Through My Lens : Recently

March 2, 2015
Chinese New Year at the Buddhist Temple

Some bits and pieces of Chinese New Year are included here since we're technically still celebrating. Visiting the Buddhist Temple on New Year's Day. I love seeing that chandelier juxtaposed with the Guan Yin Goddess of Mercy statue.

After holding out for the longest time, I finally joined Instagram. I have my issues with it but that's a story for another day. I'm @rolalaloves and you can find me here. I'll still be continuing with this Through My Lens series since I take plenty of pics but there may be a slight overlap with my Instagram feed or not. I'm still really trying to get the hang of posting on there. 

Chinese New Year Lion Dance
The red lion making an exit after blessing a restaurant. Everyone wanted to touch it for luck.
Chinese New Year Confetti
Since fire crackers have been outlawed (Thank goodness!) people celebrate with confetti poppers instead. This stuff is fun but insidiously gets everywhere. We were still finding metallic bits around our apartment a week later.
Chinese New Year Tangerines, Chinese New Year Decoration
Our lucky display of tangerines. I just realized I forgot to put a red envelope on there.
Chinese New Year food, Lucky food
My mom always makes this Chinese New Year dish of braised mushrooms with pig trotters, dried oysters and black moss every year. Even though black moss is supposedly not allowed in the US anymore, she managed to get a hold  of some. This is one of those lucky foods!
Sweater over shirt, Mens style
This cold weather calls for lots of layers. My husband has two Uniqlo heattech tops under his shirt and sweater. The windchill was minus 16 degrees when he wore this.
Snow over Manhattan Bridge, Winter in New York City
A snowy day by the Manhattan Bridge. Snow in NYC doesn't stay white like this for long by the way.
National Museum of the American Indian, Downtown Manhattan, Financial District
It was so cold that I took the train 3 stops down to Bowling Green to go to the DMV to renew my ID. This is one of those deep underground stations and it's pretty cool looking from the outside especially with the great looking exterior of the National Museum of the American Indian behind it. 
A quick selca before heading into the DMV since I properly did my makeup. I'm wearing my favorite Orla Kiely hat.
51 comments on "Through My Lens : Recently"
  1. You look so pretty in that last snap! I wouldn't mind having some of those lucky mushrooms by the way, mmm.

  2. What a great celebration you look pretty doll and I love the colors and decor.

  3. Morning Rowena! First of all, so happy you joined IG, off to add you right now! You know how much love this kind of post from u as u often display NYC too :) The Buddhist temple is impressive, I see there were big celebrations for the NCY, so fun! Your mom dish looks very good, even though I dont eat meat it sounds tasty. Your hubby did well to layer, I can only imagine the huge freezing cold there! Most of all love ur selfie, you just look super sweet! Happy Monday my dear and have a lovely March! xo

  4. This is so marvellous, I love all of the pictures and you look beautiful doll!! All this food is making me hungry :)))) Shall find you on Instagram :))) xx

  5. My MIL told me that Chinese New Year is usually celebrated for two weeks in HonkKong/! I kinda wish it's the same here:D
    Awesome pics as usual, Rowena:) And I do love the look of that subway station.

  6. that would be lovely to celebrate one day!

  7. This is such a wonderful post with beautiful photos! I love your cute hat, and the braised mushrooms dish looks absolutely amazing!

  8. Marvellous pics, I love this kind of post from you Rowena and you are so beautiful in the last pic, you have a wonderful smile!!!
    Happy March doll!!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  9. I love that last picture of you, Rowena and may I ask what lipstick are you using there? Love the shade on you! Looks like you had a great CNY celebration and gosh, my dad used to make that for dinner too. But since only a few of us eat trotters, he finally gave up and start making steamboat instead. LOL!

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  10. I love the festivities. Great pictures Rowena.

  11. Beautiful photos Rowena, I hope you enjoyed!! :)

  12. Lovely post!!! you are so pretty, dear friend!!!
    Have a good week!!! my g+ and like's for you!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  13. Your photos are always gorgeous Rowena and you look beautiful!:)

  14. Amazing photoS

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  15. These photos are lovely, Rowena, your Instagram is off to a wonderful start! I was hesitant to join Instagram at first as well, however once I was using it for a little while it quickly became one of my favourite forms of social media for blogging :) If you'd like to connect over there as well, I'm there as @aglassofice .. have a wonderful week! :)

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  16. Those are some great photographs. I love the pic from the confetti poppers. So cool!


  17. Love all of these photos and those braised mushrooms look so amazing!!

    xx 365Hangers

  18. aw welcome to IG! Although, I'd love to hear your story of why you have your issues with it. Hopefully, you will share one day.
    I enjoyed seeing your photos! Especially related to CNY! =)

  19. Wow, beautiful post and so pretty pictures. ^^
    Lovely greets Nessa

  20. Oh i love this series and that last photo reminds me I have to get to museums more often.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  21. These pics totally scream CNY. The chandelier in that first pic is gorgeous, quite unexpected to see in a Buddhist Temple. Yay to you joining the Instagram, Rowena! I rarely blog these days but having Instagram helps me connect with a few of my long time blogger buddies. Will see you there.

