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Introducing one of my bffs of all times, May Chang (aka Princess May May):

May is hands down an incredibly amazing person.  I have truly enjoyed getting to know this thoughtful, elegant, gorgeous lady over the past five years, and she has proven to be a loyal, consistent friend throughout all of this time.  She lives in Long Island, NY, so we sadly don’t get to see each other very often, but I’ve been lucky to meet her a couple of times in Chicago over the past year, and we talk on the phone almost every week.

May is a part-time orchestra director at an elementary school and a private piano instructor.  She’s also a personal assistant to a really rich Chinese lady, and does things like go to Cancun with her on trips or take famous Chinese basketball players shopping…it’s sort of hard to explain, so I’ll just leave it at that.  Anyway, during her spring break, May came down to visit Chicago, so that was what brought me up north last week.  We had a fabulous time, and although we only got barely a day together, it was a wonderful, wonderful day.

May got a hotel room at The W on Lakeshore (a super awesome, trendy hotel) and we spent part of our day playing w/ all of the amenities and taking pictures.  We especially enjoyed the view of the lake and the bathroom window shutters!

We also had fun w/ the bathrobes (yeah, yeah, we’re dorks…)

Oooh la la!  Sexy princess!
As you can see, we had quite the fun time.  We also went to Chinatown to see Xiaoxiao, went to a Bridegroom Holy Week service at a Greek Orthodox Cathedral, shopped at H&M, and ran around in the rain getting soaking wet and taking taxis all over the place.
After a long, adventurous day, I hopped aboard the megabus to go home, soaking socks and dripping hair, but with a happy heart.
I ❤ u, Princess May May!
Camera: Canon t2i
Lens: 24-70mmL
Post-processing:  Lightroom 3

Chicago’s Chinatown will always hold a special place in my heart.  My dad is from Hong Kong, and ever since we moved to the midwest when I was five, we would make an annual trip to Chicago to eat dim sum and then get baked goods at the bakery in Chinatown.

Since my first visit, Chinatown has grown a lot and has become a great place to live in the city.  Fortunately, I have several friends who live, or have lived, in Chinatown, so it’s been a great excuse to visit and hang out, go to the bakery, eat dim sum, and drink bubble tea.  Our favorite bubble tea places are Joyees and Saint Alps.  Mmm Mmm good!

Here are a few pics from my last visit when I visited my friend Xiaoxiao.  She lives in an awesome apartment in the heart of Chinatown (pics to come) and she works at Pui Tak Center, teaching at the elementary school there.  Here’s a picture of her school:

Here is my favorite bakery!

Xiaoxiao showed us an awesome restaurant called Gourmet Foods Inc. w/ super authentic Chinese food for really cheap!

*sigh*  I love Chinatown.

**Click photos to see larger pic.

Camera: Canon t2i

Lens: 24-70mmL

Postprocessing: Lightroom 3

And blog neglect ensues…

But only 3 more weeks of crazy hectic school/work life before the school portion will be over!  Whoohoo!!  I must admit, I am not very eager or enthused about school anymore, and sometimes I worry that after all this time and money, I’m not going to even go into/like this field. I think the problem is that my main interest is counseling, not social work, so this hasn’t really been the education I was hoping for.  But that’s what I get for studying social work instead of counseling…

The good news is, it’s Good Friday, and Sunday is Pascha!  Almost exactly a year ago I was chrismated and baptized into the Eastern Orthodox Church, and it’s crazy to think it’s already been a year. I’ve barely scratched the surface as to what it means to live as an Orthodox Christian, but one thing I’ve learned–I am not a “great Christian” at all like I used to (foolishly) think. Don’t even ask me about my lenten experience…  But maybe starting with God’s mercy is where it needs to begin.  (Thank goodness for His mercy.) And I guess if anything, this brings me back to the realization that it’s not all about me in the first place…

The other good news is, I got to go to Chicago last weekend, and I had the most incredible time I’ve probably had since this 2011 year began. It was SUCH a breath of fresh air and truly a gift to get to visit with a number of incredible friends including:


Holly (taken w/ my brand new [awesome] Samsung Galaxy Pad)

Anna (taken w/ her nephew right before we hit the road to Chicago…it was very sunny…he really was happy…)

Phila (Who agreed to a photo shoot, so if you want more of this handsome hunk, keep your eye out for the soon-to-come Phila blog post)

and last but not least, May (more of May to come, too)

I stayed at my childhood friends, Drew and Zach’s place in Wicker Park, but unfortunately, didn’t get any pictures of them.  😦 Hopefully next time!

Well, enough daydreaming about Chicago for now.  Back to poopey papers…

Be sure to check back soon for more Chicago daydreaming with me!

Camera: Canon t2i

Lens: 24-70mmL



Camera: Canon t2i; 24-70mm L

Shot by: Michael Johnson

Postprocessing: Yours

I have never seen a night sky so clear and magnificent as I did on the island.  It absolutely blew me away.  You could see the milky way as plain as day, and every star so clearly you could hardly distinguish one from another.  Not to mention several shooting stars.  Unfortunately, I didn’t catch any on camera.  What an incredible universe we live in!


Camera: Canon t2i; 24-70mm L

I’m at the library doing everything but studying right now…thought I’d add updating my blog to the list!  Here are more of my humidity-infected photos.

(Last photo by Frederick Dunn)

PS #1–$1 bottomless coffee & tea at the new public library!

PS #2–I got all of these pics developed for free because the lady felt bad for the humidity-infection ^-^

Camera: Holga 135BC

Apparently extreme humidity has a pretty strong effect on film.  My Holga pictures turned out super blurry, but I actually kind of liked how some of them turned out. Here are a couple.  Have you ever experienced film distortion because of humidity?


Camera: Holga 135BC

One of my favorite parts of the island were the coconuts.  One of our friends, Jeffery, a Bahamian local who worked for the cruise line, was able to climb up the coconut trees like a monkey and get them down!  It was so awesome to watch.  My bf, Rick, was so inspired, he tried to do it as well, but just ended up with a bunch of scratches on his arms. So instead, he threw every possible thing he could at the coconut–large rocks, shoes, canoe paddles, until finally we got it down by lassoing it with a rope.  That night we feasted on coconut–that Rick split open with a hammer!


Camera: Canon t2i, 24-70mm L

(Last 2 pics compliments of Frederick Dunn)

Hello, bloggy friends.  I’m back!  Here are some pics from my summer vaca to a little island in the Bahamas called Little Stirrup Cay.  Turns out my bf’s bff’s fam used to own an island out there.  They sold it to the Royal Carribean, but the house his gpa built is still there, so we got to stay and have the island to ourselves when all the tourists left.  =Some fun times!  And of course, beautiful pictures…


More to come…


Camera: Canon t2i, 24-70mm L

(Last photo compliments of our South African diver friend, Ryan)

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