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.

A return to an old practice in a new world

Hello hello!

Yes, I realize that it’s been over seven months since my last post on this website. I never forgot about this blog – it’s difficult to forget the fact that you have four years worth of personal journal entries floating around somewhere on the Interwebs – but I just haven’t gotten around to updating the site like I had promised at the beginning of 2017. A lot has happened since then.

Eastern Conference finals, here we come!

It’s happening! It’s really happening! You can hear it in Gareth Wheeler’s voice all the way through this video, where he’s just fanboying all the way through, but we’ve finally done it! After so many years of moaning, groaning, and trying not to wince at 0-3(+) losses, we are finally through the playoffs. I can’t believe it!

I’m going to buy tickets to the playoffs game on November 30th – it’s on a weeknight so that kinda sucks – but the tickets are super expensive, so I’m hoping the price will drop a bit after the crazy hype goes away.

Also, I have some pretty big news for all my blog readers in the coming week. I’m reserving it for a time when I’m mellow and in the mood to write my feelings out. I’ve been in and out of that mood for the whole weekend, so perhaps later this week, after work or something, I’ll tell everyone here. (Although I don’t think anyone even reads this blog, to be completely honest.)

Instagram

  • "Immigrants, we get the job done!" 💪🏻 This was amazing. What a show. I was struggling so hard not to nod my head to the beats lest I distract the audience member behind me.

I know we're not supposed to pick favourites but can I just say that Rachelle Ann Go (@gorachelleann), Jason Pennycooke (@jasonpennycooke), Tarinn Callender (@tarinncallender), and Jack Butterworth (@butterworthjack) absolutely killed it today. So good! Already want to rewatch it... 😏
  • Photo doesn't do it justice. This waterfall was absolutely stunning to see in person. Majestic. (Throwback, obviously!)
  • Takeoff. Goodbye, Scandinavia. You've been a dream. Now, reality awaits. 👓
  • Had an amazing seafood dinner yesterday, where I tried Norwegian lobsters (langoustines) for the very first time. So delicious and so fresh, the shellfish tasted perfectly seasoned. 🦐 Also had the seafood soup, which was so tasteful as well.

Service here at this restaurant, Sjöbaren, was wonderful too. As a solo female traveller, I don't get much attention from people, but they were so nice to me. They replaced my wine when a fly flew in it, turned away my question at tips, and offered their own water tap when they noticed that my large 1L plastic water bottle was half empty.

Gothenburg, your people are so kind. 🇸🇪
  • This was so cool! What an incredible museum; for 10 NOK, I got to see real viking ships up close. Real viking ships! Three of them in one room! (I left out one of them because it isn't as photogenic. 😅) The live reenactment film that accompanied one of the viking ships was super engaging too. Watching a real reenactment film and listening to a viking-ish soundtrack while standing next to a real viking ship in Oslo, Norway, gave me goosebumps. 😍

As you can tell from these photos, the viking ships are so big in real life, I could barely fit them in one frame! 🌊
  • Snowy mountain tops in Norway, in the middle of August. 🏔️