I’ve Been Waiting


This past year has been filled with many ups and many downs.

Whether I was dealing with financial issues or personal issues with friends, a small break from “reality” is what I’ve been waiting for. Going back to Hawaii is always a nice treat; I get to see my family and not pay for food since my mom is always cooking. #winning Although the initial plan to go to Hawaii was for two weddings, I lost my paternal grandpa to lung cancer in October, adding another reason to go back to the islands––as well as extend my stay through Thanksgiving. We haven’t done Thanksgiving as a family in a while, so it was be nice to have everyone together again.

With 2015 coming to a close soon, what are some things you’re looking forward to in the new year?

*Can I also mention that I didn’t alter the color of the water in these images? It was almost difficult to believe what I was seeing in person. The water had a cool, aquamarine color––the color of which is my birthstone. Eyyy!

Top Hanes
Jacket Zara
Pants ASOS (similar here)
Shoes New Balance (similar here)
Bag Amazon

Photos by Sarah Tengan

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Sending Postcards


When I was younger when we were traveling, I would always have my parents buy me postcards, but I never sent any to anyone.

It was more of a souvenir than something to send someone. Sending postcards never became a thing for me because I never knew my friends’ addresses, which would have helped. When I toured Europe with my parents when we used to live in Italy, I would always take charge of the Minolta film camera we had and would try to photograph postcard-worthy photographs––whether it be scenic or a statue of something.

One of my favorite spots on the island is this scenic point right after Hanauma Bay––if you’re coming from town. It gets quite windy here, but there’s something relaxing––and a little nerve wracking––about walking down to where the waves crash along the side of the cliffs. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a pretty gnarly photo with the waves crashing behind you.

Is there a place you enjoy visiting that’s a little dangerous? Let me know where!

Top Zara
Pants Topman
Watch Casio

Photos by Sarah Tengan

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Backyard Bowls


It doesn’t really sound like what you think it would be.

Backyard Bowls offers acai bowls, teas, and smoothies that are perfect to start the day or to have as a mid-day snack. Tiff and I decided to check out the new location on Beverly, located right next to Blue Bottle Coffee. Kind of by default, I ordered the Island bowl, which had Granola, Blueberry, Strawberry, Coconut Shavings, and Honey.

I still gotta try other things on the menu. What are some other places in LA to grab a divine acai bowl? Let me know!

Photo by Kevin Ipalari

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