Everyday Life

April Is Here + “Wabi Sabi in Hanoi”

Being an introvert, I love these past few weeks of “staying home.” Just want to make sure I’m doing my part to “flatten the curve.”

Flowers in the hood are especially pretty this year.
I feel lucky to be able to walk Max among all this beauty from nature.
The beginning of something beautiful.
Doing what he loves most next to eating.
My friend brought home a small basket of giant, organic strawberries
that are so sweet, I can’t believe they were organic.
Self-quarantine life is lovely when you have strawberries such as this.
With more time at home, I’ve finally been able to edit
the footages from my Vietnam trip 3 years ago.
Uploaded the first installment of these short documentary
films today on YouTube.
Everyday Life

Week 2 of Self-Quarantine

Cherry blossoms outside my bedroom window are in full bloom today. I try to soak it all in because if the rain comes, the flowers will be all gone.

Breakfast was Cookie Crisp cereal while reading FLOW magazine.

Simple lunch – ramen from a cup. My mom warned me not to have too much of these. But in times like this self-isolation period … it is hard to resist.

My favorite camera has a new strap ordered from Amazon a while back. I think it’s cute!

Getting the flat lay shoot ready for a YouTube video I’m filming, a book preview of The Making of Fantastic Mr. Fox. I’m excited to try this set-up which I learned from watching Ronny Joseph Lvovski’s YouTube channel.

It’s so simple and economical, to be used with a small camera like my Canon G7X Mark II or an iPhone. Minimal. I love it!

Max wanted to nap but I kept on bugging him. 🙂

Went on a long 2-hour walk around town today for some exercise. Passed by someone’s yard that was full of weed. They’re pretty in number though. I had to stop for a few photos.

Ordered a box of 400 of these wipes the other day. I use them constantly to clean all the electronic screens and cameras and lenses, etc.

So much has changed in such a short time. I sometimes still can’t believe it. The US is now the country with the most number of COVID-19 cases, surpassing China. California is in full lockdown mode, as well as many other states. Every day we wake up to more shocking news. It feels like we’re all dreaming and waiting to wake up from a long endless nightmare.

Everyday Life

Day By Day

Week 2 of self-quarantine. But it’s not bad at all because we can still go outside to the parks for fresh air. Pretty flowers are popping up everywhere … it’s one of the most beautiful Springs we’ve ever had. Yet each day we wake up with more shocking news about the Coronavirus. The news today is that the U.S. has the most number of COVID-19 cases worldwide. I have a friend who works at a hospital in DC. I fear for his health daily. The risk that our health professionals take to help others. They’re truly heroes.

My friend said … how unusual it is to see red pine cones. These days we take many walks around the neighborhood. Slow, deliberate walks. And I notice things I’ve not spotted before. Like these little red pine cones.

Max has Spring fever too. He loves to lounge on the grass and refuses to leave. I think it makes him happy. It’s always about the little things in life.

Saw my brother and my two little nephews for a brief time this afternoon. They came to play tennis. We got to hang out together – exercising social distancing of course – for about an hour or so. It was strange not being able to hug each other as we always do. But it was so good to see them.

Everyday Life

Keep Calm

SO much has happened since my last post. Sending you some positive vibes.
In this “social distancing” and “self-quarantine” time, I hope to be able to create more.
Something good to come out of something bad.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay calm.
This too shall pass.