Not much of a Study Week

I’m back in Toronto for our “study week”, although not much studying has been happening. I’ve been catching up on sleep, watching a lot of TV (Olympics) and taking driving lessons as my license is going to expire soon. When I was 16, driving was the only thing I wanted to do. That’s probably because it was a sense of independence, but after I got my G2, I pretty much stopped driving (in Ontario, you can have your G2 license for up to 5 years and you have to get your full G license before it). Plus, I don’t have the access to a car when I’m not at home… Now there’s just anxiety and stress of passing this test before it expires next month! I’m not particularly scared of driving, but because of all the snow this year, driving just got 10 times more difficult. I wish it was summer…

LA

 Ahhh.. back when I was in San Francisco/LA where it was sunny, warm, and beautiful…

I visited the Toronto Ripley’s Aquarium two days ago. So excited that I finally get to go after seeing its early stages 2 summers ago!

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I personally thought it was better than expected. I knew it wasn’t going to be massive, given the space but they really do have a lot of aquatic animals. We couldn’t find the turtles though :(

guu

Then we went to Guu. I went here once with my cousins when it first opened in Toronto and thought it was pretty interesting. Pretty much, the entire meal, the staff are chanting/yelling. What are they saying? I’m not sure… it was in Japanese. The food was really good though! That’s an octopus dish we got mmm. We only stayed for half an hour.

Wanted: Creativity

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Based on the photo, you already know I’m back in Canada. I’ve been back for a couple of weeks now, stayed in Toronto for 2 weeks and recently back in Waterloo! It’s so cold…

Since I’ve been back, I’ve noticed that I have been very disorganized since it feels like I’ve been on vacation for 4 whole months. Not very fond of this disorganized feeling, but I’m slowing patching things back together such as going to the dentist, applying for student loans and forcing myself to take my last driving test that I’ve been avoiding for so long.

I can’t say too much about the first week of school yet, because it’s always the easiest. However, I can tell you that I have noticed that I may have lost my creativity. I am simply not motivated or inspired, but I really want to be. It’s been a while since I’ve done something creative, artsy, or innovative.

Wherever it is, I hope I find it soon.

SF Update

I’m not very good at updating my life in San Francisco! It’s almost been 2 months and it’s been great overall! It took some time to get used to, but I love my new friends at work, and meeting new friends here who actually came from the same university as me.

Stanford

I’ve visited Stanford twice, once for a football game and another for a demo day as part of a company event! It’s such a beautiful university… I wish we had this weather all year round and such beautiful buildings!

Sushi_2_Japan_Town

It’s almost a given when you mention sushi that it’ll be all-you-can-eat, but it’s not too popular here. When I went to Japan Town, we had really good sushi! I only had 6 pieces of sushi (they’re also pretty expensive) but it was filling. YUMM

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Last weekend, we went to Santa Cruz. My friends went surfing but I didn’t feel like it… it was a very cold day too. The boardwalk was amazing though! It’s like the CNE of Toronto but year round and not as much people. It was a pretty good day minus the cold weather.

This weekend was finally very relaxing. It was just shopping, manicures and sleeping! Until next time, while we plan our trip to LA and Disneyland!

American Life

It’s been almost 2 weeks since my arrival to San Francisco! It’s been a long 2 weeks, but I hope I can adjust to this place soon.

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It’s not like I’ve never been to America, but living here and just taking a vacation here is two separate things! First cultural shock was the environment,the number of homeless people and the smell. I feel like that only happens to the area I live in. It’s something I’ll have to get used to… It’s a little bit scary around my neighbourhood and even more scary after work walking home.

Been spending a lot of time at work. The work schedule is definitely different from what I’m used to. The first week was brutal, because I would sleep right at midnight, if not earlier (that’s early for me).

I do miss home, my family and friends.

There’s a lot more to the city than I have yet explored, so I’m looking forward to that!

French Macarons

Knowing that there is a big craze for french macarons, and understanding how expensive they are (around $2/each), I was determined to make my own! I also read that they are extremely difficult to bake and I can confirm that with my 3 attempts so far.

My first attempt: Did not whisk the egg enough before adding granulated sugar so the mixture was very liquid. There were many other mistakes as well that contributed to this big mess! It didn’t taste that bad, just looked really ugly and was very sweet. It had a banana butter cream filling.

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My second attempt: I did the meringue step correctly this time, although I had some problems with piping. It still looked very ugly, but better! More pink colouring and just a butter cream filling.

french macaron 2

My third attempt: Decided to mix in some match green tea powder and finally figured out where my piping problem was. This is the nicest batch yet, and tastes the best so far! It’s still way too sweet for my family’s liking though. The problem with this batch was the filling. In the end, it turned out all right with a white chocolate green tea filling. I’m still on the hunt for that airy, soft and whip cream like texture. Behold!

green tea macarons

 It should still be more puffy too. Thats my progress so far. I ran out of ingredients after my third batch, although I might go and buy more for a fourth batch. I’ll have to find time to fit that in within my 4 days before I leave for San Francisco!

Starting Fresh

After my previous host informed me that she will be discontinuing her hosting services, I thought it was time to take a little break. However, after only a month, I was itching to get back to blogging! Only to find out how expensive and problematic it was to find a new host. Long story short, I’ll probably be sticking around for a while this time.

Although I saved 2 years worth of blogs, I forgot about the images that came along with them. So when I imported all my blogs, my blog only looked like a mess with all the missing images. Thus, I’ve decided to start fresh!

Some exciting events have been going on in my life, and more to come so I’m excited to start blogging again :) I hope to clean up the site very soon though!