review | water street cafe

Water Street Cafe is located in the heart of Gastown across from the iconic steam clock. This Pacific Northwest restaurant with Italian influences has been established for nearly 30 years.

The restaurant has recently changed ownership as the previous owners have retired, and the team is re-engaging withe local community in this new chapter. I was graciously invited to have dinner along with a friend (shoutout to my girl Valerie for coming with me!) at the restaurant and to learn more about their space and specialties.Read More »


Summer 2017 | Backpack Europe with Trae

A little over 2 months ago, my best friend Tracy and I set off with our 2 9kg backpack to a journey that we will never forget.

It was both of our first times backpacking, and actually Tracy’s very first time travelling without her family. It was both exciting and nervewracking! The trip that we’ve been thinking about since Grade 12 and planning for half a year finally came into reality.

Over the next few weeks (but knowing me during the school year, probably months :P), I will be sharing snippets of our trip. You can also check out some our posted travel pics with #bpeuropewithtrae on IG!

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Cali Dream

It has been 2 months since my last post! Taking a year-round course during a half-semester summer session was quite the work load. But now that summer school + course registration is out of my way, summer vacation officially begins!

In about two weeks, I will be backpacking for the very first time with my best friend. We’re still getting our itinerary worked out but meanwhile, I shall share with you my short trip to California earlier in May. Much late. So procrastination.

This trip was both exciting and troubling because it was my first time travelling with friends! And for my friends, it was their first time travelling without family. We planned the trip in the short break between the last of winter session’s exams and the start of the summer semester.Read More »

Course Review: UBC 2016W (Year 1)

I recently completed my first year as a LFS student at the University of British Columbia, and as I am scrolling through forums and blogs for information on year 2 courses.. I thought, hey why not make one for the courses I took in the first year? If any prospective UBC LFS students, or any UBC students, have any questions or concerns at all, I would love to help!

LFS (Land and Food Systems) branches to 3 major streams- Applied Biology, Global Resource Systems (2nd year entry) and Food, Nutrition and Health (the program I am currently in)- each with a variety of majors that students can apply to in later years. Currently, I am working through the first 2 years of the FNH major calendar, as well as the Dietetic pre-reqs. With that said, my academic calendar comprises of the basic faculty courses (LFS, FNH), art electives and plenty of science courses.

My first year looks a little different than most of other FNH freshmen because of my AP transfer credits. Also, there are changes to the FNH academic calendar that have also been implemented for the upcoming 2017/2018 year. Either way, I hope this review would help even just one (confused) student, and give a better overview of what to expect in the first year.

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first year

[04/30/2017] I am anxiously refreshing my ssc grades summary page for the reveal of my past 4 months of blood, sweat and tears. (jk :P)

Freshman year was a swift and sweet 8 months of new adventures and people. It all began with apprehension and uncertainty, but looking back now, I do see growth, experiences and definitely so many wonderful memories along the way.

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A Glimpse of Japan


Surprise, surprise.. Rae’s blog is still alive! Exams, presentations, papers and assignments of 5 courses really do build up, and that’s my only excuse for being so inactive! Thankfully, we had an interim reading break last month.

But I have a confession.. I didn’t really read at all. 😛 Instead, I went for a bit of a tour in Japan with Papa Rae! It has been nearly 5 years since the last time we travelled together, and although it wasn’t for long, I really appreciated the precious quality bonding time we had, plus an amazing getaway from the usual buzz of responsibility and stress.

A week in Japan was obviously not enough though. It was both Papa Rae and my first time in this country (unless you count that one layover I had in NRT at age 3) and I definitely had a compelling curiosity for the culture, landscape and FOOOOOD there. We joined a tour because (a) lazy and (b) busy but still mainly (a), and without doubt, I would definitely return for a backpacking trip.

Our trip began in Narita and from there, we went city hopping westward. Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto and Osaka are the major cities we visited, and I thought I’d share some of the highlights of this trip with you all. (:


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2016 new year’s eve chitchat (ft. GoG results)

[12/31/2016] I apologize for being MIA for the entire month of December.. The first half of the month was mad finals prepping, whereas the latter half was fully occupied by my seasonal job. Overall, it was a pretty crazy month!

But on this last day of the year, I thought I’d make a quick post to wish you all a very happy new year! And finally wrap up my Gift of Giving fundraiser on the blog.

The Results

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In the month of November, we raised $1102 together for the children of South Sudan! It was not only the best celebration for my 18th birthday, but more importantly, a celebration of transformed lives for the South Sudanese children. I wholeheartedly thank you for your immense support and generous donations throughout my fundraiser. It wasn’t just once or twice when I felt discouragement or disappointment, but the success and meaning at the end of it far outweighs the negatives. You all humbled and inspired me with your willingness to give and your compassion. And for that, I am truly grateful.

Praise the Lord for all His grace and blessings in 2016! 

To end this short and sweet post.. Happy 2017! May the new year ahead be full of joy and wonders.

<3, Rae

The Birthday Gift of Giving

[11/02/2016] Hi everyone! My birthday is at the end of this month and this year, I wanted to do something different. However, I need the help and generosity of you. (Yes you, don’t run away.)

I will be pledging my 18th birthday meaning that instead of gifts, I’ll be collecting donations for a cause. After hours of research, I set my focus on South Sudan with HOPE International Developmental Agency, a local non-profit organization that I’ve had the chance to collaborate with previously.

My fundraising page:

My campaign specifically fundraises for clean water, education and hygiene training for the children in South Sudan, a very meaningful cause to me. $150 provides one child with full access to clean water, hygiene training and education, but donations starting from just $25 can help change their lives completely.

I would truly appreciate it if you could support me, whether it’s through donations or prayers.. Anything you are able to offer would be amazing.

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