No place like home

September is rushing to the end and here I am, procrastinating as usual.

I have so much to tell you about, especially my 3-week trip back home. So let’s not waste any more time (that’s what she said).

This is my first time flying back home after 2 years. Why did I take so long? Because plane tickets aren’t the cheapest thing and because other plans always got in the way. Regardless, I flew home this mid-August.

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Người mới, người cũ và những-người-ở-giữa

Những người bạn đến, rồi ở lại hay đi, mình đều biết ơn rất nhiều. Mình tin là có lý do khiến chúng ta có nhau trong một đoạn đời. Tuy mỗi người đều là nhân vật chính trong thước phim của cuộc đời mình, nhưng những nhân vật phụ mới là người làm nên nhân vật chính. Giống như các bạn đã làm cuộc sống của mình muôn màu muôn vẻ hơn, và giúp mình tìm được tính cách con người của riêng mình.

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Walk the worries away

I took a long walk.

I’ve read so many times in books that long walks are not only beneficial for our health, they are also great chances to think and make important decisions. I believed them all to a certain extent, but I have never really tried going on a long walk.

I finally did.

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Happy days (part 1)

I don’t know much, but I know that time flies reaaaallllyyyy fast when you procrastinate.

Because a blink of an eye just stretched out for 3 weeks. Literally.

3 weeks ago, my family flew over to visit me. Mom, Dad and Kun. After more than a year. Even though our time together was relatively short, it was worthwhile. I still think that travelling with my family is simply the best way to enjoy life (not entirely because all expenses are paid, hey Mom, hey Dad, thank you and love you ♥️, but because after not seeing them for such a long time, I just can’t get enough of them IRL).

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Shameless late Christmas post

I know. Christmas was two months ago. However I’m a firm believer in second chances, third chances and trying to make up for what haven’t become. “Better late than never”, they said.

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Daily life

I have deadlines coming up and I’m ignoring them all.

I know that I am a procrastinator, but it’s getting waaaayyyy out of hand. I spent the entire weekend doing everything except for writing my term papers. Anytime I encouraged myself enough to open the Word document, my hand just clicked elsewhere.

So here am I posting some photos that I took in the past week. These photos belong to my experiment as a rookie photographer: to take photos without the help of the light meter. This is also my second time using the Praktica MTL 5, which I have to add, is much more difficult to use in comparison to my beloved Canon AE-1 Program. The blame is on the Praktica’s viewfinder; it’s darker and not very sharp, plus it darkens when aperture is low (starting from f/8) so at that point you can see almost nothing through it. Anyhow I’m still very satisfied with some shots.

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Last days of fall

During the most beautiful days of fall, I was stuck with work. My routine was wake up, work, sleep and repeat. I have no complaints though, because work = money.

The only negative outcome of those two weeks lies in the fact that I have no nice stereotypical photos of Europe’s fall – red, yellow, orange leaves covering romantic streets. I did try to grasp that what is left of the sadly short season on its last week, however I’ll save the tragic story for another time.

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Hamburger Sommerdom

I still haven’t made up my mind about Hamburg yet.

The city is big and lively, but it hasn’t offered me much sentiment. On lucky days, the sun would shine and birds would sing. Sky would be blue and clouds would be fluffy. On normal days, however, blankets of water vapour would stretch till the endless horizon. High chance that rain would be drizzling.

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Eldena is this small beach near where I lived. Sometimes I felt like it’s a forgotten world – with a life pace of its own. People do live there, on holidays, in nice big houses.

There’s a river called Ryck which runs along the beach and eventually joins the ocean. I like to stroll along the riverside until I meet the sea, awaken by the sound of waves gently breaking my thoughts.

Eldena was and is still a sacred place in my heart. A safe corner in the middle of nowhere. A safe for my little thoughts, big thoughts, dreams, fears, hopes, blank mindspace. A coupon book I can always mentally turn to and rip out a happy card. At least I try to think that way.

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