LOS ANGELES 2014 // Lomo Version

LOS ANGELES 2014 - LOMO VERSION.
LOS ANGELES 2014 - LOMO VERSION.
LOS ANGELES 2014 - LOMO VERSION.
LOS ANGELES 2014 - LOMO VERSION.
LOS ANGELES 2014 - LOMO VERSION.
LOS ANGELES 2014 - LOMO VERSION.
LOS ANGELES 2014 - LOMO VERSION.

Snippets of Los Angeles 2014 shot with the La Sardina camera. By Jin Chu-Ferrer.

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Back from NYC!

And now heading to  LA .

Only a week to breath in between trips, but I'm ready to switch gears.

From the hustle and bustle of the East Coast concrete jungle to the

rejuvenating Big Bear greenery tucked deep in the San Bernadino Mountains.

No internet. No work stress. No cellies.

That's right. 

No cellphones. (!!!)

Nothing but inspirational fodder and wholistic experiences for 4 days.

That's what The Unique Camp is all about.

Away from the city lights. In the wild, sorta roughing it out.

Getting all kinds of creative.

And I Can. Not. Wait.

So - looking forward to this weekend!

In a few days, in fact.

Let's meet and collaborate, yeah?

I would love to hear your story, fellow creative!

#ilovecreatives #uniquecamp2015

besos ... jin.

NYC 2014 // Lomo Version

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Snippets of NYC 2014 shot with The Golden Half. By Jin Chu-Ferrer.

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Heading to NYC later today.

14 more hours ... 

This giddiness. It has me digging up our last NYC photog adventures back in late 2014.

More daydreaming. More game planning. 

Then I stumbled across forgotten Golden Half lomo versions of that trip.

Light leaks. Happy surprises. Beautiful blurs.

So, so good. 

Hoping to recreate that mindless trigger happiness this weekend.

That Golden Half. It's a badass lil sucker.

1:30a.

Gotta snooze it up.

See y'all in a New York minute!

besos ... jin.

TEXAS 2014 // Hotel Saint Cecilia

photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.

Swank hotel stay in Austin...wait...don't ya'll live in Austin?! Like a boss @jin_chu!! lol - Jerome via Instagram.

That's right, old friend, that's right. Jincent don't mess around when it comes to staycationing! 'Cause ya know, that's what ya do when traveling ain't your full-time job anymore.

Le sigh.

So why spend $$$ on a hotel room just 10 minutes away from Condo de Ferrer? Hotel Saint Cecilia happens to be one of a few legendary hotels in Central Texas famed for it's quintessential Austin vibe.

And have you seen photos of this place? An absolute dream retreat for any creative. Crazy good artsiness echoing the experimental inspiration of yesteryear's musicians and artists. 1 part unconventional mixed with 2 parts modern minimalism. Yes, please.

So yah, we barely left our bungalow. (Again, have you seen photos of this place??) The experience left us rejuvenated and undoubtedly inspired. So inspired I took tons of pix to remember that fuel for inspiration, the fodder for creative spark, the re-ignited memory of the dream. Thanks for letting us pretend we live off SoCo (and for not charging us $1,000 for the trigger happiness ... yet), Hotel Saint Cecilia. Even if for one night.

besos ... jin.

SEATTLE 2013

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seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.

As many times as I've been to Seattle, I could never get tired of this city. The laid-back vibe, fresh air, nature-y backdrop. With a hint of the hipstery twist. Who's not down with that? It's like I had never left Austin! Though Seattle would have felt more like my 2nd home if some of my favorite people haven't recently moved out of this fine, quirky city! My ading is now somewhere in Arkansas. Liz moved to Houston a year ago. And Helen ... I have no idea what happened to her. But for sure, Seattle's not the same without them. Yeah, it's just not the same. Many, if not all, of my memorable Seattle (mis)adventures involved them all! Then in comes Jay to save the day. He moved to Seattle 2 months ago and thanks to him and his proximity to Seattle University, Vince and I got to be college kids all over again, running around Pine St. and E. Madison St. every morning. Def a great place to kill a whole week, where finding tourists this far removed from Pike Place Market, Belltown and Chinatown is rare. We kinda felt like locals! Young locals, at that. You know, kicking it with the college kids and stuff.

