My Favorite 2018 Memories

Happy New Year! I hope your year is off to a good start so far.

I’m still wrapping my head around the fact that it’s 2019. I was abroad for the turning of the new year and just got back last week, so I’m still in the process of reflecting on the last year and setting intentions for the new year.

Speaking of reflection, I enjoy looking back on the year and reminiscing. Here are some of my favorite moments from 2018:

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May: I visited Italy for the second time and had the most amazing trip. We were in Tuscany for about 5 days staying in a couple villas, and then spent 2 days in Rome. It was glorious and I hope to have another fantastic trip like this in 2019.

Philadelphia Wedding 2018

June: I traveled to Philly to attend the wedding of one dear college friends. A lot of my other good friends from college were there too, so it was a mini reunion. I’m so happy I got to see them get married and celebrate their special day.

Swedish Festival New York

June: I had no idea that there’s an annual Swedish Festival in New York. I went for the first time this year and spent the afternoon picnicking in Battery Park, eating herring, and watching many flower crowns go by.

Fourth of July Pie

July: As per tradition, I made a berry pie for the Fourth (this one was a combination of strawberries and raspberries). I spent the day at my friend’s house eating so much food, and then we were treated to a surprise firework show once it got dark.

Coney Island

July: I went to Coney Island for the first time and had so much fun! I can’t believe I’ve been living here for over 7 years and hadn’t been before.

Seinfeld Baseball Game

August: Did you know that every year there’s a Seinfeld-themed baseball game at Coney Island? I took my second trip to Coney Island to watch the game with a huge group of friends and we had the best day. And it was my first time seeing a baseball game in person.

Queens Wedding 2018

August: I went to other wedding, this time in Queens, to see these two cuties get married!

Governor's Island

August: On a summer Friday, I took the ferry across to Governor’s Island for the first time. It was pretty hot that day, but it wasn’t very crowded, so it was nice to explore the island. We also rode bikes around the island (and I couldn’t remember the last time I was on a bike). I had a blast! Lots of firsts this summer!

Rockaway Beach

August: I managed to squeeze in a beach trip right before the end of the summer. It was my first time at the Rockaways and catching the ferry over was a lovely way to get there. We made it to the beach relatively early and were able to claim a good spot for our group. The weather was pretty perfect too. All in all, it was a great beach day.

Photoville 2018

September: I rode a bike down to Dumbo. It was my first time riding on the streets of New York, which was rather nerve-wracking, but also fun! We also visited the Photoville exhibit in Brooklyn Bridge Park, which was pretty cool.

Brooklyn Block Party

September: My friends had a block party on their street in Brooklyn and invited us over. As you can see, the silly string battles got a bit out of control!

Woodstock, New York

October: We took a little road trip up to Woodstock. It was my first time in upstate NY and it was so nice to get out of the city for a bit!

Turning 29

November: I had so much fun celebrating my birthday this year! I kept it low-key and just did dinner with my bf and drinks at a cozy bar in Brooklyn. It was simple and I got to spend time with my favorite people, which is exactly what I wanted.

Patrizia's

December: I celebrated Friendmas with some friends, which involved bowling at Gutter and dinner at Patrizia’s. Such a fun day!

Funfetti Birthday Cake

December: We celebrated my bf’s birthday. I made him the funfetti cake above and I was pretty proud of how it turned out!

Tell me: What are some of your favorite memories from 2018?

Film Photo Diary

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I bought my first film camera a few months ago. I’d been thinking about trying out film for a while, and I spent several weeks researching what camera would be best for a film newbie. I ended up buying the Canon AE-1 Program from a very nice guy on Craigslist. The camera was in excellent condition, and he even threw in a few rolls of film and a teleconverter too.

I was surprised by the weight of it when I held it for the first time. I was expecting something lighter, but it’s actually really solid and sturdy, which is nice. I can see how these cameras that were manufactured in the 70s and 80s have lasted so long. I love the design of it too. It’s a beautiful camera.

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The great/scary thing about film is that you just have to shoot and hope for the best. No taking dozens of photos of the same shot, because film is not cheap! It definitely made me more precious and more considerate of each shot.

It took me a couple months to get through my first roll of film and I was so excited to develop them. I really thought there was a good chance that they’d all turn out to be horrible. In reality, there were a few duds, but most of them turned out much better than I thought.

The color and quality of the photos is just so lovely and shooting on film is a nice change of pace from my DSLR. When I had the film developed, I also got some prints and man oh man, professional prints are so much better quality than Walgreens/CVS prints.

brooklyn book festival 2018

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For my birthday last month, I received another film camera, a Nikon point-and-shoot. This camera is quite different from my Canon film one. It’s much more compact and more automated. It’s so portable, which is really convenient, and it’s been fun trying out a different camera. I just finished my first roll in the Nikon, so hopefully I’ll get those developed soon and see how those photos compare to the ones taken on my Canon.

I’m starting to develop a little camera collection, which makes me really happy. Now let’s end of a shot of a delicious pizza, shall we?

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