Bali, Indonesia

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

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. 😊

GIVEAWAY! Compression Socks

When people think about compression socks, they normally think of long distance runners or older clientele with varicose veins. I’m neither of those things, although I did consider myself a long distance runner when I was training for a half marathon race that I never ended up doing so now you really know how committed I am. With that being said, I give mad props to all the committed long distance runners out there, I applaud you!

Anyways, back to my main topic, what really is the point of compression socks? I’ve been raving to my friends about it, wanting them to join on the compress for wellness train, and I’m here to do the same to you.

Graduated compression socks gently squeeze the legs to help move blood upwards, preventing the legs to swell. This works well for anyone who sits or stands for long periods of time.

Being a customer care specialist, I spend most of my days sitting down in the same cramped position. Wearing compression socks helps my legs feel energized by providing healthy increase in circulation. It also helps with muscle recovery, pregnancy swelling, and so much more!

I’ve always said that everyone just needs to try it to understand what I mean so I am doing a little giveaway! I am giving away a pair of Dr. Segal’s Compression Socks (15-20mmHg) of your choice. Being that it is my birthday tomorrow, I am feeling extra generous and want to give back to those who keep up with my blog as thank you.

To enter, all you need to do is comment where in the world you would like to travel and the pair of compression socks you want to win! You can find all styles at https://www.drsegals.com/collections/15-20-mmhg.

This giveaway will only be open for 2 weeks. I will announce the winner on Thursday, June 23rd!

Back on the Grind

I am probably the most inconsistent person that I know, and no I am not proud of it. Health and wellness is definitely a big part of my life. It keeps me sane on days when I feel like a complete mess of a human being. If you have been with me since I started this blog, you already know that I have been through some big changes in my life.

I obviously wasn’t coping very well during this past month or so. As much as I want to say that I was taking care of myself, I really wasn’t. I stopped going to yoga, I started eating meat again, and I drank every weekend (both Fridays and Saturdays). I’m glad to say that I’ve definitely regained some of my normal routine back. Two weeks ago, I signed up for some hip hop classes downtown. I’ve started going to the gym, attending my yoga classes, and consuming as little animal products as possible. It feels good to be back on the grind and finally feel like myself again.

Today I worked out on an empty studio and at first I didn’t know what to do with myself with all of the freedom I had. It was nice having the space all to myself, but it was even nicer when another girl joined me and we bonded over Kayla Itsines’ BBG workout guide. As much as it was nice to be secluded from everyone at the gym, making a new friend or just having a nice conversation with a stranger really did brighten my day. It just reminds me that with life sometimes we are so focus on ourselves and completing the task at hand that we forget to look around and noticed that we are all on this beautiful journey together.

Life’s a grind, but it doesn’t mean you have to do it all alone.

Why Everyone Should Wear Compression Socks

Living in Vancouver, I am very used to people  being a hardcore health enthusiast. After all, health and well-being should matter to each and everyone of us, right? By the way, the answer should be yes. My hope is that after you read my little spiel as to why everyone should be wearing compression socks, you will see how beneficial it really is to your health and reconsider what you thought you once knew about them.

Wearing compression socks as a preventative care can help preserve leg health. It stimulates better blood circulation, which then helps the legs feel energized. Think of your job: do you sit or stand in the same position for long periods of time? This can cause blood to pool around your legs, which can often result in tired, achy and swollen legs ( did anybody say cankles? Yikes!). You can prevent these symptoms by wearing compression socks of course.

I’ve also noticed that a lot of sport enthusiast, runners especially, are a hardcore believer in compression socks. I never really understood as to why that is until I wore my compression socks to the gym during leg day, during a busy day at work, and being out and about with friends. Now, I can’t vouch about having a better workout with it compared as to if I had gone without it. However, my legs does feel better when I wear my pair of compression socks compared to when I go without them. I was less sore the next day, so I can definitely say that compression socks definitely works tremendously with muscle recovery.

While there may be mixed views as to whether compression garments really does work or not, there is no denying how comfortable they are to wear. Not only are they cute and funky, I also believe them to be functional. You just have to try and see for yourself!

Why wear regular socks when you can have these socks with benefits?