California on Film

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California on Film

Hello, friends! I know it’s been long awhile since I’ve posted but here I am! A lot has happened since the last post. For one, I had surgery. It went well, thankfully! I’m still adjusting to life after surgery (mostly eating healthier to minimize digestive problems) but everything has been well.

Anyway, for Christmas last year, Charles bought me a Canon film camera and I have been playing around with it! I took it with me to Japan but my shots came out blank. I was devastated to have spent $20 for developing and they were mostly black. After researching and reading about it, I took my film camera to California hoping and praying it would come out well. After having the film for about 3 months, I finally developed it last month and to my relief, the shots came out pretty decent!

Desert on Film

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Took photos of Salvation Mountain, some pool we came across, and sand dunes.

Mother’s Backyard

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On our last day in California, I took some shots of palm trees and flowers in my Mother’s backyard. Oh how I miss those orchids. My dad used to take care of them before he passed and they’re still going strong.

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Being in LAX is always a bittersweet moment for me: to leave my lovely Mainland home with my family and friends to go to my beloved island home always leaves me a little teary-eyed EVERY . SINGLE . TIME .

Hope you enjoyed these film shots! My goal this year was to take more film shots especially while traveling and composing a post for them. I just dropped up a film today so I’m excited to see if they developed well! Crossing fingers! Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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Pink

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Pink

To continue on with last week’s Orange post, this week, I dug through my archives and found more photos. This time around, instead of orange, I seem to be gravitating towards pink-ish photos. Quite odd since my taste in everything (from style to home decor) usually revolves around neutral colors. Maybe summer is making me see things in a different palette. Who knows?

Peonies

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Oh peonies, when will I ever quit my love for you. Probably never. This was taken in 2013. With the season about the end, I remembered buying two bouquets instead of one. Does anyone else miss peony season?

Somewhere Above New York

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This photo was taken somewhere in New York from maybe two years ago. Virgin America sure knows how to set the mood but because I was using a 50mm lens when I took this photo, I couldn’t fit whatever I envisioned into the photo. You can see a bit of purple on the corners from the lighting inside the aircraft!

Luau

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Some lei making orchids from a luau I went on with Charles and his mother and brothers in 2011.

San Pedro

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I remember this day as if it were yesterday but I can’t believe this set of photos was taken four years ago! I remember taking my mother to this scenic lookout during a summer sunset with Curry. It was her first time there and she was in complete awe. I try to take her to places but she despises traffic and long drives. Nowadays, since I live on a tiny island, driving isn’t too bad for her so I try to take her to new places every time she visits.

Kwanzan Cherry Tree

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Kwanzan Cherry Trees is a type of cherry blossom tree. Their blossoms are different from the ones I typically see because of how full and frilly the petals are. Aren’t they the prettiest though? This was taken at the The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens; probably one of my favorite places to visit in California when I was living there. Although I haven’t been back since I moved to Hawaii, I’m definitely going to want to visit the next time I’m back there!

Orchids

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My affinity for flowers came from my home in California and being surrounded by them. Both my parents and my grandmother grew flowers in the front and backyard. These orchids are the ones my parents grew. It was always a treat to photograph them whenever they bloomed.

Hope you guys enjoyed my photos for the week! Apologies for not posting on Wednesday. I was without internet for a whole day and could not post. Yesterday, my roommate’s guest flew in which means this weekend is going to be full of adventures around the island. That means, more photos on the blog! What do you have plan for the weekend? See you all on Monday!

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The Flower Fields

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The Flower Fields

During my short trip to LA, it was imperative that I stopped by the The Flower Fields in Carlsbad because 1) flowers (obviously) and 2) it was right next to the outlet! It was a very warm (as is the case with California nowadays) and although the lighting was a bit harsh, I still took the opportunity to take photos. Would I recommend going to the Flower Fields? Absolutely, especially if you love taking photos of flowers and we all know that I do!

