happy new year everyone!

I know this post is a little late since we’re already into our second week of 2012, but I was really busy over the holiday season and have been sick since the new year, so please forgive me.

For me, this past holiday consisted of working, cooking and cleaning, all of which are things I enjoy doing. Unfortunately, they are also very tiring tasks. I didn’t end up with a lot of energy for anything else, besides taking my cousin to see Disney on Ice on Christmas Eve. It was her first Christmas in Canada so I thought it would be a fun outing for us. At least we got to spend Christmas with Mickey and the Disney gang :p

Since I was sick in bed recently, I used that time to catch up on some reading and to simply allow my body to relax after a very hectic December. While playing with my iPad, I decided to download Fruit Ninja after my friend Anna told me about it. It’s simple; all you do is slash as many fruits as you can when they pop up on the screen while avoiding the bombs. Mannnnn, am I ever hooked! I know it sounds really silly but seriously, it is such an addictive game. For anyone who’s looking for a fun app to pass the time, I’d recommend this one :)

On the topic of fun and silly things, I’m sure some of you have already seen this stop motion short on the secret lives of books. If you haven’t yet then you need to check it out now. It’s really quite cute. (And it’s a little freaky how many books I recognize in that video simply by their spines.)

Another stop motion video I’ve been wanting to share is this music video for Kina Grannis’ single, “In Your Arms”. The video was made using my favourite candy…288,000 Jelly Belly jelly beans! Be sure to check out this video as well.

what a depressing month

After nearly a week without the internet, the WWW finally sees my return!

I’ve been MIA lately thanks to the failure of my Time Capsule. Its power supply died on me, which I guess was more or less expected. What surprised me was the fact that it lived as long a life as it did considering I had read about capsules only having life spans of about 18 months. Luckily, my AppleCare Protection Plan covered the problem and they promptly sent me a replacement Time Capsule. The only down side was I had to send them back my old one. That meant losing the 500GB of data I had on it. The guy I spoke to for tech support told me I shouldn’t keep anything important on the Time Capsule, and thankfully I hadn’t. But then it makes me wonder…if the Time Capsule is unreliable like that, what’s the point of it being marketed to backup your system? Let me just say I don’t plan on getting another Time Capsule if this one breaks down on me again.

If this had happened 5 years ago, I probably would have freaked out. I wouldn’t have been able to imagine a whole week without the internet back then. But I guess I’ve grown older, and with time I’ve come to learn that there are many other things I can occupy my time with. So during this particular week, I used my “online” time to reorganize all the music on my MacBook. By the time I was done with it, I felt a great sense of satisfaction. For anyone who spends endless amounts of time on the net, I recommend trying to go a day or two without it. You might be able to learn a thing or two about yourself from it.

I did some cooking again on Mother’s Day for my mom and my family. My co-worker gave me instructions on how to make a pan-seared salmon, but I was a bit worried that it wouldn’t turn out properly since it was my first time making fish. Thankfully, it turned out pretty well and everyone loved it.

Along with the salmon, I made lots and lots of veggies. It turned out to be a really quick, simple, cheap, and healthy dinner that got props from even my dad (who is usually pretty hard to satisfy). Looks like I’ll be making that meal again in the future.

The May Two-Four long weekend is coming up again. For me, it’s a time when old memories come creeping back into my head and it reminds me of how quickly time passes by. What are you all going to be up to? Anyone going to see fireworks? Well, I guess there won’t be any fireworks if this depressing rain keeps up. I suppose it’s not too much to ask for some sunshine this weekend, right?

let’s just chill out

I don’t usually complain about the heat because I have a tendency to feel cold very easily, but MANNNNN…this heat got me beat! Tell me I’m not the only person who can’t take it anymore. Having to get up at 4:30am for work really doesn’t help when it’s so hot that I can’t sleep at night. Apparently in my house, the AC is only allowed to be turned on during selective times of the day and most nights don’t qualify. I’ve already missed a couple nights and now my body clock is totally messed up. Please, just let it rain (let it POUR!) so Toronto can cool down and our flowers/grass can grow.

