22 April 2015

Loneliness

I live near a 7-11 and every day on my way out, I see a man with a dog, standing outside the shop busking. Sometimes we drop change in to his cardboard box, other times he sees me walking Joggy and stops to say hi to him. ('Hi, lovebug!', he chirps to him.)

Recently, I've started spending time at a 24 hour coffee shop at night, and I've realized that he's always here. He comes in around midnight, but his dog is not in sight. He writes a lot. He takes his coffee with milk and cream. 

Then I see him again the next day, in front of 7-11, with his dog. 

For the longest time, I thought this man was homeless. I was wrong. He's not homeless. He's lonely. 

14 April 2015

Chaaaaanges... I've never been! good! with!!....

Hiiii, guys! I'm currently in the library with a giant cup of coffee and plans to pull an all nighter. I've recently tried the Cornell note-taking method (makes me feel like Andy from The Office saying this), and I've found it to be really effective. So that's one change I've been making in life.

Other changes include:

  • Getting a Phillips Airfryer and cutting down on eating out because I'm making awesome dinner  for us every night. I also make healthy snacks in place of unhealthy ones, like apple crisps and kale chips, which means I'm almost a Vancouverite now. 
  • Signing up for a gym membership. My favourite machine in the gym right now is the one that makes you pretend you're rowing.
  • Selling prints on Society 6–Check it outttt to validate-my self promotion here, and maybe my rent and moves in the future, who knows? 
  • Re-watching Gossip Girl. I don't know how this is a change, but watching this just made me cringe a lot and wonder why I ever was obsessed with a show with a totally unbelievable plot line.. love childs? Fake deaths? Gentlemen's clubs???? Why, Sarah??? 
  • Also, I do our laundry regularly now. Nothing spells I'M AN ADULT!! more than having enough socks and underwear to last you throughout the week.
That's really all I have to say for now, I've got tons of coffee running through my veins, mostly because I asked for an extra expresso shot, and I have to get back to making notes. Have a great week! 

6 April 2015

I'm back!!

Hi guys!! It has been a month but... I'm back, I guess. I've been taking time off to kind of find myself and figure things out, and it has been great so far. Every couple of days or so I have a not-so-great one, but it's not all that bad. Again, thank you so much to anyone who took the time to contact me. It really means a lot (and I'm sorry if I left your email sitting in my inbox–I promise I've read all of them, the first week of my internet hiatus was a bad one re: crappy job interview, adjusting to new changes, but that's for another time).

Anyway what I've been up to mostly still revolves around long walks outdoors with Joggy. And of course I'm here to share pictures. Caution, lots of green ahead.


The other day, we took a wrong turn and wound up getting lost. It turned out to be great because we saw a different part of the park we had never seen before, and we found a ton of dandelions. I blew them at Joggy,  half-expecting him to treat them like he would with bubbles. It was great.

Jw and I at Formal!! Formal's always a weird time because I always come down with a sinus infection, and my dress plans always, always fall through. I've never once wore the dress I ordered specifically for formal to formal. 

You can't really tell (it's so hard to get a picture of this, i've been trying to do this without disturbing the birds and every time my efforts don't pay off )  but this is a Great Blue Heron !! We saw our first one a couple of weeks ago and they're here for Spring, I think.  Whenever they fly towards the pond, the other ducks fly away. The first time we saw it, I very daftly asked Jay if that was a vulture. The guy behind us told us it was a Heron (I misheard and went home and googled 'Herring', and found pictures of fish instead). The second time we saw one, I told Jay it looked like the stork that delivered babies. Then a lady told us it was a great blue heron, thereby putting an end to my birdistential crisis.

We also saw and heard a woodpecker for the first time, ever. I loved the sound of it. It kind of sounds like this but it's a lot richer, and hollow-sounding in real life. It reminds me of the wood instruments they use in Taoist prayers.


Geese have started hissing at us, and I guess that means one thing.... BABY GEESE ARE IN THE MAKING!! (!!!!)(!!!!!!!!) I think they hatch in early May. Joggy gets scared of them.


Yesterday was Easter, we went for a long walk in Stanley Park and went on trails that we've never been on. I thought we'd get to see beavers at Beaver Lake, but all we saw were mosquitoes, and all we got were mosquito bites. It was also pretty nice seeing floppy-eared bunnies for like, 3 seconds, and watching moms taking pictures of their kids lying amongst daisies. I also saw little girls making daisy chains. It was kind of weird because it seemed really normal for them, but it was something I only heard of while growing up (I don't think any kid raised in Singapore has ever made a daisy chain..).. for a while all I could think of was, "it's a real thing!!" cause up til then I had only ever read about it. It felt like when you see a semi-famous person in real life. Sort of.

Anyway, that's been mostly what I've been up to. I've been eagerly waiting for summer and shorts weather. For now, I'll be content with FINALLY being able to order iced drinks and the coffee shop because the weather permits it. 


PPS: I want to take the opportunity to rave about Kendrick's To Pimp A Butterfly. It's good. So good. So clever.  That is all.