As my family and I strolled the fields, I stopped at every flower that caught my eye. With rows and rows and rows of ranunculi, you are never short of taking a beautiful photo (minus the harsh lighting but I digress). When we were done and as we were heading out, I grabbed a strawberry and lavender smoothie. Delicious! We then drove from the parking lot of the Flower Fields to the Carlsbad Premium Outlets next door where I stopped by the Barneys Warehouse and ended up going home with a beautiful black Barneys New York backpack. Can’t wait to use it.

As far as my outfit goes, as you may have noticed, I’m not wearing a dress! Whenever I’m in the Mainland, I always tend to wear my edgier outfits because it just makes sense to do so. I try to be edgier here in Hawaii, but sometimes wearing leather pants to the beach wouldn’t make sense. It is as if I would wear a faux fur coat in the middle of the hot dessert. Like, who does that?

Wander Hour - The Flower Fields

Wander Hour - The Flower Fields

Wander Hour - The Flower Fields

Wander Hour - The Flower Fields

Wander Hour - The Flower Fields

Hopefully you all had a great weekend! What did you guys do? Life is a little hectic right now. I just got finished on a photo shoot that I worked on last week in California. I might have a few more photo shoots this week; we’ll see. Our house is going to have a guest coming in tomorrow so I’ll be doing some adventures around the island which means hopefully more photos for the blog! Charles and I are trying to finally do some home projects soon and I found a few easy ones that we can do; we just have to figure things out this week. See you all on Wednesday!

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California Dreaming

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California Dreaming

Apologies for the unexpected absence from the blog this week. My brother and I left the island to visit our family and friends back in California. Okay, it wasn’t unexpected because we’ve had it planned for awhile now but I had so much going on beforehand that I had planned to do a post on Monday mentioning my time away but I got too busy packing that I forgot. Sorry!

Anyway, I’m back on the island and back to working on the blog and other projects. I’m a little behind so I have a lot of catching up to do (responding to comments, catching up on your guy’s blogs which I am excited about, etc.). Can’t wait to catch up friends! Hope you’re having a great week!

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2014

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2014

Disclosure: this is going to be lengthy, photo-filled post!

What a year it has been! This is my first complete full year living in Hawaii and I must say, although it has been a stressful year full of doubt in almost all aspects in life (and I mean, ALMOST EVERY ASPECT IN LIFE), I have to say that it has been a rewarding experience! No regrets whatsoever. I have learned so much about myself in 2014 that I will carry on with me in 2015 and I can’t wait to see what it has in store for me!

For this post, I will be posting my favorite photos from each month of 2014. I had difficulties narrowing it down so bear with me!

January

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January was spent exploring the island with the boyfriend and getting to learn our new home. We secured a lease on an apartment the first week we arrived on the island (we flew in December 30th, 2013) and it was a lot of getting our place together. I also celebrated my birthday and my 11th year anniversary with Charles.

February

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One of my favorite things to do on the island is search for beach swings. There’s a lot that goes on when you search for a beach swing. Luckily, my eyes are always scanning so I was able to see this swing off the side of the road. Without a trained eye, one would miss it! The following two photos are from the Lyon Arboretum.

March

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yellow-sunset-1March was the first month that we attended Eat the Street. The first photo is of various lemonades from Wow Wow Lemonade (lilikoi, pineapple li hing, strawberry, and blueberry lavender lemonade from left to right) from Eat the Street. This photo is actually one of my most popular photos on Tumblr. After Eat the Street, I caught this rainbow from the backyard. Sunset and palm tree photos will always be found on this blog (no surprise there).

April

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In April, I flew back to LA (and forth but I digress) and got to go to The Flower Fields with my mother! Ranunculi everywhere! I’ve taken for granted how cheap flowers were in California because ranunculi are quite expensive on the island (and so are peonies). Also pictured is a photo of a yummy bowl of noodles from Lucky Belly.

May

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May was the annual Waikiki Spam Jam; a festival fit for spam lovers! It was crazy packed on Kalakaua but I enjoyed sampling what different vendors had to offer when it came to spam! I went on more adventures around the island (how could I not?). At the end of May, I flew to Maui to do a photo shoot for a friend’s honeymoon! It was a start of something marvelous. It was an eye-opening experience where I truly found that photography and travel are definitely my passion. Not that it wasn’t already but it was something I wanted to pursue as a career.

