our little secret

The big day’s almost here…August 26, 2010! The first Victoria’s Secret store in Toronto is opening at Yorkdale!!! I’ve been waiting for years, and really…it’s about time. Being a crazy lingerie shopper, I must admit VS is one of my favourite stores. I’m so happy that we’re going to have our very own VS in the city. Yay, that means I don’t have to pay ridiculous shipping anymore! :D

Leaving y’all with a few tunes that I’m spinning this summer…enjoy!

mooncake season came and went

Christmas used to be my favourite time of the year, but most people will agree that once you’ve worked in retail through Christmas you’ll never enjoy it the same way again. This is particularly true for me as I begin to ease my way into my 8th Christmas at Chapters. Over the years, the Moon Festival has slowly inched its way to the #1 spot. My family doesn’t really celebrate any of the Chinese festivals (or any other festival/holiday, for that matter) but we do stock our home with plenty of mooncakes. And that’s what I love most about the Moon Festival…the mooncakes!

In the past weeks, we’ve watched the Moon Festival go by, as well as the Thanksgiving long weekend. Both of which was rather unproductive for me. Following turkey day, I’ve spent pretty much every day at work and out with friends AFTER work. Today was my first real day off since last Tuesday (finally a day of bed rest!). It just occurred to me that I’m mostly hanging out with my guy friends these days. The majority of my gals are in relationships and that’s probably why we rarely spend time together now. I try to be understanding though. I know if I had a boyfriend, I’d want to spend more time with him too. So if they’re happy, I’m happy for them.

So lots have been going on in my end. Brief re-cap:

[ Saturday, October 10, 2009 ]

The iDC had a gig in Mississauga that night at a bar called Marcello’s. Danny, Adrienne, and I managed to find our way there, even though Mapquest almost led us right into the lake (thank goodness for GPS!). Robin later joined us and we all hung out after Paul’s set. A bunch of us went out for pho after, and I must say that I was quite jealous to learn they had such a great place for pho in ‘Sauga. Not only was it really good pho that was jam-packed with meat, it was also reasonably priced.

[ Sunday, October 11, 2009 ]

Andrew had originally invited Omar and I over for turkey dinner with his fam. But instead, I decided to stay home for dinner with my family that night. I met up with the guys later for drinks at Cafe Mirage, where I enjoyed a specialty hot chocolate and a slice of fudge brownie cheesecake :) Then we popped by The Goose to shoot some pool. It had been over 2 years since I last played. And to think that I used to spend almost everyday playing pool during my last semester of high school. heh Gone are those days!

[ Tuesday, October 13, 2009 ]

After work, Aaron and John Y. accompanied me on my mission in finding boots. Not only did I find myself a simple pair (that’s also waterproof), I ended up coming home with a new blue peacoat as well! It was only the start of a very tiring week, but it was also a very successful shopping trip :)

[ Thursday, October 15, 2009 ]

Met up with Danny after work and we drove up to Casino Rama for the Kelly Clarkson concert. Maaaaan, can that girl sing! Listening to her sing live was exactly like listening to her on cd. Loved it! I was satisfied after she sang my favourites – “Because of You”, “Walk Away”, and “Already Gone”. Since we missed dinner, Danny and I drove back to the city for some pho after the show and spent the rest of the night talking about music. I didn’t get home until 2:30am.

[ Friday, October 16, 2009 ]

Had to wake up at 7am in order to be ready by 8am for Andrew to come pick me up. With barely 4 hours of sleep, we drove to Niagara Falls for the day. It had just finished raining when we got there, so we went for a nice refreshing walk along the side of the Falls. Then we took the Incline Railway up to the Fallsview Hotel, where we wandered through the casino before heading off to Denny’s. I had the Grand Slamwich for the first time and found it to be a good alternative to the Heartland Scramble.

After lunch, we walked down Clifton Hill. We visited the Louis Tussauds Wax Museum, where we had fun taking pictures with a variety of interesting people. I’ll admit it was a bit scary standing next to the wax sculpture of MJ. His presence just felt really eerie. We also went to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum before grabbing Starbucks and hitting the road to go back home.

[ Saturday, October 17, 2009 ]

It had been a while since I last saw Richard, so he met up with me after I finished work on Saturday for dinner. It was my first time dining at Baton Rouge. I’m glad Richard suggested it because I absolutely loved the steak there. It is possibly my new favourite place for steak. After dinner, we wandered around Eaton Centre and just randomly took pictures. Thanks for the wonderful dinner, Richard! (…and for moving back your conference call for me) Next time…YOU’RE NOT PAYING!!

By the way, Zombieland was AWESOME! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who hasn’t yet seen it. It’s funny and entertaining.

Rule #32: Enjoy the little things :)

Happy CNY!

Happy Chinese New Year!!! I wish everyone a prosperous year and good health.

First off, I cut my hair. It feels short, but it’s not short. Just shorter. It’s kind of an in-between length now, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. Part of it was me being spontaneous, the other part of me desperately wanted a change. So this is the outcome.

