Tag: health

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.

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 – afterΒ 7 long yearsΒ – 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.

Consequences of sleep deprivation

After one night of sleeping less than an ideal seven hours, you are hungrier and more apt to eat more, more likely to get emotional, less focused, and are losing brain tissue.

As a university student, not getting the daily ideal seven hours of sleep is considered normal among your friends. If you were to tell someone that you got eight or nine hours of sleep last night, your friends would stare at you in awe. Eight hours of sleep in your last year of university? Unbelievable.

One of my many New Year’s resolutions this year is to change my sleeping patterns. I’ve been known around my circle of friends as the person who “doesn’t sleep”, but after reading this article, I think it’s about time I’ve changed my sleeping habits. I’ve always known that sleeping late, or not going enough hours of sleep was not healthy, but seeing how my sleeping pattern was affecting my body, displayed so graphically and horrifyingly in the article’s infographic made me want to make a good attempt at changing my habits.

Change won’t happen instantly, I know this, but if I can change my habits even a little bit (like sleeping before 3AM!), I think I can work on changing my sleeping habits altogether.

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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. πŸ˜‚ 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 Β£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. πŸ˜…β£β£
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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. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
  • I am so terrible at sharing my travel photos on Instagram. πŸ™ˆ 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. πŸ˜‚ 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... πŸ˜‚ 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. πŸ˜‘
  • 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.