June

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This is probably the most photo-filled month of the year. Charles and I spent most of June and the first week of July back home in California. We went on adventures from Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles, the Anaheim Packing House, and spent a weekend in San Francisco with his family.

July

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After a long six months, we finally got our little man Curry over to the islands (with a ton of stress of course). He was a little shy at first but he opened up to his new home and absolutely loves the beach (not the water though which was weird but okay haha)! I went searching for new places to see on the island, caught a gorgeous pink-hued sunset, celebrated Charles’ birthday in arboretums and mermaid caves, and took endless photos of Curry the Yorkie.

August

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Two of Charles’ brothers came to visit so we hiked and checked out the infamous Waikiki Beach. Charles’ mother followed a week later and I foraged for mangoes in the backyard (oh do I miss mango season). While she was there, I flew into LA with my brother and ate the first thing that came to mind: In-N-Out. My brother flew back before I did and our mother and I flew in to Honolulu shortly after to join Charles and his family and hiked ourselves away.

September

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Although I have been blogging for years and I started a new blog in January, September was the month where I took it and ran with it. I’m so glad that I did! The support that I have gotten was tremendous and I love getting to know you guys!

October

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santamonica1For the month of October, I frolicked in pumpkin patches and flew back to LA to work on photo shoots. That month was one of the most stressful months of them all. I went on days without sleep balancing between this blog and working on photo shoots. But if my clients are happy, then I’m happy. If my readers are happy, then I’m happy. All in all, it was a good month for me.

November

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Almost done! These are my favorite photos from the month of November. Swimming in beautiful, blue water, wearing black because that’s the way I like it, Lanikai Beach is still one of my favorite beaches despite it’s increasing popularity in the last few years, sunflower fields, and watching pretty sunsets in North Shore.

December

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This month is pretty much a carbon copy of my Oahu Adventures post. I couldn’t help it, it was one of my favorite sets to date. The cliff photo was critically acclaimed by most. Sunset photos in darker hues in contrast to my ever-so-bright year in Hawaii was something that I have been seeking for a very long, long time as a photographer. Decorated the Christmas table in the most minimalistic way was an achievement when it came to home decor. Lookouts overlooking Honolulu was one of my favorite sights to see especially when the lights begin to turn on. Peonies, North Shore Adventures, and tide pools are definitely some of the highlights for December.

If you made it this far, congratulations! I applaud you for sticking it out all the way to the end. I know, it was a very hefty post but I’m sure it is an appropriate year-end recap. I love seeing how much I have grown as a photographer as well as my writing. I’m not saying that my writing is eloquent at all (and heck, I’ve seen far too many grammatical errors throughout my blog) but I had the misfortune of being taught to be straightforward with my writing thanks to my bachelor’s degree in economics. My professors weren’t in favor of fluffing my essays in regards to the relationship between supply and demand and that was just the basis of economics. I have spent semesters correlating topics that are too controversial for me to write on here but I digress. I must say that writing almost every week has taught me to be more open with my thoughts in a more creative way after years of interpreting graphs and equations!

As this year comes to a close, I want to thank you all for joining me on my crazy adventure during my first year in Hawaii. I know that some days, I fall short as a blogger, but nonetheless, I know I can keep growing if I put my mind to it and you guys are the ones who keep me going! That said, for next year, my resolution is to keep blogging and provide beautiful photos to inspire you all. I want to travel to different parts of the world, try new plates, laugh more, spend time with those who mean the world to me, dream, and find inspiration. Also, I have been meaning to sell prints of my work for awhile now but finding the economical means to do so is the most challenging part. Hawaii isn’t quite shipping-friendly so I have a ton of research to work on.

 

What are you guys’ New Year’s Resolution? What do you guys want to see more of from my blog? Let me know please as I would love to hear your feedback! Have a Happy, Happy New Year everyone! Stay safe and I will see you on Friday!

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