Mya's Moments



My adorable little niece turned two months old today!!! And I don't know how I feel about that. Like I'm kinda emotional, but kinda excited?? I see her at least twice a week, but she's growing up so fast that I feel like she's a new person every time! I've decided to start a new segment on my blog called,



This is where I share all the little tidbits that I've learned about her for the month! So without further ado, here we go!!! After Mya turned one month old, she

  • Gets scared of looking at her own reflection in the mirror. 
  • Always sneezes twice in a row.
  • Likes to nap to this R&B playlist.
  • Can't get enough of the songs, "Bingo" and "Wheels on the Bus."
  • Enjoys staring at bright things, like chandeliers, windows and spot lights.
  • Loves staring at the artwork in her living room. 
  • Enjoys cuddling with her dada.
  • Has a lot of fomo when her auntie comes over.
  • Likes to be held upright.
  • Doubled her birth weight!! She was born 4lbs 12oz!!
That's all friends, stay tuned for next month's update!!!!

2017



Love
Daniel and I celebrated our three year anniversary this year!!! ❤️  We certainly had our ups and downs, but I've learned that it's easier to forgive people when you separate their actions from their intentions. He made this year truly memorable and has been there for me through everything. I'm so fricken excited to make more memories with my best friend in 2018!!!

School
I went into my final year of university this year and I still haven't grasp the idea that I'm graduating this coming year!!! I can't wait to show you guys my final project in April!

Work
I landed two internships this year!! I worked as a photography intern for TTC and currently work as a web and marketing assistant for York University! The little old me, who couldn't find a job two summers ago, would've never thought that she could add these work experiences to her resume. ☺️ I'm excited to see what job opportunities there are for me in the new year!

Health
This year, I took my workout regime more seriously and fell back in love with jogging! Finding the motivation to work out can be hard, but I've learned that you never regret doing it once you're done! I am determined to be in the best shape of my life this year. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป

Friends
This year, I've learned that you make way more friends when you stop trying to be interesting and started being genuinely interested in people! I had the chance to meet (and got closer to) so many new people this year! I also feel so lucky that I still have a core group of girlfriends to turn to and that the Fab 4 convo is still going strong 5 years later. ❤️

Family
This year, we got a new addition to the family! Baby Mya! I didn't think it was possible to love someone so much!!!!! I'm so excited to watch her grow up! ๐ŸŒธ

Personal
I had the chance to visit Vancouver and Punta Cana this year!!! These trips made me realize that I should travel more while I'm young. I really hope that I'm able to save up and treat myself to a nice graduation trip in 2018! I also want to start getting out of my comfort zone this year and try out new things, like vlogging and swimming!!! ๐Ÿ˜„

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My blog turned 8 years old this year!!! ✨ For those that have been following along on my adventures this year (and the previous years), I want to say thank you!!!! I'm so grateful for each and every one of you because I know I'm not the best blogger out there. I do not post consistently, I'm not good at taking photos of everything that happens in my life, I don't post frequently on social media and I don't blog about relevant topics. With that said, I'm always shocked when someone tells me that they read this little ol' thing!

I always hope that you guys leave my blog feeling uplifted or inspired in some way. Can't wait to see what 2018 brings and to continue sharing more with you guys!!! ๐Ÿ’›✨๐Ÿ˜œ  

Blue Mountain



So ever since I dated Daniel, I've tagged along on his Blue Mountain trips with his friends, even though I had no idea how to ski or snowboard. This year, I decided that it was time to learn how to do something! I was so glad when I found out that I wasn't the only one who had no idea how to ski or snowboard and became great friends with one of the girls on the trip - Jen!



Since she wanted to learn how to snowboard, and I've heard how fun snowboarding is from my little cousins, I decided why not!!! We waited in line for over an hour to rent equipment. Just when we thought we only had to wait 20 more minutes, the fire alarm went off. We couldn't believe this was happening!!!!!



After all the chaos, we realized that it wasn't worth it to pay so much for only a few hours. Jen and I went for lunch, rode a rollercoaster, visited a candy shop and spent the rest of the afternoon tubing!! ๐Ÿ˜„  I guess we'll try again next year with snowboarding...

(And that's just me fooling around with Daniel's snowboard. ๐Ÿ˜„)

Catching Up



Camille, Thiya and I met up this week to have dinner at the newly opened Cheesecake Factory at Yorkdale! Once we saw the super long line, we decided to eat at Pickel Barrel instead! ๐Ÿ˜„  We still had to wait 30 minutes to get seated, so I jokingly suggested that we go take a photobooth picture while we wait. And to my surprise, they were down!!!



