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Revisiting some old photos in my iPhone and thought I’d share this one taken on one of my many walks around Kitsilano where we lived in Vancouver. Miss Kits, it’s easily my favorite neighborhood ever; one I’d move to in a heartbeat. That, and Pasadena. 🙂



Bonjour from Banff, Alberta. We drove to the scenic Lake Louise today and were greeted with this majestic view of the mountains and still muchly frozen lake. It was like a scene out of a discovery channel program for me.

More photos to come.


Victoria Island is truly beautiful. We went for a nice evening stroll around the harbor, breathed in the fresh spring air and basked in the mild springtime sun. Spring is easily my favorite season with bursts of colors everywhere.

After that we went for dinner at a Japanese restaurant. My parents are loving Benji. Who wouldn’t! 😉




Also wanted to add that I’m sad the Canucks lost n are out of the playoffs. Not that I’m a hockey fan but I’ve grown to love anything Vancouver!

We woke up to some light snow on the city that was enough to accumulate on the ground (unlike the one we had a few days ago that was awesome but too warm for snow to collect). To most people, this is nothing, but to someone who grew up in a tropical country and went to overseas colleges and grad school in warmer climates like Australia and Southern California, this is pretty special!!

I quickly nursed Benji and immediately after that, the three of us took a short walk up the down the block to soak in the winter atmosphere in our neighborhood before it disappeared (and it did, about 2 hours later).

Wonder what other surprises February 29th will bring…




The Sunshine Coast in Vancouver is somewhat of a misnomer in that it’s not *really* a sunshine coast, at least not one outside of summer. And if we were to name it for its sunny coast because of the summer, then there would be more than one sunshine coasts in Vancouver…anyhow, the name doesn’t really bother me. Really. Although I have to admit it did at the beginning since we came from Australia, where the Sunshine Coast really lives up to its name almost all year round.

AND…my tirade on names of places ends here. 🙂

This weekend, we went up to the Sunshine Coast to stay with friends of Bry. We had to drive to the harbor to take a ferry over to the coast (only accessible by sea or air). It’s a pretty neat little seaside town where lots of houses have a beautiful ocean view. Bry’s friends are artists and their house looked amazing, with beautiful furniture, most of which were handmade by the husband and cool art, most of which were also by the husband and the wife. We were openly jealous of almost everything in the house.

They fed us well, gave us a lovely guest room to rest up, and then took us to see some of the pretty sights around town. The weather was not that great but I think we have had to buy into the Canadian indomitable spirit of not letting the weather thwart any outdoor plans. It’s actually pretty fun splishing and splashing around in the muddy ground and light rain. Of course, keeping Benji nice and warm is somewhat more challenging but I think we’ve been doing a pretty good job between our rain cover for the stroller and hiding him in Bry’s jacket in a Baby Bjorn. 🙂

Our host family - thank you guys

Easy hike to this gorgeous waterfall

Near Roberts Creek

Last weekend, one of my items was featured on the FP of Etsy and got me some much needed exposure and brought in some sales for me: Thanks, Etsy!!


Honey & Olive Bracelet – sold and relisted on

Last week, I started my journey into my Speech-Language Pathology career.  Yes, Finally! Thank you all who have supported me on this blog the last year, encouraging me and lifting me up when I felt down and out during my longer than expected wait for approval of my overseas credentials. I am now employed to provide speech and language services to eight different primary schools in a school district. It’s challenging, and the caseload is definitely a lot bigger than what most people are used to in California (thanks to state laws there limiting caseload sizes), but I’m loving every minute of it.

This weekend, I fly to Singapore to see my family and then fly with them to Vietnam for a Yap family only vacation for a few days. (Yes, I’m taking a vacation merely 2 weeks after commencing my job. Go ahead, envy me!!!) I’m looking forward to it, and oddly enough, I’m also looking forward to returning to Melbourne at the end of the month to see Bry again! We would’ve been apart for a little over 2 weeks by the time we meet again at the end of this month. Yes, we did the whole long distance relationship across continents during our younger days, and even lived in different cities up until we got married, but I have gotten so used to waking up next to Bry every morning in the last 8 month,s that…not having him around the last week has been a little…odd. ^^

So those are the updates from me. I might drop by to say “HI” while in Singapore or in Vietnam. In the meantime, do continue to check out Cherbie’s Creations online @, and browse other fabulous finds on Etsy!!!

For our honeymoon, Bryan and I decided that we want to stay in a really nice hotel at a really cheap town near Singapore. Our search for this combination led us to book a room at the Hilton Hotel in Hua Hin, a pretty beach town about 200km south of Bangkok, Thailand.

I’ve been looking up photos of the town and its surrounding places and am really psyched up for this trip – perhaps even more so than for the wedding. It’s been more than 10 years since I last visited Thailand. I’m really looking forward to some authentic Thai food, cheap shopping, elephant rides, dusty roads and bumpy bus/van rides, charming village folks, beautiful sandy beaches, and, most importantly, staying at a (relatively cheap) luxurious hotel room with impeccable Thai hospitality.