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that one word can trigger a million different meanings:

it could be a place – your childhood home where you grew up.

it could be a certain moment, locked away inside a box of time that you regularly open, just to feel all the emotions rushing back and bringing a smile to your face.

it could be a specific feeling – like that one time you and your best friend stayed up talking til 2 am, and finally falling asleep hours later with the taste of that ben and jerry’s caramel ice cream on your tongue.

it could be a person – someone that sends you into spiral of joy, nervousness, and happiness all at once. someone who, just by seeing them or hearing their voice, refreshes your entire soul and body.

or it could even be

yourself.


so before you build a home within anyone or anything, remember that you should find home within yourself.

your happiness does not depend on another person, so don’t put yourself in that empty prison.

repeat after me: your happiness does NOT depend on how another person treats you.

when you are nervous, falling apart, and afraid, pray. learn to forgive and accept yourself; even better, to love yourself. learn to love others. and finally, love God, because dwelling in Him is the most peaceful thing that you’ll ever experience~

Day 19: A Trip to LA

ayye your girl Faith went to the LA County Fair yesterday with some of her friends :D Here are some pics of the adventure!

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the barn ;3

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Β the yogurt was pretty good.

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The Huntington Library

A few days ago I visited the Huntington Library in LA! It is largely famous, not only for its books but also for its gorgeous botanical garden. Yup, we are continuing the LA theme from The Broad Museum :) If you haven’t read it yet, you can click on the link right here: The Broad Museum. Enjoy the pictures I got with my trusty Nikon! Also, I tried a new photo formatting – do you like it?

 

 

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Lush bamboo grove at the Chinese Garden

 

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Chinese Garden (again)

btw, the Chinese Garden had a bunch of places with food…that might be the reason why I was there for quite a long time u_u

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Look closely at what this person put as their dream job in the 1910s :)

I hope you liked this post, and I definitely recommend going to the Huntington Library whenever you’re in LA! They have a variety of gardens and exhibits that could take all day to enjoy. It’s a great place to get away from the city and yet be in the city at the same time lol..It’s also a really good way to get exercise *cough* I walked about 5 miles in a few hours. If you go to the H, tag your post with #AtTheH so I can see them! Love you all~

 

That Girl Over There

The Window in the Lighthouse

   She was trapped. Trapped inside the tall brick lighthouse that stood, all alone, on the tiny island. She couldn’t remember how she got here, only a vague memory feeling pressure on her head and then blacking out while walking home from her mannerism classes. When she woke up, she had found herself lying on the cold wooden floor in the ancient lighthouse. Gingerly, the young girl named Willow now sat up, rubbing her temples.  “Hello?” She quavered, glancing nervously into the mysterious shadows. Her large brown eyes searched the room, noting the cobwebs in the corners, the dusty shelves, and the faded wallpaper. Obviously, someone hasn’t lived here for awhile. 

 Willow frowned. 

That didn’t make sense – didn’t the lighthouse keeper usually live in the lighthouse? She decided to explore her surroundings a bit more throughly. Carefully, she got to her feet and brushed off her full skirts. Her silk shoes slid across the floor, barely making a sound. She slipped off her expensive gloves and tucked them into the pocket of her petticoat. Suddenly, a floorboard creaked above her, and she whirled around nervously.

 “Who’s there?” 

She heard nothing. Then her eyes fell on an iron-hinged door that looked like it hadn’t been opened in ages. Eagerly, Willow headed towards it. Maybe once she was outside, she would recognize her surroundings and know how to get home. Creak. Creak. Willow twisted the doorknob this way and that, but her efforts were fruitless. The door refused to budge. A feeling of helpless overwhelmed her and a tear threatened to spill onto her cheeks. Groaning, Willow sank down onto the floor and leaned her head against the wall. 

And that’s when she saw the window. 


 “I wonder if I can break the window open and climb out that way,” she thought aloud. Making up her mind, she ran to the window and peered out. What she saw shocked her. 

Normal people like her were walking around outside, admiring the sea, pointing and clicking small black rectangles over and over again. Willow’s eyes got bigger when she saw how they were dressed. The women were wearing tight pants and tips instead of the proper, full dresses that every woman should wear. Some men were even wearing shorts! @_@ Frantically, Willow’s eyes roved over the scene. Strange contraptions with wheels lined the sidewalk and people were actually using them as a mode of transportation! Her hand flew to her mouth. 

 “It couldn’t…it can’t be,” she whispered. 

Had she traveled into the future somehow? How was that even possible? Her mind was racing around in a whirlwind when all of a sudden she heard a voice behind her: 

“What are you doing here?”

Thanks for reading this freewrite :) Yes, I know, I have been obsessed with freewrites lately. #sorrynotsorry I thought of this story after I took the above picture of a window in a lighthouse that is now a tourist attraction in California~ I hope you enjoyed it, and please let me know if you do by liking this post ^_^ 

Road Trip Essentials

Hey there! You look beautiful today :D Where I live, it feels like a beautiful, perfect summer day and I just can NOT wait for summer. Everyone’s obsessing over how “spring is in the air” and what not. It definitely is, so much so that it feels like a June day. Anyways, let’s get on with this post.

