Fall Likes & Dislikes 2016

Another season, another like, another dislike…

Likes:

  • bliss body products including shampoo, conditioner, soapy suds, and body butter. I first tried these at the W hotel and would take as many tiny samples as possible which I will still do if I’m at the hotel but I also found you can get the products cheaper by HALF PRICDE (which isn’t free but at least these are full size units) at Saks Off Fifth or TJ Maxx or Winners if you’re Canadian! Why I like it? Leaves you feeling squeaky clean and silky smooth. I love the lemon + sage scent. It’s FRESH and not overpowering.
  • Pumpkin pie. I love pumpkin pie. I could eat it for every meal. Mostly I like it warm with whipped cream but I’ll also eat it cold. It’s just incredible.
  •  Vietnamese food and I am a serious snob when it comes to it. I’ve been to Vietnam 4 times and have been unimpressed most of the time. Why? Because the quality of ingredients isn’t as high as North American standard so that’s an issue. Also, I grew up in a Vietnamese, Chinese, Jewish community (special right?) and I’ve had AMAZING Vietnamese food. When I go home to Ottawa, I literally frequent 2 restaurants the entire time. 1 – New Mee Fung, 2 Pho Thu Do. That’s it. My Mom puts up with it. She does. I love it.
  • Babies at the can hold their head up by themselves mode and before they are walking mode. This is the cutest time where you don’t need to worry about their tiny heads and you also don’t need to worry about them running around and getting into stuff. You can just sit that tiny human on your hip and do your business with your Mini Me, so cute!
  • Hot apple cider. Need I say more?
  • Hot pot. I love interactive meals filled with curiosities. Summer or winter – I can hot pot anytime!
  • Arch support – I wish I could wear flats or flip flops but I can’t so I love my Asics. I’m really embracing the Mainland Chinese look and have started wearing runners with most things. My feet have thanked me.

Dislikes:

  • Humidity. I traveled from Hong Kong to North America and I will tell you, I do not miss humidity. Like wow, I can wear my hair down and it doesn’t stick to my neck or look crazy flat a la Wednesday from Adam’s Family. Or like wow, I don’t need to wear dry fit gear all the time OR wow – my makeup stays on my face. Stupid humidity.
  • On the flip side – it’s really dry here. My face is not happy. Cream burns! And I’m constantly thirsty.
  • I mentioned this one in a very old post but the worst is when you’re wearing socks and you step on something wet in the bathroom or the kitchen. Sigh. I hate that! I need to remove ONE sock now? It’s just a recipe for mismatched socks and the end of the world.
  • My undeniable love for carbs. I have gained 11lbs since last year. E L E V E N. I am going to blame 50% of that on being in a relationship and the other 50% on a new pho place that opened to so far from my place in Hong Kong which I need to frequent often because I’m phosessed.
  • NYC subway. NRQ line, 123 line, ACE line like WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? Plus, it’s dirty. Like insanely dirty and it smells. And the ticket system makes no sense. It’s like one of the worst subways for a first world country and I believe now we don’t use the term “first world” – we say, developed and developing…well America, if I only saw your subway system I would think you were developing. And stop smelling like pee NYC. It’s not cool.
  • When you buy something new and ruin it the first time you use it. I bought just a t-shirt but it was special to me and the strap of my purse rubbed against it all day and now it’s all pilly and weird.

Why 7.4 billion people* should eat a Cinnabon

*The world population is currently 7.4 billion people, well, as of March 2016 it was so let’s just say it’s that. Cinnabon is currently available in about 30 countries with 750 outlets. With some of these countries the population size is pretty major, eg. India 1.2 billion, United States 318.9 million – actually those are the most notable. Now, we are going to do some quick scrappy math and assume that 30% of India’s population has had a Cinnabon and 50% of the USA’s population has had a Cinnabon and the rest of the countries that Cinnabon is located in plus visitors that might visit and taste this glorious bun are about 1 million (pulled that number out of my butt) – that leaves 6.8 billion people approximately have yet to try a Cinnabon and you know what?

THAT’S 6.8 BILLION PEOPLE TOO MANY!

