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Mostly visual because photos speak for themselves.
No need for me to voice anything. See it to believe it.

Chinese New Years - What's that about?

Chinese New Year  
Almost everyone, whether you're Chinese or not, associates Chinese New Year with red envelopes. To be fair, getting copious amounts of money in the name of tradition is pretty awesome. But there is more to this celebration and a lot of us forget that it's not just about the dollar bills.

My parents never stopped to explain the whole concept of Chinese New Year. I learned by doing and by asking questions throughout the years. Even with 20 years of questions, I still don't have a complete picture of why we do what we do. So I figured it's about time that I utilized the almighty Google and do some research on Chinese New Year customs. Keep in mind that Chinese people tend to be superstitious (at least my family and relatives). As a result, some of our rituals are based on superstitions that were passed down from many many generations ago. Some of the things that I had to do as a kid definitely makes me laugh. I just didn't get it. But now, I'm more curious than ever. I want to learn how and why these New Year rituals and rules came to be.

Uh... what's Chinese New Year anyway?

Traditionally, the holiday is celebrated as a Spring Festival and it's the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. Chinese New Year follows a lunisolar calendar and it's celebrated on the first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar – the day of the second new moon after the winter solstice. The festival ends on 15th day of the first month, also known as the Lantern Festival. This year, Chinese New Year starts on February 18th and ends on March 5th.

Truthfully, I know nothing about the Chinese calendar and I only knew about this year's dates because of my parents. The coolest aspect of the Chinese calendar is that each year corresponds to one of 12 different zodiac signs and animals. It just so happens that 2015 is my year... meaning it's the year of the 羊. Because the Chinese character 羊 can mean both goat and sheep, I'm going to stick to Chinese so we're not lost in translation.

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    I have this best friend who I see about once a year (if I'm lucky). We met online when we were 16. I had a fashion blog. She had a fashion blog. And the rest is history. It's pretty miraculous how we managed to stay connected when one of us lives in California while the other lives in Boston. Now that we're both done with school and are enslaved by full-time jobs, we live completely separate lives. Yeah texting is cool and all, but real friendships need tangibility. It's also a trust thing. Like, will my friend get my back when I need it the most or is he/she just there to smoke my weed then dip out.

    So out of all the friendships and whatever-ships that I've been involved in, this one is probably the most unexpected. I have to make a toast to fate for this one. It started with blog comments. Then 5 years later, she's in London to visit me during my time abroad. I have this really awesome story... So we were outside Buckingham Palace, doin' our thang. We ran into a group of girls who started following us and saying konichiwa. We were like "No, we're not Japanese." And of course they continued harassing us and trying to prank us cause ironically they speak no English. Every time I look back at this very moment, I can feel that energy again. We were getting mad. My face was warming up and my hands were clenching into fists. I was ready to throw the fuck down. But just as quick as it all unfolded, the moment dissipated into thin air. As we walked away towards the rest of our day, I turned to Miranda and asked her if she was going to fight them. She said yes because we can kick their asses.

Taken summer of 2013 at Venice Beach, CA.

New York Kind of Winter

Grainy photos from our trip to New York. We spent the last days of 2013 trudging through fresh snow, falling asleep on the subway, hating Time Square, eating spicy Caribbean food, and freezing our asses off just to watch the fireworks.
The city was cold and so were we. Things were up and down. We were happy and sad. But by the time 2014 rolled in, we were glad to have each other. I know we don't always get along - but you are right... we don't hold grudges. We can't.
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Sightseer's Atlas I

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Took these photos during my trip to Costa Rica in September.
There was always something that would catch my eye.
Especially nice textures & pups with personality.
- 35 mm plus 3 rolls of film -
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It could all be over before you know it.

Remember this the next time you decide to not do something because it's out of your comfort zone or you have too much going on or you're feelin' lazy. Life can be long and it can also be painfully short. The beauty of life is that we can never predict what's going to happen tomorrow or even in the next five minutes. And anything is and can be possible. I know some people blame life for nothing exciting ever happening. But I really think these dudes should reevaluate. If you identify with everything I just described, please watch AFTERGLOW. I dare you to not want to do something epic.

Catch of the Day No° I

Catch of the Day

This was curated for one purpose and one purpose only. To visually stimulate and whet your appetite. Fall in Southern California is pretty mild so nothing too heavy over here. But I'm also a sandal kinda person so I never embrace boots season until I have to... and even then. Despite the fact that I hate socks - I'm down to go somewhere cold this winter. Have a try at winter sports. But for now, I'm easing my way into colder temperature. Currently somewhere in between. 

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