THAT'S SO COOL! And a job too, wow! :D What's your job?
I'm pretty good, I just got my hair cut super short, it's so fun! I leave for the whole summer on saturday, first to a hiking/canoeing trip, and then to spain for a month, I've almost got all my equipment purchased. And I've got 4 disks left of LOST and then I'm done the whole series. (and those disks have to be watched before I leave so I can discuss it with my canoeing partner, who is also going to spain with me)
SPAIN?! I am incredibly jealous. I really want to travel around Europe!
I’m going to be working as the Facility Sales Supervisor at the Toronto Botanical Gardens. The name sounds super fancy and high up which is nice but really, I’m not supervising anyone but myself lol.
Please blog about your travels! I’d love to see pictures and see what you’ve been up to!
Actually a British guy called me last week in regards to my resume I posted online and asked if I would do any private English tutoring. I asked if it was for his kids but he explained that he was just back visiting family for the summer and that he was looking for a tutor for his aunt’s kids. I politely declined this job however because I don’t have any previous tutoring experience.
The next morning, I received a text message from the same guy asking me if I had Facebook but I chose not to reply.
Now tonight when I was out with my friend, I received a phone call from an unknown number so I answered it. It turned out to be the SAME guy and he was asking if I was available to meet him for a drink even after I said I was currently with friends. I declined and quickly hung up the phone.
Seriously Hong Kong, what are you throwing at me this year?
As mentioned in my previous post, I was offered a full-time at the Toronto Botanical Gardens back home in Toronto. This threw me for a loop because my plans for the next 6 months involved working in Hong Kong before meeting my good friend Kit in the Philippines for 2 months.
However, I’ve decided to take the position at the TBG because I can’t turn down the prospect of full time work in the industry I want to be in. A steady income helps too!
Am I disappointed that my Asia adventures will be cut short? Well, perhaps a little bit. That doesn’t mean I can’t save up money and continue to travel in the future though.
I think the part that I am most apprehensive about is that I’ll be working a full-time career oriented job at the age of 19 and that seems a bit daunting to me. However, a friend pointed out last night that you’re never to young to work, gain experience, and earn money. So I’m going to keep my head up and do my best!
I’m happy as long as I keep moving forward and I’m not just “settling”. I think I’m accomplishing that.
So there is a full-time job position open at the Toronto Botanical Gardens where I was working before.
Before I left to come to Hong Kong, I was talking to my supervisor and had told her that I was leaving to come here because I couldn’t find full time work in Toronto. I just found out that she resigned tonight.
You’re in a changing room with your best man, ready to walk down the aisle. You and your girlfriend have been dating for three years now, engaged for five months— it’s finally time to become husband and wife! You’ve got the suit, she’s got the dress and her ring and bridesmaid— and today’s the day.
A knock comes at the door, though, just as you’re rolling up your cuff sleeves.
“I’m sorry, sir,” the preacher says. “A vote has just been called for; it should only take a few minutes.”
“Yes, sir,” the preacher says. “The whole town has to vote on your marriage.”
You look to your best friend, who just shrugs his shoulders. You walk into the church proper and you see hundreds of people lined up to cast a ballot. There’s your mother and your father and her mother and father. There’s the woman who taught you in third grade. There’s the grocery store owner who always thought you were looking for trouble, and that guy who you accidentally got in trouble once for having a fake ID, and the religious old lady who thinks you shouldn’t kiss before you got married.
There’s the crazy ex-girlfriend of yours that thinks that you’re meant to be, your grandparents, all of those who approve and disapprove of you— and then there’s complete strangers.
Someone turns on a TV screen shoved in the corner of the room, and the news comes on. People are lining up all over to cast their ballot. And the preacher wasn’t exaggerating— in fact, he understated it. It’s not just the town— it’s the state. No, wait. It’s the entire country? Voting on your marriage?
Your girlfriend is crying in the corner, her white wedding dress slumping pathetically against the floor. You don’t know what to say. You just wanted to walk down the aisle. On the news, there’s a talk radio host talking about how ‘young men and women should wait until they’re at least 30 until getting married’ and how your marriage will taint the institution of marriage all together.
After a long, long wait, you hear the results. “I’m sorry,” the preacher says, “but you just can’t get married. The country has spoken. I’m going to have to ask you to leave.”
You hang your suit back up and kick off your shoes. She takes off her wedding dress and curls the tulle and organza in her hands. You exit the church with a large boulder of shame sitting in-between your two shoulder blades.
Where had you gone wrong? What right did those strangers have to say who you should marry? You love this girl with your whole heart, and it was supposed to be the best day of your life. And now it’s gone.
Sounds outrageous, right?
