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Spontaneous Road Trip: Day 3

Day 3 was our last day of our Spontaneous Road Trip and we maximized every minute of it pretty well! For breakfast, we went over to Stacks’ in Campbell, California. This cute breakfast joint is located in the old town area of Campbell. It almost has a thousand reviews with 3.5 stars according to Yelp.

This restaurant had an old school feel to it where the ambiance and the customer service felt homey. Instead of sitting in a booth, we sat on those stools and felt pretty hip.

Note to everyone: I wasn’t going to bring this up but felt obligated to. Please don’t judge our outfits. We wore the same outfit two days in a row because we were so comfortable in them. Thanks Gap for making hip and comfortable clothes!

Kat and I decided to share a plate since we weren’t too hungry but knew we just had to eat something before the long drive back down to sunny SoCal. We got a huge plate of an omelette with a bagel and hash brown on the side. I don’t know how one person can eat all of that but I suggest that you share this meal with a friend!

The omelette definitely satisfied us for the morning and couldn’t have asked for a better breakfast! So afterwards, we took PCH to head back home. We wanted a scenic route but we mainly wanted to see Pfieffer Beach which is known for this beauty:


Look at the sunlight beaming through the doorway! How beautiful is that? Thanks Aaron for telling me about this before the road trip! Unfortunately, we missed the exit for this! We lost reception several times on PCH and forgot to pay attention closely for this beach. Oh well, there’s always next time!

On our way down, I took over the wheel since Kat drove majority of the time on our road trip. I love driving and singing in the car so I didn’t mind the long drive!


After one or two hours of driving, we had to pull over because we saw a field that we just had to take a picture of.


This just reminded me of Lion King. I felt like I was in a safari and it was just me and the animal kingdom.


I won’t forget this selfie picture we took together because it was our first of many times of pulling over to the side of the road to take some awesome pictures.

This was our second time pulling over when we saw this beach that was so bare yet so beautiful!


The sand was abnormally really rough and we saw people with metal detectors walking over all the beach hence those footprints. I was surprised that people still used those because the last time I saw someone using one was when I watched Save By The Bell back in the 90’s.

Ok, at this point I’ll be sharing a bunch of pictures we took when we pulled over on PCH.


In the picture above, I felt like we were in Hawaii because the colors of the water were so vibrant!

When we were closer to sunny SoCal, we called a few friends last minute to see if we could stop by their place. Luckily, we were able to visit Sarah! She gave us a tour of her place, fed us with some fruits and desserts! Her place was such a good resting point physically and mentally! She always has words of encouragement than can easily lift people up! Kat and I agree that stopping by her place was a perfect way to conclude our trip!

Thanks Sarah for always sharing your love! By the way, it was nice meeting Nemo in person!

After Sarah’s place, we made one last stop, home! It was a bittersweet moment when we went our own ways! It’s always nice to be back home but I was sad that our adventure had to come to an end!

Huge thanks to Kat for EVERYTHING. Literally! I don’t even know where to begin. Thank you for being spontaneous with me during this whole road trip. I know I’ve said this many times to you in person but I am so very thankful that we went on this trip together because of all those photography moments we shared. I’m so glad we went to the V3 Conference together in June where we both learned how to make good pictures. We were finally able to apply what we’ve learned into practical use during this trip! Thank you for appreciating the art of photography and taking such artistic pictures of me and of our trip. You really have an eye for photography. I can’t wait for our next road trip once you’re on break from medical school or even our next photography session! Thank you again for making this road trip so memorable!

Model: Briana Kim

I asked Briana if I could do her hair and makeup. Then bam, we had a fun summer photo session with some great sceneries!

If you’re curious about her hat, it’s from H&M. It was on sale for $5 when it was originally around $15-20! Her summer dress is from one of my favorite stores, Gap.

Thanks Briana for being my model and cooperating under the hot sun! AND thank you, A-A-ron for letting me borrow your amazing 50mm lens! That thing works wonders!

Model: Elaine Kim

When it comes to food, I usually know how I want to take pictures of my meal. It comes out naturally without hesitation on what angles and perspective of the food I want to focus on. On the other hand, when it comes to taking pictures of people, it’s a tad bit of a challenge. I wanted to challenge myself again and improve on taking pictures of my friends! So I had another photo shoot with my friend, Elaine Kim.

The last time we had a photo shoot, it was on a gloomy and rainy day in Orange County. Because it wasn’t so bright outside, it was easier to manage the lighting. Check out my first photo session with Elaine Kim here.

We went over to this neighborhood that has a park in every other street! Ok, not literally every other street but maybe every other, other street. This one park we went to is probably my favorite one in the neighborhood. The glossy wooden picnic table and the stone walls bring a homey feel to the park. I honestly don’t know how to get to this park exactly but the many times that I’ve gone, I’ve been lucky enough to find it easily.

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And that’s a wrap!

