~ Mashup at the Vancouver Art Gallery ~

The Vancouver Art Gallery’s current exhibit, Mashup: The Birth of Modern Culture. It boasts to be the gallery’s largest exhibit yet and covers all four floors, with each floor dedicated to a time period. I spent a good three hours touring the exhibit, taking my time to relish all the works I didn’t think I would be able to view right in my home city! The exhibit would also be fun for those who are not art enthusiasts because some of the installations were entertaining to see. Also it’s a good idea to pick up a map at the beginning of the gallery.

If this seems familiar it’s because it is. Two years ago I went to VSO Disney Pixar concert and went again this year! They introduced some new songs from the more recent films but still played the classics.
Got to try Shishinori! It wasn’t bad but there is limited seating, we got here right about lunch time and manged to snag a seat before it got pretty busy. I still prefer Basho.
These bunny chocolates remind me of the Happy Labbits from Kid Robot. The first time I had the cream puffs at Beta 5 was a few years ago but I had good memories of them. Surprisingly they weren’t as good this time round but perhaps it was the flavor we had picked.
Tried the pina colada from Rajio! There wasn’t a lot of beverage but quit era few pieces of sweet pineapple. Over priced? For sure, it was a one time deal but I would still go back to try the watermelon fruit bunch housed in a mini watermelon. (They were out of watermelon so we picked the pina colada)
~ Mashup at the Vancouver Art Gallery ~

~ iphone photos – March 2016 ~

Technically these photos aren’t all from March, they actually range from the end of 2015 till now. Since then I’ve upgraded to an Iphone 6 so hopefully the quality of the photos are a smidge better. I feel like doing a blog post now so I’m just going to throw it out there, hopefully I can manage to write one of these a month. I notice I take a lot less photos with my phone so I’m going to try and be more conscious of that now.

I’m also currently thinking of changing blogging platforms and am also experimenting with my blog layout so I apologize for the width of this text or any other technical issues that may arise in the next few months.

A cute macaron I bought from a supermarket. I had a cleaning appointment later on so I saved it to eat afterwards….


What it looked like when I actually ate it. Smushed in my bag.

I’ve been looking for a new fragrance lately and randomly stumbled upon this one at Anthropologie. I only have one perfume I use consistently now which is the Miss Dior EDT. I’m looking for a clean floral scent that isn’t sweet. I really liked Marc Jacobs Daisy but it doesn’t match with my body chemistry and fades far too quickly. Hopefully I can pop into the store soon and give it another test run.
Annual visit to the temple. I think the rain enhances the ambiance.

Watched my first opera! Attending an opera has always been something I’ve wanted to do but there hasn’t been one that’s intrigued me till Madama Butterfly came into town! I loved it and am looking forward to attending more operas in the future.

It was a good length, about 2hrs and 40mins with one intermission. I know there are many operas that are far longer in length but I thought this one was perfect for a first timer. One thing I would suggest is to not sit too close to the stage, I sat in row 7 but I wish I sat in at least row 10 or 12 because it was hard to read the captions above the stage.

They allow you to take photographs at the end when all the stage members come up for their applause.

For my fathers birthday we took him to Top of Vancouver since it’s a place he’s been wanting to try for many years. The view is spectacular but the food is only subpar.

~ iphone photos – March 2016 ~

~ Disney Cruise 2013 – Atlantis Resort at Nassau ~

I guess this is a bit of a throwback post, all the way back to 2013. I had a chance to visit Atlantis Paradise Island Resort on my Disney Cruise and it was beautiful. We had a dolphin interaction excursion there but also got a chance to wander around the resort.

Refreshments were welcomed on such a hot day.

Looking back, I’m not sure how I was able to snap a photo without anyone in it but I’m glad I did. From memory there were many groups there taking turns with the dolphins.

The weather at home is a bit dreary at the moment and writing this post makes me miss the sunshine and warmth even more!

~ Disney Cruise 2013 – Atlantis Resort at Nassau ~

~ Morocco- Chefchaouen 2015 ~

In June of 2015 I had the opportunity to go to Morocco for 18 days and I had one of the most amazing times of my life. Our small tour group consisted of only 10 people with the best and most flexible tour guide. In this post I will focus on one of the highlights of my trip, that is visiting the charming city of Chefchaouen. 
Our group unanimously decided to eat here for our first night. The view was spectacular, the food was delicious and prices reasonable.

