New Zealand on Film

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A shot of Sky Tower and books near Silo Park

New Zealand on Film

Shooting in film is my newest hobby at the moment, albeit an expensive hobby, it’s given me confidence in my work that I have been lacking through digital. There’s something about being able to take a photo without knowing if it’s good or not but having it developed and falling in love with it. That is what makes shooting in film so special.

After receiving my film scans, I wish I had taken more photos in film while in New Zealand. Note to self: shoot in film, at least 50% of the time.

Ortolana

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brunch at Ortolana

On our first full day in New Zealand, Charles and I had brunch at Ortolana, one of my favorite restaurants in New Zealand. Ordered a mochaccino as well as a brassica, chorizo, caramelized onion puree, and fried egg. Such a delicious dish with some of the finest ingredients using produce from their farms as well as other local farms.

Along the Water

Wander Hour - New Zealand
Wander Hour - New Zealand

Wander Hour - New Zealand

After brunch, we headed next to the sea for a stroll and burn off some calories. Doesn’t film make these shots dreamy? Can’t wait to share the rest of my film scans from New Zealand as well as Maui from my weekend trip with Charles’ family over Labor Day Weekend! Have a great week!

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Sudio Sweden

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Sudio Sweden Vasa BLÅ earbuds in rose gold & white

Sudio Sweden

Disclaimer: Sudio Sweden sent me these awesome earbuds and all reviews/opinions are of my own.

Aloha, friends! I had just gotten back from a quick trip to New Zealand with Charles (which was of course, amazing as always) and it always feels good to be home! As much as I love traveling, nothing beats being in Hawaii (or LA) for a long period of time and creating beautiful content!

Being home is the perfect time to just relax and listen to music with a great view (because no matter where you are in Hawaii, you’ll always have a good view). I teamed up with Sudio Sweden to bring to you one of the chicest earphones in the market: the Vasa BLÅ in rose gold & white. These earbuds have amazing, quality sound and I did not expect anything less in terms of chicness from Sweden. The rose gold & white is perfect together but much more so as I’m loving rose gold lately (and the staying power it has).

Charles and I have been spending some time working out (boot camp, runs around the neighborhood) so these earbuds come in handy! If you’d like go get your hands on them, Sudio and I have teamed up to offer my followers 15% off your order with the discount code: wanderhour. Happy shopping!

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Separates

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wearing Zara top, Zara skirt, and rings (this and this) gifted by Mejuri

Separates

Disclosure: Mejuri sent me beautiful rings and all reviews/opinions are of my own. 

Growing up, my parents always loved sales: after-Christmas sales, Black Friday sales, coupons, anything to save money. They never paid for anything full priced. As I got older (and I guess, more financially responsible) coupled with my degree in economics, I realized how important it was to always wait for a good sale. I’m not saying that I always buy items on sale (some things just never go on sale), but I do my best to spend less whenever I can!

That said, I had been eyeing this top and skirt combo from Zara for awhile now. Yes, they are separates but could totally pass as a dress! They were originally a little less than $150 together but during the sale, I ended up paying $25.99 for the top (versus $49.90) and $39.99 for the skirt (versus $99.90). I ended up paying about $65.98 (not including tax) for the two items together instead of $149.80! I saved about $83.82! It’s definitely a risk you take when you wait for a sale, but I think it’s so worth it (and generally, Zara items do not completely go out of stock – although some have, most items do go on sale).

Mejuri

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I wore my outfit with Mejuri rings that they sent me as a gift. These rings are beautiful and I’m obsessed. I’m not one to wear jewelry that are too flashy so Mejuri’s dainty rings are right up my alley! I chose rose gold as I wanted rings to match the engagement ring I want (always thinking ahead haha) and these rings are my new everyday rings for sure. I wear them whenever I’m out and about! What I love most about the open ring with the black diamonds are that the diamonds are conflict-free and socially responsible diamonds. Anyway, I have so many rings I want to add to my collection! Have you checked out Mejuri yet? Let me know what pieces you are in love with!

Have a happy Monday friends!

 

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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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Wander Hour - Film

Wander Hour - Film

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

Mother’s Backyard

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Wander Hour - Film

Wander Hour - Film

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.

Los Angeles International Airport

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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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Tokyo Skytree

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View from Tokyo Skytree and soft serve from the cafe inside

Tokyo Skytree

Whatever you do, if you’re in Tokyo, do yourself a favor and stop by Tokyo Skytree. It’s a bit of a train ride from Shibuya and there’s an admission fee but the views are amazing from the observation deck. Keep in mind that there are two observation decks. We opted to pay for one (the highest deck has an addition admission) and the views were outstanding.

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Tokyo Skytree’s shadow and a glimpse of Tokyo Tower

While we were at the observation deck, we grabbed coffee and soft serve. There is a little area you stay in to consume your cafe bites and drinks. Charles and I took our time as the views were as good as everywhere else on the deck.

After the Observation Deck

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Amazing view and food from Vie en France

As you leave the observation deck, Tokyo Skytree does the tricky thing by having different products on different floors. For example, I had bought postcards on one floor and as we went down to the next floor, that store had different postcards! As someone who is very mindful of how I spend money, I applaud Tokyo Skytree for their sneaky tactic to get my money!

As you exit, you come across lots of restaurants and shops (including anime shops!). Charles and I ended up eating at Vie en France and at that moment, we became obsessed with curry donuts. I love when the curry donuts are nice and crispy with the delicious curry inside. If you love Japanese curry, I highly recommend trying a curry donut in Japan. Instantly, it’s one of my favorite things to do eat in Japan (along with everything else; you really can’t wrong with it).

Between Skytree and Roppongi Hills, I really can not choose between the two as both are equally amazing. I will say that the food options at Skytree far exceeds Roppongi Hills in selection. Roppongi Hills has a rooftop observation deck that gives it an edge over Skytree but both have their own views that the other can not beat. If I had to choose though, Skytree would be it! Happy weekend!

For my more information on Skytree (such as admission), check out their website HERE

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