Category archives: places

  • After the Rain

  • It was mid-morning. I sat at my desk typing away at my emails, attempting to appease the multicolored starred and flagged messages crowding my inbox. Taking a break from the work, I glanced outside, and I spared not a moment before grabbing my camera and walking straight to the window.Stretched [...]
  • Recharging our solar panels

  • Let's sit in the sun. Karthik leads the way and picks out a good spot. We had grabbed a couple dogs from Top Dog and headed to the well-manicured lawn on the edge of Berkeley's campus. We eat and chat, catching up on each other's lives-- my after-school program and my photography; his long chain of [...]
  • Breathe deeper, slower

  • Even before you can spot the water or hear the waves crashing, there is a distinct scent that floats in the air. It's the ocean smell that welcomes you back every time. Add a setting sun, and it's a sensory haven. The kind of scene that makes you breathe deeper, slower.As we continued down the 4[...]
  • Lake Tahoe

  • Back on Labor Day weekend, we took a day trip to Lake Tahoe. Tahoe is that great big lake on the California-Nevada border, synonymous with amazing ski slopes three quarters of the year. But we checked out the summer version: empty ski villages and a day of beach hopping all around the top of the lak[...]
  • tafLabs & tafMedia

  • I've been working this week at Taiwanese American Foundation, the summer camp I've attended since I was ten years old. I'm serving as part of tafLabs, a new program in which we develop projects to make awesome things happen in our community.To see some of the multimedia work we've been doing, fo[...]
  • Napa

  • Getting a bit restless in the apartment, we decided to head up to Napa Valley for a day trip. First stop was a tour of Robert Mondavi's winery. We also hit Chandon for some bubbly and Jaccuzi/Cline for free tastings.Perhaps the best part of the Napa trip was that all the good wines i[...]
  • Pt. Reyes

  • Since I'm behind on updates, I've decided to just keep posting images from my adventures in no particular order. Here are two pictures from our day trip to Point Reyes a couple weeks ago. Jennie and Johnny were in the Bay Area visiting, so we grabbed a couple people and headed up the Marin coast to [...]
  • California Road Trip

  • Since I had a 4 days off for Memorial Day weekend, I talked Dan Garrison into booking tickets and flying over from Philly for some adventures from the Bay Area to Los Angeles. Pictures first. Then an overview of how our California road trip went down. Dan in front of Mann's Chinese Theater in Holly[...]
  • In My Own Backyard

  • San Francisco Bay Area. I am still endlessly amazed that I actually live here.Within the last week, several different friends have come and gone on their various Bay Area visits, and it's been a great excuse for me to rediscover the sights that surround me.Berkeley. The view from Ho Chie's r[...]
  • Pacific Grove

  • Sunsets are so obviously beautiful, every camera-wielding human being seems compelled to take a photo.Sunsets, flowers, cute babies... I guess I can't stop myself either.This is a collection of sunset images from Pacific Grove when we went on a spontaneous weekend visit back in March. It[...]
  • Another Look at New York

  • I am back in Oakland now. It's a funny feeling to be in a plane for 6 hours and yet still have a whole day ahead of me; I departed at 9am and arrived before 1pm. Between reading Shawna Yang Ryan's new book (Water Ghosts) and watching hours of DirectTV (thanks JetBlue!), I edited a couple more photos[...]