It's So Fluffy!

This past weekend, Daniel and I checked out Fuwa Fuwa Japanese Pancakes for the first time!

I saw so many people posting about this place on Instagram and heard about the long line ups for it during the summer. I was under the impression that it was just an overhyped spot. When I saw people still posting about it recently, I figured there's probably a good reason why this place gets a lot of attraction.

I was afraid that there would be a long wait on Saturday. Luckily for us, we found a table as soon as we got in, but we can see the line starting to form as soon as we got our meal. These soufflé pancakes were so soft and airy and had a hint of egg flavour. It tasted good, even though our faces aren't conveying that in these photos. LOL

However, we both agreed that it wasn't something we would come back to eat again. LOL

90's Hip-Hop NYE

Hey friends hey!!! I hope this year is going well for you so far! I didn't blog much this year. Actually, I only blogged once this year... but I have a good reason! Well, sorta. It's just that when I get home from work, the last thing I wanna do is spend more time on the computer. But have no fear, I'm going to make an effort to queue a few blog posts on my weekends to make sure I still have updates!

Without further ado, let's rewind back to my new year's eve! So every year, Daniel and I like to ring in the new year with our friends! This year, we celebrated at Tyler's place and Rosa came up with a fun idea that we all dressed up in '90s hip-hop style! This was the first time we did a themed event, so everyone was stoked!

I didn't want to spend too much money on an outfit, so I just went with what I already had in my closet and bought jewelry to spruce it up! Daniel and Tyler also took the party up a notch by setting up a photo booth. I'm so glad that they did this because we all get to have a new Instagram photo, plus memories to look back on! Win-win in my books!

Best Moments in 2018

Looking back, I realized that 2018 was one of the best years of my life! This was the year of risks, perseverance and growth. So without further ado, here are my top 10 highlights:

  • I finished my bachelor's degree! I actually failed a course and didn't think I would graduate on time. I learned that it is okay to ask for help and to pursue a career that's unrelated to your degree.
  • I secured a full-time job before I graduated! I got rejected multiple times and compared myself to others repeatedly. It made me realize that focusing on these things was not going to change my situation. 
  • I visited Iceland. If you told me that I was going to visit this place this year, I wouldn't have believed you! This trip exceeded my expectations and made me realize that I shouldn't feel guilty for taking time off work to travel.
  • I watched my niece turn one year old. It's so fun watching her discover things on her own! I realized that she really looks up to me and the way that I carry myself is important. 
  • I visited New York. We went here the weekend before I started my new job. This trip felt like it signified the change that was about to happen in my life.

  • I celebrated my four year anniversary with Daniel. I realized there wasn't one significant moment that made me fall in love with him. It was an accumulation of many things, like how he never lets me carry anything heavy, always makes sure I get home safely in the evening, (whether that's coming to pick me up or calling me an Uber), goes out of his way to bring me my favourite meal and the list just goes on. I'm so lucky and thankful for him!
  • I finally got my full drivers license. After years of procrastinating, I finally signed up for lessons and passed my test! Woo hoo!!!
  • I was asked to be a bridesmaid. Alpha is always there for me, whether it's listening to me rant or going on random bubble tea runs during work, and I'm just so happy I get to be there for her on her special day. I felt like tearing up when I saw Dillion propose to her and when she tried on her wedding dress, so I don't think I'll be able to hold back the tears on her actual day! 
  • I did the CN Tower stair climb in under 20 minutes! I learned that baby steps are still progress!
  • My blog turned 9 years old!!! Holy schnitzel! I can't believe I've committed to this little thing since I was 14 years old! For those that have been following along on my adventures this year and the previous years, THANK YOU!!!! I can't wait to see what 2019 brings and continue sharing more with all of you! 

As for new year's resolutions, I want to focus more on my health this year, such as sleeping earlier, working out often and drinking more water! Wishing you all an abundance of health, love and joy! Happy new year!

Pursuit OCR

Last week, Daniel and I did a double date with Alpha and Dillon at Pursuit OCR! This indoor obstacle course used to be located downtown, but now they opened a bigger location that's 10 minutes away from me! 

Alpha and I quickly realized that a lot of things required upper body strength, which we both agreed we didn't have.

Our boyfriends were super encouraging though and made sure we tried the monkey bars and hanging rings, instead of just falling into the foam blocks right away. I'm not even going to lie, my arms were sore for the past two days from all of this. LOL

I actually first heard about this place through BlogTO, so I had an idea what to expect. I was particularly looking forward to the giant ball pit and the tricycles.

