Category Archives: Watch and Follow

The Wind Whispered in My Ear

Psithurism – the sound the wind makes through the trees, the sound of leaves rustling and dancing as the wind blows, a soft whisper in your ears.”

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I’m so glad that I actually did what I intended to do; walking around the Harvard Arnold Arboretum. One of the best choices I had made all week. It is a bit late in the season to catch the colors, but I was lucky there were still some colors in them. Sometimes when you are in the city for too long, it is difficult not to feel overwhelmed with everything. That is why I like to go here to collect my thoughts and just absorb everything. This is not really out in the mountains, however, I like the fact I do not see a lot of people and I do not hear sirens or cars passing by. I am grateful for that. Being here just makes me realize how grateful I am to be where I am right now. Enjoying the little things and being content. There will be a lot of obstacles and many things not working out how you pictured it to, but like Dory would say “just keep on swimming, swimming, swimming.”

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Mini Resemblance

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Do you have a little sister/niece/nephew/brother that you see yourself in them? Sometimes I think that Jasmine is my mini version. I used to be exactly like her when I was little. Instead of helping my mom clean when I was younger, I would run outside to play hopscotch or go upstairs to my neighbor’s house and play. You just want to be a kid and each day is a brand new adventure. She is just as adventurous as I am, I remembered when she was two. This little girl was the queen of climbing, she would climb everywhere high and low. I love that my niece love the outdoors more than playing her video games.

For as long as I could remember, I dived right into arts and crafts, painting, drawing and making things. My drawings started off as stick figures, square heads and now they look more realistic. As for Jasmine, she is so creative, you have no idea! She would make the coolest things, like cutting out rainbows and placing a triangle on the bottom of it. It just looks right. Somehow I would think her ideas are so mature that it scares me. I love the fact that no one taught her how to make certain things and she ends up creating it on her own. Sometimes her creativity caused her to get in trouble because she would leave trails of paper cutting everywhere. I remember being young and not care like that, but now as we grow older, we know better.

I feel like I am her second mother sometimes; babysitting, feeding, and taking her places An interesting fact: I named her. You know those books with baby names, somehow I stumbled upon names that begins with J and Jasmine caught my eye. The reason? Maybe because I love Jasmine in Aladdin or because the smell of Jasmine is lovely. Or because whoever is named Jasmine have a  strong, determined nature in them. Jasmine definitely have a strong natured in her. Now that she is six, she say the most adorable things, “I can’t wait to get older (referring to being seven), I will have long hair just like you.” This little girl really is me! I remember being young and hoping my mom would let me have long hair like my sisters. Instead I get the typical bowl haircut with the bangs.   Or sometimes she would say things similar to this, “Grandpa can’t go to the zoo with us because he doesn’t have enough monies.” 

I just hope that she enjoys being young than wishing to grow up. We long to be young again, I think that is one of many things children tend to forget and take for granted.

A Quick Stop

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I love the days where things happened spontaneously. It’s a good day when I get to stop by one of my favorite bookstore, Brattle Book Shop. It is one of the oldest bookstores in Boston, not only is it different but it is very similar to thrifting. We would have to dig through all the racks outside for a good read, but sometime you just stumbled upon one. I found some really good ones just by looking through the shelves. That’s the best isn’t it? I think Boston need more bookstores around the downtown area and more of a sitting area just so one can enjoy a quick read.

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Each of my books are $1, what a steal! I am not sure but I am always interested in reading books about the King Henry V period. Maybe it is adding to my addiction towards Game of Thrones even though they are nowhere connected to one another. And I have always been a fan of Elie Wiesel ever since I read his book, NightThe book just captured you and bring you straight to the events of the holocaust. He is very descriptive and the details of everything that occurred him during the Holocaust. I am not sure if I will ever have the will power to survive it that happen to me.

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“Fika” Days

(n.) a social coffee break with one’s colleagues, friends, date or family, usually accompanied with sweet, baked goods. 

I tried to be girly, so I decided to wear heels thinking I can do it. But little did you know, I had to pay the price. The saying was true, one suffers to look pretty (or in my case, tried to look to pretty). That was exactly what happened, I ended up with multiple blisters. I learned my lesson.

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When juggling four jobs and going to school full-time, I value every little time I can get to spend it with the people I care about. Even if it means a quick brunch, a late dinner and some late night snack at a cafe all squeezed into two days. So be it because that is life sometimes.

Sun-kissed

We are blessed with a not just a beautiful day but a perfect day! The humidity levels are not suffocating, surprisingly, (that was a mouthful) and the fact that it did not rain either was a blessing. We do not get nice days like these often, so we have to take advantage of it. Even though I was stuck inside all day at my CC (community college). I reminded myself that it will still be beautiful out when I get out of classes. People tend to be grumpy and less forgiving due to a stressful work week or day at school. Therefore, I like to think that the weather can control our emotions. It can be an add-on to the heavy load or completely turn it around. Everyone deserves one less stressors in their day.

 It is very, very easy to put human spirit down and much more important to lift it up.” — Marina Abramović

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“Watch and Follow” – How do you commute to work or college or anywhere? We do not have the best public transportation here, but I am not complaining (only when the train breaks down causing me to be late). But in order to get to my CC everyday, I get a ride to the train station and from there I have to switch one more time to a different train. What I love about Boston is that everywhere is easily accessible. You can basically take the train anywhere!

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“Watch and Follow” – What is home to you? 

Seeing my dad’s homemade flower gate; his colorful garden which varies from herbs, squashes, vegetables and flowers. That’s part of what I think home is to me, seeing something familiar. It is comforting knowing that you have this place to go back to if all fails.

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing”

Therefore, I decided to do this project called, “Watch and follow.” 

I want to be able to take pictures of just nothing and everything that goes on in my life. Also, I want to be able to record as much information as I can before my memory fail to remember the little details that occurred in my life. That’s the most vulnerable feeling, not knowing who you once were. In addition, I just want to share with everyone where I have been.

On another note, I think as people, we tend to take life for granted and not appreciate our surroundings. Like the cacti, they might be small but their colors are so vibrant that one cannot miss them. I’m not sure why but they give me that nostalgic feeling and I just feel at peace.

“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.” – Louisa May Alcott

Today was just that, be humble and work hard and someone will noticed. I received great news today and it made me that much happier.