We got there just in time to watch the sun set over the whole city, the restaurant is located in the heart of the city center.

     
Breakfast often consisted of mostly bread with various kinds of condiments although our guide told us that he typically eats a plain piece of bread and some tea.

A view of the city after a short 30 hike, afterwards there was a choice to continue the hike which was 3 hours there and back or explore the town on our own. I opted for the second option.

I ate so much on this trip and most of my meals consisted of three courses with a drink.
Here I had shrimp tagine, oranges dusted with cinnamon (a common dessert), nutella banana crepe, and a coke.

While exploring around we discovered this charming looking store which turned out to be a soap and beauty store.

These were pieces of solid perfume. I bought two moisturizers as well as a hair serum. The gentleman who ran the store packaged our items in lovely clear cellophane bags and also placed dried flowers into it as well. It reminded of me the scene in Love Actually! He also explained that no water is used in the process of making the moisturizers and when the bottle is left too long, the oils and cream will separate, this requiring a bit of a shake to mix them up again.
This city was fascinating to explore and I would not think twice about coming back if I’m ever in Morocco again, it’s as beautiful as I imagined it to be.
~ Morocco- Chefchaouen 2015 ~

~ moments – February 2015 ~

February was definitely a busy time for me since it was when my midterms were. I had a reading break but most of that was spent on studying although I did manage to save a day to relax. However I regretted it soon after when I realized how much more productive I could have been had I actually gotten some chores accomplished that day.
       
February is the time for the hot chocolate festival!
On the right is Christella Decadence from Chez Christopher. It was absolutely delicious, I also tried their other hot chocolate, Brownie Delight but this was much better as it was less sweet and the accompanying chocolate ball was flavorful as well. We were instructed to put it into our drink but I had heard people around me say it was better to just eat it on it’s own so that’s what I did.
On the left are two drinks from Bella Gelateria. The white one is Earl Goes Boom, a white chocolate with Earl Grey and lavender. The darker one is one of the impromptu choices they had, I can’t remember what it was specifically called though. Mines is the later and it was also delicious, I love how the hot chocolate options are less sweet now and getting so exciting! My friend had the Earl Goes Boom and I had a sip, while I enjoy Earl Grey I don’t particularly like white chocolate and lavender but my friend loved her drink. These both came accompanied with a gelato cookie bar that had to be consumed quickly as the gelato was melting fast.
It’s also the time for dreary rainy days (and studying in the library).

                     
BUT also the time for Valentines day! I was extremely fortunate to receive two sweet packages this year.  Yes, I ate all that chocolate, except for that purple packaged bar because my mom devoured it. The other bar was a smores bar and really tasty.

Lastly, February is the time for Chinese New Year. My cousin gave adorable red envelopes, although they’re technically not red.

~ moments – February 2015 ~

~ moments – January 2015 ~

Back in December a friend of mine and I decided to do a photo challenge each month. Check out her blog here to know the “guidelines” to this challenge. They’re not set in stone hopefully or else I’m in big trouble.
Since I usually do my monthly iphone photos I decided to replace it with this so there won’t be too much repetition. Although the point of the challenge was to actually go out and take nice photos.
Honestly I don’t know what compelled me to take this shot but I guess I liked the way the towers look during that time of day.

A “get well” package from a friend when I was a bit sick at the beginning of the month. I only drank one of the Emergen-C so far.

For Dine Out this year I took my family to Miku, the menu was great and I also ordered the bouillabaisse which they loved. I asked the waiter 4 times on how to pronounce it….I still don’t remember it correctly. 
I also want to take a moment to mention how outstanding the service was from our waiter. He was attentive and thoughtful. For example our soup came as we were finishing our appetizer and although Dine Out reservations were only for 90mins, he asked if we would like him to delay the mains, so we can enjoy the soup.
For Dine Out with my friend we went to Forage  and I thought everything was great. The salmon was cooked perfectly and I loved the crunch salmon skin! My appetizer was a kale salad with raw honey and brie dressing, and dessert was a chocolate mousse with a double-fried french toast

I know there’s something on my camera lens but I was trying to capture the gorgeous sunset we had on this beautiful but freezing day. I really was cold because I had worn a dress without stockings of any sort. 
~ moments – January 2015 ~

~ iphone photos December 2014 ~

I thought December was going to be one of those months that will be longer due to the lack of classes and work. However when does life ever happen like that? Although I didn’t have any classes I still ended up working on nearly all the days I was free. I’m not complaining but I’m looking forward to the “me time” that I can afford during the school semester.
I was still able to find time to spend with friends and loved ones. This years Christmas was relaxing, enjoyable, and most importantly – warm.
My friend made me my first homemade advent calender! Prior to I’ve only had the store bought ones filled with candy or chocolates.