Note: If you have a gluten allergy or diabetes this delectable delight is most certainly not for you.

One of the greatest things on earth!

One of the greatest things on earth!

So, what is a Cinnabon? Essentially, a Cinnabon is a cinnamon bun but in the most extraordinary way. Bigger, softer, chewier than it’s regular cinnamon bun counterparts. Cinnabon is a heart attack in a bun but almost worth it. I assume it’s called bon because it’s bon bon delicious!

I’ve always loved Cinnabon but I had always taken it for granted. Then, I moved abroad. And when you move abroad that’s when you start to see all the little things you took for everyday. Other examples include, dill pickle chips, Bar B Que sauce, swedish fish, tampons, wax strips, toilets that you can sit on (squat variety the worst)…ANYWAYS -

It just hits you one day that you need a Cinnabon and you’ll just have to take my word for it because it is SUPERIOR TO ALL OTHER WESTERN BUNS (I can’t compare the Cinnabon to Asian buns – totally different). So, I live in Hong Kong. And there are no Cinnabons there  - (take note Cinnabon HQ, I think it would do well there!)

The closest Cinnabon to Hong Kong are Philippines, Malaysia and Japan. So what’s a girl to do? Fly to Tokyo.

Tokyo Cinnabon Store - Roppongi Location (sorry for crappy photo - was just so excited!)

Tokyo Cinnabon Store – Roppongi Location (sorry for crappy photo – was just so excited!)

On this day I bought 3 Cinnabons. First I bought 2 and my friend tried to pay me for one, and I was so confused…like Ohhhhhh you think I bought YOU one. No no. These 2 are just for me. Oink.

If you doubted I was in Tokyo, there it is, proof - the peace sign.

If you doubted I was in Tokyo, there it is, proof – the peace sign.

Maybe I should have bought more. My brother suggested I buy lots and just freeze them but if you’ve had one, you just want it right from the oven. On that day, I ate one in the store. I ate one that night in the airport and I brought one back home for my boyfriend because that’s #truelove.

So I guess I still haven’t answered why 6.8 billion people should eat a Cinnabon but you know, I never intended to right a blog post about this Cinnabon adventure and seeing how many photos I have of that time make me feel like a boss on Cinnabon. Cinnabon boss. And if I am a boss, that means I have authority, if I have authority, I can strongly suggest people do something and I strongly suggest you try a Cinnabon, life changing for sure.


Your must do skincare routine…

Last week I blogged about makeup must haves but let’s be honest – while makeup can do wonders, it’s your skin (the foundation) that needs to be smooth & clear. So let’s get started.

Step 1: Wash your hands

This is important because if you have dirty hands, we’re doing double duty in the cleaning department. Washing hands and face with the face cleanser. Best to just clean your hands first.

Step 2: Remove your makeup

In a similiar reasoning to Step 1 – you want to remove your makeup first because face cleansing is about cleaning your face, not your makeup. Try using a makeup wipe first (there’s lots on the market and I don’t think there’s much difference between them but of course choose the one that is right for your skin type – beware, some of these wipes SMELL). For eye make up – use an eye make up remover. Currently I am using Dior – Instant Eye Makeup Remover 31USD. I like it because it isn’t oily and it seems to do the job! I would repurchase but I am also open to trying new things.

Step 3: Cleanse your face

I gently wash my face using circular motions for about 30 seconds in each area. The BEST is to use a face cloth to rinse your face about 3 times and then rinse with water 10 times. You don’t want any leftover residue on your face!

My go-t0 cleansers are – La Roche Posay Effaclar Cream Deep Cleansing Foam Cream Cleanser (wow what a mouthful!) 22USD

Although it is suggested for oily skin, I actually have normal skin and find it provides a deep gentle clean. I’ve also tried Clarins Cleansing Cream but prefer La Roche.

Really the best and at an unbeatable price! Photo source: Makeupalley.com

Really the best and at an unbeatable price! Photo source: Makeupalley.com

I also use another face wash – just once a day – usually when I am in the shower because this one is more potent and I want to make sure it washes off completely.

