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 2294 – parents in cuba

parents sent some pictures back whilst they’re enjoying the sun and beaches in cuba. they haven’t been online a whole lot during this trip, but when they are, they like to whatsapp a bunch of pictures they took. it’s good to see that they’re enjoying their time off and much deserved vacation. i hope that one day i can also have the same amount of vacation days and luxury to travel the world. i guess i should start looking and planning for next my vacation destination

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 2218 – hong kong chaos

a little throwback to last fall’s trip with my parents to hong kong and singapore. some days i can’t help but think about my relatives back home and pray that they’re okay in the midst of the chaos. good thing none of my relatives and friends are activists in all these rioting events. my parents would like to go back to visit family, but definitely have no interest in these conditions

day 2131 – amsterdam centraal

we added another country to our list by making an impromtu day trip out to amsterdam. it wasn’t a bad idea until we realized a two and a half hour train ride, one way, is actually painfully long. during the day, we almost melted because we were basically outdoor all day and it was thirty one degrees at one point. the city had a lot of historic buildings, bikes, canals and floating flower markets. it was a nice place to take photos and enjoy the scenic walk

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 2120 – flips and flops

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packing could wait for until i was done my flips. i was adamant on going to flightclub tonight because it’s the last one before my long trip. i had both my ankles taped just to air on the safe side. my back tucks felt strong today. pretty happy i landed all my back tucks with shoes and no spot, meaning now i have a higher chance of doing some while i’m in other countries. it’ll still feel very different on harder surfaces, but i’m think still willing to try. i hope that stays true when time comes

day 2117 – vacation swap

picking up my parents from the airport this afternoon while getting ready to pack and swap places with them. right after dropping them off at home, i had to head out to another taekwondo blackbelt test. the only difference is this time i’ll also be taking my own pretest. i never once thought i would be going for another degree. this was a very late decision that he ambushed with so i didn’t receive the study guide until friday night

day 2089 – sechelt wrap

easter long weekend came to an end and so did the squirtle squad sechelt retreat. the past three days have been unforgettable in so many ways. i had a lot of fun just hanging out with this group. we didn’t do anything out of the ordinary but no shortage of action – just the basics like hotpot, barbecue, drinking, board games, and sun tan to name a few. also played around with some photoshoots, held some deeper conversations and some impromptu stints of wrestling. the bond we’ve created this weekend is beyond just being teammates