So one of the common things you would see on tumblr are cute pictures of road trips. Road trips are like the best if you want to do a photo shoot, hang out with your friends, or just simply relax! So below I have listed what I love to bring on road trips. This isn’t a rule that everyone has to follow for road trips, it’s just a suggestion :) Enjoy!

  1. First things first: bring a hat and sunglasses. You don’t want to get burned, and plus they look great ;)
  2. I literally bring my lip balm everywhere I go. My lips get dry easily, and using lip balm really helps moisturize them. Currently I’m using the EOS blueberry lip balm~
  3. Another thing for skin care is to bring lotion and sunscreen, to keep your skin looking fab.
  4. You would also want to bring a good book, and perhaps even a small notebook to sketch and journal in. The Baltic Club has some amazing hand drawn notebooks that I would recommend.
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  5. BRING A CAMERA! This is probably my favorite thing to bring on a road trip. The camera I’m using is a Nikon D5300 and I have two different lenses that I absolutely love <3
  6. MUST HAVE: your playlist and your earbuds/headphones. My favorite Christian artist would probably be Kari Jobe :) Current favorite song: The More I Seek You
  7. Infused detox water – this tastes even better than just normal water and it’s super pretty too! All you have to do is just put slices of whatever you like (strawberries, cucumbers, or limes are a good way to start) into your water and voila! A refreshing drink without all the extra calories that are in soda. Actually, this actually makes me wants to drink more water, which in turn hydrates my face and keeps it clear.detox.water
  8. Perhaps you will want to bring a blanket, just in case it gets cold :)
  9. Snacks! Bring some trail mix, some fruit, anything you like! (I only bring healthy snacks *cough* most of the time….)
  10. And last but not least, bring your friends! Because who goes on a road trip all by themselves? You can take cute pictures of each other too as a bonus :D

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I really hope you enjoyed this post, and don’t forget to hit that like button if you did enjoy this post! If you didn’t enjoy this post…hit the like button anyways.

Love you all to the moon and back <3

That Girl Over There

More Pictures, Everyone!

Hey ya’ll! I just got my pictures from our vacation uploaded from my trusty camera to my computer. I thought I’d give you all a glimpse into the past week :)

Sit back and enjoy!

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Voila ~ the gorgeous, beautiful, intricate, amazing, fascinating, magnificent Lake Louise.

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The ski resort in Alberta

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Hiding among the flowers

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Everyone. Look. At the ridiculously adorable squirrel thingy.

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See the terrifying Sky Walk near the glacier fields.

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And of course, the plentiful trees :)

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That’s all for now.

Yours,
That Girl Over There~

Day 4: I Can’t Even List Everything – the Title Would Be Too Long!

   Wow! What. A. Day. I don’t think I even have to tell you that I’m wiped out beyond words! Day 4 is the day our family joined a bus tour traveling through several Candian provinces. On our route, we stopped at the city of Hope, a ginseng factory, and had a lovely view of the Fraser River, which is so cold (4 Celsius) that no one dares to swim in it! Well, maybe except me…. πŸ˜‰

   After lunch, our tour guide directed us to a beautiful waterfall called Spahats Falls. For all you loyal followers, I literally just stood at the railing trying to think of how I would describe such a magnificent scene to you. And here it is. There are two, giant rock walls coming together to form a V. At the point of the V is a chasm that splits the joining rock sides in half. Keep in mind that the chasm only cuts half of the rock walls. And, in that chasm is a bubbling spring that tumbles out of the chasm and the rest of the distance to the ground, where it gathers in clear, gushing pools. Now, see how much thought I put into this explanation? You’re welcome~

       The finale to the day was watching salmon spawn in a nearby creek. Don’t even think about squirming. In reality, watching salmon spawn was so inspiring. These king salmon overcame huge obstacles and gigantic odds to fin their way back to their birthplace. They swam all the way from the ocean to this little creek that was shallow, their fins protruded from the swirling water. And if that’s not enough, these courageous fish don’t eat for the six months they take to travel to their birthplace. They Don’t Eat A Thing. That’s pretty unbelievable. And there’s even more. These beautiful fishies lose their luster and shine, and scars and scratches from the rocks replace them. These salmon give up everything to return to their spawning grounds. After they lay their eggs, they lose even more – their own life.
It reminds me of a familiar story.
Jesus came down to earth from heaven. He lost so much. He was “bruised and wounded.” For us. And in the end, He lost His life. But there was hope, because He was resurrected from the dead and restored. The salmon lose their lives, but they give hope β€” they spur on the next generation of salmon, who repeat the same thing. There’s always hope, no matter the situation.
Thanks for putting up with my rambling and reading this far!

Yours,
That Girl Over There~

Bonus Post!

Hey ya’ll! I decided to be extra nice and share some more pictures…you might get a sneak peak at what I’m doing today if you pay attention. Without further ado……

  
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Views from the tour bus today!

