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Guys, I seriously cannot believe that we're halfway through May! Like where has the time goneeeee!!!!!! 😰  This month, I finished my practicum with the kindies and started my new internship with TTC! I also just came back from a weekend getaway at this amazinggg cottage with friends! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€  So long story short.. I barely touched my laptop since school ended.



I'm still trying to find a balance between work, boyfriend, friends, blogging and exercise. I am off to a great start on my sleeping schedule though! Now that school is outta the way, I feel like I have no reason to get less than six hours of sleep! πŸ˜€



I've got a whole lotta catching up to do for the blog... but let's be real though, when do I not??? πŸ˜„ Let's start off by rewinding back to three weeks ago when I had dinner with my good ol' friend, Claudia, at MeNami!



I have been wanting to go to this place ever since I came across someone's Instagram story and heard a review from my friend, Hanna! Claudia had also been here before, so she gave me a rundown on what to try!



We had their corn kaki-age for appetizers and it was so fricken bomb! Just the thought of it right now is making me salivate. Hanna and Claudia both recommended that I tried their oven baked udon and I did not regret that decision at all!!!! Meanwhile, Claudia had their special... I think it was called the potato curry? I can't find it on their online menu, but I remember she really enjoyed it! The curry flavour was too strong for my taste though.



To top off our meal, we tried their ice cream macarons, which certainly did not disappoint! I actually enjoyed this place so much that I went back the following weekend with Daniel and my cousin. And once their patio is open, I'm sure I'll be back again!!! πŸ˜„ 

I Got a New Job!



HOLY GUACAMOLE!!!!!! I'm honestly sucha horrible blogger. I'm fully aware that I haven't posted anything in over a month. 😒  Towards the end of March and early April, my attention was geared towards finishing up my assignments, studying for my finals, preparing for my 20-day teaching block and trying to land a summer position!



Now that I've got all of my school work outta the way and can focus solely on being a student teacher to my kindergartens, I feel like everything is back to smooth sailing! πŸ˜„  I also signed my job contract yesterday, which means I can finally share what I've been dying to tell you guys!!!



I will be working as a photographer for TTC in May!!!!! I was told that there were over 4000 applicants, but only 140 students were hired for their summer positions. I'm honestly so shocked that I was chosen because my internship coordinator tore my resume apart at every appointment I had with her and made me lose all faith in landing an internship. I realized now that I didn't need her help at all, and that I'm fully capable of finding a job that I ACTUALLY LOVE DOING!!! ☺️

TL;DR: Believe in yo self and the law of attraction. 🌸 ✨

ALL PHOTOS WERE TAKEN BY JOY.

Happy Birthday Camille!



I'm so happy that Camille is doing her internship in Toronto this semester because we got to celebrate our birthdays together this year!! We had dinner at Pickle Barrel last night and saved room for dessert at Demetres. πŸ˜‰



Before the waiter served Camille her red velvet cheesecake, the cafe played the happy birthday song on the PA system. Camille was dying, while Joy and I were living for it and went crazy with our cameras. πŸ˜‚



Now that Camille and I are both 22 years old, I can't help but think about how long we've been friends. I can still recall the first time meeting her in the washroom in grade one. I wanted to be her friend after hearing all the teachers talk about what a great person she was. I remember asking her for her name (even though I was a lil' creep and knew who she was already! heh heh) while we were both washing our hands. Throughout the year, we would keep bumping into each other in the washroom and would share our disgust over the nasty toilet paper that was stuck to the ceiling in there. πŸ˜‚



Once we were allowed to hang out in our neighbourhood without any supervision, we would meet up at the basketball court almost everyday! I moved away in grade seven, but we still saw each other every summer. πŸ˜€



Despite going to different schools, we continued keeping in touch over the years and knew that we were just one call away if we ever needed each other! Given that our friendship has lasted for all these years, I truly believe that we will be best friends forever!!! ☺️  I can't wait until the day our kids start playing with (or dating) each other!



You can read about her previous birthday celebrations here, here, here, and here!

