Thursday, September 5, 2019

TRAVEL | sächsische schweiz

This year I've found a lot of joy in doing sports. I've started exercising seriously last summer but sort of begrudgingly. Before that going to the gym was the bane of my existence, I never understood why people would choose to spend their precious after work time stuck in a sweaty gym. Turns out, I've just never found the right sports for me. This year I decided to branch out and try some new activities.

Earlier this year, I went through a painful breakup. As it turns out, I am one of those people who kind of get lost in their relationships. So when the inevitable finally happened, I felt as if I lost a part of my identity -- as most people who've experienced breakups know. Hardest thing in the world was to learn to pick myself up and stand on my own two feet again. I distracted myself by meeting new people, invest in strengthening my friendships, and finding things that I enjoy doing -- for me.

This past Easter a few friends and I planned a trip to Sächsische Schweiz for a 2-day hiking trip. I had been there two years ago, and it's always held a very dear place in my heart for many reasons. I wanted to share that experience with my friends and it really was one of the highlights of the year. We climbed some rocks, sunbathed at the mountain's peak, walked through some meadows, ate a bunch of snacks. It was wonderful and just the doctor ordered.



The beginnings of hike #1 on the German side. This one was managable since
the trail was clear. We weren't so lucky on the next day whilst in the Czech side.
We got ourselves extremely lost and had to race against the clock to get to our
town before sunset. Luckily we were able to catch the last bus back.



One of our many pit-stops. Lots of granola, avocados, peanut butter sandwiches,
and trail mix were consumed that day.





We're planning on going somewhere new next year. We're thinking about Croatia, hmm..

Saturday, June 22, 2019

PERSONAL | protect hong kong

Last sunday Hong Kong made history by organising the largest protest the city has ever seen. Nearly 2 million people joined the peaceful demonstration that opposed the extradition bill that parliament is threatening to pass.

I'm extremely proud of the all the people, those I know and don't know, who participated in the fight for our rights. They demonstrated that our little island won't go down without a fight.

In Berlin we showed our solidarity by gathering in front of Brandenburger tor to write words of encouragement on a banner that the organiser had planned to take with her back to Hong Kong.

Monday, January 7, 2019

LOS ANGELES | griffith park

I can't believe in the 9 years I've spent in living in Socal I've never once hiked in Griffith Park. Then again I've never really been the active type. Now that my sister lives about a 5 minute drive away I didn't want to pass up a chance to check out the famous views. Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to reach the observatory..but maybe next time.





Tuesday, December 11, 2018

PERSONAL | heading home..

I haven't been back to Los Angeles since I { packed my bags } back in 2014 and left for Hong Kong. I've always had mixed feelings about returning to the city I've called home the majority of my teenage years. In some ways, those were some of the hardest, most painful years of my life due to family dramas and my struggle with mental illness. In other ways, those were the days I made some of my best memories with some of the best people I've ever had the good fortune to know.

So much has changed since 2014, to name a few my little sister (the superstar of the family), is now fulfilling her dream of working in the animation industry, some friends are getting engaged or in serious relationships, and other friends I've lost and miss dearly. It's funny to see everyone so grown up.

Here are a few impression from that short but fruitful trip.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

TRAVEL | postcards from paris

Paris in late summer and early fall is the best, the summer crowds have gone and the temperature is nice and cool. This was my first time in Paris with Roman and I've always wanted to show him around one of my favourite cities.




I found a tiny airbnb near Strasbourg - Saint-Denis. After staying in Montmartre on my last few visits to Paris I've always wanted to try staying in the 10th arrondissement. We also hit a lucky break as our place was only a 3 minute walk away from what is hands-down the { best breakfast spot } ever. Their lines are known to stretch all the way down the street so we really benefited from living right around the corner (we were 2nd in line on a Monday morning).

I also loved that we were within walking distance from Canal Saint-Martin. It's perfect place to sit under the sun.



I think in the four days we walked a total of almost 30km and cycled just as many. As Roman is a big cycler, we rarely visit a city without renting a bike. Paris by far as one of the worst bike sharing we've ever encountered though, nor is it the easiliest way to get around. Driving through Île de la Cité was an absolute nightmare I wouldn't recommend it.

I also visited a another friend from SCAD while I was in town. She moved to Paris from Hong Kong not long before I left left as well. It was nice to catch up over some coffee and beers.

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After every trip to Paris I tell myself that maybe its time to put it aside so I can spend my savings traveling to places I haven't been before. But once I get home I immediately start planning for my next trip there. Looking to go in the Spring, and next time I'm going to bring a better lens :P