day 1893 – western lake

it’s always a special occasion when the best mom i know is celebrating her birthday. together, we celebrated at western lake restaurant with some chinese food. as the years pass by, the amount of time i spend with her lessens and is sporadic at times. my schedule is horrendously packed on a regular basis, but i do what i can to set aside time for family. for that reason, having everyone together like tonight is important. i’ll continue to re-evaluate my priorities to see how i can better manage everything else on my plate

day 1867 – underconstruction reunion

first vacation day of this year is when an underconstruction crew comes for a visit. this group has been through and abundance together and apart. no matter how far apart we may live, we always got each other. on our day off. we went though the native land of tsawwassen to shop at mills outlet, ate dinner on reserve land of marpole, and tried the famous japanese matcha dessert at nana’s. we had a blast talking about the past, but also excited planning for the future

day 1780 – father’s dinner

end of the week finally came and the eye bag represents how much the work week has really exhausted me. the evening was spent celebrating father’s day with the man that taught me much of what i know. the family is a whole unit and it would be incomplete without any one of the members. we’re all busy in our own ways, but we make sure that never changes. the whole family gets together during special times like this

day 1383 – mapo tofu


my family is away in asia so we had our’s early. this is the perfect time to have some lomo time. i’m stuffed from our home cooked meal as tried our hand at making mapo tofu and siu mai. it turned out very tasty.  the only adjustments i would make for next time is taking out the black bean paste and the proportion of tofu to meat. we’ll be using each other as test subjects while i have the entire house to myself. the weekend passed by too quickly but it was a pleasant one

day 1138 – ktaping

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it drives me insane being away from the gym for so many consecutive days. with physio’s help, the ktape and painkiller, my body gave it a valiant effort but still had a tough time. even my high pain tolerance didn’t allow me to do things the way i should be able to. what does it take to get back to my normal?? the week was full of ups and downs but i still had a fun weekend living the normal life with mo. the time together makes us grow together; we need to learn to get through things both highs and Iows

day 1110 – companionship

img_20190811_1133286747062911931697498.jpgsundays are meant to be lazy, but we started off the day by hitting up nash because we both needed our lifting fix. the laziness ensued with a movie and some shopping before our evening feast. our busy and ever changing schedule has made it difficult for us to workout together, but we made it happen on one of our significant days. it’s been one heck of a ride, i am so glad to have a companion by my side for the roller coaster ride we call life

day 1079 – partner in crime

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there were uncalled emotional moments which i couldn’t suppress. tears happened because i have been pretending to be strong for too long. i can count on him knowing he wants to be there during my worst and toughest moments. it has been very tough lately, but i know it’s much easier to weather the storm together. happy for the passing of another month; keeping it strong and keeping it real throughout

day 1075 – richmond night market

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hard earned time with mo after a long sunday full of taekwondo, with a workout sandwiched between teaching  and demo rehearsal. we enjoyed the last of our weekend at richmond night market and the company of each other. there was nothing worth buying, there rarely is at the night market, but it’s still fun strolling down the aisles. it was unexpectedly crowded; we decided to purchase the zoom pass to avoid the long lineup at the entrance

day 1054 – fancy feast

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a rare fancy occurrence on the island for a belated celebration of our significant day. we chowed down on the many fresh seafood dockside had to offer including squid, halibut, salmon, scallop and mussels. i couldn’t have asked for more than celebrating with great company in a great atmosphere. time really flew us by; we’ve been keeping it steady and strong. three months ago, i couldn’t imagine what i was getting myself into; today, i can’t imagine what it would have been without

day 1010 – en route

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a whole day of togetherness gives us opportunities for our adventures. en route to metropolis after hitting up nash together for the first time. it wasn’t a productive session since we were playing with machines we would not typically touch, but it was a fun workout nonetheless. look forward to having more gym time with this fellow. unlike all our other hangouts, we started the day so early and actually had a chance to see daylight and sunshine. we definitely need more days like this