chapter 8.1: 2016 Year of Travel & Blessings pt.3


We have now approached our LAST part of this huge update~ just a little bit more to go and we're DONE!


SEPTEMBER 2016
After my three weeks were up, I flew to the States to meet up with the love of my life (yuck! Can you get anymore corny?) I haven't really travelled much to the States as much as I'd like to, but I remember being extremely excited and nervous all at the same time. I wasn't scared, but I was nervous but very excited to meet the four women in his life that he talks about with such big smiles. I wanted to finally meet these women whom had made him into the man that he has become and they were AMAZING! Those who know me would know that I'm not good at expressing love by words, in fact I suck at it! During my time in Reading, Pennsylvania; Philadelphia; and in Salina, Kansas...his sisters, his cousins, his parents ALL of them were so welcoming of me. I didn't know how to act. I was relived, but my nervousness and awkwardness was still pretty visible (I think so...). I wanted to repay them for everything that they did for me, but I really didn't know how aside from helping around with whatever I could do. They made sure I was feeling included and even though I am a COMPLETE stranger to them, who suddenly is now part of their family without them knowing much about me....they really showed me how unwelcoming I am of others and just how cold I can be. I'm sure that they were all very skeptical of me, and I really do not blame them (if they felt that...) because I am a stranger to them and having a stranger enter your tightly knitted family is very alarming. Throughout the whole trip, they made sure that I was able to have fun and see around the area. We partied, we laughed, and honestly while here in Korea (currently in Busan) when I think about all the things that they've all done for me, I end up tearing up. (Yes, yes I'm a cry baby...sue me!) In the pictures, the red cake on the bottom was something they specially went out of their way to surprise Tony & I for legally getting married! I was (and still am) EXTREMELY touched by all the effort they put into everything. All in all, I had a wonderful time during my stay in the States and I am stoked to have them as part of my family. The only thing I wish I could do was that I could speak Vietnamese, but this gives me another hobby...another language to learn? I guess I could put Spanish & Italian on hold for now. Its more important to me at the moment to learn my in-laws language (even tho I'm hella scared of butchering it...). Anyone reading this know any book/website that can teach me Vietnamese? Or even better...anyone reading this Vietnamese? Would you be willing to teach me (for free that is...heh heh sorry!)?
SWEDISH FISH GELATI 🐠🍦.....#Reading_Pennsylvania #레딩_펜실베니아 #レディング_ペンシルバニア州 #August2016 #8월2016 #八月2016 #America #미국 #アメリカ #swedishfish #Ritas #gelati #젤라토 #ジェラート #icecream #아이스크림 #アイスクリーム #nomnom #foodporn #먹스타그램 #foodstagram #스타그램 #スターグラム #muffinNchubdate #D2DTravelblog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinReadingCITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE 💕.....#Philadelphia_Pennsylvania #필라델피아_펜실베니아 #フィラデルフィア_ペンシルバニア州 #August2016 #8월2016 #八月2016 #America #미국 #アメリカ #cityofbrotherlylove #scenery #landscape #경치 #風景  #스타그램 #スターグラム #muffinNchubdate #D2DTravelblog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinPhiladelphia


L E G A L I Z E D 💍🇺🇸🇨🇦😘Having to leave right after we got everything legalized & knowing that we probably won't see each other for at least a year....it was hard. You already know this, but I love you & I'm so happy I got to meet your family whom you love so dearly this past month. 💕❤️💕.....#Saturdayselfie #latergram #Reading_Pennsylvania #레딩_펜실베니아 #レディング_ペンシルバニア州 #September2016 #9월2016 #九月2016 #America #미국 #アメリカ #airmen #귀여운 #missyou #그리워요 #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #스타그램 #スターグラム #muffinNchubdate #muffindinh #mymuffinmandinh #hubby #남편 #夫 #D2DTravelblog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinReading #chubmuffinloveS U R PR I S E 💍🎂🍷Big thanks to @nigel56091 for planning everything. Most importantly thank you to all of @dindinh1625's sisters: @lindan1980, @snikkee & @nigel56091 for the wonderful, heartwarming & genuine welcome. Tony is blessed beyond words to have such beautiful & loving sisters. ❤️.....#latergram #Sundayfunday #Reading_Pennsylvania #레딩_펜실베니아 #レディング_ペンシルバニア州 #September2016 #9월2016 #九月2016年 #weddingcake #웨딩케이크 #ウエディングケーキ #cake #케이크 #ケーキ #dessert #디저트 #デザート #champagne #샴페인 #シャンパン #nomnom #먹스타그램 #foodstagram #travelgram #스타그램 #スターグラム #D2DTravelBlog  #DawnTravelBlog #muffinNchubdate #chubmuffinlove
OCTOBER 2016
Parting with Tony was extremely painful, and you'd probably already read ALL about it from my previous post...well kind of. Parting from Tony as we went our separate paths wasn't the type of heartache that you feel when you've broken up with someone, the pain I felt was something that was quite close to the one I had the night I lost Papa Chow. I know and understand that this is the life I've choosen for myself, but it doesn't make the pain any less painful.
(This was right before I had to board the plane...)
After arriving back to Seoul, I went a little MIA from people as I needed some time alone, cuddled up at home, away from people. I didn't want to socialize or go anywhere outside of the house unless it was neccessary and that was exactly what I did.  This probably may not have helped the pain that I was feeling, but I think it was a well needed time. A time for me to be with just myself. A time to think and be real with noone else but myself and God. Although, I didn't get much feedback (just yet...) from God, but I know He was and still is listening to me. In the end, afterwards...I forced myself to socialize (even tho I really didn't want to). I realized that I needed to talk to other people than the four walls in my room and my two roommates; Emman & Phoebe. It was difficult at first, but slowly and steadily, we're getting somewhere, although it is still quite difficult to find topics to talk about, but it's been good.
Roses are red...urrr...white?🌹📷credits: @elbrianpark 🐶.....#ThrowbackThursday #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #September2016 #9월2016 #九月2016 #roses #장미 #バラ #rosegarden #장미정원 #バラ園 #KoreanIndependence #한국어독립 #LEDroses #생명 #生活 #LED #DongdaemunPlaza #동대문디자인플라자DDP #photographs #スターグラム #스타그램 #iphonegraphy #visualsgang  #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinSeoul
Friends are those who let you snack on a corn dog after dinner while posing for a picture because we understand that the corn dog has become one of us. 🍗 😁.....#WaybackWednesday #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #September2016 #9월2016 #九月2016 #friends #친구 #友達 #roses #장미 #バラ #LEDroses #동대문디자인플라자 #OceanCitySeoul #스타일리스트 #スタイリスト #음악가 #音楽家 #squadgoals #미소 #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #3xoticroomies #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinSeoul #3mmaannYou're free, let go of your expectations 🎧.....#TuesdayThoughts #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #September2016 #9월2016 #九月2016 #friends #친구 #友達 #DongdaemunPlaza #동대문디자인플라자DDP #OceanCitySeoul  #stylist #스타일리스트 #スタイリスト #muscians #음악가 #音楽家 #squadgoals #3xoticroomies #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinSeoul #3mmaann
R E S P E C T 🇰🇷 🍷 🗓 🌹 🇰🇷365days X 70years = 25,550 ROSES🌹.....#MondayMotivation #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #September2016 #9월2016 #九月2016 #roses #장미 #バラ #rosegarden #장미정원 #バラ園 #KoreanIndependence #한국어독립 #LEDroses #생명 #生活 #LED #DongdaemunPlaza #동대문디자인플라자DDP #photographs #スターグラム #스타그램 #iphonegraphy #visualsgang  #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinSeoul
OH! I also had my 25th birthday here in Seoul (my 3rd birthday celebrated in Seoul), and although it was a quiet birthday with nothing much planned aside from a dinner and a movie. It was a nice quiet birthday. Glory even got me a Hello Kitty Ice Cream Cake! Although it wasn't the best tasting ice cream (as expected from Natuur Pop), but it was pretty and a good present. (Now I can cross that off my bucket list~ YAY!)
M A I L 💌 Thank you @bebe_swtz for sending a little bit of home for my birthday. 🎁.....#Sundayquote #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #韓国_ソウル#latergram #ecclesiastes3 #전도서3 #伝道の書3 #birthdaypresent #hbd #생일축하해요 #お誕生日おめでとうございます #happybirthdaytome #25thbirthday #October2016 #10월2016년 #十月2016年 #thankyou #ありがとう #감사합니다 #PtL #love #愛 #사랑 #enjoythelittlethings #스타그램 #スターグラム #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinSeoul2 5 t h • B I R T H D A Y 🎂I can't imagine what life in Seoul would be like without these beautiful young women! ❤️ Thank you for always being there for me~ love you girls to Pluto & back. 😘.....#SundaySelfie #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #October2016 #10월2016년 #十月2016年 #happybirthday #생일축하해요 #お誕生日おめでとうございます #happybirthdaytome #25thbirthday #3xoticRoomies #SwAgape #swagapeministry #friends #친구 #友人 #스타그램 #スターグラム #smile #미소 #微笑 #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #DuskTravelBlog #D2DinSeoulD R E A M•C O M E•T R U E 🎂BIG thanks to @didyouxd for getting me this BEAUTIFUL ice cream cake for my birthday last week. 😍.....#Saturday #latergram #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #October2016 #10월2016년 #十月2016年 #happybirthday #생일축하해요 #お誕生日おめでとうございます #happybirthdaytome #25thbirthday #birthdaycake #생일케이크 #誕生日ケーキ #icecreamcake #아이스크림케이크 #アイスクリームケーキ #스타그램 #スターグラム #hellokitty #헬로키티 #ハローキティー #dreamcometrue #夢叶う #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #DuskTravelBlog #D2DinSeoul
NOVEMBER 2016
Finally, we have now caught up with the present! It's been a pretty busy month, I would say as there were a lot of cases that I had to deal with, and then also because its basically a back to back birthday month. We have Glory's birthday which is in the beginning of the month and then we have Emman's birthday the week after!
A G A I N • R E F R E S H 🌱.....#WednesdayVibes #latergram #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #November2016 #11월2016 #十一月2016年 #avocado #아보카도 #アボカド #salmon #연어 #サーモン #ricotta #리코타  #リコッタ #againrefresh #salad #샐러드 #サラダ #foodporn #먹스타그램 #foodstagram #스타그램 #スターグラム #D2DTravelBlog #D2DFoodAdventures #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinSeoul
G O O D • B-D A Y • E A T S 🐙PS latter half of @3mmaann's bday, @katheriniii joined in on the fun too~ ❤️️This was round 1 of the birthday eats~.....#Thursdayparty #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #November2016 #11월2016 #十一月2016 #happybirthday #생일축하해요 #お誕生日 #3xoticRoomies #strongwomen #強い女性 #강한여성 #xdjewelry #SwAgape #スターグラム #seafood #해물 #シーフード #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #D2DFoodAdventures #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #DuskTravelBlog #3mmaann #D2DinSeoulS M A L L • T H I N G S🍦It's always the small things in life that keeps us going~ never forget the small details. 💐.....#MovebackMonday #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #November2016 #11월2016 #十一月2016 #happybirthday #생일축하해요 #お誕生日 #3xoticRoomie #Yogurino #요고리노 #gelati #젤라토 #ジェラート #icecream #아이스크림 #アイスクリーム #nomnom #foodporn #먹스타그램 #foodstagram #스타그램 #スターグラム #D2DFoodAdventures #D2DTravelblog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinSeoul #3mmaann

After all that birthday celebrating, we go straight to having relatives visit at the same time (which by the way was not planned together...); Phoebe had her elder sister, Ruth; who runs a non-profit organization in Taiwan & Guatamala; coming to Seoul for a visit. Then around the same time, Emman had her cousin who was coming from Australia to visit and lastly, I had my god-mother, Wendy come over to visit for a short little bit. All of which happened in the span of a week to two weeks. Although it has been quite hectic and busy with work and having to meet up with people, I did have a lot of fun spending time with fellow SiCs and friends.
PS Phoebe, Ruth and myself are currently in Busan as I wrote this blog.
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER 🍸.....#WaybackWednesday #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国#November2016 #11월2016 #十一月2016  #friends #친구 #友達 #sabotage #사보타주 #サボタージュ #club #클럽 #クラブ #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #photographs #스타그램 #スターグラム #LifeinSeoul #hiphopministry #swagapeministry #D2DTravelBlog #DuskTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #3mmaann
W H E N • I N • B U S A N. . . . w/ @heardusk & her sister 🐙🍶.....#ThrowbackThursday to yesterday's dinner in #Busan_Korea #부산_한국 #釜山_韓国 #November2016 #11월2016 #十一月2016 #seafood #해산물 #シーフード #clams #대합조개 #貝 #grill #그릴 #グリル  #nomnom #foodporn #먹스타그램 #foodstagram #刺身 #생선회 #스타그램 #photographs #スターグラム #D2DTravelBlog #D2DFoodAdventures #DawnTravelBlog #DuskTravelBlog #D2DinBusan

OH! We also made some new friends at the club when we out with Ruth. We invited them to the Thanksgiving dinner that Ocean City Seoul will be having this coming Sunday, November 20 at 4pm, so if you all could just pray that they will come, enjoy good food and have a great time. Oh! If you've got nothing planned this coming Sunday and you'd like to have some turkey for thanksgiving, feel free to come! Also, even if you don't know me, but somehow this blog somehow got to you and you'd like some company during Thanksgiving, then look no further!
Come & lets have a blessed thanksgiving!

