This and That ☃ – with My New Journey

Hi everyone! How are you guys? I can’t believe it’s Friday already. Every day this week seemed endless, but now that I’m looking back on it – the week just flew! What do you think?

I am in a pretty good mood right now, after doing a de-stress yoga class last night and writing my second-last exam this morning. The exam was for my Kin 155 class: Introduction to Neuroscience. It was a difficult course, but the exam wasn’t too bad – I think it went well! That’s always worthy of being in a good mood 🙂


My exam started at 9:00 and ended at noon, so I just got home and devoured a fantastic lunch: butternut squash soup and a pita with cheddar, sliced apple, goat cheese, and honey. An amazing combination, by the way! Also had some leftover chocolate banana cake squares, microwaved and topped with melty peanut butter. Yes, I made them AGAIN. The fourth time in less than a month – these babies are addictive! Madhulika and I just can’t get enough… stealthy healthy for the win. Still, I need an intervention.

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Later, I’ll be doing a little more studying for my last exam on Monday evening, before heading off to a Zumba class and then a cirque yoga class. Oh! And I’m going to make tofu with peanut sauce tonight. 🙂

By the way, this post is going to be RANDOM. So maybe click away if you don’t like totally random things. I just wanted to share some awesome moments and finds with you guys today!

I received some lovely comments and birthday wishes that made me smile on one of my recent posts, and they made me so happy. THANK you everyone, who sent me good-luck wishes for finals, virtual hugs, and birthday wishes. This message was one of the most special ones to me – it came from a new friend, Mary, who is in all my Kinesiology courses this semester. She sent this to me on Messenger and absolutely made my day! Honestly, this girl is one of the friendliest, most thoughtful people I know and always goes out of her way to help others.

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Another wonderful message – this was from my Grandpa. He started learning English when he was about 70 years old and is currently in his mid-80s. To him, you can never stop learning for as long as you live. He is such an inspiration to me.

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I volunteer every Sunday morning at the Grand River Hospital in Kitchener. I usually leave the house at 8:30 (unless I miss my bus, which hopefully doesn’t happen again!) and arrive at 8:50. My shift starts at 9:00 and ends at 12:00, and I spend all three hours in the Children’s Inpatient Clinic. This is where kids go if they are preparing for surgery or recovering from another medical procedure. Sometimes, there are as many as 20 kids on the unit, but other times there are just two. I love volunteering at the hospital but really miss the Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Coquitlam, BC, where I used to volunteer. What I liked about the ERH was that there were lots of teens on each unit, and we got to talk with each other while doing paperwork and interact with the seniors.


On the children’s department, it’s a little different – the parents are REQUIRED to be there with their children (under 17), so there isn’t much patient interaction. But I have done some awesome things like pick up a 3-day old baby, play with a 4-year old leukaemia patient, and do crafts with the sibling of a sick newborn. Most of the time, however, I’m doing paperwork, getting photocopies from the mail room, and decorating the unit. Last Sunday, I plastered 121 red socks and green trees all over the walls to bring some Christmas cheer into the children’s department!

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Sunny, but windy as usual.

Totally random: funny things I found on a Facebook page dedicated to hilarious (and occasionally wise!) things that UWaterloo professors say in lectures!

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And my favourite statement – this was from my Biology professor:


How true is this?! It takes me a good 15 minutes to craft a well-written email to a professor, and the responses are typically “yes” or “sounds good”… sent from an iPhone. Does that happen to anyone else?


ZUMBAAAA! Guys, I am in LOVE with Zumba now. I suck at it. I’m one of the worst dancers you will ever meet. You’ll probably throw up if you see me try to “shake it”, and if you watch me copy the instructor, you’ll wonder why I’m always 3 beats behind and so uncoordinated!

But Zumba is a ton of fun. It’s 50 minutes of full-out cardio but feels like 15 minutes of fun dancing (well, it kind of is). It’s incredible and I love sweating the stress away. Know what I mean?

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Hey students, does school stress you out? For me personally, I really enjoy school and don’t get stressed out by deadlines or exams or a busy schedule. However, when people around me start panicking, I feel anxious too. How about you?

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Wise and thought-provoking tidbits from around the ‘net:

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Both of these made me think…


Does anyone follow Humans of New York on Facebook? Something huge happened recently as Brandon Stanton interviewed some refugees – President Obama commented in support of this refugee scientist. Amazing!


Mom bought a fitness ball (what do you even call these things?) from Value Village last week and Seline has been having fun experimenting with it! I can’t wait to play on it when I get back in… OMG… 4 days!

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This is going to be me as soon as I land in the airport. I miss you guys so much – okay, I’m over it, where’s the sushi?


I’ve been messaging Mom a lot recently. Most messages are photos of my daily oatmeal or her funny little comments.


It’s funny because half the time, I have no idea what she’s trying to say. Do you get this woman? 😉

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Either way, things have been going very well back in BC.

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Mom’s meals are typically a mix of Chinese and Western food.

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Her breakfasts and lunches for our five homestay students are simple: bread with meat, PB, jam, egg, cheese, etc., and dinners are more elaborate.

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Arnie, my doggie who is now six and a half, is still as dopey as ever! Seline had fried chicken last night because she is getting her wisdom teeth out soon. Uh oh! I got lucky in that I didn’t need to get my wisdoms out – I had four teeth pulled out for braces.