Elaine is an artsy lady so make sure to check out her Instagram. Also, for you to get to know her a little better, I asked her a few questions:

  1. How do you know Tina? We met at Bethel Church.
  2. What do you spend most of your time doing? Trying various cafes.
  3. What are three random facts about yourself? I love boba drinks excluding the boba. I absolutely hate all types of insects. Photographs and paintings are an exception. I can’t think of a third random fact.

Thanks Elaine for being so patient with me during this photo shoot!

Model: Cindy Lee

Winter doesn’t really exist here in Southern California. The weather lately has been very much summer like but I think the weather is slowly realizing that it’s supposed to be winter. We’re just having a slow start in the cold weather.

With the weather being unusual, I thought it’d be a good time to do a photo shoot of my dear friend, Cindy! It was pretty hilarious doing this with her because she was being her usual self as a diva. I barely had to direct her on how to pose. She knew how to work it!

Cindy is one of a kind. I think some may know what I mean by one of a kind. She’s a ball full of high energy and can easily make anyone laugh. So to do something ‘serious’ like this with her was quite an entertainment. It all worked out because she was able to get into character pretty quickly as a high fashion model.

Thanks Cindy for making me laugh hysterically during all of this. It was a lot of fun hanging out with you like always! Let’s watch America’s Next Top Model for some inspiration and do this again! Actually, you probably don’t need to watch America’s Next Top Model. I’m sure you are an inspiration for yourself!

Ugly Sweater Party

Christian hosted an ugly sweater party that was in support of helping out the less fortunate for the Christmas season. Anyone attending the party was encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift to donate to a children’s hospital. Those who brought a gift was entered into a drawing to win a gift card! Christian is always holding some festive party in support of a good cause! I’m always encouraged by his efforts in that! Thanks Christian!

Kevin & Me

At the Ugly Sweater Party, I was able to catch up with some old friends who I had not seen for years! I have to say that a good amount of people were dressed up festively! By the way, there was an ugly sweater competition. Armando who dressed up as a Christmas tree won! Congratulations Armando!

Live Christmas Tree

L to R: Mark, Christian, Me

Me, Ugly Sweater Tree, & a real Christmas tree

If you’re curious about my outfit especially the ugly sweater part, let me tell you that it’s partially homemade! The collared shirt is from Old Navy and the sweater itself is from my sister’s closet. To be more specific, it’s from Anthropologie. The tree was made by me! Materials from Walmart. The tree was on a different sweater from last year, but it felt apart. So I got a Christmas yarn and looped it into the tree to make it into a necklace! Lastly, the vest is from Gap. Oh and the headband is from H&M. Next year I’m going to try to have a sweater that lights up! I need to step up my ugly sweater game!

Thanks again Christian for putting this altogether to help the children at the Saint Jude’s Research Hospital! God bless!

Swapped Clothes

When Chelsea came up to Orange County, she had a great idea to swap clothes and then return them two weeks later. We always talked about swapping clothes since we have similar taste but the whole distant friendship stopped us from actually swapping. But, it finally happened!

Prior to coming over, I asked her how much clothes she was going to bring. She said a bag or a suitcase. I really didn’t think she was going to do that. But, guess what. She wasn’t joking. She came over to my house with a huge suitcase (literally) of clothes! I was quite surprised. She got the chance to look through my closet as I looked through her suitcase. Below is all that I borrowed from her.
Chelsea's Clothes.

At the end of our swap, she ended up wearing some of my clothes. From head to toe: beanie that I finally returned to her after 3 or 4 years, yellow and white flannel from Banana Republic that was $20 or less, green anorak from Old Navy for about $30, and off white pants were Chelsea’s from Anthropologie.
Chelsea modeling naturally.

We told each other that we had to take pictures of our outfits. So Day 1 was on a Sunday and we wanted to dress nicely for church. We both wore dresses from Anthropologie with black tights and a pair of oxfords. By the way, we are huge Anthropology fans.
Swapped Clothes Day 1

Here are some pictures of us from a week of swapping clothes. The brand of the clothes we wore included: Ann Taylor, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Costco (Yup, Costco is there), Forever 21, Gap, G-Stage, J-Crew, and Old Navy.
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Below is our favorite dress from each other’s closet. They’re both from Anthropologie. The one on the left is my favorite of all from Chelsea’s closet. It’s a simple and chic dress perfectly appropriate for the winter season. I wore it a few times with a red belt, black tights, and gray flats. Chelsea’s favorite outfit from my closet was a dress that I call the wise man dress on the right. Without any accessories, the dress looks like something a wise man from the Bible would have worn. To make it more fitting and sophisticated, a brown leather belt with a bow in the center completed the outfit in addition to black tights and either brown flats/oxfords/boots.

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Can’t wait for spring season to swap clothes again! Chelsea, a bag of spring clothes are waiting for you in my closet as I wait for another suit case to be lugged into my house.