Address: Rehoboth Sinchon Business Center "G Campus," Seoul Mapo-gu Baekbeom-ro 10, Hyundai Ventureville
              서울시 마포구 백범로 10 현대벤처빌 1층, 르호봇 G-Campus (노고산동 107-36)


Well thats all for this blog post folks! I know its a lot of information to process, and I know I say it every. single. time, but this year I will definitely try to keep myself on top with my blog posts. ^^

Chapter 8.1: 2016 Year of Travel & Blessings pt.2

Ahhh~ now time for the second part, because Live Journal said my post was too long. I wonder why...haha!

JUNE 2016
Finally comes the month of June, where Phoebe & I went to Kyoto, Japan. During our stay in Kyoto, we were able to witness some pretty intense protests; LGBTQ and De-Nuclearization bills. If anyone follows world news, there is a lot that is going on between Korea, Japan, USA and Canada. Yes, that is correct. Canada is in on this lovely game, we all call 'politics'. "Why?" you may ask, well thats a great question and as much Canada likes to maintain its position as a peaceful country and still is, whatever move the USA makes in their politcal movement affects what Canada will do and how the other countries will look at Canada, as sad as it is...the USA and Canada are view as one in the eyes of the world, when it comes to politics. During our time there, we noticed that in this protest, it was mainly older generation who were protesting, not only about De-Nuclearization but also about the failure of passing the LGBTQ/Equal Marriage Alliance bill. The reason why I mentioned that it was interesting was because of the personal stories that were shared. We didn't really get the opportunity to actually sit down with them and talk, but we were able to do a short interview of why they as parents and grandparents were for Equal Marriage Alliance/LGBTQ, and many stated that they're doing it for their child/grandchild. Although, they believe it goes against human nature or at least what we have learned and viewed all these years as "normal" in the end, the issue is there and these people are still their child/grandchild. They ARE the next generation. They did not want the next generation to be living in fear regardless if they are or aren't LGBTQ. After hearing these stories, I was immensely touched. They are right. People in the LGBTQ are humans just like you & I, why are we limiting their rights? Why and who are we to judge them? Now, I will not state where I stand in this whole LGBTQ and Christian topic as I don't want to make this post into a long LGBTQ discussion of what is right and what is wrong. I will only state that I have friends and BaSiC who are part of the LGBTQ community and I love them with all my heart. I also believe that just as we shouldn't judge others by their colour of skin, or ethnicity, we also shouldn't put judgement on anyone who is in the LGBTQ community (If you would like to discuss further with me, please personal message me. Thanks!)
LGBTQ Rally 🌈🇯🇵..... #latergram #Kyoto_Japan #교토_일본 #京都_日本 #July2016 #7월2016 #七月2016 #rally #랠리 #ラリー #LGBTQ #性的少数者 #KyotoStation #교토역 #京都駅 #photographs #スターグラム #스타그램 #prayforJapan #bnw #visualsgang #coloursplash #LifeinJapan #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinJapan #D2DinKyoto
JULY 2016
With a blink of an eye, it is now July and with that said, I am back in Seoul and this is where things get a bit juicy in the love department (its definitely not the romantic type tho...). I get back and the first thing I do once I am back, I go straight to meet up with Tony. Once I arrived at his place, there was a pleasant surprise waiting for me. Couple rings (carbon fiber and if you don't know what that is...it glows in the dark) and SUSHI PLUSHIES!
M Y • C U T I E S 🍣 😘Thank you @dindinh1625 for the cute sushi!! 💋.....#Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #July2016 #7월2016 #七月2016 #mymuffinmandinh #남자친구 #ボーイフレンド  #thoseeyebrowstho #eyebrows #눈썹 #眉毛 #cute #귀여운 #可愛 #sushi #스시 #寿司 #plushtoy #ビロードの玩具 #플러시 #sushiplush #sushipillow #muffindinh #스타그램 #スターグラム #DawnTravelBlog #D2DTravelBlog #muffinNchubdateわたしは、あなたを愛しています。私はあなたと将来を楽しみにしています。❤️ 💍.....#ThursdayNight #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #July2016 #7월2016 #七月2016 #mymuffinmandinh #leboyfriend #남자친구 #ボーイフレンド  #carbon6rings #rings #반지 #結婚指輪 #jewelry #보석류 #ジュエリー #fashion #패션 #ファッション #iloveyou #愛してる #사랑해 #스타그램 #スターグラム #DawnTravelBlog #D2DTravelBlog #muffinNchubdate

During the weekend, we (Tony and I) were going to have a photoshoot with a BiC at Seoul Grand Park Zoo (as much as I like taking pictures, i feel extremely awkward during photoshoots...so its hard for the picture to turn out normal), but near the end of the picture taking right when the sun was setting, Tony bends down on one knee, pulls out a box and with a shy smile asks: "Will you marry me?" shocked...I stood there filled with so much joy that I nodded and while crying (yes, I'm a crybaby...but let me tell you, I honestly didn't think he would ever propose...).
He's in 🇺🇸& I'm in 🇰🇷📷credit: @elbrianpark 👍🏻.....#ManCrushMonday #mcm #latergram #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #July2016 #7월2016 #七月2016 #mymuffinmandinh #photoshoot #写真撮影 #사진촬영 #seoulzoo #서울동물원 #ソウル動物園 #cute #귀여운 #muffindinh #longdistancelove #engagementphotos #약혼사진 #missyou #스타그램 #スターグラム #DawnTravelBlog #D2DTravelBlog #muffinNchubdate #D2DinSeoul #chubmuffinloveM O M E N T S • L I K E • T H E S E 🌳📷credit: @elbrianpark 👍🏻.....#Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #July2016 #7월2016 #七月2016 #mymuffinmandinh #leboyfriend #남자친구 #ボーイフレンド  #photoshoot #写真撮影 #사진촬영 #seoulzoo #서울동물원 #ソウル動物園 #cute #귀여운 #可愛 #muffindinh #engagementphotos #약혼사진 #婚約の写真 #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #DawnTravelBlog #D2DTravelBlog #muffinNchubdate #chubmuffinloveG O L D E N • H O U R 🌅📷credit: @elbrianpark 👍🏻.....#Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #July2016 #7월2016 #七月2016 #mymuffinmandinh #leboyfriend #남자친구 #ボーイフレンド  #photoshoot #写真撮影 #사진촬영 #seoulzoo #서울동물원 #ソウル動物園 #cute #sunset #일몰 #日没 #engagementphotos #약혼사진 #婚約の写真 #muffindinh #스타그램 #スターグラム #DawnTravelBlog #D2DTravelBlog #muffinNchubdate #chubmuffinlove💍❤️💋.....#latergram #Saturdaynight #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #July2016 #7월2016 #七月2016 #mymuffinmandinh #isaidyes #engagementring #engagement #エンゲージメント #약혼 #rings #반지 #結婚指輪 #jewelry #보석류 #ジュエリー #iloveyou #愛してる #사랑해 #스타그램 #スターグラム #bnw #DawnTravelBlog #D2DTravelBlog #muffinNchubdate
(Photo credit: Brian P.)      
Fast forward to the weekend after that, we held a wedding/engagement ceremony for those in Korea that meant a lot to me over the past 3 years because Tony was going to be (and still is) sent back to the States for his next base for at least a year (hopefully thats all it takes...) and it was also a way to hold an accountability within the church.
BEAUTIFUL HOMEMADE WEDDING CAKE 🎂📷credit: @didyouxd 💍.....#latergram #TuesdayTreat #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #ToDeeSK2016 #weddingcake #웨딩케이크 #ウエディングケーキ #July2016 #7월2016 #七月2016年 #coconutlime #코코넛라임 #ココナッツライム #cake #케이크 #ケーキ #dessert #디저트 #デザート #nomnom #먹스타그램 #foodstagram #travelgram #스타그램 #スターグラム #D2DTravelBlog  #DawnTravelBlog #muffinNchubdate
(top: Homemade Coconut Lime by Lisa M. | Photo credit: Brian P.)
AUGUST 2016
This is where I went back home for 3 weeks, met up with only a few people as I've learned over the 3 years that a lot of people say "lets catch up, let me know your schedule..." but when you tell them your schedule nothing really happens...so its better to just let the whole world know when you're in town and if they truely do wish to meet up with you, then they will for sure contact you. If not, then well no feelings hurt...but it just wasn't meant to be.
PS there were a couple other friends that I met up with, but we were so busy catching up that we forgot to snap a pic together XD
(top: Alberta | L: Ben W R: butter beer frap | L: Mango Butter Chicken R: Janice L | L: Bella T R: Chai )
(bottom: Wonder Women [far L & up: Tracy H., Phoebe C., Vanessa L.]
 [far R & up: Trina T., Joyce L., Danika L., Janice L., and Sarah T.]
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H E L L O • A L B E R T A ~ 🏞.....#SaturdayShenanigans #latergram #August2016 #8월2016 #八月2016 #Canada #캐나다 #カナダ #prepareforlanding #착륙 #着陸 #Alberta #앨버타 #アルバータ州 #Calgary #캘거리 #カルガリー #plane #비행기 #飛行機 #exploreCanada #photographs #iphonegraphy #스타그램 #スターグラム #ig_alberta #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinEdmonton
'W H E R E • W E • L E F T • O F F 🤓 It's always an awesome time when I'm with this BIG kid. He may be horrible at times...but he's got a heart of gold. 💛.....#Saturdayfunday #에드먼턴 #エドモントン #August2016 #8월2016 #八月2016 #Canada #캐나다 #カナダ #friends #친구 #友達 #memories #추억 #思い出 #geeks #귀여운 #可愛い #photooftheday #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #selfie #셀카 #셀피  #smile #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinEdmontonB U T T E R • B E E R • F R A P 🍺Yep! I'm back at it with the Starbucks ~ ☕️.....#latergram #Edmonton #에드먼턴 #エドモントン #August2016 #8월2016 #八月2016 #Canada #캐나다 #カナダ #nomnom #냠냠 #먹스타그램 #foodstagram #스타그램 #スターグラム #Starbucks #스타벅스 #スターバックス #butterbeer #frappachino #フラップチーノ #nomnom #foodporn #먹스타그램 #foodstagram #스타그램 #photographs #スターグラム #D2DTravelBlog #D2DFoodAdventures #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinEdmontonN A A N • M E • U P 🍛.....#TuesdayTreats #Edmonton #에드먼턴 #エドモントン #August2016 #8월2016 #八月2016 #Canada #캐나다 #カナダ #nomnom #냠냠 #먹스타그램 #foodstagram #스타그램 #スターグラム #MangoButter #망고버터 #マンゴーバター #chicken #치킨 #チキン #Naanolicious #난오리시스  #스타그램 #スターグラム #DawnTravelBlog #D2DTravelBlog #D2DFoodAdventures  #D2DinEdmontonT H E • T R U T H 🐙Indeed with all my friends, the one thing we have in common is food (and Pokemon), but with this lady right here? It's completely to a different level. We travel far and wide to eat good food (& we went to catch Pokemon after as our workout). Can never get enough of that street food~ mmmm! 🍡🌮🍢🍪📷 credits: Janice Leung 🍮.....#Tuesdaytruth #latergram #Edmonton #YEG #에드먼턴 #エドモントン #August2016 #8월2016 #八月2016 #Canada #캐나다 #カナダ #friends #친구 #友達 #geeks #귀여운 #可愛い #pokemongo #포켓몬 #ポケモンゴー #스타그램 #スターグラム #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #smile #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinEdmontonW E • P R O F E S S I O N A L S ⚖ 💉Who knew?? 💁🏻❓On a more serious note: even tho a year goes by that we haven't seen each other and of course a lot has happened and is going to happen, but it's always good to hear that the things you once shared in common is STILL the same even after years. Also I rarely put collages up on IG but I couldn't decide which pic to use, so I might as well go ALL IN! 💯.....#SaturdayNight #Edmonton #YEG #에드먼턴 #エドモントン #August2016 #8월2016 #八月2016 #Canada #캐나다 #カナダ #friends #친구 #友達 #winnertakesall #귀여운 #可愛い #childhoodfriends #어린시절친구 #幼なじみ #adulthood #스타그램 #スターグラム #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #smile #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinEdmontonR E M E D Y 🍵All my catch up moments this year back home, have been mostly around a good cup of chai~ 💕.....#latergram #Edmonton #에드먼턴 #エドモントン #August2016 #8월2016 #八月2016 #Canada #캐나다 #カナダ #nomnom #냠냠 #먹스타그램 #foodstagram #스타그램 #スターグラム #chai #차이 #チャイ #chailatte #차이티라떼 #チャイラテ #RemedyCafe #카페 #カフェ #스타그램 #スターグラム #DawnTravelBlog #D2DTravelBlog #D2DFoodAdventures  #D2DinEdmonton
T H E M • G L A S S E S 🤓Blessed to have to met these beautiful young ladies the time that I did. They've helped encourage and motivate me to where I am now. 🍎.....#FlashbackFriday #latergram #Edmonton #YEG #에드먼턴 #エドモントン #August2016 #8월2016 #八月2016 #Canada #캐나다 #カナダ #friends #친구 #友達 #reunion #재회 #再会 #cute #귀여운 #可愛い #스타그램 #スターグラム #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #smile #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinEdmonton
Every year I come back home to visit is mainly for my family as especially ever since the passing of Papa Chow, I felt that my family needed my presence a bit more or maybe it was just me who needed their prescence? Either way, I'm sure both parties needed each other while copping with the pain of his passing. With that said, this years' trip back home was to spend and make some great memories away from home with the family. So my mom, Maurice & I decided to go on a trip to the east coast of Canada; a relatively meaningful trip for Momma Chow as it was one of the promises that he had made to her when he was still on this earth, but was never able to carry it out. During our trip to the east coast, though it was extremely tiring, I had a great time with Momma Chow. We talked a lot. Honestly I don't think I ever talked this much to my own mother in all of my childhood till now. Momma Chow and I were never the greatest of friends or the best combo. We would ALWAYS fight and get into an arguement, mainly because we had such different personalities; I was more of logical thinker and Momma Chow has always been more of an emotional thinker, so it was always hard. I learned a lot about Momma Chow in the past two years than I had ever did in twenty-five years! The pain I could see in her eyes, when she looks are her children whom she had and raised with Papa Chow...internally my insides were being all twisted up from the pain. Till now, I'm trying to see what I can do help her achieve all those dreams that she never could've, but as the troublesome daughter that I am...I always seem to end up causing more issues for her than I wanted.
S N A P C H A T • w/ @gkwc0830 👭.....#SundaySelfie #August2016 #8월2016 #八月2016 #Canada #캐나다 #カナダ #Quebec #퀘벡 #ケベック州 #Montreal #몬트리올 #モントリオール #snapchat #スナップチャット #motherdaughter #어머니의딸 #母娘 #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #family #가족 #家族  #스타그램 #スターグラム #D2Dselfie #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinMontrealS M A L L • B I T • O F • F A M • J A M 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦.....#August2016 #8월2016 #八月2016 #Canada #캐나다 #カナダ #Ontario #온타리오 #オンタリオ州 #Toronto #토론토 #トロント #ThousandIsland #천섬 #サウザンドアイランド #rockport #락포트 #ロックポート #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #family #가족 #家族  #스타그램 #スターグラム #D2Dselfie #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinTorontoS T A N D • T A L L 🗼In each masterpiece there's always some kind of story of hardship, same goes with life. It takes time. Be patient 〰.....#August2016 #8월2016 #八月2016 #Canada #캐나다 #カナダ #Quebec #퀘벡 #ケベック州 #Montreal #몬트리올 #モントリオール #observatory #전망대 #展望台 #exploreCanada #photographs #iphonegraphy #스타그램 #スターグラム #ig_quebec #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinMontrealF L A V O U R • O F • C U L T U R E 💐.....#Saturdayfun #August2016 #8월2016 #八月2016 #Canada #캐나다 #カナダ #Quebec #퀘벡 #ケベック州 #QuebecCity #퀘벡시 #ケベック #culture #문화 #文化 #park #공원 #公園 #exploreCanada #photographs #iphonegraphy #스타그램 #スターグラム #ig_quebec #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinQuebecCityF E E L S 😍.....#Tuesdayfeels #latergram #August2016 #8월2016 #八月2016 #Canada #캐나다 #カナダ #Quebec #퀘벡 #ケベック州 #QuebecCity #퀘벡시 #ケベック #culture #문화 #文化 #street #거리 #通り #exploreCanada #photographs #iphonegraphy #스타그램 #スターグラム #ig_quebec #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinQuebecCity
B L A C K • S H E E P S • O F • D A • F A M 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦.....#SaturdaySelfie #August2016 #8월2016 #八月2016 #Canada #캐나다 #カナダ #Quebec #퀘벡 #ケベック州 #QuebecCity #퀘벡시 #ケベック #blacksheep #흑양 #黒い羊 #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #family #가족 #家族  #스타그램 #スターグラム #D2Dselfie #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinQuebecCityC A P T U R E • T H E • M O M E N T 📷Mo (@maurice_chow) was actually squishing Momma Chow's (@gkwc0830) arm...😂.....#Saturday #August2016 #8월2016 #八月2016 #Canada #캐나다 #カナダ #Quebec #퀘벡 #ケベック州 #QuebecCity #퀘벡시 #ケベック #noeyes #family #가족 #家族 #MommaChow #MoChow #painting #그림 #ペインティング #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinQuebecCity
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Oh! Of course I also had to celebrate my dearest Momma Chow's birthday, afterall she is the woman who went into labour for a good day before she could give birth to me.
昨天是我最後一天在家,也是我情愛的媽咪的生日。對不起,我不能留多一天但我永遠都是愛妳的。媽咪,祝你生日快樂! 妳永遠是年輕的。😍/ Yesterday was my last day at home, as well as my beloved mothers birthday. I'm sorry I could not stay longer this time around, but I will always love you! Happy birthday momma chow! Don't worry, you're still young...at heart. 😘 / 昨日は自宅で私の最後の日だけでなく、私の最愛の母親の誕生日でした。私は長い今回滞在できませんでした申し訳ありませんが、私はいつもあなたを愛します!ハッピーバースデーママ!あなたはまだ若いしている、心配しないでください。🎉🎂.....#August2016 #8월2016 #八月2016 #Edmonton #YEG #에드먼턴 #エドモントン #Canada #캐나다 #カナダ #home #홈 #ホーム #hbd #happybirthday #생일축하합니다 #誕生日おめでとうございます #mommachow #mom #媽咪 #お母さん #엄마 #cute #可愛い #photooftheday #스타그램 #スターグラム #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinEdmonton

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Chapter 8.1: 2016 Year of Travel & Blessings pt.1


Greetings fellow readers (or lack of...)!
I know that the last blog post was a bit on the depressing side and I'm sure noone wants to read anything like that. Right? Plus! I totally made myself look like a complete spoiled bratt, continually complaining about the pain. So with this post, I've decided to write a timeline of what happened from the beginning of January till now.


THIS IS AN EXTREMELY LONG POST
but it does have pictures to go along with it...
VIEWERS/READERS DISCRETION IS ADVISED




JANUARY 2016
The beginning of the New Years was spent a bit differently than I had usually spent it. I was able to spend it with Tony and his co-workers & friends. Although, we didn't do much (we basically just stayed in cooked, ate and watched tv) but it was nice to have someone to spend that time with.

H O N G K O N G • H E R E • I • C O ME ✈.....#SundaySelfie #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #HongKong #홍콩 #香港 #January2016 #1월2016 #一月2016年 #mymuffinmandinh #leboyfriend #남자친구 #ボーイフレンド #travelgram #wanderlust #explore #worldtrotters #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #selca #셀카 #셀피 #D2DTravelBlog #D2DSelfie #DawnTravelBlog #muffinNchubdateB E E F • W E L L I N G T O N 🍖1st Attempt with @windin1625.....#Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #throwback #BeefWellington #비프웰링턴 #ウェリントン牛肉 #meat #고기 #お肉 #firstattempt #homecooking #가정요리 #家庭料理 #January2016 #1월2016 #一月2016年 #nomnom #food #foodpics #foodporn #먹스타그램 #foodstagram #스타그램 #photographs #スターグラム #D2DTravelBlog #D2DFoodAdventures #DawnTravelBlog #muffinNchubdate

Shortly after, I spent a weekend with my roommates and a dear SiC whom we all love (trust me...she's just as weird as the three of us). We took a trip to Nami Island in hopes of seeing some SNOW on the ground (at least some of us were hoping for snow...), but since the weather had disappointed us, we quickly changed our focus on the trip to taking selfies with animals.

S E L F I E • L E V E L 1000 📷Mr. Peacock is definitely pimpin' 😂🐵.....#Namiseom_Korea #남이섬_한국 #南怡島_韓国 #January2016  #1월2016 #一月2016 #NamiIsland #남이도 #南怡島 #peacock #공작 #孔雀 #friends #친구 #友達 #cute #귀여운 #可愛い #3xoticRoomies #스타그램 #スターグラム #LifeInKorea #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #D2DTravelBlog #D2DSelfie #DawnTravelBlog #DuskTravelBlog #D2DinNamiIslandE A C H • M O M E N T ' S • P R E C I O U S 🌞.....#ThrowbackThursday #Namiseom_Korea #남이섬_한국 #南怡島_韓国 #January2016 #1월2016 #一月2016 #NamiIsland #남이도 #南怡島 #roadtrip #로드트맆 #作品 #chess #체스 #チェス #glass #요리 #ガラス #sunray #photographs #스타그램 #スターグラム #ig_Korea #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinNamiIslandJ U S T • K E E P • S W I M M I N G 🏊 🐋.....#MoveMonday #Throwback #Namiseom_Korea #남이섬_한국 #南怡島_韓国 #January2016 #1월2016 #一月2016 #NamiIsland #남이도 #南怡島 #roadtrip #로드트맆 #作品 #nature #자연 #自然 #fish #鱼 #물고기 #photographs #스타그램 #スターグラム #ig_Korea #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #DuskTravelBlog #D2DinNamiIsland
A little after the new years, I left Seoul to go to Hong Kong to spend the CNY (Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year) with my relatives in Hong Kong; something that I've never done. I was also able to meet up with a friend and a few SiC (back in Edmonton - a childhood friend & another SiC whom we both knew) whom I haven't seen in a long while. Again, nothing much was done or talked about, but it was very interesting to see how we have all really grown in our own time and path. Though of course we still have our different views on certain topics, and although it was nice to see how some things really never change, but it was definitely nonetheless interesting to see it in person. It was a big reminder to me (or maybe to all of us?) that we've really grown up and gone our different paths.
(Top R: Me & Ashely | Middle L: Phoebe C. & Me | Bottom L: Ramune Ice Cream | R: Me, Phoebe C. & Jasmine T. )
C O C O N U T • W R A P 🌯.....#HongKong #홍콩 #香港 #February2016 #2월2016 #二月2016年 #coconut #코코넛 #ココナッツ #snack #スナック #간식 #dessert #디저트 #デザート #hkeats #hongkongstyle #nomnom #foodporn #먹스타그램 #foodstagram #photographs #스타그램 #スターグラム #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinHongKong新年快樂!🏮.....#HongKong #홍콩 #香港 #friends #친구 #友人 #ChineseNewYear2016 #음력설날 #구정 #旧正月 #February2016 #2월2016 #二月2016年 #TsimShaTsui #尖沙嘴 #monkey #モンキー #원숭이 #스타그램 #photographs #スターグラム #LifeinHongKong #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #D2DTravelBlog #D2DSelfie #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinHongKong
W H A T S • Y O U R • P A S S I O N?? 🍰.....#TuesdayTreats #throwback #HongKong #홍콩 #香港 #February2016 #2월2016 #二月2016年 #photographs #Passion #Mongkok #旺角 #valentinecake #밸런타인케이크 #バレンタインケーキ #raspberry #산딸기 #ラズベリー #LifeinHongKong #nomnom #foodporn #먹스타그램 #foodstagram #스타그램 #スターグラム #hkeats #D2DTravelBlog #D2DFoodAdventures #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinHongKongC H I L D H O O D • F R I E N D S 🤗Nice to reunite with a childhood friend at @skycitychurch ⛪️.....#HongKong #홍콩 #香港 #friends #친구 #友人 #ChineseNewYear2016 #음력설날 #구정 #旧正月 #February2016 #2월2016 #二月2016年 #WanChai #灣仔 #SkyCityChurch #childhood #어린시절 #小児期 #스타그램 #photographs #スターグラム #LifeinHongKong #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #D2DTravelBlog #D2DSelfie #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinHongKongR A M U N E • S O F T C R E A M 🍦.....#TuesdayTreats #throwback #HongKong #홍콩 #香港 #February2016 #2월2016 #二月2016年 #photographs #CheckInTokyo #Mongkok #旺角 #ramune #라무네 #ラムネ #icecream #아이스크림 #アイスクリーム #LifeinHongKong #nomnom #foodporn #먹스타그램 #foodstagram #스타그램 #スターグラム #hkeats #D2DTravelBlog #D2DFoodAdventures #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinHongKongH O M E • A W A Y • F R O M • H O M E 👭 .....#HongKong #홍콩 #香港 #friends #친구 #友人 #February2016 #2월2016 #二月2016年 #yeg #Edmontonians #에드먼턴 #エドモントン#childhood #어린시절 #小児期 #스타그램 #photographs #スターグラム #CheckInTokyo #Mongkok #旺角 #LifeinHongKong #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #D2DTravelBlog #D2DSelfie #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinHongKong

Most importantly for myself on that trip to Hong Kong was to really try and become that light that I aim to be for my relatives who aren't believers, but much more than that...I wanted to help them see beyond their differences with each other (my relatives have A LOT of family drama against each other...BIG issues...) and to really focus on one thing; regardless what happens, and what we do to each other...NOTHING will ever change the fact that the same blood runs in our veins and that we ARE a family, because in this world there is nothing that can come closer than blood relations. As you can tell from the pictures below, I was fed EXTREMELY well...what can I say? I'm born into a family FULL of foodies AND great chefs!

