I Finally Graduated!

I have so many exciting things I want to share with you guys, but I have no idea where to start! I guess it would make sense to go all the way back to early April and tell you guys my reasons for not updating my blog frequently.

Around that time, my school was (and is) still on strike. I was low key panicking because I had no idea if I would finish my classes on time to graduate in June. On the bright side, this unexpected hiatus gave me more time to look for a full-time job, take driving lessons, spend time with my 6-month-old niece and catch up with my girlfriends. ☀️

Although I was keeping busy, I found it hard to enjoy myself and be fully present in the moment. My mind would just focus on all the job rejections I got and I started to believe that this was some sort of karma that I deserved. I soon realized that giving power to these bad thoughts and comparing myself to other people was not going to move me further ahead or improve my situation.

I decided that the best thing to do was to change my mindset. I started thinking, "What if it DOES work out?" instead of, "What if it doesn't work out..." every time I questioned my qualifications for a job or felt uneasy after an interview. I started to push myself to apply to at least 20 jobs every week. I started seeing every interview as a learning experience. I started thinking about what employers valued and wanted to see on my cover letter, instead of what I thought sounded good. I started realizing that asking others for help doesn't mean that I failed. I even considered other paths, like pursuing a master degree, because I didn't want to disappoint my parents for not finding a job right away.

Fast forward to a few weeks later, I realized that all of these rejections did not define my worth and were actually leading me to something even greater than what I had imagined for myself. Having said that, I'm SO excited to tell you guys that I'm now working as a digital strategist for one of the top ranked schools in the world!!! 🎓

This job is all of my interests wrapped into one - web design, social media, digital marketing, blogging and photography! Who knew this type of job existed?! Every week flies by and I'm having so much fun! I'm truly grateful for all the work experiences and connections that have led me to this job.

On top of that, I got my full driver's license two days after I was presented with this job offer and my convocation happened last Thursday!!! 😀✨💪🏻 I definitely want to give credit for all of my achievements to my strong support system, who were there for me every step of the way. I am endlessly thankful for my sister, parents, Mya, Vaish, Monica, Daniel, Alpha and Fab 4!!!!!!! 💛💛💛

Before I end this post, I just want to remind those of you who are still figuring it out that...
  • It is OK to not have a job lined up right after you graduate! 
  • Heck, it is OK to get a job unrelated to your degree! What you're into now is obviously different than what you liked when you were 18. You're changing, learning and discovering more about yourself with each passing day.
  • It is OK to travel first and find a job after!
  • It is OK to not know what you want to do for a living yet, but you still won't know until you work different jobs, talk to people in your interested field, or try out a new hobby.
  • Lastly, it is OK that you're not following the same timeline as your friends. There really is no correct path.

Doors Open

So one month ago, Monica and I checked out Doors Open for the first time!! It's an annual event that grants the public FREE access to many buildings across the city. I first learned about this when I worked for the TTC last summer and was helping them edit photos from it.

Monica and I wanted to make sure that we were taking advantage of our time, so we created an itinerary! We ended up having more than enough time and took detours, like buying swimsuits and grabbing bubble tea! 😄 I was going to take photos that day, but I decided to change things up and vlog about it on my phone!! 😄

Here's a list of all the places we checked out that day!
  • Osgoode Hall
  • Spadina Museum: Historic House and Gardens
  • Native Child And Family Services of Toronto
  • 1 Spadina Crescent
  • Simit & Chai Co.
  • Kensington Market Art Fair
  • Sukioshi
  • Rosalinda

New York (Part 2)

Daniel and I tried to make the most out of our last full day in New York! By that I mean waking up at 4:30am to really seize it!

We were determined to see the sun rise behind the Manhattan Bridge! Unfortunately, there was a heavy rainfall the night before, so the sky wasn't as colourful as how we had envisioned it.

On the bright side, there was barely anyone awake in the wee hours of the morning, so we pretty much had the Brooklyn Bridge all to ourselves!!!

Once we crossed over to the other side of the bridge, we went to check out The Oculus! It was then that I realized there were so many Starbucks in New York. Literally one on every few blocks!

Can you believe this building is a train station??? Beaaaaautiful!

Our bellies started to grumble, so we took it as a sign to move along and go for brunch! As we made our way to Jack's Wife Freda, Daniel recognized one of the buildings we were passing by. It was Casey Neistat's office.

I still remember seeing Daniel add this address to our itinerary and I'm like, "Really Daniel? We're just gonna stand outside and wait for this YouTuber to come out....?" He responded with, "Fine, we'll just go IF we have time." It's actually weird how we ended up passing by it, even though I was reluctant on going. Or maybe Daniel was actually scheming... 😄

We had brunch at Jack's Wife Freda, because I noticed so many articles, blogs and vlogs listing it as a must-do thing in New York. We didn't make reservations, but the waiting time wasn't bad at all!

I really enjoyed their rosewater waffles and Daniel devoured his dish. He also ordered a drink and was ready to take a nap after chugging it down, but we still had so many things left to do!! Like c'mon bwoi, snap out of it!

