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26 January 2016 @ 10:56 pm
I want to document this small event from today somewhere. I don't want to post it on FB... so I'm opting to make a quick post about it here, right before bed.

Setting: Sandbox. It's raining, and we decided to split the group up into two. The older children went out with their full muddy-buddy on, while a smaller group of younger children stayed inside. I was standing by the entrance of the sandbox while (I), (F) and (J) were playing inside.

Suddenly, I hear (I) and (J) loud voice. I look around, and see (I) holding on to a plastic bowl.
me: What happen here?
Both (I) and (J) looks at each other, but neither makes a sound.
me: Who had the bowl?
(I): I was using it.
I look at (J), who continues to stare at (I) while standing still.
me: (I), can you find another bowl for (J) to use? I'll save this bowl for you.
(I) looks at me briefly, as I gently takes the bowl from her hands. She walks to the other side of the sandbox, and quickly comes back with another bowl in hand and gives it to (J).
me: This is (I)'s bowl. And this is (J)'s bowl.

I step back near the entrance of the sandbox. Shortly after, I hear another loud sound from where (I) and (J) are standing.
(I): This is mine! [Referring to her bowl, and turns away]
(J)'s hand points to (I)'s green shovel in the other hand.
me: (I), I think (J) wants to use your shovel.
(I) looks at the shovel in her hand, and gives the shovel to (J) immediately. I approach (J), points to the shovel in her hand.
me: (J), shovel. This is a shovel.
(J): Shovel.
At this moment, (F) approaches us, takes the green shovel from (J)'s hand and gives her a yellow shovel.
(F): This is (I)'s shovel. [Turns around, and gives the green shovel back to (I)]
(J) turns around, and continues digging in the sandbox.

While I'm left standing here, with my mouth half opening. Completely amaze at what (F) just did. Amazed at how she observed what we did with the bowl situation, and applied it to the shovel situation. Never underestimate how much children take in from what you say and do. They're more aware of what's going on than you think.
Current Location: Canada, Vancouver
Current Mood: busybusy
09 January 2016 @ 11:41 pm
I've been thinking, and I wonder if I should focus on one resolution instead of a few. Then again, who am I kidding. I'm such a multi-tasked, there's no way I can settle with just one!

(1) Facebook Posting
I've neglected FB the past few years, ever since I returned from Japan actually. I'm not planning to go full out and post everything on FB, though I do hope and plan to post a little more to let people know what I'm up to (specifically the people from Japan)

(2) Time Management
This one is especially crucial from now till April. With school and work, I really need to use my time more wisely. This means creating to-do list, and sticking to it. Not mutlitask.. and work faster lol. And restrict gaming time! This is a big one. I spend way too much time poking on my phone during breaks.

(3) Socialize
I need to venture out more, and meet new people. And do a better job at keeping in touch with old friends. I'm not sure if I'll be able to do this while school is going on, but I'm definitely going to try and make time for it. I've heard there are online groups that gather for interest... truth is I haven't entirely got this one figure out lol. Guess I'll make a more detail report on it when it's time to review these resolutions!
Current Location: Canada, Vancouver
Current Mood: busybusy
03 January 2016 @ 10:19 pm
The funny thing with New Year's resolution is, for me at least, I make them at the start of the year and I don't look at it until next year. And yes, that's exactly what I just did with the 2015 Resolutions. Although, I did pretty good with them.

(1) I did write, everyday! Might not have been on here, but I did keep up with my journal so hooray!
(2) Reading, I sadly didn't do too much of. I tried, I really did. I went to the library, I borrowed books... and then I kept renewing them. A+ for effort, right? lol
(3) I did get out of Vancouver! I went on a shopping bus tour trip to Portland back in May over a long weekend. Then in November I went to Las Vegas for a weekend getaway. And, I went to Orlando. Disney World. This was always on my bucket list. So Disney World alone, should mean that I get a big check for this resolution :D

I've been spending the last few days (or the first few days of the new year) cleaning my room. And while I did think about making resolutions for this year, I haven't really narrow it down to anything yet. Give me till the end of the week, and I'll see if something comes up. I have 2 in mind right now, but I want to give it some more thoughts.

