Tuesday, August 31, 2010

goodbye summer

Tomorrow, I’m leaving for Vancouver where I will be starting my graduate studies in Asia-Pacific Policy Studies at University of British Columbia. I have been looking forward to this new start. It won’t be my first time in Canada, but it will be my first time on the west side of the country. I am not afraid of going to a new place and to start a new beginning, because I believe this choice will bring me a step closer to my dreams – and that, for me, is enough to fill me with a sense of purpose and to take this path with a determined mind and a hopeful heart.

Demain, je pars pour Vancouver, où je commencerai mon programme de master en Asia Pacific Policy Studies à University of British Columbia. Je retourne au Canada une nouvelle fois, mais cette fois-ci je serai à l’ouest du pays pour la première fois. J’ai hâte à cette nouvelle vie qui m’attende dans cette ville encore étrangère. Cette voie que j’ai choisi d’y prendre, je crois, me rapprochera de mes rêves, ainsi que mon désir de travailler dans le domaine des relations internationales en se concentrant sur la region d’Asie-Pacifique. J’espère d’en bien profiter de cette experience autant au niveau académique qu’au niveau personnel.

Vancouver will be the 9th city that I have lived in and I bet it won’t be my last. Hope I will enjoy it and make the most of this experience!

Monday, August 30, 2010

17-Mile Drive, CA

Last weekend of this summer vacation.

3-eyed alien

Went to the beach and brought this little alien along!
I think it is the cutest character from Toy Story!!

"Oooh... an earthling"

Location: Monterey, CA

Sunday, August 29, 2010

une fée

a fairy

Magical effects created by making little waves in the pool and playing with the reflection of the sunlight.

( If you make tiny bubbles on the surface of the water, they will appear like golden sparkles in the water! ;) )

Saturday, August 28, 2010

making dumplings

I think my mother makes the best dumplings!

Friday, August 27, 2010


A mocha mousse kitty cake!

Sometimes I want to buy a pretty piece of cake just so I can take pictures of it; I don't actually crave to eat them. I didn't eat this one yet so I don't know if it tastes as good as it looks.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

vintage effect

Yay! I just learned a new way to give my photos a "vintage look" thanks to an article I found online. If you are interested, you can click here to see the tutorial. 

(Note: the tutorial is only applicable to Photoshop)

Original photo

With vintage effect

I like it!
I will post more vintage photos using this method in the future.


I am so sleepless every night!
Have too many random ideas floating in my head.
Already 2:30am right now...

more of San Fran

Applied a dominant colour tone for each of the following photos:






Monday, August 23, 2010

webcam shots

Tried out the built-in webcam on my new laptop.

*enlargeable by clicking*

Added effects:
Filmstrip effect from Tuxpi.com
Drawing stickers from FotoFlexer




Saturday, August 21, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hello Kitty

...car c'est cute!

Je l'ai acheté hier à Pier 39!

Regarde comme elle est mimi!!
Elle n'a même pas de bouche!

 Mon collier de Hello Kitty

Une nouvelle amie pour Patrick Star! =P

(ce sont des chaussettes)

I  Hello Kitty!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

black and white

Location: San Francisco, CA

Monday, August 16, 2010

Lake Tahoe, CA

First trip with my fisheye lens! 

I had a fun time at Lake Tahoe! The sky was so blue and the lake was so clear. The beach was very colourful with all the multi-coloured towels and sun umbrellas! Everything was just very pleasant to the eyes. I got to watch the sunset and it was beautiful! I sat by the lake with my camera and watched the the sky and the clouds change their colours. It was also fun driving a motor boat on the lake and riding a bike in the forest.

Good weekend!