It’s Been a While

Hello! I’ve been inactive on this blog for quite some time… a whole month to be exact. I guess I’ve been caught up with life and school. I’m almost finish my exams, I have one more on Monday. Well, I guess I should address why I haven’t updated my blog in a whole month. I don’t go in-depth about my personal life on this blog, but I thought I would share.

I’ve been trying to figuring out life, while working on issues I have with myself. I guess you could call it a process of self-discovery. Growing up, I had social anxiety, which prevented me from doing many things. I don’t think it’s up until recently that I’m finally overcoming this social anxiety and part of it is doing things that deviate from what I would consider “normal” of myself. Growing up, I would constantly receive negative comments on my appearance and that was really detrimental to my self-esteem and it was a major factor that contributed to my social anxiety.

I don’t know where this post is going, so I’ll end it here. I will be posting new posts soon and thank you for reading!

Food and Friends

When my friends and I hang out, eating is usually involved. I guess it’s great to have friends who love to eat and try new places! Since midterms are over, I had some free time to hang out with Es S and S.A.W. and we went on a mini food adventure.

We met up at Basho cafe where I finally had the chance to try one of their savory food items:

I ordered a tuna tataki salad + lunch set which includes a green tea, soup of the day and mini sweets. The salad was delcious; the combination of the tender tuni tataki topped with ginger garlic sauce (sauce similar to the sauce you dip hainese chicken with), pickeled carrots and daikon and crisp lettuce dressed with a nice sauce was divine. I also ordered a matcha madeleine, which was also good.

Next off, we headed to Richmond for some Asian food! We decided on Aberdeen foot court:

We got deep fried chicken wings to share from Wo Fung Dessert and they were crispy and delectable. A must try if you’re at Aberdeen food court!

Lastly, for dessert, we went to Bubble Fruity for some Chinese desserts:

Pictured above is durian flavour sago cream, mango flavour sago cream and taro flavour sago cream with pearls. We all enjoyed our desserts and it was a great way to end our food adventure.

 

Case of the Mondays

Hello! As you can tell, I’ve been MIA lately. I just started a new job and volunteer position, and along with that I’ve been having midterms non-stop for the past couple of weeks. I applaud those who are able to go to school full time, work and manage to obtain high grades because I am finding it difficult to find a balance. As my title states, I have a case of the Mondays, more so this Monday due to the loss of an hour of sleep from day light savings. Do any of you suffer from the case of the Mondays? For me, sleeping in on the weekends and having to wake up at 6:30 makes me zombie-like on Mondays

Since I haven’t done much lately, here are some pictures from last month…

{Valentine’s day box from Basho Cafe. I bought this as a valentines gift to myself}

{Delicious deep fried oysters from The Fish Counter. A place to check out for fish and chips in Vancouver}

{Gastown at night is very pretty}

Thanks for reading!

 

For the love of Matcha!

I love matcha and anything made with it. During my reading break last week, I indulged in numerous drinks and food made with matcha…

When David Tea’s introduced their tea infused chocolates, I was excited to try them. Unfortunately, I thought they were overpriced and lacked tea flavour, especially the white chocolate with matcha matsu. To me, it lacked matcha flavour and just tasted like plain white chocolate with the slightest hint of matcha.

I tried this Japanese new cafe called Basho Cafe and I was in matcha heaven! I will do a full blog post on it in the future but on my visit, I got a matcha latte and a piece of white chocolate matcha brownie. They also have other baked goods made with matcha including matcha coconut cookies, matcha mochi brownie, matcha filled meringue on that particular day!

I blogged about this green tea parfait here. Since I was in the downtown, I decided to get one to satisfy my sweet tooth. I love the green tea soft serve ice-cream, it’s so delicious!

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Quick Update

Hello! I know I haven’t been updating my blog much lately… I’ve been having a bad week so I didn’t feel like updating much. I want to announce that I have finally made a Twitter account! You can follow me @yetjessica if you desire. I tweet pictures I don’t post on my Instagram to mix things up. Anyways, that’s it for this update post, I will be making posts about what I did during my reading break soon.

Life Lately: Food, Beauty and Health

Hello! Sorry for the short hiatus, I have been swamped with midterms that blogging has been one of my last priorities these days. I have two midterms before my reading break and I’m bummed that I won’t be going anywhere during my reading break. Guess I’ll just reminisce about my time in Vegas last year. Here are bits of my past week:

{Dine Out Vancouver @ Baru Latino}

I went to my second (and last) Dine Out on Sunday at Baru Latino. I specifically chose Baru Latino for their paella (bottom left picture). Overall, my meal was delicious and the flan was heavenly, although M thought it was too sweet.

