Category: Personal

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.

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.

Walk away

A lot has happened in the past two months, and I’ve learned a great deal of what I want out of life. Not saying that I’m not an ambitious person, because I think if you were to speak to any of my friends, all of them would say I am a very ambitious person, but I think that sort of ambition needed a little more maturity and a little more wisdom. I’m still not there yet, but I’m a lot closer to that sort of state than ever before.

One of the main events that happened recently is that I finally moved out.

We dream

We dream so big because we don’t yet realize — we’re too young to realize — that those “one big things” are actually composed of hundreds and thousands of daily small things that must be silently and unceremoniously maintained over long periods of time with little fanfare.
Mark Manson

Houseplants, dogs, and Kate Spade

My parents splurged $50 on a houseplant (from IKEA), and you know what they said in their defence? They compared it to me wanting a dog. How does that even work?! We don’t even own a dog. That argument only works if we had a dog, but we don’t… Wait, does this mean they’re OK with me getting a dog now?!

Holiday watchlist workout

Happy holidays! I don’t know what to write, but I feel compelled to publish a post to celebrate the holiday season.

Life has been good. I’ve mainly been at home catching up on my massive film and TV watchlist. If you follow me on Letterboxd or on Trakt, you’ll know that these watchlists are incredibly long. I’ll be pretty busy next year, so I’m trying to get as much crossed off as I can. I’m not a very patient person, so whenever I’m watching a drama that’s dragging on, I just skip over episodes in the middle of the series.

I’ve been watching more Chinese TV dramas lately too. I’m really looking forward to Wallace Chung’s new drama My Sunshine! It premieres next month, and it also stars Tang Yan, who is ridiculously pretty and looks a little similar to Jane Zhang.

Anyhow. Hope everyone is having a good holiday season as well!

Oh, the places you’ll go!

Look at that! Two blog entries in one week! This must be some sort of world record! I kid, I kid… But before I dive into today’s blog, I just wanted to let everyone know – because obviously, my blog sees loads of regular visitors, so that’s why I’m using the word “everyone” – which reminds me that I haven’t set up Google Analytics on this new domain yet – that I reread my previous blog entry and made some edits to it. My blog entries are statistically unproven 99% word vomit, which means I don’t reread or edit my blogs after I click “publish”. Apologies if you’ve noticed any pronounced grammar errors in my past entry!

Anyhow, I met up with two of my longtime friends today, and on my way home, the get-together made me daydream about all the places I wanted to visit in my 20s and 30s.

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. 🏔️