I’ve spent the last 7 days working. It didn’t feel like anything really, but now that I have some time to relax it’s beginning to catch up to me. Honestly though, this is not even close to what it was like last semester (when I was taking courses as well). I feel like I have so much time these days that I’m beginning to run out of ideas on how to spend my time. Watching movies in bed is always relaxing, but I’ve already watched 20 movies over the past 3 weeks. I’m running out of good chick flicks to watch.

So after work on Friday, I had some time to spare before Mel’s farewell. I went to Fairview to do some shopping and ended up buying a new coat. It’s a beautiful belted wool coat from Aritzia – more accurately, it’s from their in-house brand called Wilfred. It’s perfect! I’ve actually had my eye on it for about 3 years but was never willing to fork out the money to get it. When I saw it this time and it was the only and last XXS that they had, I knew it had to be mine. Needless to say, I’m very happy with this purchase :)

Mel’s moving out of the city to London. We had a small get-together at Milestones with some old Chapters’ people, just to catch up and stuff. I had their seasonal special steak with shrimp and to my surprise, it was actually really good! It had been years since I last dined at Milestones because they used to have a horrible menu. After that steak, I think my opinion of the restaurant has changed. I’d definitely give it another go sometime.

Saturday was my dad’s Chinese birthday. I was summoned home for dinner that night, having to miss out on dinner with Kevin and Winnie while they were back in town from New York. After work on Sunday, my family went over to my uncle’s for the annual New Year Eve’s dinner. It was a small family dinner this year (although there was plenty of food). I had a talk with my aunt after dinner and was sad to know that she was still quite depressed from losing Mr. Leung last April. I wish there was more I could do for her. My cousin’s younger son, Vincent, is now 4 years old. Wow, time is just flying by. Vincent is super cute and smart. I had a good time playing with him and just watching him. I can see him grow up as a really good and caring person.

And that’s what I love about family get-togethers; being able to see how everyone is doing, watching kids grow up, spending time together as a family. Of course, there’s having to dodge the questions of “Where’s the boyfriend?” and “When are you getting married?”. If there ever comes a day when I actually have someone special, I think I’d really like for him to meet my family. Maybe. I dunno.

On the recent playlist:

retail therapy 2009

Let me start off on a good note. I’ve verified my mark for the Travel Geography II course I took last semester. Sure enough I got an A :D I also got an F for the other course I chose not to finish, but that was expected so no surprises there. With four A+ and two A’s under my belt, I’m really not too concerned. With only two courses left to go, I’ve decided to pace myself in order to prevent another episode of unmanageable stress. I plan to take one course this semester, which happens to be a 7-hour (one day) course. So technically, I’m not really in school this semester. I’ll have these first few months of the year to relax and rejuvenate myself. Sweet!

My order from Victoria’s Secret arrived earlier this week, sooner than expected. It wasn’t supposed to arrive until January 19th, and I was really hoping it would take that long so I’d have something to look forward to. I started thinking about getting a Nintendo DS again; I wanted to get one two years ago, but when I wasn’t able to hunt down a white one I decided it wasn’t meant to be and gave up on the idea. Now that I’m considering it again, it’s practically impossible to get one in white. I’m a little sad that I won’t be able to get one to match my Macbook, but I might just have to settle with the metallic rose colour. At least it’ll match my cell :P

I’ve been looking around for a new wallet and new keyring. Haven’t come across anything special yet, but there are a few options. There’s the Charm Keyring by Links of London that’s kind of pretty (pictured above), as well as a few cute ones from Tiffany’s. I’m just not too crazy about any of them. My old one was like this one except it had a piece of a puzzle instead of a heart. It broke about half a year ago when I had trouble opening the door at work, and then I broke another keychain trying to open that same door! Now that the door has been fixed, I’m thinking it’s time I get a new keyring for my keys.

I really miss being out, shopping and going out for dinner. The winter makes me such a hermit, and I spend so much time in bed watching movies that it’s sickening. I’ve been indulging myself in chocolate and ice cream this past week. This used to cheer me up, but it seems to have lost its effect at this point. Maybe I need to try something new.

wrapping up 2008

Happy New Year!!!

Finally, it’s here! I’ve been waiting eagerly for the new year to begin. 2008 saw too many ups and downs. Here’s hoping that 2009 will be an awesome year.

The last few days of my December were pretty busy. It consisted of work, seeing family, and hanging out with friends.

[ Sunday, December 28, 2008 ]

Edison called me up for lunch that morning, and since we both wanted to do some shopping we decided to go to Yorkdale. We had lunch at Moxies; the Open Faced Tuscan Chicken Sandwich and Tandoori Wild Salmon Salad were actually pretty good. I’d recommend it. As far as shopping went, I picked up a cute white Coach handbag at Holts. Otherwise known as the New Penelope Leather Shopper, I think it’s cute and different from the typical Coach design.

[ Monday, December 29, 2008 ]

Somehow, I managed to see a lot of people on Monday. I hung out with Dave at Starbucks during my break at work, and then Georgia & Susie surprised me by showing up unexpectedly. I was practically speechless when I saw them because I wasn’t expecting to see Georgia until Wednesday. And then after work, right before I had to rush off to a family dinner, I ran into George at Chapters.

