First and foremost, seasons greetings and merry christmas eve from Los Angeles! Hope everyone is having a great holiday. I’ll be spending mine, as well as my birthday, on a plane to Seoul, Korea that will eventually lead to the Philippines. I really wanted to hang out with all my high school friends that came back for the holidays before I left the country, and that’s what I did. I had nothing but fun and good company this whole weekend. It started off with holiday baking. Then, we had a night of go carting, sushi that came along with surprise tempura ice cream, and catch-up conversations that started from 2 o’clock in the morning until 4 in a friend’s van. I ended the weekend with adventures around the bay area with Anna, which included life talks, cozy chillaxing and really good music.
I was talking to her about friends going away to college and coming back home. We both agreed that friends don’t necessarily “change”, rather they come back the same, just with more “experience”. Even for myself, I still feel like the same person I was my senior year of high school, just outfitted with a better understanding about everything and anything. But at the same time, from what I’ve noticed with friends coming back, there’s always something different about them, whether it be their fashion sense or their change in interests or their persona. In the end, they’re still that familiar face that you’ve known since back when.
I am currently writing this entry in an airport sitting down next to a book store because there is an outlet next to it and my laptop needs charging. I will be out of the country for roughly 2 weeks. Apparently my parents disabled my data plan because they are afraid of random roaming charges. I don’t blame them, Verizon has been messing up as of late. But I guess with that out of my hands, this vacation has become just a little bit more legitimate. I’m going to make sure I get the most out of this vacation, which will include a lot of shooting, food, reading, and relaxing.
After a rough start to my December with restless nights studying for finals and countless hours of work, I am finally able to start the break off right with the right people and a much needed vacation. I’m excited about every aspect of the trip, from the sight seeing to the food, but what I am mostly excited about is being able to shoot photos in a different country. I plan to challenge myself in the art form, shooting all kinds of candids and street photography and family portraits. The possibilities are endless. Expect plenty of photos from the Philippines this week.
I leave you with photos from my amazing weekend. Merry Christmas to all and happy holidays!