about feeling accepted in the church. There was always a standard to maintain, a way I was expected to be as a church-going Christian Korean-American girl, and I disagreed with a lot of the things that were preached to me because it didn't feel like some of it was about God anymore. But of course, that's just one of many experiences people sometimes have with religious institutions, and churches are not perfect because no one is perfect. But the struggle is real, and I thought Matthew Healy did a great job of capturing that struggle.

- Photo: somewhere in the East Village, Dec 2015. Fujifilm 400 + Nikon FM10.

Apr 17, 2016

The anatomy of a sunset

The truth is, I don't really see sunsets anymore. But that's what you get for living in a concrete jungle, deprived of actual sunlight and an open sky. My favorite thing about living in Texas used to be seeing the enormous sky burn until it faded out purple and pink then dark blue when I'd be out driving in flatland. It was absolutely gorgeous and I still believe to this day that Texas has the best sunset out of all places I've ever lived. This weekend though, I got to discover the southern tip of Manhattan and the breathtaking view from Battery Park. I don't think I've just sat there and watched the sunset in a really long time...and there's not a moment it's not gorgeous.