Day 7: My Biggest Regret(s). Real Talk.

I’ve waited too long to make some decisions. Been too scared to take the risks and jump. Underestimated His power.


Maybe I’ve been too stressed about school, you know? Sometimes I look back and regret not placing my trust in Him.

Maybe…maybe I’ve waited too long to forgive people. There are the ones who deserve it the least, but at the same time deserve all of it because He has forgiven me first.

It’s quite possible that I’ve let other people influence me in negative ways: forcing me to mask my personality, change my interests, even mold the way I act into someone that’s not me.

And perhaps I’ve been too afraid to try new things and step out of my comfort zone. I wonder, how many amazing adventures have I missed out on simply because I’ve been too scared of what risks may be involved?

The most important thing is that everyone makes mistakes. We all have flaws; we all are human. Even if you or I make mistakes….

We can make or break the chains that hold us.

Bottom line: Do everything, regret nothing.

πŸ’•

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Day 5: My Dream Job

My goal is to create a life I don’t need a vacation from.

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Dream Job:

I’d love to spend my life helping others. That’s the highest, purest form of human happiness isn’t it?

I’ve always loved the medical field – the thought of helping to change other people’s lives in little and big ways has always thrilled me. Recently this year, I had an opportunity to volunteer at a three day, free health clinic that was held in Los Angeles. It was amazing to see how many different kinds of people needed help and to see how desperately they needed it! Definitely one of my most favorite memories ever.

So there’s my dream job – kind of obscure, but at least I have an idea lol.

I want to witness for God by helping to change other people’s lives in the medical field :D If that doesn’t work out, I pray that I’m willing to follow His plan for me.

<3

Taiwan Throwback!

Well well well it has been almost a week since I’ve posted anything! Yes, I’m still alive. ✨✨
Today I just feel like going back to my second home in Taiwan, so prepare for the blast of photos! {p.s. you’re mostly going to see pictures of food…so…}

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This is part of the busy market in Taichung (台中), where I bought exotic fruits, fresh Asian vegetables, and sometimes treats like a steaming, golden sweet yam~

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A display of some lovely looking cherimoyas!

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I literally can’t get over these red bean cakes…*wistful sigh* They’re hot, sweet, and absolutely delicious!

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We paid a visit to the impressive Chiang Kai Shek memorial. He was the one that got Taiwan rolling after he fled from China!

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My dream store – perfect for a kawaiian. Yes, kawaiian is a real word. No, it isn’t in the dictionary yet…but I’m working on it;)

And that’s all for now! If you ever want to go to Taiwan with me…let me know and let’s go together :)

ζˆ‘ζ„›δ½ ,
That Girl Over There

Day 3: Butchart Gardens

August 24, 2015

Today we visited the ultra-famous Butchart Gardens! To get there, we parked the car on a one hour and a half long ferry ride that carried us between islands to get to the island of Victoria. Then, we drove to Butchart Gardens! It is….just simply a must see. 20150825-075219.jpg
The common square

Flowers flaunted theirselves all around us in the prettiest color combinations of red, white, purple, yellow, turquoise, and more! We strolled through the calming Japanese Garden, the bright and colorful Italian Garden, the graceful Rose Garden, and finally the Sunken Garden (my favorite)! I walked through a beautiful forest of towering, sky high trees, turned the corner, and came to a breathtaking view of the garden.
Absolutely breathtaking.
The Sunken Garden was originally formed out of an abandoned limestone quarry. Mrs. Butchart began planting flower beds and trees in the early 1900s, and today it is a gorgeous blend of plants, all perfectly balanced. If you go there, you will see a vine-covered mound rising up in the middle of the garden. That was a lower quality of limestone that was never quarried. But today, it is a defining mark of the Sunken Garden, as are two trees of life that flourish on both sides of the limestone mound.

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Prettiest garden yet! See the rising vines above the front part of the garden?

It was a beautiful day, with equal amounts of sun and cloud. But eventually, my sister and I…ahem…felt in need of refreshments. In the Italian Garden, was, appropriately, a gelato store. So…long story short, both of us got two double scoop ice cream cones x) They were delicious, by the way.
All in all, it was such a pleasant trip and I loved it!

Yours,
That Girl Over There~

Day 2: BC Border

August 23, 2015

We spent most of the day driving from Seattle to the Canada border. Along the way, we traveled through the towns of Mount Vernon, Burlington, and Bellingham. Finally, we reached the border at noon! Here’s a picture of crossing the border:

  
 After checking into our hotel in Vancouver, all four of us relaxed from the exhausting car trip. At about seven in the evening, we found ourselves at the annual Richmond night market! Throwback to my Taiwan trip! The line was unbelievably long, and we waited for about thirty to forty minutes before we finally gained admittance. But it was worth it! First, I, starving girl that I was, found the ramen stand and ordered a delicious bowl of the Japanese noodles. 🍜 Yum. I was really pleased with both the food’s flavor and presentation. And that was just the beginning! We ate gluten BBQ skewers, deep fried, crispy mushrooms, deep fried tofu with tangy hot sauce, and fried Chinese noodles. For dessert, I decided to get a traditional winter-melon tea, like the one I had in Taiwan. Sadly, my expectations were crushed. The drink was way too sweet and it wasn’t cold enough. Good thing there was a backup: a mango shaved ice with ice cream in top! Besides the winter melon incident, it was a great dinner! πŸ˜‰

And for all you avid shoppers, there is a variety of booths offering everything from the most adorable socks to clothes to stationery! It was definitely worth the wait and the money.
Had a great day!

Yours,
That Girl Over There~