Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate! This year, for the last time, we created a wall tree using lights (you can see it on my Instagram!) Then on the actual Christmas Day, we went to my brother in law’s new house. I’m sitting right next to it as I type this LONG-awaited post, reflecting on what an interesting year it has been. My brother getting engaged, a new addition to my husband’s side of the family, an additional role at school, teaching in an ICT class, and two huge moves coming soon. I can’t wait to see what will come in 2017!
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season. Lots of love!
I never thought that after that last post, I would be completely occupied with almost no time to spare, including Instagram, where I posted almost daily back then. Everyday has been almost the same thing: planning at work, stay late at work, planning for a Showcase presentation in December where tons of visitors are coming to our school, and cooking. By the time I’m home, for the first time EVER, I just want to do… nothing. Sit back, watch TV, and binge on some kind of snack, fruit, or dessert. What is going onnnnn?!?
Adult life. That’s what. And before you know it, kids. Mortgage. Car loans. Ha! It’s not depressing at all though. It’s quite the opposite – exciting and full of adventures. But part of a reality check for me has been how precious time is. There’s just not enough time in the day to do everything I want and get the rest that I need. I still always try to make time for family and friends though – thanks to those who always reach out to me. I always appreciate it. I post because I’m motivated by all of you who visit everyday – thank you for being a continuous supporter.
So to share with you things that are not so tedious and more exciting happening, here are a few of the more cherished moments in the past few weeks 🙂
Lots of home-cooking! Not so great on the variety, but we try to fancy it up with some simple healthy ingredients. In this case, it was spare ribs on top of pumpkin with a side of Chinese broccoli.
Have you ever heard of that saying “My brain is fried?” For the first time ever, MY BRAIN IS FRIED! Don’t worry though, inspiration continues, but I just have no time to share it right now with everything happening all at once! I barely even had any sleep the last few days. So for now, let me share a photo of my newest babies with you… they keep me sane as I tackle on some busy work at work 🙂 Plus when something is handpicked for a long time from your mom, it makes it extra special.
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I came across this quote and it really got me thinking. Here’s the thing: for the past year, all I can really think about is what next? If I’m not teaching for the rest of my life, what next? I absolutely love my job and still can’t believe how far along I’ve come since the day I stepped foot into the classroom, but my curious mind gets me wondering … if this is not what I’m doing in 3 years, what will it be? For the last 2 years, I decided to explore and bring out my adventurous side that I never knew until recently. I discovered a lot of interests and only need to narrow them down to something more sustainable, tangible, and possible. Truthfully, none of them fall in any of these categories, but it has to start somewhere right? So perhaps the bottom of the rock it is. It’s time I try because as they say… If you can’t stop thinking about it, it’s probably worth going after.
Before I start my summer featured spotlight series later this month, I wanted to share with you one of the people that inspires ME in this city – Eljay Aguillo. I came across Eljay’s Instagram (@whyilovenewyorkcity) sometime last year and started following him because just like him, I’ve grown to love New York City like no other since I moved here years ago. You hear tons of amazing (and also scary) stories about living in the different boroughs from people you already know. Now imagine broadening that even more and reading about specific moments that New Yorkers have while matching a face to it. Eljay’s project is a photo documentary about love for New York City and it’s really wonderful to read. Each story is full of heart, humor, and magic. A couple of months ago, I felt humbled as he asked me to share my story. I didn’t think it was too special, but after I wrote it with him, it made me even more appreciative of the city. We walked over to the Seaport area to take a few photographs and there, a new friendship blossomed right out of NYC. Be sure to check out his website because you might just be inspired if you haven’t found your story yet, but even better, follow his Instagram. I promise you’ll love it!
Do you know what my favorite part about blogging is? Besides the enjoyment of expressing the mumble jumble that goes on in my head and sharing the joys of everything around me with you, it’s knowing there are readers who love to join my craziness! This has been the longest stretch of me not posting anything, but thank you so much for always checking in – you’re the best!!! It has been a heck of a week finding out it wasn’t food poisoning that I had, each day almost feeling worse than before, but I’m much better and I’m ready to post!
Check back in on a few days – guess what I did with 2 pounds of ginger that I randomly bought for $1 (a whopping $1) in Chinatown one day? 🙂
To all the beautiful mothers and soon-to-be mothers, this day is for you! Although in my opinion, mother’s day is everyday, this special Hallmark day does allow us to spoil our moms just a little bit more and get together in any way possible. I’ve found that the older I get, the harder it is to express how much I really love my mom. Now, being married, I am grateful for my mother-in-law as well. I hope that one day, when I become a mom myself, I would be just as patient, caring, detail-oriented, and loving as they are. Moms are the biggest superheroes out there!
So a huge cheers to you moms because you have the most wonderful, yet hardest job in the world. This one’s for you! xoxo
And that’s the formula I learned today for finding out what you should do with your life. For the last 2 years, I’ve been asking myself that question. Don’t get me wrong. I am very content with the way my life is. I’m just curious how far I can push myself and it seemed I had forgotten what I’m good at or passionate about (besides teaching and blogging). I decided to spend a lot of “me” time just reflecting and excelling in something, but there’s never enough time in the day! I can’t wait for summer vacation, where you know I’ll explode with posts about anything and everything!
So back to what I was saying. There it was. G + P + V = C … G for gifts (what you’re good at), P for passion (what you care about), V for values (your lifestyle and personality), then you get the result of a career. It sounds so simple, right? I would say it’s a pretty good starting place to figure out where to move next. But what the heck am I good at?? I enjoy doing almost anything because I just love learning and having hands-on experiences. But specifically, sewing went out the window for 3 months (that attempt at a zipper really got to me, and I’m still digging myself out of that hole…), photography is really just something I enjoy, not a career, and moving to Hong Kong seems a bit more impossible now… Except if Trump becomes president, well… g’day, mates. I’ll be in Australia with my little friend from Featherdale Park.
If you have a little advice for what I should do in the next year, do shoot some ideas – I would love to hear! I’m down for some new adventures in the next few months. And of course…. the more, the merrier.
Though we should be celebrating women everyday, it was nice to see all the positive, inspiring posts about International Women’s Day yesterday. It was even nicer to hear a waitress stop in front of my mom during dinner just to say “You are loved. Happy Women’s Day. May you be as beautiful as you are now and everyday.” It’s not everyday a stranger comes up to you to give you a really nice compliment – think it even made my mom blush! 🙂
Remember last year’s post on my Chinese New Year celebrations? Reading back on the article this week, I actually thought last year was cold, but this year was a killer. One day, it was 5 degrees with a negative feel! But it was well worth it.
For the first time since I joined my husband’s lion dance group, I went to almost every lion dance practice and march that he attended. It was really powerful looking at this form of art from a more concentrated lens and understanding the meaning behind every move, every drum beat, and every dance form. I wanted to know the reasoning behind everything – especially how the lion dancers and drummers coordinate. Thinking back 10 years ago, it was just noise for me as it is for most people still, but the beat of the drum has actually become music for me while the lion dance and kung-fu aspects have become an appreciated study. While taking photos and helping out through the parades, I observed, questioned, and enjoyed every moment I could. It was actually nice to hear people questioning me because it motivated me to find out the answers myself and be able to explain them better. Well, here’s a few of the simple answers for you!