Inside she put little treats like the one above as well as chocolates, teas, and even a starbucks gift card!

There was a Keurig machine event going on at the mall which was great for me since my siblings and I bought one for my parents for Christmas. 

I couldn’t resist the Guerlain lipstick sample from Sephora, so far I’ve loving it.

I watched Mary Poppings, the musical, with a friend and it was amazing! Yes my finger got in the way of my photo taking again.

Soda’s adorable Christmas scarf. It’s double sided with red and white stripes on the back.

Christmas shopping.

This year my friend and I went to Miku for our annual Christmas dinner. The food was great and thank you so very much for the present!

I went to see the Forbidden City exhibit at the art gallery. I wasn’t allowed to take photos of that particular exhbit but check out this one by Ai Weiwei titled Bang.
Part of a Christmas gift from my pen-pal (email actually). The milk chocolate was delicious, I finished it in a day! 

And finally, a partial gift from my parents and a partial gift to myself.

I’m definitely looking forward to 2015 and I wish everyone the best of luck in all areas of life.
~ iphone photos December 2014 ~

~iphone photos October & November ~

I haven’t blogged for nearly 2 months! I’ll be combining the photos for the past two months, which is good since I didn’t take too many. Remember when I said September was great, nice and relaxing? Well it was the complete opposite when November hit. Although I don’t mentally feel stressed my body is telling me I am. Anyways I’m really enjoying the Christmas decorations and festivities happening around the city.

These Itty-Bittys are so adorable! Available at Hallmark only (I think).

Macarons at Soriette.
I really loved how this photo turned out, no filter either.

Celebrating the pink cup again.

Beautiful handcrafted chocolates at Beta 5.
I tried 4 of their cream puffs.
Salted Caramel

Vietnamese Coffee
Raspberry Earl Grey
Milk Chocolate Praline 
The puffs were absolutely delicious. I normally don’t like puffs because I find them too sweet and I don’t necessarily enjoy the texture of the puff itself. But the ones from Beta were perfectly balanced, the puff was more crisp and the filling not overly sweet.

I love houses that go all out on festive decorations.

I don’t know what possessed me to order these pancake “bombs” since I usually don’t like pancakes in the first place.

Lastly, a very pretty pen that a dear friend bought for me, thank you!

Looking back October and November was pretty fun although a lot of work was also involved. I’m looking forward to Christmas and the closure of 2014. 

~iphone photos October & November ~

~ iphone photos – September 2014 ~

I have no idea what happened to the June and July iphone posts this summer but here are the ones for September! My August ones are mixed in with my Turkey photos so I probably will be skipping those too. September was great for me, relaxed and carefree. 

Apparently this lady carried a live lobster with her onto the plane?…


My birthday gift from my darling siblings!!! They surprised me with it after I came back from my trip!


The only evil eye item I bought back. To be honest they’re kind of creeper if bigger than this.

Camel milk chocolates!


My mom bought me this cute pear shaped hazelnut ice cream as a substitution for a birthday cake. It was delicious but sweet and I only managed to finish half of it.


My friend and I tried a new pasta place called SPAGHeTEI. It wasn’t bad and I liked how you could choose your portion size.


I really really really wanted to buy this poster =(


Work day at Divano.


I was running out of moisturizer and managed to spend enough to get this little gift from Sephora.


A very lovely, thoughtful and much appreciated birthday gift from Anndrea! Thank you so much, I love everything!


It was sunny and beautiful most of September.


Lastly, I finally managed to start reading my newest novel -Lolita. I’m a little more than halfway through and I love it. In fact I haven’t been so in love with a book for some time now.

~ iphone photos – September 2014 ~