happy 3 years to us!

Wedding Day – Some golf cart fun after the ceremony

It was 3 years ago that we celebrated with our closest family and friends – a day filled with so much happiness, emotions and excitement. Can’t believe where 3 years has brought us.

I am grateful in so many ways and thankful for my partner in life. I would like to thank you……

Thank you for always believing in me even before I believe  in myself
Thank you for pushing me to do my best
Thank you for letting me be bold and true to myself
Thank you for being my biggest fan and supporter
Thank you for our daily adventures
And thank you for being you

Happy 3 years and can’t wait to see what adventures awaits us! 

 

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have a wonderful weekend!

It’s definitely a patio Friday today! The sun is shinning and it’s suppose to get hot up in here this weekend. My plans are to hang outside, practice on my new toy and catch up on Game of Thrones (i missed the last two episodes cause i thought this season started off a bit slow – everyone has been yelling at me, stating the last two episodes are game changers). I guess “you know nothing – Sabine Cheng.”

Have a great weekend everyone!

time for a reset

hong kong 2009

I seriously can’t believe that the first half of 2015 is gone. Time has really flown by and it’s scary to think that it might keep going at this rate. As time is moving along and I am heading closer to my thirties – the more I reflect on the person that I am today and how I have changed over the course of my twenties.

I am undeniably a happy, curious and passionate person and I really hope that never changes. I live the way that suits me and try my best to be uninfluenced and ignore the pressure of conformity. In my early twenties, I often felt pressured to stay at a particular job or question my job/career hopping strategy. To be honest, I was quite fearless and often did what my gut told me. I had a strong feeling that no matter what – everything will be alright and if I didn’t take a chance now then I would regret. I had a strong desire to travel, to see the world and to live outside of my comforts.

Now looking back at all the memories of teaching abroad, traveling on my own and truly being alone – I can’t help but feel a sense of accomplishment. For I know, if I was ever placed in those lonely situations again where I had no one to seek help from or couldn’t even speak the language that I could make do. I still have a very clear memory of me stating to myself to never complain about the feeling of loneliness because I didn’t know the true meaning of being lonely until those hard moments. (please let me know if you would like to hear the story of me being misdiagnosed with SARS and being placed in the hospital with no one to communicate)

Fast forward a few years – despite my best efforts and not even realizing, I have changed. I have developed more fears through the years and become a bit of a realist. Rather than dreaming up wonders, I have become careful with my hopeful feelings and wishes for the future. In the early years I would say “one day – I will have that”, nowadays I am catching myself thinking “maybe if possible – I could have that…maybe”. My early twenties self would not be proud of this. I would have smacked myself and gone back to singing Britney Spears.

With the rest of 2015 I am planning to reset and bring back my early self. Diminish the fears and keep on dreaming. I must realize that life will be as it should be and that my frame of mind is what shapes it.

 

Weekend Sparkles – Victoria Day Long Weekend

With the sun-shinning we tried to spend as much time outdoors as possible. We took Miss Doo for a nice long walk at the Lighthouse Park. Views were amazing and surprisingly she kept up (was a tad-bit worried since she’s turning 12 this year)! She was as dapper as ever and even managed to squeeze through the smallest gaps.

Somehow last year during my visit to Manhattan Beach in LA – I got the idea that I wanted to try long-boarding. I envisioned myself cruising on the board with my hair in the wind and sipping on a slurpee.  I mentioned it a few times and hubby decided to surprise me with a brand new board this weekend. I was super excited and once I got on the board it was a major fail! I definitely will not be cruising anytime soon. I have saved this as a long term goal of mine. At least DoDo looks cool on it.

I also caught the golden hour with a couple of friends and took some amazing pictures (thanks to our creative friend).

Hope you all had a great one as well! 

Healthy Honey Garlic Lemon Chicken

Lemon chicken is one of hubby’s favorite but it typically consists of a heavy batter and only small bits of chicken.

I decided to create a healthier version that would satisfy our taste buds without all the extras. I went for something a bit sweet, sour and garlicky.

Simply served with rice – this dish is quick, easy and makes for a delicious dinner.

What you need (serves 2):

2 boneless, skinless chicken breast (cut up into small pieces)
3 tablespoon lemon juice (I used the juice from one whole lemon)
1 teaspoon oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic (you can add more if you like garlic)
2 tablespoon honey
¼ cup of low sodium chicken broth
Salt

Directions:

Cut up chicken breast into small pieces and add salt
Heat up pan, add in oil and stir fry the minced garlic
Add in chicken breast and stir fry until cooked and golden brown
Mix lemon juice, honey and chicken broth then add to pan
Continue to stir fry a few more minutes and serve

Enjoy!

Easy Soyaki Baked Salmon

This is one of my “I am so tired, drained and have a headache – I still want to cook after work” kind of dinners. It is so quick, easy, delicious and healthy. Most importantly, it doesn’t take much thinking and less than 30 minutes to whip up.

Get a few fresh salmon fillets. I picked up some coho.

And below is when the magic happens….

This is the Soyaki sauce from Trader’s Joe. It’s has fresh garlic, fresh ginger and preservative-free soy sauce which is great on meat, fish and even in stir-fry.