W E • A L L • H A V E • A • S T O R Y 🎞.....#HongKong #홍콩 #香港 #family #가정 #家族 #ChineseNewYear2016 #음력설날 #旧正月 #February2016 #2월2016 #二月2016年 #aunt #姨媽 #이모 #叔母さん #seamstress #裁縫師 #침모 #love #愛 #사랑 #스타그램 #photographs #iphonegraphy #LifeinHongKong #D2DTravelBlog #D2DFamily #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinHongKongA S I A N S ❤️ T O • E A T 新 年 快 樂 🍾....#HongKong #홍콩 #香港 #ChineseNewYear2016 #LunarNewYear #음력설날 #旧正月 #family #가정 #家族 #homecooking #가정요리 #家庭料理 #February2016 #2월2016 #二月2016年 #ShekKipMei #石硤尾 #nomnom #foodporn #먹스타그램 #foodstagram #스타그램 #photographs #スターグラム #hkeats #D2DTravelBlog #D2DFoodAdventures #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinHongKongLast Chinese home-cooked meal in HK 🍱心 想 事 成 • 五 福 臨 門 • 年 年 有 餘 ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !🍾 ....#HongKong #홍콩 #香港 #ChineseNewYear2016 #LunarNewYear #음력설날 #旧正月 #family #가정 #家族 #homecooking #가정요리 #家庭料理 #February2016 #2월2016 #二月2016年 #年年有餘 #nomnom #foodporn #먹스타그램 #foodstagram #스타그램 #photographs #スターグラム #hkeats #D2DTravelBlog #D2DFoodAdventures #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinHongKongJ O Y 👪 A small fraction of my family. More to go~ 14 Aunts & Uncles on my mom's side, 12 more to go! 😎.....#HongKong #홍콩 #香港 #family #가정 #家族 #ChineseNewYear2016 #음력설날 #구정 #旧正月 #February2016 #2월2016 #二月2016年 #TGIF #love #愛 #사랑 #스타그램 #photographs #スターグラム #LifeinHongKong #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #D2DTravelBlog #D2DSelfie #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinHongKong #D2DFamily
S I M P L E • B L E S S I N G 😘 Each family has their own issues and hurdles to overcome, but we need to realise we are blessed to even have and know our family 👪....#HongKong #홍콩 #香港 #family #가정 #家族 #homecooking #가정요리 #家庭料理 #February2016 #2월2016 #二月2016年 #ShekKipMei #石硤尾 #nomnom #food #foodpics #foodporn #먹스타그램 #foodstagram #스타그램 #photographs #スターグラム #hkeats #D2DTravelBlog #D2DFoodAdventures #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinHongKong

FEBRUARY 2016
Another reason why 2016 is a big year for me was also because I had finally graduated and finished ALL my schoolings that I needed and was finally walking along the road of adulthood! It was my first day of officially being paid as a lawyer...though still learning a lot of things, but its still a HUGE step for me and although the way of how the pay works here in Korea is a lot different than other places in the world, but I have faith that I can steadily climb up and earn my worth for all that studying (you never know right?).

(L to R: Me, Phoebe & Glory)                                            

A C A D E M I C • J O U R N E Y • F I N I 🎓Thank you for those who could come~ 💋.....#Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #February2016 #2월2016 #二月2016年 #graduation #눈금 #卒業goodvibes #mastersdegree #friends #친구 #友達  #seoulnationaluniversity #서울대학교 #ソウル国立大学 #cute #귀여운 #可愛い #photographs #스타그램 #スターグラム #LifeinSeoul #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #D2DTravelBlog #D2DSelfie #DawnTravelBlog #DuskTravelBlog

B L U E • X • B L A CK 👗.....#OOTD #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #February2016 #2월2016 #二月2016年 #businesslook #firstday #workclothes #lawfirm #법률사무소 #法律事務所 #fashion #ファッション #패션 #cute #귀여운 #可愛い #bathroomselfie #photographs #스타그램 #スターグラム #imabiggirlnow #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #D2DTravelBlog #D2DSelfie #DawnTravelBlog

MARCH 2016
Just like that before our very own eyes, February had flown right past us and we're in the month of March already! It was officially the month of spring. In the month of March, Emman, Phoebe and myself said our goodbyes to a great BiC from Nigeria, Henry. A great BiC he was and still is. Always so full of enthusiasm, a true living reminder to everyone who sees him that, life doesn't suck as much as we tend to think it does. There is so much more in life then we let on. As enthusiastic as Henry is, I know that everyone has their own battles that they fight every single day of their life and in the end, its really how we turn that around and change it to something positive. My prayers are out with Henry, who is fighting for Jesus. Fighting for his dream, his passion. GO GET IT Henry!

F O R E V E R • F A M I L Y 🙏🏻Prayers with you on your journey back home. Hope to see you soon! Will miss your enthusiastic energy. ❤️.....#Mondaymood #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #March2016 #3월2016 #三月2016 #missyou #그리워요 #swagapeministry #BiC #brotherinchrist #그리스도의형제 #selfie #셀피 #cute #귀여운 #可愛 #smile #미소 #微笑 #iphonegraphy #スターグラム #3xoticroomies #DawnTravelBlog #D2DTravelBlog #3mmaann
(L to R: Me, Henry & Emman)                                            
Another thing in the month of March, that happened in the hiphop world was one of the bars that we go regularly - DISS was celebrating its anniversary. I remember when the girls and I first ventured into DISS, we were quite skeptical of it as it was quite hidden AND it seemed rather....desserted. But very quickly, we fell in love with the place and the staff that worked there. They played good old scool hip hop, R&B music there and it was a very friendly atmosphere. You could chill there with a drink and just enjoy the music (I tend to go there alone when I'm feeling a bit down, and need some alone time).
So glad to have met @dissbakos, truly always hoping for the best for you. Keep doing what you do best. 🍸....#WaybackWednesday #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #March2016 #3월2016 #三月2016 #DJbakos #DJ #friends #친구 #友達 #DISS #디스 #ディス #bar #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #photographs #스타그램 #スターグラム #LifeinSeoul #hiphopministry #swagapeministry #D2DTravelBlog #DuskTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #muffinNchubdate
(L to R: Me, DJ Bakos, Tony & Phoebe @ DISS bar)                  

APRIL 2016
Now this month for me was a pretty depressing month, given the fact that it was the mark of Papa Chow's death.

This week marks the 2 years and 4 days of when my beloved dad passed away. I've heard many people telling me before that in time it gets easier. It's really not that easy. Every day, I find myself wanting to tell my you how my day went and all the things I had to deal with and hoping to hear some wise advice or a lame joke of some sort; but of course you're not here to give me that anymore. Daddy, I miss you soo much!!! The worse thing ever is that I didn't get to even properly say "goodbye" to you before you left, but regardless I know you will be looking over me down from heaven and I want to say to you that I will forever be your little princess that you raised up to be a warrior. I will continue to stay strong and rooted in my faith because I know that's what you have wanted. I love you and I'm always wishing you were here by my side once again. 😭❤️.....#WaybackWednesday #YEG #Canada #캐나다 #カナダ  #family #가정 #家族 #February2013 #2월2013 #二月2013年 #dad #パパ #아빠 #お父さん #imissyou #寂しいです #그리워요 #daddysgirl #愛 #사랑  #photographs #スターグラム #스타그램 #iphonegraphy #D2DTravelBlog #D2DFamily #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinCanada

Not only that, but it was also the last month that our great friend, Merilin would be in Seoul. This girl played a number of parts in my life here in Seoul. Almost every hiphop scene, i woud see her there. She truly is a gem. Always able to put a smile on your face regardless of the situation.

(L to R: Lisa, SeungAh, Merilin, Emman, Phoebe & I)

