summer 2016 playlist

Sep 30, 2016

   closer // the chainsmokers x halsey
   dollar bill // phoebe ryan
   superlove // tinashe
   hey hi hello // cappa
   gravel to tempo // hayley kiyoko
   cruel // foxes
   body say // demi lovato
   ain't my fault // zara larsson
   invitation // yellow claw
   liability // kloe
   ain't nobody // cierra ramirez
   cool girl // tove lo
   next ex // cappa

{raditorial} consumnes river preserve | galt, ca

Sep 19, 2016

yesterday we set off to adventure a nature preserve that's 20 miles away from us, and found ourselves here. consumnes river preserve, located in galt, ca is a 46,000 acre nature preserve. the preserve is home to over 200 bird species, over 400 plants, as well as cranes, pintails, hawks, stilts and turkeys. we unfortunately didn't get to see much of the animals besides turkeys during our treck, but we did enjoy the walk through the serene nature the walk provides.  

the preserve offers fairly easy nature trails, where sometimes you won't even spot another human being if you go during off-peak months. the pristine trail offers beautiful sights of the lush varieties of plants and occasional wildlife, that leads to a man made wooden walkway that ends with a deck, which is an amazing spot to watch the sunset for the perfect (insta)gram.

other than hiking, you can also go paddling in the river, go fishing, driving tours, nature watch and more. they also offer guided tours and school field trips. 
they do restorations to preserve the nature and wildlife, and they allow anyone who's interested to volunteer. to learn more, visit their website here.

address: 13501 franklin blvd
galt, ca 95623


{Story Diary} The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Sep 6, 2016

the sun is also a star nicola yoon black japanese repThe Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
Young Adult Contemporary
November 1, 2016 from Delacorte Press

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?


"The sun is also a star, and it's our most important one. That alone should be worth a poem or two."

--Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also A Star (ARC pg. 178)


NYC, New York

"[T]he city looks orderly and planned, as if all of it was created at one time for one purpose. When you're inside it, though, it feels like chaos." 

-- Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also A Star (ARC pg. 313)



"Kissing is just another way of talking except without the words."

--Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also A Star (ARC pg. 182)


"The atoms in my body align themselves with the atoms in his. It's the way I knew he was still in the lobby today." 

--Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also A Star (ARC pg. 261)

Points for science metaphors!

"Touching him is order and chaos, like being assembled and disassembled at the same time." 

--Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also A Star (ARC pg. 261)


"God is the connection of the very best part of us."

--Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also A Star (ARC pg. 272)

**Quotes are taken from an uncorrected advanced review copy and is subject to change in final copy**

no woman, no cry // bob marley
yellow ledbetter // pearl jam
fell on black days // soundgarden

"Observable Fact: I don't believe in magic.
Observable Fact: We are magic."

--Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also A Star (ARC pg. 170)


nicolaNicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.



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Sep 1, 2016

somehow i have to keep and hold the rapture of turning 24. i'm no longer my favorite number (23). 

let's see what 24 has in store.
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