Journal #3

It is finally Friday.  I thought this work week will never end – I only worked two days but it felt like eternity.  I am totally pooped and just ready to get on with the weekend and catch up with my sleep.  I usually get 8 hours of sleep everyday but I recently haven’t because of all the festivities that were going on during the past few weeks. I am having a really though time getting back into my regular routine and I hope it happens sooner than later because I hate feeling this way.

Exhaustion has been a real big problem for me these past couple of days.  I just don’t feel like doing anything physical.  I ALMOST didn’t do my workout today and the only reason why I did is because of my little one.  She asked me if we can workout together (how can I say no to that?).  She copies all the moves I do and has her own little “mat” beside mine.

Since I will be back to my regular routine next week, I’ve decided to write a weekly journal instead of posting daily journals.  I doubt that you folks would like to hear the same thing over and over again – I will save you from that misery.  I am going to be posting one journal each week highlighting the good, bad and the ugly.  But if you are really curious to see what goes on behind the screen, then follow me on Instagram.

 

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Journal #2

I am officially going to make Thursdays my rest day.  It is one of my longer days at work and today just felt extra long – first day back after the holidays always do. I really thought that I could do it and push myself to workout today but I couldn’t.  I was just too exhausted both physically and mentally.  All I wanted to was to come home, relax and spend time with my family. Also, to top it off, I got my period so I was totally not feeling 100%.

I have to admit that I was quite disappointed at myself for not sticking to my plan today to workout after work. BUT, the exhaustion just really got to me and I wanted to focus the little energy I had left towards my little one.

Although I didn’t work out today, I did manage to resist eating the leftover holiday sweets at work.  It was a real challenge because I LOVE sweets and it is also my time of the month which definitely increased that craving.  It gave me affirmation that if I can say ‘no’ today then I can do so tomorrow and the next day and so on.

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Journal #1

I have to admit that I had zero motivation to do anything physical today.  I am not quite sure if it was because I am going back to work tomorrow or I was just too sore from the workout I did yesterday –  a 6 minute moderately intense benchmark workout from the Nike Training app. The workout consisted of push-ups, squats, lunges and jumping jacks which is done in intervals. The average time to do the benchmark is 6 minutes and I finished at 6 minutes and 10 second which shows that I really gave it my 100%.

It was quite a struggle for me to do anything today but I am glad I did.  I had to really talk myself into doing some form of physical activity.  I chose something that is not as intense as yesterday’s workout because my muscles are screaming.  I went for a 7 minute yoga session.  I felt relaxed and I didn’t feel that it was too hard on my already sore muscles.

Tomorrow will be a different day and I hope I have a lot more motivation than I did today.

 

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New year, better me

Happy New Year! I hope all of you kick started 2019 by having a fantastic day with your family and friends.  This is the year where I will truly try my best to be a better version of myself.  Last year was pretty rocky for me in terms of my health and it negatively affected my family and work.  So this year, my focus is on my health.  I honestly never knew that it impacted those around me in that way until I did some reflecting over the past couple of days.

I am going to work on these three things to improve my health:
1. Exercise more frequently
2. Eat a healthier diet
3. Reduce my amount of screen time per day – this does not mean that I will be posting
less.  I just need to better manage my time to ensure that I am not on the computer
or my phone the whole day.

These things are a lot easier said than done, so to keep me in check I will write a daily journal on here about my progress.

Do you have a New Years resolution?

 

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Favourite Holiday Drink

Surprisingly, my all time favourite holiday drink is peppermint white hot chocolate. Specifically,  the one from Tim Hortons which they call “Candy Cane White Hot Chocolate”.  This drink is the complete opposite of what I usually reach for when craving for a hot beverage – plain green or oolong tea (no fancy flavours here).

I am baffled as to why I actually like this beverage because it is nothing like having a cup of plain tea.  I generally don’t drink anything that is rich and overly sweet but that is exactly what this drink is.  It taste like sweet milk with subtle hints of coconut with a slight peppermint taste.  As odd as my description sounds, I genuinely enjoy having a small cup of this sweet concoction.  It gives me Christmas vibes  and makes me feel warm and cheery.  It must be the peppermint that is making me feel this way because I associate it with Christmas.

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Making a List & Checking it Twice

Today is officially the start of my holidays. I am lucky to have a week off during the busiest time of the year, Christmas. To kick it off, I made a To-Do list. My life has been hectically busy ever since I moved out and making a list really keeps me on track and in check. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and ensures that I get things done in a good timely manner.

