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Mar 25, 2014 / 2 notes

I saw a photograph of the Radcliffe Camera in Oxford today while on Facebook, and my heart ached.

Does anyone else ever have travel regrets?  Because I’m disappointed that I spent some seven or eight months there and didn’t do…more.  I feel like I should’ve tried to sneak into the library and stay the night, or grab a kebab from a food truck and sit on the unfortunate cobblestone just staring at it.

But new adventures, right?  It’s so hard to say good-bye to the old ones sometimes (but then again, who’s to say that bit’s over?).

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Mar 4, 2014 / 7,528 notes
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?"
“The only way out is through.
Margaret Atwood’s interview with the Guardian (via lascapigliata)

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Chinatown, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
photo by thisoysterismyhometown
Jan 14, 2014

Chinatown, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

photo by thisoysterismyhometown

en route (by train) to New York City
It took me approximately eight hours each way to get from my home to New York (and then another eight to get back).  The journey was beautiful both days, and my traditional hatred of Amtrak has subsided (somewhat).
photo by thisoysterismyhometown
Jan 4, 2014

en route (by train) to New York City

It took me approximately eight hours each way to get from my home to New York (and then another eight to get back).  The journey was beautiful both days, and my traditional hatred of Amtrak has subsided (somewhat).

photo by thisoysterismyhometown

sky en route to Tunis, Tunisia
I’ve been experimenting with Pixlr, which is an amazing (and free) photo editing software.  I don’t know if I’d posted this image before (it wasn’t well-framed), but I edited it so that it captures the way it felt to me…and I’m rather proud of it now.
photo by thisoysterismyhometown
Dec 10, 2013

sky en route to Tunis, Tunisia

I’ve been experimenting with Pixlr, which is an amazing (and free) photo editing software.  I don’t know if I’d posted this image before (it wasn’t well-framed), but I edited it so that it captures the way it felt to me…and I’m rather proud of it now.

photo by thisoysterismyhometown

thelastenchantments:

A sunrise panorama of Oxford’s dreaming spires…

I’ve been missing Oxford recently, for reasons that I don’t quite understand.
Rose-colored glasses?
Dec 6, 2013 / 240 notes

thelastenchantments:

A sunrise panorama of Oxford’s dreaming spires…

I’ve been missing Oxford recently, for reasons that I don’t quite understand.

Rose-colored glasses?

Nov 30, 2013 / 2 notes

Just bought a fancy camera!

My philosophy was previously to not own a camera worth stealing…

but a good camera does make such a big difference.

shaved ice shop | Ximending, Taipei, Taiwan
Celebrating my 21st in Taipei with shaved ice and legal vandalism.
photos by thisoysterismyhometown
Nov 17, 2013 / 1 note

shaved ice shop | Ximending, Taipei, Taiwan

Celebrating my 21st in Taipei with shaved ice and legal vandalism.

photos by thisoysterismyhometown

Nov 12, 2013 / 1 note

MIA

I realize that I haven’t posted much recently.  The job search is on, and it’s been…stressful.  The occasional crisis has me wondering what I’m doing with my life.

I’ll be in New York City for a few days over winter break to catch up with some old friends, then Alaska for a week after graduation.  In the meantime, I’ll mostly be renovating rather than updating this blog.

aseaofquotes:

Peter Cameron, The Weekend
Nov 10, 2013 / 1,406 notes

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Peter Cameron, The Weekend

view of Taoyuan | Taiwan
My mother’s siblings are (I-Guan Dao/I-Kuan Tao) missionaries, so although they were all born and raised in Taiwan, none of them live in Taiwan any more.
I hadn’t seen my aunt who lives in Belize for over a decade, until she came to Taoyuan last summer.
One of my other aunts (on my father’s side) was consistently confused when I referred to my aunt in Belize as wan dwa yi (I assumed it was all Taiwanese), and I thought it was because my Taiwanese is the worst.
As it turns out, “wan” isn’t Taiwanese, it’s “one” in English because my brother translated a Chinese custom of numbering people by sibling birth order into some English-Taiwanese hybrid of “wan dwa yi” and “tu dwa yi”.
So that mystery’s been solved.
photo by thisoysterismyhometown
Nov 5, 2013 / 1 note

view of Taoyuan | Taiwan

My mother’s siblings are (I-Guan Dao/I-Kuan Tao) missionaries, so although they were all born and raised in Taiwan, none of them live in Taiwan any more.

I hadn’t seen my aunt who lives in Belize for over a decade, until she came to Taoyuan last summer.

One of my other aunts (on my father’s side) was consistently confused when I referred to my aunt in Belize as wan dwa yi (I assumed it was all Taiwanese), and I thought it was because my Taiwanese is the worst.

As it turns out, “wan” isn’t Taiwanese, it’s “one” in English because my brother translated a Chinese custom of numbering people by sibling birth order into some English-Taiwanese hybrid of “wan dwa yi” and “tu dwa yi”.

So that mystery’s been solved.

photo by thisoysterismyhometown

camera candy from papabubble | Taipei, Taiwan
A friend and I went on a scavenger hunt for artwork scattered across a number of small cafes, boutiques, etc. in Taipei near Zhongxiao Dunhua MRT station.  This store happened to be one of them, and I admit I’m a sucker for novelty candy.
Oct 29, 2013

camera candy from papabubble | Taipei, Taiwan

A friend and I went on a scavenger hunt for artwork scattered across a number of small cafes, boutiques, etc. in Taipei near Zhongxiao Dunhua MRT station.  This store happened to be one of them, and I admit I’m a sucker for novelty candy.

Oct 22, 2013 / 1 note