Friday, October 28, 2016

8.334 Welcome to Adulthood

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Lately I've been thinking about how I may be the only one my age who still feels like a kid. Everyone around me seems to be more ambitious than me, thinking about their careers and what their next step in life will be. Am I the only one who takes it as I go? Is it really bad to have only a vague idea of what I want my future to look like?

Sometimes I wonder why I am not more career oriented. I recently watched a few videos from a couple of Youtubers I admire talking about their careers and sharing some career tips. They're both wealthy and successful, and coincidentally they're both in the field of marketing. Hearing them talk about their careers with so much pride really makes me feel like I'm missing something.

I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place as my workplace situation is a bit of a sticky one. Let me step back and start from the beginning (in case you happen to be a new reader here). After I graduated from University, I took my chances and worked in a produce factory to ensure that my student debt would be paid off as quickly as possible. Was it the best choice? Probably not. But in that moment, the one thing I really wanted was for the debt to go away. Taking that full-time job right in front of me was my way of doing what it takes to make that happen. I don't come from a wealthy family, heck not even a middle income one. I didn't know even my family was considered low-income until right around high school when I learned about family class hierarchy.

Within the factory, I met some wonderful people. I learned how to professionally cut fruit and vegetables, and learned more than what I thought I could learn working in a factory. Then opportunity struck and I landed a customer service job at my current workplace. I learned quite a bit about the industry which will definitely help me a lot personally in the future. I worked well and then got promoted to work in the office as a L0gistics C00rdinator. I was able to learn even more about the industry and it opened a whole new world about how importing and exporting works.

Now here is where the conundrum is. Because it's a small company, I eventually had to do 2 jobs. I have to help process sales orders for their sister company (which are few but can get busy at times) while trying to keep up with my main work. On the one hand, I have no degree in this field and I only know what I've been taught, learned through experience and researched myself. On the other hand, I have no real basis to outline what my position is. I'm not like my colleagues in the office who have a degree in the job that they're doing. At least for them, everyone knows exactly what they applied for and what is expected of them. As for me, it seems as if I'm just filling in wherever they need me. Some days I'm so stressed out because I have so much to do and no time to do it. To make things more complicated, I am actually very "valued" in this company. It may not be reflected in my paycheque but it is reflected in how much they involve me, especially in matters that aren't even related to my own department. All my colleagues see how much they trust me, in my abilities and my opinions. But then where do I draw the line? When is the line crossed from being "valued" to being taken advantage of?

I've become the middle link that connects all the departments. Management, accounting, marketing, financial, wholes@le, ret@il, w@rehouse... they all come to me needing something. To put things in perspective, only rarely would the accounting/financial department need something from the marketing department and vice versa. But me? Everyone seems to need me to do something for them at some point.

I've heard people talk about the crappy jobs they've had to go through, the little pay, all in the name to gain experience. I also try to think about the experience I've obtained and what I can still gain. I guess it's hard to keep a positive outlook when you feel underappreciated. Welcome to adulthood.

"In life, there are no shortcuts to joy. Anything that is worth pursuing requires us to suffer just a little bit." -Chris Burkard

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

8.333 Pumpkins + Le Creuset

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Lately I've been thinking of really taking the effort to save money aside for luxury items I've been lusting over for years. I'm at a point in my life where I don't have expenditures relating to kids or a house mortgage. It's the perfect time to invest in bags and scarves that will last a lifetime, no?

Halloween is right around the corner. I'm not much of a Halloween kind of person but I do enjoy celebrating holidays, even if it's in a small way. This year I decided to buy some decorative pumpkins. I was in Home Sense one day and saw 2 ladies chatting away about which pumpkins they should buy among the group of glass pumpkins in front of them. Assuming that the glass pumpkins were placed there by the store, I came up close to have a look at them. Immediately one of the ladies looks at me but I take a glance before walking away. I figured I'll come back later and pick after they're done. They stood there talking for at least 10 minutes, and by the time I came back, all the pumpkins were gone. It was that moment I realized that the pumpkins were not put on display in that spot by the store. Those ladies had scoured the whole store and took all the pumpkins and placed it there for them to choose from. How inconsiderate.

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Luckily though, I found a few remaining pumpkins of interest on the store shelves. Above was one I considered but didn't get.

