Wearing: Tobi dress, H&M bikini, DIY headpiece.

Took full advantage of the heat this weekend! The weather in San Diego this week really helped bring out the beauty this place has to offer and yet as near perfect as this fine city is, I can't help but constantly think of leaving it. Don't get me wrong, I've developed such a deep appreciation and love for this place in recent years and I definitely see myself settling down here but I can't seem to keep my mind from being occupied by the idea of living elsewhere. I crave to be thrown out of my element! Call me crazy but I want to be rudely awakened by sirens outside my window in a neighborhood in New York City. I want to get frostbitten in feet deep snow in some European city. I want to get dehydrated in heat waves in a tropical area near the equator. Even if it all means I'd have to downgrade from the lifestyle I live now.

Home will always be a safe haven; a place of refuge and security. For me it's suburban living, family, familiar faces, mundane places. After a while it'll be inevitable that the monotony will consume you. (I mean, unless you're boring as hell and like the humdrum of your hometown.) Yeah, I am aware vacationing is an option but fully immersing yourself in the culture of the city is ideal! Generally, as a tourist, I feel as though you only see the good. As a resident, I want to be exposed to the good, the bad, and the ugly. I want to understand the stereotypes of the city, develop their mannerisms, make their comfort food mine, hell, I don't know? Develop an accent?! I guess it's true that the grass is always greener on the other side... But why chain yourself down to one place when there's so much more the world has to offer? So now the real question is: what's stopping you?

Photos by Jill Cao and me
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  1. can i just say I LOVE your tattoo!!! very original! I love your blog posts and am so jealous that you're somewhere sunny and warm!

    1. Aw thank you so much! I super appreciate your kind words and definitely feel truly blessed to live in such great weather.