it’s a small world… | etsy findings

…in blogland and etsyland.

it’s always exciting when different friends of mine choose to venture into creative endeavors and start their own businesses.  (particularly interesting, given that many of us are former/current engineers.  hmmmm…)

carol recently started her own etsy shop of handcrafted jewelry.  i know carol through my husband, as they grew up in the same youth group back in ny.  i’ve been following her blog, and was pleasantly surprised to see that this past friday, she interviewed my good college friend, wendy, owner of dozi, and designer of my lovely  logo.  =)  2 friends from different worlds, now friends with each other.
turns out carol met wendy via a “mutual friend’s blog”… i think that might be me, right carol?  =)    funny how blogs can make different worlds collide. 

both of these ladies have lovely products, so go check it out sometime!

paper goods by dozi:


p.s. carol’s blog is having a currently having a dozi giveaway.  and she also has other giveaways every friday, so go look!


for more info on upcoming Michigan sessions, go here.

cornelia - wow carol interviewed wendy? what a small, small world! hehee … and i know carol’s husband and brother-in-law from another connection. we’re all linked now. hahaa

Mary Marantz - LOVE those tags!!

denise - anita, remember elaine (wang) michaels? check out

carollai - it is cool when friends meet friends who meet friends, and the circle goes round and round. 🙂 have lots of fun in mich. i do wish i’d be there to see you guys when you’re in nyc. bummer…
your photography is so wonderful. it’s absolutely amazing that you’ve made it through this venue. say hi to the fam for me.

another reason i’m looking forward to going back to the US | Metro Detroit Area photographer

this arrived at my parents’ place today, and will be patiently waiting for me until we get back to Michigan in just 10 days.  glee!


just in time for those Michigan sessions too… not to mention my brother-in-law’s wedding!

cornelia - yay! just 10 days away! so i think april 8th will work better for me. shall we meet up that day?

Jodi - Im excited that you guys are gonna be home. Im going to get to see you at easter!

carollai - so, what are you going to do with your current cam? keep it as a secondary one?

coffee adventures – hot or cold

In the 5+ months that we’ve lived here so far, we’ve only made it to the downtown area of our city a handful of times.  But each time we go, we make sure to make a stop at a place we don’t have in our little port district… Starbucks.  And each time I’ve snapped a picture (usually just with my point-and-shoot camera) to record the outing…  Hannah knows that Starbucks means getting whipped cream, so pretty much every picture I’ve taken shows her intently savoring her cup of whipped cream.  It’s definitely something we both look forward to and enjoy.  Ironically, back in the States I wasn’t a huge Starbucks goer, but that’s the main choice here if you to find a grande mocha. 


Since the closest Starbucks is a good 40 minute drive from where we live, last week I was quite excited to discover another cafe just a couple blocks from our apartment which also serves espresso drinks.  (I have seen a few big “coffee houses” here but they seem to be more like restaurants with some western menu items and a couple pages of brewed coffee options, but not necessarily espresso coffee)
So today I decided to go try out this espresso cafe with Hannah.  Because it’s about 22°C here (71°F) today, a couple cold drinks sounded good.  Unfortunately, when I tried to order an iced mocha for me and a green bean shake for Hannah, I was told that there were no iced drinks available because it wasn’t hot enough yet. 

And so I’m confronted with another difference here – people generally prefer warm or hot drinks over cold (including water) – even when it’s 71°F. 

So we opted to come back another time when we are more in the mood for a hot drink, or when it’s *really* hot outside and they start making cold drinks again.  Instead, we headed home to eat the ice cream in our freezer.  And as I walked home in the 70 degree weather, I was very aware of the fact I was the only person wearing a short-sleeved shirt, as opposed to being layered in shirts and sweaters.

so how do you like your drinks?  hot? cold? lukewarm?

(sidenote:  Starbucks in China carries *really* good scones – better than the ones in the US, I think.  They have a mung bean scone which is quite yum, shown above.)

Princess S - Starbucks in Hong Kong has WAY better food than the US too. Maybe everywhere has better food than in the US. Hmmm….

cornelia - i’m impressed to hear they have good scones. the ones here literally are rock solid! =\ hehee i think it’s funny they decide when it’s considered “hot” enough outside to serve cold drinks. even in winter, i sometimes like to get an iced mocha, just because i like cold drinks. no problems ordering that here, ice is always available. hahaa

joanne - icy cold or boiling hot. nothing lukewarm!

denise - i always visit starbucks in other countries! i always prefer ice/frozen drinks, even in the winter! that’s so cute how H eats a whole cup of whipped cream!

sunday afternoon at the park

we’ve had pretty much three straight weeks of rain – rain. everyday. for three weeks.
so it made this weekend extra nice when the weather warmed up and the sun came out.
we took a walk to a local park and there were lots of other people, kids, families out.  the wind made it good for kite flying, so there were quite a few kites out too.  enjoyed seeing how the community here spends their leisure time.  and on the way home, appreciated the view of the distant mountains seen from our neighborhood during sunset.  days like these are like a breath of fresh air (literally) and gives a glimpse of some of the nice parts of living here.

wanted to capture of some these picturesque moments, but alas i did not bring out my camera.  so i resorted to using my camera phone – not too bad i have to say.

kite flying

cornelia - wow those are really decent pictures for a camera phone! =)

joanne - really impressive for camera phone!