Carley's Clear and Smooth Acne Treatment 22USD

Carley’s Clear and Smooth Acne Treatment 22USD

This looks like it’s made in someone’s basement and I don’t even care if it is. My skin is clear and smooth! I’ve never had any serious problems with acne but I know people who have and this brand carries and industrial version of this product. I really have to say I’m a fan. I’ve been using it for years!

Step 4: Tone your face

Not everyone needs a toner. You should use toner if you wear heavy makeup or have combination skin, oily skin or acne prone skin. It helps to remove any excess dirt or grime you might not have caught in your cleansing routine but it also can do so much more – including restore pH balance, tighten pores, hydrate etc. For more, read here.

I’m currently using Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris – Combination/Oily skin 25USD. You might be wondering I use the Combination/Oily instead of the Normal, well it’s because the Normal is Normal/Dry and if I were to choose, then I would choose Combination over Dry. I really like this, this is a repeat purchase. I’m also one to mix brands together though some people that one brand is meant to work together I think of it more like – everyone has different targeted needs so just target em, you know?

I wipe my face using cotton pads - not balls. Who uses balls anymore? The product just gets wasted.

I wipe my face using cotton pads – not balls. Who uses balls anymore? The product just gets wasted.

Step 5: Eye Cream

The skin around your eyes is the most delicate and prone to wrinkles. You know the sun and stuff. If the area around my eyes is dry then I swear by Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado 28USD.

Amazing for winter if you live in a dry climate!

Amazing for winter if you live in a dry climate!

As for regular use, I am currently using Clarins Extra-Firming Eye Lift Perfecting Serum 63USD. I think it’s ok but I’m going to try something different next time. Not sure what yet but La Roche Posay Redermic C Eyes interests me.

Step 6: Serum

I could literally be the spokesperson for Clarins Double Serum - 89USD. It changed my life. Brighter skin. More supple. More radiant. More everything. It’s the best. Why use a serum you might wonder? Because serum penetrates deep into your pores and really that’s what you want – the cells deep within your skin to plump up and get nutrients. SO THIS STEP IS A MUST EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE ALL MUSTS.

Pricey but so worth it!

Pricey but so worth it!

Step 7: Moisturise

With all the work that you’ve done, you’ll want to seal the deal and that’s exactly what moisturising does. IT DOES NOT ADD MOISTURE. That is a myth. That’s what the serum for. Moisturiser is a coating on top of your skin that locks in the moisture you already have. It’s still important to do because we DO want to LOCK IT IN. I really like this brand Merlot – although it can only be bought in the USA, which is a huge pain. I’m a a big fan.

Only 17USD!!

Only 17USD!!

I also like that it has SPF 15 – I am a sunscreen freak and I wear sunscreen every day even in winter. There’s also a night version to this cream that I also love.

Step 8: Sunscreen

Wow – don’t even get me started. Unless you want to look like a garbage bag with freckles when you’re older, then you’ll want to put on sunscreen. And you know what – you think those are freckles on old people? Their not, their sun spots. And you think you don’t have sun spots? Maybe not know but they are hiding under layers of epidermis waiting to come out. Trust me.

I finish with – La Roche Posay Anthelios Targeted Protection Stick SPF 60. I love the stick format. It’s so easy and practical and portable! And it’s water resistant! I use it on my face and neck. Also whatever you do to your face, you must do to your neck!!

I love this thing.

I love this thing.

That’s all the steps! Make sure you practice this morning and night – consistency as with most things that require improvement is key. And drink lots of water!! And just love yourself – yeah! *high kick!


Makeup Favourites for natural, radiant look

For those of you who see me often this post may come as a surprise to you as I rarely wear makeup. But just because I rarely wear it doesn’t mean I don’t know a lot about it. With the birth of the internet my research skills have taken over my life and now I know more than I would like too.

Note: I used to wear more makeup in the past when I didn’t leave in sauna or teach yoga almost everyday – it seems silly to be wearing makeup when you are in and out of the gym and melting in the Hong Kong sun. That being said – I am a snob when it come stop most things and makeup is definitely one of them. Everything I mention in this post is tried and true. This post isn’t sponsored because I’m not famous. Lol.

