New Year, New Look!

Hello, it’s been a while since I last blogged! I lost motivation for a while and had a bad case of writer’s block. I felt lost; I didn’t know what direction I wanted to take my blog and had some self-doubts.

But now I am back and I plan to blog some more about lifestyle, food, beauty, makeup and more!

A few things have changed since I last blogged. You may have noticed (or not) that I’ve changed the look of my blog! I wanted something that reflected me, and I’m really¬†happy with how it turned out!

The second big change is that I started a new job at a digital marketing agency. If you want to learn more about what I do, you can check out my LinkedIn.

What do you think of the new look? Don’t forget to sign-up to my blog so you don’t miss out on any of my upcoming posts! You can sign up on the right sidebar.

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June in Photos

After a short break from blogging and social media, I’m back! June started off a bit rocky; I was feeling very stressed and it was affecting other aspects of my life including my relationships¬†and health. June did get better though and I’m thankful to all my friends and family that were there to help me de-stress. June was a month of biking, sunsets, celebrations and an unexpected vacation. Continue reading to see what I was up to in June!

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10 Things I Learned From Online Dating and Why I Quit

10 Things I Learned From Online Dating and Why I Quit

Online Dating

I was first introduced to online dating by a classmate when I was in my 3rd year of university. She told me about Tinder–a new app that she was using and how she was going on many dates with various guys.

Her dates sounded amazing; she told me stories about how guys would show up to her place with flowers to take her to nice restaurants.

She suggested that I should try it out. As an introverted and slightly awkward 20-year old who had never had a boyfriend or kissed a guy, I gave online dating a try thinking that I had nothing to lose.

When I first started using Tinder, I had no idea how it worked. All I was doing was looking at people’s profiles and swiping left, wondering why I wasn’t getting any matches.

I soon realized that I had to swipe right for people that I was interested in. Although I was getting matches, I wasn’t talking to many people and soon got bored. I decided to look into other dating apps and downloaded Plenty of Fish and OKCupid.

Through the course of my online dating journey, I’ve been on many¬†dates– many good and many bad. I’ve had the most success on Tinder compared to OKCupid and Plenty of Fish. Although Tinder carries a negative connotation, I found that the guys on OKCupid and Plenty of Fish were no better in quality than the guys on Tinder.

Here are 10 things I learned from online dating. Read to the end to find out why I quit!

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Bobby Sox 50’s Diner: Retro Diner in Maple Ridge

 

Bobby Sox 50's Diner: Diner in Maple Ridge
Enjoying a milkshake from Bobby Sox 50’s Diner

Bobby Sox 50’s Diner is a retro-style diner in Maple Ridge. I love the retro decor at Bobby Sox’s; the leopard printed chairs, red upholstered booth seats, and diner memorabilia gives it an eclectic¬†50’s vibe.

Maple Ridge Diner: Bobby Sox 50's Diner

Bobby Sox 50's Diner in Maple Ridge
Bobby Sox 50’s Diner interior

I rarely go to Maple Ridge but I stumbled upon this place on my way to the Tulip Festival in Abbotsford. I have a soft spot for diners because my first job was waitressing at my uncle’s diner, so naturally I wanted to try Bobby Sox 50’s diner.

Click through to see what we ordered!

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Cafe De L’orangerie : Japanese-Style French Food in Vancouver

Cafe De L’orangerie¬†is a friendly cafe nestled in Vancouver’s Marpole area that serves Japanese-style French food. Their menu¬†is made up of popular Japanese dishes such as chicken karaage, spicy tuna sashimi and Japanese curry in addition to Japanese fusion dishes such as Hayashi rice and Doria. They also serve classic coffee, espresso and tea based drinks you would find in a cafe and delicious looking desserts. Cafe De L’orangerie’s menu reminds me Marulilu Cafe’s menu¬†and I¬†really enjoy this style of Japanese fusion cuisine.

This place has been on my list of places to try out for a while, so I already knew what I wanted before I even got to the restaurant. Find out what we ordered below!

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15 Things I Learned A Year After Graduating University

It’s been almost exactly a year since I’ve graduated with my Bachelor of Arts from UBC and although sometimes I miss being a student, I don’t miss things like the nights pulling all-nighters, being broke and elevated levels of stress. What I miss the most is seeing my friends on campus and the social activities on campus.

UBC was a time of new experiences and self-learning for me.¬†I was really shy when I first entered university, so I decided to join a sorority in my third year and my experience in a sorority really helped me with my shyness. Although I’m now working towards a field unrelated to what I majored in, I had a great time in university and met the most amazing people.

Here are 15 things learned a year after graduating university: 

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Life Lately: April

Happy hump day! I can’t believe it’s already May; April was a month filled with gluttony, cherry blossoms, learning and rain. As April came to an end, so did my practicum at UBC Communications and Marketing. I’ve learned so much during my practicum and I’ll definitely miss the people the most.

Here’s a glimpse of my April in photos:

One thing I’m going to miss about my practicum is being on UBC’s beautiful campus. I took this photo on the last week of my practicum.

Cherry Blossoms at UBC

 

Although I live in Vancouver, I’ve been spending more time in Richmond and discovering what Richmond has to offer. With the sunnier weather, I’ve also been trying to bike more often.

During my bike ride along Steveston Village, I had to stop for some frozen yogurt from Timothy’s Frozen Yogurt. I got my frozen yogurt with peaches and mango in it and it was delicious as always.

Timothy’s Frozen Yogurt

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Easy Protein Waffle Recipe using Kodiak Power Cake Mix

I love waffles; they’re one of my top foods but I don’t eat them as often anymore because I’ve been trying to eat healthier. The struggle is real when you love food but you also want to be healthier.

I came across the Kodiak Power Cakes at Costco and I was drawn to the high protein and whole grain ingredients in the product. I checked the ingredient list and it looked promising with ingredients such as whole grain wheat flour, whole grain oat flour, protein powder and dried honey as the sweetener. A chance to easily have high protein and low sugar wafflesРI was sold!

Kodiak Power Cakes

There are 3 recipe options with varying levels of protein. You can use the mix to make waffles, pancakes, and muffins. Alternatively, the website says that you can be used as a healthy alternative in baking by substituting 1 cup flour with 1 cup Kodiak Cakes Mix and omit salt and baking powder.

 

Kodiak Power Cakes protein options

Continuing reading to see how which option I used and how they turned out!

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My Current Favourite Makeup Products

 

My love for makeup started in high school; I remember experimenting and playing around with my mom’s makeup collection while trying to recreate makeup tutorials on Youtube. In grade 11, I discovered Sephora and I would spend my disposable income on high-end makeup. Although I still love shopping at Sephora, I’ve discovered some great drug store products that I continually purchase. I have oily skin, so most of my favourite products work well for those of you who also have oily or combination skin.
Here are my current favourite makeup products:

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Dinesty Dumpling House

My classmates and I came to Dinesty Dumpling House (Richmond No.3 Rd location) on a Friday night to satisfy our soup dumpling craving. The restaurant was packed but luckily for us, we made a reservation so we were seated immediately. I’d recommend making a reservation on weekends as the restaurant gets quite busy.

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