Portland – John & Sarah’s Wedding

We flew out to Portland, Oregon along with the Otis crew to celebrate John and Sarah’s wedding. We enjoyed the famous breweries and eateries of Portland, and even made our way out to the David Hill Vineyard for some wine tasting. Note to all: don’t ever take an Uber/Lyft out to the middle of no where and expect to find a ride back. We almost got abandoned, had it not been for Hai allowing us to sardine-can into his small rental car.

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The wedding itself was beautiful, filled with a lot of raw emotions from the bride and groom, the funniest speech from John’s dad, and the sweetest father/daughter & mother/son dances. Congrats to the newlywed couple and their amazing life ahead of them.

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Japan 2016

Japan, the land of the crispest beers, the best food, and the smallest hotel rooms. In February, Belinda and I roamed around Tokyo and Kyoto, right after our trip to the Philippines. This was my first trip back since 2010, and for Belinda it was her first time ever visiting Japan. It was fun rediscovering all the things that make this country so interesting– the colorful lights, the friendly people, and all of awesome stores and merchants. This time around I found my new favorite ramen (sorry Ippudo), and hands down the best gyoza I’ve ever tasted. Belinda fell in love with the country, and I’m sure we’ll be back again very soon.

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Palawan, Philippines

I spent January traveling by boat, swimming in lakes, sketching on the beach, completely disconnected (no phone, TV, or internet), on the most relaxing vacation I’ve ever been on. For a week, Belinda and I got to explore the beautiful island of Palwan, Philippines, a much needed escape to nature. I’ve never seen waters so clear, and scenery so vivid in color– the photos I came back with almost looked unreal. Take me back for a swim, some fresh mangoes and a San Mig Light please.

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