The ball pit turned out to be the most tiring obstacle! It took Alpha and I a good 10 minutes to get out of there after we jumped in. I gave up at one point and told her to just go on without me and keep my camera. She was like, "NO CINDY!!!" LOL 

Sucha great friend!

There was also this sloped wall that Daniel and Dillon couldn't get enough of. Daniel was so salty that I didn't record him making to the top, since it took him almost 10 tries. Oops! LOL

Cindy Goes to Iceland! (2/2)

When we drove to the south of Iceland, we definitely noticed a contrast between the top and bottom half of the country. We saw less mountains (that look like they should be on a Toblerone package) and more waterfalls!

For the remaining days of our trip, we went on slippery hikes, visited many places where Game of Thrones was filmed, touched glaciers (or "diamonds"), stood at the bottom of waterfalls and stepped foot on a black sand beach! CUE THE PHOTOS!

The black sand beach was definitely my aesthetic! It still boggles my mind that sucha thing exists. I always thought people photoshopped these images on Tumblr!

We also experienced a windstorm that left us stuck in this city for the entire day. The main highway was closed, which meant we didn't do five things on our itinerary. I didn't want us to waste the whole day by sitting inside a café, so I tried searching online for something we can do.

I stumbled upon an ice cave tour! Just our luck, we were able to sign up for it 10 minutes before it started! This day turned out way better than we've expected and we agreed that this excursion was definitely a highlight of our trip!

We couldn't leave Iceland without doing the classic Blue Lagoon. It was such a great way to end our final day! We bathe, sipped on smoothies, did the face mask and died in the sauna. I'm a mouth breather and it just felt gross knowing that I was inhaling everyone's toxins! LOL

Iceland exceeded my expectations! I feel like there is still so much to see and I only got a taste of it. I would definitely love to visit this place again with Daniel.

Speaking of him, I'm so glad I got to experience it with him. He was the best companion during the 14 hour drive. I feel like I could just talk to him forever and ever. IS THIS WHAT LOVE IS? When you don't run out of things to talk about? When you feel like a week together is still not enough?!?!

Cindy Goes to Iceland! (1/2)

If you told me that I was going to visit Iceland with Daniel this year and witness the northern lights, I would've just laughed! I really thought this was a far-fetched idea, until Daniel found an amazing flight deal back in October and we thought, “Why not?!”

Next thing you know, we asked our bosses for time off and booked our flights the very next day! I didn't take a break after I graduated, so all of my friends and co-workers were excited for me to finally take a vacation! So sweet!

It really didn't sink in that we were in Iceland, until Daniel bought a hotdog in their airport. They sell the same kind of hot dog all over Iceland, and Daniel bought one every time he saw it at the gas station.

I was actually surprised by the food in Iceland! We understood that the prices were the way that they were because of import fees. We didn't expect the food to be good though. More often than not, we were able to justify the prices we were paying.

Speaking of food, I just remembered an encounter we had with this guy we bought waffles from. He asked us where we were from and after we told him, he said Canadians are so nice. Every time I hear that, I feel like I have to live up to this reputation, by either tipping them more or apologizing for everything!!! He also praised us for making weed legal and joked about moving to Canada. I couldn't believe that this side of the world knew about this?!? LOL

We rented a car in Iceland, instead of doing a tour, because we wanted to explore everything at our own pace. We eventually realized that we really couldn't because we were competing with daylight here!

Since it's the wintertime, they only have four to five hours of daylight! I thought this was just an exaggeration, but I was shocked when the sun started setting at 1:30pm! By 3:00pm, it was dark. If we didn't use an alarm clock, I have no idea how we would've woken up before noon.

In Iceland, they have this one main road, called the Ring Road, that goes all the way around the island. Most people start the drive counter-clockwise to see the attractions, but we decided to go clockwise, because... YO I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHY.

In other words, we spent our first few days in the top half of Iceland and it was just jaw dropping. It felt like we were inside a painting. We watched the sun rise and set behind the mountains, saw the northern lights on our second day and witnessed geysers in action!

Ok, Daniel didn't get to witness anything because he wanted to take photos of me. I guess that means we have to make another visit to Iceland, which I don't mind! LOL

I'm so excited to share more photos from our trip tomorrow!!! I promise there's going to be lesser mountain photos.