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It rained all day today so I pulled out my scarves from my bar trip to do this shoot. I chose this pink one to contrast the blue of my shirt, and to match my pink rainboots! I had my brother stand under the porch the whole time while I stood out in the rain. Priorities! Camera stays less wet than me always!

During the day, my news ticker showed that Steve Jobs had passed, and I was deeply saddened that such a great man had so little time on this earth. One of my favorite quotes from his commencement speech at Standford stands out in my mind today, and I hope that his message will continue to inspire generations to come.

“If today is the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? If the answer is no for too many days in a row, I know I have to change something.  Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.  Stay hungry,  stay foolish.”  – Steve Jobs

 bloomingdales umbrella, pink scarf from china, banana republic royal blue shirt, target rainboots

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August 08


Saw these flowers in the Asian Garden Mall. Aren’t they beautiful.



March 21
This post is a few days late, but I haven’t had the desire to blog much lately. I haven’t gone anywhere, taken any pictures, nor done much of anything in the last week really, so blogging was left on the backburner while I catch up on my reading and watching TV.  Last Thursday, however, my two best girlfriends from high school came over to hang out, cook, drink wine, and catch up. We hit up the local Trader Joes, bought everything we could possibly want for dinner [which is a lot], and went to town.

“I’m not an expert on the places I visit. I’m not an authority. I’m a traveler, a visitor, an enthusiast. Is it possible to feel hollow and enriched at the same time?

Travel isn’t always pretty, or comfortable. Sometimes i hurts, breaks your heart even. But it’s ok. It changes you. It should change you. It leaves mark on your memory, your heart, your consciousness, and even on your body. You take something with you, and hopefully, you leave something good behind. Where to next? Your guess is as good as mine.”

February 15
I realized at 5 pm today that it was Valentine’s. This damn bar has made my days blur and I actually mistook today as a Sunday. I’ve never celebrated this holiday, even when I was in a relationship. It just seemed less special since everyone else was celebrating it, and the incredible amounts of mushy-ness drove me insane. Nonetheless, I’m not that cold hearted.  *_*  I thought about wearing red today, and even pulled out a dress that’s really cute to wear out…but I didn’t go out… Read more …
[one of the best messages to convey love i found yet]

my beautiful girl,

you are asleep beside me, and despite the deep rumbles and grating gears of the passing vehicles on the highway outside our window, I feel so content, listening to your breathing, and the wind in the tall backyard tree, and now it is silent of all cars and trucks and roadnoise, and now it is nicer than it was before. with you I have learnt the most about myself, and consequently the world, and with you I am calmest, clearest, happiest, realest, warmest, and all other superlatives that could be used to describe just how right things are with you. I have said it a few times but I’m not sure I’ve ever truly been able to express just how much I appreciate you, your presence in my life, all of the things I have learnt from you both directly and indirectly. the world will change and change often, sometimes dramatically, but I know our love will always remain. we are the strongest of the strong, and I will never leave your side.

thank you for all that you have blessed me with. i am indebted to you.

yours for all time, and timelessness,

louis vuitton the journey tv commercial circa 2008
the journey is not a trip, nor a vacation .
it is a process . a discovery . 
a self discovery
bringing us face to face with ourselves
to show us not only the world
but also how we fit in it
does the person create the journey
or does the journey create the person?
the journey is life itself
where will life take you?


some jewelry we bought in cambodia

I reflect a lot on long rides in between cities and countries. The rides are usually pretty quiet after the initial confusion of how to fit backpacks in the vehicle and where to sit in correlation to it so that I have an eye on my pack.

I prefer to travel by ground rather than flight because I get to enjoy the scenery and the local life, although they take about 10x as long to arrive to my destination. Half the fun and experience is how I get there! There has not been one completely smooth transaction in how we travel from one location to another since we landed in Southeast Asia… and I wouldn’t have it any other way. If something goes exactly according to plan, we are so incredibly thankful for it, and I find that amusing since a tiny little thing like arrival time in the US would have caused a gigantic hoopla about false advertising. Here, I lightly brush it off as something that is bound to happen, and i just add about 2-3 hours to the estimated given time. I have learned humility, patience, and understanding of the harsh culture that surrounds me, and I hold that dear to my personal growth.

We have been up since 6 am today. I’m sitting on the 3rd bus of the day going from Siem Reap to Bangkok. It’s been an 8 hour ride with stop and go traffic and intermission at the border in Cambodia and then again in Thailand. We took a minibus to the border of Cambodia because our bus overbooked (of course it did!) We are traveling with about 20 other backpackers like us and we were all collectively confused as to the actual arrival time, where to go after each border crossing and where to stay for the night. I love seeing them in one place, splitting up to go our separate ways and then randomly meeting again later in another destination to catch up on what we did in the last leg. We have a small group we met on a bus to Phnom Penh that is going on our same route until Bangkok (same same but different!!!! *_*)

We have met some incredible people along the way and I learned of travels that I could not do due to pure lack of stamina (pedaling a bicycle across 2 countries?!?!?!) but also of travels that are so inspiring that I now have new goals to visit India, Laos, and even Hoi An in Vietnam. All of these places were not on my list to see anytime soon but now they are top of the list for the next big trip!

I might also remind everyone reading this blog that these posts are my personal thoughts, opinions and emotions. Kat and Tien, my two travel partners may have some similar experiences but different viewpoints about our travels. Since their respective blogs and facebook are not working, I am trying to encourage them to post what they feel and sign it in my blog so you have a more complete idea of what we are experiencing together. I post pictures and some collective thoughts on the places we have been to but the observations, insights, opinions and journal entries are still mainly from my point of view. I hope that you enjoy reading this blog; it is my personal journal but it helps keep me motivated to blog when you are reading and commenting! *_*