Tuesday, August 29, 2017

TRAVEL | prague II

Last week I spent a spontaneous weekend in Prague. My { last visit } always felt a bit too rushed so I decided to return to Prague for round two because I would be crazy to not take advantage of the fact that I live so close now.

Luckily for me a fellow SCAD student was also in town, so I met up with him and his friends for a night of drinking the first night, and casual stroll around the city the second day. Safe to say that this experience outdid the last by a longshot!

I definitely did more walking this time. I think of the reasons is that I'm a little more
fit/healthy this time around haha. It was actually really nice to have the time to explore
more of the city on foot.

Naturally, I returned to Lokal, the food hall that serves a lot of classic Czech dishes.
Everything is pretty affordable so I went for dishes that were new to me and also dishes
that sounds like something I would not able to replicate at home. Pictured above is the
rabbit with mushrooms.

Friday, August 11, 2017

PERSONAL | me in berlin

After a few months of hiatus due to graduation, internships, and job hunts, I think I'm ready to get back into the blogging game. Many things have changed since the last time I posted. Once again, I'm in Berlin, but this time I ditched the traveller title and am now officially living and working in this great city.

The last few months have been a rough back and forth. My 5 year plan had led me right to the moment I've been waiting for: to graduate and move to Europe (somehow). Even though I've been talking about Europe non-stop for about 3 years now, the fact that it was finally happening really scared me. I was scared I wouldn't find a job if I moved--that I had overestimated my abilities. Because with so many talented designers in Berlin--in Europe--why would anyone pick me? But luckily I had some pretty great people in my life slap some sense into me whenever I lost my center.


So now I'm settling comfortably into my new life here in Berlin. I started work at my new company, Tandem, one month ago and I'm loving it. My co-workers and the office are so lovely and more than I could ever ask for.

I'm really happy. :)

Saturday, April 1, 2017

BERLIN | markthalle neun

Earlier last month, my friend Jon suggested we take a trip to Kreuzberg's Markthalle Neun to take some photos. To be honest I kind of regret lugging out my heavy canon to Berlin this trip because it was harder than I thought to stay motivated when the weather is so cold (this is also why I barely have any photos from Sweden in 2015). But anyways, this was one of the times I did take it out for some shots.

So Jon and I went to the market on their famous Street Food Thursdays due to the promise of a full house and great food. We showed up around 5pm, making sure to arrive at that time when the market had just opened up their stalls but the regular 9-5 workers haven't clocked out for the day. One thing that both amazed and threw me off was the hospitality of all the shop owners at the market. I've had instances in other markets when shop owners would shoo me away when I'd try to take a photo. But not here, not one, but a few owners at Street Food Thursdays that actually welcomed us to take photos. On top of that they were nice enough to tell us a little about their wares, and one even opened up the case and set up his produce for us.

Amazing! Moments like this are really what makes me love Berlin.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

PERSONAL | roman

Just a few outtakes from our random little photoshoot at home. Ultimately they didn't make the cut because his tie looked a bit funny, but I still think he looks cute :D

Thursday, March 16, 2017

PERSONAL | beer day

Last Saturday the boys decided to brew beer at home. This plan has been a long time coming because I remember Roman mentioning this on our first date.

Day kicked off with some homemade crêpes made by me!

Now to wait...and in a few weeks they'll have 6 litres of home-made IPA. 

TRAVEL | ninh binh

These were taken towards the end of the trip. Only backstory for photos is that I was crazy sick this day--high fever, runny nose...the whole shebang.

Ninh Binh was actually quite lovely--and only a short 2 hour train ride from Hanoi. Unfortunately I was bed-ridden for the first half of the day. While I was recovering in bed, Roman rented a motorbike and explored the town first. He came back later in the afternoon, and since I felt better, whisked me off on a short bike ride.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

TRAVEL | vietnam in december

Roman and I visited Vietnam back in December for two weeks. I've never traveled without planning ahead of time so it was a nice change of pace to let some one else handle it the whole time. In the end I ended up leaving the camera home most of the time (I didn't even take many photos with my phone) so here's only a few shots from third day before I stashed all tech away.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

BERLIN | kottbusser tor

I think it's about time that Berlin get's its own category on the blog, considering how much time I spend and will spend there in there in the following months, and hopefully years.

I arrived about a week and a half ago and have just been taking it easy and getting myself reacquainted with the city. I did end up wasted a lot of time getting over the jetlage this time around, so I was pretty much useless for the first couple of days.

The other day I finally felt good enough to take my camera out for a spin. I never regretted not taking many photos during the summer (even though the city was gorgeous) because I was having such a blast trying to live in the moment for once. Not that I'm not doing it now, but I miss shooting, even if it's of arbitrary things. So here's my little visual diary of sorts from Feb 22nd--all I did was head out to Kottbusser Tor to hangout at my usual haunts.

As unremarkable as it is, I really like Roman's apartment/building and 
neighbourhood. There's a certain cozy quality to it, plus he told me once 
that this building was built pre-WWII, so it's essentially ancient!

Forgot to check what kind of flowers these were. I saw them being displayed
,in full bloom, at an & other stories storefront and they were so beautiful...

I'm pretty bummed that this turned out blurry. I still have so much trouble
being discrete when photographing strangers. The astigmatism in my eyes
aren't exactly helping either.