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#suwueveryday is a joke I have with my friend Chris. We joke about one another being alcoholic. He started frequenting the place even more after he started working 5 minutes away HAHA but actually, he now has to look for a new place to go now that he has moved to Toronto for grad school. So what is SuWu?
Suwu is a trendy resto-bar in the Plateau that I have frequented multiple times after my first visit last Winter with my friend Zoe. It’s right on St-Laurent, where a ton of bars and restaurants are. Last Friday I met up with friends there to just hangout and talk before I flew back to Calgary. They have a good 5 à 7, which is basically Montreal’s happy hour. All the beers and cocktails are half off at Suwu, and they brew their own blond beer (also named Suwu). Regular price is $5 for half a pint…during 5 à 7 it’s 5 for a pint! And that is including the taxes, everyone. It’s a pretty decent beer, though if you prefer a stronger taste, you probably won’t be ordering the Suwu. It’s a cheap way to get tipsy or even drunk though. As for the cocktails, I’ve tried 3 of them; Wu-Tang, Big Booty Ho and Thug Passion. Best cocktail is Wu-Tang in my opinion. Note that all the names are sort of “gangsta” because some of the music they play is old school hiphop and rock.
I love the atmosphere there as well; some might call it sort of hipster even. The people are cool and the vibe is awesome. It gets super busy as the night progresses; packed with people with the waiters/waitresses sometimes mixing up orders (they come by twice with the same order of beers we already received). But they’re always really nice. Actually for our waitress that night, it was her first day on the job and she was very friendly. Very pretty too. It was hilarious because at one point, some guy was leaving and suddenly stopped her and said “I love you”. Without missing a beat she said “thanks, nice to meet you” and walked off. We were dying of laughter. Poor guy. But really? Using “I love you” as a pickup line?
The meals are overpriced though so I don’t recommend going there to eat. They have fries with rosemary and salt with ketchup and mayo as dip, which are $5 but they’re sooo good! Everytime I’ve ordered them they arrive piping hot and crispy. Seriously good. The poutine is not too bad either. Other than that I don’t think I’ve ever ordered one of their meals. I remember a friend did during one visit and it was undersized for the price. I’ve heard they do brunch but I’ve never been so nooo idea how that’s like.
All these photos were taken using my friend Lena’s camera! Actually a lot more photos were taken but as the evening goes on, the lights get dimmer and…ya…flash doesn’t look great and we looked high haha!
3581 St Laurent
Montreal, QC H2X2T6
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Today I met up with two friends to try out a newly opened Asian fusion restaurant that opened on Rue Crescent. But before that, I headed to The Face Shop with one of my friends to go makeup shopping…for my sister. My younger sister doesn’t have much makeup and during the past while, I’ve had to drag myself out of bed at 7am to do her makeup for internship recruitment. Not fun. I’ve been using mostly my makeup because the few items she own don’t work too well. There’s a Buy 1 get 2nd item for 50% off makeup sale so…ya. Spent $53 CAD with taxes on 7 items. Had to get her a new makeup remover too because her old one was basically running out.
Anyway, the funny thing is that my friend and I went to look at jackets at Zara after. We’re about to leave when I feel someone tap on my shoulder. A Chinese guy and a girl stand there and the guy speaks to me in Mandarin. He has an accent and I can’t understand him, so he switches to English and asks to be friends. LOL. He asks if I have wechat and I said no. Which is true…ever since my Note 3 died I’ve basically been depending on FB messenger, whatsapp and texts. Never bothered to re-download wechat. Then he asked for my facebook or number, some way to contact. I explained to him I don’t live in Montreal. He seemed surprise and asked “you don’t live in Montreal?” I told him I moved away; I was just back for a visit. He seemed to hesitate for a second and asked again to be friends. So…I gave my email address for facebook to his friend. He didn’t have data and neither do I. He wasn’t particularly good-looking or good in English to be honest…so max is we’ll talk a bit. I gave it because I do commend him for having the guts to ask. My friend couldn’t stop laughing her ass off afterward. She understood his Mandarin and decided not to pull her phone out LOL.
Last thing before meeting a 3rd friend for dinner; the Chapters on Rue St Catherine is closing, so they’ve been holding a big sale on all their books and stuff on the ground floor. My friend and I ended up buying a book each for a really good deal. I picked up The Watchers by Jon Steele for…$2.61 CAD with taxes. It was on sale for $5.99 and Chapters ended up giving another 50% off that! I was surprised. My friend’s book was even cheaper, for less than $2!
