Currently reading: Lucy Holliday’s A Night in with Grace Kelly

When I’m looking for instant gratification by filtering VPL’s ebook collection by “Available Now”, I often see Lucy Holliday’s A Night in with Audrey Hepburn. Little did I know it was a trilogy until I saw the second volume, starring Marilyn Monroe and then I finally saw A Night in with Grace Kelly (2016). Audrey…

Planning January

I wanted to make this post title more snappy but it would lose all sense. Like if I called it “Planuary January”*, haha. I’ve become a planner. I’ve always been one but this January, it was Official. I was planning … Our meals. Setting the four-week plan wasn’t so hard. Even NPY was interested in…

Currently reading Kathleen A Flynn’s The Jane Austen Project

When I finished reading Kathleen A. Flynn’s The Jane Austen Project (TJAP) at 5 am, I felt like the wind was knocked out of me and I gave it a five-star rating on Goodreads. I haven’t done that before. I did as I do now and found the title searching what’s Available Now in e-books at…

I just googled “How to calculate the difference between two hex codes?”

Sometimes I feel like I’ve lost all nerdiness and geekiness. Earlier today, I was fan-girling over David’s Tea’s current design of tins and Perfect Spoons. Like, fan-girling hard. I have to restrain myself from buying more spoons in new enticing colours because I already have THREE. David’s Tea has great marketing. Besides the wonderful colours,…

Year in review 2017: Books

Total books “read”: 40 – Percentage that were audiobooks: (15/40 = 38%) – Percentage that were “Asian-American”: (13/40 = 33%) – Percentage non-fiction: (11/40 = 28%) – Percentage written by celebrities: (7/40 = 18%) – Percentage Can Con (11/40 = 28%)           Jessica Alba’s The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You (Mar…

I’ve finally broken even with my Mobi bike sharing membership

Back in the beginning of July, I joined Mobi purchasing the 365 Day Pass Standard for $135.45 (that’s $129 plus tax) that gives me unlimited 30-minute rides for a year. At $2.20 per 1-zone subway ride that a bike ride home replaces, it would take 62 rides to break even with riding transit and only…

It’s…. Advent Calendar season again!

Better late than never …! **** For the kid I went store-bought. In the middle of September, I spied this gem at Chapters –  Playmobil Christmas on the Farm edition. So, by the end of September, I had ordered this. E will have fun opening the compartment every day – except when we are away for…

Some lifehacks for now (Part 1)

It seems like one of my current life goal is to ensure the house stays functional and doesn’t succumb to the constant influx of STUFF that disproportionately comes with having a child around, on top of two adult consumers. I haven’t collected all of the hacks I’ve noticed and I don’t know the shape of…

Crafting lately: Halloween 2017

In a quick look back on E’s first two Halloweens: In 2015, I made three-month old E a lion costume. In 2016, I bought a Carter’s panda hoodie and made a science/medical officer long-sleeve top that matched my science/medical officer sheath. It felt redundant and infantile to get another Carter’s hoodie costume. E could fit…

Thirteen years in Vancouver by the numbers (of trips away)

Later this year will be the 13th anniversary of my moving to Vancouver. Thirteens years – less 16 months in Toronto – of being based in Vancouver, going from graduate student to corporate wage slave and now working mom with inescapable responsibilities and restrictions. For some reason, I did the tally and by the middle of…