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san francisco photo journal.

Fact: a friend told us that he knew we were not from SF as we abbreviated and said San Fran, apparently locals never say SF or San Fran.

Annoyed at myself for still trying to figure out how to use my Leica Q at this stage and accidentally shooting most of this trip in JPEG – making it for bad post editing situation. That said, a few snaps from my trip in SF.

1. and 2. The beautiful architecture of the Mission District and distinct housing styles of SF.
3. Brewery hopping in SF.
4. Everlane – Ethical clothing company. Some girls who worked for Everlane randomly gave us a hot pink beanie on the streets – which later became Jen’s standout look in Iceland.
5. Mission Workshop – Cool shop in the Mission District selling gear and clothing for riders.
6. Looking up at De Young – Herzog & de Meuron Architects.
7. The view from de Young Museum tower looking out to SF Art and Science Museum.
8. Outside de Young – going to see the Frank Stella exhibition.
9. Obligatory Golden Gate Bridge shot of Jai.
10. In and Out Burger, since we missed out in LA.
11. SFMoMa with Pei, shot of the atrium.
12. One of the most amazing exhibitions I’ve seen, Tomas Saraceno – Cloud Cities.
Shot on Lecia and Olympus
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L.A photo journal.

My second time back in L.A and this time I was blessed to have had experiences of a seasoned traveller. I was armed with more knowledge on how to travel smarter with better research and developed a specific aesthetic to feed my ever evolving design pallet. So needless to say, this time in L.A., I saw everything with a completely fresh new set of eyes brewing new kinds of inspiration and wonder.

It was so hard to choose which photos to post here, some amazing highlights were spent watching skaters at Venice Beach Skate Park and watching the magical sunset over L.A. that reflected some of the magic I saw in La La Land, so spending my 29th birthday at the Ace Hotel in DTLA with Jai, it was a great few days spent in L.A. already having me planning my next trip back.

1. Venice Beach, California.
2. Buying a coffee at a restaurant just so I could sit in a church converted restaurant.
3. The skater who provided us with hours of entertainment with his crazy skate tricks at Venice Beach Skate Park.
4. Our Room at The Ace Hotel, DTLA, California.
5. Waiting in line at Supreme.
6. Stuffing our faces at Grand Central Market.
7. 8. and 9. Views of the Walt Disney Concert Hall by Franke Gehry.
10. Griffiths Observatory.
11. La La Land….
Shot on Lecia and Olympus
I’m having lightroom issues whereby I think I shot at such a high ISO that the detail in the photos couldn’t be downsized to upload onto this post, so I’ll be posting them on Instagram for those who are interested in seeing them, they have a beauty film vibe to them.
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hawaii photo journal.

Hawaii has been a place I’ve been dreaming about for years – lured by the temptation of adventure and the salty sea. Being the first leg of our trip, I was bursting at the seams with excitement with a jam-packed itinerary of hiking through the lush green craters and swimming in the deep blue seas.

Some major highlights of the trip was being able to swim in open water with sharks, seeing Big Island by air, having the most authentic and delicious Polynesian food at Helena’s (almost having our hire car broken into and belongs stolen), hiking on amazing crater trails in Oahu and finally experiencing all these with Jai on our first overseas trip together.

   

1. Getting ready to swim with sharks in open water with the Mo’o.
2.  Swimming in the ocean with sharks, one of the most humbling experiences I have ever had the opportunity to have. If you guys are in Hale’iwa on the North Shore of Oahu, make sure you visit the guys at Island View for this tour.
3. Shark Cove
4. The view from Diamond Head Crater.
5. Koko Head Track and the view from the top!
6. Our ride for the day with the guys at Paradise Helicopters.
7. I have a thing for clouds.
8. Fog, agriculture, and ocean all in one view from the Helicopter.
9. Lava flowing from the lava tubes on Big Island and into the ocean.
10. An epic burst of sunlight bursting out of the clouds.
10. Hawaiian Coastline.
11. #chasingfog
12. When you get picked to be in the co-pilot seat on our heli ride!
13. Heading up to 14000ft. and crazy lens flare from the sun.
14. From sweating bullets at sea level to freezing our fingers off at the summit of Mauna Kea.
15. Life on Mars – or another planet for that matter.
16. Last day in Hawaii was spent on the North Shore at the infamous Turtle Bay, enjoying golf on the clean cut lawns and watching the legendary surf.
Shot on Lecia, Olympus and GoPro
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iceland photo journal.

Last year was no doubt one of the worst years I’ve experienced so far, but with it also came one of the best years I could have asked for. Being thrown into a whirlwind of uncertainties and self-realisations, I made the decision and a promise to myself to travel more and document more.

So, came a whirlwind five-week trip across four American cities (more photos from that later) and then there was Iceland.

The landscape of Iceland was like stepping into another planet. Words cannot describe the beauty of this place; below I hope that my photos captured some of the beauty that I was lucky enough to witness with my own eyes.

1. and 2. Blue Lagoon
3.Geysir
4. 5. Gullfoss
6. Kerio Crater
7. Skogafoss
8. Black Sand Beach in Vik
9. and 10. Jokusarlon
11. Ice Caving near Jokusarlon
12. Seljalandsfoss
13. and 14. Solheimasandur
15. Chasing and finding the Northern Lights on our way back to Reykjavik
Shot on Leica Q and Olympus OMD EM-5
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