Saturday, January 24, 2015
A whirlwind Cali weekend back in October 2014. Catching up with old high school friends (Herro! Lynn, Anthony + Chris!), catching up even more at Lynn's celebrity friend's mansion til the wee hours of the morn, driving 2 hours away to play in a persimmon orchard, breakfasting at the famous Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles, airbnb-ing in the thick of it all.
Fill the in-between moments with my fascination of palm trees AND bougainvilleas filling every inch of this big, big city.
You may not be my favorite city, Los Angeles, but you sure do make me happy every time I visit.
But on to why we're really in Lalaland. To catch one of the last Craig Ferguson Shows. Ever. That's right! Craigy Ferg himself and Geoff the Robot and Secretariat. Even the talking rhino head. Yeah, all of it. I'm a big fan! I'm going to miss those trippy, quirky, funny late night randomness.
Especially those hilarious cold-opening dance numbers.
No? Don't feel me?
Then I think we can all agree that Scottish accents are pretty awesome. ;-)
Til next time, Los Angeles.
besos ... jin.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Last week I received some random great news. This. Featured Trailblazer for Made with Map.
What a way to kick off 2015! (I only hope this is a very good sign for a very good year.)
Now if you haven't heard of Made with Map, it's like an Instagram for adventure-seekin', not-your-ordinary, creative type traveler with 'exceptional' travel photography. When I first heard that a friend of a friend co-founded this website and learned more of it's sole purpose, I was intrigued. It sounded like a community to meet like-minded travel creatives.
I've come to pleasantly find after immediately becoming part of that community - it's exactly so!
I've befriended some talented kindred souls from around the world. Still am. Some are on a 'pen pal' status. The support for each other's creative endeavor has been unwavering and incredibly encouraging. And I dig that inspiring environment. My kinds of people.
Anyhoo, look for the Trailblazer photo feature on Instagram next Wednesday. =)
besos ... jin.
Monday, January 12, 2015
First goal of 2015: catch up on all my photo projects of 2014! They're not much, though. The volume of photo work drastically dropped and the priorities shifted as the holidays came around. Rightfully so. But they're a minor nuisance, ya know? Like something in the back of your mind that won't go away. It's always there, sitting pretty and hidden. But still there. That, and 90% of the time it's the OCD in me to finish a project that I've started. Oi. Anyways, let's get on with it ...
So I had all these stories I oh-so fervently wanted to write about back in September when this trip actually happened. Meeting up with old friends (Mike, Talida, Tim), going on epic foodie adventures with them, exploring parts of town that may be possible residential set ups for us. But 4 months has gone by and I don't have the same fervor as when it was fresh on my mind. When I had just came back all bright-eyed and full of that big city motivation.
But I tell you this: this experience is wholly different from the last I was in NYC. Back in 2007. Now THAT was crazy epic. And it was exactly what you would think a New York minute would be. Spontaneous plans, happy surprises, unexpected adventures, multiple digressions (i.e. 4am train rides to an elusive White Castle in Queens - and constantly missing the stop! *shaking fists*), party after party after party. NO SLEEP. All crammed in one weekend. Hurts so good.
Ah, the epitome of youth.
This time around things are more tamed. It seems life priorities has shifted for everyone in their 30's. Some of us are wanting to settle down, some got married, some starting a family, some already started a family but time management became a problem. Thus the reasons why we weren't able to see everyone we wanted to see in NYC! We grew up, man! But one thing stayed constant in NYC - the energetic, chasing dreams vibe. And I'm oddly drawn to it. See you soon, NYC ...
besos ... jin.
Friday, January 9, 2015
Hey, fellow creatives. Feeling notsocreative in this early start of 2015? Press that 'play' arrow already! And brace yourself. 'Cause a major dose of mind-blowing inspiration and motivation is coming your way. Fo'. Reals.
That choreography, tho. NUTS.