Oh and yeah, Happy New Year all :)
Current Location: Canada, Vancouver
Current Mood: busybusy
25 July 2015 @ 03:35 am
If you could take a two-week vacation right now without having to worry about the details of making it work (money, vacation time, etc all taken care of), where would you go? Who would you bring with you, if anyone, and who would you want to make sure you went without?
This is a tough one...

If I can choose multiple destinations, I would like to do a mini around the world trip and visit from all over the place. Including New Zealand, Australia and England. But honestly, I don't think 2 weeks is enough to cover these locations hahah
24 July 2015 @ 08:50 pm
Today at work, child (A) rolled up an elastic head band into a ball. Raising it up to show me, child (A) said "It's magic!"

Child (B), who was nearby said "That's not magic!"

Me: What is magic?
Child (B) thinks hard: Hmm... It's when two people... It's when a nose turns into a butterfly. And then goes back into a nose.
Me: Ahhhh...
Child (A): Like a magician!
Child (B): No!
Me: A magician can...
Child (A): Like a clown!
Child (B): No!
Me: Who can do magic?
Child (B): Santa Clause!
Child (A): Santa Clause can't do magic! He only give toys
Child (B) Yes he can! He can...

At this pint, I tuned out as I turned my attention to one of the teacher and told her what these two were saying about magic.
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01 March 2015 @ 01:23 pm
I meant to blog last night, so I could sneak an entry into February. But I got caught up with watching ABC's new show Fresh Off The Boat. All, 6 episodes.

Other than that, February has been a truly busy (and short) month. Shortly after my last post, I got hired as a casual staff. I didn't think I'll get much shifts to begin with, because I'm new and my seniority isn't that high, but I was wrong. On days when I don't have a shift, it was likely that I'll get a call early in the morning to go in for work. I did the math last night, and even though I wasn't working full time this month (full time = 40 hours a week), I still managed to clock 64 working hours.

I've also been sick most of the month. I had a few cough, then I lost my voice for almost a week, cough got worst then better, and then this past week it got worst again. I'm drinking heaps of lemon water and cough syrup, really want to get rid of the coughs once and for all.

And as you can see, the Cherry Blossom has been blooming all over town lately. It gorgeous. I can take a million photos, but it'll still do the trees' true beauty no justice.
Current Location: Canada, Vancouver
Current Mood: lazylazy
28 January 2015 @ 09:24 pm
Third post this month, not bad eh?

The biggest news I have to share, is that I am now employed! Employed at not only one of the bigger organization in Vancouver, but I was also fortunate enough to have done my toddler practicum at one of their centre. I completed the paperwork on Monday, and although it's a casual (substitute) position, I've already been called in to work on Friday. Very, very excited about it.

Today, I had work too, but at a private own daycare centre that's very close to home. I haven't been there in a few weeks, but I was pleasantly surprised that some of the children still remembered me. In fact, as soon as I was on the floor, 2 of the little ones came to my side right away!
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Current Location: Canada, Vancouver
Current Mood: okayokay
Current Music: Meghan Trainor - 3am
16 January 2015 @ 11:41 pm

The other day, my 1 year licence arrived. Meaning, I'm officially a qualified Early Childhood Educator in BC. It came at a perfect timing too, because I have an interview lined up on Monday so I can bring it in and show them that, well, I am what I say I am!

I've got my reference sheet down, and the rest of the weekend will be spend preparing for the interview. I've met with a friend the other day to (finally) fill out another job application. We've both came to realized admit that without deadlines, we've became really slacked off.

Here's hoping that the next time I'm on here, I'll have some good news to share!
Current Location: Canada, Vancouver
Current Mood: determineddetermined
01 January 2015 @ 02:58 pm
As the timer on the year end countdown show wind down to 30 seconds, we all start paying closer attention as the seconds ticked away. Soon, we reached the last 10 seconds of 2014.

"No wait, I'm not done with 2014 yet!"

"Too late, 2015 is coming."

