Keep Calm and MarathON?

No, I didn’t run a marathon. Okay, it wasn’t a 10K either.

I didn’t even run.

But I ate! A lot. I like green eggs and… avocado toast?

With crumbled banana muffin and creamy yogurt with sunflower butter. This is the best bread ever, freshly-baked from Sobeys. It’s so soft and makes the perfect toasty vehicle with smashed avocadoes, nut butter + banana, or some simple butter.

For the annual Applied Health Sciences Fun Run that I am helping to coordinate, we are making these big posters for the children’s section! They will be doing a superhero-themed activity, and there will be lots of photo booth props as you can see from the top-left corner. The SUPERHERO TRAINING poster is finally now coloured and finished!

These are some of the others I drew. We have some awesome markers that make any kind of drawing look neat! The pizza one is my favourite – cartoons are always fun to design and draw. 🙂

They’ve been coloured since these photos were taken – I wish I could show you the coloured versions!

Okay, back to the food. Avocados were used again in these lovely enchiladas. I think enchiladas are little rolls of happiness. I filled mine with black beans, corn, scallions, butternut squash, and white cheddar. This medium-spicy green enchilada sauce was perfect and paired well with the salsa.

Another day I enjoyed creamy red coconut curry with zucchini, mushrooms, scallions, and a load of crushed peanuts. Quinoa bed underneath was much enjoyed as well!

Here’s a video that I made for my school’s Mission Nutrition team – it’s all about deliciousness in the form of a cheesy omelet!

Remember when I went to SLxONTARIO a couple weeks ago? Professional photographs were released the other day. I wish my camera was still in good condition. Did you notice that all my photos are now iPhone pics? And, sadly, I don’t have plans yet for buying a new camera.

The day before yesterday there were zero groceries in the house and I wanted to try Freshii, the salad bar located on King Street. Freshii is essentially “healthy fast food”. I had this mix and match bowl with tons of brown rice on the bottom and heaps of cool toppings. The verdict? It wasn’t bad, but I wouldn’t have it again. I liked the spicy yogurt dressing, simple tofu, and the crispy tortilla chips. Otherwise, the avocado was a little brown and had an odd, crackly texture (as if it had been frozen), the toasted almonds weren’t toasted, and I didn’t like how they used canned corn and cold mushrooms. I also wish I’d been given more spinach! The bowl, however, was insanely filling. However, it cost $15, which is more than a soup and sandwich at Princess Cafe would cost – in my opinion, $15 is too much for a fast-food bowl.

After Freshii, I went to Chatime and chugged a milk pudding tea so quickly that I felt like I was going to vomit for the next couple of hours. That’s me looking super, super sick while messaging my sister…

Just kidding! She got mad at me because I put her silly faces online.

Interviews start NEXT WEEK! I applied for 34 jobs, most of which are physiotherapy assistant positions. Yesterday, I put my interview outfit through for a little dress rehearsal and was surprised to find it quite comfortable. I normally wear a skirt to interviews, so I was pleasantly surprised by how these dress pants felt. Do you have any go-to interview dress tips?


Dinner last night was quinoa with zucchini and mushrooms, plus some amazing spicy sweet potato chips and goat cheese donated by the roomie 🙂 This dinner was so filling, but I nibbled on sweets afterwards anyways.

Ending with some randomness that has been my life recently. Second-year life?

And off I go to nibble on some more sunflower butter!

Dad Days: Perogies and a Parking Fine

If you guys didn’t know (which I wouldn’t expect you to, because I haven’t posted about it yet) – my dad was here to visit! We flew from Vancouver, BC to Toronto, Ontario on September 7th. School started on the 8th. Dad was here for ten days, and left on Sunday the 17th. Do you remember when he came to visit last time – and we visited a super cool aquarium after having the prettiest croissants ever? Here are some of the things that happened and meals we enjoyed during those nice ten days!

I started one morning with two slices of delicious seedy avocado bread and a cheesy Oka omelet with zucchini and yellow squash.