It was such a struggle trying to fit in that booth altogether. ๐Ÿ˜‚  Once our photo printed out, I got a call from Pickel Barrel to let us know that our table was ready. We seriously couldn't believe that it took us 30 minutes to figure out how to take these shots!!! LOL

Annual Christmas Dinner



This year's Christmas party was much more low key compared to last year's gathering, but it was still memorable because my baby niece joined us for the first time!!! Even though she was there, she wasn't really all there.. this girl napped through the whole thing!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚



We started off with our usual potluck dinner, had dessert and played Telestrations! For those who haven't played before, it's pretty much like broken telephone. You draw whatever it says on the card, pass it off to the person beside you and they have to guess what you drew.



Once your notebook is returned to you, you reveal what your card said and show all the guesses that were made. My brother-in-law had us all cracking up with his drawings!!! Just look at this drawing of a plate of jerk chicken... bruhhhhh..



After playing two rounds of this game, we moved on to the White Elephant game!!! The rules were the same as last year's party, where everyone had to buy a unisex gift worth $50.



If you haven't played before, you basically choose and unwrap a gift from the pile OR "steal" a gift from someone who has opened one. The best number to get is the last one because almost all the gifts are revealed by then!



My older cousin, Simon, ended up getting my gift!! Speaking of Simon, him and his girlfriend dropped the news that they're expecting a baby next year!!! I'm so excited for them!!!!! ๐Ÿ’—



The other gifts that people received was an oil diffuser, Lush set, Snuggie, fidget cube, board game, Android charger, massager and $50 bill!



Daniel stole the massager from my cousin Nancy, which meant she had to choose another gift. She ended up getting ANOTHER BODY MASSAGER! Hahaha



I was so excited when I unwrapped my gift and saw a Google Home Mini!! I just got Daniel one for Christmas, and didn't think I would get one this holiday too! As soon as I snapped this photo, my older cousin stole it from me.. savage. LOL ๐Ÿ˜ข



Speaking of getting gifts stolen, my little cousin Lisa had her gift stolen twice! ๐Ÿ˜„ She ended up with a David's tea set and revealed that she doesn't drink tea. Her older sister was like, "Welllll you can start now!" ๐Ÿ˜„




And I ended up getting the present that Lisa brought for the game, which is a Body Shop gift set!!!! I'm actually so in love with the sugar scrub and have been using it daily. My feet is almost as smooth as baby Mya's, if I do say so myself! ๐Ÿ˜‚


Life Lately



Hey guys!!! It has been a little quiet over here because I've been studying for my exams and picking up extra shifts at work! I'm so happy that it's finally the holidays though and to be able to sleep in for the next few days. Claudia and I hung out last Friday and checked out Dazzling Cafe for the first time! We couldn't get over how cute their chairs were!!!



This week is going to be so exciting!!! We had a Christmas dinner at my Aunt Cindy's house yesterday and tomorrow, I'll be going over to my other aunt's house to do Santa steal with a bunch of my cousins! I'm also going Boxing Day shopping at 7am with my parents tomorrow morning, so that's gonna be fun ...and chaotic.



At the end of this week, I'll be going to Blue Mountain with Daniel and his friends and trying snowboarding for the first time!!!! My aunt Cindy gave me a bunch of stuff to borrow, but the only thing I'm still missing are body pads ..more specifically, butt pads. I'm really hoping that since I'm shorter .. and closer to the ground .. the falls won't hurt as much!!!

Merry Christmas!


I designed my sister's Christmas card this year and it's crazy to see how much my niece has grown since that photo was taken, but she's still as cute as everr!! ๐Ÿ’• I'm so obsessed with her little toes, beady eyes and chubby cheeks! Her dad always gets super annoyed when I kiss them, buhhh I do it anyways!!!! It's just too hard to resist!

Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas, that's filled with lots of love, joy and FOOD!!! 

First Look at Baby Mya



My baby niece turned one month old today!!!! ๐Ÿ’— It still doesn't feel real whenever I carry her, like even my dad still hasn't come to terms with the fact that he's a grandpa now. ๐Ÿ˜„  I've tried to picture what the baby would look like before my sister gave birth, and after seeing her.. I realized that my imagination could've never came up with something this adorable!!!



