day 2503 – last of paris

a year ago was the last day touring around paris on our memorable europe trip. i could say i miss travelling and other activities, but i also don’t really miss the hectic ‘normal go go go’ life back then. covid has really changed a lot of what the norm is now – my life turned completely one eighty. it took a while to adjust to the pace, but i made the adjustment and don’t mind keeping it around longer. this could really steer my life in a different direction full of possibilities

day 2484 – travelocity

missing the hong kong and asia trips that my family often makes. tourism and traveling has been nonexistent ever since lock down orders were put in place. even when the economy starts up again, travel will be very different after this pandemic hit the whole world hard. i’m not sure when i’ll be comfortable traveling again, so i’ll just flip through my vacation photos in the meantime and relive some of the memories

day 2401 – missing hometown

it’s been almost a year and a half since i’ve been back to my hometown but i can’t go back in midst of the crazy riots and now covid 19. i miss the good times back in hong kong, i miss some of my friends, but most importantly i miss visiting my grandparents who’s getting up there in age. the whole world’s economy is affected by this global warning. even my parents haven’t gone back with all the chaos. i wonder when it’ll all be okay to travel again

day 2253 – europe essence

throwback to london time and the europe trip i had earlier this spring. used up all my spendings and vacation time in one go so i’ll have to wait and start planning for next year’s. i can’t wait until my next extended vacation and hope that there’ll be more fun times to come. for now, i’ll have to keep saving up for some big upcoming expenses and investments

day 2132 – burnt notre dame

left belgium in the morning for our final country, france. taking the train is the easy part, lugging the suitcases to airbnb is the hard part. the unfortunate timing for the notre dame fire caused us the chance to take nice photos. it was hard to get any good views of the building because it’s currently obstructed for reconstruction. over the course of our the europe tour thus far, many of the buildings are under construction. hopefully the ones in paris won’t be like that was well

day 2123 – london eye

immediately rushed out to meet up with the boys after landing and checking in my airbnb. by then it was pushing 4pm, where we finally had lunch near westminister district. the group of us walked around looking at westminister abbey, westminister bridge, london eye, big ben and trafalgar square. at the end of the day, i attempted a back tuck in front of london eye but i really wasn’t satisfied with the flip itself. i wanted to try again but at the same time i knew i was too tired and too full to make any better attempts. and this was only day one in london, but felt like i’ve been up for forty eight straight hours

day 2122 – iceland reykavik

first stop of my europe trip is a layover in iceland. twenty two hours to check into my airbnb and go for a crazy drive. made the trek out south to find the black sand beaches, caves and gigantic waterfalls. the most challenging part was trying to find things when all icelandic words are unprounceable. food there was so expensive even for the most basic and bland burger. i was so tired driving seven hours after a red eye flight, but had to suck it up and get back to the airbnb where my instant noodle awaits

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

day 1993 – parents los cabos

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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

img_20200130_2040015769276745066230080.jpgso 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