Oh, and Happy Friday. =)
besos ... jin.
Saturday, January 3, 2015
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Friday, November 28, 2014
This so happened. 2 weeks ago. November 14th-17th. Girls' trip with Purna and Sue.
And, oh, yes. It's exactly what it looks like.
Hogsmeade. In all it's magical glory. =)
I'm just gonna frankly say that I'm def not getting around to editing those pictures. So freakin' knee-deep in editing other travel photos. NYC, LA, this past weekend's engagement shoot, the upcoming NYC trip (!!!). That's not even including personal photog projects, DIY tutorials and the occasional friend's partay. Hopefully I can crank all that out before 2015! Wish. Me. Luck.
Anyways, back to the real purpose of this post. I've never ever ever been so awestruck by a theme park before. Til now. Incredible detail went into every nook and cranny of both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. So much so, that it doesn't even feel like you're at a theme park! I feel like us girls did this whole Harry Potter trip justice. Nothing but Harry Potter. All day, everyday, for 2.5 days. (With a surprise One Direction cameo appearance. Now that's a bonus.) If ya ever find yourself in Orlando, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is truly where it's at.
besos ... jin.
Friday, November 21, 2014
In the spirit of Fall, my patio is all kinds of pumpkin'd out. Which gots me thinking: A nice Fall wreath would tie it all together. But I didn't want just any normal wreath. Oh, no no no. Of course I had to do something different! So enter snazzy felt rosettes. I've always loved the idea of felt rosettes but never knew a classy way to use them without looking 'too cheesy crafty'. Although the idea of felt rosettes on grapevine wreaths are nothing new, so it's been challenging trying to figure out how to make it really unique from the pack. Here's what I came up with:
Materials // Grapevine wreath. 10-12 felt sheets of various colors (I've used 4 shades of orange). 6-8 flower stems. Scissors. Permanent Marker. Glue gun. CD case and/or Paper towel holder.
How-to // 1. Using a permanent marker, trace circles onto the felt sheet using a CD case and/or Paper towel holder. I used both 'cause I like the idea of varying rosette sizes. Two (maaaybe 3) is the max number of circles that can fit onto a felt sheet. // 2. Cut out circles. Don't cut along the black permanent pen trace, instead cut inside the pen trace. That way, no black markings will be seen on your rosettes. // 3. Now with your newly acquired felt circle, cut a wonky imperfect spiral all the way to the middle. The wonkier, the better! It adds a bit of character to the rosette! // 4. Starting from the outside edge, roll up the spiral. Make sure the bottom of the rosette is flat as you roll along. // 5. When done rolling, glue gun the remaining piece of felt onto the rosette. // 6. Repeat steps 1 to 5 until you have the desired number of rosettes in need. // 7. Start playing around with a design in mind! Then commit by sticking the flower stems in and glue gunning the rosettes onto the wreath.
In hindsight, I probably should've scaled back on the glittery flower stems. Kinda takes away from the felt rosettes and grapevine wreath itself, 'cause that wreath looks like it's on fiy-ah a la Hunger Games style. Perhaps, place the the flower stems behind the wreath? Or go minimalist next time and let the felt rosettes do all the talking. But overall, I am diggin' the different textures on this wreath. Now on the hunt for a mini stuffed fox to place inside of it!
besos ... jin.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Fall 2014 Mini Trip #2: Los Angeles.
I expect this trip to live up to the insanely high standards as the last 2 L.A. cameo trips. Albeit, I was in my 20s and a whole lot more spunkier. And energetic. And immune to jet lag then. But aside from the obvious fact that I can't hang like I used to - No excuses!
SoCal - I'm so 85% ready for ya. Let's do this!
(Packing and planning issues ain't no joke. Recurring problem, really. Probably helped if I hadn't waited, oh, at the very last minute. =X You woulda thunk I had that all figured out after 10+ years and 50+ countries later! Travel fail!)
besos ... jin.