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I was also close to getting the above orange one but decided not to.

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I ended up picking up these 2 pumpkins, which look practically identical, because I couldn't decided between the two colours. I really loved the shape of the pumpkin so I thought it wouldn't hurt to get both of them. This is as far as I'll go for Halloween decoration inside the house for now. It seems Halloween decor is more of an outdoor thing.

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Thanksgiving for us Canadians was earlier this month (Oct 10th). This year I decided to make soup. I was super excited because I was able to use my newly acquired Le Creuset dutch oven pot! I told myself that one day I would buy the red one when I get my own place... but the opportunity presented itself when I crossed paths with it at Winners!! I also bought 2 copper pots the same day.

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This 5.5QT round dutch oven pot retails for $525 but I only bought it for $230!! What a steal!!

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The size is perfect for a small family. If you have a larger family, the next size up will probably do. I made Chicken Pot Pie soup and it turned out delicous.

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Chicken before and after.

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Asparagus.

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Mashed potatoes with bacon and cheese.

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I love enjoying a great big meal with the family.

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Tiramisu for dessert!

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The weather has become so chilly as of late. I miss being able to relax by the lake and walk around without feeling like you just want to snuggle in your blanket in bed.

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We saw this two extravagant houses in the neighbourhood. I hope one day I can own a beautiful home just like these two.

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Relaxing by the lake while we munched on Dominoes pizza. We were undisturbed for some time until some geese and seagulls spotted us eating. The geese swam over and the seagulls quickly flew over to see if they could get a morsel of food. They hung around for some time before swimming away after they realized they weren't going to get any handouts.

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Osmow's makes delicious shawarma. Just thinking about it now makes me want to eat some. Mmm.

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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in "So Much Fawn". I love wearing this in the fall because it's the perfect dusty rose colour.

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On snapchat, heyclaire posted a picture of her newly washed brushes. Am I the only one who likes to see what kind of brushes people use? I like to see what's worth getting. I'm actually obsessed with brushes and seem to collect quite a bit of them.

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Speaking of snapchat, I snapped picking these Asian snacks up from T&T. I tried all of them and the only one I like is the beef jerky. I was hoping to find dried candied squid similar to the ones my mom brought back from Vietnam years ago but still no luck. The beef jerky was a total success though! It tastes exactly like the Vietnamese beef jerky my former coworker brought for us to enjoy at the workplace. She sneaked it past Airport security lol. She's crazy. But at least I know I can enjoy it here now!

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I know around Fall everyone loves to drink Pumpkin Spice Latte... but I swear, year round I am always up for a Vanilla Frappe no matter how cold it is. The Mister loves his green tea. We're hot and cold LOL.

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Our dinner for the month at Canyon Creek. We both opted for the $36 Prix Fixe meal. I got the same choice I made last time we came here except this time I got the seasonal soup which was potato cream soup. It was really good!

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I would never order salmon or fish but after I did the last time, I think I will order it often from now on.

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Been hitting the gym pretty consistenly as of late. Today is my day of rest which is why I have time to blog.

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Work has been okay these days. I don't feel so much pressure but I'm sure it'll come back around soon. My new colleague turned out alright. At first I was unsure because of some things she did... but I can overlook them because I think there may be some miscommunication going on. She's pretty fashionable actually; she wears a dress everyday to work. In fact, I've yet to see her wear pants. Another coworker mentioned to me how who doesn't like how she puts on a "fashion show", but I totally give kudos to her. I don't see why people judge or care so much about what other people wear. It's not like she's showing inappropriate skin, cleavage or wearing anything skintight or see-through. Her choice of clothing are actually very office appropriate. I admire her for wearing what she wants regardless if it makes her stand out.

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The Mister and I saw Jack Reacher Never Go Back this past Saturday. The first date we went on was to see Jack Reacher (the first movie). It's so cool that now 3 years later, we have gone back to see the second edition.

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Have any of you tried the gourmet popcorn from Poptopia? I tried the Caramel Chocolate Drizzle and it's so good! If you're not much of a sweet tooth, you probably won't like this.