Vancouver (Part 3)



In my last blog post, I mentioned that Daniel and I weren't able to have breakfast at Jam Cafe because we wanted to catch the early shuttle bus to Capilano. So the next day, we were really determined to have breakfast there!!!!! πŸ˜„



We woke up early, packed our belongings, cleaned up our Airbnb and made our way to breakfast. There was still a line up at the door, but it moved pretty fast. Daniel ordered their signature chicken and waffles, while I had their veggie bowl. He devoured his plate and couldn't stop raving about how good it was! Meanwhile, I barely made a dent in my bowl because it was just so dense and flavourful. We were so surprised at how quick their service was, given that it was a full house in there!



After dining at this place, I can definitely see what the hype is all about!! Generous portions, genuine staff and quick service! We went back to our penthouse to grab our belongings since our checkout time was at noon. Before heading to the airport, we stopped by Soft Peaks for a last minute treat!



We took the skytrain, basically the subway, to the airport. I thought it was so cool how most of the ride was outside and you could see the route from the window! It literally felt like we were on a rollercoaster at one point!!! πŸ˜„

Before I end this post, I just want to say a big BIG THANK YOU to Steph and Matt for covering our trip and to Daniel's friends for all their sweet recommendations! Although it was a short trip, we both had an amazinggg time here!! ☺️ 

Vancouver (Part 2)



I didn't realize how many photos Daniel and I took on our second day in Vancouver, so it took me a while to sort through our memory cards. But without further ado, I'm so excited to tell you guys more about our trip!!! 😜✨



The next morning, we were really looking forward to having breakfast at Jam Cafe! After reading so many positive reviews online, I don't know why it didn't occur to us that there could be a long line up. Since we didn't have time to wait in line that day, we grabbed a quick bite at Acme Cafe instead!



Once we finished eating, we ran to catch the free shuttle bus that was heading to the Capilano Suspension Bridge!!! We have been looking forward to this attraction a month before our trip and it definitely lived up to our expectations!



Since we went on Family Day, there was a wholeeeee lotta people on the bridge! We actually have so many pictures of people photobombing us!! πŸ˜‚



I'm not gonna lie, I did feel a little nervous when I first stepped onto the suspension bridge and started thinking about all these crazy scenarios...



After a few more steps, I got used to the swaying and was in awe of the view. I thought Dundas Peak was impressive, but this place was .. breathtaking!!!



We also got really lucky with the weather that day, since the forecast predicted rain for our entire trip! πŸ˜€  This is why I only brought and wore my boots during our stay in Vancouver. So like... I just wanted to throw that out there in case y'all thought I was weather confused!@#&* LOL



Once we crossed to the other side of the bridge, we did the tree top trekking. I've always wanted my own little tree house, so I felt like I was living out my wildest dreams as we hopped from tree top to tree top!



If you're ever planning to check out this place, I definitely recommend wearing comfy shoes! Daniel and I had no idea how big this place was. There were so many trails to walk and things to see.



And even though there were a lot of people that day, the nature walk was really peaceful. The birds were chirping, the sun was shining and the air felt so clean.




We eventually made our way back to the suspension bridge and towards the cliff walk! For some reason, I felt way more nervous crossing that ...even though it wasn't wobbly?!?! 😐  The views were worth it though!




Since the path was really narrow, we couldn't really stop that long to take in our surroundings and get a lot of photos. I guess this means we gotta come back some day!! πŸ˜‰



This experience made me realize that Canada has so much to offer! I've always been dreaming of travelling around the world first, instead of travelling my own country. Now that my discovery pass has arrived, I am determined to visit more national parks this year!!!



We took the shuttle bus back to central Vancouver and then made our way to one of the most popular attractions, Stanley Park! If I had to describe this place, I would say that it's like its own little island with lots of biking trails and walking routes. You also get a great view of Vancouver's skyline and mountains!



