*the family we choose

*”The Family We Choose” is a title from Kinfolk.

us. photo taken by Riku.

us.
photo taken by Riku.

first weekend of October, i went to Helsinki. another impulsive decision; i didn’t have to.

on Saturday, after having lunch, i canceled an appointment and went for a nap. the murmur of Oanh and Thuy’s talking in the background, warm bed, soft light, i slept like a baby.

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beautiful sunny day.

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from the window.

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dried rose.

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lunch cooked by Oanh ♥

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us at Lärkkulla 🙂

late afternoon, Khoa came and we went to buy ingredients. stopped to listen to piano’s beautiful sound. took a picture of the three bears because, they resembled us didn’t they?

and we cooked and ate and talked through the evening, into the night.

yummy chocolate ♥

yummy chocolate ♥

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reminded me of me and the cat at Ylöjärvi.

reminded me of me and the cat at Ylöjärvi.

three bears :3

three bears :3

fragrance oil warmer ~

fragrance oil warmer ~

first time trying. it's good!

first time trying. it’s good!

Chef Khoa is the best!

Chef Khoa is the best!

reminded me of Khoa being in Lärkkulla, always strive for knowledge.

reminded me of Khoa being in Lärkkulla, always strive for knowledge.

the moon.

the moon.

sunday. meditation and yoga in the morning. breakfast. then the zoo (Zoo Day! free entrance!).

delicious delicious chicken porridge cooked by Oanh ♥

delicious delicious chicken porridge cooked by Oanh ♥

selfie on train :)) the woman who sat opposite of Khoa saw and smiled. Khoa also showed her the book he was reading - The Happy Prince and Other Stories by Oscar Wilde

selfie on train :)) the woman who sat opposite of Khoa saw and smiled. Khoa also showed her the book he was reading – The Happy Prince and Other Stories by Oscar Wilde

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cute couple - Kari & Thuy ^^

cute couple – Karri & Thuy ^^

not a couple but still cute nonetheless :)) - Oanh & Binh

not a couple but still cute nonetheless :)) – Oanh & Binh

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beautiful dots on back.

beautiful dots on back.

money tree :") tried to capture the sign but failed T_T

money tree :”) tried to capture the sign but failed T_T

super soft! :o

super soft! 😮

tiny monkey.

tiny monkey.

mustache! still don't know if it was real or not...

mustache! still don’t know if it was real or not…

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bear! "we all need bear in winter!" - Khoa :))

bear! “we all need bear in winter!” – Khoa :))

Khoa & Riku. super crowded bus >_< but all 7 of us made it, yay!

Khoa & Riku. super crowded bus >_< but all 7 of us made it, yay!

dinner. too tired, gulped up quickly. then Khoa setting an example of a good chef, cleaned up the kitchen before leaving.

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monday morning.

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“a trip of admiration”.

from the moment i walked to the bus stop near home. gaze from the row behind. i know i can be quite amusing to watch. or in general.

to the gaze through the day. sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious.

but my favorites are from the two people i already consider as family.

Oanh said i have a special soft, graceful, and sophisticated aura to myself. she also asked what i thought of her. i was taken aback so i didn’t have enough time to gather my thoughts, but in a different way she reminds me of myself few years back. mischievous, bright, active, open for new experiences, strive for the best in herself and in life, and spreading positiveness all around.

and Khoa. at some point he suddenly exclaimed, “You’re so beautiful!”. couldn’t help but smile. he went on saying who wouldn’t love me really, showing his concern over who would be his “brother-in-law”. i know he has grown quite protective of me. he’s afraid i would get hurt, and that he wants “that special someone” to see my real value, and appreciate and treasure me a lot. oh this little boy. i’ve grown protective of him, too, with the same concern for him as he does for me.

whenever i’m with these two, it warms my heart. the heart that is weary and cold and scared and exhausted, the heart that is trembling like a leaf in the wind, it’s warm again in a space that is so soft and tender, full of love and smiles and hope. they show how much they genuinely care, and the words they say they do mean it. they admire me, and i admire them too. they give me strength.

i need to try hard. to be able to meet them again.

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