Her Name Is Beloved

Walking the streets of Shanghai, one may notice the people bustling past in rich garbs of fancy coats, expensive boots, toting quality purses—emblems of their high status in a diverse city. On the same street, an amputee beggar jingles a small bowl of coins in one hand, pulling himself along with the other while his…

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Endora + Mark | Together Through Sunshine and Rain

Endora and I met in the odd, in-between stages straddling childhood and adulthood, when I had already tasted the harshness of the world and begun to shy away from genuine connections. And yet I found myself disarmed by all the bubbly excitement that her exuberant personality holds. I wondered at her sweet innocence, unsure how…

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How to Organize Digital Photos

Although I wouldn’t consider myself a photographer by any means, I do take great enjoyment in documenting my life through the lens of a camera. From a young age, I crowned myself the official photo-documenter among my group of friends. Apparently I possessed a talent for capturing people at their least attractive moments [or so…

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January’s Mount Laguna Hike

Our year of dates idea was such a hit with us that we decided to continue with the tradition into this year as well. I successfully deceived Michael into thinking that I was too lazy to plan a whole year’s worth of dates again, so when he opened that special box for Christmas and saw the…

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Escape to the Desert | Joshua Tree National Park

About two hours away from our home base of San Diego lies an expanse of cacti, sand, and yes–tumbleweeds. It was here, where the wind swirls up colorful paintings with billowing sand, that Michael uncovered his fascination with the cactus. An interesting discovery, considering he spent most of his life in southern California, where there…

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Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Trail

Some places silently lie in wait–little known, undiscovered hidden groves of beauty. They seem to hold a pocket of tranquility amidst busy streets just rumbling beyond their borders. We wandered to just such a place, with paths strewn with leaves, with sunlight streaming through thick, winding branches above. A place of quiet, a place along a…

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A Spontaneous Weekend Getaway to Santa Barbara

Sometimes life starts to get a little overwhelming. Sometimes, getting away from reality for a bit can help free the mind trapped in an endless hamster wheel of duties, obligations, responsibilities. It’s a way to usurp the days of routines, to recenter, and reset.

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Anniversaries: Why We Celebrate Them

In a world so fascinated by the horrors and tragedies of human fallenness, I often find myself searching desperately for things to celebrate, to remind myself that in the midst of darkness, there is hope, there is light.

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June’s Visit to the Garden

We missed our May date, due to crazy busy-ness that month, but in June, we headed out of our home base of San Diego to the far-off world of Los Angeles. Indeed, Huntington Library is one of those magical places, where once you enter, it sweeps you into a land of history and culture. It…

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Hualien, Taiwan | Otherworldly Beauty

During our trip in Taiwan, we also visited 花蓮 (Hualien) with Tiffany’s cousin and his family. Hualien is located on the east side of the island and spans most of the eastern coast. It is basically a giant valley formed with the central mountain range on the west and mountains along the coast on the east.…

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