I'm so excited to finally give you guys a first look at baby Mya!!!!! ๐ŸŒธ


Christmas Market



I finally submitted my last assignment for this semester and I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€  This assignment literally took over my life this week, where every waking thought revolved around figuring out how to code a food delivery application from scratch.



It got to the point where my dad came in my room looking for a brown marker this morning, and I was still half asleep and responded with, "I don't know. If you can't find my markers, I can just code it for you." LOL WHAT ๐Ÿ˜



After making this application, I realized that I really enjoy designing user interfaces and this could be a possible career path if teaching doesn't work out for me. ๐Ÿ˜€ Now that I've handed everything in for school, I feel like I can relax and breathe a little bit (before exams creep in) and update my blog without feeling any guilt.



With that said, let's jump right in! ๐Ÿ˜„ Daniel and I have attended the Christmas market every year since we've started dating, so it just didn't feel right if we didn't keep up with our tradition this year! Plus, I feel like the market gets better and better every time we go, with new installations or vendors being added!



This year, there is a lot of hype around their light tunnel! I feel like my photos didn't do any justice for it, but I totally recommend checking it out if you go and visiting the market on a weekday to avoid huge crowds.



The new Ferrero Rocher booth was also all the rage this year because they were giving away free samples!!! Daniel and I obviously had to jump in line and try out their new flavours! We actually spent more time eating, than exploring the shops, this time we went! ๐Ÿ˜„



You can read about our other visits herehere, and hereeee! Daniel literally looked like a fetus when we first started dating.

SNAPCHAT CINDYADORES



Here are a few photos that I've snapped on my phone while I was out and about with my friends this month! ๐Ÿ˜€ I've frequented Schmaltz Appetizing for their bagels and tried beignets for the first time at La Sociรฉtรฉ.



Madelle and I had lunch at Figo and trekked to Craque de Creme for creme brรปlรฉe and macarons!!! ๐Ÿ˜



Joycelyn and I hung out last Friday and had brunch at Baddies, which we do not recommend. I mean, if you want a cool photo for the gram, yes. If you want a delicious and filling meal, carry on. ๐Ÿ˜„

Miku



This year, Daniel and I weren't sure if we should celebrate our anniversary at The One Eighty or Miku. We decided to go with Miku because there were more reviews raving about their food, and we realized that's way more important than being able to see the Toronto skyline! ๐Ÿ˜„



After reading and hearing so many great things about this place, I was super stoked when we were able to get a last minute reservation! ๐Ÿ˜€




You can really see the care that went into each dish and taste the freshness and quality in their sushi. At this point, I feel like I can't even go back to all-you-can-eat sushi. I've been spoiled!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ The place was so fancy that they even served us two types of soy sauce! Daniel was like, "Imagine the only difference is that one has lesser sodium than the other." ๐Ÿ˜„ ... ๐Ÿ˜ ...



They even gave us tips on which pieces to dip in the sauce and which ones to just savour alone. I'm not really a fan of tobiko, but the sushi was so good that it masked the flavour of that!



After dinner, Daniel compared the sushi here to what he had in Japan, but for a fraction of the price?!?! I guess this means I gotta book a flight to Japan asap!!!

Calligraphy Workshop



Oh boy, this month was hectic!!!! I had so many things due every week, and having a newborn niece around did not help with my productivity. I'm just so mesmerized by her!!! ๐Ÿ˜✨❤️



Although she spends 90% of the time sleeping, she is still so entertaining to watch! She makes like 20 different expressions and always find a way to wiggle her hands out of her swaddle and have them up by her cheeks when she's sleeping. There were so many times when she woke herself up because she accidentally slapped herself. ๐Ÿ˜‚



Before I got bombarded with so many assignments, I felt like I had everything under control last month! I was working 25 hours a week, finding time to workout 3-4 times a week and getting enough sleep every night. Life was gucci!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป



I even found time to attend a beginners calligraphy workshop with my friend, Alpha! The last time I touched calligraphy was back in high school. Since then, I've respected people who could do this because I know how much patience and practice it takes.



The workshop took place inside this cute succulent store! I really liked how small the group was because we got a lot of one-on-one time with the instructor, who was so down-to-earth and skilled! (Ok duh Cindy, that's why she's running the workshop.)


I would definitely recommend taking a class with her if you're interested in learning calligraphy and to check out her booth (B49) at the One of a Kind Show this week! Thanks again Alpha for inviting me!!! ๐ŸŒธ