12 Jul 2020

August 17, 2019 was our own little Christmas morning. We woke up at sunrise to catch a ferry over to a city we used to call home. It felt a bit odd heading back to the mainland so soon after we made an extravagant farewell - and since we weren't certain things would work out, we kept our travel dates to ourselves. I still remember this day so vividly - the cloudy sky, getting toppled over the mome...

28 Jun 2020

On trips and getaways, I like to sneak into local thrift stores and search for hidden treasures to bring home. Over time I've picked up clothes, picture frames, glassware, books... these trinkets spread throughout my apartment for utilizing and storytelling. During my trip to Chicago last spring, I picked up a book by Alexandra Horowitz, "Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell". Wins...

14 Jun 2020

Six years later, I still can't tell you why I write. People point at 'influencers' and complain that they don't deserve the platform they own. This is exactly that, just two decades late to the medium and without the influence. I tend to agree; it is rather pompous to own a website, assuming that your blabbery could attract a rally. Having a following was never my aim, though that sounds like a li...

1 Jun 2020

Are you from here? 

In the west coast of Canada where I've lived for the last eight years, I have the fortune and misfortune of being just another Asian nobody. It's a weird minority to belong to since the stereotypes aren't the worst, at least relatively speaking and especially not where I live. When I feel discriminated against or disadvantaged unjustly, I am hesitant to blame the colour of my sk...

17 May 2020

I believe we happen upon books we are meant to; and when the stars align, these books can change the course of our lives forever. It's magical, really. Or maybe, more likely, we project onto them our narratives and walk away with what we need or want. That's fine too. Either way, I'm glad I came across these two books this month: Daring Greatly by Brené Brown and What Happened...

3 May 2020

I had a pretty bad week and I wouldn't be surprised if you did too. These are uncomfortable and unprecedented times. The numbers look bad, the internet looks worse, and worst of all is the line at Costco. Amidst all the sirens, I had an 'aha' moment thanks to a couple of quotes in passing conversations:

The fun thing about alcohol in a quarantine is that you never know how...

19 Apr 2020

Growing pains – I don’t think they call it that anymore. I sip my coffee not to uphold an appearance but to feed my deteriorating body. Insomnia joins my bed with a sign that reads, ‘don't fall asleep during your meeting tomorrow!’ Oh, meetings. With a queue outside my office door and angry emails left unanswered, I leave a small note: Back on Monday.

As I hop on a cab at 5am I ask myself what cha...

12 Apr 2020

With social distancing in order, I think we appreciate now more than ever our access to the world through our fingertips. Technology keeps us informed, entertained, and connected. Most of the time we feel better for participating virtually - reading a NYT article, watching a Netflix docu-series, or having a Wine Wednesday with our friends. We've implemented systems to maximize our gratification of...

29 Mar 2020

This pandemic cost me my vacation, my yoga studio, and then my job. I grieved most over the yoga studio (though admittedly the stress of unemployment has not yet sunk in). It was a 25-year-old establishment in Vancouver and a place many called home. It was where I met my favourite instructors, where I fell in love with the practice, and where I gathered with friends to breathe. Twenty-five....

25 Sep 2019

The Third Act of a play tells a story of resolutions. In the aftermath of the theatrical character development in Part II, we typically see the protagonist tie loose ends, conclude dramatic feuds, and walk away with a newfound sense of who they really are. In a predictable fashion, my three-year journey with clothes played out this storyline to the tee. 

I reread...

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