Ảnh | Katya

Katya là graphic designer ở Hội An. Mình biết đến Katya khi đang lượn lờ Instagram và nhìn thấy những bức vẽ đơn giản nhưng rất dễ thương của cô ấy. Khi đó mình đang cần người vẽ lại cái header image trên blog này nên mình liền nhắn tin hỏi xem Katya có muốn vẽ cho mình không. Đổi lại mình sẽ chụp hình cho cô ấy một buổi. Cô ấy gật đầu cái rụp.

Dưới đây là năm trong số rất nhiều tấm hình mình chụp cho Katya trong một buổi sáng ở Hội An. Những tấm hình này thể hiện những khía cạnh khác nhau của cô ấy mà mình cảm nhận được ở ngoài đời: nhẹ nhàng, hài hước và có lúc bí ẩn…

Mọi người xem ảnh nhé!

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Portrait| Katya in Hội An

I came across Katya’s cute and lively drawings on Instagram and fell in love with them instantly. I didn’t hesitate a second to ask her if she would be interested in trading a drawing for a photoshoot. The results are the lotus drawing you see in the blog header above and the photos below.

We took these on the streets of the Ancient Town of Hoi An one morning. Katya sketched out some ideas of how she wanted to be pictured, which made it easier for me as well. I like how the photos show different aspects of her that I feel in person: fun, calm, and mysterious. Thank you, Katya, for being such a beautiful model!

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A simple Vietnamese butternut squash soup

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A typical Vietnamese meal with a soup bowl, a plate of protein and a plate of vegetable. Here I have butternut squash soup with minced pork, sautéed beans and carrots, and crispy caramelized river shrimp.

For some reason I’ve always enjoyed doing repetitive, mundane tasks. They provide a sense of peacefulness and contentment in seeing the results of my efforts. My mind quiets down and I get to enjoy a sense of oneness with my task.

When I was in tenth grade, my summer job was to put bra sliders into bra straps. My mother worked for a garment factory, and every day she would bring home huge bags of bra straps and bra sliders. Like a machine, I spent every single day of that summer putting sliders into straps. I didn’t get bored at all. In fact, I even found great joy in doing that. I didn’t have to think much, and I was content with the accomplishment, which was piles and piles of nice and neat straps in front of my eyes.
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“Greening” our tropical home

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We’ve been pretty busy for the past week “renovating” our house!

My feeling is that people here in Hoi An are very big on plants and bonsai. No matter how shabby a house might look, in its front yard there’re always frangipani, or some exotic, colorful tropical blossoms, or different kinds of palm trees and cactus. I spot people’s lovely plants and flowers every single day. I admire their beauty, and I get jealous! After one year of jealousy, I decided to add more green to our house and have been loving it so far!
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Cá hồi sốt tiêu đen

Cuối bài có video.

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Sáng nay vui quá vì mình nói chuyện qua điện thoại với hai chị chủ nhà cũ ở Bronx, New York. Lần cuối cùng chúng mình nói chuyện cũng phải cách đây hơn một năm rồi. Các chị là hai trong số những người tốt bụng nhất mà mình may mắn được gặp. Nói chung, số mình cũng khá là may vì thời điểm quan trọng nào cũng được có những người bạn tốt và chân thành.
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Vietnamese Fusion Glaze Salmon

There’s a video tutorial at the end of this post.

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This morning I had a phone call with my old landladies in the Bronx, New York City. It was more than a year since we last talked. They’re among the kindest, sweetest people that I’ve been lucky enough to have met in my life. Actually, I’ve been very lucky when it comes to genuine friendship.
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