I left my internship on the last day of June, and that gave me an opportunity to ~finally~ take a trip. It was one of the most satisfying getaway in awhile.
To think about it, I’ve been in Japan for three continuous summer now. Can I keep up with the streak?
I also bought a secondhand Canon QL17 in Nagoya and had a blast sticking back to basics. I guess I’m too young for the camera because I screwed up. I
overecxposed leaked light into the roll by accident, and now all my pictures are goneㅠㅠ I’m devastated!
No worries, since I actually have a film camera that I will be carrying it everywhere from now on, I will try to practice and take more pictures. There’s something about a film camera where you can’t ‘reflect’ or ‘review’ what you’ve taken until you bring it to the store. I like the process of anticipating your pictures.
Anyway, only the vlog for this trip, and some pictures on my Instagram. I relied too much on the film;; Should have known that I was bound to screw up for the first time. Hope everyone enjoys the video, I haven’t done a vlog for a long time either. Teehee!
Jul 4~11, 2018
Nagoya & Tokyo, Japan
If you think I’ve ended my endless throwback of NYC, you’re wrong.
Actually, I thought I’ve finished uploading what I had until I began organising my storage in my computer and hard drive. I was wrong.
It was a pretty long subway ride from Manhattan to Brooklyn, but it was lovely. There was a total vibe change crossing the bridge between the two sides. Sitting there felt like a plane ride.
It was a day that felt cloudy, but the skies were blue.
And people were happy.
I was happy. And I also extend my stay thereafter.
Just a few days more, I told myself. I like it here, so much.
And I could still feel that exact feeling today.
If you’re into Astrology, you would know that we are in the Mercury Retrograde season, and I’m actually enjoying the “slower-speed” together with the throwback of the past. I’ve been going back to my past hobbies that I’ve placed aside due to college. Now that I’ve graduated and working, responsibilities starts to kick in and everyday seems like a toll, while the weekends goes by like the wind.
There was an article somewhere about the benefits of baking for people, in which it reflects the practice of mindfulness. No wonder why I’ve always baked for people while I was back home, with all my equipments at hand. I did not enjoyed eating what I’ve baked, but I was thriving in the process of it.
And I’m guessing photo or video editing is one of my replacement past time to baking. Let me just select specific songs, put some clips and adjust the colors to the vibes that I enjoy, etc. The end products makes me feel good, while I upload it online, but the process of perfecting it to my standard is satisfying.
Well, I dug up my Hong Kong & Macau videos from two years ago, and finally created my vlog that I failed to deliver then.
Not the best, but I’ve definitely enjoyed the process!
Jan 16~25, 2016
Winter in HK & MACAU
It’s been awhile. I’m back to blogging. Or at least I want to continue what I’ve never finished. Can’t believe NYC was another memory that is close to two years now. I have to say, it’s a place that is close to my heart. It never left and it keeps coming back from time to time.
Throughout the year, I’ve been trying seeking all kinds of opportunities just to get me back to this city, but failed simultaneously. Of it all, my finances was a toll. I had to put down my greed, and aim for stability. (At least as a fresh graduate, I had responsibilities)
Who knows? Maybe down the road, something might bring me. I believe if I’m meant to be, I will. In the meantime, I think I’m settling for where I am right now. Despite the hardships and having a job that I don’t have my heart for, but learning is a process, and that’s what keeps me going.
Living the Korean life for 4 years and going now. It’s already my 5th Spring.
I think it’s also an appropriate time to share my pictures from Chinatown (and snippets of Little Italy right beside), since I’m craving for all the Chinese food (!!)
NYC Chinatown is wonderful. A life of its own, buzzing with activity. Highly recommended by my Professor, I had to check it out myself, which I instantly fell in love.
It reminded me a lot about home.
Right beside Chinatown was Little Italy, separated by a street and different exterior. I didn’t venture too much into it due to time constraints, hopefully next time!
When will I be back?
Dear Brooklyn, how do I describe you? Why are you so lovely?
Another tourist must-do is riding a Citibike across the Brooklyn Bridge. And so we did! I honestly underestimated how difficult it was going slightly ‘up hill,’ and trying to avoid all the other people on that bridge. Nevertheless, travel is always an adventure and I loved it!
Before we ended our trip with a ride through the Brooklyn Bridge, we had some authentic pizza, and enjoyed the ambience around the area. With the night falls, the night scene is what we have always pictured it to be.
Shots of joy.
Stay chill under the sun, I really liked Union Square.
Stayed in an Airbnb in East Village for my solo travel week, and I kept coming back to Union Square. In fact, I really enjoyed the vibes of this place from day to dawn. It’s a pleasure to alight at Union Square, and either walk towards the apartment everyday through different sections and routes (which I usually discover something new/cool), or I might even take a bus around the streets.
On a side note, I think I spent way too much time at Barnes and Nobles, or at Sephora. (Even in the supermarket, snatching up some snacks and teas) Keeping things short, this area has everything you need nearby.
Do you feel like there’s somewhere out of your home that would suit you better? Do you feel like there’s a place somewhere you would love to settle down, because you feel like you will be at your best? Of course I wouldn’t say you should let your environment affect/restrict you, but I feel like every place you go to have different vibes, which could open you up, challenge you, requires changes, etc.
Where is a place that you feel strangely connected to? \ (•◡•) /
Night scene at the Washington Square Park, filled with students, laughters, and smiles on a Sunday night.
Another Gossip Girl moment ≧◡≦ at the Grand Central Terminal ↓
There’s a certain feeling to every city. And I like how this city makes me feel.