Throwback Thursday ☆ Taipei In Instagram & 6 Impressions of Taiwan

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These photos pretty much summarize our trip to Taiwan during this past winter break in 2014 and New Year’s of 2015. I have posted those same images of our family trip in Taiwan on my Instagram account as well as my blog’s Facebook Fan Page. I have taken some other photos with my DSLR in order to write our travel recommendations of Taipei, Yilan, a town an hour-train ride from Taipei and Pingxi, an hour-drive or two-and-a-half-hour train ride from Taipei in the near future. If you plan on going to Taipei, I hope you will come back to my blog to get some of the recommendations. I can’t take credit for them, though. They were researched by our friends, Kara and Josh, who have lived there as expats and they know the best places to visit for visitors. Six Impressions of Taipei 1. Clean The city looked super clean […]

Monday Mode ☆ Yellow Rhino Shirt & Advantages Of A Third Child ☆ Le Petit Society

My son got this cool rhino shirt from Le Petit Society which I love. I often put this shirt on him because both my son and I love it, but also it’s very soft and cute! Who said boy clothes are not cute? After 5 years of dressing my oldest and younger girls in pink, pink and more pink and frills (thank goodness they grew out of that phase), it was very refreshing to see other earthy colors displayed in my son’s wardrobe. Le Petit Society does a great job with boy clothes designs. By the way, if you meet the minimum order of HK$1,200 (about US$155), the standard shipping becomes free for the selected countries. Please check here for more details. I spend a lot of time with my son especially since this past June. From my own experience, I see many advantages for kids who grow up as […]

Monday Mode ☆ Yellow Rhino Shirt & Advantages Of A Third Child ☆ Le Petit Society

My son got this cool rhino shirt from Le Petit Society which I love. I often put this shirt on him because both my son and I love it, but also it’s very soft and cute! Who said boy clothes are not cute? After 5 years of dressing my oldest and younger girls in pink, pink and more pink and frills (thank goodness they grew out of that phase), it was very refreshing to see other earthy colors displayed in my son’s wardrobe. Le Petit Society does a great job with boy clothes designs. By the way, if you meet the minimum order of HK$1,200 (about US$155), the standard shipping becomes free for the selected countries. Please check here for more details. I spend a lot of time with my son especially since this past June. From my own experience, I see many advantages for kids who grow up as […]

Snap Shots ☆ Summer 2013

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After we put a closure to our wonderful 3 years in Jakarta, my family and I flew to Tokyo. I stayed there with my 3 kids for 3 weeks at my parents’ place. During those 3 weeks, I hardly took pictures. Or blogged. Or used email. Part of it was withdrawal. The last month in Jakarta to prepare for the big move with 3 young children was exhausting. More importantly I didn’t have the time to do so in Tokyo. How do parents find the time when they take care of 3 young kids or more? Then I flew with my 3 kids, 8-year-old, 5-year-old, and 16-month-old, from Tokyo to the Washington metropolitan area to join my husband. With the jet-lag, I could hardly find the time to get on internet. I started taking photos again, but a week into my return to the U.S. I left my precious camera […]

Borobudur, Magelang in Central Java ☆ Street Photos ☆ Yogyakarta Trip

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On the second day of our stay in Borobudur in Magelang, Central Java (40 km/15 mi northwest of Yogyakarta), Indonesia, we did a sunrise tour at Borobudur. We all woke up at 4:00 a.m., so we all took a nap in the morning. The husbands kindly took our older children to a local restaurant for lunch for a change and adventure so that the wives could stay at our hotel, Saraswati Borobudur Hotel, and chill with the younger ones, but after they got back to the hotel, the husbands were tired again and took a nap. My son started fussing and I didn’t want him to disrupt my husband’s beauty nap. Plus, there is so much you can do in a hotel. So, I took him for a walk in a stroller. I strolled around on the street where the Saraswati Borobudur Hotel was located. I love peeking some local […]

Project KOI XV ☆ Acapulco Dining Table & Sledge Dining Chair

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These photos of the dining room set at the gallery on the second floor of KOI Kemang in South Jakarta, Indonesia, were taken in November, 2011. At that time I was 5 months pregnant and was not blogging much due to my nausea. Now it’s all good memories even the struggles during my third pregnancy. These photos have been forgotten to be used on my blog and recently I saw them in my iPhoto and thought I should post them on my blog. So, here they are. This dining set has an Acapulco Dining Table and Sledge Dining Chairs. The straight lines of the furniture makes the minimalist and clean-cut look. I like minimalist furniture with simple lines. My favorite style at the moment, however, is an industrial design that is more edgy such as in Project KOI XII and Project KOI XIII. As for the availability of this furniture, […]

Wednesday Wall2Wall ☆ Christmas Decoration French Inspired Red & White

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Here’s another inspirations for Christmas which I am very excited to present to you on my blog. My Japanese friend in Jakarta asked me a couple of weeks ago if I could take photos of the Christmas decoration at her home and then told me that it was her dream to have her home featured on my blog. I felt flattered and humbled. I knew that she has visited my blog, but I thought that it was because she was my friend and didn’t realize that she has actually followed it. She invited me to her home this week and I took the photos. She also cooked lunch for me! I arrived at the front door of her home and I saw a pretty wreath hanging outside. Then the door was opened and the white Christmas decor by Indonesian artisans welcomed me. She told me before how much she loved […]

Happy Halloween ☆ Tulisan

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I hope you had a fun and memorable Halloween this year! I decided to participate in a Tulisan Halloween Photo Competition. Don’t you think that would be a fun activity? I actually really enjoyed taking photos of the Tulisan items with a Halloween touch. I hope they will like mine because I would love to have their Premiere 2012 Gallery Tote as a prize! I hope that the people who were affected by Sandy would get their normal life back soon. My thoughts go out to those who are dealing with the damages the hurricane brought.

How to Make Play Date More Fun

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I took my daughter and her two friends to a play ground with my baby. It was a hot day. I was the only adult and thought “how am I going to entertain myself?” I wasn’t going to run around with the kids because I had to watch my baby son. I also knew that I would have to nurse him outside at the playground at some point. So, my solution? I took my camera. If you are not a type of parent who likes to run around with the kids, my advice is to take a camera with you and take photos of the kids. It’s a great way to take photos of children because they are having fun and you can capture great smiles and action moments. Also, you’re under the natural light which allows you to experiment photo taking in different angles and background. Needless to say, […]

50 mm lens

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There are times I cannot wait till my youngest, the third child, who is 5.5 months right now, starts kindergarten. Then other times, I wish my kids don’t grow up so fast. I want to preserve precious moments and expressions of my three kids. That’s why I take photos. I still have a lot to learn and have so little time right now, but I love taking photos. I snap away with my Canon EOS Rebel T2i with 50 mm lens in a hope that I can keep some decent shots with my kids. If I can have some photos that remind me of the happy moments with my kids when I am older, I’m good.