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

Auntie Simba



I don't think you guys are ready to hear the most exciting news that I've ever announced on my blog!!!!!!! It all happened so fast and so unexpectedly that it feels like I'm living in a dream right now. So on Tuesday night, my sister went to the hospital...



... to give birth to the most beautiful little human being, MY NIECE!!!!! ❤️ My heart was bursting with so much happiness and gratitude when I first laid my eyes on her. It literally felt like love at first sight guys. I'm completely smitten.



I honestly didn't realize how possible it was to love someone so much and want to give them the world. She's definitely going to be my new arts & crafts, sightseeing and Costco snacking buddy. (Bye Daniel) I can't wait to be there for all of her firsts, like the first sighting of a ladybug! First taste of lemon! First sip of bubble tea!!! So far, the only firsts I've experienced were her sneezes. In my face. Twice. And it was awesome!!!!!!!!!



I want to give the parents time to adjust to this new chapter in their life and respect their privacy, so I'm going to hold off on sharing photos of her on here! In the meantime, here are a few photos that I shot at the design expo last month that I finally got around to editing. ๐Ÿ˜„

Three Years



This year, we celebrated your birthday, kept up with our annual traditions of visiting the Distillery District, night market and CNEchecked out many poke places, tried out new restaurants, spent a long weekend in Vancouver, went on several double dates, gave you a new tattoo, celebrated my new internship position, did a chocolate making workshop, decorated ice cream bars, spent an amazing week in Punta Cana, tried charcoal ice cream, shared a boozy slush bucket, won big at the Rec Room, checked out the Toronto sign, went on a family cottage trip, split a doshi, munched on lots of apples, celebrated my sister's pregnancy, explored the zoo, and discovered hidden gems in this city.

Thank you for all these amazing memories babe!!!! You already knowww I'll be renewing my yearly subscription again๐Ÿ’›

Hidden Gems



Hey guys!!!!! ✨  I can't believe I haven't update this thing in two weeks. I'm so sorry!!! I've just been here working away on school stuff and juggling two part-time jobs!



Besides that, I've also been jogging a lot during my spare time. I used to jog because I wanted to be "healthy" and "fit," but now I realized that it really helps me with my posture, clear my thoughts and sleep better!



I decided to take a little break from my studying tonight to pop in and give you guys an update, before I fall even more behind on my postings. I have so many exciting things to share and so many exciting things coming up!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€



But first, let's rewind back to the beginning of this month. I've been wanting to check out this beautiful temple near my house for the longest time.



Daniel and I finally found time to go and we were gawking at every corner of this monument. It's such a hidden gem in this city. I shared a few photos on my Snapchat story and a lot of my friends thought I ran away to India. I wish!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚




Since the weather looked promising and this was the only weekend that Daniel didn't have frisbee tournaments, we decided to make it a jam-packed day. After we devoured Indian food, we drove up to Caledon to go hiking!



Well, to be honest, we just wanted to see the suspension bridge there. We ended up not hiking much because we didn't realize how early the place closed, but we DID get to fly Daniel's drone around and eat a double scoop of ice cream.. which is even better in my books!!! LOL



Our three year anniversary is coming up this week and my sister is due at any moment!!!! It's gonna be hell of a good month! ๐Ÿ’›✨๐ŸŒป


The Other Day



I totally forgot to blog about this!!!! So at the end of summer, Daniel and I usually go on a weekend getaway, like to Niagara Falls or Montreal!



This year, we were thinking of going to Prince Edward County or Tobermory, but had no luck with finding an Airbnb or hotel for the dates that we wanted.



We still wanted to do something exciting during the Labour Day weekend though. As I was looking through our "❤️ LIST OF DATE IDEAS ❤️" on my phone, I realized that we still haven't checked out the zoo!!!




We've been meaning to go here all summer, but had to postpone it many times due to the weather or a scheduling conflict. I was so excited when we finally found a day that worked for the both of us!!!



We got really lucky and received complimentary admission tickets from the place we used to work at! This was also the place where we met each other for the first time!!! ๐Ÿ˜„




I visited the zoo four years ago with my best friend, Joy! Daniel couldn't recall if he has ever been, but I feel like he hasn't. He was literally in awe at everything he saw! So cute! ๐Ÿ˜„




It's always so much fun checking out tourist attractions with him because he gets so excited with his camera. ๐Ÿ˜„



My mom is totally convinced that we're meant for each other because we're both photo fanatics and a kid at heart. But honestly, the 12 year old me would've never thought she would meet a boy who loves taking photos, enjoys making tents in the bedroom and knows the words to High School Musical songs!!!!! ❤️๐Ÿ˜„




I came across this machine that converted nickels into souvenir coins! Since I got one from Casa Loma, I knew I had to get one here! Daniel judged me for getting one in the past, and judged me again for getting one here. GRRR!! ๐Ÿ˜ข I can't be the only one that thinks it's so cool looking?!?!



As we made our way around the zoo, we came across more machines that offered souvenir coins with different animals!!! Like are you kidding me.. I could've gotten something else besides pandas!!! Unfortunately, I had no more nickels to spare. But you already knowwww I would've been all up on that! ๐Ÿ˜„



Daniel shared a photo of the snake exhibit on his Snapchat story and one of his friends is convinced that they're fake. He took a similar photo a few years ago and they were in the exact same spot!! ๐Ÿ˜‚




Since I've been to the zoo before, I had a mental list of which animals I wanted to see again! Below are a few of my favourites!!!



The panda exhibit was poppin'!!! It was so crowded that I couldn't even get close to the window. I just stuck my camera up in the air, clicked the button several times and prayed that I got something good out of it. ๐Ÿ˜‚



I finally got a chance to see them up close when I viewed them from a fence on the side. It really did look like someone was wearing a panda costume because it didn't feel real witnessing them in action!






These peacocks were running around the zoo freely and kids were going crazy and chasing after them. Meanwhile, I was so scared to even go up this close for a photo. ๐Ÿ˜‚





We totally underestimated how long it would take us to explore the whole place. We weren't able to see everything, but that's okay!!!



That only means we gotta come back another time together!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€