Wild Heart

So for the past week, I've been resisting the urge to smile and laugh because I just felt so insecure about my teeth. It also made me realize what people meant when they said I'm "always smiling" because I didn't notice how I naturally did it until I was trying really hard to keep a poker face on!! LOL

The reason I was stopping myself is because I got a tooth implant done last Tuesday. The whole experience wasn't as bad as I thought it would be! My gums were bleeding and swelling a bit for the next few days but the fact that I finally got the surgery over with made the suffering worth it y'know?! One week later, I'm back to smiling again, eating normally again and just feeling like myself again! And that's not the only thing I'm really happy about... I JUST GOT TICKETS TO MIGUEL'S CONCERT IN AUGUST!!!!! AHHHHHHH eeeeee AHHHHH



Since Joycelyn is leaving next Wednesday to California, it was really necessary for us to hang out this week y'know!!! We had lunch at Vegetarian Haven, explored the little markets at Kensington and decided to line up for 40 minutes for Uncle Tetsu's famous cheesecake! The cheesecake was everything everyone described it as... it was soft... light... with a subtle hint of cheese. It was certainly different than the standard cheesecakes I've had but... I don't know if I wanna line up again!! LOL I'm glad I finally tried it though! :-)

Have a safe and fun trip in Cali, Joy! Can't wait to be jealous of your tan when you're back!!!! x


Waiting In Line

I stopped by Bang Bang Ice Cream on Saturday afternoon to try their new Hong Kong style waffle cone with burnt toffee and matcha chestnut ice cream! It was delicious but I'm still unsure if the 40 minute wait in line was worth it for ice cream.. I  did consume it in 4 minutes though!! LOL

The next thing I really want to try is Uncle Tetsu's famous cheesecake but first, I need to find someone who is willing to wait in line for me... :-)


You get back what you give

Here are a couple of things I'm trying to do more of:

  • Saying yes to hanging out with friends
  • Speaking kind words about others
  • Doing yoga in the morning
  • Carrying my camera along with me
  • Adding colour to my wardrobe!!!
  • Appreciating what my body does for me 
  • Worrying less about the future
  • Listening to more uplifting songs
  • Being present in the moment


PYC Teacher Summit

So last month, one of my favourite yoga instructors asked me if I could be the photographer for the yoga event she was hosting for all the Power Yoga Canada teachers! I had so much fun photographing Yoga in the Vines for her last year that I was really excited to be a part of something great again!!

I don't think any of these teachers had any clue what they were in for when they registered in the morning!! The event started off with welcome speeches, followed by a three hour yoga session.

It was pretty sweaty and intense. Although I was just photographing the whole time, I found myself sweating as much as them! I was even drinking a lot of water too. LOL

It was also these two yoga teachers' birthdays and at PYC, it's a tradition to sing the happy birthday song while doing the wheel pose as a class! :-)

So after lunch, all the teachers were split up into three different workshops on three different floors. The intention of these workshops were to essentially help them build upon their skills.

The great thing about being the photographer was that I got to go in and out of each workshop to see what everyone was up to!

I will admit, I spent quite a bit of time at the acro yoga session! I was just so intrigued with all these poses they were doing.

I can barely hold the locust pose on the ground but here you have people holding this pose while balancing on someone else's feet!!! Cray, crayyyy!!

These workshops also provided me with great insight. I didn't know how much thought was actually put into the music playlists they played during the jam classes!

I used to think they were just top 40 hits but now I realized they do take the number of beats into consideration. They also strategically play certain songs to help us with our breathing when we do tough poses. Who knew??!

While I was photographing them, I realized that everyone just looks so genuinely happy - which makes it that much more fun (and easy) to take pictures!!

These workshops took place all afternoon until dinner time. Afterwards, there was another three hour yoga session planned for them!!

I had no idea how many photos I snapped until I got home on Saturday night. It was so hard choosing just a few to share!!

