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hey! just got back to london last week, and have been trying to get back into routine ever since. jet lag has been extra intense this time, and i find myself sleeping at 9p, waking up at 1am, staying up till 5am, then back to sleep till 8am! this has been going on for days no matter what i try to do. hopefully this crazy cloud lifts and my usual sleep pattern returns soon!

these photos are from my mom’s house in hawai’i (her dog, lily), palm trees in waialua, rooftops in soho, ny, and apple trees in hampstead, london. i’m looking forward to staying still in london for a while, detoxing from the crazy amount of food consumed over the past summer, and working on a few projects.



two spectra images. the first of beta, was the day we moved to london. we were in our temporary housing, down near liverpool street station, and she couldn’t stop staring up at the buildings. such a change from los angeles life.

second one is from winter, during the first real snow. i went out that day alone and walked through the empty streets taking photos.















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finally getting around to posting these from the last roll i shot in my contax. i haven’t really been shooting much lately, mainly because of how expensive it is for film and processing here! sad but so very true.

on a happy note, ron and i are going on vacation this coming friday! it’s all i’ve been thinking about lately, along with getting everything done before leaving. we never went on a honeymoon, so we’re thinking this could be it, 5 years later on an early anniversary (the real date is july 12). i’ll definitely have photos to share when we get back! but for now, here’s some black and white film from the past few weeks.









my sister was supposed to fly up on saturday and spend the week with me here in london, but the flights filled up and she got stuck in hawai’i, sadly. i haven’t seen her in over 6 months, which is a new record for us. so, in hopes to cheer myself up, ron and i took the train to camden town for drinks and fries, and a walk along the canal. it was nice, and the sun broke through the clouds for a few hours to give us some light and jacket-less warmth. we watched the boats float through the locks, and observed the people making their way through food carts, to sit along rows of motorcycles used as seats. on the way home, we stopped for pizza and then watched the sunset through the windows in the living room, where a nice breeze blew through.















i can’t believe how long it’s been since i’ve posted on this space. lately, life has felt like a big blur, and everything is moving in fast forward. so much change, so much adapting and learning, and growing.

spring is here. i can finally feel the warmth and even need to open the windows in the office on somedays. the light comes in through the bedroom in the mornings and moves through the flat into the living room during the evenings. we’ve had a couple of visitors, taken a few trips, watched dozens of sunsets from our windows, in hotel rooms, on rocky beaches, and from train windows.

life is good. sometimes you just have to say that out loud.













it snowed a few weeks ago. ron and i woke up really early one morning, and stood on the balcony looking up into the darkness of 5am to watch the snow fall. i couldn’t go back to sleep, i was too excited and anxious for the sun to come up, so i could see what the neighborhood looked like in all white.

beta and i went for a walk later in the day. the wind was picking up and the closest snow shoes i had, were a pair of black boots w/ no grip that i picked up from a flea market in los angeles. it did the job, but left me slipping and waving my arms out to catch my balance here and there. the streets were quiet. all i could hear was the faint whirl of snow as it passed my ears, and the crunch of it under my feet. a few people were out walking their dogs, and others lugged groceries and colorful umbrellas around. we walked surprisingly far, down to the alley we always walk through to get to the town village. it looked icy, so we took the long way. the village was empty, and the local fruit stands weren’t selling much. i heard a few people complaining about the wind and how they couldn’t wait for spring. it made me smile for some reason.

before going home i stopped to take that last photo, and sat on a snowy bench to take it all in. i’ve never experienced living somewhere that snowed, never really experienced real season change either, so it’s been an experience so far! but sitting there on that little green bench while snow fell on my face, and the wind whipped my hair out of my jacket hood, and beta sat on my lap squirming her way out of my arms, overly excited to run through all that white. i felt happy. one of those days you don’t forget, y’know?

















from kew gardens a few weeks ago.

if anyone has sent an email to my dearleila{at}yahoo{dot}com account, i might not have received it. sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused! trying to figure out what the problem is right now.

enjoy the weekend! i have no plans, just some ideas of where to visit! excited.

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