Ok so that wraps up most of my interesting events of the day. Onto the food! We actually tried to go to Kyozon last Wednesday but it was only open to a Desjardins event, so we decided to come again. It’s a Japanese/Asian fusion resto-bar that officially opened on Tuesday. They actually have the first proper kaiten in Montreal (a belt with dishes of different prices, and you pick and choose what to eat). But we didn’t decide to sit at the kaiten; we just sat at a table. The waiter was super friendly and nice. He was funny and offered recommendations. The restaurant is primarily focused on sharing food. There are small plates, which are basically tapas/appetizers, and bigger plates for sharing. We ended up ordering the below. Photos stolen from my friend because I no longer have a good phone and thus no good camera either (sobs).
Korean beef flank steak with kimchi: this was quite good. They make their own kimchi so it was admittedly…westernized. It wasn’t really spicy. But the beef was delicious! I believe this was $17.
Sakana: this is a sashimi plate of 18 for $25. It’s quite fresh. I quite enjoyed this and the price is not bad for 18 pieces.
Hamachi nigiri (yellowtailed tuna): You have a choice of either 2 nigiri or 3 sashimi slices for the same price (I believe $5.50?). We chose the nigiri. There was actually hamachi in the sakana plate too but my friend is a big fan of this fish, so we got this.
Jungle thai curry with seasoned vegetables: I…admittedly regret getting this. This was $12 and the rice comes separately. We got 2 bowls of white rice and they cost $3 each. It was overly sweet and the vegetables were so-so. Maybe we should’ve tried the seafood green curry instead.
We still had room to eat more after, so we ordered three small plates; each choosing one. One was the crab and chicken siu mai with chili jam (basically dimsum), the second was popcorn shrimp with sriracha cream, and the last was tiger prawn tempura.
The siu mai was definitely not worth $6. It was really meh. Especially if you’re Cantonese and you eat dimsum often…not recommended.
The popcorn shrimp was $8 and quite tasty. I enjoyed this one. The seaweed sprinkled on top was quite nice. The sriracha cream was soso.
The tiger prawn tempura was $7 for 3 big ones. This was pretty good as well.
The service was excellent overall. They constantly checked up to make sure everything was ok and were always refilling our glasses of water. The meal ended up around $33 CAD after taxes (before tips), which was cheaper than I actually expected. With tips, my final bill came to $38. It was too bad they were missing some foods though. We wanted to try the fondant with green tea ice cream but nope. None.
Montreal, QC H3G 2B6
We were itching for dessert so we headed to Juliette et Chocolat for the umpteenth time. I had myself le banana split, and my friends had profiteroles (basically cream puffs…but with ice cream) and fondant au chocolat with vanilla ice cream. The profiteroles ended up a mess HAHA my friend was too full and couldn’t finish. Each one was a different flavour (hazelnut, chocolate, and vanilla). She cleared out the hazelnut one but was begging us to finish the other two for her. We were too full to help! She said: never again! My banana split was $7.75 before tax and tips. My friends’ desserts were around $7.95 or something like that.
JULIETTE ET CHOCOLAT (there’s multiple locations throughout Montreal)
1626 St-Catherine O.
Montreal, QC H3H 1L7
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1) Etude House’s Kissful Tint Choux in PK001
I picked this up while in Hong Kong and I’ve been loving it since. it’s a very pretty deep pink that feels moisturizing on the lips. It was pretty cheap too; $35 HKD (~$5 CAD). I’ve seen this on beautynetkorea for around $6 USD as well. This is actually perfect for creating a gradient lip. This comes in 3 other colours that are tinted toward a red, light pink, and tangerine colour.
2) IOPE’s Air Cushion Sunblock EX-cover in C23
This was pretty much the only foundation/bb cream I used while in HK. I brought two other bb creams but didn’t end up using them because I liked using this cushion pact so much. It gives a gorgeous dewy finish that makes my skin look flawless and glowing. I received compliments when I went to the bank in HK. It has SPF 50 as well. I bought this when I was still in Montreal for $20 and bought a second pact while in HK for $280 HKD (~$40 CAD). It comes with a refill. I would’ve just bought a refill, but HK doesn’t have an official IOPE retailer. This cushion comes 2 shades (21 and 23, 23 being slightly darker) and has 3 finishes (natural, cover, and shimmer). Even though 23 is darker, it actually suits my skintone well and I’m quite pale. So I stuck to repurchasing 23. I’m not sure about shimmer, but I read that cover offers slightly more coverage than natural. Still, cover still provides a natural look as if you don’t have much makeup on. I haven’t seen any of the sites I usually shop on with it, but I know sokoglam is selling this (with the refill) for $45 USD.
