PureGym Canary Wharf

Two and a half months

I can’t believe it’s already February. This means I have only two and a half months left until I return home to Canada. Gosh. Now that I’ve decided to leave, it has made me realize that I’ll miss this place – the convenience of getting around anywhere (e.g. airports, public transit), the cheap groceries (e.g. Lidl, Tesco), and the history and culture.

I have time to wrap things up, but I suppose if I really want to make use of my time here, I should plan out the rest of my weekends. No more staying home and doing nothing! There’s gotta be more free stuff in London than free museums.

I have an excuse this weekend though. I twisted my lower back Thursday night, so now I’ve basically resorted to staying at home and doing nothing. I did clean the house and pick up groceries today though.

Gwanghwamun, Seoul, Korea

Last songs and last trips

First post of the new year! Hello hello. I’m going to try and make this a New Year’s resolution – to update this blog more frequently, even though I know very few people read it. If any. This is so I keep track of my thoughts and feelings, even if I’m not feeling particularly strong about something.

In terms of new things, I just came back from a two-week holiday in South Korea. I’m broke as fuck now, but not even a week back in London, I’ve already booked my next trip. Madrid. There’s a reason why I’m travelling abroad again though.

During a bike ride in Myrdal, Norway

The choices in freedom

Well, hi. I haven’t blogged here in several months. Quite a bit has changed, I suppose. I moved out of my old flat, and I did a trip to the Nordics recently (Norway, Sweden, Denmark). (Finland is somewhere on that to-visit list. Maybe when I’m a bit wealthier.)

Work has been good. My team at work won a bit of new business recently, so it’s been hectic trying to get things in order as we transfer in some of these new responsibilities.

Other than that, life has been relatively regular. I’ve been dating on and off with people I meet via apps, but nothing solid/consistent has come to fruition. My opinion on this has just been that “at least I’m trying”. At least I’m putting myself out there, right?

St. James' Park

Wake up to new perspectives

It’s my birthday today. I’m typing this while sitting on the bed of my Airbnb, a place I’m staying at temporarily until my new flatshare is ready for me to move in.

It’s been a hectic couple of months. It feels like a lot has happened.

Dawson's Creek Cast

The hours of “Dawson’s Creek”

Apparently, this year is the 20th anniversary year of the TV show Dawson’s Creek. As I type this, I am listening to Paula Cole’s “I Don’t Want To Wait” on loop. What a classic.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but it was a big part of my preteens, as it was really the only TV show I liked and was able to watch as soon as I got home from school. Between the hour of me returning home from school to the hour of my dad returning home from work, Dawson’s Creek was sort of an escape from reality, my window to how the “real world” worked outside of my strange ugly first generation Asian family culture.

The British drinking culture

That didn’t take long, did it? I’ve only been here in the UK for five months and already I’m cringing at another drinking event with colleagues or with friends. British drinking culture is truly something else.

I’m saying this because it’s December, and people all around are more festive than ever. There are more drinking events, more parties, more celebrations, etc. I’m slowly getting exhausted by all the social activities.

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child"

The ups and downs of moving to a different country

Almost forgot about this blog again! I’ve been nursing a migraine on-and-off for the past several days, so I’ve had a lot of time to myself with my own thoughts.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, as I try to settle into my new job and my new country. I think now that I’ve gotten a better sense of how things work in this part of the world, I’ve been trying to figure out if I regret moving across the Atlantic Ocean.

The answer is that I don’t know yet.

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  • First goodbye dinner with my first friend in London! I'm going to miss you, @justsarahdoes. I'll miss our random kitchen chats at that shitty godforsaken house. 😂 Can't wait to see you finally leave that place!