W A R R I O R S ❤️This picture basically sums up those I am MOST thankful for and those I cherish dearly. Every single woman in this picture can be described as confident, powerful, influential, charming, loving, determined, and FULL of kindness. Each holding stories of their own battles, and battle wounds of their own, but they don't let that stop them from achieving their goals, their dreams. What's even more amazing is that they don't let the cruelty of this world change their inner core- they never stop their acts of kindness. I love you girls SOO much! 💋 ❤️💋❤️ 💋❤️.....#FlashbackFriday #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #April2016 #4월2016 #四月2016 #friends #친구 #友達 #swagapeministry #resilient #iloveyou #사랑해 #愛してる #dancers #댄서 #ダンサー #muscians #음악가 #音楽家 #squadgoals #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #3xoticroomies #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #DuskTravelBlog #3mmaannL I F E • C O M P A N I O N S 🙏🏻These girls are not just my friends, they're my companions I hold dear to my heart. If I hadn't taken that step forward, I would've missed out on such awesome people. Love you girls! You're all amazingly awesome! ❤️.....#FlashbackFriday #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #April2016 #4월2016 #四月2016 #friends #친구 #友達 #swagapeministry #Canada #USA #Netherlands #Estonia #dancers #댄서 #ダンサー #muscians #음악가 #音楽家 #squadgoals #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #3xoticroomies #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #DuskTravelBlog #3mmaann
On a happier note, this month was also the month that Emman and I were to see a familiar face in Seoul, coming all the way from Perth, Austrailia...*drum rolls* STEPHANIE! Though the time was short, but it was a good flashback for myself...a good reminder of why I came to Korea to begin with, regardless of what happened inbetween that time and regardless of what the negativity tells me. Seeing an old friend whom we met at church when I first came to Korea was definitely encouraging and very motivating.
H A P P I N E S S 😍.....#FlashbackFriday #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #April2016 #4월2016 #四月2016 #reunion #재회 #再会 #friends #친구 #友達 #Austrailia #오스트레일리아 #オーストラリア #makeupartist #메이크업아티스트 #メイクアップアーティスト #cute #귀여운 #可愛い #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #photographs #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #3mmaann #D2DinSeoulR E U N I O N 😻So glad to see @stephi3e again after 2 and half years, even for a short little bit~ until next time!!! ❤️.....#Thursdaynight #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #April2016 #4월2016 #四月2016 #reunion #재회 #再会 #friends #친구 #友達 #Austrailia #오스트레일리아 #オーストラリア #makeupartist #메이크업아티스트 #メイクアップアーティスト #cute #귀여운 #可愛い #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #photographs #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog
MAY 2016
Oh man! May was a crazy month! Aside from the fact that it was my beloved little brother, Maurice's birthday (and my first wish & prayer that came true).
HAPPY 21st BIRTHDAY baby bro~ 🎂I'm proud of you and I believe that Dad is just as proud of you as I am. You've grown up a lot in the last two years, regardless of the situations. Always keep your smile lil bro~ I love you dearly! ❤️ #wheredidyoureyesgo? 👀.....#ThrowbackThursday #RockyMountain  #Alberta #Canada #캐나다 #カナダ #happybirthday #생일축하해요 #お誕生日おめでとうございます #May2016 #5월2016 #五月2016 #littlebrother #남동생 #弟 #sibling #smalleyes #cute #귀여운 #可愛 #smile #미소 #微笑 #photographs #スターグラム #DawnTravelBlog #D2DTravelBlog #D2DinCanada #D2DFamily
BUT! It was also when Phoebe's beloved eldest brother, Enoch (a missionary in China and Taiwan) came to Seoul to visit. I don't know about anyone else, but personally I think it was a great short time spent. This may sound redudent, but it was a big re-energizer. As some of you may know, I have spent a few of my summers in Taiwan with a STM called i42project, and Enoch and Phoebe's other brother, Elijah who co-lead the team each year ALL around Taiwan. So seeing Enoch brought up a lot of great memories that were made in all those many STM trips in Taiwan. Not to mention, we had a great time eating and watching One Punch Man at home.
Always blessed & re-energized when a familiar face comes to visit~ 👻😈👽.....#SundaySelfie #throwback #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #May2016 #5월2016 #五月2016 #friends #친구 #3xoticRoomies #MonsterPizza #몬스터피자 #モンスターピザ #swagapeministry #squadgoals #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #smile #미소 #微笑 #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #DuskTravelBlog #3mmaannI C E C R E A M 🍦.....#SundaeSunday #throwback #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #韓国_ソウル #May2016 #5월2016 #五月2016 #icecream #아이스크림 #アイスクリーム #nomnom #foodporn #먹스타그램 #foodstagram #스타그램 #スターグラム #D2DTravelBlog #D2DFoodAdventures #DawnTravelBlog
At the same time that Enoch was in town, a family friend couple, Uncle Issac & Auntie Betty came to Seoul to visit me and we were able to share a good ALL YOU CAN EAT shellfish meal. They were even able to meet Tony too! I'm pretty sure we got their blessings too! Uncle Issac is pretty sharp when it comes to stuff like that, so I was very happy.
(L: Auntie Betty R: Uncle Issac)
F A M I L Y • F R I E N D S 🇨🇦 ✈️ 🇰🇷Although it was short, but none the less a great time seeing and catching up with Uncle Issac & Auntie Betty. 🙏🏻.....#ThrowbackThursday #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #韓国_ソウル #Edmonton #YEG #Canada #에드먼턴 #캐나다 #エドモントン #カナダ #familyfriends #가족친구 #家族#ig_korea #nomnom  #iphoneography #smile #미소 #微笑 #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #스타그램 #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #muffinNchubdate #D2DinSeoulS E A F O O D • G R I L L 🦀.....#Tuesdaytreats #latergram #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #clams #조개 #二枚貝 #seafood #해물 #シーフード #wangsimni #往十里 #왕십리 #May2016 #5월2016 #五月2016年 #nomnom #foodporn #먹스타그램 #foodstagram #스타그램 #photographs #スターグラム #D2DTravelBlog #D2DFoodAdventures #DawnTravelBlog #muffinNchubdate #D2DinSeoul
Shortly after a family friend, Auntie Betty & Uncle Issac and Enoch came to visit, OCEAN CITY SEOUL had their very FIRST couple married! Just like how everyones life has a backstory, this had its own too, but throughout everything they are going strong. This couple truly are a power couple. Going hard for the Lord. Amen!
(Chrisenda Wedding)
M A R R I A G E 💍Congratulations to Chris & Brenda 🎉.....#SaturdayShenanigans  #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #May2016 #5월2016 #五月2016 #wedding #결혼식 #婚禮 #congrats #축하해요 #恭喜你們 #friends #친구 #友人 #OCEANcitySeoul #OCEANcityChurch#travelgram #wanderlust #explore #worldtrotters #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #iphoneography #ig_Korea #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #muffinnchubdate
Not too long after, a group called AMP was coming back to Korea on tour once again! They were holding their concert at our new church venue in Sinchon (OCEAN CITY SEOUL: 서울 마포구 백범로 10 현대벤처빌 1층 (노고산동 107-36) 르호봇 G Campus). Emman and I had volunteered to go and help put up posters all around Hongdae & Sinchon, and let me tell you it was a rather good experience (who woud've thought that putting posters up would be fun?) Anyways, so that happened and we went to support the group by going to their events as much as possible and having people we know around the college area to put up their posters, since they are a hiphop genre. Though for those who helped us help advertise AMP may not be Christians, but they were very willing to help as they know how hard it is in the hiphop world.
A M P movement 🎼Free on June 5th at 4pm?! Come see a concert @ Sinchon exit 7, beside KEB at Sinchon Rotary) 🏙.....#Wednesdaynight  #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #May2016 #5월2016 #五月2016 #hongdae #홍대 #弘大 #AMPmovement #SamOck #jhan #제이한 #concert #음악회 #コンサート #faith #믿음 #信仰#OceanCityChurch #OCEANCitySeoul #스타그램 #スターグラム #graffiti #그라피토 #落書き #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinSeoul
DJ TOMNIG posing w/ AMP Movement poster 🙏🏻 👊🏻Come check out this cafe for some DOPE old school hiphop~ 🎧Directions: hongik uni station exit 1, turn right & walk straight, turn right again into an alley beside the mall, walk straight till you see a cross walk, straight in front is coffee babeans, cross the street, and walk into the alley beside coffee babeans, Back In The Day Cafe on your left hand side) @dj_tomnig 정말 감사합니다!! ❤️..... #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #韓国_ソウル #BackInTheDay #백인더데이 #hiphop #힙합 #ヒップホップ #cafe #커피 #カフェ #dj #friends #친구 #友人 #ig_korea #swagapeministry #AMPmovement #concert #음악회 #コンサート #스타그램 #スターグラム  #instadaily #iphoneography  #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #D2DinSeoulShoutout to @dissbakos (DISS bar/club in Hongdae) for supporting @ampmovement ❤️ If you have time please do come and enjoy a free hiphop concert with us on JUNE 5th at 4pm 💻 http://www.oceancityseoul.com/visit/If you're ever in the mood for just relax or just have fun while jammin' to some hiphop, r&b you won't regret going to DISS bar/club. 🎙Address: Seoul Mapo-Gu Baekbeom-ro 10, Hyundai Ventureville 1st FL서울 마포구 백범로 10 현대벤처빌 1층 (노고산동 107-36) 🎼・・・#Repost @3mmaann w/ @repostapp 🙏🏻 땡큐~!! ~ for putting up @ampmovement upcoming concert poster up.Please mark on your calendar June 5th, Sunday at 4pm!!When you're in Seoul~ Hongdae for the nightlife make SURE you go check OUT this bar/club !! This is the place to be for good hip-hop and r&b. As well as all time favorite ones !!! 🙌🏼 🙌🏻..... #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #韓国_ソウル #DISS #디스 #ディス #hiphop #힙합 #ヒップホップ #bar #바 #バー #club #클럽 #クラブ #dj #friends #친구 #友人 #ig_korea #swagapeministry #AMPmovement #concert #음악회 #コンサート #스타그램 #スターグラム #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog
S Q U A D • G O A L S 👻😈👽There's nothing more rewarding than living life with AMAZING people who have shown you that they're truly MORE than just friends, but actually sisters. #Repost @jameshanmusic・・・"Their entire squad geared up with the #shalom tee! Show up at one of the shows with your shalom 👕 and let's 📸 a picture together!".....#Tuesdaythoughts #latergram #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #ソウル_韓国 #May2016 #5월2016 #五月2016 #friends #친구 #友達 #샬롬 #jhan #제이한 #귀여운 #可愛い #swagapeministry #3xoticRoomies #squadgoals #스타그램 #スターグラム #selfie #셀카 #셀피 #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #3mmaann #D2DinSeoul
(top: AMP | L: DJ Tomnig | R: DJ Bakos @ DISS bar | bottom: J.Han & 3xoticroomies)
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Chapter 8.0: Inner Scream


Its me...again, posting late...again.
Hoestly, its no wonder that that noone reads my posts. Since I update it once in a blue moon. I've tried to keep a more constant schedule in updating the blog here, but honestly when I do try to keep up with the schedule that I've made myself, I find myself at a writers block because I have no content to write. I mean, I agree that life is a jounry and an ongoing adventure, and don't get me wrong...a lot does happen in my life, but the question is if its blog worthy?
Anyone got any advice or suggestions that they have that could help with my situation?

Alright! Enough of me ranting about how I suck at keeping my blog updated, for this posts topic, its about my inner struggles, but the word "struggle" does not even begin to describe my current inner status and thus, I've decided to use the word "scream" as thats EXACTLY what my inner self wants to do regardless where I am.

I . JUST . WANT . TO . SCREAM

Ok...hold on. Let me take a minute or two to collect my thoughts.
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Honestly, I really don't know how to put my current inner status into words. So, with that said, please bare with me. I'll TRY my best to put all thats going on into comprehendable words. <- did THAT even make sense?
So, ALOT of things have happened since well basically the beginning of this year. To update y'all with the little details: yes, I did get engaged (& legally married) recently and my roommates (Heardusk & nnaamm3) and I recently moved houses.
The year 2016 has actually been a year filled with grace, mercy and a lot of joy. So what's the problem you ask?

The problem is me.
I've always knew that the passing of my dad would cause me to be a wreck inside since I really depended on him. He was my mentor and helped me grow (in more ways than one). Some people tell me that it's because I'm unwilling to 'let go' of my dad, and to be honest till this very second I really don't know what that means. I'm not in denial of the fact that my dad is no longer here with me. So, what does it mean to 'let go'?

It's been two years since papa chow left, and the pain hasn't been any easier to deal with. So am I just weak sauce? Many people have told me that the pain will subside in time, and ok...it really hasn't been that long since he left, but still...I guess the reason why I'm mentioning about papa Chow once again and the pain resurfaced because I've always dreamed and imagined that I'd be able to share the day when I get married with him and that the moment when I walk down that aisle, he'd be right there walking beside me, but more than all of those, I've always been looking forward to that moment when I get to have that 'Father Daughter Dance' and as blissful as I may feel, I can't help but to feel a bit incomplete?
<- lack of words to describe the feeling....

Honestly, now I just feel like I'm a little child whining; but to this day, I feel like I understand what my dad meant by there are certain things in life that will happen that you will regret, even though you had no say in it what-so-ever. For two years, I have been internally beating myself up for the passing of Papa Chow. For those who know me, I've always been one that would never allow myself to do anything that I might possibly regret later on life. With that said, I've done a lot of things that I knew I shouldn't have because of the mere fact that I knew if I hadn't done it...I knew for sure I would regret it. Through out my 22 years (at the time), whenever I look back on what I've done, all the bad and good experiences I went through, etc. I have NEVER regretted anything, until...Papa Chow passed away. I regret not saying 'I love you' more often enough to him. I regret (at times) moving to Korea for school, work and ministry. I regret obeying and playing by the rules when my school wouldn't let me take the option of taking a make-up final exam causing me to not be able to see my dad for the very last time before he died. I regret abandoning my family during such hard times. I regret not being there for my dad when he really needed me to. Most of you reading this (if any) might say: "you need to stop blaming yourself" or "you're over thinking it..." and I will reply that you are most definitely right. I DO need to stop blaming myself, I KNOW that what happened in the end wasn't something that I could really prevent from happening and blaming myself isn't going to help change that fact.

At times like this, I honestly wonder what the reason behind everything that has happened to me after his death and everything that I'm going through currently. I believe and know that things happen for a reason, regardless if it is good or bad, but during times like these I have a hard time getting through it because of the fact that my natural instinct is to shut off the emotional side and just go by logic...which is basically equivelant to just running away from the problem...or in my case my emotions. Lately, I find myself waking up with a wet pillow (
no, not from drooling) and my eyes all puffed up OR I just find myself unable to sleep and end up staying up at night thinking about "LIFE". To be honest, this blog is really nothing more than just my own personal online emotional diary (another reason why I doubt people will read it, aside from the fact that I tend to not share my blog). I know that some friends of mine, may not agree with this, but there are more than a few times that I am so desperate to sleep that I pour myself a few glasses of bitter drinks in the comfort of my own home, or if I'm desperate for some new emotional discovery, then I will go out to the GS25 (convenient store) around the corner and grab a bucket of ice cream and just binge on it (I end up finishing the whole bucket in less than thirty minutes).

With that said, I don't even know what the meaning of this post is anymore.
I guess this post will now be deemed as written verbal vomit....?

My apologies everyone, I'll try to come back with a better topic for the next blog.

In the mean time from now and the next post, I will continue to cry/scream internally.

Chapter 7.2: Year 2016


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It has been a while once again, but before I say anything, I'd like to say....
Some people may have noticed that my new year didn't really turn out to be the "ideal" way that everyone would like to have. Well! To catch everyone up on my life, I have't been taking my anti-depressants for......uhhhh...lets see 3 months! In the end, I had to take them because it was REALLY taking a toll out of me. I started doing things that hurt basically myself AND others around me. Now, I know what y'all are going to say: "I've been through that" well, then y'all should know how hard the inner struggle is.

To be honest, I don't even know anymore.

Chapter 7.1: Mom's Arrival, Mid Autumn's Festival & My 24th Birthday...

Hello Everyone!

This is a somewhat late post, but I hope everyone had a very HAPPY MID-AUTUMN'S FESTIVAL as well as a HAPPY THANKSGIVING! My apologies (yet again) for the late update, as many things had happened in the past month or so. As you can already tell by the title of this post...this is going to be about my MOMMY! In short, yes. Haha!

So again those who follow me on facebook/twitter and/or instagram should have seen that my mom was in town a while ago. She came to visit for the Mid-Autumns Festival but also just in time to celebrate my 24th birthday! Yes, that is right everyone...I am now...a year older. Twenty-four years I have been living and hopefully will continue living more than that! Haha! Ok~ maybe that wasn't so funny as I thought it would've been in my head. I swear, my humour is getting worse and worse...hold up! I never had much of a humour...hmmm

ANYWAYS, in all honesty, I was a little stressed out when my mom arrived into town but it was a good type of stress. I stress over the stupidest things ever. Seriously. I was constantly worried whether my mom was truly enjoying her time here and if there was anything that she truly really wanted to eat/do during her short stay in South Korea. At the same time, I was EXTREMELY excited for her to come! My mom and I never really got along growing up, but though we may be different...we also had a lot of similarities...more like there were still quite a lot of traits that I took after her aside from the looks. (wink)
Honestly, during the two years I've been in Seoul, I can honestly say that I really do miss my mother. During her time here in Seoul I wanted to spend the WHOLE entire time with her, but she was constantly reminding me that I have a life here in Seoul too! I have friends and a boyfriend (haha) that also needed my attention. A balance was needed. Though my mom and I have our differences, she knows me like no other. I can try and hide ALL that I am truly feeling, put on a smile and yet she can still tell from looking at my eyes when I am truly happy, sad, frustrated, or angry. The short amount of time I spent with my mom, we talked and talked. Everything we talked about was not only about the obvious facts such as: how I'm EXACTLY like my dad when it comes to my personality and how I look EXTREMELY similar to my mom, in appearance. But! We dug deeper than that. There were the little things that people don't tend to see, and it was in those little details that we both realized that we weren't as different as we always thought that we were.