Dad and I visited Timeless Cafe and Bakery, where I opted for a tasty tempeh plate. There were five slices of tempeh, green beans, and mashed squash with almonds and grapefruit puree. Definitely one of the most interesting restaurant entrees I’ve ever ordered! Dad had chicken and potatoes. For dessert, we split a strawberry shortbread creme brûlée and a chocolate plum tart with vanilla whipped cream and pistachios. The creme brûlée was the highlight of this meal for me!

I baked banana muffins using my all-time favourite recipe, and being the scatterbrained person I am, forgot to take photos of the finished product. So please feast your eyes on these satisfying photos of unbaked banana batter.

Another day I devoured a salmon filet baked with cayenne, paprika, garlic, butter, and lemon. The flavours work so well together, and I have

This was pasta with zucchini and mushrooms. I used rigatoni, and Dad liked this as well!

His version was topped with breaded chicken from Costco, which we heated up in the toaster oven.


Chocolate-banana oatmeal with a lovely strawberry topping and sunflower butter!

Dad REALLY enjoyed these doughnuts from Costco. There’s Boston Cream, Chocolate, and Creamy Caramel. All of them are stuffed and came in a box of 24 doughnuts! One day, he ate three for breakfast and six for lunch while I was at school. Classic.

Red House, in my opinion, is still one of the best restaurants in Waterloo. I love this place so much! Dad and I enjoyed goat cheese + pancetta perogies, summer squash and sausage pasta with chicken and caramelized onions, butternut squash and cilantro fritters, hummus and pita bread, and a heavenly dessert…

Creamy caramel ice cream with dark chocolate brownie cake. It was amazing!

We also received a parking violation one day! Fortunately, we didn’t get fined because it is our first offence. For some reason, I found this parking ticket absolutely hilarious because we always joke about how we’re never going to get ticketed.


The new Applied Health Sciences building at my school is a beauty! So glad that Kinesiology students get to use the new building for our exercise labs. The new anatomy (*cough* cadaver) lab is in here, too, which I haven’t seen yet – but I’m sure it’s a big upgrade from being in the basement of the Optometry building last year!


Having fun isn’t hard when you have 20 amino acid structures/properties to memorize…


Mom meals! I always find that she makes better food when I’m gone. Hmmm…

C’est ça for today! If you haven’t yet checked out my last post about a super cool event – you should 😉

SLxONTARIO: Connect & Inspire


Yesterday was the first-ever SLxOntario, a well-organized event in Toronto for all of Ontario’s Schulich Leader Scholarship recipients.

From the University of Waterloo, the eight other Schulich Leaders and I ZipCar-ed to downtown Toronto, where we admired the beautiful old buildings and lovely greenery. We arrived at the MaRS Discovery Centre first.

Emma (physics and astronomy), Mackenzie (biomedical engineering), me (kinesiology!) and Maddy (biomedical sciences). It took us a while to find parking spot #65 in a massive parking “circle” with random parking spot numbers, but we made it just in time.


The food was prepared and networking was taking place! I liked the salad, sandwiches, and wraps. There were also great cookies from Phipps Bakery and two Basque-style cheesecakes courtesy of Bar Raval. Everyone raved about the cheesecake and I wish I had photos of it for you!

Everything had been beautifully designed.

The event was emceed by Ben, Joan, and Flora, who were not only naturally gifted speakers, but also came extremely well-prepared.


There were a number of other speakers who took the stage, each of them detailing on an initiative or leadership experience they’d had. Here are some of the incredible Schulich Leaders who stepped up to perform a 3-5 minute talk.

Emma Mogus talked about how she co-founded Books with No Bounds, an international organization that provides books to indigenous children. She now ships books all around the world – and developed a tongue-operated computer mouse that gives ALS patients the opportunity to control a computer.

Sherry Wong, who is now also the face of the Schulich Leader’s Twitter page, organized Young Scholar, a website, seminar, and scholarship that gives high school students the ins-and-outs of university scholarship applications. Oh yeah, and we had brunch together once! She also has a lifestyle Youtube channel called A Brush of Beauty.