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Also, before the movie started, I won first place in Slap Shot Shooter. So cool because I've never seen my name first for anything before! And it was on the big screen! My 10 seconds of fame haha :D

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on." -Robert Frost

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

8.332 Moving Day

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Sometimes I get paranoid about getting "found" out. It's happened before. A high school friend found my blog once, but that was when I still had my old blog and I was mainly blogging about beauty. I'm not as afraid of being discovered by my friends than I am by my coworkers or my bosses though. I like to separate the two as much as possible. I would totally feel awkward if someone at work knew about the details of my inner personal life. I can go into a lot of detail on here, especially when it comes to rants and sharing my thoughts. People on my Facebook found my Instagram because stupid Facebook connected the two accounts. Thankfully I had removed my blog link from my Instagram way back. I figured one day my instagram would get discovered somehow. Phew!

Anyway, today I wanted to finally share some purchases I made in the Summer.
Both of these shirts are from Zara. I am in constant need of tops for going out on weekends. Ever since I started working at my workplace, I have a tough time differentiating between office attire and weekend attire. My style was already very office-like so now I'm always second-guessing myself LOL.

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It wouldn't be a Summer haul without a pair of shorts! These are also from Zara.

More tops for weekend and work. I found these at Winners. Winners and Marshalls have really great deals to be found if you give the time to look for them. These shirts were $35 and $30 which is a lot cheaper than other tops that go for $50-60+.

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Speaking of expensive tops, I was drooling over the above BCBG top. I love the colour and how flowy it is... but at $192 there was no way in hell I would buy it!

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This too was a great find at Winners. This is the first denim top I've ever owned. I have another top from Velvet Heart and they both fit great!

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I found these coffee beans and grinds at Marshalls. They taste pretty good and I like how their a Canadian company.

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Remember in my last post how I scored on those inexpensive Spiegelau wine glasses? Well I scored again! But this time it was at Home Outfitters. These pack of beer glasses retailed for $89.99, but I got them at a steal for only $14.96!

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So you may be wondering about the title... it's not me haha... yet. My younger sister needed help moving out of her shared condo with her friend to another condo to live by herself. What a big step! I swear the things she does sometimes really makes me green with envy. I still live at home for goodness sake... and here she is living independently. Kudos to her!

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View from her old place. I zoomed in on one of the balconies of a neighbouring building because this would totally be how my balcony would look like if I lived in a condo LOL.

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Goodbye condo. I actually liked the layout of this condo. It felt very cozy and home-like. The only thing is the kitchen is hella tiny.

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Loads of stuff to move. This would totally be me one day.

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On our way to the new place! It was weird being in a U-Haul truck because I sat in the middle. The only time I remember sitting in the middle was when I was little and it was in one of those olden day cars where there was a middle seat in the front.

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New place! I like how they managed to incorporate a small island in. This space has never been occupied by anyone before, how lucky!

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View from the new building.

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Holy Chuck
1450 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T 1Y7

Taken from the site: "Holy Chuck is a pioneer in Toronto’s burger scene. In such a short period of time since our opening on September 7th 2011, Holy Chuck has made a huge impact and quite a statement. Our hand rolled patties made of aged high quality steak is ground fresh every hour and has earned our signature burger The Holy Chuck best burger in Toronto by Joanne Kate’s and Celebrity Chef Massimo Capra to name a few. We have also been rated as one of the Top 100 restaurants in Toronto in 2014."

Then we were treated to Holy Chuck burgers for all of our hard work :D

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So much to choose from... I decided to go with their signature The Holy Chuck burger (double cheeseburger with bacon and caramelized onions) since I've never tried this place before. I figured I should go for their signature and later branch out.

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Oh boy... was the burger ever good! The meat patty was super juicy and savoury. The only downside was that the patty was so juicy that the juices totally made the bottom bun soggy. Still, I would totally come back here!

Service was nice, seating was spacious, a great casual place to hang out.

Overall: Ambience A, Food A, Service A+, Price A+.

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Then another weekend we helped my sister pick out a tv. She ended up with Samsung and it looks great!

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Drive back home. I may love Toronto and the idea of living in the city seems great... but traffic is a nightmare, most neighbourhoods are very old with dated houses- not to mention ridiculous living/housing costs. I think I'll stick with living in the Greater Toronto Area and just visit Toronto downtown when I want.

"The truth shall set you free. But first, it will piss you off." -Gloria Steinem