Oh I should also mention I( have been maintaining my Sephora VIB status for 3 years while living in Hong Kong – impressive!

FACE:

I think a good skincare routine is the basis for a good face so I highly recommend starting there. I don’t think most people need to use foundation but many do – I never have, the closest I come is this:

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Photo Cred: Pink Sith

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Photo Cred: Pink Sith

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – 44USD

Why I like it: I like it because it is lightweight – it leaves a dewy, radiant glow, blends easily and it acts as a moisturiser with natural ingredients that overtime help to improve your complexion.

Note: I use this for special occasions only when I want to really even out and brighten my skin tone. Especially great if there are cameras around. Paparazzi after me. If I am using this I won’t use a makeup primer. Note that I have not included a makeup primer in this post as I have yet to find one that I swear by.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Concealer Photo Cred: Sephora.com

MAKE UP FOR EVER
Full Cover Concealer Photo Cred: Sephora.com

 

Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer – 34USD

Why I like it: It doesn’t move. This concealer is meant not for your under eye (but that’s what I use it for – pushing boundaries, exploring new frontiers – I’m a pioneer!).

Note: I used to work crazy hours like 17 hours a day and you just do not want to look like a panda bear – no matter how cute they are. I also tried Amazing Cosmetics which they use on Gossip Girl but I didn’t like the consistency as much and the staying power wasn’t as strong.

CHEEKS:

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Photo Cred: Sephora.com

Bobbi Brown
Shimmer Brick Photo Cred: Sephora.com

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick – Color Bronze – 25USD

Why I like it: It gives you a perfect glow without being too brown (depending on your skin town, I am a dark olive with yellow undertones).

Note: I really like the natural but enhanced look – radiant and fresh, so I think this is perfect for that. And it’s not too glittery. I use this on my cheeks and my T zone.

Hourglass Ambient® Lighting Powder Photo Cred: Sephora.com

Hourglass
Ambient® Lighting Powder Photo Cred: Sephora.com

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder – Color Luminous Light – 47USD

Why I like it: This powder makes you look like you’re by candlelight and EVERYONE  looks good by candlelight. This powder softens the look of the skin – diffusing light to make you look brighter with more refined skin. I use it when I don’t want to use the shimmer brick (winter for example) and I always use it under my eye and above me eyebrow in a C shape to brighten up my eyes and use it as a setting powder of the concealer.

tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Photo Cred: Sephora.com

tarte
Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Photo Cred: Sephora.com

tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush – 28USD

Why I like it: It comes in 18 of the most naturally beautiful colors. The color seems to come from within your skin giving you that flushed natural glow. I absolutely love that. I don’t think it lasts 12 hours but I love the pigment and the way it goes on the skin. They can easily be layered and blended. Another great feature is the packaging – the compact is the same color as the blush inside – helpful when rummaging through your makeup bag.

Special Mention: Nars Blush – Color Orgasm – Cult classic, I am a big fan of this as well but only when I am not wearing the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick as Orgasm is quite shimmery on it’s own.

EYES:

I don’t wear eyeliner really so you won’t see that on here – I would recommend the Bobbi Brown eye liner gel – that’s what I would use if I had the time to carefully apply. I also use the Sephora eyebrow pencil – I don’t have much experience with eyebrow pencils and currently feel that an eyebrow pencil is an eyebrow pencil. I do like how it defines your face, that pencil.

And eyeshadow – I really like the Sephora brand eyeshadows – cheap and cheerful and they stay on. Urban Decay is nice but somehow I always gravitate towards Sephora rather than my Naked palettte. I really dislike Nars eyeshadow – don’t  bother  unless you want to see the creases of your eyelids. That being said, I rarely wear eyeshadow but when I do I prime it with Urban Decay Eye Primer.

Prescriptives Lash Builder Mascara Basecoat Photo Cred: Prescriptives.com

Prescriptives Lash Builder Mascara Basecoat Photo Cred: Prescriptives.com

Prescriptives Lash Builder Mascara Basecoat – 20USD

Why I like it: I’ve tried many basecoats to mascara including the infamous Dior but there’s nothing quite like this one – it coats each lash effortlessly – building and separating each one making it easy to glide mascara on and not have to wiggle the wand back and forth or try really hard. It’s just easy and it works.

