Living in New York City, I’ve gone to the MET a good number of times for school purposes. Recently, as an Orientation Leader at my school, I brought a number of new students to the MET and although I wasn’t super excited to take another hike uptown to get to the MET, I was excited to finally get to see Rei Kawakubo’s exhibit.

Rei Kawakubo is a Japanese fashion designer who founded the brand Comme des Garçons. Her exhibit was called “Art of the In-Between” and it showcased many of the interesting pieces that she has created throughout the decades that she has been designing.

Her pieces are known for being incredibly unique and she has opened up a whole new style of fashion designing. As a fashion design student myself, it was definitely an interesting exhibit and I appreciate Rei Kawakubo and the work that she has done.

Here are some of my favorite pieces from the exhibit:



{upstate new york} falls

August 16, 2017

In upstate New York Finger Lakes region, we visited a few falls. These were not exactly on the scale of Niagara Falls, but at least, worth one visit. Come to think of it, does Niagara Falls really need multiple visits?

Buttermilk Falls – one of the smallest we saw

Pratt Falls                                                   Chittenango Falls

Treman Park Falls

Watkin Glen Falls – multi-feature falls

A couple months ago, a friend and I were in New York City and were craving Asian food. We decided to try this noodle place called Tasty hand-pulled Noodles Inc – not the most creative name, pretty much sums up what they are known for. They offer both dry and soup noodles. We shared one noodle dish – the dry duck pulled noodles. I love hand-pulled noodles because the texture of the noodles is different than your ordinary boxed noodles and much more chewy! The noodle texture and flavor was good! Unfortunately, they were too greasy for our liking. I know Chinese food can be greasy, but I had higher expectations for this please. I would definitely go again and perhaps try the soup noodles – maybe those would be less greasy.

Not a very original name

Way-too-greasy duck noodles

E. M. Mills Memorial Rose Garden appears on just about every travel guide on Syracuse. So, we had to go see it.

Not a single rose.

Let’s try the nearby The Lily Pond.


No lily.

Our first impression of Syracuse was kind of disappointing. Maybe it was too early in the season. Maybe in Syracuse, plants don’t grow year-round like in Southern California. Too bad.

Saw this wall painting in Syracuse, maybe depicting a street scene or a playground. Nothing too special, just like any other of the hundreds of wall paintings in a city.

A closer look reveals it’s comprised of QR Codes (Quick Response Codes). These have been described as two-dimensional barcode. These days, QR Codes are used everywhere to track everything. Just capture it with your smartphone. Even airport security checks accept these, no longer any need to print the boarding pass.

It turns out this is really a cool, up-to-date with technology, in-with-millennials, wall mural.