It was a nice dinner with my parents, aunts, uncles, and my cousin Lisa. I think it’s becoming tradition for our family to get together for dinner once a year, although both Lisa and I think the family should get together more often. We had a good conversation with my uncle Bill about how to be happy. He’s the happy-go-lucky type. I could really learn from him.

[ Tuesday, December 30, 2008 ]

After work on Tuesday, I met up with Omar and we went to his place so that I could finally write on his wall (the wall that he’s actually built for himself). When I was done, we went over to Moxies @ Fairview for dinner. Georgia joined us for dessert later. Then we went back to Omar’s so Georgia could write on his wall. Let’s just say there was a lot of laughing involved :P

[ Wednesday, December 31, 2008 ]

New Years Eve started out with Georgia and Omar picking me up at about noon. First, we went to Pacific Mall so they could buy movies. Georgia ended up with 16 movies and 3 seasons of tv shows; that will definitely keep her entertained in Madrid. Omar, on the other hand, only came home with 5 movies (what a disappointment!), and I with only 3.

Then we went to the BestBuy at Scarborough Town Centre to bring in Georgia’s laptop for repairs. She found out her laptop was recalled and had to be sent in. Considering she was leaving to go back to Madrid on Saturday, that proposed a problem. Long story short, we dropped Omar off and while we drove downtown to meet up with Susie & Dan, I was on the phone holding trying to get through to HP. We were a block away from Eaton Centre when someone finally picked up on the other end, but of course he was the stupidest dude ever. The guy was helpless so Georgia decided to deal with her laptop later.

We met up with Susie & Dan at Eaton Centre. The three of us escorted Georgia on her hunt for souvenirs (to bring back to her friends in Madrid). By the time we were done, it was pretty much time for Susie to catch her bus back to Waterloo. We parted ways, with Georgia and I back uptown at about 4:30pm. Georgia really wanted a hamburger during her stay in Toronto (because apparently in Spain hamburgers are made from pork instead of beef, and they aren’t any good). So she took me to Johnny Anderson’s to pick up burgers. We took them back to her house, and boy were they tasty!

When we were done our burgers, I watched Georgia make her infamous no-bake cheesecake. Then we watched the Accidental Husband just to get some down time. After the movie, we hung out chatting and Georgia showed me all the stuff she was bringing back to Spain with her. It was about 9:00pm when we enjoyed dinner with her family; the food was great, Georgia’s mom is such a good cook. Her parents were so nice!

Georgia’s cousin Joanna came over when we were just about finished eating. She is perhaps the most perky girl I’ve ever met (and I mean that in a good way). After dinner, Georgia’s parents retired and left the three of us to invade the living room. We popped in Yes Man but we ended up not watching it at all. The three girls just sat around and talked. After ringing in the new year, we just relaxed in front of the tv and watched the marathon of “The Girls Next Door”.

It was a quiet but enjoyable night. And that’s how my new year began.

Road trip to Buffalo

I’m attempting to update this blog more frequently because I’m tired of sorting through my memory.

I initially booked off this weekend for a full weekend shopping trip in Buffalo with Georgia. But to refrain ourselves from indulging in too much shopping, we ended up doing it all in one day. So Saturday morning, we set out on our road trip. It had been gloomy and rainy all morning. To make matters worse, Georgia woke up that morning and realized she lost her wallet (or so she thought). Long story short, she left it on her desk at work the day before and was lucky to have been able to get into the office on Saturday morning to retrieve it. By 8:30am, we were ready to hit the road.

There was a delay on the road due to construction and then a half hour long line up to cross the bridge. Thankfully, Georgia had good music with her so we just blasted that in the car while traffic stalled. When we finally reached the U.S. border, Georgia realized she only had her driver’s license as ID which apparently is not sufficient. We were lucky they let us by. It was almost 11:30am when we reached the Fashion Outlets.

After grabbing a quick lunch, we roamed the outlet and found ourselves some deals at Coach, Guess? and Nine West. Before leaving, I stopped at the Oakley store. I finally got my Oakley’s!! :D I had been looking for a new pair of sunglasses since last summer but haven’t been able to find one suitable for my face. So when I saw the Oakley’s this time, I decided they had to come home with me.

Then we drove a half hour to the Galleria where we spent the remainder of the day shopping. I made my purchases at Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works to complete my day of shopping. During a quick stop at Starbucks, I discovered that tea is actually 30 cents more expensive in the U.S. than it is in Canada. I almost couldn’t believe I paid US$2.01 for tea.

We originally made reservations for dinner at the Melting Pot, but by 7pm we were finished the mall and the exhaustion had caught up to us. We bummed around until almost 9pm and decided to cancel our reservations, opting for a quick bite at Mickey D’s instead before hitting the road home. We were so tired.

The trip home felt a lot like the journey home from New York after the cruise. I felt almost as exhausted. I had a good time though, and now that I’ve put a $500 dent in my bank account, I’ll have to start saving up again for that new computer, printer, cell phone and iPod.