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What’s up? I hope everyone is doing well.

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These past couple of weeks have been busy for me. I had to miss an anime convention and this weekend I can’t go to another event which makes me sad. ;__; There’s an assessment outline, client interviews, interview transcript, reflection papers, group facilitation, theory paper, practicum, work – all within a short timeframe.

So far I am pleased with the quality of my assignments, but anime viewing and reviewing have been put to a hold. Cosplaying has been put to a hold, but I’m still trying to maintain a social life. Hahaha.

I have been practising self-care, and I’ve been working hard to eat healthier. My current goal is to not sleep too late. ><

My blog isn’t doing too great right now in terms of stats, and it is a little demotivating. However, I am the type of person who would still blog, cosplay, draw and take pictures even if nobody liked anything I created. 🙂

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Quotes!

I’ve thrown in quotes randomly in my blog, but these are some quotes I really like.

Certain kinds of knowledge rob people of their sleep.” – Haruki Murakami

“A man who has been through bitter experiences and traveled far enjoys even his sufferings after a time.” — Homer, The Odyssey

“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.” ― Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

“Books are often far more than just books.” – Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist 

“There is nothing alive more agonized than man” ― Homer, The Iliad

“Failure is a bruise, not a tattoo.” – Jon Sinclair

“Things are as they are. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.” — Alan Watts

“The fastest way to kill something special, is to compare it to something else.” — Unknown

“Women’s sovereignty is central to Indian sovereignty because nations cannot be free if their Indian women are not free.” — Bonnie Clairmont, Hochunk anti rape activist

“If one is satisfied with things, one doesn’t complain about the downsides that exist, either.” – Georg Henrik von Wright, Finnish philosopher

“I need days when I can be alone, to think, to daydream.” — Margarita Karapanou, tr. by Karen Emmerich, from “Rien ne va Plus

“My heart is just like the ocean, has storm and calm and tides” — Heinrich Heine, tr. by Aaron Kramer, from “You Lovely Fisher-Maiden

“Laugh, cry, sing, become a flower” – flumpool, “Hana Ni Nare”

“Just because the nights are lonely, don’t force yourself to love somebody” – flumpool, “Yoru wa Nemureru kai?”

“Consider not whitewashing your film and receiving tons of love.” – John Cho

“I craved desperately some great savage joy, no matter how immense the suffering that might ensue.” — Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“Some days seem to fit together like a stained glass window. A hundred little pieces of different color and mood that, when combined, create a complete picture.” — Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver

“We suffer more often in imagination than in reality” – Seneca

“I was never really insane except on occasions where my heart was touched.” – Edgar Allan Poe

“All suffering originates from craving, from attachment, from desire.” — Edgar Allan Poe

“A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity.” – Germaine Greer

“Every 12 years Jupiter returns to the same position in the sky; every 370 days it disappears in the fire of the Sun in the evening of the west, 30 days later it reappears in the morning to the east …” — Gan De, a Chinese astronomer. He was born around 400 BCE.

“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions…” — Leonardo da Vinci

“The fury of a demon instantly possessed me. I knew myself no longer. My original soul seemed, at once, to take its flight from my body; and a more than fiendish malevolence, gin-nurtured, thrilled every fibre of my frame.” — Edgar Allan Poe

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.” — Lao Tzu

“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.” — Lao Tzu

“Simplicity, patience, compassion. These are your three biggest treasures.” — Lao Tzu

“My head is full of things that I never tell anyone about” – Ling tosite sigure, Abnormalize

“I believe in you.” Words that water flowers – Michael Faudet

“Et tu, Brute!” — William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar. Act iii. Sc. 1.

“People are losing their fear of hell,” asserts an evangelist. Well no wonder-it is said that familiarity breeds contempt.” – The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois, October 9, 1948

“Even my own reflection turns its back on me.” – La reproduction interdite 1937, René Magritte

“They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” — Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart

“I am both happy and sad at the same time, and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” — Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“Oh… So you’re at a movie too.” – Tampopo. Dir. Juzo Itami. 1985.

“In this world, there are things you can only do alone, and things you can only do with somebody else. It’s important to combine the two in just the right amount.” — Haruki Murakami

“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” — Unknown

“Each of us has heaven and hell in him.” — Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” — Oscar Wilde

“I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.” — Oscar Wilde

“If a poem hasn’t ripped apart your soul; you haven’t experienced poetry.” — Edgar Allan Poe

“Desiring to be loved, yet despise being owned” — Hebe Tien

“The moon was the most spectacularly beautiful desert you could ever imagine. Unspoilt. Untouched. It had a vibrancy about it and the contrast between it and the black sky was so vivid, it just made this impression of excitement and wonder.” – Charlie Duke

“In Japan, we practice something called forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku. Shinrin in Japanese means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.” So shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in the forest through our senses.” — Qing Li, ‘Forest Bathing’ Is Great for Your Health. Here’s How to Do It, Time

“No matter how honestly you open up to someone, there are still things you cannot reveal.” — Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki

Most of these are from books, but some are from movies and some are song lyrics and even tweets. All mediums are important.

