Feb 02, 2015 – [Monday] The Places I Called Home: Waterloo Park

Waterloo, Canada, taken on December 3, 2005

I stepped into the city of Waterloo for the first time in 2005 and lived there for 5 years more or less. During my undergrad years, Waterloo was more like home to me than Toronto. Waterloo Park was one place that I should have visited more often. It’s a shame that we so often don’t explore the places we call home, ending up with regret when we miss it after we’re gone.

Jan 26, 2015 – [Monday] The Places I Called Home: Landing in Toronto

Toronto, Canada, taken on January 29, 2014

Canada’s “welcome home” gift to me was the coldest and most severe winter in 20 years. As I was about to land in Toronto, the scene outside the plane’s window awed me. It is unfathomable that this is a city covered in snow, and who would have guessed that this was Toronto? The winding roads, like the veins of the city, leading to patches of clustered houses all decorated with snow – it almost seemed as if the city hides within it SIGNS that could only be seen from the sky.

December 15, 2014 – Sauces

Three of the indispensable sauces for Chinese cuisine, which are of course essential for my kitchen, have been obtained! They are, in order from left to right, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sesame oil. Where would I be without Lee Kum Kee?! There are many others I intend to get – vinegar, dark soy sauce, cooking wine, and chili sauce are just a few to name – but they will have to wait till the new year.