Snowmageddon 2016 – Vancouver, BC

On Tuesday, the weather forecast reported that it was the last snow day in Vancouver. So I contacted my friend, Julie Anne for a meet up and she suggested we take some photos while it snowed. We took 110 plus pictures but these are some of the highlights.

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Till next time,

D

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Thoughts – February 10th


I realize that I haven’t been spending quality time with myself. By that, I mean I haven’t taken care of myself both physically and emotionally. I have been suffering from mild depression and major anxiety since the time I came back from my very long four months vacation which was nothing less than incredible. It’s been a month and a half since I got back and I haven’t been happy. When I ask myself why, the only answer I could come up with is that I’m lonely and homesick. Due to this, my sleeping pattern has been haywire, so has my eating habits. Nevertheless, I try to cope with it to keep me a little sane. 
After crying myself to sleep last night, I decided to wake up today and treat myself and my mind with a movie. I woke up, I dressed up, and I took a walk to the theater near my home and I bought a ticket to watch ’50 Shades Darker’. It’s a book I’ve read and I’ve also watched the first sequal. As usual, I still do not approve of the casts they’ve chosen nor do I like the way it was directed but I am pleased to say that this movie is far better than the first sequal. There were more intense scenes which captivated the audience, there were more dialogues that was scripted well, and the whole movie flowed way better than the first. Not to mention, the background music for both the movies did justice to each storyboard. For some reason however, I feel like Eric Johnson would have been a much better actor than Jamie Dornan for the character of Christian Grey. 

I also realized that it’s YOU who is incharge of your feelings. Many people can give you the support and motivation that you need, but if you’re not willing to change yourself to feel/do better, then the changes are not going to happen. I have decided to take control over my thoughts one day at a time before it consumes the whole of me. I do not want that to happen so I’m going to learn to keep my mind as positive as possible. Of course, it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of practice and patience and determination. I know this because I’m suffering from it and it’s not easy. There will still be some days when you’ll wake up with a panic attack, where your heart beat frantically rises and you’re trying so hard to stop your thoughts and days when your mind battles with itself and you cry yourself to sleep. There will always be those days coming at you, it is you who’s in power to change how you react to it. I have taken a step to change for the betterment today. I shall continue to do and I will continue to track my progress. As far as I’m concerned, talking to someone about your problem helps. Make sure to seek someone who understands you and make sure to seek someone who you’re comfortable with. 

Till next time,

D

Snowcouver!

It’s been snowing here in Vancouver for two days straight now and it’s so beautiful outside! Everything is so white and bright. I’m not waiting to see the aftermath of the snow, of course – slippery black ice and black slush everywhere. But hey, enjoy the snow while it lasts, especially in Vancouver where it barely snows each year. I reckon it’s been the most amount of snow or even perhaps record breaking for the past 10 years.

Till next time,
D

Thailand – Hat Yai

In August, I decided to take a semester break which consists of 4 months. I wanted to use this time to spend time with family and friends; also, travel to places I’ve loved in the past and to new places. I flew from Vancouver (YVR) to Malaysia, a place I call home. During my stay there I was introduced to my boyfriend whom I now call my best friend, travel buddy, and partner in crime. Prasanth and I aren’t so different when it comes to life goals and traveling was a passion we both shared dearly, so we took it upon ourselves to begin our first trip in Thailand.

We traveled to Thailand three times in the span of two months – Hat Yai, Phuket and Bangkok. Our very first ‘out of the country’ trip was to Hat Yai and it was a spontaneous plan that was made a day before our departure. We took the Alisan Golden Coach bus from BTS station (located in Kuala Lumpur) at 12a.m on the 9th of October. The bus ticket costed RM50 (CAD 14.50) per person (the return ticket had to be purchased at Hat Yai and that was RM 60) and the driver was kind to have stopped every couple of hours for a bathroom/food break. It was an overnight travel which took approximately 8 hours including the wait time at the Thailand border for immigration purposes. 8 hours seems quite long but that’s only because the immigration took forever to process everyone in the morning hours.

We were only there for 2 days 1 night so we tried to maximize our time as much as possible by sightseeing and eating as much food as we could – and no we did not stuff ourselves, we are just capable of eating A LOT! Some people might say that 2 days 1 night wouldn’t be enough and I totally agree. If you ever happen to visit Thailand, please spend at least 1 whole week to experience the different types of foods they have to offer and not to mention the luxurious spa massages at such low rates. My boyfriend and I, however have visited Hat Yai before, and we did not have the luxury of time as he had to get back to work the following weekday.

During our time in Hat Yai, we went to the Songkhla beach, Khlonghae Floating Market and Hat Yai Municipal Park – to view some Buddha statues. Not to mention, we ate the best Thai fried rice accompanied by some delicious and spicy Tom Yam Kung. To finish the night with a bang, we pampered ourselves with a Thai massage which was brutally satisfying in its own ways and we headed to a live music bar to have some beers. I also did not forget to have my mango sticky rice and all the little tidbits Hat Yai – chicken wings, hot dogs, sausages, oyster eggs, and some chicken in skewers – was famous for.

Here are some pictures I’ll forever cherish:

Till next time,
D