Vancouver, BC

In March (better late than never!), I visited a couple cities in the Pacific Northwest, which include Portland, Seattle and Vancouver - and also San Francisco (why not, it's close by). I was in Vancouver for 2.5 days and it was raining most of the time, but the city left a good impression. People are friendly, sushi was cheap and amazing, public transportation was easy to navigate and the mountain views were amazing.

Can't leave Vancouver without going to Capliano Suspension Bridge.  During rainy season, the fog lingers around throughout the day. This makes for a super cool photo effect, but a bit terrified when I could not see the other side of the bridge.  Walking on the bridge was terrifying. The bridge swayed and it felt like it was going to flip! My knees were shaking when I walked across the bridge. And I made it across! Later I found out I had to cross back to leave the park. 

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Vancouver
Vancouver
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Vancouver
Vancouver
Vancouver

Sushi in Vancouver is super cheap, even cheaper after the conversion rate. Plus, the sushi is delicious and fresh, especially salmon. I recommend Shizenya along Hornby Street. In fact, during my short stay, I ate at Shizenya twice!

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Beaches in Vancouver are close to the city center.  Obviously I did not expect anyone at the beach in March, but locals tell me residents are at the beach all the time during the Summer.

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Exploring downtown Vancouver:

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Vancouver
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Vancouver
Vancouver

I wish I had more time to explore Vancouver under better weather conditions. I would go hiking and explore other islands near the downtown area. I'll be back!

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Cherry Blossom Obsession

Social media is a blessing and a curse. Mid-March, photos of cherry blossoms were popping up on my Instagram feed. Location of blooms varied all over the northern hemisphere, including London, Portland (Or), Washington DC, Paris...EXCEPT New York City. Based on my research, when temperature is cold, cherry blossoms are shy and bloom late. March was a chiller month in New York, leaving trees bare and my heart empty. Winter blues were cured the second week of April, when I saw the first cherry blossom post on my Instagram news feed. That's when the obsession began.

First, the hunt lead me to Battery Park City. Right next to Brookfield, these cherry blossoms are at a prime location for families. They were planted along the grass in the shape of a circle, allowing space for family picnics and casual football:

Cherry Blossom 2017
Cherry Blossom 2017
Cherry Blossom 2017

My next cherry blossom quest lead me to Central Park, specifically Cherry Hill. It's called Cherry Hill for the beautiful cherry blossoms planted in the area. Cherry Hill is a beautiful spot, next to the bow bridge with the Langham apartments in the background. Let's say, Cherry Hill was a popular spot for selfies, casual passerby, tourists (who loved blocking my shot - mind you, I have a big DSLR camera that no one can miss), and giggly children with their parents.

Cherry Blossom 2017
Cherry Blossom 2017

I continued walking south Central Park until I reached the northeast corner of Sheep Meadow. It was hard to miss the two pink trees in a big green lawn. This view was my favorite because of the way the Hearst Tower was framed by the branches:

Cherry Blossom 2017
Cherry Blossom 2017

Unfortunately, the peak bloom did not last very long. My attempt to see cherry blossoms at Sakura Park was a failed mission. The vibrant pink colors as seen from Instagram tags faded into a green blurb by the time I reached.

Next year, I have a target mission to Washington DC for the famous cherry blossom bloom along the Tidal Basin. I'm a simple girl - give me some cherry blossoms in a silver platter and I will love you forever.

Snow Day in New York

Snow Day

While everyone was freaking out about the Blizzard of 2017, I was preparing to photograph the major snowstorm. I was inspired by photos from last year's blizzard that shut down NYC. This year, I braved the wet snow and snagged some shots in Chinatown early in the morning.

I will admit that I was not prepared this year.  My camera is not waterproof and I did not properly take care of it. My lens could fogged up and the condensation could caused permanent damage. Also, I was not wearing the proper clothing for being out in the wet snow for hours. These are lessons I've learn for next year!

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Snow Day
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Snow Day

The calm after the storm:

Snow Day
Snow Day

Macaron Parlour

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My sister and I are big fans of Macaron Parlour. Their ice cream macaron sandwiches are delicious and refreshing during the summer . This season, they made rooster macarons for lunar new year and heart macarons for Valentine's Day. East Village 111 St. Marks Place Between 1st & Ave A 212-387-9169 https://macaronparlour.com/

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Year of the Rooster!

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Welcome to the Year of the Rooster! There are all kinds of celebration around New York, but the main highlight starts in Chinatown, Manhattan. The local streets in Chinatown are blocked off for the crowds watching lion dances and confetti poppers.  This year, I decided to brave the crowd and snap some shots of the celebration along Bayard Street.

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The kids are the cutest! They remind me of when I would skip grade school to see the lion dances. The lions would climb on ladders from store to store. I would throw poppers on the ground and squeal every time they popped.  These are the best experiences growing up as an Asian American.