Note: This brand used to be sold in high end department stores and was known for customising foundation and lipstick to your needs they’ve since shut down all their physical locations and only have an online store of which items can be shipped within the USA only. While this is a pain, I still think it’s worth it. They often do promotions as well! Free size bronzer with purchase etc.

Prescriptives Lash Envy Volumizing Mascara Photo Cred: Prescriptives.com

Prescriptives Lash Envy Volumizing Mascara Photo Cred: Prescriptives.com

Prescriptives Lash Envy Volumizing Mascara – 23USD

Why I like it: The natural companion to the lash builder this lash mascara goes on easily and delivers the volume. I do think however after many hours it can begin to flake – I am interested in trying the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara and the Tarte Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara. I’ve read lots of great reviews on both.

Note: I have tried Dior Dior Show – it doesn’t have the same fanning effect. I’ve tried lots of mascaras from Maybelline to Lancome to Clinque to Benefit and right now this still takes the cake. Also note, I always want the volumizing look – sometimes the false eyelashes look to but what I’ve learned is volume is good – a little beyond natural and then some, but the false lashes mascara often looks too thick, too clumpy and not nice. If you want the false lashes look – get false lashes or eyelash extensions. It will look much better!

LIPS:

I tend to gravitate toward MAC lipsticks and Nars lipsticks. And I like Chanel lipgloss (Side story: Once in a bar I pulled out my lipgloss and a boy asked me what flavour it was – FLAVOUR? We’re in a bar! Not a playground. I said, “It’s not a flavour – it’s Chanel” – feels like I was in a commercial right there, lol.

For everyday I LOVE Dior Dior Addict Lip Glow – 33USD

Dior Dior Addict Lip Glow Photo Cred: Sephora.com

Dior Dior Addict Lip Glow Photo Cred: Sephora.com

Why I like it: Essentially it is a very expensive chapstick but BETTER. Lip glow takes the natural color of your lips and brightens it. Pale lips no more! You look healthy and cute!

Note: They often sell this on the plane with it’s counter part lipgloss. You can get a deal!

FINALLY

I set it all with Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray – 30USD

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Photo Cred: Sephora.com

Urban Decay
All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Photo Cred: Sephora.com

Why I like it: Honestly I think it’s placebo effect but at the same time I can’t be sure because I’ve been using it so long. This setting spray is lightweight – smells good and is suppose to let your makeup stay for up to 16h! Supposedly it cools down the temperature of your makeup so it doesn’t melt – maybe it does…

Note: I also tried their similar product but for oily skin – I really didn’t like this – it made my skin MORE oily.

There you have it! Go be beautiful!


Protein Chips!

Because protein shakes are seriously gross and protein bars for the most part are also gross. I could just eat foods that are high in protein but protein chips seem like the future.

Cause here’s the thing, I love chips. Like so much. I like how crunchy and flavorful they are and since moving to Hong Kong, I mean it’s really interesting because they just don’t have aisles of chips here like they do in Canada (or gasp! America). So much chip intake has gone down which is probably better for my physical health but not my mental health.

ANYWAYS – along with chips, I thought I would list a couple of my other favourite foods.

  • Pho – pho sure I could eat this EVERYDAY. Like every single day. Too bad Hong Kong has crappy and expensive pho. If they had amazing and cheap pho I would be pho fat.
  • Bread – bread to me tastes like candy but I almost never eat bread so it’s even more extra special to me.
  • Rice noodles, though I think this kind of falls under the pho category they are also used in Pad Thai, and other Asian type noodle soups…YUM
  • Sushi – salmon sushi – spicy salmon sushi – uni – scallop – I mean mostly all types. I like handrolls too. I like sashimi.
  • Gyoza – oh yeah, I could have like 20 of those. Maybe 30.
  • Oysters and lobster are my favourite seafoods – I could eat 50 oysters. I think I have.
The way forward. Photo Source: Progress Fitness

