Soft Spots

In my last post I said I would rant and rave about my horror story with Ethiad but INSTEAD of being negative (by the way, their customer service SUCKS) – I thought I would share some things that I have a soft spot for. For example:

Old People:

Old people are HELLA cute, they’re all wrinkled and usually small and they have this childlike innocent about them or a well deserved angry demeanour. Good for them. They’re just like in this place where they don’t care about what people think and they live day to day which is really how we should all live but we don’t and they are always wearing cardigans. Men and women. Cardigans. It’s just the cutest.

Old Chinese and Old Black People:

Wow, these are like the ultimate in cuteness. Probably because both races don’t show a hint of age until 85 and then suddenly that rice cake face and that black don’t crack skin just explode into a furry of wrinkles but somehow – it’s way cute and they own it.

Babies:

I just like watching them – even if you send me a video of your baby breathing I’m like wow, that’s the cutest. They have tiny feet, and no necks and it’s just ADORABLE. I want to squish you and love you so much!

Japanese Pets:

Not usually an animal lover but Japanese pets are crazy cute.

Japanese Pet: A pet owned by a Japanese person.

These pets are usually impeccable. They are so clean. I love that. So well groomed. And so kawaii. It’s just like they were born to be little loveable cartoons. I want to own a Japanese pet except that I’m not Japanese but maybe I could adopt one from a Japanese person…especially a small dog or a cat.

Homeless People:

I feel really really really bad for homeless people. There are a variety of reasons someone could be homeless and you know what? Sometimes people, they don’t want to be homeless, well I am assuming most don’t want to be homeless but it’s not really a choice and what stinks is that we don’t really have a good way to integrate them into society or get them back on their feet. It bothers me when people say, well why don’t they get a job? Like you try getting a job with no access to a shower, clean clothes and starving for days. And let’s not forget about the logistics of putting down your home address or a contact number you can be reached at. Homelessness in some ways seems like this twist of fate that could happen to anyone. It’s really sad and when people ask for money if I give it to them – no matter where the money goes, I know that whatever I gave is more than they have. And if I don’t give it to them, I feel really bad.

I mean basically anyone in need I have a soft spot for.

People handing out flyers:

I used to do this. The job sucks. No one wants your flyers and you can’t go home until all your flyers are handed out. This is why I always take flyers. Cause like what’s it to me? I read something, I recycle it later. Done and done.

Froyo:

I feel at least 7 years behind but I finally got there, I am so into froyo. And the weird thing is, I only want the same thing every time. I just want plain froyo with gummy bears. If I see froyo, I’m like yeah, I want that. It’s not like other sweets where I’m like I shouldn’t have that. No, I should definitely have froyo. I love it!

 


Summer Likes & Dislikes 2017

Let’s just get right into it shall we?

Likes:

Norwegian Air: Quite honestly I had never heard of this airline before but I flew it from Berlin to NYC and it was AMAZING. Their economy felt like premium economy, the food was farm to plane, the cabin pressure was lowered so your feet didn’t swell, they brought in FRESH air, the window shades tinted in a special way for your eyes – the whole experience was supposed to make you less jet lagged. And you know what? It worked!!!! Best airline I’ve flown. The only downside was a lack of entertainment options and I don’t want to sound spoiled but they sold it like they had hundreds and hundreds of options, they don’t. Just like less than a regular amount but just set the expectations correctly. That’s all. I forgive you and I love you.

Paper: I love paper – I love pen and paper. I love to take notes. I like to feel the pen on the surface of the paper. And in general, I love paper. I spent at least 18 hours in a handmade paper store in Chiang Mai. Like, obsessed. Textures, feels, patterns, even paper made from elephant poo. I just think there is something so sophisticated about paper. I guess I love the tactile nature of it. And origami, I mean, who doesn’t like that?

Freshly cut cuticles: What satisfaction.

Clothes steamers: Talk about satisfaction AND relaxation. I love watching the steam take out all the wrinkles. Wow, that’s my dream, an industrial clothes steamer. #happybirthdaytome #august6

Wearing a t-shirt with pants or a long sleeve with shorts: I love this combo, it’s like best of both worlds, exposed but not too exposed and if that’s the outfit you’re wearing that means the temperature outside is absolute perfection.

Instastory: I should probably write a whole blog post about this but I never thought I would like it because I thought it was kind of like Snapchat and I am just not millenial enough for Snapchat (the user interface is just like WTF to me) but I am obsessed with Instastory. I love it. I love it, I love it. I realised, I’m a storyteller and it’s so fun to post snippets of my life on there. I can’t even explain it, I wish it was just an app onto itself. You can watch on my account @aforangela.

Dislikes:

Ice water: I actually cried in NYC when someone gave me ice water. In Hong Kong there is no such thing as ice water, it’s just hot water, sometimes you get room temperature water but never in a Chinese restaurant. It’s always hot water. Talk about reverse culture shock!

