Street Portraits: London

The first time I went through these photos, I didn’t feel happy with my edits; I wasn’t able to tell the story I wanted to tell. Frustrated, I gave up and left the photos to sit in “I’ll-get-around-to-editing-them” purgatory. More than half a year later, I decided to go through them again, but this time…

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Why I Took a Mid-Career Break

5 minute read. Cover image by Trang Tran. Last year in August 2021 I decided to leave my job and take a break in my career. I felt burnt out, even though I didn’t recognize it as burnout at the time. All I knew was: I needed to change something about how I was spending…

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My Journey with Photography

4 minute read. Cover image by my dad. My first experience with photography was having my picture taken by my dad’s film camera. I wasn’t allowed to hold it, being a toddler still coming to terms with flimsy grip-strength, but I was fascinated with the ritual of squeezing together for group photos, collectively saying “Cheese”…

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What Almost Dying Taught Me About Living

8 minute read. Cover image taken at Santa Barbara, CA. This year in May I got into a serious bike accident. I went over the handlebars and blacked out. Fortunately, my girlfriend was there and called an ambulance. I regained consciousness in the hospital a few hours later, scraped, bruised, concussed, and groggy from the…

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My Favorite San Jose Restaurants (2019)

13 minute read. It’s a Thursday night, and I’ve eaten all the food I prepped on Sunday. I don’t feel like cooking — that means it’s time to go out.  But since I’m not feeling particularly adventurous tonight, I lean into my regular list of restaurants in San Jose (and its surrounding cities).  If you…

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