Sabrina Cruz, a Youtuber, spoke about using her love of art to design business cards for charity. Her videos are hilarious and thought-provoking, and was a brilliant speaker.

Jordan Banks, the CEO of Facebook Canada and former managing director of eBay Canada, was also here to give us a motivational speech about planning for the future.


We had a networking session afterwards, where everyone moved to a specific table based on our STEM (science/tech/engineering/math) disciplines. I was assigned to Table 8, for Behavioural Sciences, where I spoke to a couple students in Psychology and Linguistics. We decided that Table 8 was essentially “the homeless Science”. 😉


Afterwards, I got to meet some amazing Schulich Leaders. This is Joan Romero, who not only played a major role in organizing this event, but is also one of the most ambitious people I’ve ever met. Joan is now finishing up his last year of Pathobiology at the University of Toronto and is applying to start medical school next September. I’m glad I got some pics with him because I have a feeling everyone will know his name and face in 40, 30, or even 20 years when he plays a key role in cancer research.

Lots of selfies were taken! Here I am with Sabrina and Kyne Santos, who is actually studying Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. If you want to be completely blown away by serious makeup skills, check out his channel OnlineKyne. It always amazes me how much high-schoolers can do with a little time management and a lot of passion.

Reunited with SHERRY! Who wore the coolest heeled boots ever.

We later migrated to Hart House, where there were lots more drinks and nice food – appetizers like spanakopita, cheese and crackers, the best freaking crab cakes I’ve ever eaten, pound cake, sushi rolls, and chicken quesadilla bites. This is Alex, who I chatted with about cooking, fourth-year life, and orientation week.

Maddy! Last year, we went to Niagara Falls and a bird world together, saw Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver when she came to visit, and watched Finding Dory together (well, I fell asleep during the last part). Now we live just across the street from each other! 🙂


It was so amazing to meet everyone!


[Most] of the SLs from the University of Waterloo in these pics! Can’t wait to expand our network in the next couple of years.

Then, it was already 7:00 and time to head back to Waterloo. We split up, hopped into the ZipCars, and drove back home – chatting the whole time about everything from cars to co-op to cadavers. It was neat to get to know people from provinces all across Canada. In this car, we’ve got two BCers, a Newfoundlander, and someone from PEI and Alberta. It’s crazy how many differences you can find in just one country… like the fact that in PEI and Alberta, you don’t need a license plate in the front of your car! What?!

I came home feeling like I’d just met countless celebrities and was so overwhelmed by the amazing-ness of all these inspiring people. By the time I got back into my room, my desk was a mess and I had assignments to do… but instead I went to bed!

Massive thank you to Julia Won, a new friend from the University of Toronto, for some of her photos! She was much more diligent about taking pics than I was. 🙂 Thanks Julia!

Sweet Recipes x3, Sushi x2, and Monday with Rae

Banana-nut butter toast as I write this 🙂

Alternative Title: This Should Be 3 Separate Posts But It’s Not

  • Miso soup with tofu
  • Green tea


Sushi is my love.

  • Alaska Roll with avocado and sesame sauce
  • Rainbow roll with avocado, tuna, and salmon, crabmeat and avocado

Mmmm, look at all of that avocado! I learned that I LOVE inari, which is stuffed bean curd.

  • Mango frozen yogurt
  • Frozen yogurt parfait with homemade cookie crumbs, cream puff, sliced almonds, cereal, organic pumpkin flax granola

My parfait on the right was filling, tangy, crunchy, and absolutely delicious. A great way to end the outing!

Mom made lasagna and caesar salad that night, as well as beef noodles inspired by something we saw at a Japanese festival.

At the Japanese festival that we went to a couple weeks ago, there were lots of performers who sang and danced, as well as tons of vendors.

I made quiche one of those days and served it on a bed of quinoa with spinach and cheddar.

