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Chinatown | Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Sunrise on the beach | Mui Ne, Vietnam
Fairy Stream | Mui Ne, Vietnam
Canyoning | Dalat, Vietnam
Night Market | Dalat, Vietnam

Crystal C. Yan

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"When in community it can be very challenging to stay true to your values and yourself - so many influences, pressures, competitions, egos, etc. That’s why I emphasize personal space so much…it’s very important to be mindful if who you are associating with…not to allow one’s personal integrity to be compromised because you get caught up in group think or you’re not dealing with your daily thoughts and emotions responsibly…Intuition - it won’t lead you astray. It’s the time alone that allows one to integrate intuitive knowing with logical understanding…Real leaders lead by example. Real love is demonstrated through action…Real, authentic connection and the love that comes with it cannot be engineered or controlled."

— J. J. on intuition

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Shwedagon Pagoda | Yangon, Myanmar
Chinatown | Yangon, Myanmar
Rainy afternoon on the Yangon Circle Train | Yangon, Myanmar
View from Mandalay Hill | Mandalay, Myanmar
Caving | Shan State, Myanmar

Crystal C. Yan

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Chinatown | Bangkok, Thailand
Graffiti on Sarasin Road | Bangkok, Thailand
Giant Swing | Bangkok, Thailand
Sunset over Wat Arun across the Chao Phraya River | Bangkok, Thailand
Amphawa Floating Market | Amphawa, Thailand

Crystal C. Yan

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Clarion Alley Mural Project in the Mission District
San Francisco, CA

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"They weren’t very supportive. I used to be bitter about it. I was caught up on…how things would have been different if x, y, and z had happened. But then you get older and you realize maybe they didn’t have the capacity to give you what you needed. They couldn’t understand you, just like you couldn’t understand them. You realize they were dealing with their own disappointments. And you even start to think, ‘Maybe I could have been better’"

Humans of New York

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"We’re eye doctors."
“What’s something about the eye that most people don’t realize?”
“The eye doesn’t see. The brain sees. The eye just transmits. So what we see isn’t only determined by what comes through the eyes. What we see is affected by our memories, our feelings, and by what we’ve seen before."

Humans of New York 

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"What I would really like said about me is that I dared to love. By love I mean that condition in the human spirit so profound it encourages us to develop courage and build bridges, and then to trust those bridges and cross the bridges in attempts to reach other human beings."

— Maya Angelou

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"Our desires should not be the ultimate arbiters of vocation. Sometimes we should do what we hate, or what most needs doing, and do it as best we can."

A Life Beyond Do What You Love

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"[Technology has] become so prevalent in American culture and around the world that, I think, people are losing sight of their basic human experience. If people put down their phones and quieted their minds as a practice everyday, we would have less anxiety, more human connection in local spaces, and a less distracted, more present society…It’s almost an addiction now, to text someone when I am in the quiet. Why? I never used to do that. I used to enjoy my own presence and being. I know I’m not the only one who picks up the phone when lonely or uncomfortable…[social media] is highly superficial and creates an artificial world for people to escape to that gives them, in my opinion, based on how it’s used by the majority, a false sense if connection and meaning."

J. J. on technology