Cap sleeves: Honestly, these are so hard to wear, you need to be rail thin – arms especially. I don’t even try anything on with a cap sleeve anymore unless I want to see what my arms would look like as mini whales. Which I don’t want to see, ever.

Ethiad Airlines: This is supposed to be one of the best airlines ever – let me tell you – when you get on board, it’s great, but their customer service – I’ll have to explain in my next post -“Worst flights of all time”. Stay tuned. UGHHHHHHHHHH, worst. Worst, worst. WORST. Basically, they suck.

Smoking: I hate smoking. The smell alone is enough to make me want to vomit. Beyond that it’s bad for your health, and my health and everyone’s health actually. It’s a completely disgusting, and low grade habit (I hesitate to call it an addiction because from what I hear, a lot of people quit cold turkey). Smoking doesn’t make you cool, in fact, it kills you and when you ask me if I mind if you smoke, YOU BET I DO. I a the girl who will be like, oh can I see that? And then take your cigarette and put it out. Please reconsider your life choices.

Needles: I can’t say most people like needles but I really don’t. I haven’t gotten a needle in my arm for a very long time, maybe 15 years because 1 – my arm muscle is too small so it puts my arm out of commission for the whole day 2 – I now have a mental block and can’t have a needle in my arm so where does it go? My hip which is really your upper butt. The muscle is much bigger but it still hurts and I don’t really know what I don’t like it but I know I don’t and I don’t need to analyse it.


Things I’ve learned about myself

So it’s weird to live your life and think you know yourself when really, some things you can only know through other people. And the other weird thing about that is these other people have to tell you that…what do I mean?

#1 thing I learned about myself:

I AM SUPER LITERAL. I had no idea until 3 years ago. But it really explains a lot about me. A couple people mentioned to me that they had never met someone as literal as me – whatever did they mean?

eg.

Man: I heard in Thailand that you can live like a king for nothing!

Me: No, it’s not nothing, it’s still money, just not a lot of money

This kind of thing happens to me all the time and because of that it leads to a lot of other things SUCH AS:

  • Not understanding sarcasm. Sarcasm sucks anyways but it’s especially confusing for me, coupled with my naivety I have to decipher sarcasm through logic, could that possibly happen? If not, then sarcasm. If yes, then not sarcasm.
  • Jokes, I don’t understand jokes a lot of the time because I fail to see the humorous part. For a long time I hated comedy shows or movies because I didn’t think it was funny. And the parts I did find funny, no one else laughed at. So imagine a full theatre where everyone is laughing but you. #awkward. Now imagine a theatre where no one is laughing but you are. #awkward. What a lose lose.
  • Flirting – WOW. I mean this one goes both ways. How do I mean? Well first, I can’t pick up on the fact that you’re flirting with me. I enjoy banter, I think it’s fun. Additionally, I am super Canadian and love being friendly with everyone. I will hug you after our first encounter and am generally quite polite. PLUS, I’m actually listening to you and that seems to confuse people. I am not flirting nor do I understand that you are flirting with me.
  • The above point leads to me going on a lot of unintentional dates. Those end up #awkward. Twice I went out with guys because I thought they were gay. They weren’t. Netflix and chill to me LITERALLY means, let’s pick a movie, watch it on opposite ends of the couch and eat snacks. Why are you sitting so close to me? #awkward
  • Because I am so literal, I take most things quite seriously, especially commitments so it confuses me when people don’t say what they mean – or when they do things opposite to what they’ve said. This is entirely confusing. I don’t play games. I am not interested in drama and tend to gravitate towards the straight shooter type. At least this way, I don’t need to read in between the lines which I am bad at anyways.
  • Lying, I can’t lie.
  • Bullshitting – why would I bullshit someone? This is confusing.
  • Social cues. I miss a lot of the nuances by being so literal.

I’m so literal I thought Jurassic World was a REAL place! The conversation went something like this;

Friend: Hey you up for Jurassic World?

Me: Yeah! That sounds awesome (because I think it’s a theme park with giant dinosaurs roaming around) – I think to myself, you know in Hong Kong, the island is pretty small so if they were building a theme park, I would probably know about it. I wonder where it is?

I open the Googler. Tap tap tap on the keyboard “Jurassic Wold Hong Kong” and low and behold, movie theatres and showtimes start popping up!! TURNS OUT, it is the HIGHEST GROSSING FILM OF ALL TIME. Huh…and so that is how being literal affects my life.


My pet peeves

Honestly. I was supposed to post yesterday and then I promised I would post towards the end of Wednesday and really I should have and I apologise for not. The good news is before, I was trying to write this post, “My favourite part of Hong Kong” but I’ve been sick since Sunday (today is Thursday) and I’m just like ugh, you know? Just ugh.

