Vancouver: FOOD

During the summer of 2021, every time I opened up Instagram, I was bombarded by a barrage of Instagram stories of delicious-looking food! Excitedly, I’d click on the location tag, and then be dismayed when I found that the beautiful restaurants that my friends were frequenting were all the way in Vancouver.

When we finally headed to Vancouver this past winter, food wasn’t much of a priority for us, with it being our first big getaway as a family of three. However, we still had some tasty treats, even though Claire Jr did occasionally disrupt our foodie plans.

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Risen Motherhood: What Motherhood Has Taught Me So Far

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that I have the horrible habit of writing posts months after an event has already happened. It’s fun for my travel posts because I get to live vicariously though myself six months after having gone on vacation, but for this particular post, I’m a little sad about it! I meant to write a reflection on the first few months of motherhood and never got around to it (I guess I was busy taking care of my baby or something!), and now I can’t really remember all of the emotions and feelings that seemed to consume me during the fog of the newborn stage. Nevertheless, I want to record this in an attempt to remember, so I will try to imagine what things were like a few months ago when my baby was a completely different person and I was dying from lack of sleep!

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The Second Annual Asian-Canadian Literature Challenge!

I only just wrote my wrap-up post for this challenge less than a week ago, but I’m so excited to share with you my plans for 2022’s edition of the Asian-Canadian Literature Challenge! For those who don’t know, the reason why I chose to create this reading challenge was to promote diverse Canadian literature. I decided to hone in on authors of Asian descent simply because of my own ethnic background as a Chinese-Canadian, and I love that the term “Asian” can encompass so many different identities. I read a lot of books by Chinese authors last year, but I hope to show how diverse the Asian-Canadian community is in this year’s edition of the challenge.

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What I Read in 2021

It’s time for one of my favourite posts of the year: my annual reading stats! This was a pretty crazy year in general – COVID still very much exists and continues to (negatively) affect most aspects of life – but it was also an exciting year for my family as we welcomed our little baby, who will henceforth be known as Claire Jr. because I can’t think of a better pseudonym on here to protect her identity! With all of that being said, I still managed to read 54 books in 2021, which is a pretty standard number for me.

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Asian-Canadian Literature Challenge: Year One is Done!

The first year of my Asian-Canadian literature challenge has come to an end! I started off the year fairly enthusiastically, reading a few books for the challenge right in January, challenged myself to read two books per prompt when Asian Heritage Month arrived in May, and then didn’t read much Asian-Canadian lit in the second half of the year and ended up not quite reading two books per prompt!

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Book’d Out Nonfiction Reader Challenge

It’s late December, which means it’s time to start reflecting on the books I read during this crazy year of 2021! I have a bunch of wrap-ups that I want to post for all of the different reading challenges I’ve participated in this year. (Spoiler alert: I actually completed a few challenges?!?!)

I’ll start off with the Book’d Out Nonfiction Reader Challenge, hosted by Shelleyrae at There were three different goals: nonfiction nipper (3 books), nibbler (6 books), and know-it-all (12 books). I decided to try to fulfill as many challenge prompts as I could and just see where I ended up!

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On Discharge

Am I getting too intimate on this blog?! I promise this post isn’t what it sounds like!

I’ve mentioned them before on this blog, but I am a really big fan of the First 5 app/website. I recently decided to dig into a book of the Bible that I rarely ever read: Leviticus. First 5 has it paired up with Hebrews to make it seem less daunting, and a couple of weeks into this devotional plan, I find that I’m gaining a lot more insight from this book of laws than I would have expected!

In this post, I want to talk about … the laws on bodily discharge (Leviticus 15). (Yikes!)

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A Bakery in Barrie

A couple of weeks ago, Dangerous Dan and I ventured up to the city of Barrie for an impromptu day trip! (Our little girl also tagged along – still thinking of a fun pseudonym to call her on this blog!) We visited the farmers’ market, strolled along the waterfront paths at Heritage Park, accidentally walked through an anti-COVID protest while wearing our masks (yikes!), and had a delicious meal at Homestead Artisan Bakery + Cafe!

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