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  • helentao 10:46 pm on June 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fountain, water   


    sorry i’ve been mia lately. its wedding season for me so i’ve been quite busy with that. on the bright side, i do have a lot of pictures (of flowers haha) so ill be doing a few posts in the next two days. just wanted to post two pictures that i took that i love love love! we’ve been trying to work on bokeh…pretty hard for me to do at night with no tripod (grrr shaky hands!).

    these two pictures below are of the fountain that’s in rancho las lomas in silverado. more on that tomorrow.

    i love how you can see every droplet of water.

  • helentao 12:15 am on June 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    i had a busy, busy day today. some friends and i made plans to go kayaking in la jolla since we got a great deal. so i dragged dj with me so that we could make use of our zoo membership since we’d already be in san diego. kayaking was so much fun…jenn and sal probably agree :) the bad thing is that i dont have any pictures because it would be pretty amazing if i could kayak and take pictures at the same time. i have lots of pictures from the san diego wild animal park though! so onto that we go….

    finally there! it was so chilly while kayaking…but nice and sunny at the park. i was pretty excited since ive never been to the wild animal park. (sidenote. not a good idea to go anywhere that involves lots of walking after you’ve kayaked for 2 hours. apparently youre more tired than you think)

    going on a safari! the hats make it official.

    im pretty sure this is a toucan.

    crowned crane.

    blue macaw. love the color of the bird…its so bold! the macaw almost looks fake…but its real.

    hehe these macaws are hanging upside down and “kissing”. very cute.

    so dj and i were very tired from kayaking. so we decided we would go on the journey into africa tour which is included with our membership (saves money…and a great way to see the animals without walking). one of the great things about the wild animal park is seeing the animals in a somewhat natural environment. its nice that they have so much space to run around in.

    im pretty sure this is a deer. we werent on the tour yet…so i cant be sure.

    remember from my zoo trip i showed you the lesser flamingos? well these are the greater flamingos…gonna be honest and say that they look pretty much the same to me.

    rhino. i think this one is called the black rhino. yes, its not black. but i dont name the animals…i just attempt to take pictures of them.


    i think this is a heron of some sort.

    i think the tour guide said this was a gazelle. to be honest, the gazelles, antelopes, deers, etc. etc. all look the same to me :( and it doesnt help that they like to all be in the same general area…

    bison. the tour guide said they are the second most dangerous animal in africa. the first? the hippo of course. anyone who has watched congo knows that. haha who remembers that movie?

    giraffe. not as fun as seeing them up close and feeding them.

    pelican feeding another pelican. kinda cool and disgusting at the same time.

    zebras. they get their own area because apparently they are very territorial and get agressive/harrass the other animals if they are in the same area. who knew?? they looked so nice and friendly.

    lazy cheetah.

    lazy rhinos. everyone gets lazy when its hot…

    super lazy lion!!! can you believe its sleeping on the car? how cute is that??





    thats the end of our safari adventure. until next time!

  • helentao 10:42 pm on June 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    dog #2. 

    meet joey!!!! shes a cutie no? compared to roofus, shes quite wild hehe. she loves to play and play and play and eat.

    sometimes she looks at you really seriously….

    like this.

    and then when she sees you….

    big smile :)

  • helentao 10:28 pm on June 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    dog #1 again. 

    sorry i havent posted in so long…i was really sick two weeks ago and then last weekend i had a big wedding. it was worth it though…everything came out beautifully :) i wish i had pictures to show you but i was too exhausted to so we’re just going to have to wait for the pro pictures.

    anyways, time to go back to roofus. he got a haircut…it makes him look like a puppy.

    still doesnt like looking at the camera.

  • 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!

  • helentao 11:51 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beach, kids, ocean   


    every year, the company i work for does the California Coastal Cleanup. if you’re not involved in it, you really should try it out. it’s really fun and rewarding! work events are nice because they let me bring my camera to take pictures of everyone. its nice to document our accomplishments. there’s also been a small baby boom amongst the coworkers who i’m close to and since i love kids, i can’t resist taking pictures of them when we’re together!

    and unlike sal, i asked for permission before taking pictures of their kids and posting them.

    so cute

    isn’t this the most precious picture?? so much love. <3

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