Category archives: places

  • Philadelphia | Summer, 2016

  • My visits to Philly this summer have been packed with festivals, colorful art, and lobsters! Take a little peek below. First up, the Italian Market Festival. The Strawberry Festival in Peddler's Village. We heard a lady at the strawberry stand proudly declaring, "No, these are not local![...]
  • New Orleans

  • New Orleans is such a unique city. With such a complex blend of French creole and diverse cultures, a vibrant round-the-clock night life, and the lasting impact of Hurrican Katrina, it's an endlessly colorful and interesting place. We flew down over Memorial Day weekend, staying for three nights and[...]
  • Art Around the Bay | Spring in San Francisco

  • Art-filled adventures around the Bay from this April and May! First off, Pace Gallery teamLab in Menlo Park. The main exhibits are very instagrammable. They're mostly different light installations that run on infinitely variable algorithms, so they are supposed to factor in human interactio[...]
  • An Art-Filled Weekend in Washington DC

  • Ahh, springtime in DC. I made it down for peak cherry blossom season a couple years ago as I was finishing up my Pointe of View series. This time, we drove down from Philadelphia the first weekend of April, missing the blooms by a week. But we still had a great weekend down in DC, headlined by the a[...]
  • Melbourne, Australia

  • We've finally made it to the final stop of our whirlwind tour through New Zealand and Australia: Melbourne. Our stay was only two days long, but we all fell for the city in that short time. Melbourne and Sydney have a running rivalry much like LA vs. New York or maybe LA vs. SF. (And Melbourne would[...]
  • Bondi Beach & Sydney, Australia

  • We continue the series with more explorations around Sydney, including a quick visit to the coastal shores of Bondi Beach. We start off again in Surry Hills, the neighborhood where we stayed for our three-night visit. Our airbnb was cute, but the windows did not have screens and I got eaten al[...]
  • Sydney, Australia

  • After a whole lot of anticipation, we finally made our way to Sydney, Australia. There was quite a bit of hype for the city, considering our friend did fall in love with it, quit his job, and move across the world to live there. And then he met a girl, fell in love with her, and was getting married![...]
  • Hamilton Island, Australia

  • We bid our early morning farewells to New Zealand and headed to Australia; specifically, Hamilton Island, a small resort island near the Great Barrier Reef. It's the kind of place where golf carts are the mode of transportation and housing comes mostly in the form of timeshares and hotels. On our ag[...]
  • Hobbiton | North Island, New Zealand

  • Hobbiton! On our last day in New Zealand, we made the three hour drive from Auckland down to Hobbiton, the famed set of The Lord of the Rings. We went for the full Hobbiton feast, with tours before and after sunset.   The set is actually on a sheep farm. When the location scouts initially inquired[...]
  • Auckland & Waitomo | North Island, New Zealand

  • We continue my journey through New Zealand as Jon, Pei, and I flew from Queenstown in South Island back up to Auckland in North Island and were joined by Young, Jessica, Karen, and Sam. It was a drastic change of scenery; despite being surrounded by plenty of nature, Auckland itself is very much a c[...]
  • The Road to Milford Sound | South Island, New Zealand

  • New Zealand's South Island is incredibly scenic. It's the kind of setting that lends itself to descriptions like 'awe-inspiring,' 'spectacular,' 'resplendent.' It's almost too much to take in when you're actually there, when every turn reveals a different, equally impressive landscape. Now, in hinds[...]