  
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I want these mailboxes!

  
Washington Lake on our first day!

At this moment, I’m traveling on the Highway 1, which is the longest highway in the entire world! But that’s all I’m saying for now. Check back later!
Yours,

That Girl Over There~

Day 3: Butchart Gardens

August 24, 2015

Today we visited the ultra-famous Butchart Gardens! To get there, we parked the car on a one hour and a half long ferry ride that carried us between islands to get to the island of Victoria. Then, we drove to Butchart Gardens! It is….just simply a must see. 20150825-075219.jpg
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Flowers flaunted theirselves all around us in the prettiest color combinations of red, white, purple, yellow, turquoise, and more! We strolled through the calming Japanese Garden, the bright and colorful Italian Garden, the graceful Rose Garden, and finally the Sunken Garden (my favorite)! I walked through a beautiful forest of towering, sky high trees, turned the corner, and came to a breathtaking view of the garden.
Absolutely breathtaking.
The Sunken Garden was originally formed out of an abandoned limestone quarry. Mrs. Butchart began planting flower beds and trees in the early 1900s, and today it is a gorgeous blend of plants, all perfectly balanced. If you go there, you will see a vine-covered mound rising up in the middle of the garden. That was a lower quality of limestone that was never quarried. But today, it is a defining mark of the Sunken Garden, as are two trees of life that flourish on both sides of the limestone mound.

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Prettiest garden yet! See the rising vines above the front part of the garden?

It was a beautiful day, with equal amounts of sun and cloud. But eventually, my sister and I…ahem…felt in need of refreshments. In the Italian Garden, was, appropriately, a gelato store. So…long story short, both of us got two double scoop ice cream cones x) They were delicious, by the way.
All in all, it was such a pleasant trip and I loved it!

Yours,
That Girl Over There~

Day 2: BC Border

August 23, 2015

We spent most of the day driving from Seattle to the Canada border. Along the way, we traveled through the towns of Mount Vernon, Burlington, and Bellingham. Finally, we reached the border at noon! Here’s a picture of crossing the border:

  
 After checking into our hotel in Vancouver, all four of us relaxed from the exhausting car trip. At about seven in the evening, we found ourselves at the annual Richmond night market! Throwback to my Taiwan trip! The line was unbelievably long, and we waited for about thirty to forty minutes before we finally gained admittance. But it was worth it! First, I, starving girl that I was, found the ramen stand and ordered a delicious bowl of the Japanese noodles. 🍜 Yum. I was really pleased with both the food’s flavor and presentation. And that was just the beginning! We ate gluten BBQ skewers, deep fried, crispy mushrooms, deep fried tofu with tangy hot sauce, and fried Chinese noodles. For dessert, I decided to get a traditional winter-melon tea, like the one I had in Taiwan. Sadly, my expectations were crushed. The drink was way too sweet and it wasn’t cold enough. Good thing there was a backup: a mango shaved ice with ice cream in top! Besides the winter melon incident, it was a great dinner! πŸ˜‰

And for all you avid shoppers, there is a variety of booths offering everything from the most adorable socks to clothes to stationery! It was definitely worth the wait and the money.
Had a great day!

Yours,
That Girl Over There~

Day 1: Seattle, WA

Finally! I get a vacation from the ritual of life. I mean, I like working and studying, but everyone needs a break once in a while, right? ;)
Last night we arrived in Seattle, which I have never had the privilege of traveling to before. (Shout out to my followers and readers in Washington!) As morning dawned the next day, I was amazed at how many trees there are! “The Evergreen State” is the perfect name for Washington.

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The sunrise

Back where my family lives, we only get scattered, thin trees here and there. But then we come to Washington and we’re all like, “WHOA look at the trees!!!” 😱 Just to give you an idea of my tree obsession, I spent most of the day gawking at the mini forests fringing the busy roads. Yes, I am your classic tourist. You know, the kind that stares all around with wide eyes, is always taking pictures, and has no idea where she is if it wasn’t for the GPS. πŸ˜‰
Before we began the main part of our trip, we decided to spend the day exploring the city. First, we drove to Lake Washington, which was absolutely beautiful. There, people swam in the cool water and picnicked nearby. Near the area was the city of Medina, which was full of huge luxurious houses. But the best part of the day was a hiking trail that we discovered in a more rural setting. Jumping out of the car, I tipped my head back to gaze at a thick stand of towering, majestic evergreen trees. 

  
The forest floor crunched underneath my feet as I wandered in. There was…such a quiet tranquility that one can’t find just anywhere. The thick clusters of trees, the rustic dirt path that faded into the foliage, the late afternoon sunlight filtering softly through the leaves and bathing the delicate lichens clinging to tree stumps in a pool of ambient light…you could sit there forever and breathe in the crisp air.

  
Hmm…it would be fun to live here yeah?
I’m looking forward to seeing more of the beautiful Northwest!

Yours,
That Girl Over There~