city sights

a priory in rockridge


photo shoot with nathalie



A friend of mine is practicing her (already awesome) photography skills. I not unwillingly helped out this Saturday.


photo shoot with nathalie


the sun setting rapidly. coronado beach

I have perceiv’d that to be with those I like is enough,
To stop in company with the rest at evening is enough,
To be surrounded by beautiful, curious, breathing, laughing flesh is enough,
To pass among them, or touch any one, or rest my arm ever so lightly round his or her neck for a moment—what is this, then?
I do not ask any more delight—I swim in it, as in a sea.
There is something in staying close to men and women, and looking on them, and in the contact and odor of them, that pleases the soul well;   50
All things please the soul—but these please the soul well.

— Excerpt from ‘I sing the body electric’, Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman

The excerpt above is just to say that I miss my friends who, although in the same time zone as me right now, are 10 hours away by car. 😦
Back again to the land of rain and clouds! Take courage my soul, against the freezing cold weather and lack of sunlight. My time in California has really spoiled me for England. The weather was extremely good in December and early January (it’s been a nice and sunny 80F). Maybe I should be worried that it feels like summer when it’s the middle of winter, but my cold-blooded body doesn’t mind at all. When you need other sources of heat to regulate your body temperature, you don’t complain too much about strange climate changes if it’s giving you the sunlight you need to survive.Unfortunately, I am never as productive as I plan to be during vacations. Right before my break begins, I always create rather elaborate daily schedules, goals, and a ‘to-do’ list. If I am very lucky and diligent, half of them will get done. But I think I thrive better when I’m stressed out with too much on my plate because that’s when I’m really productive. I think.
The break wasn’t a complete waste of time, however. I spent time with my family, baked, cooked, and ate all of the food I have been craving since England (Alas! Where shall I get spicy food now?!), read for dissertation, read for pleasure, and realized a newfound love for poetry (hence the excerpt from Walt Whitman)
I also got to go to the beach! We went to Coronado Island (technically a peninsula) and saw the sun set.

on the bridge from downtown san diego to coronado island

beautiful beaches right in front of Hotel Del Coronado

sister accidentally dropped her sunglasses!

city sights

goodbye again California


Something about being at home makes me always want Korean desserts.

Korean desserts generally don’t have the capacity to look fancy and gorgeous, but they’re comforting, homey, and tastes like a stroll down a frosty winter night in my grandmother’s hometown.

I always want, make, and eat hodduks when I’m at home. Sometimes from scratch, sometimes from the boxes of stuff they sell at Korean supermarkets. Amazing either way. 🙂

Best part: when the melted sugar explodes from a different part of the hodduk as you take a bite. It burns. But it’s a sweet burn.

food & drink

hodduk (호떡)