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I am returned to the Pacific Northwest

August 18-19, 2018 // Some photos from when some very good humans came to visit me over the weekend. I think a lot about how I can see the U.S. like this. From Arbutus Cove, I can see the San... Continue Reading →


Transnational, pt. 2

I wrote about my poh-poh (grandmother) here. I have been away from home. That evening, I thought of calling my poh-poh. I have not set foot in the motherland in nine years. I am Chinese diaspora. We left before my... Continue Reading →

This earth is beautiful

August 4-12, 2018 // Last night I wrote that home is a feeling that I wish I experienced more in my body. According to Wikipedia, Vancouver and Los Angeles are sister cities. The images of downtown Vancouver and downtown LA... Continue Reading →

no grace

Hello. I sprained both ankles, one much worse than the other, probably because I had sprained it exactly six years ago (also in the city of Victoria...also just by walking). I spell out the letters when people need my last... Continue Reading →

“I have had such a good and wonderful life.”

June 30 - July 2, 2018 // This one here hasn't been feeling so great. Mostly anxious, kind of sad, still having a good time at work and in the city, still feeling disconnected. Also still sick with a slight... Continue Reading →

Weekend trip to the Comox Valley

June 15-17, 2018 // On Friday I drove about three hours from Victoria to Courtenay, the longest drive I've ever done (I do not drive often). There are two black/brown belt karate workshops every year; Courtenay on Vancouver Island in... Continue Reading →

Been feeling tired of explaining myself to myself

June 2-10, 2018 // I have had eczema for my entire life, and my body can no longer stand the chlorine in swimming pools, even after years of swimming lessons and working towards becoming a lifeguard. It's been seven years... Continue Reading →

The way the water moves

May 20, 2018 // Eventually, I was so close to the ocean that I lost cell service and my phone call with my mother cut out. Google Maps sort of has this creepy function where it can track where you've... Continue Reading →

The Saturday I waltzed around downtown Victoria wearing pants that felt like a skirt

May 19, 2018 // I finally jumped on the podcast bandwagon. The issue I have with my current noise-cancelling earphones is that they are so noise-cancelling that I can't hear anything else outside my head, and I'm so aware of... Continue Reading →

I learned that Saanich is a district municipality in Greater Victoria

May 12-14, 2018 // I started writing this in my head while pushing my bike up a steep slope I had coasted down fifteen minutes earlier, my brakes emitting a slight, stuttering scream, and probably a look of pure panic... Continue Reading →

Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them

2017, A Summary: In early 2017 I started properly writing my honours thesis. I read journal articles, book chapters, and a few full books for research. My honour(s thesis) defended and my degree complete, I visited England for the first... Continue Reading →


Poh-poh: maternal grandmother Gong-gong: maternal grandfather Mah-mah: paternal grandmother Yeh-yeh: paternal grandfather Kau-mou: mother's brother's wife (aunt) I can only remember one conversation with my Poh-poh. She sat on the edge of my bed, and I told her about my... Continue Reading →

I have a degree now

I have a degree in English Literature and Medieval Studies. Some thoughts, only sometimes in order: I remember being in elementary school when one of my cousins graduated from SFU with a degree in History and Political Science. He was... Continue Reading →

Self of steam

I was going to blog more. I'm sure everybody who intends to blog says that. My ideas for this digital diary was similar to what I had in mind for my honours thesis. I want it to be good. It would... Continue Reading →


This summer I spent far too much energy trying to be over-prepared. I spent hours trying to plan for my honours thesis, trying to gather as much information as I possibly could about graduate schools in spreadsheets. I spend so... Continue Reading →


Everybody is blogging these days and the university music librarian told me that I'm going to have an exciting life, so now I've got it in my head that it's important enough to write about.  

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