the Philadelphia Museum of Art

A while back, I went to Philadelphia on a wonderful Sunday with my boyfriend and his family. We decided to go because it’s actually pay what you want the first Sunday of every month for the Philadelphia Art Museum.

We first stopped by this cute Italian restaurant called Serafina. The streets nearby were so adorable and so cute! (as you can see from the pictures below :))  The food was also very delicious though a bit expensive, in my opinion. I got the Tagliolini Al Salmone with everyone else getting other types of pasta with a shared appetizer of kalamari and Carpaccio di Tonno (fresh tuna and spinach).

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aside from the sports bar sign, look at all these cute little bushes in front of this tea shop!

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my salmon pasta that was slightly salty but very filling and delicious!

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the streets right outside, lots of people and cars, but such bright buildings!

We then went to the Philadelphia Art museum. We didn’t have that much time there as we ate lunch for too long and got there late, so we quickly started with the modern and contemporary art and barely had time to look but a glimpse at some of the other exhibits. I would definitely recommend going here earlier in the day and taking the time to look through all the exhibits. It’s definitely a worthwhile experience!

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made with plaster, i think 

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metal with holes 

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everything is in pairs! except the sponge

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eggshell chair? 

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fake flowers

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modern art 

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thread pictures

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right outside the Philadelphia Art Museum… really beautiful

VSCO Flowers

Sometimes I don’t have the energy to bring out the big camera, which can seem a little large and unnecessary for short trips. One of my favorite ways to edit pictures nowadays is VSCO, which has a nice set of filters to use (my favorite F2) and can be posted on its own media platform as well as saved to your camera roll. Below are some of the pictures I took and edited with VSCO. Almost all of them were taken while I was on my way to church, just showing how convenient and easy it is to take nice pictures. My VSCO is meibinios.vsco.com, if you would like to take a look at more pretty pictures 🙂

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at Terrain in the dark, which is why it look so surreal

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at UD, close up of pink hydrangeas

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at church, such a pretty orange!

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also at church 

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close up of giant white flower, so delicate

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a bunch of flowers all together

Gardens at Random

Whoop whoop. I am back with a new set of photographs. I sort of ran out of flowers in my neighborhood (though it’s been a while since I’ve been looking for them, so I’m sure new ones will have bloomed/I will take pics if I can), so I have just been taking pictures of anything that pleases me aesthetically or stretch my photography skills. I’m still not super good at taking pictures of things that are not close up, so I’ll have to post pictures of those later… but for now, gardens and randomness!

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our neighbor’s fence 

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the prettiest skies, but not quite sunset 

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inside a hole of our garden bush 

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the last of the roses 

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the moon so tiny so pretty

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green onions, I believe

 

Wait for the Lord

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I was asked to do this commission for a group of girls in my fellowship for when they went on an overnight stay-retreat. It’s taken from a website called Naptime Diaries that does a lot with Bible verses and pretty posters 🙂 This was my first attempt, clearly, as it looks pretty rough and also unfinished as I didn’t completely outline all that I needed to. Technically speaking, I need to work on the lettering for everything that isn’t in cursive and also take note that you cannot simply watercolor on regular cardstock. 😛 I will also probably redo this and maybe do an update on it and see the progress I have made, which I think would be quite cool!

This verse to be honest did not strike me at first. Especially in recent times, with such tragedy all around us in the news and everywhere, I took it to mean something almost of a complacency with the world around us. But I don’t think that’s what it means. Now, it reminds me of the title of this blog, Still and Know, which for those that don’t know, is a reference to the Bible verse, “be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10.

Wait for the Lord because He will come to conquer all in the end, wait for him, be quiet and listen for him, because He is there. He is present, He will always provide. But more than that BE STRONG AND TAKE HEART. Have confidence in Him and what He can do. And be strong. Be courageous. Be all that you believe is right in the world, wait for the Lord, but also be in the world and do good onto it with belief in Him .

More flowers and plants

Some of the leftover pictures from my last walk around my neighborhood as well as some added pictures recently. I edited these using Photoshop, mostly using gamma correction, offset, brightness, and contrast. It really makes a difference in pictures – adjusting the color and the lighting just so that you can transform and enhance your picture into the best that it can be. 🙂

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Photography Explorations

I used a Canon T2i for the following shots. I focused on several things such as space, color, light, blur, and practicing adjusting aperture, ISO, shutter speed, etc. to create certain effects. Continuously, practice makes perfect and through really focusing on photography, I’ve learned so much!

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Right before blowing out the candles on a birthday cake, everything dark except for this and that moment

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My room, making the shutter speed very low and shaking quite violently to create this distortion

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A random shot, trying to capture the green, the brown, and the dark and light of the walls. Not sure if any certain artistic effect was achieved, but I kind of quite like this shot.

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The so-called bokeh effect created through manual focusing of the lens – didn’t work too well as only a couple street lamps and a garage lamp were on, but I thought it was a reflective color of the skies above

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Taken in Philadelphia, I loved shooting at different angles to create different senses of the same item and I think looking at it from below and upward was quite a different perspective

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I loved the color of the rust in this picture, the streaks and the curves look so beautiful

“Types” of fun (II)

For those who don’t know, I am doing a series on different forms of type – whether handmade or made on the computer that I find really beautiful and well-designed that I stumble upon in my daily life. I realize that it would probably be very easy to find stuff on the Internet and post it, but I thought this would be more fun for myself to look for and find and share 🙂 Some of these are so much more prettier in person, but nevertheless here they are!

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Taken from the Yale Lit Spring ’16 which my suite mate was featured in, but decided not to use her exact piece out of respect for her privacy 🙂

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Google’s recruiting pamphlet during CS50 celebrations

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Another one of City Church’s designs that is used as a coupon to Elm City Social for lunch after every Sunday church

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Again, City Church design for Christmas 2015 focusing on creating this illusion of snow in this beautifully themed piece

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Another one of my suitemate’s work for her graphic design class – it hangs on my room and also in the laundry room of our dorm

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I thought this cover looked nice for something that was pretty dense and not too colorful on the inside – ha!