Holga Film Archives

The humble Holga was my gateway drug to the world of film photography.  I picked up my first plastic-fantastic Holga camera on a whim while traveling solo in Europe in the early spring of 2008.  Looking back now, the rolls of film from that camera captured my formative years from just after graduation (into the... Continue Reading →

Summer in Japan Vlog P.3

We took a few fun day trips outside of Tokyo to explore Yokohama, Hakone, Kamakura, and Enoshima Island.  We checked out Yokohama's Chinatown and ate the unavoidable dumplings that people are queuing up for at almost every restaurant, ran around the wide open spaces around the old brick port buildings, and had a strange, only-in-Japan... Continue Reading →

Summer in Japan Vlog P.2

Skipping the usual sightseeing and enjoying the slow moments and laughing as much as we can. Tokyo Toy Museum was definitely the best hidden gem. Located in an old school building, the thoughtfully curated museum is partly a showcase of traditional toys from around the world and part indoor play structure. Bonus being the many... Continue Reading →

Summer in Japan Vlog P.1

Our summer in Japan last year began in Tokyo. We checked out the French chateau in Ebisu, ate at Joël Robuchon...the cafe, visited the Hie Shrine, saw all the blooms at the Shinjuku Gyoen gardens, had so much fun at Disney Sea, ate expensive sushi and cheap ramen, as well as many conbini rice balls.... Continue Reading →


Montmartre was a haven of struggling artists back in the day.  Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh...all have lived, worked, or socialized here--at Le Consulat or La Maison Rose--some point in time.  However, thanks to the fame of Amelie, Montmartre is also extremely popular with the tourists today.  Our hotel was right next to the Moulin Rouge,... Continue Reading →

Bonjour Paris!

It's been 10 years since I was last in Paris and the city was even more beautiful than I remembered.  Walking all day among gorgeous Haussmannian architecture, lavishly landscaped gardens, through museum after museum, across bridge after bridge, my senses were bombarded with beauty.  I loved wandering around the city, seeing how each arrondissement had... Continue Reading →

Top 15 Things to Do With Kids in the Bay Area

All things that go! Riding the ferry Riding the cable cars Riding BART Riding the Tilden Steam Train Museums!  Chabot Science Center - Planetarium movies are the best! Habitots Bay Area Discovery Museum Children's Creativity Museum Outdoors spaces! Oakland Zoo Berkeley Adventure Playground Jean Sweeney Open Space Park - awesome new playground! Alameda beach -... Continue Reading →

A Garden Grows in LA

Somehow it always feels like a vacation when we "escape" the fog of the Bay Area and come down to visit my parents in LA.  The sun doesn't hide around here and it's always the perfect temperature for splash pads, pools, and the beach.  All of which are on our to-do list.  We ended the... Continue Reading →

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