diana in seoul and hong kong

Finally got all the 3 rolls of film from our Asia trip developed! They were taken with a Diana Mini in lomography style (a sort of extremely low-tech photography style, the Diana is basically a plastic toy camera with no electrical mechanism in it. Even the viewfinder isn’t accurate. One would never really know how the pictures will turn out — a fun kind of surprise). Here are some of my favourite shots :D

These are from the palace in Seoul, it was a rainy day when we visited, but cherry blossoms!


I was just so amazed by how these stones have been on the ground for thousands of years.


Pictures from the traditional Korean village turned out great! It was a really sunny day.

These are kimchi urns :D


This one’s my favourite from all the rolls <3


So in love with the architecture.




And here’s a side street in Seoul we walked down to look for a market. Mopeds everywhere and no sidewalk :S quite an adventure.


Hong Kong is similar, with more high-rise!


Some sights from the streets. The sign says something about express bus stop, vegetable, fresh fish, chicken, eggs, whole sale market (reading from left to right, sentence reads vertically).



Yarnbombed on Stone Slabs Street, a street with fairly steep decline paved with stone slabs and with vendor stalls on either sides of the street. I imagine the railings are necessary especially when it rains!


Sai Kung Pier, in an old fishing village to the east of the city, vendors selling seafood from their boats.


The village where I spent my childhood. The alleyway is still the same :)


Leaving the village, pedestrian path and bike lane leading to an underpass.


To the west of the city, we visited Tai‑O, also a fishing village on Lantau Island, famous for its stilt houses, also known as “Venice of the East”.


It was an overcast day, but this picture of the red bridge turned out so great :D


And I love the light leaks in the beginning of the roll.


We’ve been back for a while now, getting the pictures back lets me relive the trip a bit and for a moment I wish I were still there. But going on that trip also reminds me that I could approach my surroundings with the same curiosity and enthusiasm wherever I am. There’s much to explore and so much I haven’t seen just a few bus/subway rides away. So, the explorations continue, and more pictures to come! :D

Wishing you much joy in your adventures this week!


hello summer!

Well, it’s not officially summer yet, but I think most Canadians see the Victoria Day long weekend as the first long weekend of summer, and we’ve actually got extra extra nice and warm weather this weekend after a rather cold spring, this weekend is such a gift! :D

We didn’t want to let such nice weekend slip away, so Mike suggested taking one of the Discovery Walks in Toronto. We picked the Humber River, marshes and Old Mill walk because it looked like there are a few different things to see even if we did only half of it (the entire trail involves about 2 hours of walking and it goes in a loop, but I’m not able to walk that long due to chronic foot pain >_< so we just did half the loop) and it’s close to public transit.

Parts of the trail was originally a trading trail used by First Nations peoples travelling between Lake Ontario and the Upper Great Lakes.

In case you’re interested in taking this trail, we took the Queensway bus from Keele Station and got off at Queensway and Kingsway South. We then walked north along Riverside Drive towards Old Mill, then hopped on the subway home from Old Mill station.

We first came across the Humber Marshes. We couldn’t quite get down the riverbank but we could look down from a hill. There were people practicing dragon boating! :D

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Then we pretty much just walked through a residential area. It was a nice walk through a neighbourhood with really nice houses, but I didn’t take any pictures…

At the north end of the trail we arrived at Etienne Brule Park. There was the Old Mill Bridge and people fishing…

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… and geese coming back to the north.

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It was a nice walk along the river.

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Then we stopped in the historic Old Mill Inn to look around…

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It’s called Old Mill because it is built near the site where the first sawmill in Toronto was built in the late 1700s. The property was built about 100 years ago, looks like an old tavern, but it was first opened as a tea garden :)

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Speaking of tea, Victoria Day weekend is the perfect time to play tea party with my dear childhood friend :D I’ve been wanting to go to the afternoon tea at Dufflet Beach for a long time, because it’s one of the more affordable places in Toronto and I’ve never had tea service like this before. Check out our spread!

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And the fancy table setting! I didn’t expect a table cloth! We each had copious amount of tea. I especially love this sweet tea timer.

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Close up of the sweet treats… and I was so glad that the scones were served with clotted cream :D

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It was a nice experience but my friend suggested that next time we could make our own afternoon tea :D Looking forward to more fun summer adventures!

Hope everyone has a great start to the week!


this week’s awesome finds

Super adorable giant floppy rabbits, finger/arm knitting instructions from Flax & Twine.


I like the cabled collar. From Lion Brand Yarn. (registration required to access free pattern)


*squish* these remind me so much of Neko Atsume :D Free Ravelry download by Sarah Sloyer.


Check out these beautifully knitted fungi on BromeLeighad! The artist knits one kind of fungi every week in the 52 Forms of Fungi series.

I like this elegant mask from Live Craft Love.


More cats! And totally customizable. By Little Mee on Ravelry.


Capelet perfect for springtime, from Classic Elite Yarns.


Have a great weekend, everyone! :D


library love

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Another reason to love and support the public library <3

I got this 3‑D printed at the Toronto Reference Library! :D If you live in Toronto, the 3D printers are also available at the Fort York branch and the Scarborough Civic Centre branch.

Back in February I was feeling really blah and stressed out at work. So I decided to sign up for a course that has absolutely nothing to do with my job, which was the 3D printing certificate class at the library. Once people complete the class, they can book the 3D printers to use whenever they’re available. They charge a very reasonable 5 cents per minute for the use of the printer, and that was all. One can choose from many colours of plastic, and staff is there to help if anyone needs technical support.

I once saw someone wearing a 3D printed bracelet and I was really impressed, so I’ve always wanted to make one. But of course I have not idea how to design one! So I downloaded one I liked best from Thingiverse, called the Subdivision Bracelet.

I must be honest that, after 3 months, I don’t remember much from the certificate course so I had no clue what to do after downloading the file. Kind of embarrassing. Good thing Mike was there as well and he’s very techy. And the library staff were very cool with dropping us hints and reminders as we appeared to be cluelessly flipping through our notes trying to figure out what the next steps are and all the settings we should be adjusting.

Our first try didn’t go so well. For some unknown reason the printer stopped working properly. Not only did the kind library staff not charge me for the failed piece, they offered to try printing another for me the next morning on a different machine, and I’d just have to go and pick it up!

I think the staff were also wanting to take the opportunity to test out an intricate project on a new machine, but I thought they were super kind to offer!

And it worked! It took just over 2 hours to print and costs about $8. Here’s a different side of it.

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I understand the 3D printer as kind of like a very precise automated glue gun, which squeezes out thin lines of hot melted glue to build a form. You can see the lines of glue pretty clearly in the picture above, and under the super macro lens.

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And this is how it looks on an arm :)

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The surfaces are less smooth than I imagined, I think it can be improved by sanding, but I think I might be too lazy to do that :S I’m OK with the way it is.

I’m thinking of going back to make some Christmas gifts this year :D

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!


long trek


I finished this sweater in March and didn’t have a chance to take a picture of it until now. It’s the Tumult Sweater from the winter 2016 issue of Interweave Crochet.

It took a fairly long time. I started working on it over Christmas holiday. It’s quite a repetitive pattern so I got a bit bored, and put it down a few times, then working a few rows at a time throughout winter. A long trek.

But finally we’re here :) I like how it turned out. I think I used a thinner yarn than called for, tested it a few times and followed the stitch count for size large to get the sweater measurements to be size small. I like that it can look casual and it can be dressed up as well, with a flouncy skirt, twirling around the Maypole… Happy May! :D