day 1467 – dockside view 

a sunday going across the bridge to north vancouver, west vancouver, then granville island. hit up the lonsdale quay market and park royal before some fancy seafood. this isn’t our usual calibre for dinner, but came here for the patio dinner and that view. treasure the extended time together; it only happens on special weekends. it was an enjoyable good day but i’m disappointed i couldn’t keep the better part of me to myself

day 1114 – fresh air

DSC_1860getting outside for some fresh air because being trapped indoor makes me bored and drowsy. even though temperature is up in the thirties, it’s not so bad when there’s shade under the trees and water to calm my soul. the hike did it’s job; i came home recharged and finished my poster graphic. i had a lot of technical difficulties dealing with gigantic files, constantly compressing and keeping the file sizes down was a pain

day 1107 – yonder

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taking advantage of the sunshine by going on a short hike up burnaby mountain. peeking beyond the trees to catch a glimpse of the undisturbed water and islands out north. i can’t explain all that’s going on inside but getting out into wilderness draws my attention away from life challenges and disturbances. but no matter the situation, trying to not let it get to me. all that’s waiting for me is just beyond the horizon

day 1089 – patio dinner

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more of teaching my taekwondo this morning plus another workout in afternoon, and i was ready to eat dinner. spending time with mo by going on a little north van adventure. laying back in the evening picking away at our hurricane grill burgers under the sun. it was a hot day, but perfect weather for a patio dinner. i was already feeling the monday blues nearing the end of the night and really didn’t want sunday to end

day 1059 – surfing the wave

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i’ve always been reminded to never take life for granted and live life to its fullest with no regrets. flashback to last year when i was one with the wave and riding on water for the very first time. i crossed off one thing from my bucketlist that day; i wonder what it would be this summer. summer season is upon us once again and if we’re not careful, it will flash by before we know it

day 851 – master cup fun

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sixteen hour super long day today running on five hours of sleep is no doubt taxing. started the morning off at master cup championship, then checked into dodgeball playoffs filling in for a depleted team, another pit stop at the gym before going out for dinner and then a friend’s friend’s place for some games. i must admit i am ultra disappointed not becoming tier 5 champion because i had high hopes to lead this team somewhere. nonetheless i still had tons of fun and wouldn’t mind getting another stab at it next time around

day 769 – just surfing

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spending labour day on the water going for my second bout of wakeboarding and first bout for wakesurfing. much more enjoyable than the first spending much more time on the water instead of in the water. was unsure if it would be fun in the freezing cold water, but the wet suits made it alright. good way to close off an adventure-filled summer and probably marks the end of a season and the coming of fall. and maybe, just maybe, next summer i will be learning how to flip and do tricks for surfing. sad to see summer go but it was fun while it lasted, until next time!!

hiking adventure – quarry rock

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wouldn’t have been a fulfilling long weekend if i didn’t get to go out and enjoy the sunshine we’ve been blessed with. got the first hike of this summer out of the way. it’s a fairly short hike and rated one of the easier trails of vancouver so it’s definitely a good place to start. the roundtrip there and back was completed in under one and a half hour, in addition to the time spent taking photos and enjoying the scenery. the view at the peak is beautiful overlooking north vancouver. kayaked at this location a number of times but never have i gotten the view of deep cove from up top. hoping i would be able to go on a longer one with even greater rewards. good thing its just the beginning of august and there’s a whole month left before summer season starts to wrap up

day 734 – quarry rock

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had bigger hikes in mind for this august long weekend, but my ankle didn’t give me a chance. probably shouldn’t have done this strenuous activity to begin with but forced it to happen and still in one piece all thanks to the tape job that held my ankle together. would have been devastated if i couldn’t at least go on a hike this long weekend, even if it meant quarry rock. it was a good hike nonetheless and the view up top was so relaxing at the same time rewarding. hoping i can do the hike i wanted to before summer’s end

day 584 – pig out

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my competition performance was alright despite the overall standings showing otherwise. i needed to put on bengay three times to pull off a gutsy performance which numbed the pain and got me through my poomsae. but as i sit here at dinner time, i fretful admit i used up all my quota and can no longer stand or sit without pain. now just looking to recover and get better before the next competition. after spending the entire day at competition, it was time to digress and feast. stayed out late chatting it up and didn’t climb into bed until 5am no thanks to daylight savings