The last yoga session was super sweaty!!! There were water guns being squired, people blowing bubbles and just a lot of sweating! It was a really great time though! Hahaha

This event seriously couldn't have been possible without Natalie! I'm so glad she got all this recognition because she's such an inspiring and charismatic individual. Thanks again for such a fun opportunity Nat!!! :-)

And of course they had to end the event with a twerk fest! LOL

For more photos, check out their Facebook page



My brother's eloquent response to the wedding planner...



So to celebrate the end of the semester, Jessica, Jeremy, Maddy and I met up for sushi this afternoon at Spoon & Fork! In all honesty, I don't think I would've survived this school year without these guys in our group chat on Facebook. They were always there listening to my rants, showing me that I'm not the only one stressing, and motivating me to always try my best!!

While we were eating sushi, Maddy asked me when I was going to bake her those Oreo truffles again ...which gave all of us the idea to bake it together after we ate! So once we were done, we walked over to the nearby Sobeys and picked up the three ingredients before going over to Maddy's house to bake!

These truffles are so good, so simple and so quick to make!!! All you need to do is crush up a package of Oreos and mix in a block of cream cheese.

Afterwards, you shape it into golf sized balls and coat it with melted white chocolate before popping it in the freezer for an hour or two!

I realized it looks like I didn't help much with the preparation but come on, someone needed to lick that spoon clean!!!! :)

I remember someone told me that the friends you make in high school will be your friends for life, I sure hope so!!! 


I Love Me Some Roti

So it's 1:00 in the morning and I should probably be sleeping but I'm sitting here craving the spinach and potato roti I had last Saturday at Butter Chicken Roti with Joycelyn! And if you were to visit this place, and the dude asks you how spicy you want it on a scale of 0 to 6... just know that Joy and I were kinda dying at 2!!!

So I'm pretttttty sure 6 is like... the need of a fire extinguisher!!! 



I met up with Claudia today for lunch and we tried out the sausages and fries at Wvrst! They actually have so many different varieties on their menu! I tried their vegan black bean sausage and their duck fat fries (which is basically fries that have been fried in duck fat oil instead of oil). Okay, so I haven't been strict with this vegetarian diet in the past few months. I have still been eating seafood.

I think the reason for that is because I really enjoy sushi and I just want to make it easier on my mom for when she cooks dinner. I think the only thing I've been sticking to is not consuming any beef, pork or chicken meat. Besides that, I haven't been that big of a picky eater with things like chicken broth or veggies being fried in the same pan as beef. So I did try the fries fried in duck fat and I'll be honest.... it tasted good but I literally felt like puking the whole day after eating that... :-( As of right now, I am unsure whether or not I will go back to my old diet because ever since this change, I have noticed many changes in my body (stronger nails, thicker hair, thicker lashes, thicker brows, way lesser acne, more energy etc.) so I guess I will just continue this pescatarian diet!

^^^ Me looking super attractive eating a hot dog. LOL

My day ended with picking up macarons at Delysees with Claudia and meeting up with Thiya for ice cream sandwiches at The Red Bench! What a great day well spent with my faves! :-)


Camille's 20th Birthday

So for Camille's 20th birthday this year, we celebrated it at Red Lobster! It was my first time dining here and I was actually really excited to try their biscuits because of the way Cammy and Joy were describing them! And they were good!!! Just thinkin' about how soft and warm they tasted is actually making me crave them right now. Ugggghh.

The other thing I was excited about was that Camille was finally legal to drink!!! Camille told me that she drank before but I told her that this was different because she's finally legal to drink now!!! Joycelyn had to remind me that she was turning 20 and not 19... oops awkward!!!! LOL

I seriously can't believe the four of us have been friends since elementary school! Crazyyy!! Especially considering how each of us went to different high schools after and now we're all attending different universities!! As cheesy as it sounds, I think these girls will be my best friends forever. :-)

Happy (early) birthday Camille!!!! I can't believe we've known each other for more than half our lives! You're the most hardworking, genuine, thoughtful, hilarious, and (one of the) prettiest friends I've got! I'm so proud and lucky to be able to call you my best friend. Your man better realize he's one lucky fella too!!! x