But I'll admit, even without all the good people no longer in Seattle, this trip has proven to be just as memorable as the last few. How many people can say they started off their very first hours in town jamming out at a Typhoon concert with Jay's roomies at The Crocodile and then going on a midnight tour around Brandon's malarial research lab immediately thereafter? We even ventured outside of Seattle to do a bit of hikage in Whidbey Island. (Our first choice was Mount Rainier, but weather beat us out. Next time!) And ain't nobody took advantage of the Car2Go like we did! Nor had to fight a losing battle for a Car2Go like we did. I thought you Seattleites walked and biked everywhere?? Oi. But I'd do it all over again - zipping around Seattle in a Car2Go. It's fun! Even though it's a hassle and even though parking is scarce and even though you spend more time searching for a Car2Go than actually riding in it. My Car2Go word of advice: Reserve, reserve, reserve! Maybe when I come back to Seattle in 3 years, teleportation will be alive and well. Hey! A girl can hope! Would def make my traveling life easier!

besos ... jin.

seattle eats // skillet diner.

seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.

Stack of Griddled Cakes with Lemon Zest Butter + Caramelized Grapefruit on the side for her. Pork Belly and Cornmeal Waffle for him. That's brunch filled with all kinds of nom, nom, nom! And here's an extra nom for the open-concept, zen-like diner ambiance and unassuming minimalist decor, because let's face it, we all feast with our eyes first. It's what gets our tongues primed for noming. Speaking of feasting with the eyes, I'll just let the pictures of food porn do all the talking. I mean, noming. ;-) But don't take it from me and V. You know Skillet Diner is nomlicious when an ex-Seattleite-now-Houstonian friend highly recommends it, with 4 Yelp stars backing her up.

From one foodie head to another. Seriously. That grapefruit, though. With the top coat of caramelized goodness ... NOM!

besos ... jin.

SEATTLE 2013 // Deception Pass Park

whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.
whidbey island // deception pass park.

I'm gonna be honest, Whidbey Island may not be for me and V. The greenery and seaside sights are peacefully beautiful, sure. But life's slow here. A little too slow. I'm just gonna go ahead and even say mind-numbing slow. Every town we've visited on the island all had a cute lil market place and awesome water views to catch that rare whale sighting. Not too much going on besides the usual small island meanderings. But that's the problem. They're all like that. Every town. Predictably the same. So things got old and boring. Quick. But if you do so happen to find yourself in the area, go check out the highlight of our Whidbey Island road trip: Deception Pass Park. A mini hikage from the bridge down to the rocky beach below holds breathtaking surprises of vast blue water, heavy fog rolling in, and countless dead logs lining the pebble-filled beach. I don't recommend visiting the many uninteresting towns on the island, but the one-with-nature hiking bit is where it's at!

besos ... jin.

vancouver eats // cafe medina.

vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.

Testimonials of the best lavender latte popped up in the Pinterest universe a few months back, getting my coffee taste buds all tingly with excitement. Is it true? The very best?? It would be nice to finally get my lips on a perfect cup of one! It's not like I've spent all summer attempting to concoct a mind-blowing version, only to have most of them fail miserably. (This lavender flavoring business is a finicky art!) So now I've made it my mission to get to Cafe Medina if I ever find myself in Vancouver again.

Which I did. 2 weeks ago. Oh, sweet, sweet elixir. We finally meet!

Good espresso kick. Dash of milk. Hint of lavender. Smooth on the tongue. Subtle bitterness. No chemical aftertaste. More cowbell. Now that's some exceptional lavender latte! Perfect complement to my gigantor bowl of granola, fruit and yohgurt, which was the energy boost I needed without the crash. Surprisingly fulfilling, too. Even Vince's mini cast iron entree of Fricassé was also a gourmet treat, a culinary mastery of balancing light and heavy, rich and delicate. And honestly - who can say no to braised short ribs and grilled foccacia?

But it was the ambiance that sealed the deal for me. After waiting outside the cafe along with the hungry masses for 15 minutes, we were ushered pass the main dining area to a side door leading into a non-descript hallway. The journey continued pass the kitchen into a dark room, which led to another room. What welcomed us was an intimate setting perfect for candid chatter. Brick walls, exposed wood beams, tall ceilings, urban art, contemporary light fixtures. All squeezed into a small, private room. My favorite part: natural light flooding in from the 9-foot windows.

Swoon.

Hidden gems just makes the food that much better, innit? Needless to say, I ate my brunch extra slow that morning. Cafe Medina, I kinda like you. I'm def hitting you up again the next time I'm in Vancouver! 

besos ... jin.

photo diary // juan pelota cafe.

photo diary // juan pelota cafe.
photo diary // juan pelota cafe.
photo diary // juan pelota cafe.
photo diary // juan pelota cafe.
photo diary // juan pelota cafe.
photo diary // juan pelota cafe.
photo diary // juan pelota cafe.
photo diary // juan pelota cafe.
photo diary // juan pelota cafe.
photo diary // juan pelota cafe.

