day 2003 – disney days

on the theme of throwbacks, i go back to my university graduation trip with highschool friends to los angeles disneyland. even though i traveled with the team to basketball tournaments, this would be my first real trip with friends that included taking a flight. the six of us had a lot of fun at at theme parks of disneyland and hollywood, and beaches of california. so  much fun we narrowly caught our flight back home from seatac airport. i consider this a treat for myself after having gone through two intensive years in ends program

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day 1993 – parents los cabos

i rushed from flipping to pick up my parents from the airport after their eight day travel to the sunny los cabos. it so happened to be my dad’s birthday, but they didn’t really feel like eating out when they returned, i guess there was too much of that in mexico. it sounded like they had a relaxing time escaping the cold weather of vancity. i’m glad they live life to its fullest and travel as often as they like. though i lose some freedom, i do restore the regular my eating routine

day 1978 – taekwondo clan

so happy to have another one of our meet ups while he comes back for a visit. i miss training, traveling and hanging out together with this gang. the good old days when we were altogether self training for every upcoming competition, getting through promotion tests and winging demostrations. we’ve all grown up and so much as changed, but it’s always going to be the same group that went through thick and thin. taekwondo would never have been the same without this gang. i hope next time we meet up, everyone’s back in town for good. i also hope one day we’ll be able to run a studio of our own, taekwondo family

day 1952 – macarons

as i’m researching for europe trip, i realize i’m going to a place where the best pastries and macarons exists. i’ve already got a full list of attractions to hit up. on top of the flight, there’s also lots of planning and coordination needed for trains, airbnb, food, and shopping amongst others. it’s not going to be a cheap trip for sure, but it’s something on my bucket list for a long, long time. i better start saving up for this big trip now

singapore 2018

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the seventeen-day hong kong and singapore trip was pretty good but also came with some hard realization. it was an eventful two and a half weeks full of relatives, eating, walking, relaxing, chilling and exercising. with my parents, we explored the many places of singapore with exceptional architecture and delicious foods. i thought i would gain a lot of weight being in asia with endless eating, but that was not the case since i kept my exercise level up. i met up with old friends who took me on a wild tour to see the ins and outs of what hong kong is about. the main purpose of this trip was to visit my two grandmas. they are getting up there in age and it’s important for me to see them as often as time permits. spending time with them during this trip made me learn the brutal reality of health and aging. both of them had their mobility restrictions. my heart felt sour knowing i can’t help them out of this brutality even with the vast amount of experience, knowledge and education. all i can do is be by their side and spend time with them. with that said, i could see my grandmas’ face glow when i take them out for lunch, or even simply pay them an afternoon visit. regardless of what was said, it was good to spend time traveling with my parents; i don’t get that much anymore. that’s a wrap for my 2018 asia trip. i’ll be back soon enough

day 1941 – wanchai

one wishlist item on my hong kong trip is to ride the old school tram. i did just that today heading to wanchai from central. this district is crazy packed on any given night, let alone a saturday night. i stopped by my friend’s family burger shop but decided not to bother his dad seeing the already jam packed restaurant. instead, we ate at a small noodle house and walked around some famous strip including a school converted shopping mall

day 1928 – singapore bound

eighteen hours on an airplane with a one hour rushed transfer in between really upset my knees. i was so exhausted prior to the flight that i completed passed out the bulk of the first flight and didn’t bother with washroom breaks or cup noodle. you could say i’m excited and not excited for this trip. this bi-annual asia trip consist of a stop in singapore before hong kong. i’ll be my nth time visiting hong kong, but first in singapore