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Hello from Dali: a spontaneous weekend trip

Surprise! Taurin and I hopped on a bus for a spontaneous weekend trip to Dali.  All of Friday was spent at an idyllic lakeside villaged named Shuanglang. We walked around winding alleyways lined with Bai-style ancient houses and small shops.

I’m wearing a handmade linen dress from Lijiang and a natural dye scarf made by my good friend P Wan.

The local women bringing freshly caught fish home.

In this part of the world, flowers still bloom in December.


A face? (Taurin took this one)

A decent glass of iced coffee at Flying Turtle Coffee. That’s about all…

Remember Cafe 88 from my last trip? Still fantastic, as ever.

Roasted chicken sandwich with homemade mayonnaise on freshly baked ciabatta

BLT on walnut bread

“It seems positively unnatural to travel without taking a camera along.” – Susan Sontag


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    December 3, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    oh my god, your photos are beautiful !
    i really like the drawing of rice picking… So elegant.

    The food must have been delicious, all that homemade cooked !

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    December 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I have so much love for this post and your immensely beautiful photographs. 🙂 the second photo is breathtaking! it’s most lovely when they sea and the sky are of the same shade. also, the little alleys and rooftops, so much stunning architecture and beauty. the food too, looks amazing! I cannot agree more on that quote. xx

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    Studio Meez
    December 3, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I love your pictures and your dress and your scarf!

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    December 3, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Yay handmade dresses and I love the way this one looks on you; the colours of both the scarf and the dress are really nice. Spontaneous trips are always loads of fun and it seems like you both had a splendid time (: Thank you for sharing all of these photographs of your weekend jaunt (:

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    December 3, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    this place looks so beautiful! I love that last photo of you.

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    December 3, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Hi, dear Sewon, I am so happy that you came by and visited my blog. I had visited your blog a few month ago. and I love the pictures you take and your life. …it was my big dream when I was at your age. Looking forward to see more pictures from you. And you are a such a lovely ,pretty and talented young lady. Thanks to your nice words to my post, and I really appreciate it. Have a nice weekend!

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    December 3, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    oh Il ove that dress you are wearing Sewon and the BLT looks divine!! So yummy!! What a great trip you must have had?

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    December 4, 2011 at 2:15 am

    These pictures are so beautiful! It looks like such a lovely place. You must’ve had a really good day.

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    December 4, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    i’m absolutely in love with these pics u took!!!!and i appreciate those words u shared!actually,taipei is a busy city but it’s not like tokyo or hong kong.i have to say taipei is a very nice and convenient city!since you’re going to shanghai,u really should come to taipei as well!!!!!!!!<3


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    December 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    it’s so lovely to see these pink flowers. here everything is grey and grey and rainy…

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    December 4, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    such amazing, beautiful photos, as usual 🙂 you make me want to go on more spontaneous adventures!

    ps. i love that little quote at the end– so true 🙂 x

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    December 5, 2011 at 2:05 am

    daww you look so pretty in that photo by the lake! I hope when I head over to the Philippines in February I can take as good of travel photos as yours–your photos are pretty much the gold standard 🙂

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    December 5, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Spontaneous trips are so much fun! Especially with such beautiful weather.. I love all your scenic pictures but my favourite one is the one with all the fish.. it looks amazing!

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    December 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    You made me travel so far, thanks!
    The dress is perfect!

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    December 5, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    this trip looks amazing, really craving some traveling here! and i’m actually writing a paper on susan sontag now.

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    Johanna Tagada
    December 6, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Like you told me, you went one more time. And for the second time my eyes are shining looking at those photographs, I truly hope to visit Dali one day.
    The fourth picture, I love it! The fishes are making an incredible pattern. I would almost like to draw that pattern, blue/metal fishes on a yellow/golden background.

    Thank you so much for your last mail, I feel much better and focus on work again. I will write you back soon, as soon as I can clearly align words about what happened.

    Also, I’m totally looking forward to your package dear Sewon!

    Ps: You look pretty in that dress, you always are.

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    hena tayeb
    December 6, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I love the photograph of the fish

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    December 7, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Oh wow, your pictures from your trip are just stunningly beautiful! I’m so glad you were able to take these photos and share them with us, I bet it was even more beautiful in real life!

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    December 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    You look stunning in that dress. 🙂 My husband asked me, “Why all of a sudden you like scarves?!” I replied, “Sometimes they simply make the outfit.”

    The pictures are breathtaking. 😀

    I would like some coffee, please. I am having some withdraws (takes a sip) Nevermind! I’m now fine and dandy. 😀

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    December 8, 2011 at 7:25 am

    ooh, what a place! clear blue sky! cool paintings! nice food! I wish I could visit Dali someday, and eat all the fish I could get.
    I’m looking forward to see photos from your lomo 🙂

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    December 8, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I always feel so spoiled and inspired when I come to your blog! Your photos are so exciting to me, I can’t wait to git done with school so I can travel too! ;-; p.s. in this part of the world, for some reason the flowers have still been blooming too! so lame, I’m ready for cold.


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    December 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    What gorgeous scenery…love your pictures 🙂

    The Other Side of Gray

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    December 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    The all natural handmade coordinate you’re wearing is perfection especially against such a beautiful backdrop!

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    December 9, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    ooh beautiful weekend pictures such pretty cultural scenery,
    and thank you for adding me on my tumblr too ;-P

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    December 10, 2011 at 1:27 am

    this pictures are stunning!
    i love the picture of the fishes. it’s so awesome!
    and you look lovely in that blue linen dress!

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    December 11, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Wow you have an amazing blog! Instant follow! I love Asia and I really like all your photos. I see you also like snail mail. Do you want to join my letter writing project? 🙂

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