day 2452 – cactus dinner

my dad chose to have his early birthday dinner celebrated at cactus club at byrne road. i haven’t had white food for quite some time so i didn’t mind it. instead of each person ordering an individual dish, we shared because we wanted less quantity and more variety. we had a good mix of food that included chicken kale salad, yam fries, steak and frites, quesadilla, tuna poke bowl. dinners like these are important to us just to share quality family time when it matters most

day 2326 – surrey surfing

out in surrey with my family looking at open houses. in the past several weeks we’ve walked through countless units within the neighborhood. i liked a few and went as far as putting down an offer, only to find out it’s out of the range i can be approved for. i’m grateful they’ve been so supportive in my quest to step into the world of real estate. i think we’re getting closer to another offer, but i can’t wait to have them witness me becoming a first time homeowner

day 2315 – christmas tree top

once last week of november hits, everyone was putting up their christmas trees. i was a little behind but my christmas tree is finally up in my living room piled with decorations and lights. my family typically decorates all over the interior of the house, but the past two years we’ve lessened because taking it down is not as fun. this month’s electric bills will be higher than other months

day 2218 – hong kong chaos

a little throwback to last fall’s trip with my parents to hong kong and singapore. some days i can’t help but think about my relatives back home and pray that they’re okay in the midst of the chaos. good thing none of my relatives and friends are activists in all these rioting events. my parents would like to go back to visit family, but definitely have no interest in these conditions

day 2144 – father’s and mother’s

combining father’s day and mother’s day dinner into one this year because my parents and i have taken turns going on vacation. we went for the typical chinese seafood restaurant at fraser court. we wanted to try a place we don’t normally go to, but it’s safe to say we won’t be back for a while. it was a very laid back kind of sunday where i didn’t have to wake up for anything so i slept in until noon. i guess i’m still making up sleep from the vacation days where it was always go go go

day 2138 – flight home

after eighteen days surviving four countries and nine hundred and sixty seven photos taken, i’m really glad to be taking my final flight home. waiting for my seven hour flight to head back to vancity where my parents, friends and fun awaits. having long vacations like this makes me homesick. i can’t wait to see my family, friends and teammates, and do my everyday things like flip, hockey, gym and chill. i’m super exhausted from dealing with the selfishness and glad to be spending time with those that i’d call friends

day 2101 – celebrating my existence

the celebration of my birth with my family comes a day before because my parents are flying out for vacation. i couldn’t decide on a japanese restaurant, so settled with dai jung kum instead. we enjoyed a good dinner together completed with a combo with no shortage of food on the table – barbecue meat, seafood pancake, dumplings, soup and side dishes. i enjoyed the dinner very much, not because of the delicious food, but the opportunity to sit down and share it with my family. my birthday would never be complete unless i can spend some quality time with my loved ones that would never leave me behind