welcome home william

today the soap i used smelled exactly like the hand sanitizer required for entry into my brother’s wing of the hospital. it took me back and took me forward. i can hardly believe how much time has passed and how much time has flied. friday is my brother’s last day in the marine corps.

there’s sending him off to boot camp:

there’s one glimpse of him in boot camp:

there’s him graduating from boot camp:

there’s him almost dying (but not from the war):

there’s him surviving:

there’s him loafing around being bored:

and now, finally, there’s movement onto the next adventure. cannot wait!

on monkeys and love

whether or not you’re a valentine’s day fan, you can’t really say you hate love, so here’s a love story for you: when my dad met my mom, he had a sock monkey from his childhood. when my mom met my dad, she had a sock monkey from her childhood. my mom & dad fell in love, and so did the monkeys. now they sit atop the sliding door in my parents’ bedroom, keeping each other in good company.

as a bonus, here’s some love-y music for you:

happy valentine’s day!


to see in rectangles instead of squares

in the mail last week, i received my very own fuji instax mini camera, a thank you gift for the modeling i did for photojojo with the lovely lydia chen. (check me out here & here, if you’re so inclined.)

being quite fond of anything miniature, i have taken great liking to this new form of instant film, which shrinks polaroid’s 3×3 down to business card size.

here is my first shot:

admittedly, i ran around squealing after it developed and snapped more shots, which will be posted in due time.

though currently out-of-stock of the instax, i highly recommend the photojojo store for all your quirky photo needs. (fyi, they carry a lot of the same stuff as urban outfitters but without the exorbitant markup–the instax camera at urban is $130 and it’s only $90 at photojojo. film is cheaper, too!)