I woke up missing Los Angeles this morning. Probably because a few weeks ago I had dinner with my Californian friends who were visiting Paris. Or probably I woke up to a typically gloomy Parisian sky. Or also because last week, when I was in Lake Como, Italy, the radio in my taxi suddenly played The OC's theme song, Phantom Planet's "California". "California, here we come, right back where we started from, Californiaaaaaaa...." I mean, what are the chances?Read More
The photo above was taken by my younger brother at Santa Monica beach, right after my older brother and I got off the plane at LAX from NYC. It was my older brother's idea to go to the beach even though the sun was already setting because both of us hadn't seen the beach for a while, as evidenced by our touristy pose taking photos of everything with our phone. My younger brother, the one who lives in LA, was shaking his head the entire time, giving us a look of pity as he failed to understand why going to the beach was such a big deal for us. Yo, lil bro, let me tell you something, once you live somewhere that isn't surrounded by beaches, you will then understand our longing to feel the waves sweep over your feet against the soft grains of sand. You know, you never appreciate something until it's gone, that sort of thing.Read More
Because it makes me sound like a much better person than if I title this post "NYC.. For the Love of Cronuts". Honest, yes, but not selling the loving sister image that I actually am (I dare you to disagree with me, my dearest siblings!).
So, here's the story. Couple months ago, my older brother floated this idea that I should hop on the plane to visit him in NYC because he's relocating to the West Coast sometime in April. You know, once he's not living in NYC anymore, gone are my free accommodation and hot water in the shower.Read More
I think the 'Sur' in Big Sur is short for surreal because mannnn, this place is so so amazing and of course, surreal. I can't believe I lived in California for 5 years and had never been there before. So, don't make the same mistake I did, go to Big Sur when you get the chance to.
I went there during my summer break in September this year, I just haven't had the time to write about it. Actually that's bullshit because Lord knows how many nights I spent sitting in front of Netflix, watching Orange is the New Black and other films and TV shows. Honestly, how do some people get so many things done? More importantly, how do some people have the discipline to tell potential distractions, "Dude, stay out of my way!" ? Oh well, I'll try to get this done before I decide to go to Netflix again and resume watching Mad Men (Yes, I just started watching it last night).Read More
I am back in Los Angeles!! Although I'm not here as a permanent Angeleno, I'm so happy to be back in the City of Angels for 3 weeks. This is where I spent 5 very crucial years of my life. This is where I spent 4 years as an undergraduate student. This is where I had my first full-time job as a fresh grad. This is where I came to learn how to love, although still a beginner at that. This is where I broke my heart. This is where I laughed the loudest and cried the hardest. This is where random intersections trigger flashbacks and otherwise mundane objects set nostalgia in motion.Read More