Aug 29, 2015

Random Shots #14

When was the last time I posted Random Shots?? A year ago! Ever since I only took pictures with my iPhone, I feel that I have lost the sense of noticing mundane-yet-worth-capturing things around me. I'm really sad about it. Day by day, my disappointment towards myself for losing my pink Canon's charger and USB cable grows greater. That pocket camera was my loyal companion on my active blogging days for more than 3 years and following my latest relocation, the charger + cable are nowhere to be found. My sister even lost her Yotsuba & I! comic books. I really want to switch back to my dear old camera but it's pure useless without the battery charger. And I'm simply too hesitant to buy new portable camera...

(PS: It was me who made that glorious Audrey Hepburn painting.)

Aug 22, 2015


Josh celebrated his 23rd birthday last week. We are still enduring the pain of being in a long distance relationship, so I sent the birthday gift via mail and ordered a super tasty Oreo mille-crêpe cake to be delivered to him. The Batman: Year One comic book is his request, and apparently DC comic books will always make it to his present list every year... (I also gave him Frank Miller's Batman last year). The tiger-eye bead bracelet was a love at first sight when I saw it online; I thought it's very him. And the Love Coupons pack was made by me with love. Seen here is Josh in his infamous Dao Ming Shi-ish hair. Two days after he received this, he got his hair cut. Shoot!
I'd like to tag photos of my latest two birthday presents here since I didn't make any posts about it.

This wooden dish + spoon set and twenty-two cheese blocks are what Josh got for me this year. And they came to my door on April 5 instead of May 4 due to the shop owner's loss of memory and integrity.

Delicious food given to me on my 21st birthday last year. My mom cooked the "noodle of longevity" and the strawberry mille-crêpe cake was sent by Josh.

This pink peonies bouquet is probably one of the best birthday present ever! I attempted to press the petals and failed miserably. Josh also bought me a set of print and cards by one of my favorite illustrators, Becca Stadtlander.

Jul 3, 2015

Happy Things #1

I'm trying to keep my mind oriented to positive and happy things (because being skeptical all the time is not healthy) so here is a summarized post of how I have been doing lately… I'm in a process to detach myself from Instagram because it turns out that sharing things here on the blog makes me much happier. Oh and by putting a hashtag plus number in this post title, I hope to be able to regularly update this series....
Anyhow, I'm currently enjoying Snapchat a lot! Not because I get to see Shay Mitchell's never-ending selfies, my friends' selfies or people around the world's selfies, but because luckily there are some interesting people with interesting life to follow. My favorite is Young Mee Rim, whose existence I stumbled across on Instagram. She is a Danish-Korean who studies national conservative history in Copenhagen, and it is always such a refreshment to see what she is up to! Her snaps range from delicious egg yolk, libraries, Moomin mugs to fossils, herbarium specimens, vertebrate and dead snake. I also adore her fashion style and personality!
Another thing that makes me happy: for the past four months, I cook every day because I only have two classes to attend and I mostly stay at home. Now my diet consists of cooked pasta, fried egg, tempeh, broccoli, carrot and long bean. The happy part is I actually enjoy preparing the meal despite the ugly fact that I'm still a terrible cook. I'm excited about Audrey at Home, a new book about Audrey written by his second son, Luca. The approach is really unique because it is practically a biography + cookbook, featuring 250 new family photos and personal recipes. So intriguing!
What pleases me just recently is a particular thing that I thought I've never been involved with forever except I'm forced to put it on: trousers. Skirt has been my middle name for the past four years. The idea of sticking with skirts and dresses emerged due to my chubby legs and although my mom and Josh had advised me to start 'learning' to wear trousers, it was still pretty hard to get used to it. I only have two trousers in my closet: one semi-jeans and one semi-harem (not the very loose 'genie type' one...I don't know the right term so I'll just call it semi-harem. It is a really pretty trousers). But just lately, probably three weeks ago, I finally feel pretty comfortable in trousers and excited to think of the new outfit plans! Spencer Hastings' outfits heavily influenced me because she got the coolest preppy style. (Anyone watching Pretty Little Liars here?)
I'm also grateful for happy mails that I frequently receive from online stores that want to use my help to promote their products. Also for all the nice people out there who still follow my journey right here. It is really nice to see the numbers in my Overview page, the proof of actual human-beings who are still reading (or at least viewing) my ramblings :> Thank you, everyone.

(PS: The new header is temporary!)