mayan ruins in tulum

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As promised, here are the rest of the photos of the Mayan ruins in Tulum, Mexico. Perched high on a cliff along the Caribbean coast, it used to be a walled city to defend the Mayan settlements against invasion and was also as used as their main trading port. Nowadays, the ruins are still well-preserved and remain a popular tourist destination in the Mexican Riviera.

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It was raining for about 15 minutes when we got there but pretty soon it gave way to the brightest sunshine. My only regret was not bringing any swimwear because the beach below the ruins was absolutely beautiful!

Note to self: when you're in Mexico, bring swimwear with you wherever you go. :)

P.S. You can read more about Tulum here.

photo du jour

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My friend took this photo of me inside a paper supply store. Apparently I was so busy looking at this wrapping paper display. Ha! I am hopeless when it comes to notebooks and pretty paper and can easily spend HOURS here.

How about you? What's the one thing you can't resist?

happiness in a box

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I've been really careful about buying clothes this year and but I've always  wanted to own this Dear Creatures dress. So when I saw that it was on sale, plus I also found an extra 20% coupon via Cait's blog, I immediately ordered the last one in my size.  It came today and I couldn't be any happier!  The packaging was perfect too.  It was wrapped so beautifully that I almost didn't want to open it! This is the first time that I've purchased anything from Summerland, but I highly recommend this online boutique.

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Yes...sometimes all a girl needs is a little retail therapy. And that perfect dress.

Hope all is well with you. xxo.

thinking of japan

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and hope + resilience of the human spirit.


Some links:

Bloggers raising funds For Japan With Love.

Essay by a Japanese novelist about his experience of the earthquake.

Live news from NHK World TV.

A comprehensive photo essay: The Big Picture.

A personal account from a blogger friend in Tokyo.

Donate to the Red Cross, Japan Society's Earthquake Relief Fund.

(Photos via The Oregonian)

this space to heal

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For me, the photo above is perfection. The scenery, the clothes, all those books, the light, everything about it -- I immediately fell in love with when I saw it in a magazine at Kinokuniya.  Its good to have something beautiful to look at times like these. I'm still sick, though feeling a bit better after going to the doctor yesterday and taking some prescription meds. It looks like the rest of my weekend will be spent mostly in bed, blowing my nose, and getting lost of sleep.

P.S. I'm also very heartbroken by the recent earthquake in Japan. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. You can also send your monetary help and donate here.

(Photo via here)

kafka on the shore

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"It's hard to tell the difference between sea and sky, between voyager and sea. 
Between reality and the workings of the heart." ~ Haruki Murakami

I've been sick and coughing like crazy since yesterday. Reading (or at least trying to) Kafka on the Shore in between naps, sips of hot tea, and drinking Theraflu. I went to my local Vietnamese noodles place and was touched that they knew what I was going to order even before I even said anything - ginger chicken noodle soup. Then went to pick up fruits at the corner grocery store and the owner gave me a piece of lemon, to put in my tea and make my throat feel better. Such little gestures made me smile.

Also, photos above were taken along Ocean Beach with disposable camera #2. I am falling deeper and deeper in love with disposable cameras.

I hope you are all doing well. Thank you for the lovely comments on my Mexico photos. There's more from the Mayan ruins but will have to post them later. xxo.

more mexico - the wedding

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The weather and the beach was unbelievably gorgeous on Monica and Sri's wedding day. There were about 60 of us and we stayed in this resort in Playa del Carmen. I kind of want to be there right now looking at these photos. Ahh..its always hard to go back to the "real world", isn't it?

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The beach.

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Sand play.

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Colorful saris.

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Soooo excited with this disposable camera.

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The bride and the groom.

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mexico, in film

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Here are some snippets of Mexico, Monica and Sri's beach wedding, and our excursions around the Mayan Riviera -- all taken from a simple disposable film camera. Yes, I've now officially become a fan of disposables. They're fun, no frills, and truly point and shoot. Plus, its always exciting to wait and see how they will turn out!

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Bridal entourage.

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Wedding ceremony.

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Stopping for cocos in Tulum.

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Sunset at Playa del Carmen.