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Jul 22

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pixelglo-photography:

A Picture Of Japan on Flickr.The stunning buddhist pagoda found in Ueno Park in Tokyo.
Jul 21

pixelglo-photography:

A Picture Of Japan on Flickr.

The stunning buddhist pagoda found in Ueno Park in Tokyo.

lanc3r:

A Hakosuka in the hills.
Jul 21

lanc3r:

A Hakosuka in the hills.

fuckyeahjapanandkorea:

Hyangwon-jeong by sergio_mges 
Jul 20

fuckyeahjapanandkorea:

Hyangwon-jeong by sergio_mges 

Jul 19

(Source: redxbean, via emoflwr)

Spotted this yesterday in front of the Empress Hotel, Victoria BC.
Jul 19

Spotted this yesterday in front of the Empress Hotel, Victoria BC.

After deciding to take the intensive route to wrap up my undergraduate studies, I haven’t had a chance to travel anywhere. I’ve been itching to go to far off places, & now that I’ve graduated, I have the chance to satiate my wanderlusting. It’s been too long, & this past week I’ve been road tripping across Oregon, Washington, & over to Vancouver & Victoria B.C.

People are beautiful, & nature is a powerful force, but all that just contributes to my human experience. Lionel, too, has been taking in a lot of sights, & I’m hoping he has learned something from it. Some of the pictures he’s posted on his personal IG account look good, he’s beginning to get a grasp on the basics of photography. I’ve decided to film & make a compilation video of him playing with his kendama during this trip, hopefully I can piece it together well enough to make it look cool.

I’ve listed some things I’ve learned on each of the cities I’ve stayed in. 

Portland, Oregon:
1) There are attendants at each gas station whose jobs are to clean & fill your tank for you. 
2) Portland can be muggy & very humid during the summer.
3) No sales tax!
4) Freeway speed is 55mph
** bonus: People here are VERY friendly.There are a lot of pierced & tattooed people out here too, & the Pearl District scenery reminded of Berkeley. They even have an Upper Playground boutique.

Seattle, Washington:
1) Pike Place Market is their version of SF Pier but with more hills, less seals, & more white people. Expect to see a lot of tattooed & pierced people, which translates to a feeling of normalcy for me.
2) Lots of bikes, lots of pedestrians.
3) It can hit up to 86%+ humidity out here. Lots of sweating.

Vancouver & Victoria, B.C.:
1) Driving around in Canada (especially in Vancouver) can be incredibly confusing. Not all left turns are protected, & if the turn is protected, it’s only for 3-5 seconds. Road signs are not clear, nor are they always visible. Canada does not seem to have shoulders on the road, & some lanes turn into parking spaces during certain times of the day. You have to be an aggressive driver out here.
2) Vancouver mastered the balance between a metropolis & living with nature. So much greenery, so many bridges, lots of skyscrapers.
3) A lot of washrooms (aka restrooms for us Americans) do not have toilet seat covers. They also do not seem to cater too much to individuals with physical disabilities (wheelchair accessibility, elevators, etc).
4) The currency exchange does nothing but literally change your USD to CDN. It’s just as expensive in Canada as it is in the Bay Area.
5) Tim Horton’s is basically the McDonald’s of Canada, it can be found EVERYWHERE.
*** I hope my parents retire in Victoria BC, it’s gorgeous here. Drinking age in Canada is 19 btw, my little brother can drink here next year.

I’m leaving Canada tomorrow, & getting on a ferry back to Seattle, to Oregon, then finally home on Sunday. I’m a little sad this trip will end, but I can’t wait to be back home & sleep in my own bed, in my own mess. I normally don’t openly express these things but due to the scant communication & no international data plan while out here, it made me miss Andrew that much more. We’re planning on going on our own trip in the near future, I’m hoping he falls in love with the places I fell in love with.

Things to do when I get back: do my nails, trim my bangs, & prep for my 2nd interview with an SF company in the FiDi! 

Jul 18
18th, July 2014
spotted in downtown Victoria B.C.
Jul 17

spotted in downtown Victoria B.C.

View from my hotel room, Victoria, B.C.
Jul 16

View from my hotel room, Victoria, B.C.

One of the best things about the Pacific Northwest is the sun sets way later during summer months <3
Jul 14

One of the best things about the Pacific Northwest is the sun sets way later during summer months <3

Jul 13

tuneage:

John Legend - You & I (Nobody In The World)

They are young and old, cis and trans, straight and queer, in sickness and in health, and they come in countless colors, shapes, and sizes. They are women, and for four minutes and 15 seconds, John Legend pays them the basic respect that half the world’s population is routinely denied. 

It is not a revolutionary video — at least, it shouldn’t be. Deceptively simple in form and function, You & I uses only a progression of medium shots of individual women. Presented with their totality, the differences fade away, and we are left with the fact that before anything else, women are simply and unignorably people.

That this is hailed as a radical political statement shows the sad state of our culture. But it makes such simple statements all the more important to make. 

I see the lovely lara-loves at 0:36-0-39 seconds :)

"Are you there bacteria? It’s me, Jaye." 

Gum Wall @ Pike Place alley - Seattle, Washington.
Jul 13

"Are you there bacteria? It’s me, Jaye."

Gum Wall @ Pike Place alley - Seattle, Washington.

Jul 13

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Jul 12

mhug:

セーラームーンフリーアイコン🌙

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Free icon.
Please do not redistribute.

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from Saiwaii Ramen on Irving
Jul 11

from Saiwaii Ramen on Irving