Bali, Indonesia

here are some pictures and little bit about my travel to Bali

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My brother invited me to go to Bali with him last February when I had to painfully declined because of my new full time job. Although I was happy to finally land myself a big girl employment, I was also really sad that I wasn’t able to go. When my brother got back from his vacation, it was the only thing he could talk about and I don’t blame him at all!

Bali, Indonesia
on my way to Bali

For half a year, travelling to Bali was all I could think about until one night in September, I decided to finally bite the bullet and buy my round trip flight for the following December. After seeing it with my own eyes and being there first hand, I can fully understand why he felt like he had seen some magical place.

The 30 something hours of journey to get there wasn’t an easy one but I’d do it all over again if I had to.

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the best luwak coffee

I had the best coffee and tea of my life while also having the best view.

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Not to mention that Bali has the bluest body of ocean I have ever seen!

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Day trip to Lembongan
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New Year’s Eve at Kuta Beach

Before leaving Canada, I had some doubts. I began to second guess myself as to why I was travelling when I could be spending the holiday season with my friends but I’m glad I did it anyways. It was by far the best New Year’s Eve I’ve had in ages. Not to mention I met the coolest brothers from Netherlands who were nice enough to let me sit at their table during the dinner party so I wouldn’t feel left out. Thanks Tim and Mark!

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Lovina Beach

Also $10 for a boat ride to watch the dolphins up close and personal wasn’t so bad. It was the most thrilling experience, aside from when I went scuba diving of course.

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everywhere I went, I saw beauty in everyone and everything
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Rice Field, Ubud

I also enjoyed the best avocado shakes of my life so yes, I fell in love with Bali. I fell in love with the people, the culture, the history, and the island life.

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I’ll be back again.

 

With love always,

 

Erika

Richmond Night Market

What else is there to do beside eating when a girl is feeling blue and depressed? Nothing!

My friends and I decided to venture to the Richmind Night Market yesterday for some comfort food. Disclaimer: I definitely let go of my diet this weekend because life is so very short.

The first stop that definitely caught my eyes were the vendors selling this big thing of fried chicken.


It is literally twice the size of my face! The seasoning was definitely the bomb (for sure not shy of any msg). The chicken was so big that the lady selling it was having troubles putting it inside the bag.

We also had deep fried mushrooms (uh, yum!) which made me love mushrooms even more.

After about a quarter of that chicken, I was already feeling sick and obviously that meant that it was time for desserts.


My cousin and I decided to split this churro, green tea ice cream dessert. It was delicious but I’m not sure if it’s really worth the $10 we spent on it. However, we definitely got the sugar kick out of it.

We also bought some goodies but I didn’t really consider taking pictures of it. Maybe my cousin will do a review on her face masks she bought? Check out cremedelakem.wordpress.com if you want to see that.

The Law of Attraction

the trouble is in the mind, for the body is only the house for the mind to dwell in, and we put a value on it according to its worth

It’s Thursday and you know what that means? It’s time for some Thursday thoughts!

Today, I want to talk about this whole phenomenon called the Law of Attraction. I have been thinking about it for a couple of days now, since my cousin brought up the idea to me. Apparently it helped her achieved her goals and she wanted to share it with me in hopes that it will help me out in the future.

To anyone who has never heard about the law of attraction, it is the idea that whatever we put out to the universe, positive or negative, is reciprocated back unto us. It is the idea that the universe is listening to our every thought and every word that we speak.

Every time we think “Oh, I can’t possible get this job. I’m not good enough,” the universe hears us and returns it back to us.

It also works the other way. That is the beauty of it. When we start to think of ourselves in a positive light and start putting out positive energy into the universe, we feel our life starting to shift for the better.

I, myself, can vouch for this. For quite some time, I felt the most negative. I always blamed the people around me for their negative energy and almost taught myself that it was their fault that I was always so negative. However, that is not the case. We are responsible for our every thought, action, and energy we put into the universe.

When I started blaming others and taking responsibility for my actions, as well as believing in myself and focusing on all of my goals, I stopped letting myself down. I started thinking, “Your are kind, generous, and you deserve to be happy.” The more I thought about myself in a positive way, the more I noticed my mood began to change for the better. That is because the universe responds to whatever it hears. When it hears our positive thoughts and feels our beaming light of energy, it gives us opportunities and helps us achieves our goal. You want that job? Start believing that you are qualified. Start telling yourself that you will get it. And you know what will happen? You will be one step closer to getting it.

If we keep thinking positive thoughts, we welcome positive things to happen to us. It is simple. The law of attraction is the idea that by focusing on negative or positive things, a person will bring negative or positive experiences to their life.

 

 

Giveaway Winner!

Hello everyone!

I apologize for putting this up late. The past week has been really busy for me with work, friends, and just basic adult stuff.

