exploring beijing, china

Aug 15

really missing my time abroad in china :’( now I have just a week left of summer…can’t believe this is my last year at USF! definitely going to make the best out of it (:

really missing my time abroad in china :’( now I have just a week left of summer…can’t believe this is my last year at USF! definitely going to make the best out of it (:

Jun 27

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“my definition of healing is to restore a person to spiritual wholeness.” — what i hope to achieve… (:

Jun 17

stole this from my brother’s instagram ;D hahah anyways, yesterday had a wonderful day celebrating chay’s graduation! i’m so happy i was here to be a part of such an important occasion. family matters a lot to me, and i know most people would agree, but something about being close to the ones that know you the best just makes everything seem that much more enjoyable. much respect and love to my brother and family <3 im thrilled to be back home again (: next up for this month is the annual badger festival ! which means camping for a week in the sequoia national park, can’t wait :D

stole this from my brother’s instagram ;D hahah anyways, yesterday had a wonderful day celebrating chay’s graduation! i’m so happy i was here to be a part of such an important occasion. family matters a lot to me, and i know most people would agree, but something about being close to the ones that know you the best just makes everything seem that much more enjoyable. much respect and love to my brother and family <3 im thrilled to be back home again (: next up for this month is the annual badger festival ! which means camping for a week in the sequoia national park, can’t wait :D

Jun 14

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Jun 10

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Jun 05

“its not goodbye, its see you again soon.” —

last night we had a fabulous evening at one of the best vegetarian restaurants in beijing for our beautiful friend, tina. tina (also from san francisco) will be travelling to hong kong and taiwan with her boyfriend, andrew. its nice to know that when she gets back to san francisco, we can definitely hang out!

today i had a lovely, sweet farewell dinner with my good friend naoyuki. it’s crazy to think we’ve known eachother for 10 months now, and yet it feels like its been years (: im glad i had the opportunity to make so many genuinely kind and loving friends in beijing. its always hard to say goodbye, so i would rather say see you again soon. whether its in another time and place, i think our friendships will always stay the same. 

Jun 03

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Jun 01

last kouyu class group photo: farewell dinner for kate who is going back to korea
definitely going to miss her, its been such a pleasure being her friend and i look forward to visiting her soon or for her to come to california!! (:
update: happy june!! currently having allergies to god knows what, but by the help of my wonderful friends i am having a fast recovery :D not to mention i only have 11 days left! 

last kouyu class group photo: farewell dinner for kate who is going back to korea

definitely going to miss her, its been such a pleasure being her friend and i look forward to visiting her soon or for her to come to california!! (:

update: happy june!! currently having allergies to god knows what, but by the help of my wonderful friends i am having a fast recovery :D not to mention i only have 11 days left! 

May 28

“explore. dream. discover.” — 14 days left. just got back from the swimming pool with my roommate, Elina. when I was underwater i started to think about how this one year abroad has changed me, it makes me wonder: was this a dream? or was being home a dream, and when i left i found the real world? coming to beijing, made me really appreciate meeting so many incredibly fascinating people. living in beijing, made me adapt and find my own lifestyle to a whole new environment that i was completely unfamiliar with. beijing, i would say, became a home i never knew i would have. and in that sense, this year may feel like a dream but it was more real than anything i have ever committed myself to doing. i discovered my strengths, shared my dreams, and explored a country. a country that i hope i get to come back to again someday :D still so many places i want to see!

May 26


trying to make every moment count (:

this picture was from saturday night out with the girls at global club in wudaokou &lt;3 also went to the latin club, music was great! im going to miss these &#8220;summer&#8221; (isn&#8217;t quite the end of the semester here yet, but the weather sure makes it feel like it) nights in beijing~ had a wonderful weekend, finally bought my suitcase today and managed to bargain it down from 338RMB to 250RMB not bad eh? but i probably could of done better, but i was a bit tired (: then again what happened today is a whole other story&#8230;hehe, i&#8217;ll save that for my next post! 

trying to make every moment count (:

this picture was from saturday night out with the girls at global club in wudaokou <3 also went to the latin club, music was great! im going to miss these “summer” (isn’t quite the end of the semester here yet, but the weather sure makes it feel like it) nights in beijing~ had a wonderful weekend, finally bought my suitcase today and managed to bargain it down from 338RMB to 250RMB not bad eh? but i probably could of done better, but i was a bit tired (: then again what happened today is a whole other story…hehe, i’ll save that for my next post! 

May 19

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May 12

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” — Just wanted to wish my mom a very happy mother’s day! I had a wonderful talk with my her last night - i think we’re both tremendously excited about seeing one another :D So exactly 30 more days left till I’m home…! 

May 10

Group picture with my Kouyu class at a Spanish restaurant - thanks to my classmate and wonderful friend from Madrid, Diego for organizing the lunch! it was fabulous &lt;3

Group picture with my Kouyu class at a Spanish restaurant - thanks to my classmate and wonderful friend from Madrid, Diego for organizing the lunch! it was fabulous <3

May 05

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