The way forward. Photo Source: Progress Fitness

Anyways back to protein chips – it’s like one bag has 120 calories are 21 grams of protein. I’m talking about the Quest brand protein chips. I literally don’t know anything else about them like how good they are or bad they are for you etc. All I know is that I can have a bag of chips after I work out and that is a huge win to me. Though they are a bit expensive, $3usd/bag? Maybe less but I suppose all protein supplements are around that cost. I buy mine off iherb.com – there are several flavours:

  • BBQ – I generally just don’t like the BBQ flavor and I still don’t in this particular chip
  • Sea Salt – Too SALTY
  • Salt & Vinegar – Have yet to try but I’ve ordered it and I’m excited!
  • Sour Cream and Onion – I think is quite YUM and doesn’t have the same heavy taste that other brands might
  • Cheddar and Sour Cream – I have this at home and I haven’t tried it but I’m going to. Keep you posted.

That’s it. This might be the worst post of all time. I’m sorry but hopefully you got something out of it. Protein chips! The way of the future.


32 things I’ve learned: Part 2/2

So I’ve been 32 for 11 and 3/4 days approximately and it’s been ok. Like not amazing but not bad and I mean that’s fine. Ok so the last have of the things I’ve learned and in no particular order. And in case you missed Part 1, it’s here.

  1. Tiger Moms. I would say I have one and I don’t think she’s very super high on the ROAR scale but she’s definitely on it. The thing that I’ve really learned and I’ve known it for a long time is that in the end what they really want is the best for you. That’s probably something you know if you have one. What I really learned though was that their tiger parenting really comes from a place of love. That that is how they show love. And while you may not receive love in that way or may not like it, it’s them trying in their way and I think that can be hard to acknowledge and accept.
  2. Being poor really limits you. I’ve been without money and I mean $0 and I need to sell things that I own several times in my life. And I think that people don’t understand is that it’s very hard to do some things like maintain friendships or make new friendships because usually you will meet for drinks or a meal but when you need to ration the price of your meal to free or under $5 that’s not really possible. The other thing I hear often, not to me personally but about people who are poor in general is like why don’t think just up and get a job? And I really learned this the hard way – it’s because you have so many things in your life that are so immediate that you can’t even think that far out. It’s all about right now. What am I going to eat right now? How am I going to get to X place? (Probably walk) Where do I sleep tonight? Do I have clean clothes? Can I get clean clothes? Where can I shower? Do I shower? Do I have money for food later and all these tiny decisions you make everyday that mean nothing if you have money are suddenly everything that consumes you. So it’s very hard to be forward thinking without the basics being taken care of (food, shelter etc)
  3. Depression – I talk about this somewhat in a previous post but depression is real. And it’s not something you just snap out of. It’s really hard and even though I’ve been though it I can’t even really offer tips on how to get through it except that the small things count. Showering counts. And if you have any inkling to do anything at all, do it. If you need medication, do it. Talk to someone if you can and one day – hopefully, you turn a corner and that dark cloud just disappears.
  4. Anything can happen – this is very true and I think we often think that that won’t happen to me. Or that people don’t change. But really, anything can happen. So-called freak accidents happen all the time. And people transform their lives for better or worse all the time. And success stories happen all the time. I mean really – anything can happen and though I think it would be easier if we thought of our lives in terms of absolutes, it’s really all grey.
  5. Relationships are like a mirror and when I say that I mean I think you spend your whole life looking at yourself from the front and you now a lot about your frontside. And when you’re in a relationship all this other stuff about you comes up that you didn’t know before because you didn’t have the perspective of your backside. And these are good things or bad things or annoying things, things you need to work on but mostly things that you just weren’t aware of. I think as well as you know yourself there’s always going to be something your partner sees (positive/negative) in you that help you grow as a person.
  6. That being said relationships are constantly evolving and you’re both student and teacher – remembering that you aren’t always meant to be someone’s teacher in all things, not even your partner but that you should always be learning as you change, your partner changes and your relationship changes. I don’t think that’s easy, to always be curious about what’s going on but I think it’s important and that’s why relationships are work.
  7. I guess the other thing about relationships is that you need to learn what is not being said. Perhaps I am not that intuitive of a person – definitely not a mind reader but I do know that sometimes it’s not what’s being said that is more than what’s going on than what is going on if that makes sense.
  8. I learned that being a parent is really hard. I’m not a parent but now that I am older I understand how hard being a parent is. And I don’t mean I know what it’s like to wake up and feed my baby all night but that I can empathise with all the wants and hope you have for your child and you try your best for them and everything but they still have a different path or hardships or whatever and of course they are people of their own but so are you and I think it’s very emotional.
  9. I learned that nothing will elate or deflate you like love for another human being.
  10. I am in a way quite a “dark” person and I am interested to read about the world’s tragedies and sad stories.
  11. I really love pen and paper. I like to write things down – I think it let’s me be more creative as well.
  12. I really really really really love pho. Like I would choose it every day. I love noodle soup in general and so lots of things can fall into this category but a really good pho but amazing broth (not heavy) and noodles (not to think and not to thin) and that doesn’t skimp out on the meats is like wow heaven on earth.
  13. I rarely make impulse decisions. Or say anything at random. Often I am mistaken for doing both these things but most are well thought out but perhaps I haven’t voiced it before.
  14. I’ve really grown to love olives. I hated them as a kid but now I like their almost bitter and distinct taste and pungent smell.
  15. I’m a terrible “housewife” – I don’t like cleaning or cooking. I can organise the calendar but holy moly – a lot of respect to those who are and those who are stay at home mom’s and dad’s. It’s really a lot of work.
  16. The best and hardest thing you can be is yourself.