Its funny how I started dating that my mom and I began having MORE topics to talk about. It wasn't about how my brother was and blah blah blah~ but there were some VERY personal topics, which was refreshing but at the same time comforting.  I don't know about you and how your relationship is like with your parents, but my mom and I CONSTANTLY fought when I was a kid growing up. My mom knew what I liked and what I didnt like (materialistically wise), but when it came to how I process my thoughts, how I do things, etc. It seemed like she completely did not understand. I don't blame her...well not I don't haha! As a kid I did, because it just felt like my mom only cared for the younger one...I love him, but he was still a pain growing up. So much love and hate ahaha! So when we talked about the good ol'days during the week that she came over, there was an understanding and I guess everything my dad said was right! Then again, there hasn't been a thing that my dad has told me that was wrong. Indeed, fathers are full of wisdom but so are mothers! My dad once told me that in due time, as you get older...there will be things that will become clear to you. Not only the vision that you have for your future, but why and how your parents treat you. The reasons behind the things they did...and so this was a time that I started to understand the things my mom did and said.

I always felt that its my responsibility to take care of my mom and her needs, ever since the day my dad has passed away. It was during this trip that my mom told me that I don't have to constantly blame myself for not doing what I thought I "should" be doing. All she really needed was to know that I am happy, well, pursuing my dreams and from time to time call her and tell her how much I miss and love her. Although it's only been a year since he passed away, but there's not a moment that I don't miss him. Not a moment that I don't blame myself for not being able to be there when he breathed his last. I never shared it to my family at all because I felt that I "needed" to be strong. I "needed" to keep calm and press on. I tried my best to suppress the feeling of guilt that I had. I felt that I disappointed my dad and my family because I wasn't there when they needed me most. It was during this trip that my mom shared (and of course we cried like no other) that she knew I was blaming myself for everything and honestly since we're on the topic...not only did I blame myself, but I also blamed my dad. I blame him for breaking his promises that he had with me. Things like walking me down the aisle, etc. Those will never be fulfilled because he's not here no more. Though I know he's in a better place now, it still hurts and I don't think the pain will ever go away. Even as time passes, the pain will always be there. Anyways, if I keep going on it'll start be me talking about my dad, but basically summing up the week was me bringing my mom around, spending time with her talking and crying over things, her getting to know my boyfriend more, and just having a great time together. If there's anything that I want to do for my mom....is to fulfil dads promise to her in traveling to Europe. I don't know how, or when this will be....but it will be done. #familygoal

Here are some pictures that I took with and of my mom during her time here in Seoul!

MISSION: Pick up Mama Chow at Incheon Airport - SUCCESSFUL!


MISSION: Show Mama Chow's cute side - SUCCESSFUL!


MISSION: Try this TIRAMISU ice cream that ALWAYS have a LONG line! - SUCCESSFUL!
PS this was ON the day of my birthday, talk about #blessed


MISSION: Show the similarities thats beyond what eyes can see~ - SUCCESSFUL!
WHO PEOPLE THINK WE ARE....

Smiling elegantly (hiding our personalities)                                    Displaying mother-daughter love                              

WHO WE REALLY ARE...

How we actually act (on a daily basis)                         This is our REAL way of expressing love

As shown above, my personality may indeed be EXACTLY like my dad but! There's traits of my mom's craziness that flows pretty deep in my blood. Haha! Well that about wraps up this post about my mom.

HOLD UP!!

There's still about my birthday! Well, about that....let's just say I had an EXTREMELY blessed 24th birthday. More than I can ever ask for! As someone who has never had a successful birthday party, I'd say it was PERFECT! Dinner with my family (Phoebe, Emman, Mom and Tony). Partied with my friends, and lastly had a caring and loving boyfriend who stayed by my side to take care of me...YEP! DEFINITELY blessed! There were a few hiccups here and there, but hey! What's life without a few roadblocks right? Over all, this time around I think it's safe to say I've grown up a little more compared to before. Expanding my inner eye and understanding things that I never could regardless of how hard I tried. Honestly, so much shit (excuse my language) has happened in the past 2 years and I can say that it has definitely broaden my way of thinking and it's shocking, but I'd say that I'm pretty excited to see what else life has in store for me. There WILL be downs and it will seem like that...thats all there is in my life, but when there's downs, theres the ups in life too! The downs are there to help train you to see WHAT were the ups in life. Its a very interesting and amusing cycle don't you think?

Anyways, before I end this post...here are some more pictures heh heh heh!
WARNING! There will be food pictures below...viewers discretion is advised.

JEJU ISLAND

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Glass Museum

                     
Seafood dinner for 2 (we were so full, but! We KILLED it!)

SEOUL


My favourite brunch place~ simple but NOM-LICIOUS!

(October 2 - BIRTHDAY)

                                  
12169059_10156159416215344_802363460_o.jpgHUGE THANK YOUs to: VANESSA/@bebe_swtz, ANNA/@anna.wc.chu, WILSON, SUNSY, CHRISTINE, SARAH/@says_rah, TRINA/@, DANIKA, JANICE, MICHAEL Z, JOHNNY/@jcheng1993, KAILYNN/@haihaikaikai, JOYCE, ALEX/@chachang8, and AMY! THANK YOU ALL~ for constantly being there and encouraging me when I needed it most! I am like the most blessed gal ever! Thank you soo much!!!!! 😘😘😘😘😘.....From #YEG #Alberta #Edmonton to #Seoul_Korea #서울_한국 #韓国_ソウル #happybirthday #생일축하해요 #お誕生日おめでとうございます #happybirthdaytome #october2 #thankyou #ありがとう #감사합니다 #friends #友達 #친구 #birthdaypresents  #생일선물 #誕生日プレゼント #love #愛 #사랑 #enjoythelittlethings #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog

My BELOVED 24th birthday presents!
So thankful for everyones birthday wishes and their sincere thoughts!


The last day, we had mango coconut shaved ice.
SOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOOD!

Prayer Request:
Please pray that He will continue to lay His healing hands over Phoebe and her stomach.
She had lost approximately 12lbs in a short period of time due to an inflammation of her colon. She is currently recovering steadily, but continue to pray for healing over her.

Thank you!
Once again, I know there's no need for me to say it but I will say it anyways because I MEAN IT!

I LOVE YOU ALL!

xoxoxo
HearDawn

Chapter 7.0: A New Chapter is A New Adventure

                             (Hi~)

It's been a while since I've posted anything huh?

I would usually say: "I'm sorry...", but I have a feeling everybody already understands that when I don't regularly post means that a lot has happened during the time that I've been MIA, but don't worry! I will try my best to update y'all on what happened and what is happening in my journey of life because as we all know, this is a melody of memories. This post is going to be a overall update in the past couple months since my last post.

Recently, a few people have either "by accident" or just simply googled my name and found my blog. One curious question I was asked was:
"What's the meaning behind 'Melody of Memories' and 'Hear the Melody of Dawn'?"
The answer to that is actually quite simple.
'Melody of Memories' simply refers to the fact that each and everyday is similar to a song/melody. In a day there will be times where nothing goes right and times where everything is as it should be. There is constant movement in each day, each month, each year of our lives just like how theres movement in music. From a muscian standpoint, each song no matter how silly it may seem has meaning and certain memories connected to it.
As for 'Hear the Melody of Dawn' means that I'm merely inviting you to take a look/read into my life or to simply inviting you to 'listen' to my personal melody.
Hopefully that helps clears things up for people who are reading and want to know the meanings of the taglines.


Now! Let's see...what has happened since my last post?

Well! I did do a lot of travelling!

Destination 1: JAPAN, OSAKA
(for more pictures, please follow me on INSTAGRAM: candee911002)
Sometimes, we just need to look at the big picture of life. Gotta see things from a birds eye point of view. 🐥👀#WayBackWednesday #Osaka_Japan #大阪_日本 #오사카_일본 #OsakaCastle #오사카성 #大阪城 #Summer2015 #2015년여름 #2015年夏 #throwback #wanderlust #travelgram #birdseyeview #photograghy #사진 #写真撮影 #DiscoverJapan #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog🎶I&apos;m on the top of the world, looking down on creation and the only explanation I can find, is the LOVE that I&apos;ve found ever since you&apos;ve been around. Your love&apos;s put me at the top of the world.🎶#WednesdayWanderers #TheCarpenters #カーペンターズ #TopoftheWorld #Osaka_Japan #大阪_日本 #오사카_일본 #Tempozan #관람차 #天保山 #ferriswheel #덴포산 #大観覧車  #birdseyeview #Summer2015 #2015년여름 #2015年夏 #DiscoverJapan #travelgram #ig_japan #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #일상 #데일리 #生活 #nofilter #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #DuskTravelBlog
Fishes are friends & food! 🍣🍤🍱 #throwback #tbt #Osaka_Japan  #오사카_일본 #大阪_日本  #rawoctopussushi #낙지스시 #生タコの寿司 #sushi #스시 #寿司 #Summer2015 #2015년여름 #2015年夏 #wanderlust #travelgram #ig_japan #fisharefriendsandfood #nomnom #foodie #foodporn #먹스타그램 #foodstagram #vscocam #스타그램 #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #DuskTravelBlogFriends; they&apos;re there to give you emotional courage/support so that you and her/him don&apos;t have to care about what anyone thinks and can be just who YOU are no matter where you are. 👭PC: @erifks4 ❤#WednesdayWanderers #Osaka_Japan #大阪_日本 #오사카_일본 #ToweroftheSun #태양의탑 #太陽の塔  #TaroOkamoto #오카모토타로 #岡本太郎#Summer2015 #2015년여름 #2015年夏 #DiscoverJapan #history #역사 #歴史 #art #미술 #アート #wanderlust #travelgram #ig_japan #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #nofilter #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #DuskTravelBlog
Mr. Turtle: &quot;Yea Mon! Just chillin&apos; hope your Sunday is just as chill.&quot; 🐢 #SundayFunday #Seoul_Korea #首爾_韓國 #ソウル_韓国 #latergram #Osaka_Japan #大阪_日本 #오사카_일본 #turtle #바다거북 #カメ #Summer2015 #2015년여름 #2015年夏 #DiscoverJapan #OsakaAquarium #가이유칸 #海遊館 #oceananimals #바다동물 #海洋動物j+ #travelgram #스타그램 #スターグラム #일상 #데일리 #生活 #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #DuskTravelBlogIt&apos;s always refreshing to see all the historic architecture vs the modern architecture. 🏰🗻#MondayMotivation #Osaka_Japan #大阪_日本 #오사카_일본#Summer2015 #2015년여름 #2015年夏 #DiscoverJapan #OsakaCastle #오사카성 #大阪城 #nature #history #역사 #歴史 #wanderlust #travelgram #ig_japan #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #일상 #데일리 #生活 #nofilter #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #DuskTravelBlog
Destination 2: TAIWAN, SANYI, TAICHUNG & YINGGE
When we&apos;re at our wits end, we just need to take a deep breath, look around us and know that everything is gonna be alright! Sweet dreams! 🌜#Goodnight #Yingge_Taiwan #대만 #鶯歌_台湾 #Seoul_Korea #首爾_韓國 #ソウル_韓国#throwback #STM2015 #thei42project #summer2015 #여름2015 #夏2015 #AlltheTimeGodisGood #2015Mission #nature #자연 #ネイチャー #sunset #일몰 #日没 #travelgram #DiscoverTaiwan #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #vscocam #nofilter  #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog
The.I42.Project Camp 7: 三義The memories made here are unforgettable. The relationships made are irreplaceable, if I could choose I would definitely go back! Fo shizzle! ⛪#Sanyi #Taiwan #쌈이 #대만 #三義 #台湾 #STM2015 #thei42project #camp7 #summer2015 #여름2015 #夏2015  #AlltheTimeGodisGood #ABCCamp #teachingEnglish #missiontrip #2015Mission #travel #ig_taiwan #DiscoverTaiwan #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #vscocam #nofilter  #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #DuskTravelBlogThe.I42.Project Camp 9: 台中 These children are so cute, I just can&apos;t even begin to describe! Can&apos;t get enough!!! Gah! Four days ain&apos;t enough with these kids! ♥#Taichung #Taiwan #타이중 #대만 #台中 #台湾 #STM2015 #thei42project #camp9 #summer2015 #여름2015 #夏2015  #AlltheTimeGodisGood #ABCCamp #teachingEnglish #2015Mission #missiontrip  #travel #ig_taiwan #DiscoverTaiwan #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #vscocam #nofilter  #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #DuskTravelBlogThe.I42.Project Camp 10: 鶯歌 Can&apos;t wait to go back here and see how they&apos;ll change! ♥#Yingge #Taiwan #대만 #鶯歌 #台湾 #STM2015 #thei42project #camp10 #summer2015 #여름2015 #夏2015 #STM15 #AlltheTimeGodisGood #ABCCamp #teachingEnglish #missiontrip #2015Mission #travel #ig_taiwan #DiscoverTaiwan #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #vscocam #nofilter  #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog #DuskTravelBlog
Destination 3: SOUTH KOREA, PAJU
🎵Lemme tell you a lil bout yo girl right here. I like being independent, not much of an investment, no chances of being hurt. I like being by myself, no need to entertain nobody else, I like my space. But you came in like a rushing wave, catching me when I least expect it. What am I to do?🎵 #SocialSaturday #Heyri_Korea #헤이리_한국 #韓国_ヘイリ #lyrics #가사 #歌詞 #filming #撮影 #촬영 #musicianlife #sculpture #彫刻 #조각 #cute #可愛い #art #미술 #アート #vscocam #instamood #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #ig_korea #DiscoverKorea #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlogGreat weather! Shot parts of a mv here~ only thing was, it was too hot! 🌞#SaturdayShenanigans #Paju_Korea #파주_한국 #韓国_パジュ #sunny #filming #撮影 #촬영 #musicianlife #friends #친구 #友達 #cute #可愛い #memories #추억 #思い出 #vscocam #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #nature #ig_korea #DiscoverKorea #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlogCreativity is part of who we are, part of life. Look around there&apos;s always an inspiration. #WackyWednesday #throwback #Heyri_Korea #헤이리_한국 #韓国_ヘイリ #Summer2015 #2015년여름 #2015年夏 #design #디자인 #設計 #musicianlife #drawing #デッサン #그림 #cute #可愛い #art #미술 #アート #vscocam #instamood #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #ig_korea #DiscoverKorea #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog
Destination 4: CANADA, EDMONTON (AB)
&quot;Korean Air. Excellence in flight. &quot; ✈#Tuesday #Incheon_Korea #인천_한국 #韓国_インチオン #airplane #비행기 #飛行機 #koreanair #대한항공 #大韓航空 #airlines #항공 #航空会社 #vscocam #instadaily #picoftheday #스타그램 #スターグラム #wanderlust #inspirational #travelgram #traveltheworld #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog🎵Don&apos;t be afraid to flySpread your wings and prepare to flyFor you have become a butterflyFly abandonedly into the sunThere&apos;s so much more inside🎵☁#Tuesdaynight #Taoyuan_Taiwan #타오위안 _대만 #桃園_台湾 #Sky #하늘 #天空 #clouds #구름 #雲 #lyrics #歌詞 #가사 #airplane #비행기 #飛行機 #koreanair #대한항공 #大韓航空 #vscocam #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #wanderlust #inspirational #travelgram #traveltheworld #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog

Nothing like a little cheesey eggs and pickles to start the day off~ #SaturdayShenanigans #Edmonton_Alberta #YEG #Canada #에드먼턴_앨버타 #캐나다 #エドモントン_アルバータ #カナダ #home #홈 #ホーム #omelette #오믈렛 #オムレツ #foodstagram #먹스타그램 #nomnom #foodporn #instafood #맛있는 #美味しい #cooking #vscocam #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #breakfast #朝ごはん #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlogTypical DIY Paint/GameNite here with ma girls! 🎨#Edmonton_Alberta #YEG #Canada #에드먼턴_앨버타 #캐나다 #エドモントン_アルバータ #カナダ #home #홈 #ホーム #PaintNiteYEG #DIY #paintnite #gurlsnight #Summer2015 #2015년여름 #2015年夏 #smashbros #Nintendo64 #oldschool #gaming #ゲーム #노름 #vscocam #travelgram #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog

How we, YEG gurls spend our Wednesday nights. 🎨#Edmonton_Alberta #YEG #Canada #에드먼턴_앨버타 #캐나다 #エドモントン_アルバータ #カナダ #home #홈 #ホーム #PaintNiteYEG #DIY #paintnite #gurlsnight #Summer2015 #2015년여름 #2015年夏 #art #미술 #アート #painting #ペインティング #그림 #vscocam #travelgram #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlogBeyond happy to finally see these girls once again!!! They are only two of MANY! I really need to take more pics with ma peeps back at home! 😁😁📷 cred: Janice Leung #ThrowbackThursday #Edmonton_Alberta #YEG #Canada #에드먼턴_앨버타 #캐나다 #エドモントン_アルバータ #カナダ #home #홈 #ホーム  #gurlsnight #Summer2015 #2015년여름 #2015年夏 #oldschool #vscocam #travelgram #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog

Finished product of DIY PaintNite: There&apos;s nothing as calm as listening to the sound of the waves~ 🌊#Alberta #YEG #Canada #에드먼턴_앨버타 #캐나다 #エドモントン_アルバータ #カナダ #home #홈 #ホーム #PaintNiteYEG #DIY #ocean #seashells #Summer2015 #2015년여름 #2015年夏 #art #미술 #アート #painting #ペインティング #그림 #vscocam #travelgram #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog媽咪,祝你生日快樂! / 엄마~ 생일 축하합니다! / HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMY! /お母さん、お誕生日おめでとうございます! 🎂#SundayFunday #Alberta #YEG #Canada #에드먼턴_앨버타 #캐나다 #エドモントン_アルバータ #カナダ #home #홈 #ホーム #hbd #happybirthday #생일축하합니다 #誕生日おめでとうございます #mom #媽咪 #お母さん #엄마 #cute #可愛い #photooftheday #instadaily #스타그램 #スターグラム #vscocam #D2DTravelBlog #DawnTravelBlog
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I'm back in Seoul!!
Recently have started my new and LAST semester for my MASTER DEGREE! Not only that, but I can finally say that I have a BOYFRIEND! If you already follow me on instagram/twitter/facebook, you might have already noticed and if you don't follow me on those then you better get to it quick! Anyways, now everyone knows!

Its only been a couple weeks since we've started dating, but I have to say that it is quite a serious relationship. There's a lot that I'm pretty noob to, but I'm looking forward to exploring and experiencing them for the very first time with him. If there's anything that I will say about him is that he is NOT normal. Then again, who would ever be normal to date a girl like me and to take me serious right?!?
Alright, I'm going to spare y'al from all the corny details of what I think about him, etc. BUT! If you'd like to know then feel free to let me know via the comment section and I'll think about doing a post dedicated to JUST that.

Alrighty! I think that's all for a quick update on the past couple months in my life. Keep your eyes peeled for more posts in the futue, because I will and am planning to do an update post about my trip to TAIWAN. So much happened there that I cannot not mention and post about. I experienced first hand and saw a lot of what TRUE love from strangers who I have never met! So, until next time...remember~ I love y'all for always keeping yourself updated in reading my blog! It definitely puts a smile on my face to know that all that time I've spent on writing the blog and thinking is worth it! ^^


Toodles~ my loves!

XOXOXO

Chapter 6.3: Blessings through Trials

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As most of you have probably seen either on facebook, instagram, youtube, etc. You'd have noticed that it seemed to have stated that I had cancer and the answer to that is...

I'm going to try and keep this LONG story as SHORT as possible. Just like you've heard/seen I've been battling with two types of cancer that seem to have appeared randomly and those were uterine and skin cancer. I first found out in around January and was completely healed as of April 17th. As most of you know, I lost my father to colon cancer just last year and prior to that my family had been battling with cancer side by side with my dad for a good three years. With that said, a certain "fear" struck when I heard the word "cancer" as it may have with many others as well.

When I first heard I had cancer, no doubt about it I was saddened. I had my moment where I asked God (in my head) the famous question that we ALWAYS seem to ask whenever something bad came up:

It was soon after I asked God "why?", that I was bombarded with a list of unending questions from my family, the doctor, the nurses, and friends. There was just so much that went on that I began praying and asking God to "let me be still and listen". It was then that I felt a sense of urgency and started thinking: "How would I want to die??" I know it sounds crazy huh? It's definitely not something your average 23 year old girl would be thinking about, but it was through that ONE question that I began piecing things together.

God sent me here to Seoul in September of 2013. He sent me here for one reason and that was to be a light to the people here in Seoul. Of course, He had a special ministry He wanted me to go into but that is besides the point here. So with that one fact, I began to think...through this year and a half, what fruits have I bore? In all honesty, not much in comparison to what He had shown me in a vision before coming to Korea. Did I feel that it right of me to abandon a mission that God had given me, just because I had cancer?

I may not know "why" God has allowed such things to happen in my life, but I had no doubt that it was for me to grow in my personal faith with Him. I also may not know "what" exactly would go down if I were to come over, but deep down in my heart I knew wholeheartedly that God has got my back in the midst of all this chaos. I may not understand it now and I may never understand it, but the ONE and ONLY thing I needed to know was that everything is, was, and WILL bring Him glory.

You might be curious as to what my mom had to say about this matter. Well, I can tell you that she didn't. That's right ladies and gentlmen. My mom didn't say a thing about it. Why? The answer is quite simple. She knew that deep inside no matter what she had to say, as lng as it is the Father's calling...there was nothing stopping me. Thus, that is why and how I'm back in Seoul once again!

Through my time here in Seoul while doing chemo, God revealed himself to me in many ways. He showed me what it truly meant by "His grace is sufficient for us" in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. Every round or chemotherapy, it was torturous! I couldn't go out of the house, I couldn't eat because everything I ate either came out via vomit, diarrhea or both! I couldn't properly hold my pencil, let alone a knife..and lastly, I couldn't really control my feet. Throughout ALL these, I was able to make it through EVERY.SINGLE.TIME! Yes, as I continued through chemo, the side effects got worse but somehow I was able to make it through. The grace of God. It is by the grace of God that I can tell you while smiling that I ONLY have 4 semi small bald patches on my head! Not only did He show me what it meant by His grace is sufficient, He also showed me the power in prayer. Through prayer He gave me confidence as a co-heir with Christ and regardless of anything in life. He has never failed to continue to show me just HOW much love He has for EACH and EVERY one of His precious children! Through this experience I've recieved sooo much love from countless of B.a.S.i.C from SEOUL to JAPAN to TAIWAN to SINGAPORE to AUSTRALIA to the USA to CANADA. Most of whom I've never met in my life! It is utterly AMAZING just how powerful prayer and love can be.
It was through all this that I've been healed of cancer. There is NO DOUBT that this IS a MIRACLE. A miracle that is and was COMPLETELY God's doing. Nor ours. I realized that many times, we give ourselves credit for the miracles we've witnessed, but I'm here to say that as a church, we can keep praying for that one thing, but unless our eyes are align with the heavenly Father, NOTHING will happen. If I've learned anything through this trial in my life, regardless it being something completely different or just something that I needed to re-learn, it is that we, as sons and daughters of Christ MUST continue to really dig DEEP into His WORD. Repent and UPLIFT each other through PRAYER, focusing our eyes upon the Lord, and lastly to encourage everyone around us...regardless if they're believers or non believers. God has a plan. That one encouragement might just make a HUGE difference in someone elses life.
Faith CAN move the mountains!

Well ladies and gents! That about wraps up this post, and again...like always!

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  • Current Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Current Mood: indescribable indescribable
  • Current Music: Blessings - Laura Story

Chapter 6.2: Timeline Update

Howdy!

This post is MAJOR late, and I've become quite bad with updating this blog.
I would love to say that it's because I don't feel quite as motivated to write since I don't get as much readers...but regardless of that fact. I think I have just completely gotten lazy in updating this blog aside that a lot REALLY has happened and I haven't been able to just slow down and write. All in which are just excuses I made for myself. So for that, I would like to apologize.

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Now, without further ado here is SHORT STORY of the LONG STORY given in point form. This is to update everyone as to what REALLY has happen and it's also to constantly jog my memory as to what went down in the past 6 months, so I will constantly remember exactly WHAT God has done in my life.

NOVEMBER 2014
* Bonded with a few k.hiphop friends & was starting to get invited to club parties, house parties, dinners, hangouts, etc.
* STUPID MISTAKE: result - drug poisoning
Went to have dinner with a guy friend, after dinner I received an EMERGENCY call from a k.hiphop friend and was told that I needed go over to help ASAP. Wasn't given any further details whatsoever, but in the end because I was worried I acted on impulse. Not sure WHY I thought that I could help this friend if he was drunk, but I ended up going to the location; found my friend with his record label mates. In the end, what I saw BROKE my heart: these were (mostly) believers who were struggling in trying to be "REAL" but also struggling in being an ambassador for Christ in the industry...yet here they are getting high and drunk because of all the recent hate they've been getting. I tried to leave as soon as I could and when I did, I began vomiting nonstop. The next day, I was taken to the hospital and had to have my system cleaned out. Doctors declared that I had minor drug poisoning.