Haven’t been blogging this past week because I’ve been taking it easy and trying to clock in some much needed Zzzzz time after work. My summer’s been pretty mellow so far. A lot of ME time catching up on some of the things I haven’t had the time to do in years (will explain more in my next post). Mario’s been keeping me company…on my DS, that is. Nothing like a good game of Mario Kart :)

I’ll leave you with a few mellow tunes that I’m chillin’ out to in this hot weather… what are YOU listening to?

a missing piece to my childhood

I’ve always liked playing games. Video games, board games, just games in general. But it’s the one thing I didn’t do very much of while growing up. Even though I’m an only child, I was never spoiled by my parents with toys or clothes. They only ever spoiled me by putting me in Mandarin classes, math classes, dance, painting, swimming, and piano lessons. I guess they didn’t think I was going to learn very much out of video games. There was also no point in buying me board games when most of them require two players. Needless to say, most of my childhood was spent doing a lot of things that taught me a lot but weren’t a whole lot of fun.

A few weeks ago, I finally bought myself a Nintendo DSi. I say “finally” because it’s something I’ve been wanting to get for a long time (you might even remember me writing about it 3 years ago). It never ended up happening because I couldn’t find a white DS available at the time and I didn’t want to settle for a pink one. Then the DSi came out, and after much debate I opted not to spend my money on another toy that I probably didn’t need. But I couldn’t deny the fact that I really wanted one. A part of me just really wanted to have my own video game console.

In the past 3 years, there have been many occasions where having a DS could’ve been useful in helping me waste time. Like that 15-hour flight to and from Hong Kong where my on-board entertainment screen wasn’t working. More recently, while I was home for 8 weeks with my vision crisis, I kept thinking how great it could’ve been if I had a DS as an alternate form of entertainment since I was only able to see things clearly within 30cm. So soon after I got better, I went and bought myself a white DSi. I told myself I wasn’t going to wait any longer. (And if I did, I’d probably never be able to get my hands on a white one again.)

To most people, buying a toy may be a very petty thing. But it wasn’t just about a toy to me. It was about getting something that I always wanted as a child, something I never had. It may be completely useless and a waste of time & money, but at least I can say I found myself the missing piece to my childhood.

day 9 of 11

I’m almost there. Somehow I’ve managed to make it to day 9 of 11 consecutive work days without losing much of my sanity. Now that’s a rarity.

It hasn’t sunk in yet – the fact that I’ll be going away in less than 3 weeks. I mean, I probably won’t really feel it until I’ve checked in and is waiting to board the plane. But nonetheless, it’s something to look forward to. I just happen to be working a lot throughout the month of March because of my bosses being away. It kinda makes me lose focus on the trip. When I actually have a few days off next week, I’m thinking I should start packing. Otherwise, I’ll be working 6 consecutive days the last week I’m here. I could probably forget about getting anything done at that point.

Last week, I found myself a new toy. It took me weeks to find it in-stock, but the wait was definitely worth it. The Conair Infiniti NanoSilver Steam Hair Straightener has become the new staple item. I absolutely love what it does to my hair. The steam function is particularly useful and I would recommend it to everyone. What can you say, I’m a girl hehehe :)

And I just heard about Shrek the Musical! I had no idea it was on Broadway. The musical sounds like it’d be kinda fun to watch. Shrek was always one of my favourite movies so I think it’d be nice to see it one of these days. Which reminds me I still have to see Wicked lol

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.

my dilemma

I knew my iPod was sick when it would frequently freeze and this little iPod with a sad face would appear on the screen. When it was pretty much certified, I knew it was time for a new iPod. Weeks turned into months, and months turned into a year. Can you believe I am still without a new iPod?!

It’s a difficult decision. For starters, I need at least 16GB. It should also fit comfortably in my hand. The nano is pretty ideal considering it’s also cheap, but I like that the touch has wireless access (which would be very convenient for me). The only thing I don’t like about it is the fact that it’s big. Ugh~

So who said size doesn’t matter?