Having left Toronto, I now appreciate its multiculturalism

A month later, I think I am finally ready to talk about my experience in Brazil. This blog won’t list all the different things I did in Recife and in Rio de Janeiro, but instead, it’ll talk more about the aftermath of it. As I had mentioned before, I had taken a lot of photos of my two-week vacation in the country, and you can simply visit my Facebook photo album here if you would like to take a look. But to be honest, most of it is just me standing in front of a beautiful view looking out into the Atlantic Ocean. There were a lot of palm tree photos too. One of the first things I remember saying to my Brazilian friends when I arrived in Recife was, “You guys have palm trees!” Being Canadian, I have never seen a palm tree up close, and I saw so many of them in Brazil! Some palm trees were so tall, they were deemed the tallest in Rio. (I’m talking about the ones from Jardim Botanico do Rio de Janeiro!) It seems so silly that I was making such a big deal out of seeing palm trees but these little things made my trip more enjoyable.

Eat less, sleep more

I was walking home from the post office today when I thought to myself, “I haven’t blogged in a while, I should write a blog today.” So here I am, blogging.

I have tons and tons of stuff to say about the past month, and I keep procrastinating about it all because there is just so much to talk about! I was in Brazil for two weeks for the World Cup early this month, and because that was my first time on a plane ever (immigrating to Canada from Hong Kong doesn’t count because I was 3-years-old), I have tons to write about. I also visited a couple of Asian night markets here in Toronto the past few weeks. And then there was the fact that I finally – after 7 long years – graduated from my undergraduate studies at Ryerson University. Still loads to talk about, still don’t know where to begin.

But this blog is titled “eat less, sleep more” for a reason.

Extreme over-worrying

I’m about two days from boarding my first ever airplane in over 20 years (which means my first flight ever, because I was 3-years-old on my first one, so I don’t remember anything about it), and I am just so anxious about it. What if I go to check-in and they tell me my seat isn’t actually confirmed, and Orbitz has been fucking with me the past six months?! What if I get some really bad seating partners?! What if they lose my luggage? This is so nerve-wracking.

And I realize that I haven’t even updated my blog yet, about how I graduated from a seven-year-long undergraduate career earlier this month. I’ve been so positively obsessed with the World Cup the past couple of weeks. Maybe I’ll do the next day or so. I’ll just have to get up really early today… In maybe six hours.

Something about those European crime thrillers

I haven’t blogged in a while, and there are loads to say as to what I’ve been up to the past few weeks – they’ve been packed with meetings with people involved in organizing the Waterfront Night Market in July – but I won’t go too much into that today. Today, I am here to promote this amazing Belgian thriller that I just finished watching!

A time for vacation

It’s late at night, and once again I am crafting a blog. A lot of people attribute these late night thoughts to why they have insomnia – me included. Tonight, I wonder to myself if my past couple of weeks have been a complete waste.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

It’s 4AM, but a quick post before I go to sleep. Crazy happy dazzling day.

  • Officially confirmed to graduate. 100% confirmed! I have a convocation date! I have a graduation ceremony!
  • Sat on the Game of Thrones‘ Iron Throne for all of one minute, and just for that one minute, I felt like I was on top of the world. The #GoTExhibit at the TIFF Bell Lightbox was amazing! Thank you to HBO Canada for bringing it to Toronto! For free! Shout out to my friend Abby for inviting me!
  • Went to the Ryerson University Film Festival to support a friend’s contribution to a short film called Gramps, a cute zombie movie. Shout out to Filomena who is by far the most knowledgeable person I know when it comes to beauty products.
  • Ate a late 10:30 PM Korean food dinner. It was all fried ramen and rice cakes, and it’ll make my face puffy in the morning, but it was delicious.

And the extra cherry on top?

  • Came home to watch Toronto FC go into extra time against the Vancouver Whitecaps, and win 5-3 in a penalty shootout to head to the Voyageurs Cup final!

Monsters exist

Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.

Primo Levi

Saw this quote posted in the comments of a Humans of New York photo.

Instagram

  • Leafy ledge on a wave. 🌊🌿 #Dover
  • Welcome to my castle! 🏰
  • Mowing the lawn. In awe of the fact that I stood so close to such beautiful and graceful creatures yesterday. I even helped them cross the pedestrian pathway too! 🦌 #animallover
  • This is a quaint little street called "Richmond Hill". Also a very English view. 🇬🇧 #RichmondUponThames
  • Very English views. 🇬🇧 #London #RichmondUponThames
  • Xi'an biang biang noodles in chilli sauce and with chunky beef. 🤤 Prices are a bit more expensive than your atypical Chinese restaurant and it is physically super tiny, but damn, this place makes great food! 🍜