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Where does the time go? Two weeks from today, I’ll be arriving in London, the first stop on my next major international adventure. That means it’s crunch time as I try to juggle travel prep, double-time work duty, and my usual round of bittersweet goodbyes. Yesterday I said a tough one to New York, a city I’m passionately in love with but didn’t clock nearly enough time in this summer. It was a blissful week though, filled with rooftop gossip sessions, long walks through Manhattan, and indulgent meals with friends — and capped off with a return to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade! But easing the pain of leaving was the fact that I was heading to Albany, where I’m looking forward to spending seven final days in the comfort of my hometown.

Onto Photo of the Week!

Photo A
Summer in New York!

Photo B
The 2014 Mermaid Parade

Photo C
Coney Island energy

Photo D
Serious characters!

Photo E
Sunset over my favorite city

Which photo is your favorite?

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56 Comments...
  • Janice Stringer
    June 23 2014

    Absolutely love the Lobster guy!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      He was quite the character, and all too happy to pose!

  • Jason
    June 23 2014

    A!

  • Love the sunset photo
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    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      Thanks Ashley! I love sitting on my friends’ roof and watching the planes go by. It’s pretty magical up there!

  • Jamie
    June 23 2014

    E! Love that sky & skyline.

    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      I’m with you Jamie! I’ll never get sick of sunsets, whether they are over beaches or skylines.

  • Justine
    June 23 2014

    With those clouds and that skyline, I have to go with E. But great job capturing the colorful vibe of the Mermaid Parade!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      Thanks! Looking forward to sharing the rest of my photos eventually.

  • Jimmy Dau
    June 23 2014

    I’ll be in London in Two weeks as well!

    I’m a sucker for a sunset so Photo E.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      Nice! I might try to throw together a little reader/blogger meetup. Stay tuned! šŸ™‚

  • Shaz
    June 23 2014

    I’m going to go with B! Nothing like some wacky-tacky outfits to spice up the day šŸ™‚
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  • Linda
    June 23 2014

    A

    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      Thanks for voting! Love that flag on the BBQ… so summer.

  • Coolfam
    June 23 2014

    I can’t believe no once chose “C” – that’s capturing a moment!

    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      I’m actually surprised too! I think that’s my favorite of the week…

  • Chris
    June 23 2014

    I think this time it’s B.

    The joy on that face! šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      I know! I love these photos because of all the smiling happy people. So much joy!

  • Stephanie
    June 23 2014

    Photo C! I love the energy in that shot!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      Me too! Definitely my fave of the week.

  • becky hutner
    June 23 2014

    D, because it’s not every day we get to see someone getting lewd with lobster.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      Ha, that was all him! I just politely asked if I could take a picture… he picked the pose šŸ™‚

  • Amanda
    June 23 2014

    Yay, so fun! I like photo C the best, it captures the exuberance of the day so well šŸ™‚

    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      Funnest day ever! Thanks so much for being my partner in crime!

  • Joy @MyTravelingJoys
    June 23 2014

    I say, New York is always a good idea! That sunset photo is lovely!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      Thank you! It was worth climbing the fire escape with my dSLR for!

  • Leah
    June 23 2014

    I have to go for A cause I’m really jonesin’ for a NYC fix right now (thinking of going in August, finally!) but C is pretty great too. Love the enthusiasm. The guy’s headpiece in D is amazing but I’m too creeped out by his pose to give him a vote…
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    • Meihoukai
      June 24 2014

      Aw, too bad I’ll miss you in New York! You’ll have to give it a big hug for me šŸ™‚

  • Kristen Noelle
    June 23 2014

    Ahh another Mermaid Parade, wow that year flew! It always looks so fun… B-D, bc they seem to have captured the essence perfectly (lobster guy is hilar). My pick though is E – sunsets and skylines *swoons*
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    • Meihoukai
      June 24 2014

      Seriously, the year did fly by! I think this has been my fastest one yet…

  • Sunset photo is definitely my favorite šŸ™‚ Sounds exciting with London. Europe is so amazing this time a year!

    • Meihoukai
      June 24 2014

      I can’t wait! I’ll have a big announcement post about all my destinations before I leave… you know, so I can get everyone’s fabulous advice again šŸ™‚

  • Dad
    June 23 2014

    B…captures what I assume the spirit of the Mermaid Parade is all about.

    • Meihoukai
      June 24 2014

      You would love to see it someday, Dad. It might put the Mummers to shame though šŸ™‚

  • Emily
    June 23 2014

    E for sure!
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  • Jade
    June 23 2014

    If I had to choose between those fabulous Mermaid parade photos it would be Photo D! But they are all great! I must say I’m very jealous of you heading to London… I won’t be home until December!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 24 2014

      I’m excited too, can’t wait to see my girls over there!

  • Joella J in Beijing
    June 23 2014

    I can’t decided between photo A and photo E. Love both! Summer is here already! I’m on summer break now so getting ready to leave on Thursday for my summer travels- can’t wait. Say hi to my beautiful London for me. I do miss summers there- it’s the best time. šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      June 24 2014

      It’s the only time I’ve ever been to London, but I still agree šŸ™‚ Lovely in the summer!

  • I like Photo D, sums New Yorkers up nicely haha
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  • sameer
    June 24 2014

    Thanke you for the fabulous Photos!!

    i will vote for “C”

    smile is the spirit of the basil .. is the conscience perfume and the nearest road to the heart .. is the star in the sky…

    Is the sweetest and most beautiful melodies .. is the language of lovers that were unable to speak ..

    • Meihoukai
      June 24 2014

      Thanks Sameer! Poetic as always šŸ™‚

  • Maddy
    June 24 2014

    Lobster guy is hilarious but I love A – can’t beat a BBQ!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 25 2014

      Not in the summer time, you really can’t! šŸ™‚

  • Mark
    June 28 2014

    definitively, the lobster guy!! šŸ˜‰

  • Rashaad
    June 29 2014

    Photo B – The Mermaid Parade looks like it’s crazy good fun.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 29 2014

      It is indeed šŸ™‚ Can’t wait for next year!

  • Eric
    January 6 2015

    lobster, lobster!! šŸ™‚

    • Meihoukai
      January 6 2015

      There are such real characters at this parade šŸ™‚