Great food at @busabaeathai by the way. Probably the best Thai I've eaten in London so far. The shrimp/crab pad thai was delicious, and the shrimp crackers were super flavourful. Don't get the "Chinese broccoli" though. The dish is cheap on the veggies, especially for £5.
  • Probably one of the best perks of working at @mediacomuk. You get free theatre tickets! (If you're fast enough.)⁣
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I was lucky enough to watch a free showing of @comefromawayuk late last month. It was amazing. Easily my favourite musical so far. It was funnier than I expected, with catchier music, and a way more touching storyline. I thought that since it's such a Canadian focused story, people in the audience wouldn't understand the jokes, but I looked around the theatre from time to time during the show, and there were definitely people (Brits!) laughing at the Canadian-specific jokes. Everybody was clapping along to the songs too. I especially loved how the stage musicians would join the other actors "on stage" in some scenes.⁣
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Such a great show! I highly recommend it. After the show ended, the people around me all stood up and immediately started talking about how much fun it was. Two girls raved on and on about the writing, the acting (the accents!!), the music, all the way 'til they finally split up at the train station. This is the feel good musical everyone needs right now. This is a must watch!! 🎵
  • We have another El Clasico today! To mark its significance in the typical Real Madrid fandom, I am finally sharing photos from my trip to Santiago Bernabeu back in January.⁣⁣
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My Madrid weekend consisted of a trip to the stadium for a game on the Saturday, and then a full stadium tour on the Sunday. I have so many photos from both visits, but the photos you see in this post are ones I took on Sunday during the stadium tour.⁣⁣
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1) Raphael Varane's locker in the change room! I high-key hightailed it to his locker area when I walked in. My French prince, mon petit prince. 😍 Please never leave us so you can be club captain! (Just typing this puts a smile on my face. Love love love him.)⁣⁣
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2) The lockers are arranged by numerical order, of course, so of course he's situated right next to Sergio Ramos.⁣⁣
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3) Champions League trophies! There were so many people standing around waiting for their turn to take a selfie with the trophy. I took a selfie with the trophy too, but the lighting is terrible, so I gotta do some editing before I can share it. 😅⁣⁣
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5) My Brazilian prince, Kaka, has a couple of his trophies here at the stadium too!! ❤️ It was such a pleasant surprise to see his face still remembered at Real Madrid, even though the club basically destroyed the rest of his career. 😭 My all-time favourite player ever.⁣⁣
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7) Luka Modric's brand new Ballon d'Or was there at the award showcase too! Considering that he had only just presented it to the club one or two weeks prior to my visit, I was really surprised to see it on display.⁣⁣
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8) Some weird-looking trophy called the Super Ballon d'Or given to Alfredo Di Stefano in 1989. Apparently the only one in the world. Reminds me of aliens.⁣⁣
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9) A photo of the bathing area in the change room, hahah. That's a bathtub, I think! So many logos around the bathing area, I had to take a photo.⁣⁣
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10) Finally, a photo of the stadium! I took many more during the game I went to on the Saturday, so I'll share those later.⁣⁣
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#RealMadrid #SantiagoBernabeu #HalaMadrid
  • Took a walk through the City of London and came across this beautiful plaza. So pretty. Love love love the floor tiling. 🇬🇧
  • I am so terrible at sharing my travel photos on Instagram. 🙈 I'm trying to stagger them throughout the year because I know that it'll be difficult to go back to some of these places... So fyi, most of these photos will be throwbacks!

This was one of two K-Pop related things I did in Korea over the winter break. I'm not much of a K-Pop fan anymore – who has the energy to keep up with 17-year-old pop stars anymore?! – but I couldn't resist visiting this building since so much of my teenage years was spent obsessing over this company. (Damn you, @smtown, for wasting away @zhangliyin0228's youth.) It was also a good location to meet @_starwish for the first time. We first met over our appreciation of #ZhangLiyin!

Funny story about arriving at this building though... There was a huge line in front of the building before it opened. Me being me – someone now living in London, UK, and thus who Iikes a good line – I queued up, thinking that it was the line to enter the building... Nooope! It was a line to buy photo cards. 😂 When I reached the shop upstairs and realized that I had wasted like, 40 minutes in line to buy photo cards of artists that I no longer care about, I let out this really dry dark laugh that probably everyone in the shop heard... 😂 Can't help myself. My bitterness towards SM extends to their stupid photo card shop that doesn't even offer a single photo card for the #CSJH #CSJHTheGrace members. The staff member downstairs had said that /all/ artists were included. That was a total lie. 😑
  • Accidentally walked into the @bloomberg office building over the weekend. Managed to snap this photo of their main lobby before I found my way out. Stunning architectural design.