Life updates (summer vacationnnnn)

Hey y’all, I am back! I know I haven’t updated my blog for a month. I started working in school and about to start taking driving lessons during this summer. And now I have more time to shoot more and explore more places in NYC. This summer is going well so far. I have been multiple places and events. However, working in school makes me feel like I am not having my summer vacation at all haha. I like working though not going to lie, at least I am not staying home and doing nothing. 

Last Saturday, my friend and I went to Brookfield Place, we went skateboarding. I have’t skated for a year or two, but I slowly pick it back up. The weather wasn’t so nice at first, and I was afraid that I would make my board wet. Luckily, the weather turns better as time went by. We skated from Battery Park up to SOHO. 

Here are some pictures I took throughout the day, 

“I am good”

How are you?

How have you been? 

How you doing? 

We usually answer “I am good” to these questions, but are we good actually? 

How many times we actually lie about how we feel to others? 

How many times we actually feel sad or depressed? 

Why do we hide our feelings and emotions to others? 

Why can’t we share our thoughts honestly? 

It’s okay to say you are not okay, it’s okay to say you feel sad. 

It’s okay to be honest.  

It’s okay to say “I don’t feel good today.”

Chilling in West Village

These are taken on May 24th at West Village. Me and my friend, Axel went to West Village just to walk around. I mostly asked him to take pictures of me because I was dressed up to all black.

The weather was really good that day. I also tried street photography, I asked a random girl on the train if I can take picture of her because her makeup caught my attention. 

Photos were taken by Canon EOS Rebel SL2, with 50mm f/1.8 lens. 

Visiting a friend

Photos are taken on May 23rd when I visited a friend, Cindy. She recently moved to a new apartment and adapted a doggo, her name is Alma. She is only 6 months old. She is such a cutie and I had a great time with both of them 🐶

Photos were taken by Canon EOS Rebel SL2 with 50mm f/1.8 lens. 

The Spot

Forest park and Victory field is always my hang out spot because I live around and I used to practice there when I was in track team in my high school. Today, me and my friend went to the old spot, we called it the “abandoned railroad.” This is the spot where everyone in my high school would mostly go and hang around. 

The photo above was the first time going there with my friend, Melissa. Funny story was that my friend and I actually got lost in the forest and couldn’t find this spot. When we were planning on leaving, we found the route to get to the railroad. This picture was taken when I just graduated from high school. 

Today me and my friend, Joseph, randomly went back here, and I think it would be a good chance to take a photo with the same posture. This time we didn’t get lost going to the spot, but we got lost on our way out LOL No matter I am graduated from high school or not, this park is and will always be the great spot hanging out with my friends and workout. 

I also had a photo shoot one time during winter with my friend, Axel. I wore the wrong pair of shoes that day, and it wasn’t fun. It still had snow everywhere, and it was hard to walk. However, I love the photos we got that day, especially we went around the time when the sun was setting. 

My film photography journey

Soooo, I was looking back the photos I took using film camera, and they remind me of the first picture I ever taken using a film camera. My friend Kevin was the person who taught me how to use a film camera. There’s a scale in the viewfinder. All you need to do is adjust the aperture and shutter speed in order to make the “needle” stay in the middle of the scale. It mean it’s at the right exposure. 

This is the first picture I took using a film camera. Later on, I asked my uncle to borrow his film camera to me, and this is how I start my film photography  journey lol I really love the texture of the pictures, it’s so raw and it’s something digital camera can’t give you. Of course you can edit your picture and make it look grainy but it’s different. Also, film photography is always giving me surprise because I don’t remember what I have taken most of the time, and the photos only be revealed when you develop and scan them. 

 I will post more photos in the future and the stories behind them, so stay tuned!

Beanz and Coolman

Last Saturday I went to a pop-up store at  368 Broadway, and it’s owned by Casey Neistat

This event is organized by two main artists: Harry Hambley and Danny Casale

I know Harry Hambley through the sticker on Instagram. The character he created is called Bean (the pink guy at the right). His instagram page usually post the little comics and most of them are so related to our real life. 

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And Danny created many different characters. I know him from Facebook videos. The one I love the most is “Snakes have legs.” I love his videos because they are funny, it’s stupid but it’s funny lol

I am excited to know that they collaborate with each other and having an event in NYC. The pop-up store opened at 2-6pm, and they provided free coffee. There’s many decorations in the store which allowed people to take pictures with. They also sell their merch. I am glad that I can see both of the artists and tell them how much I like their works. It’s not easy to create a character and be famous from it. I think their humor also a big part why they are famous. Also, the people who went to the pop-up store were so nice. You can just talk to a random person and you can start a whole conversation with them. I remember my friend and I was talking with a guy in the store, we talked about tattoos, and he just show us his tattoos. 

Here are some pictures I took in the event. 

Sweet moment ☕️

The weather during spring break was horrible. It’s raining and cloudy all the time, so I barely went out.

On Sunday, me and my friend went to Chinatown because we been staying in the house for so long and we wanted to go somewhere. There’s a cafe called “Sweet Moment,” and the food over there is really cute. I ordered a strawberry matcha waffles and a red velvet milk tea.  They were tasty!!!

Then we just walked around and walked to SOHO. It’s my friend’s first time to go to Chinatown, so I showed her around. It’s a fun day, and that’s the only day I actually hung out during this break. 

In the Dark

Recently, I keep listening to one song. It’s by Joji named “Slow Dance In The Dark.” 

Joji used to be a famous Youtuber, and he always do some weird stuffs on his channel. I don’t really like his videos because I always think he is promoting some kind of weird message. Maybe his jokes are too dark? IDK

But holy shxt, once he announced he will not produce any videos and start becoming a singer, I didn’t give any hope because I think he will sing some genres which will sound strange. I changed my thoughts after hearing this song, and it’s amazing.

The song and the music video create a depressing mood. I like to listen to it when I am laying on my bed and just put on my headphones. It’s a good decision for him to be a singer because he is really talented, and he has a good voice. 

Being Late=irresponsible⌚️

Let me give out some background stories…

Basically I have started working with my professor for some research this semester. I got my training and courses done, so I can collect data on my own.

This research lasts three days per participant, so they need to come for three days straight to the lab. 

Last week, we got one participant who was late for three days. His appointment was 1 – 2 pm. However, he got to the room at 1:45pm. We have told him to be on time the next day, and said he will. However, he is one dat later than the other. 

As the result, we had to cancel his appointment and gave him partial credits.

To be honest, we would hope you to be on time to our lab is because we have tight schedule. I think in every situation in general. Being on time means you are responsible in a time manner and respecting other people’s time.  Being late for 3 days straight is really ridiculous. 

I still remember he told me that he usually go out this time because his class is at 2. Ummm….. If our appointment is at 1 pm, should you be leaving your house one hour earlier then?

Hopefully this case won’t happen in any participants in the future.