3) POND’S Anti-Spot Intensive Whitening Serum and Perfect Results Multi Benefit Illuminating Cream
It’s more like I rediscovered these products after many years. I used to use these but somehow I just started using and trying out other products. My skin had a bit of a fiasco 2 or 3 weeks ago when I flew back to Calgary. I tried these masks that turned out to be fake (oh, me…oh, HK…) and obviously…my skin didn’t agree with it. My nose area got extremely dry and I had a bit of a red dry patch and rash along the right side of my face, near my nose and mouth area. My skin is generally pretty good so that was…not fun. None of my usual moisturizers seemed to be enough (I barely needed anything while in HK because it’s sooooo humid there). I ended up going to Sephora and picking up Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+. But I only used it for five days before flying back to Montreal so I can’t say much, and since I wasn’t checking any luggage I decided not to bring it since it’s still a “gel” over 100ml. So after I came back to Montreal for a visit, I started using the serum again before bed, and also started using POND’S Perfect Results Multi Benefit Illuminating Cream. And wow…the cream was exactly the moisturizing my skin needed to improve again. Maybe it was also a combination of enough time having passed and being in a less dry environment again. Calgary is pretty dry. Either way, I cleared out the remainder I had of this. Cry…I considered buying another jar when I was in HK…why didn’t I??? The serum is a nice addition before bed. It smells really good and leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth and supple. It’s quite good as a primer before makeup as well to smooth out your skin as a canvas. The thing is, POND’S is so freaking cheap in HK. The whitening serum is around $110 HKD (~$15.70 CAD) and I saw the cream at the Teacher’s Union Store for only $29 HKD (~$4.14 CAD) !!!
5) It’s Okay, That’s Love
This is currently my favourite drama on air. I can’t explain it but there’s just something about it that really draws me in. It’s not the most realistic drama, but it touches on the subject of mental illness (something that Korea seems to be quite taboo on) in a way that makes you really feel heart-wrenched. It’s overall light hearted and witty, with touches of snarkiness from each of the characters, but as you delve into the backgrounds of each person, you discover something a little dark about everyone. I admittedly starting watching because I knew Do Kyungsoo was making his drama acting debut (and I love him) but I really fell for Gong Hyo Jin and Jo In Sung’s characters. Their relationship feels so real and believable, and you slowly fall in love with their progression and how much they love one another. The supporting cast of Sung Dong Il (as Dr. Jo) and Lee Kwang Soo (as Soo Kwang) are very enjoyable as well. Needless to say, the acting is phenomenal and Kyungsoo has made an impressive debut. He didn’t have too many scenes in the beginning to make his mark, but last episode gave me shivers.
5) Twin Forks’ “Cross My Mind”
Surprise! This song is often used as a soundtrack of It’s Okay, That’s Love. It’s catchy and fits perfectly with this drama. It makes you think of freedom, travel, and good company. The youtube page is filled with people who watch the drama haha.
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At the end of June after my dad and sister helped me finish setting up in my new apartment, we decided to head to Banff for the last day that we had a car rented. It’s only about a 1.5 hour drive from Calgary so it was an easy road trip to make. The last time we went was so many years ago…I was in elementary school at the time and we still lived in Vancouver. The whole family had taken a road trip with my dad’s colleague’s family to Calgary, Banff, and Jasper.
The drive to Banff is gorgeous, actually. Once you get out of the city area and start passing by little towns, you see the mountains loom overhead in front of you. I can’t remember the drive to Vancouver anymore, but it’s apparently offers amazing scenery as well. We went to Lake Louise first, then Lake Moraine (a smaller lake a bit further on but still spectacular!) before dropping by Banff. The lakes are included in Banff National Park territory, and you pay $19.60/day as a family to get in. Here are some (but not all) of the photos.
Lake Louise is breathtaking, with the hotel Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise at the edge of the lake. It’s pretty damn expensive to live there though. For my family, visiting for a day was good enough. We’re not outdoor-sy types so camping or fishing isn’t our thing. It was cloudy when we arrived so the water didn’t appear as pretty as we would’ve liked. The sunlight makes the water look a light green blue. But aha! As the morning progressed, peeks of sunlight started showing!
We walked along the trail around the lake and even walked up a steeper part near the back of the lake for a different view. Below that area is sand and it looks like a beach. We caught sight of a couple of tiny chipmunks. And my dad being silly all the time haha! Making faces, staring at dog’s butts…
Aaaand then here are a ton of silly jumping photos. It took us a while to persuade my dad to jump. He kept pretending he’d jump…but then not jump. We got one rare photo of him jumping like a frog. Too bad my sister’s timing and his was off, so she’s still on the ground.
