Panda Love

One unexplained thing in life that I have a soft spot for is pandas. I don’t know why. Their lazy nature, adorably chubby faces and bamboo diets… something about them just makes me want to hug everything that comes in panda form.

Recently, I made a purchase from Fred Flare and requested a doodlebug. Mo, one of the their shipping staff, handles all the doodlebugs and blogged about my request. I thought it was hilarious how accurately I was depicted in this doodle! Having never met anyone at FF in person, I was quite impressed! Fringe bangs, semi-poor posture, dancing-panda-demanding face… I love it all! Not to mention, the panda is freaking adorable with his top hat and cane.

dancing panda

Speaking of adorable panda-related things, on my recent trip to Vancouver, I stopped by Daiso (a store completely dedicated to selling imported Japanese goodies) and saw these sponges:

panda sponges

No joke, I must’ve thrown all of the panda-faced loofahs into my basket and then 20 seconds later, after realizing that I was being ridiculous, put them all back on the shelf. Now that it’s been a few days since I left that army of panda loofahs at Daiso, I’m regretting not bringing at least one of them home with me.

ok. this was an impromptu post. I had a bunch of photos ready to post but got sidetracked when I saw Mo’s doodlebug. Brace yourself for the largest serving of curly fries you’ve ever seen!!

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Lies Lies Lies

I can’t say that I love museums, seeing as how I’ve only ever visited three in my lifetime (ROM, Louvre, and now the SAM), but I really enjoyed myself when I was looking through all the art. I only visited the first two floors of the Seattle Art Museum, but I’m hoping to make another trip back to see the Kurt Cobain and Andy Warhol exhibits soon.

SAM

In the kids activity area, there were a bunch of cartoonized Andy and Kurt colouring pages and a bucket of pencil crayons and markers. Of course, the 5 year old in me insisted on spending ten minutes making some “art”:

Colour Colour Colour!

So proud of my artwork

While wandering around downtown, I also managed to check out the Olympic Sculpture Park. All of the sculptures were decently spread apart over a decent size of nicely landscaped space. There were a couple of these signs hanging around the pieces to avoid corrosion of the materials that the sculptures are made from. Sadly, people still touched the art.

Don't Touch!

My favourite “sight” of the sculpture park was actually the building where the gift shop was located. There was this huge wall that looked like a big cork board and had this piece posted on it:

Lies lies liesTo be entirely honest with you, I had no idea what the giant cork board represented. A lot of the “posts” on the board had a dark interpretation and made me feel like the piece as a whole was trying to say that the idea of design is skewed by what’s accepted by society. Or something like that… I think.

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Motomachi Shokudo

I recently traveled back to Canadaland (Vancouver, to be specific) to revisit old places I fell in love with when I used to live there. Vancouver is well known for their Japanese food, specifically sushi, and I can’t say no to ramen! I’m actually a huge fan of instant noodles of all sorts, but freshly prepared ramen in a kitchen prepared soup (versus a prepackaged, MSG-filled soup base) will never be a meal in my life that I refuse.

Although I’ve never been to Motomachi Shokudo before, I was drawn to eating there after seeing the super cute decor in the petite space coupled with the sweet presentation of food.

Thanks to my not-so-adventurous palette for spicy foods, I went with a traditional bowl of (original) ramen:

Original Ramen

Another great option is the ramen in blackened charcoal broth:

charcoal broth ramen

(more…)

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oh, hello!

Here’s to a fresh start with a new blog! If you’re wondering why I’m starting fresh, I guess the only real answer is that I’ve outgrown the old one. I’m not entirely sure of the direction this is going to go in so I won’t try to make too many promises.

For the most part, I’ve gotten a lot more interested in fashion and photography over the last 2 years and am hoping to share some of my inspirations with you (mainly in the form of photos that I’ve taken during my weekly adventures).

Speaking of adventures, I guess I should start with a little background about where I come from. I’m currently located in Seattle, Washington. I moved to the city at the beginning of May 2010 and am loving every minute of exploring this city! I used to live in the east coast of Canada (in Toronto), then moved to the Canadian west coast, and resided in California prior to coming to Seattle.

The one thing I love about moving around all the time is being inspired by the different lifestyles in each city. I can never get enough of checking out new hole-in-the-wall restaurants, comparing the fashion districts, and the general hospitality of those around me.

I hope my fresh start helps give a new perspective to those around me. I’m going to try my best to capture the quiet inspirations this city has to offer along with the little surprises in my everyday life that inspire me.

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