Archive for January, 2015

Project 52

January 31st, 2015

I’ve thought about starting a Project 52 many times in the past, and I’ve decided that 2015 is the year to do it! Basically, I take a photo every week.

Why a project 52 instead of a project 365? Well, I’ve actually completed a project 365 in the past. Not only that, I almost did it twice. If you look at my tumblr archive, I started a project 365 in September 2009, successfully completed it in 2010, and then kept going until July 2011!

Completed on 09/28/2010. Started a new one on 09/29/2010.

Completed on 09/28/2010! This is the first photo of the second 365.

From that, I learned that I treat a project 365 as a fun way to catalog my life. Not all of the photos are particularly interesting, and some were lazy ones that I took just to complete the day. Plus, I started it before Instagram was around, and now I use my Instagram in a similar way as the project 365.

What I want is a photography challenge, so I’m going to try and be more creative about it. A project 52 would give me more time to put thought into each photo, instead of churning out something daily. It’s been a month since I started, and here’s the progress!

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PAX South recap

January 27th, 2015

I went to PAX South in San Antonio last weekend! My friend from Philadelphia came to visit, so I bought 3-day badges for myself, him, and my husband. PAX stands for Penny Arcade Expo, and it’s a large gaming convention where many developers come to show off their games. Many of the games aren’t released yet, so it’s exciting to get a sneak peek.

This was PAX South’s very first year! Though, it wasn’t our first time at a PAX. We’ve been to PAX East in Boston 3 times in the past. Compared to PAX East, there was a lack of well-known gaming companies with their large and showy booths. Maybe as South grows, those will start showing up. It was nice to see a bunch of small companies instead though, since you get to see new things you haven’t heard of before.

Since PAX South is in Texas, I ran into many friends from different Texas cities! One of which was Mija! She found me first, and when I turned around, she was there with a big hug. She’s so awesome! I’m glad we finally met in person! :D

Are we the same height? Short people unite!

Are we the same height? Short people unite!

We played a bunch of games, and some were more memorable than others. Like with past years (2010, 2011, 2013), here is a recap with the ones that stood out to me the most. Let’s start with my 3 favorites.

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The foodie trip

January 17th, 2015

One of my closest friends is visiting me next week! He’s flying in from Philadelphia and loves good food as much as I do :) Because of that, I have been working on a “food schedule” – basically where we’ll be eating and when. I picked local favorites and also things Texas is known for. Here’s what’s on it so far!

Torchy’s Tacos
I brought my friend here the last time he visited, and he’s still craving it! Austin is big on tacos, and by tacos, I don’t mean cheap meat and a hard shell. I mean a soft tortilla with high quality ingredients. Torchy’s is one of the popular local chains here with tasty ingredient combinations.

Left: green chile pork | Right: baja shrimp

Left: green chile pork | Right: baja shrimp

Tacodeli
Tacodeli is another local chain, and it’s actually my favorite for tacos. They have a large variety, great ingredients, and amazing salsas. I especially love their breakfast tacos, so this may be a morning trip.

Left: breakfast taco | Right: Al Pastor from lunch menu

Left: breakfast taco | Right: Al Pastor from lunch menu

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