To be a kid again.
Got to see these beautiful people live again in Toronto! This time it felt a lot more intimate than it did in NY. Their presence, humour, and pure love for what they do radiates loudly. I’ve listened to them since middle school and they keep coming up with [e]motional albums. Epik High will always be high in my book. 😍
Go green, cause they are our friends and have the ability to kill us by cutting off our oxygen if we don’t take care. 🌿
I’M IN CHINA...town.
Was lucky enough to try out the new Galaxy S10+ and I’m pretty impressed by the versatility of the camera. Amoung the many new capabilities like word recognition shooting and hyperlapse, it even has manual shooting which is spot on!
Thank you @tahaphoto for the photo tips and hosting a lovely workshop.
A shoutout to @samsungcanada for giving us free phones! (Just kidding, although I wouldn’t mind the offer). Thanks for letting us test out the new phones. 😊
I liked this morning’s light and forced my dog to pose for me.
When I say “bo” you say “keh”
That time I got lost in Rotterdam.
The star life. 🌟
Dug up some past portraits. Craving to do more! 📷
Where art thou
The next horror movie.
I feel luckier already.
‘Fortune Flavors the Bold’ by Arezu Salamzadeh.
Missin’ Japan extra hard these past few days...
Stay bright like the winter lights.
Can yall see this canal
Since the ‘2018bestnine’ site only puts together photos based on “likes,” I decided to make my own because I feel like the ones chosen didn’t represent my true experiences this year. I still remember the feelings I had as I took each shot behind the camera. The feelings that emerged from these photos and the happenings that occurred around these events are much more important.
This year I’ve managed to make time to discover more of Toronto, Quebec, California, New York, and the Netherlands. I am forever grateful to have the opportunity to make new close friends along the way! I learned to not only follow what makes me truly happy (despite the anxiety of an unknown future) but also to really trust my intuition more.
And I mean REALLY trust it.
A big thanks to those who continue to support my creative outlets and who keep sharing their own experiences with the world! It’s been an inspiration to see all the travels, which I hope to do more of in 2019.
Let’s make it a swell one! 😊
What’s the coolest looking subway station you’ve been to
Into the fog.
Why can’t fall weather be forever
“...and then I grew up.”
Train to somewhere.
Time to reflect.
Need a light fix.
What would the thoughts of your mind look like
Workspace or spacework
Netherlands latergrams for the next few weeks! :)
Holland has been fruitful in cheese, windmills, bicycles, museums, and amoung other things elegantly gorgeous. I think for one, Amsterdam is a definite must-visit! The vibe was just right. Can only imagine what it’d be like during the springtime when all the tulips bloom. 🌷 💐
The only thing that I wish I did was to make some friends. I kinda chose to keep to myself on this trip and was pretty anti-social. On the other hand, I had time to observe and be present with the self which, helped relieve a lot of anxiety built up inside. Thanks Holland for that, really.
See you next time Netherlands! 🇳🇱
Obligatory sunset city-view to wrap up the last day of adventure in the Netherlands! I’ve only managed to scratch the surface but it’s been ultimately a pleasant stay. My favourite of Europe so far! (Sorry Germany). Rotterdam is the second largest city of Holland following Amsterdam. Despite the size comparison, I felt the shift into a more metropolitan feel immediately. Modern architecture dominated the streets and I managed to get myself lost walking aimlessly amoung the shops. Again though, we can’t hide from the waters. That’s still swell.
I was a little disappointed that today turned out foggy and rainy. Was originally going to make a trip to Marken which is an isolated picturesque island on the east coast of Holland with a guesstimate population of 1,810. I opted to stay in Amsterdam instead and visit more museums. This time to the Tropenmuseum, full of enthographic artifacts and a strange one being the KattenKabinet (Cat Cabinet). For the cat lovers out there, it contains works around the world depicting cats. Meowtastic!
Tomorrow onwards to Rotterdam! The last winter adventure day. Hoping for sunny weather!
Keeping true to my museum a day itinerary, I ended up visiting Rembrandt’s House Museum to see what it’s all about. Not knowing much about the artist Rembrandt..I was pleasantly surprised by his work in etchings and ability to teach many other pupils his techniques. If you are ever in Amsterdam, I recommend visiting this museum for the demonstrations too. Artists show you short processes of how etchings are made and how to make your own paint in real-time.
Meanwhile in Volendam, you can walk around the fishing villages and learn about how cheese is made at the Cheese Factory. An informative day to say the least!
There’s farm-life in Zaanse Schans and then there’s this. Right when I left the train station, I was hit right in the eyes with unique architecture like this bold-looking hotel. Sprawling shoppers are everywhere. Calming in a way..maybe it’s cause there’s no escape from all the water. And that’s quite alright with me.
Turns out I spent another half-day in Amsterdam. Zaandam is tomorrow for sure! I made the mistake of not bringing a plug converter (as outlets in Europe are different). Luckily, the hostel I was staying at recommended me to stop by the electronics shop the next morning.
I killed a pretty decent amount of time just hanging at Starbucks today waiting for my electronics to recharge. All the while, listening to a chirpy employee sing along with the Christmas music playing and making little jokes here and there to incoming customers. It was lovely to see the staff chatting with daily customers, like they were old friends. I don’t think we experience this kind of atmosphere back home but then again I guess I don’t spend enough time at Starbucks to notice it.
I’m falling for this city..from the luminous light work boat tours to the interactive botanical garden to the train hostel by an actual train station. Tomorrow, I am off for a day trip to Zaandam in search of windmills and an even quainter atmosphere.
So, this winter I decided to jump to Europe for a week. This time to The Netherlands! I’ll be exploring mostly around Amsterdam and make a couple of day trips to other areas.
Transportation doesn’t seem to be a problem here. They got the trams (streetcars), trains, local buses, ferries, and most importantly the bicycles! First thing I noticed in Amsterdam were the abundance of people on bicycles, despite the rainy weather today. They made it feel like a walk in the park (as I witnessed in Vondelpark). Families, children, couples and even dogs run alongside their owners riding merrily along. No wonder The Netherlands is amoung the top happiest countries in the world. Factor in the exercise endorphins and knowing that it’s better for the environment....we get happy. 😀
The works of fire.
The 6ix, 416, Toronno, The Big Smoke, T-Dot, T.O, YYZ.
What do you call Toronto
The year is 2049...
Goodbye fall. 👋
You were short and sweet.
I hope your sister winter will be kind to us this year.
It’s getting chilly out there.
“The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn’t matter which road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we embark.” - Barbara Hall
If Earth were to speak to us, what would it say
Lonesome nights but it feels alright.
I like to shoot on my downtime. It has made me more observant of my surroundings. Sometimes a moment just happens once- whether it be a convo between two animated people on the streets, a child looking wide-eyed at the dog park, or even the gentle swaying of trees amoung the sun’s rays. Getting to capture those moments is such a satisfying experience! I also love how a lot of it is intuitive and I’m always learning something new on every shoot. I can’t wait to delve deeper. 🔮
This rave was lit!
Actually this was ‘Waterlicht,’ a public art light installation for three nights designed by Daan Roosegaarde. The installation imitates a virtual flood making you feel like you are underwater, a comment on climate change and the rising waters.
I think that we both know the way that this story ends 🎧 // 📸: @ani.chemilian
I propose a name change to ‘Barksy Park.’ 🐕 🐶