Now that Christmas is just around the corner, this list is very ever so important to me. I moved out in the beginning of December and have been busy unpacking and getting things together in the house. So, I have kind of swept Christmas preperations under the rug. I haven’t really done much for the season, heck I do not even have a Christmas tree. So I am investing my time this weekend to get prepared for this wonderful holiday and in order to do so, I have compiled a list of things to do.

Here is a glimpse of my ‘Let’s get prepared for Christmas’ list:

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I am back

Hello everyone! I sincerely apologize for the unannounced hiatus. It has been way too long since I have written a post. I have been meaning to go on and tell all of you about my vacation in August, but some unforeseen events happened right after I got back from California. Now that everything has seem to stabilize (crossing my fingers), I will get back into posting and reading all of your blogs.

In case you are wondering, here is a quick snippet of what happened:
1. Hospitalized for a week due to gallstones.
2. Surgery
3. Moved out of my parents house

I will definitely write about each one of these events in detail, so stay tuned. If you would like to get more updates or just like to see what goes on in my life when I am not behind a computer, then follow me on instagram. I often post stories on there.

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Big Chicken Town: Cheese Soonsal

Big Chicken Town is one of the many Korean restaurants in Metro Vancouver.  They specialize in boneless fried chicken which comes in many different flavours.  They also serve other items such as, spicy rice cakes, odeng (fish cake), fries, cheese corn and A LOT more other things.

My all time favourite dish in Big Chicken Town is the Cheese Soonsal which contains deep fried boneless chicken and udon that is covered with with cheese and a sauce that is spicy, tangy and sweet and is served on a hot plate.  The portion is HUGE good enough for three people (two if you are both REALLY hungry).  Cheese Soonsal is very saucy so I usually order a small bowl of rice to share to mellow out the flavours.

Each meal comes with a complementary side of raw shredded cabbage that is served with a pinkish coloured sauce ( I am assuming it is made out of a mixture of ketchup and mayonnaise).  The first time I saw this side dish I was quite reluctant to try it since I do not usually eat raw cabbage. BUT,  I am glad I did because it is soo good and somewhat acts as a palate cleanser from all the greasy food.

If you are in town, make sure to check this place out.  The chicken dishes are delicious and there are many different options.  My ultimate goal is to try every single style and flavour they offer – stay tuned.

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Top 5 Ice Cream Flavours

Other than bubble tea, I also like to cool myself down on warm sunny days by eating some ice cream.  Today’s weather was perfect – not too hot but warm enough to enjoy a nice scoop of ice cream. As I said on my previous post, on really hot days I like to cool off by having fruity bubble teas because it is much more refreshing than having ice cold dairy products.

Ice Cream 2

I enjoy my ice cream in a cup or a waffle cone sprinkled with nuts – especially from Purdy’s.  If you are not allergic to nuts and haven’t tried Purdy’s nut toppings, you are definitely missing out.  When it comes to ice cream, I do not have a favourite brand but I do have favourite flavours.

Here are my top 5 favourite ice cream flavours:

  1. Vanilla Bean 
  2. Salted Caramel
  3. Strawberry
  4. Ube (purple yam)
  5. Chocolate Mint Chip

 

What are your favourite ice cream flavours?  Do you eat it in a cup or a cone?

 

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Top 5 Bubble Tea Flavours

The weather is finally getting a lot warmer which is perfect for drinking a nice ice cold beverage.  On these hot summer days I find myself reaching for bubble tea.  I think the drink is refreshing and satisfying.

Bubble tea comes in many different forms: tea, milk tea and slush/smoothie.  The drink is usually served with black tapioca pearls or other toppings such as coconut jelly, pudding, and grass jelly.

Here is a list of my top 5 favourite bubble tea flavours:

  1. Grass Jelly Milk Tea
  2. Wintermelon Milk Tea
  3. Passion Fruit Green Tea (pictured above)
  4. Strawberry Black Tea
  5. Taro Milk Tea

Milk teas are my usual go to order. But, when the weather is really hot like today, I order the fruity drinks.  It is a lot lighter and more refreshing than the milk teas. I also order my drink with 25-50% sugar because the regular amount is just too sweet for my liking.

What are your favourite bubble tea flavours?

 

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