I am one of those people who remember birthdays without having to rely on social calendars too much. But I am also one of those people who rarely send a birthday card (and gift) in time.
Then I saw the cutest The New Yorker online cards on the beautifully-curated Paperless Post. I am such a fan of its art and humor (although I have to say that works of Ashkahn, Mr Boddingtons Studio , Felix Doolittle, Happy Menocal, and Kate Spade – just to name a few of my favourites on the site – were strong contenders).
So I wrote my friend a simple birthday message, inserted into an e-envelope holding a The New Yorker card, against a customised gold polka-dotted backdrop – all in 5 mins (excluding the time taken to actually decide which card to go with) and more importantly, in time for her birthday. I hope it perks up her morning when she sees it.
This post was done in partnership with Paperless Post.
Today I wish I could stay at home and blog my photos all day long. Here are pictures from another favourite city of mine – Taipei.
When life gets so busy you are arranged around your activities, instead of the other way round – that’s how it has been the last couple of weeks.
A few updates lest I forget:
The June skies around here are beautiful. I am so glad for the treats of blue, pink, and orange in the evenings. Wonderful reminder to go out more. In fact, I’ve taken more walks around the city this month than I’ve had in a very long while, and it feels great – for the body, if not the soul.
More soul food – Meeting up with friends, including those usually left to convenience to arrange a time with. And making plans to reconnect with others who are always on my mind, but remain just there. Do you have friends like that too?
Slipped out of the city for a reprise in Bangkok. The city is almost like a second home.
Also poring over IDs for the new place.
And stressing over work as we enter high-stress zone.
On another note, I’ve managed to improve my bowling game (I am a terrible bowler).
I’m also currently hooked onto Selena Gomez’ remake of Only You (Why did I never like it before?), and I recently read an article that made me a little sappy. Thought I’ll share it.
And as you can probably tell, my thoughts are all over the place. Bye!
Jessie and I got lost while navigating the Jeju Olle trail (those were the days we did not rely on mobile data to find our way, but intensive pre-planning work, physical maps and road signs). But the beautiful scenery accompanying us on our long walk made up for it more than twice over.
Canon A1/ Tudor xlx 200 (expired)
Mamiya 500 DTL/ Kodak Colorplus 200 (last 2 photos)
Spring starts earlier in Jeju, so by the time we took the Yeongsil Trail up Hallasan in late Apr, it was already too late to see the pink azaleas that dress the mountain up for spring every year. Still, good exercise we had there!
A couple of shots taken with my Canon A1/ Ektar 100 film went wonky, and ended up really over/under-exposed. But I kinda like the mood in these selected ones taken at Udo Island in South Korea, so I thought I’ll put them up too.