Desserts! Check out these three beauties, from top to bottom or right to left:

  • London Fog vanilla cake
  • Blueberry-almond cake
  • White chocolate cheesecake

Earl Grey Cake

Lightly adapted from:


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 4 bags Earl Grey tea
  • 3 cups (360 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp finely-ground Earl Grey tea leaves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (225 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups (400 g) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature


  1. Add milk to saucepan. Split vanilla beans and scrape seeds into milk. Add pod to saucepan and simmer over medium heat. Remove pan from heat. Add tea bags and steep, covered, for 20 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze to get as much liquid as possible into the milk. Remove vanilla bean pod. Re-measure milk, and if it has reduced, add enough milk to make a full 1 cup. Cool to room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cake pan and add parchment paper.
  3. Whisk dry ingredients together (flour to salt).
  4. Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, or around 6 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until fully-incorporated after each addition. Scrape sides of bowl if needed.
  5. Pour in flour in three additions, alternating with tea milk. Mix until flour is just combined.
  6. Pour batter into cake pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then place on wire rack. Enjoy!

This white chocolate cheesecake was from a massive ‘Baking Masters’ book from Grandma. These were so popular!

Almond cake was my usual recipe, using almond meal and maple syrup, with extra blueberries and almond slices.

Smoked salmon quiche with Laughing Cow cheese and mozzarella

Seline busted out the deep fryer and whipped up this plate of fried chicken wings and shoestring fries – all by herself. Go Seline!


Healthy veggie dishes prepared by Mom include bok choy, yuca, and kabocha.

Here’s that quiche again! We used a whole-wheat crust from the store. Next challenge: making my own pie crust 🙂

(We all know that’s probably never going to actually happen)


Do you like flourless chocolate cake desserts? This was probably one of the easiest I’ve ever made.

Delicious blueberry-banana smoothie and more of the zucchini-brie quiche. So many fresh market ingredients in this meal!

Favourite Blueberry “Ice Cream”

Lightly adapted from Oh She Glows’ new cookbook!


  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 large frozen banana, chopped
  • 1 tbsp cashew butter
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • sprinkle sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon, or to taste


  • berries
  • hemp hearts
  • sliced banana
  • almond butter
  • coconut shreds or flakes
  • granola


  1. Combine ingredients in blender.
  2. Blend on high until creamy.
  3. Pour into bowl and serve with toppings.

I had sushi at Hanamori Sushi with Dad and Grandma another day. I ordered way too much for the three of us, and really stuffed myself to the maximum. I felt really uncomfortable for the rest of the day.

Lynh Cafe brunch involved bone marrow soup, mussels with garlic bread, delicious crispy French fries that I devoured, and a wonderful fish velouté for my entree. It came topped with scrambled eggs and was served with a fresh salad. You can see it in both of the right-hand side corners. I ate so much bread this day – it was irresistible with the creamy garlic mussels sauce.

A couple things made by Mom 🙂

And a random yoga picture that I found on my computer. For some reason, I never posted this?! I’m the second one from the left, wearing the blue tank top and capris. We did this way back in April and the photo’s been sitting on my desktop since. Does that ever happen to you?


Textbooks that I’m now in the process of selling. Since taking this photo, the bottom three books are all gone! Yay!


Bye, guys!

Translating Yoga to Acrobatics and Aerials

One year ago, I untied my figure skates for the last time, bid farewell to my second home (the ice rink), and flew across the country for university. Without the graceful spirals and thrilling axels that provided a sense of pride and self-satisfaction throughout high school, I felt like a piece of myself had been left in BC. Yoga eventually began to fill in that crevice, sorting out the clutter in my mind and teaching me to be aware of both my physical and mental selves. With looming deadlines, expectations, and pressure to execute tasks flawlessly, I still occasionally find myself addicted to the end result of my actions. When I dabbled in yoga several years ago, I was certain that the asanas, or poses, in yoga were all about stretching. Last year, I could glide effortlessly into the full splits, but touching my shins in a forward fold was an agonizing struggle.

Today, I am aware of how all bodies are structured differently. Someone in the slightest backbend is attaining the same stretch as someone whose toes tickle their forehead in a bow pose. My own yoga practice morphs monthly, weekly, even daily; often I enjoy powering through a challenging vinyasa, but other times, my body needs to indulge in restorative lying-down poses.

The seemingly-impossible feats of acro yoga drew me in instantly. Poses like “ninja high star” and “back bird pose” seem acrobatic in nature (acro yoga is quite performative!), but truly emphasizes the art of finding balance. I was attracted to the beautiful high-flying postures that appear complex and intimidating, but are truly accessible for yogis of all levels. Playfulness is the aspect of acro yoga that excites me most. Playfulness and curiosity invite joy, the joy of exploring new experiences. Acro yoga not only encourages connection and communication, but also fosters trust, responsibility, and focus. Both yogis and spotters must verbalize their actions and rely on each other.

Best of all, acro has taught me to let go of the fear of ridicule while embracing the feeling of standing out from the crowd. This creative, fun, and challenging discipline of yoga is ideal for building confidence and poise under pressure.

The first time I entered the Vancouver Circus School, I was mesmerized by countless dazzling displays of strength and flexibility. Girls sitting comfortably on metal hoops, suspended five feet in the air. Boys leaping explosively into the air before curling into cannonball positions and spinning in a blur. As circus-inspired fitness becomes increasingly popular, recreational enthusiasts have been spurred to experiment with this thrilling art. Since starting aerial silks several months ago, I’ve discovered that fear is an illusion. Doubt and insecurity are illusions. I have full control over these feelings, and have the capability to vanquish them at will. When I connect with my very own piece of fabric, I love observing how my body transforms into an instrument. You are likely wondering how yoga relates to circus arts, but it truly does. One must be at ease, yet willing to experiment with new feats. Furthermore, aerialists often turn to yoga for cross-training to improve endurance and bendiness.

One thing that still irks me about yoga is how it has been tainted by social media, and is following the precarious footsteps of the fashion industry. In addition to being flooded with photos of trained athletes and experienced contortionists, practically all yoga photos have been enhanced with flattering filters. Yogis (even adept instructors!), like everyone else, may be vulnerable to the pressures of social media. I know that I certainly feel inadequate after looking at some yogis do their thing. I realized that I often become so preoccupied with appearance that I shift from doing yoga to practicing contortion. To make matters worse, my practice occasionally ends the moment my iPhone runs out of video storage space. I have to remind myself to focus on the true purpose of my practice, doing yoga and not #yoga. It is difficult, yet worthwhile, to understand the intentions behind our online selves, and ensure they align with our true selves. After all, why must we allow a number of “likes” to dictate how we feel about what our own bodies can do?

Now, yoga to me is much more than a workout. It is a way of life that encompasses self-care, and the diverse asanas are only one of the eight limbs of yoga. Perhaps what I love most about yoga is that yoga doesn’t care if you have never tried it before. Yoga doesn’t care where you come from, what you like, who you know, or why you practice. Yoga doesn’t care if you are a size XXS or a size XL. In fact, if you have a body, you have a yoga body. You are, however, more than a physical manifestation of yourself. I encourage you to discover talents, passions, and skills that have nothing to do with your body. As I learn more and more about myself, I am beginning to examine and challenge the ideologies that shape my body image, figuring out why these negative beliefs and vicious cycles are so deeply ingrained. While my practice progresses, I hope to release the thoughts that don’t serve me. After all, the journey of yoga has no destination.

The ultimate goal? Feeling the way I feel after a satisfying yoga practice (radiating with humble pride and self-confidence) – all the time.