This post seems to be quite a bit darker than the last, I suppose that’s my mood and maybe the rain. That being said I definitely am affected by the weather. It’s been really dark and gloomy the past couple of days in Hong Kong and I’m not sure what will happen if I ever need to move to a place that has proper winter. So there’s something else you know about me, I am weather dependent but I actually despite the winter being cold I absolutely love to wear pants, boots, and jackets! I guess this could continue on. Also I’m thinking about Vloging – let me know if that’s something you would be interested in! Thanks!


32 things I’ve learned: Part 1/2

Because I just celebrated the start of my 32nd year on this planet I thought it was good idea to guess what, reflect, I spend like way too much time reflecting but I guess it’s hard to be present when you’re stuck in the past even though I kind of live in the past.

What I’ve Learned:

  1. I live in the past. I learned this this past year in fact and you know what it makes so much sense. I reflect constantly and I really hold onto the past. I don’t mean in a grudges kind of way but I really like to work through things and understand them. The interesting thing about living in the past is that some events or words really stick with me, over and over and over again – for example, when I was 15, this gay guy said to me, “You’re hot like Japanese anime” and now like 17 years later, I still remember it. Some things just really stuck like glue.
  2. I’ve also learned, in the past 3 years that I am an extremely literal person and this is why I have such a hard time understanding sarcasm and jokes (more sarcasm than jokes, but jokes is very 50/50). The way I deduce sarcasm is I think – “Could that be real” – “Yes/No” – if “No” then sarcasm. Eg. I was literally walking on the moon – normal me would say – “Uh, no you weren’t, you’re not an astronaut” but put on my Sarcastic Hat, “Oh, that’s sarcasm.” It’s kind of tough being literal. For example, 2 weeks ago someone told me they heard that you could have no money and live like a king in Thailand. I corrected him and said, “No, you definitely need some money in Thailand, and if you want to live like a king, more than some.”
  3. I now know that Dill Pickle chips are really my favourite type of chip, more than Ketchup – more then Buffalo Wing and Blue Cheese and maybe more than Texas Tang which was a Dorito flavor that came out when I was 8 but I thin it was just a test and I’ve never seen it again so it’s hard to say but right now, it’s Dill Pickle. That’s my favourite.
  4. As I continue to grow up, I realise more and more how self absorbed people are and that makes me sad. Everyone has their own thing going on, and their own shit but if you find someone who takes a time out to ask you about your shit and can really empathise with you because they are LISTENING then WOW, you should keep this person in your life.
  5. I also realise that as I grow up, my time becomes more and more limited and I’ve learned or am learning that it is best to surround yourself with positive, awesome people because that’s how osmosis works. I am also learning it is hard to break up with friend’s you’ve had for a long time but that are no longer serving you so to speak.
  6. As mentioned earlier, I live in the past, and I said words stick with me. Sometimes hurtful words, and that obviously hurts my feelings. I learned that people don’t really give much thought to what they say but the impact that it has on me can be quite big so I try to take things with a giant grain of salt. Something I am working on.
  7. Being introverted/alone is only fun for a very MAXIMUM 7 hours. I can’t even really ever chill. It’s like I don’t understand it. And at 6 hours alone I’m like ok fine but at 7 WOW, I’m ronery. I’m like 70% extrovert and 30% introvert.
