Back to normalcy

I’ve never been so grateful for good health. Just when I stopped waking up from coughing in the middle of the night, I got food poisoning that lasted a couple days. Now that I am finally well, I’m feeling exceptionally happy about everything.

Despite my failing health, last week was a ton of fun. Bound Editorial hosted an art opening, where my photographs were included and Taurin was DJing. It was held at this really amazing art gallery hidden in an alley off of Weihai Lu. The walls were torn down and dusty, and there was a bird cage hanging from the ceiling.

On Thursday, I saw Das Racist at the Shelter. It’s funny that the last time I saw them was in Monterrey, Mexico when I was living in Mexico.

We were holding hands.

Well, I’ve got my fingers crossed for a good night sleep and no sore throat in the morning. Maybe I’ll even go run a few miles at the gym tomorrow.

Late night self-portrait & self-reflection

I’ve been doing everything but packing for my trip. I reorganized my room and found a strawberry ring I got in Prague stored inside the strawberry ring box that Zeolite got me from Tokyo. I’ve also been reading The Proust Questionnaire, a book of Marcel Proust’s Q&A self-reflections. His questionnaire is very extensive (he started when he was 13 years old!) so I just selected a few and answered them myself.

My Proust Questionnaire:

What is your most treasured possession?

– My diaries from elementary school and family photo albums

Where would you like to live?

– In a big city with a small community of good friends. Or in nature somewhere beautiful and quiet, hopefully with mountains and waterfalls. Ideally, I would split my year living in two very different homes.


Who is your favorite painter?

– Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

– My grandmother, whom I will always remember

What is your principle defect?

– Forgetfulness and thus, over-documentation of life

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

– Apathy

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

– That I will never have the chance to find my family tree

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

– My forehead

What is your favorite occupation?

– Wandering, discovering, collecting, sharing

What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?

– Becoming inflexible (body and mind) and alone


What is your motto?

– Follow my heart. I feel self-conscious about sounding cheesy but this is very important, especially when the voices of the people around you (even those with only the best intentions) grow stronger than your own. Sometimes the hardest thing is to find the courage to follow your own heart.

*The paintings are by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner