Jacket: Local Heroes.
All photos taken by Thumy Phan + Robert Wasp.
Jacket: Local Heroes.
I went to Hawai'i back in November with someone I love, to be a witness to a ceremony of love. Des and David tied the knot on November 5th, 2016. I've known Des & David for about 8 years now, and they're one of the reasons Chicago has been so amazing to me. They're some of the kindest people I have ever met in my entire life. I am better just from knowing them and I love all the time that I am ever able to spend with them. Also, their wedding was my first wedding, that I actually attended and didn't shoot! The trip itself was actually really short, we were only physically there for 3 whole days. Still, it was amazing trip. I got to hang out with some old friends I hadn't seen in forever!!! I definitely learned to not be so anxious over not feeling like I'm doing enough, and I learned I need to take a breather sometime. I already can't wait to go back. ❤
Places we visited and loved on Oahu
Best/Legit place to get a spam musubi: Literally, any 7/11. NO JOKE. My last snack was a 7/11 spam musubi, and I am not ashamed to admit we visited 7/11 about 3 times. If you love musubi like I do, they even have ones with eggs!!! Also, the snacks and drinks are on point. Lol. Can't believe I'm hyping up a 7/11.
Chillest local place to get breakfast: Cafe Haleiwa. Get the strawberry waffles with whipped cream and some guava nectar juice.
Best place to hang with green sea turtles: Hale'iwa Ali'i Beach Park. The beach itself is pretty big, so when you roll through and park, the turtles will be along the water, but you have to walk as far left on the beach as possible. We found two of them sleeping in the sand. They were HUGE. Also, they're endangered, so let them sleep!
Where you can get your coffee fix: Coffee Gallery. I love a good frozen coffee, and they had a delicious one. I think it was vanilla, but I'm not sure anymore. It's been so long! >.<
Best place to have a wedding: Mokule'ia Beach!! It was so beautiful!!!
Best friend to find yourself taking pictures with: Jane Chu :))
The yummiest shaved ice you will ever eat: Matsumoto Shave Ice. Beware though, take your pics and then eat it quick. This sucker melts hella fast.
The best joint to get malasadas: Leonard's Bakery, duh. I'm really sad the guava ones weren't in season, because guava is like one of my fave fruits. The banana one was pretty delicious, though.
Best city to look at street art: Honolulu. There's a beautiful Audrey Kawasaki and Obama mural waiting for you. You just gotta go looking for them. :)
I can't wait for the summer. For green (which is becoming my new second fave color). For fucking plants!! I can't wait for the couple of spring Chicago days when I can leave work and walk to the nearest Pink line stop to catch the train home. For sunsets that leave the city a dusty, rosy glow. It literally just snowed like 2 days ago, though, so for now I'll just have to settle for magical spaces like the Garfield Park Conservatory for my little fix of nature.
Don't mind me and mah cherries. I am the fruit of my mother's labor.
peace + 🍒
My mother was raised in Tây Sơn, a district of the Bình Định Province in South Central Vietnam. When she was 21, she carried me for 9 months and gave birth to me on May 21. Within a month, my family obtained sponsorship and moved to the Philippines. My parents learned English there. We then relocated to the United States.
My mother gave birth to a total of 7 children, one who didn't make it. She is a woman. A strong, bold, broken, sad, happy, woman who has gone through so much emotional and physical abuse in her lifetime. Today, my beautiful mother turns 50. I try my best to celebrate her all the time, because any being who can give birth is MAGIC. Everything I can do, I can do because of my mother, a woman. My mother has always been one of my idols, and although she has flaws, I strive to forget about those. I mean, she left her motherland for us. She raised us. She gave us LIFE.
Love all the women in your life today, but don't forget that for the rest of your life, they DESERVE your love and your respect. I promise to try to always do that. I'll end today with some knowledge from Grace Lee Boggs: "Love isn't about what we did yesterday; it's about what we do today and tomorrow and the day after." Keep up the praise and solidarity you are showing today. Don't forget, women run this fucking world, OK? Ok.
peace + love