Unoriginal

Alicia's 3 dogs

Hello guys!

I’m hanging there and trying to finish the #ChallengeUnoriginalK, like the doggies above! I’m working my way to halfway of the list. I realized I was so into it I was forgetting the main point of the challenge that I re did four paintings. I had to remind myself that the challenge isn’t just for creating something for people but a way for me to play around. I had to do separate sketches and doodles to finally get into the sense of how I want to envision. It’s a learning process!

Then comes to another issue along with this. I created my logo long time ago and still my favorite one and I felt associated with it. But here’s a thing. What do you guys think about “Unoriginal Kai”? Is it me? Is it recognizable? I just felt disconnected from it. I’ve been thinking about this more than once the past few years. A lot more thinking to do.

This month is busier than I thought which I prefer. I realized I chose to be busy (doing #ChallengeUnoriginalK) and doing something I enjoy has definitely impacted how I feel compared to last couple months. And I’m just more thankful for everyone being there and I hope I do the same for you all! I will have few more updates, I just do not want to share my “ugly” sweater, yet! :) Happy Wednesday!

#ChallengeUnoriginalK

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Couple weeks ago, I decided to take on a challenge as a mean to test and play around my artistic skills. If you followed me on Instagram, you know what I’m talking about. I called it #ChallengeUnoriginalK. People will give me challenges of what I will need to draw. Then people can buy it from me with shipping included. It’s definitely a challenge and with each challenge I paint, I start flexing my creative brain and hand. I started to realize what I can really do and how much more I have to go build my distinctive style. The border collie above is the one that started the challenge and I’m looking forward to more! I’ve already had a list and finished three so far.

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with foods, friends and family. I certainly did and had the opportunity to play with my newest addition to my camera collection, Lomo’Instant. With its fancy features and mini Polaroid films, I got fun snapshots. I even brought it to BBQ Sunday before Thanksgiving and still have lots of playing around to get hang of all the features. My favorites are probably the color gel filters. And the best part of these were I have snapshots of friends, family and fun moments. It’s even better because it’s unpredictable how the pictures will come out. Like these.

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Into the Corn Maze we go!

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On its very last day, my roommates, boyfriend and I went to the corn maze. The maze is not too big. It took about an hour or so to find the exit but we wanted to find all 12 CORNundrums and answer all of them. If answered correctly, we get patches. Well, just two of us got the patches that says “We Walk the Maze” with boot print on it. I think it’s cute!

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I even saved a caterpillar from being crushed and smooshed into mud. It had rained two days before. The corn maze also had pumpkin patches and farmer’s market I bought gnarly-looking squashes. It was fun day and the weather was warm but still nice and breezy. It has been a while since I went to a corn maze. I’m still looking for the one I went with my cousins. My cousins and I had to split in two groups and we carried a flag that poked out arrays of corn stalks. And we started with one piece. Each time we go further to one spot, another piece is added to the map and is continued until we find the way out. It was so much fun. I’ll have to look for that next time! This corn maze is still as fun. And it concludes all the October activities (even though the corn maze was during November)

I now look forward to foods, warm drinks and hopefully, much cooler weather!

Rise of the Jack O’ Lanterns

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On Thursday, I had the opportunity to see this amazing event at LA Arboretum. It was amazing! Thousands of carved pumpkins were everywhere and the carvers create new ones weekly to replace the rotting ones. The first few hundred pumpkins are set up with different faces, different colors and grouped in large numbers. Hundreds of them were stringed on a tree like Christmas lights. It get overwhelming because there are so many faces to look. Then the more you walk, there are several themed sections such as movies, games and dinosaurs.

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My favorite one is the one I saved for last. The dinosaurs. It was a huge scene with skeletal pumpkin dinosaurs, dinosaurs eggs and leaves. The carvers stack pumpkins on pumpkins to make them life-size dinosaurs and it was a beaut! I admit I may like dinosaurs a tad bit too much but they’re very interested creatures. The Rise of the Jack O’ Lanterns is slightly magical and spookacular event especially at the nighttime with the moon shining above.

Cozy November

Here’s a really quick post to celebrate the end of October and welcoming November AKA sweater-weather-is-finally-here month. So I’ve been saving my costume as a surprise even though I made it with no plans on Halloween. It turned out to be one of my best ones and everyone loved it. Just handful of pipe cleaners, $12 worth of fur and few hours of stitching, I present you my costume!

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I spent the day at Disneyland where I had people saying, “It’s Max” or “She’s from Where the Wild Things are!” I did have to hold my tail when I get on and off the rides. And then I was able to celebrate my friend’s birthday where he requested everyone to dress up. My efforts did not go to waste especially when I left the restaurant, a waiter yelled I had the best costume. It made me happy and I was very pleased that people knew who I was. I hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween!

And may November brings chilly weather for hot cocoas and knitted sweaters! :)

Coffee and donuts

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That Vincent Van Gogh book is surprisingly a good read. His life story is both painful and hopeful.

Looking through my last four (not including today) posts on Instagram, I had either donuts, coffee or both in it. I can definitely see more donuts in near future. And I don’t think I have a problem. Not at all.

Actually, they’re nothing compared to my pumpkin obsession. Yes, I made a Trader Joe’s run for some pumpkin goodies. Then a certain someone introduced me the list. And I just realized I missed out few pumpkin items like pumpkin butter! It is delicious and only come once a year (I think). Then there is this pumpkin goodies from everywhere. Even Bevmo had a section dedicated to pumpkin ales. I’ve tried three or four so far. Still haven’t found the one. Same goes for pumpkin coffee. Although, Dunkin’ Donuts’ pumpkin coffee is delicious. And the scones. I have two boxes of pumpkin granola. You know, I could go on and on. I’m pretty sure I will need to stock up before the month’s over. The point is. The. Pumpkin. Season. Is. Here.

And my love for pumpkin will always be there. And probably will keep me sane through this waiting game. I’m waiting to hear back. I’m waiting to get my things for my costume. I’m waiting for my new Polaroid camera I ordered months ago. I’m waiting for the next Farmer’s Market. Even when I’m learning how to code, I’m waiting to see how the outcome will be. All the waiting is making me insane. I’m really learning the act of patience. And a toast with pumpkin butter wouldn’t hurt to have. :)

Only in Los Angeles

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Clockwise from top left: Fudgegazi, Mint Town, Bacon 182, Java Breaker, Nutella Vision and White Chocolate Stripes.

Everybody who knows me know I’m not huge fan of Los Angeles. They also know I’m in love with San Francisco. I love its culture, people and the weather. But today, I drove to downtown LA and I found myself missing Los Angeles. Despite the usual (but short!) traffic, I just had this wave of nostalgia especially when I was driving over the Los Angeles bridge. It’s strange because I’ve been living around for a while but I miss it. And many knows, it is not always pretty but it’s diverse and has its own stories out in the open. No matter how unpleasing I find LA, it will always be part of me. Because of this, I didn’t mind the extra time on the freeways or to find street parking. There’s something about the City of Angels that just warm up people’s souls.

I also stopped by Donut Friend. I tried its bacon donut at LA Street Food Fest and it was delicious! Today was one of those “stressed but had good feelings all day” days and I decided to stop by the donut shop that was kind of on the way. I tried the White Chocolate Stripes and it was delish! Sometimes, little things (treats?) are nice reminders that the world keeps spinning and life goes on. And the donuts are just yummy!

Psst, there’s a yarn-bombed tree outside of Donut Friend.

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