We woke up yesterday morning to a lovely breakfast of huevos a la mexicana (scrambled eggs with tomatoes and chilies), fresh-pressed orange juice and tortillas. Doña Teresa, the matriarch of the house, sits with us every morning as we eat and we all chat about our plans for the day. Yesterday morning, her daughter Tere (also called Teresa!) ate with us. She told us that Ileana, the director of our language school, had called to tell us of a traditional music and dance event happening at the Museo del ferrocarril Mexicano (Mexican railroad museum) at 5:30PM that night. It sounded like a good plan! Continue reading
The first time I visited Oaxaca, I knew I had to come back one day. But I didn’t know it would be so soon! I had the priviledge of doing a clinical placement at Piña Palmera, a center for people with disabilities in Zipolite, a small town on the Oaxacan coast, in March-April of this year. (More on Piña Palmera later.) After I finished my placement, I rode a rickety mini-bus over the mountains to Oaxaca City, the state capital, to catch my return flight home. I only spent a few days here, but it didn’t take much time for me to fall in love! Oaxaca is a colorful colonial city with a great vibe, a rich history, fabulous weather and countless things to see and do! Continue reading
The first time I tried to make microwave caramels, it didn’t go too well! No. I should rephrase. The caramels didn’t work out too well, but they turned into something pretty amazing! They never hardened and I ended up with a nice thick caramel spread-like thing. So I ended up using it for these caramel tarts with chocolate ganache! Continue reading
I recently completed a Master of Health Sciences in Occupational Therapy. What in the world is that? Gosh, I’m still figuring out how to explain it to my friends and family in a concise way! Continue reading
Cheesecake is one of my favourite desserts. But I’ve never baked one! I have, however, made no-bake cheesecake! One day, I will try a “yes-bake” cheesecake! Who can resist a buttery graham cracker crumb crust, a generous layer of creamy cheesecake and a delectably sweet, fresh blueberry drizzle? I added extra vanilla extract and vanilla bean paste to the cheesecake. It was exquisite! Continue reading
We live in a big, beautiful, sometimes terrifying world. By now, everybody knows what happened in Paris this past Friday the 13th. Every day, I see countless news stories, videos, photos, personal accounts, blog posts and Facebook posts about the Paris terrorist attacks. One of the easiest and most common ways that people in my social network have shown their support of the victims and the French people is by putting an overlay of the French flag on their Facebook profile photo. Continue reading
One of the perks of my current living arrangement is access to a fairly large, well-stocked kitchen! I never thought I was much of a cook, but preparing meals for my family has sparked a bit of a passion for the kitchen! Cooking nutritious food is all good, but what I enjoy most is baking! When I find myself being unproductive, I like to indulge in some “procrasti-baking”! One of my guilty pleasures, the famous (or infamous) Pinterest, is partly to blame… Continue reading
Greetings! I’d like to share links to two short blogs I wrote in the past, mainly to keep family and friends updated while I was abroad. I thought I’d add this quick post to share my old stories from my undergraduate years! Continue reading
But you’re trying to find a job! You’re 25 and you’re still living with your parents! You have student loans to pay off! When will you become a real adult?
In my previous post, I wrote the above segment as a bit of a joke. However, upon further reflection, I realized that it’s pretty real, and it strikes a chord. Nobody has ever said that to me, yet I still think it! I seem to have internalized quite a bit of criticism regarding the current trend of boomerang kids (grown children who move back into the family home after some time away). If you’ll bear with me, I’d like to give some background (and perhaps attempt to make myself feel better about my current situation in the process)! Continue reading
Oxymoron (noun ox·y·mo·ron ˌäk-sē-ˈmȯr-ˌän): a combination of words that have opposite or very different meanings. (Merriam-Webster.com)
I’ve always loved this word! You’ve got to admit, oxymoron is a pretty nifty noun! The oxymoronic title and inspiration for this blog came to me as I was contemplating where my life is currently going. I recently graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy MSc(OT) and I have been applying for jobs for a few months now. No takers yet!
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy taking a break from the usual course of things to reorient myself… Most of my classmates have already begun their careers, so I do feel like I’m lagging behind slightly, but I’ve also appreciated these few months of time off. Oh, the contradiction!
I’m at my best when I’m being productive, so to keep myself from going mad during this uncertain time, I’ve been keeping busy by learning new skills, attending workshops, brushing up on my pop culture (thanks, Netflix!), studying for the National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination, figuring out how to dress like an adult (more on this later) and doing some long-needed decluttering. Oh yes, and preparing for my six-week trip to Oaxaca, Mexico.
Mexico? But you’re trying to find a job! You’re 25 and you’re still living with your parents! You have student loans to pay off! When will you become a real adult? Well, here’s the story. My mother has been dreaming of taking intensive Spanish lessons since she was a student in 1972. She’s been saving up to make her dream come true. She’s now retired and I’ve just finished my studies (after 20 years of school)! Neither of us is attached, so it’s now or never! This trip will also be a fantastic opportunity to further productively procrastinate. I may be currently unemployed, but learning to speak a third language is on my bucket list, plus it will look pretty sharp on my resumé! My mother is my best friend and a wonderful travel companion. When this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity came up, we grabbed it by the horns!