This set is from one of 3 coffee shops that me and the hubsters checked out this past Saturday in a (weak) attempt to curb my trigger happiness. But because I'm nice, I'm sparing y'all the pic overload! I ain't gonna lie - this set's barely skimming the top, with me pulling in ~150 pix alone. =X Yeeeah. I'm still working on being more choosy with my camera eye, which I forgot the second I stepped into Juan Pelota! Oi. What to do when everything you see becomes a photograph?? 

besos ... jin.

SAN FRAN 2013 // Unite SF Fashion Show

san francisco 2013 // unite sf fashion show.
san francisco 2013 // unite sf fashion show.
san francisco 2013 // unite sf fashion show.
san francisco 2013 // unite sf fashion show.
san francisco 2013 // unite sf fashion show.
san francisco 2013 // unite sf fashion show.
san francisco 2013 // unite sf fashion show.
san francisco 2013 // unite sf fashion show.
san francisco 2013 // unite sf fashion show.
san francisco 2013 // unite sf fashion show.
san francisco 2013 // unite sf fashion show.
san francisco 2013 // unite sf fashion show.
san francisco 2013 // unite sf fashion show.
san francisco 2013 // unite sf fashion show.
san francisco 2013 // unite sf fashion show.
san francisco 2013 // unite sf fashion show.
san francisco 2013 // unite sf fashion show.
san francisco 2013 // unite sf fashion show.
san francisco 2013 // unite sf fashion show.
san francisco 2013 // unite sf fashion show.

Select snaps from a fashion show me and Kim went to a couple of weeks ago at the stunning Conservatory of Flowers, which in itself is already quite a visual feast, but throw creative sartorial inspiration into the mix and you got camera eye overload! As well as one heck of a fashion experience, with free cocktails adding a nice touch to it all. Probably the closest we'll ever get to a Project Runway moment! Good fashion, good cause, good creative eye candy - can't think of a better way to spend a random Wednesday evening!

besos ... jin.

SAN FRAN 2013 // Random April Wednesday at Kim's

photo diary // san francisco 2013.
photo diary // san francisco 2013.
photo diary // san francisco 2013.
photo diary // san francisco 2013.
photo diary // san francisco 2013.
photo diary // san francisco 2013.
photo diary // san francisco 2013.
photo diary // san francisco 2013.
photo diary // san francisco 2013.

If you ever awoke one Wednesday morning on the couch of a Berkeley home atop a rocky hill with an awe-inspiring view of the San Francisco Bay, you know it's an amazing, surreal feeling. Coupled with coffee, vegetarian eats, and deers grazing in the backyard - you start wondering why you didn't plan to stay longer! Kim! Are ya sure you want to move back to the city?? Have you looked outside your window?? It's magical! 

And what's a dreamy morning without a good chat? Kim, who recently came back from 2 years of traveling the world, had many stories to tell. I, of course, was all ears and so we've spent an insane amount of hours chatting up a storm about traveling and food. 2 of my favorite things in life (and I suspect Kim's, too). Can the day get any better? Wednesday was feeling more like a lazy Sunday! Totally lovin' it! As many times as I've been to SF, with SF being one of my most visited cities in the states, this was a welcomed change. No touristy bit. Just life with positive energy and awesome company. Thank you, Kim, for being such a hospitable, entertaining host! As well as one heck of a renaissance lady: playing chauffeur, going on foodie adventures, sharing creative dreams, trading traveling tales, and sending me off with organic fruit and gummy vitamins. A woman after my own heart!

besos ... jin.

SAN FRAN 2013 // Sister Date with Nadia

photo diary // san francisco 2013.
photo diary // san francisco 2013.
photo diary // san francisco 2013.
photo diary // san francisco 2013.
photo diary // san francisco 2013.
photo diary // san francisco 2013.
photo diary // san francisco 2013.
photo diary // san francisco 2013.
photo diary // san francisco 2013.
photo diary // san francisco 2013.
photo diary // san francisco 2013.
photo diary // san francisco 2013.
photo diary // san francisco 2013.
photo diary // san francisco 2013.
photo diary // san francisco 2013.
photo diary // san francisco 2013.
photo diary // san francisco 2013.