We made our way to SoHo next, and I remember Georgetown Cupcakes had a store there. I used to watch their show on TLC in middle school and remember feeling inspired to open up my own bakery!

They had so many flavours to choose from! We didn't want to carry a box around with us, so it was hard trying to choose only two to eat there. We were surprised by how dense their cupcakes were and how fluffy the frosting was!

After window shopping, we made our way to Washington Square Park and ended up taking a power nap on the bench for one hour. We took a couple of photos in front of the arch, before visiting the High Line.

I obviously couldn't leave New York without trying their bubble tea. They only offered one size for the flavour I order and it was huge!!! Oh why am I playing, I easily finished it allll. 😋

I actually had no idea what the High Line was, but it was listed as a must-do thing when I was researching online.

From what I've experienced, you basically go up these stairs and walk along this super long path to see views of the city!

Once Daniel and I reached the end of the path, we sat on a bench tickling.. and insulting.. and hugging.. and back to insulting each other. Our flirting got interrupted by Daniel's need to go to the washroom. 😂 We figured that it was time to get dinner too.

We knew we couldn't leave New York until we tried Shake Shack! I'm not a milkshake fan, but their strawberry shake converted me into one!!! I still think about it till this day. 😄 We scarfed down our meal, because we didn't want to miss seeing the sunset at Top of The Rock.

The Top of the Rock is basically New York's version of our CN Tower! You get a beautiful view of the whole city! This sunset definitely made up for the sunrise that we didn't get to see in the morning. 😄

Oh yeah, story time!!! A lady started to push this guy because she wanted to take a photo from his angle. The both of them started to bicker, until the lady bit his arm! The security guard didn't even do anything!!! 😐

Ohhhh New York, you were truly memorable! 😄 Until next time!

Mya's Moments

Ever since my niece was born, I've been sharing fun facts about her every month. So without further ado, this is what she was up to for the month of May!!!

  • had her first lick of ice cream
  • loves to listen and dance to this song and this song
  • enjoys wearing her sunglasses
  • still thinks peekaboo is so funny
  • enjoys sleeping on her belly
  • played with bubbles for the first time
  • sat through one storybook, even though she ripped a page out
  • still prefers to be fed by hand and not utensils
  • smiles when you smile at her
  • visited the beach for the first time
There was a whole lotta firsts for this month! You can read more fun facts about her over here!!!

New York (Part 1)

So for the May two-four weekend, Daniel and I visited New York!!! ✈️ I was planning our itinerary a month in advance, because I was so excited about our trip!!! I'm actually glad that Daniel is always down to do anything I plan for us! 😄

I visited New York when I was in grade three, but all I remember from that trip was seeing the Statue of Liberty and yellow taxis. Daniel had also been there before, but he told me that he didn't do much sightseeing!

We were able to find an Airbnb in the Upper West Side, where Central Park was literally our backyard! It rained all day on our first day there, but we tried to make the best of it by doing a lot of indoor stuff!

Since it was only drizzling in the morning, we decided to check out Central park first, before making our way to the Met! I couldn't contain my excitement when we got to the museum, because the Met Gala just happened a week ago and I felt like I was breathing the same air that Rihanna was breathing in!!!

This museum was huge and we were overwhelmed. Since we had a bunch of things on our itinerary that day, we didn't get to thoroughly explore each exhibition.

When I saw Daniel yawning and heard my belly grumbling, I knew it was our cue to get going. He said we had to see Van Gogh's paintings before we get going though! I was so giddy when we found it, because I remember studying about his work in high school!

It started to pour when we made our way to brunch, so we ended up spending half our time at the restaurant drying our feet, socks and shoes with their washroom hand dryer... 😂

I tried the "Impossible Burger" at vegan fest last year, and Joycelyn and I were in complete awe because it really did taste like meat. When Daniel watched a video of Casey Neistat trying this burger in New York, he wanted to try it too! Surprisingly, a lot of restaurants served it here!

We decided to go with Wahlburger because it was a 10 minute walk from the museum. Daniel inhaled it!!!!

After lunch, we took an uber to the New York Public Library. This place certainly felt more like a tourist attraction, than a library. They were very strict and did a bag check every time you left a room. I have no idea how people were able to focus in there, because tourists were entering in and out and taking photos of the study halls.

We also paid a visit to Grand Central Terminal, before making our way to Times Square! There were tourists left, right and centre, when we got there. Every store was bustled with people! I really feel for the retail workers.

I was looking forward to dinner because we were going to check out this Indian restaurant that was highly recommended online, Milon! Not gonna lie, it was very cramp in there, the food was mediocre and our server was inattentive. It did feel like we were eating inside a Christmas tree though, so that was really cool!!!

The final place we wanted to check out was only a 10 minutes walk from the restaurant! I first heard about the Egg House installation on Facebook and was so happy that we were able to snag tickets to it! This pop-up shop was literally made for Instagramming!

It was certainly an eventful day, but we couldn't wait to get home and dry off our pruney toes! Stay tuned for part two!!! It's gonna be a long one friends. 😄