Shutter Bug

My dad has been wanting to get a new camera for a while, more specifically a point and shoot since he already has a Canon 20D, so I suggested he redeem his Airmiles points for a new camera. After browsing the selection of camera’s, my dad settled on the Canon Powershot S100. Here are some photos I took:

{Dinner from Mui Garden: beef and brocolli, deep fried pork chop & chicken}

{Yuki begging for food}

{Pretty flower}

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Matcha Madness

It’s no secret that I love matcha, if there is something made with matcha, I will most likely try it. While browsing at Konbinya Japan Center with S.A.W., my eyes immediately gravitated towards the matcha section. It was heaven for me and I picked up a few matcha food items:

{Top left: Country Ma’am Matcha Flavoured Chocolate Chip Cookies| Top right: Sequoia Matcha Green Tea Chocolate| Middle: Matcha Kit-Kat| Bottom: Meiji Matcha Chocolate}

Here’s what I thought of each item:

  • Country Ma’am cookies: Very faint matcha flavour, tasted like a normal chocolate chip cookie with chewy texture
  • Sequoia Matcha Green Chocolate: Tasted good, but the matcha flavour wasn’t very noticeable but I still enjoyed it
  • Matcha Kit-Kat: Nice matcha and white chocolate flavour. Recommend!
  • Meiji Matcha Chocolate: Rich matcha flavour, most prominent out of all the matcha items I bought

Maxi Skirts

I’ve never been a fan of maxi skirts because I didn’t think I could ever pull it off with my height, but recently I’ve been loving pleated and chiffon maxi skirts! They are so versatile and so easy to style but I’ve been having a hard time finding one in stores that’s inexpensive. I know there are many available online, but I don’t have a credit card so I wanted to get it in stores.

The other day when I was at Winners, I found this pleated maxi skirt and it was only $19.99:

{Image via my Instagram}

I love the taupe color and the coral color blocking on the bottom. My only complaint is that I wish it was more flowy.

Here are some other maxi skirts that I like:

{American Apparel Chiffon Double-Layer Full Length Skirt}

{Forever 21 Accordion Pleated High-Low Skirt}

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Whatever You Desire Turns 1!

Today marks the 1st birthday of my blog. Exactly one year ago, I started this blog right before I graduated from high school to share my life and photos with my close friends. It’s been a fun year of blogging and it’s become a great hobby of mines. I never thought I would get any subscribers or readers (other than my friends) because I didn’t do much to promote my blog. In reality, I’m an extremely shy and akward person, but blogging has been a great outlet to express my thoughts and go out of my comfort zone.

I just want to thank all my subscribers and to those who read my blog! I would also like to thank you all for tolerating my grammar/writing; second to math, English has always been my weakest subject in school.  I don’t know how long I will continue blogging, but I know I won’t be quitting anytime soon. Once again, a big thank you to all my readers! 😀

XO Jessica

 

My Week in Instagram Photos

Another week, another round of photos via Instagram. The highlight of this week was getting to hang out with S.A.W., but other than that, my week hasn’t been going well. Here are pictures of my week:

{Chicken breast, quinoa, and roast veggies from Something Fresh, Something Healthy}

{View of Kingsway during the evening}

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Money in My Wallet

I realized that my wallet is breaking and it’s time for a new one! My last wallet was hastily purchased at The Bay because my other one broke, so this time around I would love to get a nicer, sturdier wallet.

My criteria for a wallet are as follow:

  • Many card slots
  • Big change pocket (I carry a lot of change most of the time)
  • Zip-around wallet
  • Made from leather or pleather
  • Under $250

Here are my picks:

{Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Verticle Zippy Wallet}

{Kate Spade New York ‘gold coast – lacey’ zip around wallet}

{Tory Burch Zip Around Continental Wallet}

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Seto Cafe

Seto Cafe is located on Hastings Street in the Sunrise area, near The Red Wagon. Even though I live pretty close to this area, I never really noticed Seto Cafe until recently. I was expecting it to be your typical diner but the interior was quite clean and inviting.

They have a $3.99 all day breakfast advertised, which is a pretty good deal, but not as cheap as Bon’s (of course). The place is run by an Asian family and serves up your typical diner food, i.e. burgers, breakfast items, etc and Chinese food.

I came here with my dad and brother (RKO) and here is what we ordered:

I went for their $3.99 breakfast which includes a choice of ham, bacon or sausage with 2 eggs, toast and home fries. You can get shredded hashbrowns for an additional charge. I went with sausage, egg’s over-medium and brown toast. This was a generous portion and left me satisfied, for 4 bucks, there’s nothing to complain about.

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Vancouver: Love Hate Relationship

The weather has been less than perfect in Vancouver lately; it went from sunny skies to a downpour in rain. I haven’t been feeling like myself lately but I’m not sick, more like sick of things. Thought I would post some edited pictures I took 2 weeks ago when I went bike riding:

{False Creek: some sort of Dragon boating event was going on that day}

{I believe this is the Cambie bridge}

I’m off to LA in 2 weeks, I’m excited not only to be in sunny California, but to be away from Vancouver for a week. A much needed vacation for my family and myself.

 

Bel Cafe Macaron’s

I’ve been to Bel Cafe prior to this visit (read post here) but I was only able to try a few of their macarons as I had no say in what flavours were ordered. So I visited Bel Cafe again after reading about their cookies and creams macaron. Being a cookies and cream lover, I finally made my way to Bel Cafe when the right opportunity was presented.

Bel Cafe’s macaron’s are $2, which is on par with most places and you can buy them individually or in a box of 8 or 16. I went for the box of 8:

{Flavours from left to right: pistachio, cookies and cream, vanilla, cookies and creams, rosewater lychee, dark chocolate, maple bacon and pistachio}

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Richmond Summer Night Market

This past Friday, Es S and I made our way to the Richmond Summer Night Market for the first time this year. This year, a new one has opened up near River Rock Casino. We planned on visiting both, and we did just that. I don’t venture into Richmond often because I find it inconvenient and the roads confuse me. Usually I enjoy going to the summer night market, but this time it left a bad impression.

The Richmond Summer Night Market is open from May 11 to September 16.                                                          They are open Fri & Sat: 7:00PM-12:00AM and Sun & Holidays: 7:00PM-11:00PM.

It is a bit confusing getting to the new night market so Es S and I ended up exiting the night market instead of going to the parking lot. We ended up parking near Aberdeen Center and taking the Canada Line there. While walking to the night market, I guess I didn’t move out of the way in time and accidentally bumped into an old lady, who yelled, “CRAAAZY” at me. I wasn’t even at the night market yet and I was already having a bad night.

The new night market requires a $1 admission, which I wasn’t aware of and was not too pleased about.

Because of the $1 admission, there was a long line and wait to get into the night market. Again, not too pleased.

I didn’t take too many pictures of the stalls, but most stalls were selling phone accessories, Apple accessories, phone cases (mostly iPhone), stationary, and jewelry. I didn’t take too many pictures, but here are the few I took:

{Cute phone sleeves and the only item I purchased: a rose design iPhone case}

{There was a stall selling macaron’s and large mac pop’s, but I didn’t end up getting anything}

The great thing about the new night market is that there are more food stalls. To me, the best part of going to the night market is for the food, but it can get pricey! Here is what Es S and I got:

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