{Left to right: Murad oil control mattifier, Murad Pure Skin Dietary Supplements, Anatasia brow powder, Boscia Clear Complexion Treatment and Clinique All About Eyes eye cream}

I ordered some skin care products from Sephora a few weeks ago when they were doing a 2x the points event. The products above are mostly to target my acne and oily skin. I’ve tried a multitude of products for my oily skin, but nothing has really worked so far. I read good reviews about the Murad oil control mattifier, so I am anxious to see how it will work for me!

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Food Filled Week

My week last week was a mix of good and bad. The week was suppose to be filled with food adventures, which it was, but I also had some bumps along the way… I had an incident with my car (nothing serious, I bumped into a parked car while trying to park) and I’m pretty sure I failed my first stats midterm (50 minutes for a stats exam is not enough, I didn’t manage to finish the last 2 pages of the midterm). Although I was feeling down from those events, I realize that it’s best to just move on and acknowledge my shortcomings.

Here are some highlights from the past 2 weeks:

{Dessert tasting}

My week started off with a dessert tasting hosted by UBC Food Society. Desserts included frissant, green tea mousse cake, pavlova, tapioca pudding, coconut chiffon cake, marjolane cake and cheesecake (not pictured).

{Rose flavoured iced hot chocolate, liege waffle with salted caramel and chocolate hazelnut spread}

{“London Fogg” hot chocolate- hot chocolate with vanilla and earl grey flavoured frozen gelato bar}

I also tried 2 places participating in the hot chocolate festival. Pictured above are hot chocolates from Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France and Bella Gelateria.

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Review: 4 Angels Beauty Care

Located in downtown, 4 Angles Beauty Care offers threading, face services waxing services and massages in a warm and inviting setting. When I was offered to review their services, I jumped onto the opportunity to review something I am less acquainted with. I decided to review their facial and head massage services, but ended up getting the illu-mini facial , divine brows and pieces of heaven instead as my eyebrows were in dire need of threading. This was my first time getting a facial and my eyebrows threaded, so continue reading to find out how it went!

My first impressions of the place was that the space was smaller than I had anticipated, but inside was clean and inviting.

I was warmly greeted by the owner with a hug, which made me feel very welcomed. After filling out a new customer form, I was ushered to my seat where I would be receiving my Illu-Mini Facial: Walk in off the street for a quick pick-me-up! A mini facial that is perfect for a lunchtime boost or to get an illuminating face. This facial includes an exfoliation treatment, cleansing and a facial massage or extractions.

As I mentioned, the place is quite small, with 3 chairs and 2 rooms in the back (for waxing I presume). Although the place is small, it didn’t feel cramped and there was ample space between each chairs. With soothing music playing, the place felt relaxing and stress free (unlike school!).

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3 Things

{Lemongrass beef & spring rolls from Saigon Venture}

{Homemade kimchi fried brown rice with bacon}

{New glasses for school — I love them!}

Life lately has been uneventful. The only exciting thing for me lately was attaining new glasses and getting my eye brows threaded. Other than that, I’ve been just focusing on school. I don’t have much else to say, so that’s it for this post. Thanks for reading!

Fashion Favourites: American Eagle Jegging Ankle

Since I haven’t made a non-food related post in a while, I thought I would share one of my favourites: American Eagle’s Jegging Ankle. I have a love-hate relationship with jeans because I haven’t found a pair that fits nicely. That is until I discovered the jegging ankle. For a 5’3 girl with a curvy body and short legs, I find it extremely difficult to find a pair of jeans that are just the right length and fit. Most jeans I purchase require hemming because the length is too long, but these are the perfect length for me.

Here is what I like about the jegging ankle:

  • Perfect length for shorter girls like myself (the ‘short’ length has a 26 inch inseam)
  • Comfortable due to its stretchy material
  • Legging-like fit but look like jeans (plus, they have useable front pockets, which I find many jeggings lack)

The only problem I have with these jeans is that although they run true to size for me, they do stretch out after a few wears and get looser around the knee area.

In conclusion, I would recommend these jeans for those who are shorter in height and looking for a pair of jeans that are comfortable for the most part. American Eagle’s Jegging Ankle retails for $43.55 CAD but they often go on sale! I hope you found this review useful and thanks for reading.