So I finally figured out what’s been going on. The fake Lynda Tran submitted a request to Google to take down my @lyndatran Twitter account from showing up in the results, thus bumping her up to the #1 spot. How dirty is that. Freakin politicians. Argh.
2015 was filled with ups and downs, but it was definitely a great one overall. We traveled to Paris (twice in one year!), Spain, Italy, Mexico, and just recently Vietnam, and Thailand. My immune system has been telling me I have been traveling too much, so I decided to stay home and rest up instead of joining Turbo in Japan and the Philippines for the holidays (and poker).
I am very fortunate to be in a place in my life where working is optional and every day is a vacation. I am also lucky to have found someone who is also ambitious and with a good heart to join me in this journey. Believe me when I say – hard work, dedication and POSITIVITY goes a long way. You can’t expect good things to come to you without putting yourself in a position for happiness and success.
Google Search Ranking Update:
Oops… I did it again! I stopped blogging for two months and now I’m back to Page 2 on Google Search. Argh! Darn you, Other Lynda Tran ::shaking fist::
Believe it or not, I found this Dominican beauty online and we contacted each other to collaborate for a photo session. Ana made her acting debut on ABC Family’s “Startup U” recently so she may look familiar. We met for the first time in front of the Pie Hole (my favorite dessert joint in downtown) and made our way towards the LA River Bridge.
Model: Ana Marte (IG: @amarte15)
Photographer: Lynda Tran (IG: @capturedbylynda / TWITTER: @lyndatran)
For my birthday Turbo got me a brand spanking new camera – the Canon 5D Mark III. I’m so mad at myself for not going big for my first camera. The 70D’s quality is poor compared to this monster. And then for our 1st year anniversary he got me a Canon Telephoto 2.8 IS II USM lens which I’ve been eying for a long time. That baby takes super quick and sharp pictures! My photography has definitely improved thanks to these new items.
We winged it in downtown LA a couple weeks ago and chose the Disney Hall exterior for some product shots. I barely edited any of these photos. It’s really hard to capture bad photos at this location. The architecture and lighting are amazing.
Then we headed over to the warehouse area and found a rooftop for some shots. We stumbled upon a spot exclusively meant for photo shoots and movies, and the guy said we could probably use it for free anytime! Woot~
I don’t know why, but all my guy friends like this shot below. I thought she was posed awkwardly, but I guess the best photos are supposed to be awkward? Shrug.
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Boy, this year’s WSOP flew by so quickly! We were in Vegas from end of May all the way to mid-July, with a few weekend breaks here and there. It was a fun ride, but nothing beats being home.
We arrived with high hopes, like every other year. Thanks to my buddies and the hubby, I was able to play the 10K Main Event for the very first time in my life. Although we didn’t make any money, it was great experience and I can’t wait for the next one!
Work piled in during June and July, so I didn’t get to play as much poker as I wanted to. I played the Colossus, Monsterstack, Millionaire Maker, Little 1 Drop, and Lucky 777. I doubled my stack within the first 1-2 levels every time, but things would go downhill after. I have yet to ‘run good’ in any event, but hopefully my time will come.
Big shoutout to Nipun Java for finishing 2nd in the $3K PLO event. We had a small piece, so it was a pretty good sweat. Our railbirding results are quite phenomenal, ask anyone!
Last year, I went to EDC and told myself I would never EVER go again. But FOMO hit me hard and I ended up breaking that promise… it helped that the tickets were free and our friends had table service. 🙂 (Photo below by @handrogyny)
I am no angel, and I have experimented with this and that in the past. These past couple of years, I have somehow developed a natural high for life and I do not need alcohol or drugs to make me feel happy. I wake up every morning excited to make things happen, and fall asleep every night feeling accomplished. So much of my life was spent in darkness, that being in the light now is such a relief. I hope to spread this positive energy to all those around me. It’s an indescribable feeling, but I’ll try my best to put it into words (ask me when you see me!).
The last girl cousin of my OG crew finally got hitched. Congrats to Tiff and Thysy! It was an honor being a part of your special day.
The hubby spoiled me this year and got me a Canon 5D Mark III for my birthday. For months, I was struggling with the quality of my photos which were taken from the 70D. The 5D camera makes such a HUGE difference. Just look at these shots below. I’m pretty late in the photography game but I feel like I’m getting better and better with every session. It takes people years to master this art, and I’m trying to master it in a matter of months. Can’t expect to be great right away, and like I always say… practice makes perfect!
Back in college, I had a group of friends who shared a similar interest for The Simpsons. They often compared me to the Lisa Simpson character because she was nerdy and boring. Obviously, my name is Lynda with a “Y”, but to be funny they would literally call me “Lysa with a Y”. I always thought it was silly because NOBODY spells their name Lisa with a Y! Fast forward many years later, I meet Lysa… with a Y. Coincidence? Maybe. But I’m a firm believer of things happening for a reason!
A couple months ago, I approached Lysa with an idea for starting a fashion blog based on her Instagram activity. Through getting to know her, I found out she’s also an excellent cook. We have so many ideas brewing and just can’t wait to share it with everyone!
Here is our first production: LysaThuy – Fashion and Lifestyle Blog (www.lysathuy.com). She will be highlighting her fashion, cooking, skin care among other things. My photography will also be featured on her site from time to time. Check it out and let us know what you think! Make sure to follow Lysa on Instagram, if you haven’t done so already – @lysathuy
Quick photoshoot at Huntington Beach pier with Lysa and my Canon 70D. Loving the reflections on the sand. I have a feeling we are going to make a pretty good team!
Big thanks to Anthony and Kathy for letting me photograph them for a practice engagement photo session. (Disclaimer: These are not their official engagement photos!) This whole photography thing is a learning process and I feel like I still have so much to learn.
We set up a little picnic area at Yorba Regional Park. Here is the lovely couple drinking some wine.
Anthony couldn’t keep his eyes open for this shot. Doh!
This was the first time I experienced the “Golden Hour” of photography.
Look at all the pretty warm sun light behind the trees.
A close up of our picnic setup.