New year, new design.

I think I force myself to keep up with all the new things happening in web development by making myself redesign my site every couple of years or so. I never really consciously sit down to make comps and figure out all the details. The process is really more of me noodling on an idea I’ve had for a while until it crystallizes into something I can use.

A collection of freshly polished wooden spoons and serving utensils.
Location
San Francisco, CA, USA
Camera
iPhone 14 Pro Max
Editor
VSCO

I learned so much at last week! Just implemented container queries, clamp(), and individual transform properties on my site 🥳

Gridlocked roads filled with cars, mopeds, and people on an afternoon in Bangkok, Thailand.
Location
Bangkok, Thailand
Camera
iPhone 14 Pro Max
Editor
VSCO
A panoramic view of the world’s tallest indoor waterfall inside Jewel Changi Airport.
Location
Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore
Camera
iPhone 14 Pro Max
Editor
VSCO

Things that make me happy.

Because I was sick earlier this year, I feel like I finally really got into the swing of things when summer started. I unfortunately haven’t been able to travel, which I do miss, but there’s been so many things at home that have made me just as happy.

A grey cat with a grey harness sitting in a garden on an outdoor couch with orange cushions.
Location
San Francisco, CA, USA
Camera
iPhone 12 Pro Max
Editor
VSCO
A person with long hair and beanie holding up pieces of bacon at a brunch restaurant in San Francisco.
Location
San Francisco, CA, USA
Camera
iPhone 12 Pro Max
Editor
VSCO
A man in a waterproof poncho, sunglasses, and a hat sitting on a rock on Kehoe Beach.
Location
Kehoe Beach, Inverness, CA, USA
Camera
iPhone 12 Pro Max
Editor
VSCO
Ocean waves crashing against the rocks and spraying the air at Kehoe Beach.
Location
Kehoe Beach, Inverness, CA, USA
Camera
iPhone 12 Pro Max
Editor
VSCO
A wide shot of downtown San Francisco as seen from Twin Peaks.
Location
Twin Peaks, San Francisco, CA, USA
Camera
iPhone 12 Pro Max
Editor
VSCO
A bouquet of deep pink peonies.
Location
San Francisco, CA, USA
Camera
iPhone 12 Pro Max
Editor
VSCO

Brain fog.

December and January were rough months for me. Work was stressful, my grandmother passed away, and then in January I suffered from debilitating migraines for three straight weeks. I think it was the culmination of all the anxiety and stress I was holding inside.

Mourning online.

Late last year, my paternal grandmother passed away. She was an incredible woman, flaws and all. I wrote a short eulogy for her funeral.

One of my earliest memories of my grandmother was when I was about five years old. My parents had left me at her house for a few hours, and upon returning, found me hiding behind the sofa. They asked me what was wrong, and I told them I didn’t want to eat anymore. Ngin Ngin had fed me so much that I had finally had enough and had to remove myself from the situation.

That was how Ngin Ngin was. Whenever I called or visited, she always greeted me by asking me if I wanted food. “Hoo mm oo” was her favorite phrase with me. “Do you want this?” And she would wave some delicious home cooked food in front of my face. One time I told her how much I loved her fu jook soup, and that ended up being the only soup she’d make for me for the next fifteen years.

I don’t really speak Toisan, her dialect, and she didn’t really speak English, but we still managed to communicate. I would sit with her for hours while she painstakingly told her stories to me. About traveling to Hong Kong and the US, about her village in China and the famine she suffered though, about her struggles to raise her children by herself. She always emphasized that despite her struggles, God had blessed her with everything in her life.

She always reminded me how much she loved me and would giggle whenever I hugged her or kissed her cheek. Even at her last, she was smiling as I held her hand and told her I loved her.

I love you, Ngin Ngin, and I look forward to one day seeing you again in Heaven.

A grey kitten sitting inside a bright pink foldable cube on carpet.
Location
San Francisco, CA, USA
Camera
iPhone 12 Pro Max
Editor
VSCO
A grey kitten sitting on top of a wood desk in front of a computer monitor with a bright desktop background.
Location
San Francisco, CA, USA
Camera
iPhone 12 Pro Max
Editor
VSCO
A grey kitten lying down inside a cubby on a cat tower with his head sticking out.
Location
San Francisco, CA, USA
Camera
iPhone 12 Pro Max
Editor
VSCO