Travel: I got myself another Pandora

January 24, 2017



Last year before the year ends, I purchased another set of jewelries from Pandora and promised myself that it's gonna be my last for the mean time - despite of the week long boxing day promotion! cries in the corner. Well, I managed to get through the boxing week without buying my third Pandora jewelry which I am very proud of. That was a hell of emotional and mental torture to me. haha

The truth is, I don't buy and wear jewelries often. It all started with the idea of using Pandora charm and bracelet as a souvenir to collect whenever I travel. The first one I got using my hard-earned money was just last October 2016 when I was in the verge of packing all of my stuff to fly back home earlier than planned, but of course it didn't happened because right now I am still here in Canada. The holiday season is the toughest time of the year when you're far away from your family, I guess. Glad, it's all over now! haha That's when the reality of being an adult strikes and it sucks. So yeah, a month after that is when I shopped for the second time in Pandora.

Anyways, I got myself a Canada charm since here is where it all began and a globe charm that says Travel the World on it just because there is more traveling to come and that's a promise to myself. I'd like to collect all of the travel charms in the future but I'd like to do it one at a time. One charm, one country just to make it meaningful and worthy. So far, I've been to 7 countries and now my Pandora bracelet has some catching up to do.

I am so happy that I finally got to tick this off the bucketlist already. I promised myself that I will only purchase one for my own when I already bought one for my mom and sister. My boyfriend and I, purchased one for my mom earlier this year as a birthday present and I bought another set for my sister as a gift for her graduation in Med school. I made it just in time before 2016 ended and I got more than what I planned for. It is not just another material thing to me, it's another representation of how much I have worked hard to reach every goal that I have.

Cheers.

Local Eatery: Cheesecake ETC.

January 23, 2017

If you're a cheesecake lover, you definitely need to drop by Cheesecake ETC. if you live or is traveling here in Vancouver. There is nothing extraordinary actually, but they definitely have a different approach to their cheesecake which you need to try at least once. Unlike the traditional cheesecake, theirs is a bit lighter and softer in texture which is almost like a whip cream but a bit more dense. I personally prefer for my cheesecake to be more heavy and creamy but It's good to try their version as well. 

Apart from the original plain cheesecake served with whip cream on the side, they have other flavors that you can choose from, such as strawberry, blueberry, chocolate and toasted pecans and caramel. The ambiance? Cheesecake ETC. has a vintage interior with dark lighting and a piano in the corner for live Jazz. It's a nice place to hang out with friends late at night since they are open until 1 am which is not common in Vancouver. 

Cheesecake ETC is open 7pm - 1am every night and is located at South Granville. Exact location is:

2141 Granville St. Vancouver, BC, V6E 3E9

Local Eatery: YAH YAH YA Ramen








Travel: The Perfect Passport Holder

December 12, 2016









If you're a travel addict just like myself with a never ending wanderlust, you'll know how important a passport is. As for my case, I consider my passport as my most valuable possession and my key to the world. I couldn't imagine not having one or getting mine stolen or damaged, as I still keep the very first passport issued to me which is still way back 2006, and now I am on my third. 

It is in every single pages of my passport where you'll find the best story of my life. The stamps in and out of different countries and full-pages visas I have acquired through the years tells a lot of how I have lived most of life. More than a useful identification document around the world, I see it more as a memory machine. Some days, I just literally sit down and flip through it, and it immediately takes me back to every airport, border crossings, conversations with customs/immigration officers, the friendships made and memories of people in every journey I've been to.

I love my passport and I take care of it like it's my baby. That is why, last Black Friday I got myself the perfect leather passport holder from Fossil to make sure my passport is always protected when I am traveling, especially now that I live abroad. I like that it doesn't only hold my passport, but it also comes with a zipper pocket for my cash, a slide pocket, four credit card slots and hey it's RFID protected. It helps me to stay minimalist and organized when traveling since I didn't have to carry extra purse for my bills, credit cards and IDs. It's also just the right size and is very light-weight. In terms of the design, it's definitely my style - simple and classy in black and gold tone! In fact, I loved this Fossil passport case so much that I ended up using it everyday instead.


