The other day, my school’s art teacher wasn’t in so we had a substitute art teacher. The regular art teacher loves my class though so she actually invited a special guest from the District’s visual art department to teach my class art. This teacher is really something special. She bought all kinds of fruits and taught the students to watercolor them. I was entirely blown away by how detailed some of the fruits came out looking. I really thought they were going to just draw circles (for apples and oranges) and triangles (for strawberries)!

Student 1

Student 2

Student 3



About 20 minutes away from where I live, there is this orchard that has all different types of pick-you-own fruit depending on the season! I went blueberry picking this past weekend. I have also been apple and peach picking at these orchards in the past. I love going fruit picking!! It is so fun to be able to choose the fruit that you want and also eat a bunch of fruit while doing so. I learned the key about blueberry picking is to choose the big and plump ones because they are the sweetest! The smaller ones were much more sour. The only down side about picking your own fruit is that it is generally more expensive than buying the fruit at the grocery store, but you are also paying for the experience! Definitely worth it in my opinion.

Lines of blueberry bushes

Up close blueberries

The end result!


Pineapple cakes are a Taiwanese specialty. ChiaTe may or may not be the best, but it’s certainly one of the most famous! This place is packed almost all the time. If you don’t call ahead for your order, there are days that you wait in a line outside the door to get into this place that’s complete with security guards, people who only answer the phone, and a row of cashiers. It used to be that this place only sold a few products, just pineapple cakes, wife cookies, etc. Nowadays (since it’s hit it big), the varieties are endless, including the type of cakes. Aside from pineapple, I just love the cranberry version. I think I appreciate how it’s not that sweet and you can actually see the number of cranberries smushed inside the cake.


So many sweets

More and more pastries

Pineapple (and other) cakes

More sweets

What I brought back to the U.S.




{queen creek} peaches

February 14, 2015

I like visiting Queen Creek, a town southeast of the Phoenix area, in late winter (or what already feels like summer in this area) because the peach trees at Schnepf Farms are already starting to blossom. Arizona has the first ripe peaches of the season (in May), which means early blooms as well. I’ve seen the blossoms before and even gone back in May to pick peaches, but you can never get enough of beautiful pink blooms.

As we walked along the self-guided tour toward the peach trees, we realized that we had been walking for quite awhile and hadn’t seen any trees yet. We did see both goats and deer before we finally happened upon some still non-blooming trees and then finally tree limbs that were covered in big beautiful pink flowers. And while the bees were a bit annoying, it was nice to see them in action, too!

A peachy photo adventure: