Life as I Know It

I thought about this for a long time before braving myself to write it out. After continuously writing about my travels and looking back through my posts, I feel like the blog is very impersonal at best. It gives you glances of who the writer behind this blog is, but it doesn’t really tell you about my thoughts and feelings. Most of those posts seem to be neutral, happily published and read without generating much controversy (not that I’m looking for it, but I’d like to write a post that is a little bit thought-provoking at the very least). It’s funny I mentioned that because I’m not confrontational by nature at all, so it’s going to take a little more courage before I accomplish that particular goal. I have something in mind though, so stay tuned for that!

In an attempt to give you a glimpse into my life as well as keeping a diary of sorts for myself, here’s how my summer has been.

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Sunday Stroll: Toronto Flower Market

If you haven’t noticed, I LOVE flowers. By no means am I a gardener or a florist, but I always stop at the Flower aisle of the grocery store to look at them. Sometimes I’d stop by a nursery to walk around and see the flowering plants or I’d go for a walk in the ravine behind my house to see what sorts of wild flowers there are. I’ve spent ridiculous amount of time taking pictures of flowers (my travel buddies can attest to this). So, imagine my delight when I found out there is such thing as Toronto Flower Market ! WHAT!

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Hamilton: the City of Waterfalls

For a long, long time this is the only thing I knew about Hamilton: It’s the first home for many of my Indonesian friends as they’d start their year at CIC, a school for international students, to get their Ontario high school diploma so they can continue to university.It doesn’t help that my friends who went to CIC repeated the mantra of: “There is nothing in Hamilton”. It is no wonder then that the city sounds so boring to me!

And then it happened.

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Daydreaming 101

As someone who is working full-time and is OBSESSED – and I don’t use that term lightly in this context – with travel, I’m always looking for ways and days to travel. Living in North America, I’m fully aware of the “Vacation Crisis” we are experiencing. Not only do most of us get merely 2 weeks (or 10 days) of vacation, there is also this unspoken rule that taking a vacation is equated to not working hard enough. I should know, I’ve been chastised quite a few times (actually, every.single.time.) I take time-off about this by my father. Yes, the man is halfway around the world but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel guilty every time he calls me out on it. Nevertheless, I find myself ignoring his pleas and still going for my trip. See? Obsessed!

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Summer Road Trip: Red Rocks and Blue Sky

Sitting at the edge of the Canyon at Mohave Point that evening, I couldn’t help but think about how amazing everything is. A few inches away from my feet was where the cliff dropped, plunging who-knows-how-far down to the bottom of the Canyon. At a distance, I could make out the outline of the Colorado River as it snakes its way through the canyon. As the sun makes its way down, the sky started to change its colours, going from blue to yellow to orange until it eventually became a mixture of dark purple and red hues, signifying the end of the sunset. We arrived at the Grand Canyon that afternoon with a sole purpose: to see the sun sets (Well, we also wanted to see the Canyon, obviously, and possibly do some hiking, but you get the gist…) We also briefly toyed with the idea of catching sunrise, but, please, who am I kidding?

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