If you don’t have this sauce on hand – you can create your own version with soya sauce, minced garlic and ginger with a bit of honey.

Simply drench this sauce on the salmon fillets and if you feel fancy like me – add some lemon slices.

Bake at 375°F for 20 minutes or until salmon is fully cooked and flaky.

I served it with some blanched kale and green lentils for a complete meal.

What you need (serves 2):
2 Large, Fresh Salmon Fillets
Soyaki Sauce or your own sauce(enough for the fillets)
Lemon Slices (Optional)

Directions:
Wash and pat dry your salmon fillets
Pre-heat your oven at 375°F
Place fillets on a baking tray
Pour enough Soyaki Sauce (or your own creation) to cover the fillets
Add lemon slices (optional)
Bake at 375°F for 20 minutes or until salmon is cooked and flaky

Enjoy! And share your creations with me on instagram!

Weekend Sparkles

There was some bipolar weather over the weekend. It was a mixture of rain, cloud, hail and sunshine. Got lucky a few times and managed to be outside while the weather was mild. Did a few long walks by the beach, cheered on the hubby at his soccer game and even ventured out for a long bike ride (can’t feel my legs today).

I have been trying to cook more often (I usually cook 4 nights a week) and eating as clean as possible. It’s always hard when the schedule gets hectic and meal planning/food prepping isn’t my forte. I often decide and grocery shop what I feel like eating on the daily. Some people find this a hassle but I don’t mind. Grocery shopping is my happy place. Below is my favorite breakfast that I made this weekend – avocado toast topped with a sunny-side egg and an easy spinach salad for a quick lunch.

Also, satisfied my craving for a nice bowl of fish ball noodle soup.

Happy Monday!

3 Tips to get your body ready for summer!

Summer is around the corner and NOW is the best time to reset your body and cut out the bad habits that have been lingering well past winter. I usually start feeling more energetic and getting out more when the sun starts shining (although the weather is very unpredictable in Vancouver). This is a great time to start participating in outdoor activities and eating healthy foods that truly fuel your body. Below are 3 tips that really help reset and gets me ready for summer.

DRINK MORE WATER. I hear this all the time and is truly one of the most important things that anyone can practice. Drinking lots of water can help detox, flush out toxins and improve metabolism. I tend to sip on water continuously throughout the day and try to keep it exciting by adding different fruits for flavour. My favourite combination currently is lemon and cucumber slices with some mint leaves.

EAT WHOLESOME FOODS. During the winter time I tend to crave heavy carbs and anything fried. However, when the weather starts getting warmer I tend to eat more fresh fruits and veggies. Fruits and veggies are very filling and nutritious with high water content which really helps reduce overeating (my biggest problem). It is also important to eat more often than to binge in one sitting. My current routine is to have a green smoothie every morning and snack on fruits/nuts or veggies/hummus in between meals.

GET MOVING. Start doing any activity that gets you moving and your heart pumping. Movements throughout the day will increase circulation, increase metabolism and boost energy.
I personally don’t have a set routine but will do something active every day. From yoga, cycling, walking my dog and even doing at-home workouts (currently trying T25); I try my best to keep my body in motion. It is also helpful to move around at work. I usually stand up every 30 mins for a quick stretch and to get more water. And if time allows – a nice quick walk.

Practicing the above 3 tips will definitely help to aim your body in the right direction for summer.

Please feel free to share your tips and advice. Would love to hear!

Talk Soon!

Easy Healthy French Toast Recipe

Here is a version of a healthier french toast that I tried over the weekend. It tasted really good and satisfying without all the heaviness of the old classic. Most importantly – its super easy! I used organic sprouted bread (bread that I usually eat) with egg whites and unsweetened almond milk. I also added a bit of cinnamon and vanilla for flavour. Then pan-fried with coconut oil. I topped it with greek yogurt, honey and cut up pieces of mango and kiwi. The toppings made it very refreshing.

If you give this recipe a try – please share your creation with me on Instagram. Would love to see!

Healthy French Toast Recipe


What you need (serves 2 or 1 really hungry person):
1/2 cup egg whites
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon of coconut oil
4 slices sprouted Silver Hills Bread
Honey, Greek Yogurt and Fruits for topping

Directions:
1. Combine your egg whites, almond milk, cinnamon and vanilla in a bowl. Whisk until well blended.
2.   Soak your bread in the mixture until it’s partially saturated (Don’t let it get too soggy)
3.   Cook in a non-stick pan with coconut oil. Keep the heat low to medium low so it doesn’t burn.
4. Top with your favourite fruits and greek yogurt and drizzle with honey.
5. Eat Eat ….share a little …..eat

Enjoy!

Weekend Sparkles

The weather was gorgeous this weekend and it makes me feel giddy at times. My mood definitely changes with the weather and I feel like getting out and accomplishing more with this sunshine.

I also feel like eating lighter foods this time of year before summer hits. I decided to make my own version of a healthier french toast for brunch. Will post my recipe shortly.

Had to drive my brother to the airport (for an all boys Vegas bash) and decided to stop by the Larry Berg Flight Path Park. This little, furry one decided to have a flinging hair show. I seriously can’t stop smiling when I look at her.

Hope you had a great Monday!

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