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I remember the first time there was a major branching point in my life. It occurred after high school graduation. I moved away from my beloved little city in the suburbs to Vancouver proper, and my childhood bestie moved all the way to Montreal for her studies. During that time, she met the lucky guy who would eventually become her husband. Three weeks ago, I flew to Montreal to take part in her wedding.

I was deeply honoured and slightly nervous to be a bridesmaid because I had never done it before. Being a part of the bridal party was an enjoyable and pleasant experience; for me, it was rather draining to feign extroversion for a day, but I would do just about anything for the bride ♥.
(And I’d do it again in a heartbeat! For another friend, of course. Just thought I’d clarify ;D). So many members of the church community commented on how sweet it was for the bride to have her elementary and high school friends at her side. Needless to say, I was very touched.

On the wedding day, the sun shone brightly and positive emotions filled the air. For me, the walk down the aisle felt a tad bit surreal. After all the bridesmaids and Maid of Honour were standing at the altar, our processional music faded and the first notes of Wagner’s Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin echoed throughout the sanctuary. Then it finally hit me that my dear friend, someone my age, was just about to become a married woman! (Besides the obvious, what does that even mean?!) As I watched the beautiful bride and her father come towards us, dozens of questions went through my mind. I thought about what it would like to be in her shoes. I thought about how her life would change. I wondered if *our* relationship would change, and if so, in what ways?

So… five years after high school, her wedding is the most noteworthy and life-changing event that happened in my circle of friends. She was the first to tie the knot. However, my significant other tells me that the floodgates are opening. Soon, he says, it will seem like the majority of Facebook posts will be concerning engagements, marriages, and progeny. (Yes, we use the terms progeny and crotch-fruit to talk about babies. We’re good people, I swear.)



Now we have reached another point where our paths diverge once more. With the conclusion of our undergrad educations, our safety bubbles have been popped, and we must make increasingly important decisions that set the trajectories for our careers, all the while taking care not to neglect the crucial work/life balance and those closest to us.

What I learned from this whole experience: everyone goes about their own lives, but it’s nice having special people (spouses, partners, best friends, what have you) by your side to share your struggles and joys.




To my UBC friends (especially the crazy biotechies), and Fox friends:
Together forever, never apart…
Maybe in distance, but never in heart.

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"There are years that ask questions and years that answer."

- Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
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"A serious girl, when she finds someone who calms her spirit and quiets her busy thoughts, will love you so fiercely, it will defy even her own logic and reasoning."

- alhamdulillah (via strifemars, coffeeandfaithdesertblooms)
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July on Tumblr
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Semi-annual review: 2014 Part 1

Wow… it feels unreal that we’re coming to the midway mark of 2014 already. (I feel like every time I do one of these posts, I end up writing a very similar sentence pertaining to how time seems to always move rapidly in a forward direction…)
These first six months were filled with long-awaited academic milestones, overt displays of nerdiness, amazing classical music, and the best famjams.



NOTABLE HAPPENINGS from January - June:
  • Discovering Settlers of Catan
  • New Macbook Pro Retina! :D
  • Starting my Directed Studies in a new lab
  • Writing my last midterm of undergrad
  • Received my first rose bouquet from somebunny special for Valentine’s Day
  • Adopted Trixie the Unicorn
  • VSO’s Beethoven 6 concert
  • Interviewing Maestro Tovey and obtaining his autograph!
  • VSO’s Beethoven 9 concert… *sighs happily*
  • Don Giovanni performed by the Vancouver Opera
  • Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto by UBC Symphony
  • Don Carlo performed by the Vancouver Opera
  • Yo-Yo Ma’s VRS performance
  • VSO’s Spring Festival featuring the music of Rachmaninov 
  • Alexander Gavrylyuk plays Rach 2
  • Alexander Gavrylyuk plays Rach 3
  • Directed Studies defence
  • Writing my last final of undergrad
  • Presenting at the Pediatric Academic Societies conference in Vancouver
  • Receiving the SPR Student Research Award… still in shock
  • Schubert’s Winterreise performed by Florian Boesch/Malcolm Martineau (VRS Surprise Concert)
  • UBC Graduation!!!
  • VSO’s Mahler 9 concert
  • Kathy and Daniel’s graduation!
  • Pathology Arts Gala
  • Jane’s baby shower

NEW MOVIES WATCHED from Jan-June

  • Lego Movie
  • Captain America: Winter Soldier
  • The Amazing Spiderman 2
  • Godzilla

BEST FOODIE EXPERIENCES:

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TRYING TO KEEP MY CRAZY AT BAY WHEN I’M AROUND NEW PEOPLE

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This will be me in Montreal.
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Dazzling artwork with flowers by Limzy
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Internet, meet Ophelia the cactus. Believe me, this was not an impulse buy.

Internet, meet Ophelia the cactus. Believe me, this was not an impulse buy.

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This piece reminds me of Professor Layton… 
Violinist Thomas Gould performs Astor Piazzolla’s Oblivion with Ksenija Sidorova and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

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One week post-finale. Still not fully recovered.
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