Summer is here!!!! After all the packing/unpacking for the end of the school year, wedding planning, the wedding itself, and the house cleaning/reorganizing, we can finally sit back and relax a bit before we head back to Hong Kong for our wedding part deux in a few days! Heading back to HK is part of our wedding journey as we couldn’t have all 100 family members fly over to celebrate with us in Toronto. Instead, we will have a banquet style dinner in HK with them. It’s going to be fun to partially (because we aren’t going to have a full out reception, but simply a dinner together to catch up) re-live our happiest day. 🙂
Baking (and cooking) has been on the back burner for essentially the past year.. (unfortunately for my now hubsy, who keeps complaining that I haven’t made him any treats lately lol). So combining the summer essentials of strawberries and ice cream, I present, Chocolate Dipped Waffle Cones with Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream with REAL Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake bites and a Strawberry Biscuit as garnish. Continue reading
Today (back track to Apr. 21 lol) was the day that my beloved best girlfriends gave me the best pre-wedding day present ever. Their friendship and support is undeniable, and the effort and time they put into planning my wonderful bridal shower was beyond my expectations! Let me describe for you every facet of the party before I forget.. lol
Parisienne theme was SO appropriate for the Frenchie in me. Loved the welcome table and “Date Ideas” jar with the mini Eiffel Tower. Continue reading
I (we) can’t believe there are only a mere 4 months left before our wedding day. It seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating the news of our engagement and enjoying beautiful summer sunshine with our friends and family. I’m thankful that we have been able to pace ourselves with our wedding planning, and feeling blessed that we both still have the patience to remind each other to ‘keep calm, and carry on’. Luckily, both B and I are DIY kinds of people, and so our mini projects here and there for the wedding has helped to calm the nerves a bit (because we enjoy the creation process).
To some, it may seem stressful to do planning on your own and I won’t lie, it isn’t a breeze. But we figured we’d try to save some money, and the time we spend telling our planner the things we want/need, we might as well do it ourselves. We think it’s helpful to have someone coordinate many aspects of the wedding day though, especially the day of. I can’t imagine having to worry about when the caterer is supposed to arrive or if the cutlery is placed properly while doing my hair and makeup. We decided to hire a day of coordinator (which is significantly cheaper than hiring a wedding planner for the whole thing, she even works specifically at our venue so she knows all the ins and outs), to relieve some of the day of stress. Continue reading
As the year 2012 comes to an end, and the start of 2013 is soon going to begin, I have finally found some time to update this blog with all the things that have happened since. In September, I started my full time teaching job at the local public school, which unfortunately I am currently not working at because of my recent diagnosis of PE (blood clots in my lungs). I have been at home and resting for the past couple months and the plan is to return back to work at the beginning of February and hopefully by then, signs of improvement will be clearly seen on the CT scans that I will undergo after I’ve been on medication for about 4 months or so. Going into emergency, I was feeling okay (I think my parents were more worried, understandably) but after the diagnosis, I guess everyone was feeling more shocked and made sure I was resting as much as possible. Since then, I have just tried to be more aware of my body to make sure the condition doesn’t get worse.
From this whole ordeal however, both my family and Ben’s family have been beyond supportive in helping me adjust to life with the condition. Stuff like, making sure what they cook for me does not contain mega amounts of Vitamin K (which produces more blood than I can handle right now since I’m on blood thinning meds), researching causes/effects of the medication, driving me to check ups and to run errands when I needed, staying with me at the hospital when I was admitted, cooking for me, following up with school stuff for me while I was transitioning the new teacher taking over my class for the time being and a million other things that I can hardly remember. I am so grateful for their care and love. Especially to my soon to be husband, I couldn’t have asked for a better best friend. He consistently reassures me and has been doing everything in his power to make sure I am okay. To my beautiful and thoughtful friends far and wide for their positive vibes, follow ups and visits. I was telling Ben that though my condition if worse, could possibly be fatal, I was happy with all the wonderful blessings that I have in my life and SO happy with how things have turned out. BUT, thank goodness I’m getting better now it seems, so nothing to worry about. 🙂 Continue reading
The last four months brought many wonderful blessings, which I will forever be grateful for. Who would have thought that last August when I was all set to leave and teach in Korea for a year, that I would be back in one month’s time, supply teach at the school board of my choice, land a short 4 month 1/2 day job teaching at the school board with the same class everyday (LTO), and then a full day LTO (which lasted me until the end of the school year).
As if that rush of opportunity wasn’t enough, I also had an interview with York Region District School Board for a full time permanent job towards the end of June, and was later offered the job at a school close by that will start in Sept 2012 (the bonus is that it’s a school that I have worked at before, and teach a grade 3/4 class with a little French :)). For those of you familiar with the teaching industry, over the last several years, it has been tough finding permanent work in the field due to a surplus of teachers and declining enrolment. Lucky for me, I was able to secure something shortly after finishing teacher’s college which looking back was quite a risk, quitting my corporate job.
Then came mid July, and after 6.5 years of dating, Ben decided to propose and I said yes! (The exact date was on July 20th in case anyone was wondering :P). I have to admit the recent ride has been pretty nice. My goals from the past year have been achieved, and my wishes for the year 2012 have so far been granted. I could not be happier with how my 27th year has unfolded. Continue reading
The last two weeks have been a blessing. Actually, life is a blessing and the last two weeks were a great blessing. 🙂 To make a long story short, I finally have the chance to teach in my own classroom!!!!! Who gets excited for work?!?! I DO! So, until the end of the school year, I will be teaching Grade 3 in an amazing school (yeah I already know this, because the first impressions of it were simply so wonderful!), and although I am crazy nervous that I will be finally the lone person in front of the class teaching these kiddies, I am really excited for the new learning experience (for both me and my kids)! Thank you to my wonderful family, b and friends for their endless support during my journey since leaving the corporate world back in 2009. I can’t believe it already has been so many years since then. Seems like just yesterday… Continue reading
It’s been a while since the last time I’ve made/had tiramisu so here is another simple recipe sans alcohol (since I didn’t have any on hand) that you can try. It took less than 30 mins to whip up (with all the ingredients on hand) and basically if you can resist, let it sit in the fridge overnight for maximum deliciousness. I found this time I didn’t soak the ladyfingers as long in the coffee because I prefer a bit of a ‘bite’ to my cake instead of it being so soggy. Anyway, just a personal preference, you can soak for longer if you wish! Continue reading