You can find it here: FOSSIL RFID PASSPORT CASE








Explore BC 2016: Top 5 Day Hikes in Vancouver

November 17, 2016

I used to tell that I am not an active person, in fact I am very clumsy - I trip and knock things over and physical activities aren't my forte at all. However, that doesn't mean that outdoor activities does not interest me because believe me it does. I guess it's because I didn't have that privilege to live that kind of lifestyle through the years, not until today that I am already far out of my comfort zone. 

Local Eatery: Honey Doughnuts and Goodies


After a nice hike at Quarry Rock in Deep Cove, you definitely should head up straight to this small cozy cafe that bakes fresh honey glazed doughnut because it's amazing! Definitely worth the try despite of the long line up just to have a taste of a single honey doughnut.  The honey flavored is fried to perfection, soaked in real honey and I'm so lucky that I got mine fresh from the oven so it's still warm on the inside and crunchy on the outside. Next time, I'll make sure to try out their other food options and get more than one honey doughnut.

Explore BC 2016: Quarry Rock Hike in Deep Cove

November 16, 2016

It has been more than a year now since I moved in Vancouver. I couldn't believe I made it this far, on my own, at my early 20s. I remember how much I wanted to get to where I am today and to become the person that I am now a few years back, hoping and wishing to begin an adventure an ocean away from home and then finally making it happen at twenty. 

Beauty: Top Beauty Product Picks

May 4, 2016


Just like any of you, I also have my own skin care routine to make me look at my best too! I find mine basic and often than not I just use products that are budget-friendly or fab products that I purchased at a discount ( ehem, my forte! ). Here is a rundown of my top beauty product picks that I am currently obsessing over!  


Event: Indian for a Night

February 8, 2016




One of the many benefits of studying and actually living in a multicultural and multiethnic country such as Canada is the opportunity to encounter many different kinds of people coming from different parts of the world and gain new perspective and unique cultural experiences distinct from your own. 


Explore BC 2016: Steam Clock at Gastown

January 26, 2016


If you were to ask me what is one of my favorite places in downtown Vancouver? The street of Gastown would probably on my top three list. I use to walk around Gastown a lot during lunch time and after school, but especially before the night falls as it's when the time were the trees are all lit and entire street is just bright and lively. As much as I love the nature and peace that Vancouver offer, my heart still craves for big cities and crowds, the city lights and fast cars, old buildings and shiny architectures, a city alive at midnight and will never stop, and somehow, somehow I found a portion of what my heart seek in the beauty of this historic place –  Gastown. 


Local Eatery: Sushi Home

January 25, 2016

If you're on the lookout for a tasty yet affordable bubble tea and sushi place in Vancouver, you might wanna consider going to Sushi Home located at Dunsmuir Street near BCIT downtown. The place is quite small but it's cosy! I forgot to take a few photos of how the store looks like inside but for sure you already could picture that it looks very Asian! The staffs are nice and service was fast! 

Explore BC 2016: Van Dusen Botanical Garden

January 23, 2016
  


An evening stroll through the beautiful holiday lights display at Van Dusen Botanical Garden a day before they set to turn off the lights, to kick-start 2016! Just when I thought I already missed the annual holiday tradition at Van Dusen last month - they extended it for three more weeks this January! And the hell, there's no way I am not seeing the festival for the first time this year! 

Beginning

January 17, 2016



This blog is a mini project I started before I left my country to study and live in North America all by myself. I designed and created this space piece-by-piece using the only basic knowledge and skills I have in IT – so please don’t judge. Not everyone may know, but I’ve always had this long running fascination for arts, photography, multimedia and everything creative that made me come up with this self-titled blog to use as an outlet to express.