Day 1 of my mini San Fran visit was pretty much a Tuesday pow wow date with Nadia. And let me tell ya, if you want to cram 3 days worth of adventures in 1 day, a random weekday is the way to go. No crowds, no traffic, no lines! Huzzah!

Tuesday's randomness with Nadia, in a nutshell, looked like this the second I arrived that morning:

Girl with a Pearl Earring exhibit at the de Young Museum (getting cultured for free thanks to Nadia's membership pass!), lunch gastronomy adventures at the museum cafe, epic tea time at the Japanese Tea Garden (many cliche poses of zen-like meditation and owling commenced, as well as stalking down a very elusive duck), Matcha green tea hunt at Japantown (read digression below), Shabu Shabu mid-afternoon snack at Cafe Mum's (while fawning over the spoils of our green tea loot), quick sweater shopping through Union Square, fine sushi dining at Sushi Sho in Berkeley. Aaand capping the night off with a commanding panoramic view of SF's city lights from Kim + Wes' Berkeley home atop a rocky hill. Imagine falling asleep to that.

With that all said, if ya saw 2 girls zipping their way through SF, laughing and singing on a random April Tuesday afternoon, that was us. Or shamelessly filling up a grocery basket with Matcha green tea anything at the Nijiya Market while shouting out glees of joy, that was us, too. Had a Pocky salesman visiting from Japan round the corner to see what the commotion was all about, only to find a couple of gals taking apart the whole green tea display! Which led him to get all kinds of quizzical, asking questions of why we love green tea. For health benefits? Taste? Color? All of the above, d'uh!

"But ... you know ... Matcha green tea ... has bitter taste."

"Yah we know! And we love it! Thanks for the warning!"

Never seen anyone walk away with such dumbfounded surprise, shaking his head in an approving manner while repeatedly saying, in the most Japanese fashion, mind you, "OHH! ... OHHHH! ... OHHHHHHH!"

Should've taken a picture of the salesman-dude's reaction in hindsight. Hah! Muchas gracias, Nadia, for taking such good care of me with thoughtful big sister hospitality. You know I like you when I'm willing to share a box or 2 of my Matcha green tea Pocky finds. Gnah! ;-) Miss the candid sister talks, the rambunctious laughs, the comical random adventures. Love ya!

besos ... jin.

TEXAS 2013 // Butter Business Bureau @ West Elm

photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.
photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.
photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.
photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.
photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.
photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.
photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.
photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.
photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.

I like butter. You like butter. Who doesn't like butter? You know how that ol' saying goes - 'Everything taste better with butter!' So let me tell ya what happened when me and V came across a table spread full of handcrafted butter blend samples at West Elm. Heck yah we shamelessly tried it all. 15 to be exact. All very derrricious. So de rrricious - we had seconds! Shamelessly, of course, 'cause that's just our style. 

Pam, the butter mastermind behindButter Business Bureau, somehow achieved perfect taste bud harmony with her well-balanced butter concoctions. These butters aren't at all rich and greasy, neither overwhelming nor underwhelming on the palette. They're simply just right. Which I take as uber healthy, but that could just be me. And my excuse to eat more of it. What's even better is that all her butters are made with organic cream from grass fed cows. (Now how could that not be healthy??) Flavors like Shallot Citrus Tarragon, Black Truffle Parmesan, Sweet Lemon Curry will most def rock your taste buds. I mean ... in a just right way. ;-) My absolute fave is Lavender Honey.

But nevermind me. I'm just 'spreading' the love. ;-) Go taste and see for yourself! Viva, Mantequilla! (South Park, anyone? V will be so proud of me.)

Btw - Hi, Pam!

besos ... jin.

TEXAS 2013 // Etsy Pop-Up Shop @ West Elm

When 'lovingly handmade' and 'modern eclectic' gets together for an afternoon creative play date, you know I'm there! Ain't gotta tell me twice! And so I got in on the action this past Saturday and did my thayng (which involved shooting, snacking + ogling at all the pretty Etsy / West Elm goods), while Etsy sellers set up shop in West Elm and did their thayng. Good tunes, good visual eye-candy, good noms ... I need more Saturdays like these in my life! (I also need more Lala's lavender lemonade + Tiny Pie's mini pecan pies in my life. ;-) West Elm events always have the best caterers!) Just to show how much y'all missed out, here are some pizzix I've snapped up from the uber fun pop-up event:

