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  • Jaleey 10:55 am on November 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: europe, memories, travel, venice   

    Thankful to be where I am, who I am, and knowing why I'm here in this world. The most fulfilling is being able to enjoy the view with people who make my world complete. Eternally grateful for this life. 

  • Jaleey 11:10 am on February 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: autumn leaves, eye candy, fall, , runaway, travel   

    lets runaway 

  • Jaleey 11:01 am on February 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: arizona, , hike, , places to visit, the wave, travel, utah   

    The WAVE 

    The Wave, Coyote Buttes

    So after stumbling upon this picture on the Yahoo! News main page, I decided to do a little more research on the stunning sandstone rock formation, known as The Wave.

    LOCATION: Coyote Buttes slopes in Arizona (near Utah border), US

    WHY IS IT SO UNKNOWN? Only 20 permits are granted into the area each day (10 via day lottery, 10 from advance online bookings), making it a largely restricted area. Also, given the 3+ mile, moderately difficult hike in the desert to the area, I’m assuming it’s only accessible to the physically fit. There is no formal trail, so hikers rely on their GPS (latitude-longitude: 36° 59′ 45.84″ N, 112° 0′ 21.9″ W). The weather conditions also sound extremely harsh given that temperatures in the area reach 100+ degrees F with little shade around!

    HOW IS IT FORMED? Sandstone eroded from water runoff and rhythmic cycling of winds and airflow. Interesting because archeologists have mentioned traces of dinosaur trails and fossils in the area. Not surprised given the age of The Wave, which is estimated to be around 190 million years old.

    Colors of The Wave

    Part of what make The Wave so unique are the various colors that appear as the time of day changes. The rock usually appears bright red-orange brown in the day and transforms into magenta blues and reds as night falls and shadows appear. Sounds so stunning! Im adding this on my bucket list, but also a bit concerned to visit given the trail-less hike. I certainly don’t want to pull a 127 hours and end up lost and trapped underneath a boulder!
    Has anyone ever been and care to share their experience?

  • Jaleey 2:04 am on January 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , South America, travel   

    Newly adding to my Travel bucket list: Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia), Patagonia, Machu Pichu (Peru), Los Glaciares National Park (Argentina)…

    Only recently, after some research, did I discover that South America is full of hidden natural wonders. Its gems are not yet widely explored amongst tourists, who seem to flock to Europe or Asia. Hope I’ll be able to visit these sights before I’m 30!

  • Jaleey 3:00 am on January 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2011, Bergen, cruise, Nordnorge, Norway, , travel   

    Farvel 2011!! 

    At 9AM, in Trondheim, NO

    At sea

    Bryggen storefronts, Bergen

    Trondheim waterfront

    Happy new year!

    12 day trip to Norway in December turned out to be magical. Despite the harsh 0 degree C weather, the scenery was breathtaking everywhere we looked. In a nutshell, we witnessed the Northern Lights three nights in row, crossed the Arctic Circle, went husky sledding, visited a snow hotel & ice bar in the far North, ate the best seafood of my life, sailed along 30+ ports along the Norwegian coast, and disembarked at the largest cities to explore! It was a winter wonderland throughout the entire journey, and I highly recommend the Bergen-Kirkenes route to anyone who’s contemplating exploring Norway in Western Europe/Scandinavia.

    Next up: Mediterranean & Eastern Europe in May, Orlando/Bahamas in Nov/Dec. Can’t wait for what 2012 will bring! Hope all readers have a fantastic start to the new year, and that 2012 brings not only health, happiness, and fresh new experiences, but safe happy travels for all!

    See you soon.

    • marmar 7:49 am on January 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      These pictures are amazing!!! Happy new year, Justineeee <3

  • Jaleey 8:12 am on May 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , travel   


  • Jaleey 6:04 am on May 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: art, food, graduation, museums, , spring break, the sartorialist, travel, usc   

    SPRING BREAK A week in New York with… 

    SPRING BREAK: A week in New York with my dear friend Nina. Stayed at her lovely apartment in the Upper East side, a two blocks from Central Park. It was so beautiful, you could see the trees peeking out amidst the buildings from her living room window! Did so many things & saw so many places, and of course ate ate ate! Went to MoMA, Met, Times Square, Central Park, 5th Ave, 30 Rock/Rockefeller Center, watched Avenue Q, Jersey Boys, celebrated St. Patricks!!, visited SoHo, World Trade Center, and ate at Les Halles, Shake Shack, Ippudo, Buddakan, Rice to Riches, Momofuku, Artichoke Pizza, Sushi of Gari, Spot Dessert bar, chicken + rice cart… It’s been too long, I barely remember all the places! WordPress is slow with uploading pictures and ever since taking photos with my DSLR, ive been shooting in RAW so the files are really huge. Explains why I don’t upload onto FB/Wordpress! :( That’s the sacrifice you gotta make for quality I guess :] Here are a few of my pictures!


    SHAKE SHACK. mmm. Better than In-n-out!

    Top of the Rock

    Shopping in SoHo

    Times Square

    Warhol's 'Campbell's Soup Cans'

    Night-in watching movies--of course, while sipping Nuvo & snacking on Shortbread cookies!

    Spot Dessert bar. The best cheesecake I've ever had!


    The Met

    With Nina

    What else this semester? Back in LA, went with friends to watch Bill Cunningham’s documentary at the Nuart theatre! Also met Scott Schuman (The Sartorialist) & Garance Dore (Garance) for a casual symposium/ meet and greet held at USC! They signed my coffee table book too, which I was so excited about :D


    GRADUATION: Finally graduated from USC! It was such a beautiful day out, definitely LA weather that I will miss in the future. I wish I took more pictures and saw more of my friends, but it was just chaos that day. Can’t believe four years of my life has gone by just like this. I’ve met some of my best friends here at SC, and together, we’ve formed memories and transformed my college experience into the best four years of my life. I love you guys.