This is what happens when you vote on marriage. This is what happens when you vote down the possibility of gay marriage.
But this isolated incident won’t happen! You’re exaggerating!
Too late. It already has.
You don’t have the right to say that any two people can or cannot be married, no matter what the circumstance is. It’s that fucking simple.
Well I ran into him again but this time in the neighborhood where I live. He asked what I was doing tonight and for my number but I told him I don’t give it to strangers. After that he finally walked away and left me alone.
But seriously, that is one hell of a scary coincidence. =\
My aunt Linda didn’t have to work today so we went out to grab lunch together and to do some grocery shopping.
We ended up at a restaurant that served Shanghai cuisine and as you can see, she helped me out by getting me an English menu complete with pictures!
We started off with a couple of cold dishes. The first being a spicy salad of soy beans, preserved vegetables, and thinly sliced tofu and bamboo shoots. I’m not generally a fan of spicy foods, but in this dish the flavours between the red chili and sesame oil were nicely balanced.
The next dish we had was a cold jellyfish and shredded daikon salad. When I’ve had this at other restaurants, the jellyfish tends to be in thicker ribbons and daikon isn’t usually a part of the dish. However the daikon was a really nice addition because it was crisp and nicely complimented the chewy texture of the jellyfish.
A meal that encompasses Shanghai cuisine isn’t complete without the ubiquitous soup dumpling or “xiao long bao”. These little guys are one of my favourite types of dumplings despite their high level of consumption difficulty. You have to be extremely careful when lifting them out of the bamboo steamer baskets because if the skin rips, all the tasty meat juice inside spills out.
The trick is to use your chopsticks to gently grab the little nub of dough at the top of the dumpling and gentle wiggle it free of the paper lining the basket. Then you dip it slowly into a dish of vinegar and sliced ginger before eating.
I think that anyone who has had these dumplings before has also had the awful experience of hastily biting into one and having the juice explode everywhere. I tend to place the dumplings into my spoon (as shown in the picture) and then tentatively taking a bite from the top so that the majority of the soup stays inside of the dumpling instead of ending up all over my clothes. If you’re ever in a restaurant that serves Shanghai cuisine, I highly recommend that you try these!
And of course, I had to take a picture of the receipt just because our server’s name was Kitty. It’s a pretty typical “Chinese” name!
I actually went out and did something tonight despite being tired and jetlagged. I’ve been cooped up in my aunt’s apartment for 2 days so I’m beginning to feel a little stir crazy.
I met up with some of the friends I made in Hong Kong the last time I was here so it was really lovely to be able to chat and catch up with them. I also invited someone I met off of geoexpat.com which is the forum I used last summer to meet some new people. Thankfully he didn’t turn out to be a serial killer and all was well.
We ended up going to a restaurant called “Pancake Colours” for dinner. Our group speculated that the owner just pulled random words out of a hat in order to create a restaurant name. Either that, or he/she really enjoys colourful pancakes.
I remember coming to this place one before last year and marveling at the ridiculous decor. This picture doesn’t do it justice but the design and furniture in this store is a weird eclectic mix of gothic/victorian/modern/chrome.
For dinner, the 5 of us split the dinner set for 4 since my friend Brian wasn’t tgat hungry. The dinner set came with a bacon and egg pizza (lol breakfast pizza!), a Neapolitan pasta, short ribs with fries, and something called an “american platter”. Hilariously, the american platter consisted of mini hotdogs, deep fried chicken wings, and fries. I guess that can be considered a fairly accurate summary of American cuisine!
The food itself wasn’t anything spectacular but between the 5 of us, it was a filling and affordable meal. The only thing that confused me was my drink order. I ordered lemon water thinking that it would just be a glass of water with some sliced lemons in it, but it turned out to be this odd slightly syrupy sweet concoction. Not water at all.
It was really nice to be able to get out of the apartment for a bit and walk around. I’m feeling rather tired right now so I hope that I can have a restful sleep tonight!
So my flight into the future went well and no plane crashes were had. Airplanes are one of the few places where I can actually sit down and watch a movie by myself because I don’t really have any other choice of entertainment.
I ended up watching Hall Pass (which wasn’t very good or funny), a Korean movie called Glove, and part of The American. I can’t believe that I cried so much during Glove because it’s a baseball movie! But it was really well done and I am a sucker for sob stories.
So right now I’m just currently sitting in my aunt’s house watching TV and trying to stay awake for a bit longer before getting a good night’s rest. I’m feeling pretty dead right now so to make myself feel better, I made a funny face.
I think I need to do some stretching before I sleep too. My body is really sore/stiff from being on the plane for 15 hours!