~ Aya Sofia~

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
One of the first stops on our Istanbul day tour was the Aya Sofia. I've learned about it briefly in class but seeing it in person was overwhelming. They were doing some restorations so half of the museum was covered in scaffolding but it was still gorgeous.

~ moments - February 2015 ~

Sunday, March 8, 2015

February was definitely a busy time for me since it was when my midterms were. I had a reading break but most of that was spent on studying although I did manage to save a day to relax. However I regretted it soon after when I realized how much more productive I could have been had I actually gotten some chores accomplished that day.

February is the time for the hot chocolate festival!

On the right is Christella Decadence from Chez Christopher. It was absolutely delicious, I also tried their other hot chocolate, Brownie Delight but this was much better as it was less sweet and the accompanying chocolate ball was flavorful as well. We were instructed to put it into our drink but I had heard people around me say it was better to just eat it on it's own so that's what I did.

On the left are two drinks from Bella Gelateria. The white one is Earl Goes Boom, a white chocolate with Earl Grey and lavender. The darker one is one of the impromptu choices they had, I can't remember what it was specifically called though. Mines is the later and it was also delicious, I love how the hot chocolate options are less sweet now and getting so exciting! My friend had the Earl Goes Boom and I had a sip, while I enjoy Earl Grey I don't particularly like white chocolate and lavender but my friend loved her drink. These both came accompanied with a gelato cookie bar that had to be consumed quickly as the gelato was melting fast.

It's also the time for dreary rainy days (and studying in the library).

BUT also the time for Valentines day! I was extremely fortunate to receive two sweet packages this year.  Yes, I ate all that chocolate, except for that purple packaged bar because my mom devoured it. The other bar was a smores bar and really tasty.

Lastly, February is the time for Chinese New Year. My cousin gave adorable red envelopes, although they're technically not red.

~ moments - January 2015 ~

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Back in December a friend of mine and I decided to do a photo challenge each month. Check out her blog here to know the "guidelines" to this challenge. They're not set in stone hopefully or else I'm in big trouble.
Since I usually do my monthly iphone photos I decided to replace it with this so there won't be too much repetition. Although the point of the challenge was to actually go out and take nice photos.

Honestly I don't know what compelled me to take this shot but I guess I liked the way the towers look during that time of day.

A "get well" package from a friend when I was a bit sick at the beginning of the month. I only drank one of the Emergen-C so far.

For Dine Out this year I took my family to Miku, the menu was great and I also ordered the bouillabaisse which they loved. I asked the waiter 4 times on how to pronounce it....I still don't remember it correctly. 

I also want to take a moment to mention how outstanding the service was from our waiter. He was attentive and thoughtful. For example our soup came as we were finishing our appetizer and although Dine Out reservations were only for 90mins, he asked if we would like him to delay the mains, so we can enjoy the soup.

For Dine Out with my friend we went to Forage  and I thought everything was great. The salmon was cooked perfectly and I loved the crunch salmon skin! My appetizer was a kale salad with raw honey and brie dressing, and dessert was a chocolate mousse with a double-fried french toast

I know there's something on my camera lens but I was trying to capture the gorgeous sunset we had on this beautiful but freezing day. I really was cold because I had worn a dress without stockings of any sort. 

~ iphone photos December 2014 ~

Sunday, January 4, 2015
I thought December was going to be one of those months that will be longer due to the lack of classes and work. However when does life ever happen like that? Although I didn't have any classes I still ended up working on nearly all the days I was free. I'm not complaining but I'm looking forward to the "me time" that I can afford during the school semester.

I was still able to find time to spend with friends and loved ones. This years Christmas was relaxing, enjoyable, and most importantly - warm.

My friend made me my first homemade advent calender! Prior to I've only had the store bought ones filled with candy or chocolates.

Inside she put little treats like the one above as well as chocolates, teas, and even a starbucks gift card!

There was a Keurig machine event going on at the mall which was great for me since my siblings and I bought one for my parents for Christmas. 

I couldn't resist the Guerlain lipstick sample from Sephora, so far I've loving it.

I watched Mary Poppings, the musical, with a friend and it was amazing! Yes my finger got in the way of my photo taking again.

Soda's adorable Christmas scarf. It's double sided with red and white stripes on the back.

Christmas shopping.

This year my friend and I went to Miku for our annual Christmas dinner. The food was great and thank you so very much for the present!

I went to see the Forbidden City exhibit at the art gallery. I wasn't allowed to take photos of that particular exhbit but check out this one by Ai Weiwei titled Bang.

Part of a Christmas gift from my pen-pal (email actually). The milk chocolate was delicious, I finished it in a day! 

And finally, a partial gift from my parents and a partial gift to myself.

I'm definitely looking forward to 2015 and I wish everyone the best of luck in all areas of life.