    Inside of Town & Gown. Chandeliers were a gorgeous finishing touch :)

    And now it’s summer! I have so many things to see/do/eat in LA that I want to cross of my bucket list! Yet here I am holed up at home studying for the MCATS and working on my medical school application. Besides research, I barely venture out into the outside world. Haha, so please check up on me every so often to make sure I’m still alive and healthy. Just kidding…but really ;)

    • Lauren 12:08 am on May 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      what a wonderful photographer you are! such a knack for finding the right angles!

  • Jaleey 7:45 pm on March 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: china, travel   

    I can’t believe my mom is going to be here tomorrow! Isn’t it so spectacular looking?

  • Jaleey 2:36 am on February 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , travel, whitsunday islands   

    i wanna go backkk to the whitsundays i… 

    i wanna go backkk to the whitsundays!

    i realized i never posted up lots of other pictures from australia, so i guess i will now!

    whitsundays is a group of 74 islands off of the eastern coast of australia. it’s located in queensland, and is a popular destination for tourists. i guess it’s still considered a hidden gem because not lots of people are able to fly out and spend the time exploring the area. even though it’s a popular travel destination, it’s hard to get to (though you do pass by driving from brisbane/sydney to the great barrier reef) without a car, especially outside of airlie beach (where all the hotels are located!). in airlie, everyone travels by foot and everyday pretty much consists of snorkeling/diving at the reefs (which are about 1.5 hrs out), and traveling to areas outside of airlie (katoomba railway with a supposedly amazing view of the rainforest).

    we flew out from brisbane, almost a 2 hour flight. the view on the flight was so gorgeous.. blue-green turquoise waters. sometimes you could even see through the water and see the sand dunes! they make a really pretty swirly pattern!

    view from the plane. about to land!


    after another hour from the whitsunday proserpine airport, which was the smallest airport (with one runway & outdoor seating & no luggage area), we finally arrived at our hotel. it was on a really steep hill and was a bitch to climb up! what made up for it was the view…

    the next two days (before we flew back to brisbane & then to sydney), we took day trips out to the great barrier reef for some snorkeling & reef-seeing. since we were only there for 2 days, we weren’t able to go to the whitehaven beach. i was so disappointed, but since we had to choose between whitehaven or the great barrier reef, we decided to go to the reef. white haven is a huge beach that is one of the top most beautiful beaches in the world.. the sand is pure white, and silicone soft (which makes sense bc it’s 99.9% silicone) or something like that.. since the sand dunes there underwater are also made up of white sand, the water mixes to form a really pretty light blue swirly pattern. looks AMAZING… it’s okay! i’ll find a chance to go next time!

    snorkeling was definitely worth it! we saw dolphins at sea, and tons of other fish & crazy colored corals! the coral was about a body length’s distance below you, and so you can dive down and see the coral up close! there were bright blue colored ones, yellow, brown, black, white, and some were shaped like plates, others like tree branches, and a few like human brains! pretty cool! & i saw giant oysters/clams that were larger than the size of my laptop when its open! i swam with fish that were half the size of my body, and was surrounded by tons of schools of fish that were all brightly colored… red, yellow, striped & tons of angel fish! it felt soo unreal..it was exactly like finding nemo, except no talking fish!! some people even invested in camera add-ons to take pictures underwater. i wish i did!

    along with snorkeling we also went on an underwater submarine-like thing that took us around the reef, and also on a glassbottom boat to look at the fish. they fed the fish and they all jumped up out of the water!!! crazy CRAZY.

    hmm i didnt take many pictures while i went snorkeling or when i was on the boat! bc the waves that day were pretty big & i was worried it’d fall underwater or get wet since water is everywhere.. oh wellll

    at sea

    visited a few islands.. daydream & hayman island:

    docking at hayman island

    back in downtown airlie, we spent another day exploring and shopping. since it’s a small town, there’s really not that much to see. overall airlie is just a town where everyone (who wants to go to the reef/whitehaven in the day) lives. in the day, the town is full of tourists who arrive & are shopping around for groceries & getting used to the area. when we went, it was the week finals ended, so tons of high school & uni students were out  partying every night.. yes, it did result in awkward situations/conversations with my mom. hahahaha u___u

    tried adding more pictures.. unfortunately my internet connection is not cooperating and taking 100 years so i’ll do it another time!

    back to studying for my midterm tomorrow. haha. “studying”.

    going to eat my free sprinkles cupcake soon. EXCITED. (pathetic, i know)

    • Lauren 6:29 am on February 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      ahhhhh such beautiful photos! australia seems sooo dreamy…sigh…i want to visit one day

    • marmar 5:07 pm on February 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      So pretttyy!!!

      it’s like a dream there.

      I wish to be able to live in a place like that :)

  • Jaleey 9:14 pm on January 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: honduras, medicine, travel   

    so i just woke up am currently eating… 

    so i just woke up. am currently eating my manas leftovers (still good! i ordered lamb tikki masala & garlic naan). i highly recommend manas & its so close to campus! no wonder it was featured on yelp!

    anyway my time spent up last night was sadly wasted by my love for browsing on facebook. but i guess i was somewhat productive because i finally compiled ~50 other pictures from my GMB trip to honduras from other people’s albums.. so along with the album i have up on fb i have these!

    yeah, call me lazy but it’s too time consuming to put up photo captions for them all. & they’re pretty much self explanatory, i guess!

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