When Daniel and I first arrived, we started walking along this path. We noticed a lot of cyclists passing by us and decided to ask a couple where they rented theirs. They directed us to this shop and we got to borrow a tandem bike for an hour. It was both of our first time riding one! Guys, if you ever get the choice of where to sit... CHOOSE. THE. BACK. I didn't have to worry about steering or pedalling! It was AWESOMEEE. πŸ˜‚



The bike made it so much easier for us to get around this urban park. I just googled right now and it would've taken us two to three hours to finish our route if we continued walking! Ohhhh hell naawwW!!!



Also, the seawall is a must-see if you visit Vancouver! I thought my uncle was exaggerating when he described this place to me, but this place is truly a gem. The sun was setting as Daniel and I crossed it and it was just unbelievable.



We ended our jam-packed day with an 8 course meal at The Banana Leaf and tried the shaved ice dessert at Snowy Village, which I definitely recommend!!! In case you've missed it, check out part one of our trip! ☺️

Vancouver (Part 1)



After my birthday party last Saturday, Daniel and I left for Vancouver the next morning at 6:45am! We slept through the alarm (and the snooze!) and arrived at the airport when people started to board the plane... We basically had 30 minutes to run past security and get on our flight. Our stress level was so high!@#$%@! πŸ˜₯



Just when they finished making the last call to board our plane... WE MADE ITTTT!!! Daniel's older sister, Stephanie, and her fiancΓ© was supposed to join us on this trip, but they had a mishap and wasn't able to make it. Since Stephanie couldn't be there to be our tour guide, Daniel's friends came through and gave us a bunch of recommendations on his Facebook status!



My aunt Cindy and uncle Daniel (Guys, I'm not even kidding right now. I actually have an aunt with the same name as me and an uncle with the same name as my boyfriend.) also gave us a bunch of ideas on what to do in Vancouver!



They were all telling us to try the sushi there because this province is located right by the coastline and have access to the freshest seafood. We checked out Momo Sushi because it was conveniently close to our Airbnb in Gastown.



We really enjoyed their specialty rolls and were taken back by how big their maki rolls were! We stuffed our bellies reaaaal good, before making our way to their popular shopping district... ✨ GRANVILLE ISLAND ✨



Daniel was so excited to bust out his drone at this place! Everything was going smooth and dandy, until it attracted all the seagulls.. They started squawking at it, which we knew it was our signal to head inside to the public market. πŸ˜‚



Before we arrived at Granville Island, I actually pictured this place to be like Centre Island. I only thought that because both places have the word "island" in its name! πŸ˜‚



I would now say that this place is comparable to the Distillery District in Toronto! There were lots of cafes and shops within the Granville Island Public Market, and outside of it.



Inside the market, we gawked at glossy truffles, emoji donuts, homemade pasta, fluffy meringue pies and sooo much more. If we didn't have sushi beforehand, I'm pretty sure we would've spent a lot of money on pastries here!



These photos of us was basically what we looked like the whole trip. Photography couple. πŸ˜‚



After we finished exploring Granville Island, we took the bus back to downtown Vancouver. Daniel was hoping to fly his drone at the Canadian Place to get a nice shot of the coastline and the city.



Unfortunately, we saw so many signs there that prohibited drones. I'm so bad and told Daniel to act like he didn't see those signs because it wasn't at eye level. As we kept walking.. we came across one that was at eye level... UGH! πŸ˜‚



We still got really neat shots from our cameras! Once the sun started setting, we made our way back home to freshen up for dinner.



We were really looking forward to having dinner at this Cambodian restaurant, Phnom Penh! Our Airbnb host and Daniel's friends were really hyping this place up, so we had to see what it was all about.



We were expecting a long line up at the door and were prepared to wait for over an hour. To our surprise, the place is closed until March!!! Just our luck! 😒  We decided to have dinner at the Ramen Butcher, because the place looked packed through their windows.



I'm just dying at this candid shot of Daniel. Poor baby. He was so disappointed that he couldn't try the epic fried chicken at Phnom Penh and had to settle for this instead. πŸ˜‚  I guess this means we have to plan another trip to Vancouver again!!



Our first day there felt so long with the early flight and the three hour time difference. We both fell asleep early to get ready for our jam-packed day the next day! With that said, STAY TUNE FOR PART TWO! 😜