I just completed a bit over a month here in Changsha! So you might be wondering how things are going so far... Do you want the sugar coated version? Because then the answer is that things have been splendid and China is the best country ever. The 100% honest version? I've learned so much about … Continue reading What Nobody Tells You When You Move to China
I’m less than a few hours away from my “big move” to China. Or at least that’s what everyone is calling it. I'm basically dropping everything in Vancouver to go work in China. Since having the incredible opportunity to film 3 TV shows for the Hunan TV International Channel, I’ve decided to move there to … Continue reading I’m Moving to China. For Good.
Two years ago, I came across Caño Cristales on a random Facebook video from Business Insider. I was blown away by the natural colours in this river, and even more excited that it was located in my birthplace of Colombia. https://youtu.be/eF7rtii_qJM So without a doubt, on this trip to Colombia, Caño Cristales was at the top … Continue reading Colombia Travel Journal: Caño Cristales “The Liquid Rainbow”
Day 1 "Colombia, tierra querida," I exhale as the plane lands at El Dorado International Airport. 18 hours and 6,753 km later, I have finally arrived in the motherland. Our first stop was the capital city of Bogotá. Bustling with people and cars, this big city is the economic and cultural centre of Colombia. After … Continue reading Colombia Travel Journal: Biking and Big Booties in Bogota
Hello beautiful people! It has been way too long since I last blogged... While no blog post I write could ever encompass the incredible trip I had in China from January to March 2018, I still wanted to share my incredible experiences with you. So below please see 4 travel vlogs I made while in … Continue reading Vlogging in China
Just last week, the 2017 Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant winner was crowned (by me). This time, I had a great time experiencing the pageant as an audience member. It was a complete different experience from last year. I could actually enjoy the show! My mom snapped this picture of me when she was watching me … Continue reading Moving On From Pageant Life
From winning Miss Chinese Vancouver 2016, to not making it into the Top 10 in Miss Chinese International, my life has been a huge rollercoaster the last few months. Being at both ends of the spectrum in the pageant world made me realize that at the end of the day, I am not defined by a pageant title. … Continue reading From Pageant Queen to Loser?
The Poke craze started in Hawaii but is making its way all over North America. Poke is a raw fish salad from Hawaiian cuisine which is healthy and delicious. With a few Poke restaurants opening up later this year, Poke will definitely be part of the next food craze in Vancouver. I couldn't wait to try … Continue reading The Perfect Summer Meal: Big Island Poke
Sushi restaurants are as common as Starbucks and marijuana dispensaries in Vancouver. While this makes it easy to stop for sushi in pretty much any neighbourhood, it can become difficult choosing a sushi restaurant that is always fresh and delicious. Kishimoto is a small Japanese restaurant located on Commercial Drive. While more on the pricey side, … Continue reading Kishimoto: A Sushi Staple in Vancity
Liquid nitrogen ice cream has made its way to Vancouver! Having tried this ice cream treat in Hong Kong, I was super excited to try the Vancouver version. So what's so special about liquid nitrogen ice cream? It's made by blasting cream with freezing liquid nitrogen until the mixture is frozen. Then, toppings and a LIK syrup … Continue reading I GOT LIK’D IN VANCITY: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
Forget the bento boxes, ramen, and sushi rolls for a second. Japanese food is being served the really healthy way at Shishinori. Here, salad bowls featuring lots of healthy ingredients will leave you satisfied without feeling guilty. Ahi Tuna Carpaccio Bowl ($12): brown rice, spinach, ahi tuna carpaccio slices, 1/2 egg, edamame, carrot, radish and apple slices, grapes, and … Continue reading Shishinori: Healthy Japanese Food That Won’t Leave You Feeling Guilty
Who said fashionable outfits have to be complicated to look good? Sometimes one piece of clothing can make you stand out and seamlessly put an outfit together. This floral print bomber jacket from Zara is light and fits snug. The floral pattern on this jacket is given a more casual/edgier look with the navy cuffs … Continue reading Slack It With a Floral Jacket
Depending on how you wear it, camo is one of those fashion trends that can be trendy or tacky. Nevertheless, it shouldn't be just reserved for Halloween. I decided to go camo crazy for a casual, boyish look with a camo long sleeve and snapback. That's definitely enough camo for one outfit, so I finished off … Continue reading Camouflage Montage
The Triple C look is about being comfortable and cozy, yet looking super cute.