So now my ugh feeling has inspired me to write this post about my pet peeves. Not an overly positive post but it’s gotta be said. In no particular order:

  • Bad customer service, there really is nothing worse, especially considering you’re in the service industry – I mean, that’s your job. So why do you suck at your job.
  • Similiar to above, sometimes in when you’re traveling and you want to bargain for something people will treat you like you’re stupid and start yelling at you. Eg. Traveling with my boyfriend in Sri Lanka, thinking about getting some elephant pants. Touch a pair of pants and suddenly a man comes up to us, and tells us it’s 60USD for these pants. Lest we forget, we are in a marketplace. In Sri Lanka. No way these pants cost 60USD. Shouting proceeds – feel the material, it’s so soft, it’s 100% cotton, look at the craftsmanship…Do I look like I don’t know the value of 60USD? And please stop shouting at me.

  • When I see that someone’s been online but they didn’t read my message. Why not? Me first!
  • Or when I see that someone has read my message but didn’t say anything in response
  • OR when I am in the middle of a text based conversation with someone and then they suddenly disappear. Brb is just 3 letters!!
  • When I ask a question but it doesn’t get answered. Like fluff just came out of someone else’s mouth – that is so annoying!
  • Or completely unrelated, I buy something brand new and it has a scratch on it or something – how? JUST HOW?
  • Has it ever happened to you that you have a bag of trash that falls over but you didn’t close it, so now there’s trash all over the ground? And it has to be the time you put something small inside like, coffee grounds so now they are EVERYWHERE!!

You know what I realised? That my pet peeves turned into things that annoy me – they are kind of the same but not and so I digress. This is enough.


This vs That II

A long long time ago, I did a post called this vs that – where I name 2 things and then pick which one I prefer, this vs that.

Socks vs Barefoot

My cute cat socks I got in Seoul!!!

Ummm I don’t even know why I wrote this one because even I’m not that sure, but I guess I would have to say socks but not by a huge difference, just a little. Cause I just like my foot to be wrapped up. And I have some really cute socks. I have no problem with my feet and I hate when my feet are cold, so socks.

Cake vs Pie

Definitely, definitely, DEFINITELY PIE. I love pie! My favourite is pumpkin pie, I also like lemon tart which is pie like and apple is of course nice, along with blueberry and strawberry rhubarb. For the most part I hate cake. I like cheesecake and ice cream cake and carrot cake (with no nuts and raisins) and that’s about it. Usually what I don’t like about cake is the icing – too sweet and too fake, and I don’t like the density and texture of cake. Pooey.

Pants vs No Pants

Of course, no pants is ideal but most of the time not really manageable. I actually prefer leggings if I am wearing pants because skinny jeans are SUCH A STRUGGLE. Why you gotta be so tight? And that button is just digging into me. Like Wow, this is uncomfortable. Maybe I’m just buying pants too small but I like to think it’s the pants fault and not mine.

East Coast vs West Coast

There’s no doubt I am an East Coast girl – even on the West Coast they ask me if I’m from the East Coast – something to do with my chill factor being very low I presume or doing a million things at once. Plus I am a fast talker. I think West Coast is more slow in almost everything. So East Coast.

Mac vs PC

This is a tough one because you know what? I am not going to lie. I LOVE THE MICROSOFT OFFICE SUITE, and I know they have a version for Mac but it’s far far far less superior, like it totally sucks. And I hate Google sheets, numbers, gmail…I LOVE OUTLOOK. But I do have a Mac – and I guess I like the look of it all but honestly the Mac gives me all sorts of problems and my ecosystem is never seamless between all my devices which really annoys me. So in the end I guess I have to say neither. Both just get better!


Super magical moment outside of my apartment!!

GUYS,

I’m really sorry, since I started Youtube, I’ve been neglecting my blog – and/or trying to figure out when I should blog vs Youtube. ANYWAYS, excuses excuses – but also I got food poisoning Wednesday to now. the plane ride was NOT FUN from Bali to Hong Kong on Wednesday night. Anyways, ANYWAYS, here I am in bed, close to the bathroom, and the most magical moment happened.

I heard this sound, like music from outside my window – and I know that song, the Mario theme song! Haha, I haven’t heard that in so long – so I look outside my window and I see a black scary type looking van backing up and as it backs up it’s playing this theme song. Just nooooo way, it can’t be! Then it parks itself. Opens up and it’s just bottles and bottles of water inside. Ok, so a man and a woman deliver some bottles of water while I wait perched at my window sill for the van to move again, poised with my phone on video mode.

And it does it – it moves forward at first, but I know it has to back up because that street is a one way dead end narrow street and I know the van only makes the sound backing up and then IT DOES, IT DOES IT AGAIN!!!! Oh happy day!


YSL TINT IN BALM – Storytime

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