Then off to Lake Moraine we went after a quick lunch of sandwiches and cold green tea in the car. Truthfully…I think Lake Moraine is spectacular; more so than Lake Louise! When you arrive, it doesn’t look all that great because what you see is this:
Piles and piles of wood…and this mountain of rocks on the side. But then you go further on to the side, there’s a little pier where people can rent kayaks and canoes, and you start seeing the beauty of this lake.
Remember that mountain of rocks and wood piled on the side? Well there’s a path where you go up. It can be a little difficult to go up with those narrow rock steps, but it’s definitely worth it. Because then you see…
How gorgeous is that?!?! The water is sooo blue. It was absolutely stunning.
And um. Cue more jumping photos! A French (maybe Montrealers?) couple saw us jumping and complimented us on our timing haha! Then they decided to jump too for their photos. It was cute!
Finally we headed to Banff toward the evening for dinner. It’s a small tourist town with a population of less than 10,000. We had a Korean dinner (which was so-so) and wrapped up with a beavertail, before heading home.
I still have quite a lot of photos from throughout the year that I never blogged and posted…so I think I’ll mark this post as the beginning of me blogging about past adventures and trips! =)
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1 – Two good things that happened recently
a) Met up with old friends from HK
b) Visiting home for 2 weeks
2 – Most recent person you started following on Tumblr and why
I haven’t been on tumblr for a long time lol…
3 – Last movie you saw and your thoughts on it
Marriage Blue. It was an ok movie. Nothing amazing, but wow I totally adored Lee Yeon Hee and Joo Ji Hoon together.
4 – Story behind something you recently discovered
YYC is a very friendly place. People don’t hesitate to say hi and make friendly comments. No story really!
5 – Recent development in one particular relationship of yours
My relationship with my mom is much better now compared to before.
6 – Last book you read and your thoughts on it
I am Malala. It made me really think…a lot of people that became involved in the Taliban and extremist religious groups where Malala lived…they had the choice of joining the group with money or continuing with their lives in poverty. In addition there was something that struck me. “First they came for the communists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the socialists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak out because I was not a Catholic. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.”
7 – One unlucky thing that happened recently
My Note 3’s screen died *cries* I didn’t do anything!!! I was texting a friend..then the screen scrambled, froze, and turned black. So I pulled out the battery to restart it. Result? Everything works except the display. It turns on, I hear notifications, and I can even unlock my phone…but no display. I only used it for 8 months! So now I’m using my sister’s old LG phone from 2012. It’s so slow and the screen is so small in comparison…eveything lags and instagram doesn’t work properly. GUH #firstworldproblems
8 – The latest random thing that happened to you
People keep asking me for directions in places I don’t know (in HK and YYC LOL…I can’t help you!!!)
9 – Something you learned about yourself recently
I realized from hearing my mom rant to various friends and relatives about family issues (long stories revolving the passing of my grandma..) that I rant just like her. I’m quite similar to her in this aspect.
10 – Last trip you went on and one major highlight
Banff after a long time…Lake Louise is gorgeous but actually Lake Moraine is very very pretty as well. The water is more blue and god…just breathtaking
11 – Most recent event that made you smile
Well I smile pretty often, so nothing in particular?
12 – Three new music artist you became interested in
Ariana Grande, Mamamoo, Clean Bandit
13 – Last thing you’ve missed or reminisced about
I miss all the good food in HK LOL
14 – Most recent words of wisdom you heard that stuck with you
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” – J.K. Rowling
15 – Two things that you hope to see happened in the next three months
a) I hope I end up enjoying and loving my new job when it starts!
b) Successful start in the CPA program
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I’m still alive and wow it has been months since I last posted…life got busy I guess. I’d like to start blogging again though…it’s always fascinating reading old posts and laughing at myself (because I’m a loser, clearly)
Summary of things that have happened since mid November 2014…
-HK friend came to visit from her exchange at Queen’s in late Nov
-turned 22 late Nov
-finished McGill in Dec
-new phone! (Note 3 iluvu)
-started working full time in Jan
-my friend got married in Feb, she’s giving birth in Sept, I was a bridesmaid
-grad convocation late May
-quit mid Jun
-many farewells with friends (food and alcohol!)
-moved to YYC from YUL late Jun
-ikea and moving and stuff
-visited Banff after over 10 years
-my grandma passed away Jul 1
-flew back to HK early/mid Jul
-funeral processions and preparations
-met up with HK friends
-returned to YYC early Aug
-laze around like a panda
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Very interesting article I discovered shared on facebook.
Well articulated and a hammer right on the nail!
Unfortunately a friend’s name kept surfacing in regards to ‘girl’ traits as I read the article…yes…the one I ranted about not too long ago.
“some people regardless of their age, will never really grow up.”
And I say, aging is not a choice, but growing up is.