day 1759 – homework latte 

this evening is all about homeworking while holding onto my cup of latte. i could be having fun on friday night, but i chose to do some catch up work at forty ninth parallel. there’s never enough time for all the things i must get done and the extra stress is noticeably getting to me this week. two more sleeps of home alone before my family fly back from their europe trip. it sure seems like they’re having a good time, but my mom still checks in to make sure i’m doing okay

day 1261 – meal prep

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my parents are back this evening meaning final day of meal prepping. i’m proud of myself because i’m tired as ever but already in at work at 7:30am even after getting off school at 10:30pm yesterday night. also, i have mostly been able to feed myself during the time my parents were away. my self-made lunch boxes are looking better and better each time my parents go on vacation. but one thing i need to do much better on is getting enough sleep

day 1139 – parent’s chauffeur

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parents flew home from toronto and i was the chauffeur who brought them home safely. their extended weekend in ontario went by too quickly but they do travel often so i’m already anticipating the next one. happy to have special delivery and spent the last of my unlimited freedom with mo and my half sweet taro. sometimes, just sometimes, he makes me feel like a princess

day 1137 – red meat

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i hardly cook anything besides tofu and chicken, but while my parents are on vacation, i decide to experiment in the kitchen with steak and spaghetti. my main focus was not to set the house on fire; not breaking anything was a plus and the dinner for two was a bonus. after a tiresome day of teaching for the start of killarney fall term, i could definitely use some medium rare protein

day 888 – gym life

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while my parents sent me a picture of themselves at the gym in mexico resort, so was i. getting on with my 2016 gyming just like any other day. is it really true that people make new year’s resolution to hit the gym starting january doesn’t get past the first week?? there’s not many survivors here from what i can see, but i am not complaining cause that means more space for me. less waiting and more doing to climbing closer to my fitgoals with every rep

day 886 – mountain gear

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while my parents are away on vacation, i bought myself some gear for a sport my parents were always opposed of me trying. i now have a complete set of snowboarding gear to go along with my skiing gear. it needs some waxing but i am definitely ready to hit up the mountain when time comes. i figured i wouldn’t go through my lifetime without having given snowboarding a shot. even if i end up choosing skiing for life, i would have done so having at least tried and tested it myself

day 807 – recipe

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rather than asking me how i am doing in her absence, the first message mom sent me since leaving town was because she wanted this recipe to be sent to her in a hurry. but in case she’s interested in knowing, i am doing just fine and racing through my hectic schedule, which is nothing new. i guess she’s had enough of eating out everyday and must really want to cook in hong kong

day 802 – yvr sendoff

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send off saturday at yvr where my parents going on yet another vacation, their annual hong kong trip. so happy for them to be on vacation again, they work hard and deserve to enjoy life. i will have to wait patiently for my turn to travel, but i am already looking and planning out next year’s vacations. with my parents out of town means unlimited freedom for the next two weeks, which also means my already crazy schedule just gets a tad crazier. already have my entire schedule crammed with lots of things and only shortage of time to fit everything in. let’s make this a good two weeks stretch

resolution series: [thirteen] independence

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at times like this when my parents are travelling around the world, i realize how much they have to do on a daily basis. even the most basic things like cooking meals, doing laundry, washing dishes, turning off lights, and taking out garbage. they take care of majority of all that, making mine and my brother’s life less stressful. though none of that those duties are difficult, they are very time consuming. the act of preparing, cooking and then washing the dishes is a tedious process and before i know it, an hour as passed by. as i grow older, i come to understand how precious they are and how dependent i have become. this is definitely the time to learn how to be more independent so to relieve my parents of their burden. slowly getting better at it, and good knowing that i won’t starve to death or run out of clean clothes to wear while they are away. going through the learning process of supporting myself physically, emotionally and financially. learning that earning money is hard but saving is even more difficult. understanding that success doesn’t come overnight and everything that contributes to future success requires utmost commitment. at a certain point, i won’t have anyone to lean on but myself. only when i can manage all that can i stand alone. there comes a time when i need to give back because that’s the least i could do in return

day 466 – post sunday work

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a nonstop sunday full of work, someone needed post blackbelt test drinks to finish off the weekend. with a couple of the crew chilling and doing some logistics planning because this is the only down time i get so must use it wisely. liking the temporary freedom while parents not in town; gives me the space and freedom to be out more often than not but now i need to prepare my own meals