As one of the food capitals in the world, Las Vegas is not just known for its famous seafood buffets. During a recent trip to Vegas, I indulged in so much good food that I just had to share it with you all. From food court items to celebrity chef restaurants, here is a list … Continue reading Feed Me Vegas, Baby!
Recently I tried Vancouver's first "ice-fried" yogurt shop, On Yogurt, in Yaletown. On Yogurt offers a wide selection of yogurt flavours, yogurt-gelato, and drinks. While all their menu items looked delicious, I was most eager to try their signature "ice-fried" yogurt. The "ice-fried" method sure is magic, and it is a popular method of making … Continue reading On Yogurt: Vancouver’s first “ice-fried” yogurt
In the heart of downtown Vancouver, this famous restaurant serves bowls of ramen in a compact, unpretentious setting. Kintaro Ramen serves the tastiest ramen noodle soup with toppings such as BBQ Pork, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, corn, and green onion. The place is small, simple, and always packed. Have they given much thought to interior decorations? … Continue reading BEST RAMEN in Vancouver: Kintaro
I'm Maria and I'm a cell phone addict. I wake up to my cellphone, it's in my pocket every minute of the day, I always get a constant urge to check for new notifications, and it's the last thing I see before I go to sleep. Wow. I am finally admitting to myself that the … Continue reading I’m Maria and I’m a Cell Phone Addict
Aloha friends! I just came back from an incredible trip to Hawaii (Honolulu island to be exact) with my mom and sister and wanted to share a few photos. Besides soaking up the sun on Waikiki beach, we hiked to the top of Diamond Head, went snorkelling with giant turtles, visited the Polynesian Cultural Centre, … Continue reading Back from Paradise
Living in Vancouver, I think it's safe to say that almost half the restaurants here are Japanese sushi restaurants. The joke is that they are like Starbucks because they can be found on every other block (haha). Sushi is sushi, but Miku really steps it up a notch with their unique Japanese fine dining experience. … Continue reading Best Upscale Sushi in Vancouver
If you haven't been to Yolk's yet, you need to pay them a visit for brunch. With the best Eggs Benedict made from free-range eggs, and items like Chicken & Waffles, French Toast, and Truffle-Lemon Hashbrowns, you'll be hooked! Located at the corner of Clark Drive and East Hastings, this light blue pale building is home to the best … Continue reading Best Eggs in Vancouver: Yolk’s
Q Shi Q, offering "Yakitori" grilled to perfection, is a hip, Japanese BBQ restaurant in the heart of Olympic Village. It just opened up recently in October and I had the chance to try it after hearing about it from word of mouth. This review on Q Shi Q is not biased, but I admit … Continue reading Q Shi Q Japanese BBQ in Vancouver
Currently in my second-last semester of my university career, I embarked on a social issues project for a Communications class about sugar. Check out this fact: How scary is that? I was inspired to begin this project after a weight loss journey last year that had me analyzing how many calories and how much sugar … Continue reading Canadians Eat 88 Pounds of Sugar Per Year
Eating healthy and exercising regularly is important to me. That's not the way it always was though. In high school I would eat junk food regularly and considered my P.E class as more than enough exercise. My weaknesses were chocolate bars, candy, ice cream, and Smarties Mcflurries. They are all still my weaknesses but I … Continue reading I Don’t Eat Garbage, Do I?
While it's pretty common to be of mixed-race in the world of today, the "oooohs" and "aaaahhs" I get don't seem to be stopping. Being Colombian-Chinese, one of the first things people tend to ask me when they meet me is, "What's your ethnicity?" or "Are you mixed?" The answer is (obviously) yes, but I … Continue reading Mixed Girl Problems
If you live in Maple Ridge, I am officially jealous that you can call Golden Ears Provincial Park your backyard. Golden Ears Park is a provincial park that has it all: hiking trails, camp grounds, beach, lake, and waterfalls, all just a 90 minute drive from Vancouver! While I did not get the chance to … Continue reading My Little Adventure at Golden Ears Park
Sometimes when I tell people my part-time job consists of emceeing, I get puzzled looks. Read on to know a little bit more about my (part-time) profession!
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