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.
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.
Guangzhou, China, taken on June 6, 2012
The view from the balcony of my grandparent’s place in China near Xiaobeilu in Guangzhou hasn’t changed much in the almost two decades that I had left. Many places in Guangzhou have been renovated and embellished with a modern atmosphere. Here, nostalgia remains.
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.
I’ve moved to my new flat! After having arrived in Glasgow for almost a month and a half, I’m finally all unpacked and settled. The new place is cozy and warm and I am looking forward to decorating it and inviting lots of friends over 🙂