If you like reading, I recommend “On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning” by Haruki Murakami. It’s a short story and you can read it in five minutes.

I also love this poem:

“The colour of this flower
Has already faded away,
While in idle thoughts
My life goes by,
As I watch the long rains fall.”

– Ono no Komachi

You can read an earlier post on quotes here.

Listening to: Carrying You (Jazz ver.)

School Update + Gifts from Moya

As some of you guys know, I graduated in May 2018 with my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. I am back in school now, doing my second degree in Social Work. I still attend the University of British Columbia, which was my top choice because I can commute from home and I have friends there.

I’m done my first week and I’m enjoying it a lot. I want to become a social worker, and I feel really good and confident about this decision. 🙂 It’s a two-year program and I have all my classes with the same 50~ classmates.

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I had lunch with Moya on campus today and she gave me gifts! These are gifts from her Taiwan trip. I love stickers – I stick them on my transit card, notebooks, electronic devices, and letters I write to friends. I also love No Face from Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away, so I really like the No Face pen. Lastly, I got bubble tea flavoured chocolate. I’ve never seen that before and I love bubble tea. Thank you, Moya! ❤

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Travel Diary: Parliament & Butchart Gardens of Victoria

I went to Victoria, BC again. Last time I went to Craigdarroch Castle, Chinatown and Miniature Museum. This time I went to the Parliament Buildings (only outside) and Butchart Gardens.

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on the ferry

The Parliament Buildings are really big.

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close-up of the Parliament

The Butchart Gardens are quite big as well. I took photos of my favourite flowers. I must have missed the lilies because I don’t think I saw them…

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taken at the rose garden

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pretty restaurant

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Phone camera pictures:

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The gardens are definitely my favourite place in Victoria.


Victoria Part 1 – Craigdarroch Castle/Chinatown/Ferry [HERE]

Victoria Part 2 – Miniature Museum [HERE]

Travel Diary: The Peak of Vancouver

I went to Grouse Mountain, also known as the Peak of Vancouver. I’ve been there when I was younger, but it’s my first time back as an adult.

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before the skyride

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The chairlift was probably the funnest part for me, and we saw a big bear while sitting on it. The view of Vancouver was pretty – the land surrounding the water bodies in the second photo is the city.

A Thing About Twitter

Twitter was my main social media platform, but now I’m stepping away from it. I won’t deactivate my account, but I’m already using it a lot less. Here’s why it no longer interests me. Whenever something does not interest me anymore, I always have my reasons.

1. I am using social media less in general. Currently I don’t feel the need to share my life with others. I still take the same amount of photos as before, but I guess I’m a more private person now. I’ll still post my favourite posts here on my blog and Instagram, of course.

2. Due to reasons related to school and work, I’ve made my account private. I find that it’s less fun being private, and I feel less motivated to tweet. The reason is probably because of the retweeting culture, and others can’t retweet your tweets if you’re a private account.

3. Unpleasant interactions. All I do is tweet randomly about my day, or a random thought I had. I never ask for a dispute over a silly tweet that I could have not tweeted in the first place.

4. Indirect tweeting. I’ve seen a lot of these, but a lot of them are responses to others’ tweets and directing it to the public.

5. People complaining. I am aware that I complain too, but the environment influences the way I tweet. If everyone retweeted more happy and positive thoughts, I would too. You can’t retweet something if you don’t see much of it.

6. Time waster. Now that I don’t go on Twitter as often, I’ve had more time to do other things. Things that are more important than tweeting.

7. People make up news or twist news stories all the time on Twitter. We should always question information before we retweet anything, but a lot of people fail to do this. Twitter is not as bad as Facebook though.

8. Negative news. This is specifically news stories, not others’ personal tweets. I like to be informed about the world’s events, but there are more negative stories than positive ones.

9. When I log into Twitter after a break, I realize I haven’t missed much. Life goes on with or without your online presence.

Twitter used to give me energy because it gave me a place to interact with my online blogger friends. Now I am satisfied with commenting on blog posts. I used to like being updated on what was happening in the community, but now I realize it doesn’t really matter. Of course I am aware of the pros of Twitter, but right now the cons outweigh the pros. It is a toxic space for me and feels draining. Obviously I can’t speak for everyone, but this is my experience with Twitter.