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2013 – A Photo Essay, Part One

2013 has been a big year of changes for me. I switched schools, visited 3 new countries, was featured in 2 print publications and multiple online publications. I faced my fears with perfectionism. I stayed in a hotel that’s been on my dream list for years. I traveled to Tokyo, a place I’ve been dreaming of since I was a child.

There were times I definitely felt like I wasn’t growing this year, that I wasn’t accomplishing my goals or that I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to be doing…whatever the fuck that means. I’ve realized that all of that is bullshit. I have grown. I have learned. I have accomplished goals. Sure, I might not have posted 3 times a week like I wanted, met my 20 book reading goal, or learned how to code, but I grew in other ways. I learned to listen to myself, to my needs. I learned to say no. I learned to slow down and appreciate the little things in life, whether it be a new lipstick or a large mug of tea. I learned to not push myself, to be gentle with myself, to not beat myself up over the little things.

I may not be a superstar blogger/writer/photographer (yet), but I’m exactly where I need to be in my life at this moment. Following your passions sounds easy, but it’s not just this WOW BAM SNAP YOUR FINGERS and shit happens magic. This shit is hard work. It takes time. It takes dedication. It takes an awful lot out of you. And it’s a slow process. Learning to not beat myself up over the process has been my biggest accomplishment this year (this is tied with being featured in Flare Magazine).

So I say all of this to say thank you to everyone who reads, comments, sends me tweets, writes me e-mails, subscribes, etc. etc. to this blog of mine. You really don’t understand how much it means to me. You are all the ones that keep me motivated, keep me striving for greatness. I thank you all for your support over the last 3 years, and the next 3 to come.

And now, time for the photo essay. The photos are in chronological order, starting from January 2013. I had way too many photos to post so I’m going to split it into 2 different posts for your viewing pleasure. I tried to make sure I featured pictures and things I haven’t posted on the blog before. Hope you enjoy! Have a Happy New Year!!!
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George Town, Penang

After 3 days in Kuala Lumpur, Johnny and I hopped on a 5 hour bus ride to Penang.

We spent the majority of our time in Penang in George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I of course was excited about all of the amazing food that we were going to eat, but I also didn’t realize that George Town was such a photogenic city. I totally have a big thing for crumbling buildings and chipped paint. It was a photographers dream…from the dazzling colors in Little India, the unique street art, to the abandoned store fronts with multicolored shutters. Swoon.

I fell in love with George Town and seriously took about 700 pictures. Insanity. I narrowed it down to 50, but I still feel like there’s so much more to show.

Everyday Johnny and I would wake up early to try and beat the heat (and pretty much failed every time…it’s hot as hell in Penang!), and walk around, eat, walk around again, eat again, and end it all with a drink in a local bar. We did manage to make it out to the beach in Batu Ferringhi, but of course it was the one day that it stormed like crazy. The aftermath of the storm led to some gorgeous pictures though, so not all was lost. After cramming everything we wanted to do into three days in Kuala Lumpur, it was really awesome to be able to slow down a bit in Penang and explore the city without any pressure. If you ever find yourself in Malaysia, Penang and especially George Town are a must.


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Foodie Heaven: The Malaysia Edition

Would I call myself a foodie? Meh. I don’t know. I obviously enjoy eating and drinking, and food is awesome, but I’m also a pretty picky eater. I like what I like and I rarely go out of my comfort zone. Moving to Korea has definitely helped me open up a bit; never in a million years did I ever think I’d eat kimchi almost daily. I’ve slowly started to eat seafood, and my tolerance for spicy food has increased ten-fold. Still, I’m pretty particular about what I eat.

I made a vow to myself that when I took the trip to Malaysia and Singapore that I would step out of my comfort zone and try at least 1 new (to me) dish per day. No hamburgers, no pizza, no pasta, no fast food. I did a lot of research, and wrote down the names of all the food that I wanted to try, and the best hawker stalls or restaurants to get them from.

Let me be the 34095437 person to say that the food in Malaysia is absolutely incredible. Seriously. We never once had a bad meal. From hawker stall meals at 1am, to Indian food, to eating in alleyways…everything was fantastic. It was really, really hard trying to narrow down my top meals. Sigh. If you have any other questions or would like other restaurant recommendations, shoot me an e-mail or write a comment. So without further ado, here are my favorite dishes from Malaysia!



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