photo diary // etsy pop-up shop @ west elm.
photo diary // etsy pop-up shop @ west elm.
photo diary // etsy pop-up shop @ west elm.
photo diary // etsy pop-up shop @ west elm.
photo diary // etsy pop-up shop @ west elm.
photo diary // etsy pop-up shop @ west elm.
photo diary // etsy pop-up shop @ west elm.
photo diary // etsy pop-up shop @ west elm.
photo diary // etsy pop-up shop @ west elm.
photo diary // etsy pop-up shop @ west elm.
photo diary // etsy pop-up shop @ west elm.
photo diary // etsy pop-up shop @ west elm.
photo diary // etsy pop-up shop @ west elm.
photo diary // etsy pop-up shop @ west elm.
photo diary // etsy pop-up shop @ west elm.
photo diary // etsy pop-up shop @ west elm.
photo diary // etsy pop-up shop @ west elm.

besos ... jin.

photo diary // drink and click photowalk @ lucille.

V and I finally made it out to one of these Drink and Click photowalks that Shaggy keeps telling us about. Drinking and shooting andsocializing. At the same time. Multitasking at it's finest! And also, best combo evar. This month's challenge: Black and White. Which I must admit, I'm not big into b+w photos (let alone night photography!) and have reservations about it's use, but a challenge is a challenge! Here are some snaps I took from this past Thursday night's photowalk. With colored ones thrown in, of course. ;-) 

3.28.13 // click and drink austin photowalk @ lucille.
3.28.13 // click and drink austin photowalk @ lucille.
3.28.13 // click and drink austin photowalk @ lucille.
3.28.13 // click and drink austin photowalk @ lucille.
3.28.13 // click and drink austin photowalk @ lucille.
3.28.13 // click and drink austin photowalk @ lucille.
3.28.13 // click and drink austin photowalk @ lucille.
3.28.13 // click and drink austin photowalk @ lucille.
3.28.13 // click and drink austin photowalk @ lucille.
3.28.13 // click and drink austin photowalk @ lucille.
3.28.13 // click and drink austin photowalk @ lucille.
3.28.13 // click and drink austin photowalk @ lucille.
3.28.13 // click and drink austin photowalk @ lucille.
3.28.13 // click and drink austin photowalk @ lucille.
3.28.13 // click and drink austin photowalk @ lucille.

besos ... jin.

TEXAS 2013 // Rosewood Collective @ SXSW

3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW

A failed BBQ mission had me and V popping over to Rosewood Collective to see what's good. What greeted us inside are actually THREE boutiques in one! Say wha!? Handmade paper products on the left, vintage wear on the right, terrariums and the likes in the far corner. Wow! This is my kind of boutique! Forget the BBQ. (J/K. We love you, Micklethwait!) Inspired by the creative space, I came back a few days later to snap a bunch of photos and get in on the free SXSW action going on in their backyard. Totally diggin' their bright, airy shop and quirky finds! Creative fodder overload for the camera eye! I couldn't stop shooting! Unfortunately, I had to bolt after half an hour and was only able to make small talk with one of the shop owners for a bit, but most def, I'll be making regular visits to this East Side gem. After all, I do live 5 minutes away! Oh, and they have washi tape. Loads and loads of them. I loves me some washi tape. Thanks to Glade of Paper Party for letting me have a mini photog field day at the boutique! You're awesome.

3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW

besos ... jin.

TEXAS 2012 // Carnival Bokeh Dreams

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carnival bokeh session.
carnival bokeh session.
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carnival bokeh session.
carnival bokeh session.
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carnival bokeh session.
carnival bokeh session.

Stumbled upon loads of forgotten pictures that I've shot back in March 2012. Yes! This time a year ago! (Jeebus, where has the time gone?) I remember that whim of an evening. Something in me had an urge to capture the quiet essence of a chaotic scene. The beauty within the pandemonium. So I moseyed on over to the closest traveling carnival, tuned everything out and snapped away. Nothing says 'getting inexplicably lost in the moment' than 100 pix of colorful bokeh lights against the setting sky. Dreamy. Surreal. Slightly removed. Unhindered creative freedom. Shooting to the heart's content. It was therapeutic! Peaceful, even. I must really find the time to fit in more of these mini sessions from time to time! Good for the mind, soul + camera eye!

besos ... jin. 

photo diary // austin kite festival 2013.

austin kite festival 2013.
austin kite festival 2013.
austin kite festival 2013.
austin kite festival 2013.
austin kite festival 2013.
austin kite festival 2013.
austin kite festival 2013.
austin kite festival 2013.
austin kite festival 2013.
austin kite festival 2013.
austin kite festival 2013.
austin kite festival 2013.
austin kite festival 2013.
Photo evidencia of last week's Austin Kite Festival in all it's colorful glory. Mid-70s, awesome blue skies, no cloud in sight, all sun, crazy breeze - can't ask for a more perfect Texas weather than that, y'all!

