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!

Some Kingston Love

One of my best friends from high school came to visit me in Kingston this weekend. One thing that we loved to do back in Vancouver was to visit cute cafes and draw the buildings outside. We chose to settle down in a cafe across from Kingston City Hall. Though the drinks and atmosphere was mediocre, it had a perfect view of city hall for a quick doodle.

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My friend kept telling me how much she loved Kingston, and she reminded me of how beautiful the city was. Kingston is subtle and welcoming. The city was underwhelming to me when I first moved here as a gal from big cities. I learned to love the atmosphere here. People are more humble in Kingston, and life moves at a slower, more manageable pace.

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Peep a drawing of me drawing. 😍

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I highly recommend cafe hopping and drawing in public. It can be taunting but you may surprise yourself with what you come up with. Show your town or city some love. And happy doodling. ✌️