Temaki Sushi

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/100 sec, ISO2500
“Fuchico on the Temaki” Cedar Park, 2019

It’s a temaki sushi dinner evening! I prefer nigiri, but temaki is wonderful too. I mean, nigiri is a 10, and temaki is a 9… so both are great. 😀

I hope you had a nice day!


Next Driver Coming Up

Photo info: motorola moto g(6), 3.95mm, f/1.8, 1/470 sec, ISO100
“Waiting” Georgetown, 2019

こんばんは。This morning, Koa and I headed to the DPS (Department of Public Safety) to get his driving learner’s permit. The wait at these places is pretty crazy, especially in summer, so we arrived before it opened and got in line. After a few technical snafu’s, I finally got the documents in order and Koa was able to get his permit!

Now begins the fun part… actually hitting the road. 😱

But seriously, teaching Bay wasn’t too difficult so I am not expecting anything crazy with Koa. Vroom vroom!



Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/100 sec, ISO2500
“Buddha and Cats” Cedar Park, 2019

Today’s photo is one of those “11:59” snapshots. I’ve been taking daily photos (started as a 365 project years ago) and sometimes, I haven’t taken a photo until the day is almost over. So, the last minute photo is an “11:59” photo. 😄 In our home office, we have a few figurines on the shelf next to some framed photos.

I hope you had a nice day!


Yakiniku Dinner

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/25 sec, ISO800
“Yakiniku Dinner” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Tonight’s dinner was yakiniku, which is a Japanese interpretation of Korean barbecue. Because we live near an H-Mart Korean market, we can buy perfectly prepared meats for yakiniku anytime. Years ago, before the market opened, we’d buy large cuts of meat, and then I would slice the semi-frozen meat with a meat slicer. It was 面倒くさい! Thankfully, those days are over.

Preparing for yakiniku is mainly chopping up the desired veggies, getting the dipping sauces for the meat ready, and making sure you have enough fuel in the canisters for the stove. It’s no fun to run out of flame during the meal and not have a full canister ready to replace it with. 😲

Tonight we had four kinds of meat, two types of dipping sauces, cabbage, jalapeño, onion, asparagus, cheese, and kimchee. An ice-cold beer is also nice!

I hope you had a good day!


Sketching Update

“Sketch on Gold” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

I’ve been working on a few sketches, the latest one completed is above. All of them are extremely simple and the time I spend with pen-to-paper (or stylus to screen) is short. However, I have to work on it over several days because I need “fresh eyes” in order to see things I want to change about the sketch. I’ve changed my process to add these breaks between working on a single sketch and I think my work has improved, or at the very least, I’ve saved myself some frustration.

What used to happen is that I’d work on a sketch for a couple of hours, and think it’s done, so I upload it to Instagram or Artstation, but then a while later, I’d notice something that seemed “off” to me. But by that time, the posted sketch would have received a few likes and so I just kept that version published. It was frustrating! Or more commonly, I’d export a sketch from Procreate and edit it in Lightroom/Photoshop, but then while in Photoshop, I’d notice something I want to change and then go through the process again. And again. And again!

So now, it’s better to just take my time, have several sketches in different stages, and alternate among them. After all, there’s no urgency to publish/post, is there?

In other sketching-related news, I ordered a matte screen protector for my iPad Air 3. I used to have one for my iPad 6th Gen, but when I upgraded to the Air, I went with the naked glossy screen. But I missed the texture of the matte screen when drawing, so I went back with the matte protector. The colors might not look as vibrant, but the drawing experience is much nicer, in my opinion.