So this very pink, very dashing Mr. Flamingo finally made it's debut after 2 years of missed opportunities. And the little guy did way better than expected! Totally stole the show around us! Albeit, we had competition from a fancy parrot, a preying sting ray and an impressive pirate ship - but that didn't deter the insane amount of photo ops our flamingo stacked up. Instant celebrity status! Never mind that there were a few memorable snafus along the way with the wind being all cray-cray. Like nailing a kid and knocking over a stack of bikes as the flamingo took a nose-dive, and Mike getting into one heck of an epic tangle. Professional kite flyers right here! Hah!

Overall, def one of the 'funner' Austin festivals I've been to as of late. There's something about fantabulous weather and colorful kites that brings the kid out in ya. It's just good ol' fashion fun!

besos ... jin.

houston hiatus.

hello, houston.
How do I still have tons of errands and projects to get done in a city I haven't lived in for over a year? Bah. Well, hopefully I get to knock most of them out of the way in the next few days. It be nice to come back to Htown solely to visit friends and family, with the occasional photoshoot on the side! So fear not, y'all. I got this. With my leopard print flats on and hot green tea in hand, I'm ready to tackle these long-overdue, insistent errands with gusto! See y'all in a week!

besos ... jin.

{foodie adventure} momoko.

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Photos by Jin Chu Ferrer.

Hey Old School Longhorns circa early 2000s, Momoko is still here! Yes! That Momoko! And if you're like me, who hasn't been here in 10+ years, you get a lil curious. And nostalgic. After all, 2003 was a lifetime ago! 

Skipping past the Sanrio paraphernalia (Yup! That's still there, too!) and straight to the food, hubster + I's lunch hommage consisted of Taro milk tea, Coffee milk tea with boba and 2 of THE best rice balls we've ever had in Austin. Salmon Avocado Rice Ball for me, Salmon Avocado Cream Cheese for V. Warm, tasty and ginormous individual portions. Win, win and win. Now this is the reason I'll be coming back! And it won't take me 10 years this time around!

besos ... jin.

{foodie adventure} macaron by patisse.

2.2.13 - macaron by patisse with jojo.
2.2.13 - macaron by patisse with jojo.
2.2.13 - macaron by patisse with jojo.
2.2.13 - macaron by patisse with jojo.
2.2.13 - macaron by patisse with jojo.
2.2.13 - macaron by patisse with jojo.
2.2.13 - macaron by patisse with jojo.
2.2.13 - macaron by patisse with jojo.
2.2.13 - macaron by patisse with jojo.
2.2.13 - macaron by patisse with jojo.

 Pictures by Jin Chu Ferrer of Contradiction of Sorts.

Per Miss Jen Tabangcora's caption of her Macaron by Patisse Instagram pic:

"I know where to find Jin next time she's in Houston :) @jin_chu"

Oh, fa sho. Ain't gotta tell me twice. And so Little Chu + I moseyed on over to the newest, swankest, chicest macaron shoppe in Houston (by far!) this past weekend. Must be all that River Oaks juju vibin' and jivin' up in this patisserie. Everything looked almost too pretty to touch! But nevermind that. We came here for the macarons. ;-)

Just to be totally honest, we cop'd all the macaron flavors avail that day. And ate it all before we left the patisserie. =X Hey, the friendly reminder found inside one of the pastry boxes said to enjoy the goods in room temp. We had a full day's worth of errands to run afterwards and the macarons would have been sweating it out in the hot, hot car. We couldn't have that. Besides, it gave us ChuChu sisters enough time to chat with one of the store owners (Hi, Mohammed!) and take a gander around the shoppe.

With Coco Chai Tea in hand, we went to town with our macaron loot. Blueberry Vanilla Bean + Ferrero were JoJo's faves, Matcha Green Tea mine. But the ChuChu unanimous fave was this giant heart-shaped Lychee Raspberry macaron with Rose buttercream in all it's pink'd out glory. It took 10 heavenly bites, maybe 12, to finish off this gigantor of a macaron, and oh em gee was it mind-blowing delicious. I've read somewhere that the macarons here are 50 calories each and gluten-free. That's even more of a reason to come back. ;-)

besos ... jin.