  8. Oh, another interesting point. Now that I am 32 I feel like am I an adult? Interesting question right? I’ve definitely grown and matured, no doubt there but when I think back to when I was a kid and I would see “adults” – I was all like wow, you drive a car, or wow, you are wearing red lipstick, or wow, leather jacket. Well guess what, I’ve done all those things and I don’t feel more adult. What I feel like is cars cost money, red lipstick needs to be reapplied often, leather jacket making methods are questionable. So I guess what I’ve learned is that even though I am an adult, I’m also just a kid.
  9. I’m also a MPUA. That’s right. A Master Pick Up Artist. I can pick up men and women equally. How do I know this? On a romantic holiday with my boyfriend I was reading “The Game” by Neil Strauss and I was like HOLY SHIT this is me but not a lady douchebag. All that stuff in that book like interesting facts and hooks and pea cocking – that’s like my natural skill set. I mean it just is me. Without even trying, I’m telling you I’m charming if I want to be (what a weird thing to say (not so humble brag)). EG. I have a necklace – I wear it almost every day – or I used to and it’s a gold arrow. People always ask me about it, women ask me where I got it and we strike up a conversation that way and men ask me about it, and I say “It’s the arrow to my heart” – wow cheesy but it gets them every time. It’s weird to know you’re MPUA and it’s weird to tell people.
  10. I learned that a lot of people read my blog. I don’t mean via google analytics – I never check that. I mean like I will run into someone and they’re like “OH, I read your post” and that’s really cool because I have no idea who I reach and that means, wait take that back – I don’t know if I lot of people read my blog but at least 15 people do. So that’s good.
  11. I learned that really the secret to an awesome bod is diet. Which is like something I actually learned, not something someone told me. For a year I ate clean 6 days a week with 1 cheat day and I was like wow very happy with these results. It’s tough a thing to do and I’m not doing it anymore but if I want said awesome bod back, I know what to do.
  12. I love EDM. Growing up in Ottawa, I thought EDM was like Electric Circus on Much Music and that raves involved glow sticks and weirdos. I went to my first rave in Taiwan and was like “WHAT HAVE I BEEN MISSING MY WHOLE LIFE” (I thought there was a funny meme with a quarrel and the beat dropping but I can’t find it). I don’t even need to be in a non sober state. Nope, I can just like go nuts. Music festivals also taught me that I can have kids and go away for the weekend, go nuts, and come home total sane – it’s just nice to know that there’s an outlet.
  13. Switching gears, I learned that there is no “getting ahead” in life – because really we should take what we have for granted. I’ve seen it happen lots – like it APPEARS someone is getting ahead, they have the job, the house, the kids, the dog, the partner, the promotion the this the that and then – it’s like actually I hate my job, I’m cheating on my partner, I never wanted kids but got confused because society told me I should do this and that…
  14. Which leads me to my next point, we are all prisoner’s of our own mind. But hey, guess what – we all have the key as well. That is so fucked to think about.
  15. Living the so-called dream might not be your dream. Your dream, is your dream. Seems simple enough but surprisingly tough, at least for me.
  16. Sexual abuse is a serious problem and is not talked about enough. Just take a trip on Quora. You’ll see just a slice of what’s out there and it is haunting.

If you made it this far – THANK YOU!!! Stay tuned for part 2 next week! Happy Wednesday.