  22. wonderful shots as always Oh how i have missed the city With this horrid weather have not been since the day after Christmas Cannot wait to get back and do some shooting Hope you have a GREAT week!!

  23. I was so excited to hear you were on instagram. I always thought you would love it, knowing your love for photography. I hope you keep the account. Love that Buddhist temple! It is so gorgeous. Fab pictures of the lion head and tangerines. So much to love about CNY! I love your husband's shirt and sweater.

  24. Beautiful photos! I still haven't gotten around to joining instagram. I may have to eventually :)

  25. Aww you look gorgeous in the Orla Kiely hat!
    Yikes and it's crazy that you have to wear 4 layers. I really hope it gets warmer soon! This definitely reminds me why I don't like visiting NYC in the winter anymore!

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  26. A belated CNY to you! Looks very festive at your end of the world. My parents were here in Sydney over CNY so we had a reunion dinner together which was lovely.

    PS: just added you on instagram!

  27. Hi sweetie! So happy you joined Instagram. I love your Through my lens series, I like peeking at what you've been up to! The first picture is especially charming! Happy celebration!
    Coco et La vie en rose - Valeria Arizzi

  28. what a cute selfie! You look like a kid there:) and I'm glad that I'm not the only one wearing a lot of layers when it gets cold. My husband, on the other hand, never wears any layers. It's always jeans (often ripped) and a jacket with him, no matter how cold it gets. I don't get it.

    As always I like your photos...snow is so photogenic...and too bad it's not so nice once it loses its snowy white colour:(

    The photographs of the temple are really lovely. I recognize the Goddess of Mercy statue. I used to watch a lot of tattoo shows and hers is an popular image to get done.

    Wow, those mushrooms look so delicious! and hearing there might an illegal ingredient in them makes me want to try this dish even more.

  29. p.s. I'm thinking about joining instagram too, but I'm afraid I'll get addicted.

  30. Welcome to Instagram Rowena! I have issues with the whole social media thing but it's a great way to keep in touch with people. One can tell that you love photography and it would be a shame not to share the pics. I hate fire crackers and I wish they were outlawed over here too. I have never heard of black moss and I ask myself why it's not allowed in the US anymore. Is it dangerous haha? You look beautiful! I hope we see more selfies from you. Wish you a happy Tuesday!!

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  31. Gorgeous pics Rowena. It looks like you are much more acclimated to the weather than I am, lol. Mine is a run from the subway into school, and the same thing going home. I am on instagram, but very rarely so as phones are banned at school and I'm at school all day long...however, I will look for you or find me and I'll follow back :) xo Mary Jo

  32. So lovely and great post, as always! Hope you have an awesome day. :D

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  33. Beautiful pictures! Hope you have a great week!

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  34. Gorgeous photos as always! Chinese New Year looks like a lot of fun! I'm going to follow you on Instagram right now :)

  35. Nice to see what you have been up to! I hope that soon you can welcome warmer temperatures in NYC.

  36. pretty...LOVE the lips :)
    minus. 16. windchill. i can't even imagine! stay warm.

  37. A fantastic celebration and you look pretty too!!!


  38. I just love all the traditions and the way you celebrated the new year! It made it feel so special. And what a wonderful selfie! x

  39. oh you brave girl, you went to the DMV? On a snowy day? I hope you rewarded yourself with something lovely or delicious afterwards ;-)

    Following you on Instagram! You should post the tangerine photo on there, it's awesome.

  40. Hi sweet lady! This smile on the last photo made me smile too! I am really happy to see a photo of you! Also, I was wondering for a very long time how come you don't have an IG profile as your photos here on the blog are always so beautiful. I am sure you will have lots of fun there. I love the photo of the Manhattan bridge and the tangerines. Such a beautiful pot! I am sorry to hear it's still so cold in NYC! Stay warm, Rowena! xo

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  42. Beautiful pictures. Love your make up!

  43. i love that you used the word selca!! my friend is always saying how there was selca before selfies ;) and so many beautiful colors for new year's!

  44. ROWENA!!! I always love it when I see glimpse of you in your blog. Love to see faces of my blogger friends, You had such a fun CNY! We don't have firecrackers here too and I didn't go down to Chinatown to throng with the massive crowd to know if party poppers were used. The mushroom dish looks so homely. I would think it tastes like my parents' cooking. Why is black moss not allowed in the States? Coz it looks hairy? ANd oh wow!!! You're on Instagram! Sure to follow you when I next use my phone with my laptop to check your username. See you soon!

  45. Beautiful photos dear friend! You are so when you post shots of you!!! Loving the shots of the city and the bright colors you captured from Chinese New Year. Just extraordinary!! I have not done instagram yet...I'm intrigued but not sure if I am ready do you like it???? Have a great Thursday pal! Nic xoxox


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