June 30, 2016

Web Finds | June

I missed several months of doing this, but I actually collected quite a few links over the past few months. I just haven't had time to type up this post!

1 | Free Tampons and Pads in Public Places

Good for you New York City! If I'm being honest, I'm always terrified of not having spare pads with me  and not having any change as well to buy some. I am so glad to see some movement with regards to this. I also didn't know until some time last year that the states had a tax on sanitary products!

2 | It's Raining

This is my friend singing and I love it. It's amazing. She is amazing. Go listen, now. With all the rainy weather we had in May, she wrote her own song!

Photo courtesy of CarysLowe

3 | To Be Successful

I think everyone wants to be successful in life, but everyone's definition of successful is different. The values we have in life help shape our idea of what success looks like, what it means to us, what we do is often a way to pursue this success. It's a worthwhile read.

June 27, 2016

Music | Adagio

adagio: moderately slow; at a walking pace

ADAGIO
Photo courtesy of Como El Agua
In this fast-paced, internet-based society, it can become easy to fall into a mindless routine, to fall into a constant "go-go-go" mentality, to forget to appreciate the small moments of being relaxed and having nothing to do.

After 3 years of this "go-go-go" mentality, I am finally on a summer holiday where I don't have to take a summer class, where I don't have to study, and I'm not really sure what to do with my time. The word I chose for today was adagio to remind myself, and everyone else, to slow down a bit and take everything at a walking pace. It's important to treasure all the times we have to spend with our friends; I recently became really close with a friend and although I'm going to miss her when she leaves for university, I also feel really happy for her.

Towards the end of the school year, I just wanted time to slow down a bit so that I could just take some more time to spend with my friends and "make up for lost time." But time refuses to slow down, life refuses to slow down, but our minds, we are in control of our minds. So let us slow our minds down, let us take the occasional break from all the shit in our lives, and just sit in the moment, in the silence, in the awkwardness.


June 26, 2016

Sunday Snapshots | Early Riser

It has been several months since I committed to waking up early every day and it feels amazing, it's probably one of the best goals that I've made and actually committed to. I keep telling people about how I have been waking up around 5:30 to 6:30 in the morning, every day! I wake up early enough to catch the sunrise and get beautiful pictures like this:

IMG_5377

Tomorrow will be my commencement day, followed by the banquet on Tuesday evening. It feels completely surreal to be graduating so soon, it doesn't feel like too long ago that I was writing about being stressed out from school. It's honestly a little bit terrifying to feel myself growing up, to know that I'm about to step into a different stage of my life, to being a little bit closer to what they call "the real world".

In my opinion, being in school is the real world, just in a different way. As long as we are living, interacting with people, making connections, we are experiencing the real world. I feel that sometimes people don't understand the problems that others have experienced, and therefore automatically categorize them as "not having lived in the real world." Yes, the real world is a crazy, scary, and wild place, but there will always be sunrises and sunsets, times of elation, times of depression, but that's the beauty of it, that is exactly what we have to embrace life for.

IMG_5399


June 23, 2016

Explore YEG | Blue Plate Diner

Blue Plate Diner | 10145 - 104 Street

Tucked away in a little corner of downtown Edmonton, Blue Plate Diner offers a cozy, welcoming environment, and delicious food. I loved the mismatched furniture and the almost random colour scheme that somehow just worked. I didn't take many pictures because I think my friends will probably stop going out with me if I keep doing this.

IMG_4753

June 19, 2016

Sunday Snapshots | Father's Day

IMG_4839

Waking up this morning to the fresh air of an open window, the chirping of birds outside, the sun, having just risen was spreading its rays slowly across the tops of houses. I love waking up early to sit and enjoy the silence, the early hours before the city comes to life. 

Today is Father's Day, and despite not having the best relationship with my dad, I am still grateful for what he has done. Deep down, I know that I would not be where I am today had it not been for him. However, I also do believe that it is OK to not get along with people, even if they are your parents. Sometimes there are differences in opinions that bring about an inability to truly agree, to truly get along, no matter what. But as long as there is respect, and an attempt to understand each other, that's what matters.

I just read a great article here, talking about how a father always stands behind his children. Although all children have different relationships with their fathers, I think it holds true in most of these relationships that a father will always support his children.

June 16, 2016

Explore YEG | Cactus Club Cafe

Cactus Club Cafe - Jasper Avenue | 11130 Jasper Avenue

When my mom and I go out for lunch, we always order everything to share so that we get a bit of everything, and also feel quite full! 

IMG_4327

RAINCOAST GREENS | fresh greens, grilled chicken breast, avocado, tomatoes, feta, spicy pecans, egg, lemon-thyme vinaigrette

This was a HUGE salad - very filling and very flavourful! Lots of protein from the egg, chicken and avocado too, and relatively healthy in my opinion. 

IMG_4322

THAI RED CURRY PACIFIC LINGCOD | ocean wise line caught lingcod, thai red curry sauce, coconut almond rice, crispy wontons, micro cilantro
Although a bit on the pricey side, I highly recommend this dish to anyone who really wants a flavourful, delicious plate of food! The lingcod was cooked perfectly: crispy exterior, yet a soft interior. The curry was delicious and did not overpower the flavours of the fish, instead, it brought out its flavours. I also really enjoyed the curry sauce with the coconut almond rice - my first time eating coconut almond rice!

June 12, 2016

Sunday Snapshots | Endings and Fresh Beginnings

Here are a few photos I took on a walk around the lake by my house last week. The weather today is a lot more cloudy and rainy, but I love it. To start off, her are a few flowers that have actually bloomed even more!

IMG_4972

IMG_4974

June 09, 2016

IABC Capital Awards Gala

2 weeks ago, I had the honour of attending the IABC Capital Awards Gala that took place at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel. It was a beautiful venue and I think they did an amazing job with the decorations and theme.

IMG_4762

IMG_4329

Everyone was given a bag of cotton candy at their seat - it was adorable.

June 05, 2016

Sunday Snapshots | Chanson des escargots

This will be a short post today (without actual photos either)...

Unfortunately, I found out on Tuesday that a family member who lives in China had passed away from cancer. Coincidentally, the day after, I started a project in my French class analyzing poems written by Jacques Prévert in his Paroles. The one that my friend chose was called "Chanson des escargots qui vont à l'enterrement" which translates as "Song of the snails who are going to the funeral"

Briefly, the poem talks about two snails who are going to a funeral for a dead leaf, but because they leave in the fall and arrive there in the spring, the leaves have already all been reborn. The sun comes and gives them advice but telling them not to bring grief with them and instead to retake their colours in order to see the world in colours once again.

Death, in general, will always be accompanied by grief, but it is important that we allow time to help us grieve and then move on. The last thing that the people for whom we grieve would want is for us to continue dwelling on the past, for us to lose our ambition, and for us to simply think about the negative instead of reminiscing all the good times we were able to have with them.

June 02, 2016

Explore YEG | JOEY Jasper

JOEY Jasper | 11228 Jasper Avenue

Ever since I got my license, my mom and I have been going out to eat at various restaurants to really try something new! Our most recent adventure: JOEY Restaurants

IMG_3861

IMG_3866

This is the Superfood 500 ($14.00) | organic red quinoa, wheat berries, raw vegetables, watermelon radish, almonds, mint, avocado

This is the first time I've ever heard of watermelon radish, so naturally, I was intrigued. It tasted pretty much like daikon, but the bright colours really do help make the dish look more attractive! The salad was a bit smaller than I thought it would be, but it was still quite filling because of the quinoa and avocados! I also really liked the wheatberries, almonds, and mint which helped give little pops of flavour here and there.