Sunny Side Up

Yolky. SketchBook. 2019.

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I have drawn and painted my hands too many times to count. To make things more interesting, I decided to have my HowToBasic moment. My vision was a more detailed study of the reflective surfaces and layering of paints. The thin layer of yellow paint definitely helped to create the illusion of a broken egg yolk. I decided to leave the rest of the painting half-done. You can say I got lazy or alternatively that it helps to emphasize the intended subject, right? 😜

Summer 2019

I was quite surprised to end up travelling this summer. I got to visit Changzhou and Shanghai. It was stressful at times but nonetheless I was able to enjoy many things!

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The food was delicious…and cheap! My favourite food moments were just shabby street corner food stands. I see locals lining up, and I am all for it. I wait in line with all the aunties and uncles because they KNOW what is good.

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My grandma had a hip surgery. I was with her through the entire process. Healthcare in China and in Canada is quite difference. In my grandma’s case, the efficiency of hospitals in China was a huge advantage.

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Some more food. This is what you would typically see families eat at home! Some of my favourites were mock chicken tofu and marinated jellyfish salad. It’s hard to describe them in English with a more appetizing vocabulary but trust me, they are delicious!

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I had a short trip to Shanghai because your girl is a city gal. The city is just incredible and there is no better word to describe it other than it being a metropolis. My favourite spot in Shanghai is the Bund, especially at night. You can take a stroll along the water or maybe even take a boat down the river!

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My dad’s humble beginning. My grandpa lives on the outskirts of Shanghai. Their small town hasn’t changed one bit since I was born.

This summer was full of surprises. I didn’t plan to go to China much less return to Vancouver for the summer. What a turn of events. It all began when my grandma fell at the beginning of the summer, and everything following happened so quickly.  I cannot empathize more with families who are going through what we had to go through. There was constant distress and anxiety over the well-being of someone I love. It felt hopeless at times because I couldn’t help directly in her recovery. At times like this, my advice is to stay positive because exuding distress only makes the people we worry about more stressed. Stay strong for them. 💪

Until next time, enjoy what remains of this summer!

Pesto Best-O

Pesto Best-o. SketchBook. 2019.

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It is probably like my 5th time watching Friends, and it never gets old. Is it a coincidence that I happened to watch this episode shortly after I drew a jar of pesto sauce? I think not. And if you are wondering why I was drawing a jar of pesto, I am proof that in art you can literally be inspired by anything.

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This is the only appropriate way to compliment someone’s pesto dish from now on. “It was good-o.” 👩‍🍳

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@friends_quotes1. (2015, January 27). #Phoebe: You made pesto? Tim: Yes I did. P: Would u say your pesto is the best-o? Tim: I don’t know, but I would say. [Twitter post]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/friends_quotes1/status/560156403915313154

You Never Shined So Brightly

La La Land came out in 2016 and I just discovered it this year. Just a bit late to the game…I decided to watch it while waiting for a flight home for the summer. What a sight that must have been. I am pretty sure I cried at one point too. Ever since watching the movie, I have non-stop been listening to movie soundtrack. I have not been this obsessed with a movie soundtrack since I discovered High School Musical when I was 7 or 8.

Justin Hurwitz is such a brilliant composer. The score for City of Stars is actually quite simple but even so, the melody is BEAUTIFUL. Epilogue is another favourite of mine from the soundtrack. I highly recommend giving the album a listen if you watched the movie already, and if you haven’t watched the movie yet..What are you waiting for?! ⭐️🌙⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You Never Shined So Brightly. SketchBook. 2019.

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dinner is served: mac n cheese

mac n cheese. SketchBook. 2019

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I hated the Kraft dinner stuff growing up so I always assumed that mac and cheese tasted bad…Until this year. One of my friends makes some of the best mac and cheese, and I have been converted ever since. This recipe from The Chunky Chef (https://www.thechunkychef.com/family-favorite-baked-mac-and-cheese/) is pretty similar to one my friend made.

Me being me though, and I never follow recipes exactly, I made my own adjustments. If you like flavour, texture, and food that is not bland, (no one asked asked but here it is 💁‍♀️) here are some ways to elevate your mac and cheese:

How to make mac and cheese less of a gooey mess: add BREADCRUMBS. In a low heat dry pan, toast those bad boys until they are golden brown. I smother my noodles with this stuff. It’s so good!

How to make it healthier: substitute half or all the cheese with nutritional yeast. You can do without that extra calories for very little change in flavour.

How to make mac and cheese more umami: add shrimp and/or pan fried mushrooms. I made this once, and the mushrooms add so much flavour. The shrimp gives the dish more texture.

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Dinner is served! Enjoy y’all. 👩‍🍳

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If you know, you know…🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶

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Spicy. iPad: SketchBook. 2019.

Lao Gan Ma is a really good chili sauce from China. There’s a video of John Cena confessing his love for it. Hahaha. If you google the sauce, you can even buy Lao Gan Ma merch. 😲

Look out for more art related things in the coming months! I am officially on summer break, and I finally have time to sit down and draw more. It’s good to be back! ☺️🌶