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  • helentao 11:51 pm on May 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    recently, i bought a zoo membership to the san diego zoo so my fiance would take me. i was so excited because zoo = many photo opportunities! even though we didn’t get to see everything, i got a lot of pictures (like 300!). needless to say, i had a very hard time picking my favorites. in a few weeks we’re going to go to the wild animal park (admission to both is included for a whole year with membership) so more animal pictures to come :)

    zebra. <3animal prints

    fishing cat. kinda cool…feline that likes to swim. and look how pretty it’s coat is!

    otter. what a cute little guy

    koala. he sleeps exactly like me!

    polar bear. he likes eating carrots and grapes

    peacock! it came right up to us so we got a lot of up close pictures. so beautiful!

    i think this is a deer of some sort. i know that isn’t the right name….but i couldnt remember what it is exactly. i love the white stripes on the body.

    doe, a deer, a female deer. sorry, i couldn’t help it. this little one was stretching…then it trotted away. so cute!

    flamingo. makes me think of alice in wonderland. i loved how beautiful and graceful they look. and it’s pretty cool when they stand on one leg and do all these weird contortions with their body.

    lesser flamingo. no joke! this really is called a lesser flamingo. kinda sad…mother nature makes you less pink, then man comes along and adds “lesser” to the front of your name. irregardless, still very pretty.

    hugging monkeys. they were really cute. running around and playing. one of them would push the other one off the little platform they were on and then run around chasing him. but in the end, they hugged it out :)

    this monkey has a mohawk!

    two funny looking orangutans.

    orangutan and me! i was up against the glass and he came up to me and just sat there in front of me. so cute. he hung out for a while then moved along…i decided i wanted a picture so i followed him. he was gracious enough to stop and smile for me :)

    giraffe!!!! i forgot to wear my giraffe print shirt today :(

    and hands down my favorite part of the day…

    i got to feed it!!!!!!!!!

    i have a ton of other pictures, but i’ll leave it at this for now. ill be posting pictures from my wild safari in a few weeks! :)

    • wendy 11:08 am on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hehehe. yay! first to see! lol. =P Love the pic of you and orangutan! and the mohawk monkey! hahaa. very cute!

    • j6tran 11:01 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      that black monkey with a mohawk ate a yellow bird when i saw it. w and i saw it pick out the feathers and stick it in its mouse and the bird was still flapping for its life. true story.

  • helentao 10:14 pm on May 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    at work, i created a simple centerpiece for our mother’s day brunch. i say simple, but it’s actually a lot of work…though it really does look easy. i used phalaenopsis orchids which are one of my favorites! but of course they’re very, very expensive.

    gorgeous isn’t it?

  • helentao 11:02 pm on May 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    so our new project for the week is light. interpret that as you wish.

    i haven’t had the time to go out and take a lot of pictures yet, but i wanted to show you a picture that i took a few weeks ago. i did flowers for an “Alice in Wonderland” themed shoot and i wanted to bring my camera to take pictures of the flowers. the photographer for the event, kimLe pham, and her assistant were so great! they gave me some great advice for picture-taking and even let me use some of their stuff :) for this shot, i had one of those light reflecting things. it seriously blinds the model because it’s so bright, but the lighting you get is amazing!!!

    our model was super gorgeous. i loved the flowers for this shoot….which i’ll post another time. in the meantime, you can see the photos from the shoot that kimle did on style me pretty!!

  • helentao 10:47 pm on May 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    one of them at least. though he’s more like a wookie.

    handsome isn’t he? its rare to get a picture of him looking directly at the camera. he seems to think it steals your soul.

  • helentao 10:39 pm on May 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    my new love 

    i recently picked up a new hobby…rock climbing!! to be honest, i didn’t think i would enjoy it very much, considering i’m super afraid of heights (no joke, i could barely get up the diving block for swimming…and it’s only a feet off the ground) but i actually love it a lot. since i’ve been doing it pretty frequently the past few weeks, i decided that i should probably invest into getting my own gear. and one of my climbing instructors actually invited me on an outdoor climbing trip! i can’t go this weekend :( but next time i will definitely be there!

    so here’s my first investment!

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