I just wanted to let everyone know that I did read all of the comments and loved all of the response I got. However, the winner was chosen randomly by a random selector website.


I entered everyone’s name in the order that people commented and clicked “pick a random name”.


Congratulation Lynn for winning a pair of Dr. Segal’s compression socks!

I will be personally contacting you to figure out how we can send the pair of socks to you. 😊


As to everyone else, thank you for entering. This may be the first giveaway but it definitely won’t be the last. 😊

Camping in Sooke

After work last Friday, I headed onto Vancouver Island for a very short camping trip in Sooke.


I’m not the biggest fan of the ferry ride, especially if I’m alone. 😛However, I found myself enjoying the ride as I sat with a couple of strangers outside, looking at the wonderful view behind us.

Friday night was spent at Walmart buying equipment and preparing for the day ahead of us.

Originally we planned to get at the campsite at around 1pm, however, we had a late start to the day and had to run a few errands before our trip.

We got to Sooke River Campsite at around 4pm. We decided to set our little tent to claim our spot before we explore the rest of the campsite.

After we got settled, we packed our bags, took our valuables with us, and headed back again to the viewpoint we saw along the way.


We were prepared for the rain as the weather forecast predicted it. However, it showered for a little bit and cleared up not long after.

We adventured along the potholes. We followed a couple trails such as the Riverside Trail, Sand Pebble Beach, and Ripplerock Trail.

We went off trail quite a few times and to be quite honest, I’m glad we did or else we wouldn’t have seen and experienced these views in a way that we did.


Sometimes it’s quite hard to believe how beautiful nature can be. Granted these photos I’ve taken doesn’t give the place or these views justice. It’s much, much nicer in person.


After a couple hours of exploring, we quickly dipped ourselves into the water (I was mostly pushed in), and headed back to our campsite.


I obviously put on my compression socks to try and keep warm and to help with muscle recovery after hiking.

I’ve never really been camping before, except for that one time I went on a glamorous camping trip with my friend’s family, but I’ll have to say that the experience was definitely enjoyable.

We may have forgotten to bring pillows but at least we were warm during the night, thanksgiving to our new sleeping bags.


This short camping trip has definitely left me wanting more.

SOOKE RIVER CAMPSITE – THOUGHTS

I highly recommend going before it gets packed during the summer time! The workers are super nice, the outhouses are quite clean, and there are a bunch of areas to explore! For $25/night, you can’t beat that. 

Cartems Donuterie

Since I’m currently sitting on the bus stop, waiting for my bus to take me to the ferry terminal for a short camping trip this weekend, I thought it would be a good time to write about this little gem: Cartems Donuterie.

The first time I have ever had Cartems was from almost two years ago, right after I had gotten my very first tattoo. Needless to say, that day was filled with impulse decision that I do not regret one bit.

Anyways, I was around downtown last week with Louise doing some birthday shopping when my sweet tooth kicked in. I dragged her to Cartems with me because I figured I haven’t been there in a while and they have never disappointed me before.


Louise and I both split a London Fog donut and their Vegan Apple Pie Stuffie (yum!). Yes, they do offer vegan donuts!


Their London Fog donut really captured the taste of my favourite drink. It was like eating an actual London Fog! Next time, I will definitely have a drink with the donut just so I could have the whole experience.


The Apple Pie Stuffie was a taste of fall and thanksgiving in one bite. Just so you know, I love fall and I love thanksgiving so this was definitely a win for me. It’s vegan too so double win!

Okay, now I’m hungry and I wish I had a donut with me instead.

Let me know, what’s your favourite donut place?

Pitaya Bowls – The Anchor Eatery

It’s summertime and you know what that means? It’s acai bowl time!


Nothing says summer like driving an hour and a half (most of it was spent sitting in traffic) to the best place to get acai bowls.

Joan and I have gone to the Anchor eatery multiple times now and every single time we get the same thing. The Nalu bowl is her favourite while the Hanuman bowl stole the show for me. Every time we go, we tell ourselves that we would try something new but never have we ever followed through up until this time.


I’ve always been scared to be disappointed since the Hanuman Bowl is basically my favourite thing on earth during the summertime. However, this time I was ready to take the plunge when I saw the Pitaya Bowl.

If you didn’t know, Pitaya is just another word for Dragonfruit, which is my one of my favourite fruits actually. This was an easy choice and boy am I glad I tried it! Not only is it so very refreshing, it also satisfies my sweet buds, which I thought only the Hanuman Bowl could do.

Don’t get me wrong, the Hanuman is still one of my favourites, but now I am happy to say that I found another favourite to add to the list!

If you are around North Vancouver, make sure to check out the Anchor Eatery for some delicious treats that won’t leave you feeling guilty.