Beach life – taking a breather

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After an intense working month, I took a breather and spent a week in Punta Cana with some great company. The Bavaro beach was just as in pictures – cushiony white sands and turquoise ocean. Beach resort vacation is definitely the most fun with a big group of fun friends. We rode dune buggies in the mud, sailed on the catamaran, played volleyball on the sands, searched for starfish in the ocean, played Resistance at night, and made deep conversations by the beach. It was meditating to shut my mind off from work and let my mind breathe completely. We all need it. It doesn’t have to be by a beach. Just give time to relax and recharge so you can take on life with a positive and energized spirit.

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Beach life – taking a breather

Rome – colosseum & the forum

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We came across some seriously unbelievable surprises in Rome – we bumped into two groups of friends who came from two different parts of the world! No, we didn’t plan this at all and didn’t even know the other party was in Rome. How amazing is the coincidence?!

The ancient remains in the Forum and the colosseum were magnificent. Though I think it’s the whole image of new structures and preserved structures combined that is most memorable. One of my favorite things is actually the mushroom (or umbrella) looking trees around the city. These tall and adorable beings make such an unique accessory for this busy city. I simply can’t get enough of them!

Today’s itinerary was roughly the Forum, capitoline hill, Colosseum, gelato/lunch break, Pantheon, and Piazza Novona. I have to admit that some disappointment was involved because all of the restaurants/gelaterrias we bookmarked were closed due to the Romans’ holidays. Well, I guess we learned a thing about their culture! Nonetheless, the day was bathed in golden sunlight and I think my favorite spot was Piazza Novona during sunset. It was so lively, filled with musicians performing, artists displaying their paintings, merchants selling balloons, and of course excited tourists such as ourselves. Hope you enjoy the pictures (and stay tuned for more!)

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Rome – colosseum & the forum

Orange sunset | enchanted maze

We planned to visit High Park to see the cherry blossoms. But apparently the bloom is over and a sudden shower came over us just as we were about to head out. That didn’t stop us! We went nonetheless and were rewarded with the most magical soft, peachy, and warm sunsetย after the dark clouds passed. You can’t ask for this kind of lighting, you just wish you’d get lucky and catch it one day =D

Photos by Eric Cheng

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White shirt: clubmonaco (old)

Lace cami: Asos

Maxi skirt: Asos (old)

Orange sunset | enchanted maze

Surprise in an abandoned park

A few weeks ago we went to Downsview park to scout for a nice forrest/pond/leaves-on-the-ground themed photoshoot spot. Well, we must’ve went in the wrong entrance of this humongous under-developed “park” and stumbled across a completely unexpected site: rustic run-down buildings and a helicopter landing-site! *SCORE!


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Behind those blue/black windows is a garage of helicopters!

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I used to only love sunny days for pictures, for the warm glow, hair lights, and lens flares. But these cool toned surroundings suit a cloudy day just right! The clouds diffuse the light nicely and create a more even light cast – less awkward shadows on the face!

 

It’s not always a bad thing to lose your original destination, there might be a surprise waiting!

 

Sweater dress: Asos

Scarf & Legging: clubmonaco

Trench:ย Burberry

Flats: Sam Edelman

Surprise in an abandoned park