2014 came and went, and I didn't make much of an effort to post anything on here. I thought about it, but time didn't really allowed me to. A short look back at my resolution for 2014, I actually didn't do that bad. Aside from doing well in school, I excelled in it more than I have ever done in school. I completed my diploma program in Early Childhood Education, with the Deans honour for all three terms. Zero 'C's, and even managed to pull a straight 'A' for the last term. On top of those grades I met and befriended a lot of new people that I know I will keep in contact with, including the faculties of the program.
Through my training, I've learned to notice little things (though not exactly what kind of little things I originally defined) as part of my job. And although I have been watching what I've been eating, and was aware of the food choices I was making most of the time, the lack of time for physical movement didn't really help with the original intention behind the resolution (to lose weight).

This year, I have quite a few small resolutions that I'll like to work on. Starting off with LJ, or in a more general topic, writing.

1) Writing.
In 2014, I tried to keep up with my daily journal but I didn't do too well. Though to be honest, aside from noting "I did school work" there wasn't a whole lot of interesting things to say. This year I want to pick back up on this habit. And as a bonus, try to post on LJ once in a blue moon. (let's aim for at least 2-3 entries this year)

2) Reading.
Another habit that I lost in 2014. But with school (mostly) out of the way, I want to pick this back up again. Going to set the goal low, and aim to finish 5 books this year.

3) Get out of Vancouver.
This doesn't mean to leave Vancouver per say, but just to venture out more. I'm currently in the middle of renewing my passport, and I know I won't be able to travel out of the country for another, oh 6 months. But, I refuse to let this stop me from seeing the world. There are still places to see in BC, just that they may be more expensive... and not as "out there" as traveling to other parts of the world.
Current Location: Canada, Vancouver
Current Mood: creativecreative
05 January 2014 @ 10:03 pm
Happy New Year! It's already the 5th but none the less.

Classes finally start tomorrow, and I have no confident that I'll be able to sneak in any entries during semester. I probably only want to study and slack off with Candy Crush (which I already delete off of from the iPhone, to ease the temptation)

Recapping 2013 New Year's Resolution first. Honestly, I couldn't remember what I made and I didn't even bother to look them up even with an iPhone on hand most of the time. But surprisingly, I didn't do too bad:

1) Be adventurous
With no job(-ish), meaning no good income, I really did the best I can: biked around Stanley Park, took on a part time job that's completely out of character (I think), doing things that I've never done in Vancouver before. And of course, applying for school XD

2) Learn to say no... to friends.
I can't recall a time when I said no... yet, I can't remember a time when I had a reason to say no. So another yay?

3) Build up on those languages
Japanese skills: I've been watching a lot of variety shows lately, aside from VS Arashi that is. I've been randomly watching old episodes of ネプリーグ, 逃走中 and 謎解きバトルTORE. I've also been putting an extra effort to write Japanese letters and messages.
Chinese: I've been reading more ever since I got my iPhone, thanks to Weibo (the China version of twitter)

So looking back, I did very well keeping up with all the resolutions!

In 2014, I'm keeping things simple with 3 resolutions:

1) Keep up with school
I'm not study material and I know it. But with miracles, sometimes I manage to study and get very good grades. It's not going to be an easy year, but I hoping that since I'm studying something I'm interested in, that will give me an extra push towards working hard.

2) Pay attention to details that doesn't "matter"
I don't care for numbers. I'll see a price, and I can forget about it instantly. I wouldn't even be able to tell you how much-ish it was. I want to pay more attention to these kind of details, and make an effort to remember them. Names, street signs, etc. are included.

3) Diet
I've gained weight since I got back to Vancouver, surprise! I know why too. Partly cause I don't get a say of what to eat at dinner, and partly cause I don't make an effort to eat more greens during the day. Plus the fridge always seem to be empty so I have to resort to instant noodles. I've eaten more instant noodles since I got back to Vancouver than I ever did in a year in Japan, I kid you not. I don't know if going back to school and packing my own lunch will help, but I will pay closer attention to what I'm eating and how much I'm eating.
Current Location: Canada, Vancouver
Current Mood: anxiousanxious