12 Things That I’ve Been Loving Lately

Without any ado, I present to you…

12  Things That I’ve Been Loving Lately

  1. Costco’s butter chicken sauce. Mom and I made it with shrimp, green chickpeas, and frozen butternut squash, served with quinoa for me. Have you ever heard of green chickpeas? They are delicious.
  2. Big Hero 6! Watched yesterday with my family. I cried probably six times. I feel awful because I told so many people that Big Hero 6 looks like a terrible, boring movie – I completely take that back. What an unbelievable film that encourages people to innovate, create, and take interest in science and tech. Did you watch – and enjoy? – Big Hero 6?big-hero-6
  3. Mom’s red bean soup with coconut milk is unbelievable. This is one of the things that I miss the most when I’m living alone in Waterloo. She uses a pressure cooker to cook the dried beans, both of which I don’t have. Do you have a pressure cooker? What do you cook with it?14182411_1472494122767880_1413554153_n
  4. The fact that Dad will be coming to Waterloo with me for 10 days. School starts on Thursday, and I will be arriving in Waterloo on Wednesday evening. He will stay until the following Saturday, to help me with some new appliances and to keep me company. Luckily, I’ll be staying in the same house with the same housemates. Last time Dad visited, we had such a good time exploring Toronto.14233426_1474644905886135_1295075901_o
  5. The fact that today was a baking day that involved challah and brioche. Sadly, the challah barely rose. I think that was due to one of two factors: the water I used to dissolve the yeast might have been hot enough to kill the yeast, OR I added the granulated sugar after the flour rather than before. I have no idea. Either way, the bread tasted eggy (used four yolks and three whole eggs!) and was much denser than it should have been. The quiche, however, was nearly perfect! We used 2 eggs with 1/4 tsp each salt and black pepper, 1/2 tsp each dried oregano, garlic powder, dried basil, 2 tsp Dijon mustard, 1/4 cup milk, and a sprinkle of parmesan. 1 zucchini and half of a yellow squash were sautéed and thrown into the egg mixture before the entire quiche was baked at 375 degrees for 35 minutes. An awesome lunch!

    Tragic, I know.

  6. Send My Love by Adele and any Shawn Mendes song (love that guy) – these are ALWAYS on the radio and my sister and I always sing along in the car. Something I suck at: singing. Something I do all the time: singing. Do you like typical radio pop songs?
  7. My dad’s label maker. After finding it stashed in a cabinet, I used up the entire roll of label tape, making a dozen ’CINDY WEI’ labels and labelling every spice in the kitchen. We okay, I got a little carried away… even labelling the milk jar because I’m a very mature young adult. 😉
  8. New milk frother from David’s Tea! I got this one for $12, since my old one from Vincenzo’s in Waterloo isn’t working as well as it did previously.901667dt01var0031014-bi-2.1399
  9. Listening to old Justin Timberlake songs… Summer Love is my favourite because it reminds me of running around the gym to warm up in grade 8. That song, and Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne. Good times! Do you have any songs that make you reminisce your tween years?
  10. I am truly intrigued by the idea of bullet journalling. I recently found an old notebook and will try to start bullet-journalling. It seems like such a quick and easy way to stay organized. I always find myself forgetting dates, deadlines, and appointments. Do you use a physical planner, your phone (or an app), or simply your brain to stay organized for school, work, and life? Below is a photo of the new journal that I started, using a key with ideas ripped straight off of Pinterest. Let’s bet on how long this notebook will stay neat!14191794_1474636475886978_2039715710_o
  11. Zootopia – watched it twice with Seline at home, then again on the airplane ride to Nepal (en français), and once more with Mom at home. It is my #1 favourite animated movie of all time – incredibly meaningful, emotional, and outlines some dark truths about human nature. Such a powerful film about following your ambitions in a real world with real setbacks. Have you watched Zootopia? If so, I’d love to hear your opinions on the movie!zoootpia-box-office-record
  12. Yoga! I haven’t done yoga for a while, since leaving for Nepal a month or so ago. It’s taking me a little time to get back to where I was before, but I keep trying to tell myself that it’s about the journey and not the result. I had a very difficult time going into these two poses. Since I didn’t do yoga today like I was planning to, I did a 10-minute flow in one of the empty bedrooms in our house, experimenting with some of these balancing postures. They are so shaky!

Honourable mention to the fact that the school’s fall recreational fitness schedule is out! Glad to see lots of Zumba, yoga, and cycling, since those are my favourite classes.

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PS: one more thing – check out this picture frame decoration that I made out of Nepalese handmade paper!


Happy weekend, everyone 🙂