PhotoJournal: Williamsburg

I had grand plans to find the NYC Waffle Truck with a friend today. Find them on Twitter here (they post their location everyday!).

But our plans failed...and...honestly...we didn't try THAT hard. :) We got lost once and then gave up. It was just too cold.
Instead we landed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A very cute, very cool place to spend a freezing afternoon. Plenty of bookshops, boutiques, cafes...
we even found a record store! 

We had a delicious lunch and coffee break. 
I was annoying as usual snapping photos all afternoon 
documenting everything we ate, drank, and looked at!

Still can't wait to find that Waffle Truck though. One of these days!!

Some of the highlights from our adventure above. My personal favorites were the record store, the coffee shop (Verb Cafe), our amazing lunch (i had a chicken curry salad!).

Here's a favorite quote for you today that I have been loving and mulling over this past week:

"I beg you...to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer."
--Ranier Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Here's to living everything. Even the questions.

Hope everyone's had a fantastic weekend!



   This morning I rolled out of bed in a very bad mood. I've had a nasty cold and flu for 3 days now, it was cold, I didn't want to go to work, and it was early. But then I peeked out my window and stopped in amazement.... 
it was SNOWING! My very first New York snow (I missed the blizzard over the holidays). This instantly put me in a better mood. Snow makes January seem cool, seem bearable, instead of just...bleh. Snow makes everything better, makes everything magical.  
After riding the train/subway and beginning my 10 minute walk to work from the station, I was still very much caught up in the land of enchantment. A Snowy New York City. But everyone around me seemed to be pretty pissed about the snow. Everyone was scowling and grimacing and complaining about it on their cell phones and...oh wait, this is New York... that happens every day no matter the weather.  ;)
It was lovely..felt like a whole other world!
But then, by the time my morning shift was over everything looked like this (above).
And this. Back to the good ol' January cold, wet, gray, concrete. meh. 
I work right by Columbus Circle, and I may or may not have stood under the blue tree lights by the Time Warner building in order to get that magical feeling back (above).
Here's a different exposure so you can see how blue it really is...pretty magical, right? I may or may not do this on a regular basis anyway.
Side note: I work a very random job, very near Carnegie Hall (above). My major in college was music...so every time I pass it, I always think about what it was like to be a music major...oh the ups and downs.
I also pass by this lovely little cafe on my way to work everyday. Ever since day one, I have always wanted to eat breakfast there. It just always looks so warm, cozy, and inviting during this cold, cold month. I fantasize about eating there on my way to work, usually because I don't want to go to work...and it's early...and it's cold. Today was no different. I wanted to be that girl, with that guy right there, checking out the menu (they decided to go in and eat). 
The menu is pretty expensive. Otherwise, I would make it a goal to go and eat there before I leave New York...hmmm, maybe I just will anyway.



My sister got married nearly three weeks ago already!! It was a beautiful ceremony...picture perfect really. Above are some photos of us growing up. She's younger than me...so you can probably guess who is who. :) And yes, my mom enjoyed dressing us up in matching "sister" dresses. I'll do a whole separate post on the wedding soon. But if you're the type who enjoys wedding slideshows of the couple when they were young (I'm a sucker for those), I thought you'd enjoy these photos. These are some of my favorites. Heck, if you want to actually see the whole slideshow I made for the big day you can find it on my facebook page!


Long Distance Call

I'm up way too late.

But I just gotta post this.

First, I have to start by saying I have this weak spot (soft spot...whatever) for a band called Paramore. I love them. You know how there are those bands, those songs that you can practically mark your life by? Songs that see you through both good and bad times? Well, through the years, starting with late highschool/early college, Paramore has been that for me. I have a whole list of reasons why I love them. But maybe I should save that for a separate post.

I'll just give you two reasons now :)

1) The transparency and honesty in their lyrics. Seriously. Look up any of their lyrics. You'll see what I'm talking about.

2) The fact that their lead singer is a 21 year old GIRL. She is a girl in a guy's world. Especially within this genre/style of music. The feminist in me loves this. I also love her voice. Again, look up anything on youtube and you'll see what I'm talking about.

Recently, I've begun listening to a French band that's exploded in popularity recently called Phoenix.

And tonight I found a video of Paramore covering a song by Phoenix called Long Distance Call for a French TV show.

So here it is! Enjoy!

Here's a link to the Phoenix original if you want to hear that too


New Year Baby

This is so beautiful. Words fail me.

I wish everyone I know could see this film.

All I have to say after attending a screening of this tonight are these words to my family.

And so to any of my immediate or extended family who may be reading this right now:

I love you.  I am so thankful for you. Your struggles are my struggles and your pain is my pain, your joys are my joys. It is all a part of me, a part of my identity, and I wouldn't have it any other way. To me, that is the beauty of our family. Thank you for your strength and for your loyalty, for the lessons you have taught me, and for the outpouring of love you have never failed to show me. I love you.



"...the sea's only gifts are harsh blows and, occasionally, the chance to feel strong. Now, I don't know much about the sea, but I do know that that's the way it is here. And I also know how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong, to measure yourself at least once, to find yourself at least once in the most ancient of human conditions, facing blind, deaf stone alone, with nothing to help you but your own hands and your own head..."

I made it back to New York this week. Above are shots of the sunset on my plane ride and the blurry descent into NYC. Today a friend came from Manhattan to visit me in Astoria. The bottom photos are of our winter walk in the park and finishing off the evening with chai tea and a batch of chocolate, no-bake cookies at my apartment. It was a fun, positive way to end a pretty hectic and at times difficult week.

I've been thinking about the Primo Levi quote above. I watched part of Into the Wild with my sisters over Christmas break. And I had forgotten about this quote, which is mentioned in the movie. It's been on my mind ever since...

One more thing...I recently got a chance to update my flickr, with my most recent 365 photos. Although I've already failed more than once, I definitely haven't given up on this resolution! :) Check them out if you have some free moments! Happy weekend to you!


Colorado Sunset

I've been wanting to post these for about a week...but tonight I finally have a breath to do so! My little sis got married on friday and moved to London with her new husband today! Crazy!

My youngest sisters take piano lessons out in the boonies :). I went to pick them up from their lessons the other day right when the sun was setting, and I jumped out of my car to grab the fading colors. Beautiful. I rarely get this view of the sun setting over the mountain range outside of the city. I'm also really liking the effect of the telephone poles for some reason.

I should mention that one of my New Year goals is to take one picture everyday for the entirety of 2010 and post them on flickr. I have already failed in the flickr area (not one picture has made it to flickr yet). But I hope that by mentioning it on here, I might feel accountable to taking and posting my "365" picture project. I was inspired by the blue hour.

How's everyone else doing with their New Year resolutions?


A Look Back:

In 2009 I graduated from college with a degree in music. I purchased my first DSLR camera. I said goodbye to warm weather, beaches and my dear friends in the place I called home for 4 years: California. I spent two months in India over the summer. I began this blog as a result of that trip. I moved to New York City, and I began a masters degree in social work at Columbia University.

It's been a whirlwind.

I don't have much to say about this year or about 2010. In so many ways it's been amazing, but I am also happy to see it go and for the new start that a new year brings. I am thankful to you for reading and sticking with me. And I am thankful to the blogging community for the inspiration, encouragement, honesty, transparency, art and creativity I find everyday.

Some of my favorite and personal best shots from 2009 are above. Not in any order. Here's to the New Year!