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I always find it crazy how mature Seline looks – she’s always so put-together while I’m just going crazy. School comes so easily to Seline and she makes friends like a rabbit makes babies. Whoa, I am the WORST at analogies. Anyways, dressing up and looking nice at school is a breeze for her, but I just don’t put in that effort! Actually, I have a theory that the uglier I dress for an exam, the better I’ll do. No evidence here, just justifying the whole sweatpants and sweater mentality. I wish I had Seline’s patience and dedication to wearing makeup – the last time I touched makeup (okay, I didn’t even touch it) was for prom eight months ago! Oh man, prom was eight months ago?!

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These have absolutely nothing to do with anything but I just think they’re awesome and want them in my room. Now. Aren’t they CUTE? I am in love with ocean-y things and found these on Buzzfeed.

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Sometimes we all need a little reminder:


My roommate’s boyfriend, yup – same guy who made the amazing pumpkin pie from scratch, is also the King of Meal Planning. He cooks lots of wild rice in a big rice cooker, makes a whole pot of mixed vegetables, and bakes up some lean chicken breast. He has lots of containers that he fills with these goodies, and his meals are always balanced and super-healthy. Don’t these look tasty? He usually cooks every Monday.

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Now Madhulika and Arsalan have lots of eggs and toast for breakfast. Sometimes, they spread avocado on it to make yummy avocado toast!


 The exciting news?! In April, I will start a 200-hour yoga teacher training program with Pranalife Yoga!

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I’ve been thinking about becoming a yoga teacher for a long time. I taught figure skating for 3-4 years before moving to Ontario for university, and ever since I quit skating I felt like something was missing from my life. I’m going to do a longer post about this (hopefully before 2016), because I really want to share my skating story with you. 🙂 Anyways, I’ve been doing yoga regularly for over a year and really discovered a love for the practice of yoga. When I found out about this program, I was super interested and got in contact with the lovely Asia Nelson right away. Before I knew it, I was handing her the money order and receiving my confirmation! This means that next December, I will be a certified yoga teacher. I can’t wait and will definitely make a post on this as well.

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I am so thrilled to embark on this new journey in 2016.

In other news, my dad might be coming mid-winter to visit me in Waterloo! He’s essentially self-employed with a group of other renovators, and since the workload is much lighter in the winter, he’ll have some spare time to travel to Ontario. The best part? He’ll be studying with me.

Nah, what a joke… “you read, he watches movies”. LOL!

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Yup, that’s it for today. I’m off to do a little studying and cleaning around the house now. I hope you all have a delicious weekend and I can’t wait to see what you’ve all been up to recently 🙂

15 thoughts on “This and That ☃ – with My New Journey

  1. I’ve definitely been considering signing up for a yoga class! I’ve been thinking about it for a long time now. Maybe that should be my new year’s resolution.. haha congratulations though! & I love your blog! It’s really a great read and very well put together!

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  2. Hi! Just stopped by to thank you for liking several of my posts and following the blog. I have to tell you that this random post wore me out. Where do you get the energy to put something like that together? Great fun reading, though. I admire your enthusiasm. Keep it up!

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  3. I love random posts!! My trouble is being random on command (I’ve done a few Thinking Out Loud Thursday link-ups, hosted by Amanda over at Running With Spoons, and inevitably, when I sit down to write the post, my brain is literally just like empty)…I’m way better at rambling. 😜 Your grandpa’s note was so sweet! Kudos to him for learning such a hard language later on in life! I always find it fascinating the way people learn English, the things they find difficult, etc. Their struggles usually makes complete sense to me, but it will be something I’ve taken for granted speaking English as a first language.

    BTW, I never wear makeup, so there you go. Sometimes I feel way less pulled together/grown-up-looking than my friends, but I tell myself there are pros and cons to everything, and I don’t have to make time to put makeup on every morning, take it off every night, and possibly suffer worse skin problems than I already have. 😖 Congratulations on getting into the yoga teacher class! I recently got into yoga, and really enjoy it! I’ve been doing at-home practices from videos, but I would really like to try a real-live class sometime.

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    1. Ooh I love Amanda’s blog! She makes some freaking amazing healthy recipes – especially those banana muffins. Yummy!
      Aw thank you! I will tell him what you said and I’m sure it will make him smile. Woo! Glad I’m not the only one who wears makeup. I find that it does more harm than good for me because it dries out my skin as well. I’m happy that you are enjoying yoga 🙂 Real classes seem to motivate me more than doing things alone, but anything is better than sitting on the couch, I guess!

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  4. I heard it was actually proven that you do better when you dress nice! I’m all about tights and sweaters though, I just don’t have time before an exam! I laughed when I saw the text from your mom and your response that it was baby food, that is actually so cute and hilarious!

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    1. I kind of agree about that, actually – like how you’re more motivated to work out when you have brand-new gear. Is that just me? Haha 😛
      In my opinion, it’s SO important to be COMFORTABLE when studying and writing exams. It’s hard for me to look nice and feel comfortable at the same time!

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  5. That’s a lot of information. I got exhausting just reading this post. Or maybe I’m a little buzzed from eating 2 of the truffles I finished today. They all had booze in them.

    I made 3 kinds : almond/orange with Cointreau, dried cranberry with French brandy and mint with either vodka or my dad’s moonshine. I’m not 100% sure as he reuses bottles and doesn’t re-label. After making the ganache, forming and freezing the balls, I was going to coat today but added whipping cream to the white choc. chips that were supposed to coat the almond truffles which had been made with white chocolate so they were too soft anyway. I ended up rolling half of them in ground almonds and half and Xmas chocolate shot. They were SO good. 🙂

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