DECEMBER 2014
* Announced to most of my k.hiphop friends of where my standing was. EVEN if I really wanted to make it in the k.hiphop scene, I will do it with dignity and with my Christian values in tact. In the end, some k.hiphop artists lost their "interest"/"respect" for me, and have cut me out of the "brotherhood". Felt majorly discouraged, but I realized that I needed to do what was needed in order to get myself back on track. As most of you know, pride is something that I struggle with...especially when things are going swell.
* 2 weeks before going home, found weird things coming from body. A lump was found in a certain area, but one day it suddenly burst and a black thing came out. Freaked out, told my mom and decided to get it checked out back home.
* Went home on December 15th. Met with a few B.a.S.i.C. from my home church, E3C.
* Went for a full body check-up, got TONS of tests done.
* Mother-Daughter cruise to Jamaica, Bahamas, and Mexico. Didn't do much, but just chilled and enjoyed the scenery.

JANUARY 2015
* Test results came in, was told that it was uterine cancer and skin cancer.
* Debated for a little while whether I should let the world know that I had cancer, in the end decided to let a select few B.a.S.i.C know.
* Decided to continue with my plan of action regardless of the fact that I had cancer.
* Started Chemotherapy via pills - Chemo#1 & Chemo#2
* Flew to Arizona, Phoenix to visit many dear B.a.S.i.C that I've been blessed to meet through The.i42.Project Team on Taiwan Short Term Missions.


FEBRUARY 2015
* Chemo#3 - not too bad, losing senses in foot.
* Flew to Taiwan as a reflection/meditating trip before going back to Seoul.
* Met with a few B.a.S.i.C, was completely blessed from everyone there.
* Flew back to Seoul.
* Chemo#4 - harder to wake up, and loss of appetite.
* Bussed to Busan as a "the calm before the storm" trip on February 24th.
* Bussed back to Seoul on February 27th.

MARCH 2015
* Classes starts (emailed school and got a special consideration)
* Joined Manifest (prayer meeting); Thursday @ 8pm
* Joined a small group (PASSION SMALLGROUP); Tuesday @ 730pm
* Chemo#5 - unable to eat, vomiting nonstop.
* Encouraged to be bold in my own personal prayer for myself, inspired from Naaman in the Bible I decided to ask God to heal me by the end of Chemo#7 because I knew that there was more that He wanted me to learn from this experience.
* Chemo#6 - constant coughing, coughed up blood, vomit still happening, diarrhea decided to join the party, and lastly ToM (which includes EXTREMELY bad cramps) also decided to make an appearance.


APRIL 2015
* Chemo #7 - vomit started to calm down, diarrhea still going strong, and lastly negativity and anxiousness at its MAX.
* CANCER FREE! Doctor was speechless, every test came in as if it was ALL a dream!
* Worship Pastor; PezNet couple were going back home to New Jersey.
* PJ gives his last sermon at the church as our Head Pastor.
* A NEW chapter in terms of spiritual growth & understanding.


That about sums up what has been happening since I last posted in October. I will be back to post up more details regarding certain things that were mentioned in this post.
D2D also has a youtube channel now!
So if you'd like to watch our vlogs, and be entertained by our ADHD-ness below:


THANKS!

Chapter 6.1: A Daughter's Perspective - 15 Things All Dads of Daughters Should Know

Hey Everyone!

Recently, while I was scrolling through my facebook feed, I saw a friend of mine posted such an article and being the curious cat that I am. I clicked on it and read through it all. As I read through it...

I was helplessly sobbing and continously NODDING my head.

Before I read the article, I have always been proud of my Dad. There was never a time where I was never satisfied with who my Dad was. Of course, he had his flaws. That's only normal! Afterall, he IS human. He isn't God. Through those many flaws I found him lovable. Though at times when he starts pointing at my own flaws, the prideful human side in us comes out, and I start to have negative thoughts. Other than those times, there was never once where I doubted that my Dad is one of the BEST Dads a girl could EVER ask for.

Now, after that I've read the article, I want to take this time to respond to the article but on a daughter's perspective.
The article is called "15 Things All Dads of Daughters Should Know" and I have and still is proud but I can proudly say that my Dad did ALL 15 things. I definitely recommend this to all those Dads out there or Dad-to-be's. It is definitely worth your time, even 5 minutes. I mean you're all working hard IN ORDER to give a worry-free and good lifestyle to your daughters/children anyways, so why not take a look at this!  Now, I can't say this on behalf of all daughters in the world, but personally these 15 simple things were definitely things that has influenced me on how I view life. Growing up it was a process and if my Dad was not a part of it, I don't know who'd I turn out to be. It's because of his actions and intentions that has made our bond that much stronger, even IF he is not with me on this earth anymore.

The article was written by Justin Ricklefs, a Dad of four daughters and a son.
Of course! Just like you & I both! Actually, just like any human being~ he is nowhere near perfect, but he IS trying to be the BEST Dad he could be to and FOR his children.
Check him out on his blog: www.justinricklefs.com


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Daughter's Perspective: 15 Things ALL Dads of Daughters Should Know
Note: Italic blue = Justin Ricklef

1. She wants to be loved.
"More than she wants the stuff you can buy her or the things you can teach her, she wants you to love her. No one else on Earth can assume your role as daddy. Your daughter will let you down, make huge mistakes, and maybe even turn her back to you for a season, but don't ever let her doubt your love for her. Look her in the eye and tell her you love her. Lots." My Dad loved me like no other can, he modelled his love for me in a way where it's scarily similar to how God's love for me is like.

2. You have an influence on her future partner.
"Scary thought, but the kind of man you are to her will have a direct impact on who she chooses to marry some day. For years, our third daughter would beg me to marry her when she grew up. I had to explain that I was already married to her amazing mother. If you're doing it right, she'll want to marry someone like you one day."
He definitely has a STRONG impact on the type of man I would like to marry in the future, someone EXTREMELY similar to him. Most little girls say they want to marry their dads at a young age and that by itself shows how much influence being a Dad has on their little girl's view on men in the future.

3. Listen to her music.
"When my girls are in my car, you'll be able to catch us rocking out to the following Pandora stations: Taylor Swift, One Direction, Cody Simpson, Kidz Bop Radio, Katy Perry, you get the point. Not stations I'd listen to on my own (with one exception -- I love Taylor Swift), but when it lights them up, it lights me up"
I wouldn't say my dad completely agrees with my music, but we do share a huge percentage of our playlists with each other. The fact that my dad will listen to my songs showed me that he cared and that he is patient, because of that I learnt how to be caring and respectful of other people's opinions.

4. She's watching you how you treat her Mom.
"If you take one thing out of this entire list, make it this. One of the best things you can do for your daughter is to love her mom well. It's easy to be child-centered. Running from one kid activity to another. But fight for your marriage and make it a priority. The seasons of life when I lose focus on dating Brooke (my wife) are also the same seasons when our children have more issues. I don't think that's coincidental. Love your wife, make time to date her, take her on trips, and show your kids that she is a bigger priority than they are."
The love he shows towards my mom has showed me what it's like to be married, what its like to have a partner who loves you for the rest of your life and gives me insight on how I could be an even better wife to my future husband.

5. Don't shrink back as she grows up.
"Our oldest is almost 11, so we haven't hit the dreaded teenage years, but I say bring them on. Dads who are further down the road than I am regret not being more emotionally engaged with their teenage daughters. It will be awkward for all of us, but I'm leaning right into it. Periods, boyfriends, shaving armpits, Snapchat, whatever it is. My girls won't know any different than their dad being every bit as engaged when they're 15 as he was when they were 5. Don't disappear when their emotions and bodies start changing."
May seem awkward, but my dad taught me a lot more about my body than my Mom did and no offence Momma Chow, but he did a better job at it than you did! Haha! He not only taught me the basic sex ed. but also how to be careful around the opposite gender, etc. It was a very thorough and detailed lesson over a span of 4 years. Funny part is my dad never shy away from it. He approached the matter himself.

6. Teach her how to do a REAL push-up.
"I won't be mistaken for Billy Blanks, but we take health and wellness seriously at our house. My girls aren't wimps. They know how to do real push-ups. They play sports hard. They think "throwing like a girl" is a compliment, not an insult. They bring it. And more than the physical toughness, we're raising mentally tough girls. Like their momma. In a world where femininity gets assigned far too often to princess dresses and fairy tales, my girls are tough as nails."
He definitely taught me to be a tough cookie. He taught me how to build & fix things whether it'd be a bed post, electrical wiring, pipes, computers, cars, etc. He's taught me ALL that he could, but most importantly he taught me to be a strong woman of God. He gave me a strong mentality along with the many skills he taught me. A mentality that tells myself that I don't necessary NEED a man to do all these things that society refers to as "MANLY" jobs. He taught me what gender equality truly was and still is.

7. Make memories.
"A friend once told me that my job is to be the Chief Memory Maker of the house. It's morbid, but I have 50-60 years left on this Earth, tops. That's not a ton of time, so I'm going to go hard and create as many memories with my girls as I possibly can. We celebrate big things like a 10-year-old trip, but we also take the little things seriously. Family movie nights on Friday nights. Big breakfast Saturdays. Hikes after church. It doesn't have to be expensive or elaborate, but it does have to be intentional. Fill up your daughter's emotional journal with memories of being with her dad."
He is most definitely the Chief Memory Maker in my family. Always spending time even when he, himself was dead tired, going on trips, etc. Every one of those moments...whether they'd be small or big were precious. I'm able to say that I've travel to SO many places at such a young age is because of him. It's also because of my Dad that I have a traveller's heart, he also taught me the importance of family and that spending quality time with your loved ones should never be a burden.

8. Teach her that it's not about her.
"Something amazing happens when we realize that the universe doesn't spin around us. We're not modeling it perfectly for our girls, but we're trying to show them that life is best lived when we give ourselves away. To serve others. To go last. To not always have to be right."
This was probably the FIRST thing my dad taught me as a child. I had a habit of always saying: "ITS MINE!" and my dad was always there to rebuke that thought. He taught AND showed me how and what it means to love others. He definitely was someone who talked the talk and walked the walk.

9. Show up to her events.
"As dads of young daughters, most of us are building careers at the same time. So it's not possible every single time, but make the effort to get to her stuff. Even if it's not your favorite stuff. I hate the commercial of the dad at the daughter's dance recital who is watching a football game on his phone. I love a good football game as much as the next guy, but clap as hard for your daughter's recital as you would on your couch watching sports."
I hate to admit it, but growing up...I indeed was somewhat of a problem child. Haha! So my dad had to be strict, especially since I was his FIRST and LAST..ONE and ONLY daughter. Thus, growing up I was quite scared of him, but I knew he loved me. I was scared of failing in front of him...so he never came to any of my performances because he knew that I'd be too nervous and screw up. Over time, I grew out of that fear and he would ALWAYS take time off of work to come and support me. Again, he showed me that I was and still am important and that I should never settle for a guy that thinks anything less than that.

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10. Proximity doesn't equal presence.
"I'm guilty of forgetting this often. The simple fact that you're there doesn't mean you're really there. Especially in an era of constant information and entertainment. Turn your phone off when you get home from work. Or at least put it in another room. Your daughter couldn't care less about your Twitter feed, your emails, your fantasy football team, or your group texts. She cares about spending time with you. Playing with you. Being with you."
Looking back at it, I can only laugh. As a child, I would run up to my dad's room and start up a conversation. As I start to get older...I was the one who stayed in my room and this time...it was my dad's turn to quietly walk into my room...and sometimes in what seems to be a creepy way...just stare at me while I work. Everyday, he'd come in and ask me how my day was and would just sit there for a good half an hour to an hour talking to me. The daily "how was your day?" talk taught me not only how my Dad's day was, but it taught me the hardships and difficulties that my Dad goes through at work. It made me cherish my Dad even more! It taught me how to be sensitive to others. Through these I was able to understand his line of work, and really get to know him as a person OUTSIDE of the family. In my opinion, being completely transparent with your children is quite crucial. It helps them to see who you REALLY are and it helps them learn about what demons you have to battle at work -- in the same way they can SOMETIMES relate in their own lives currently. Don't underestimate your daughters.

11. Do her hair and nails.
"Brooke does this 99 times out of 100, but I make it a point to tell all my girls that daddy can make a killer ponytail. And I can paint their nails like a champ. Heck, they've painted mine on many occasions as well. Show her that a man can be gentle."
Unfortunately, my dad didn't do my nails...but he did do my hair growing up. Haha! If you aren't the type of person who has the patience to paint nails...and you don't seem to be having any success with the whole typing up a pony tail, then I'd say take the route of shopping and picking out wardrobe with and for your daughter! Like mentioned before; as a father, you have a BIG influence on HOW your daughter will turn out. Teach her how to respect herself and her body. You don't have to be SUPER strict (that MAY or may NOT work, depending on your daughter), you can simply just approach it in a friend's perspective OR a perspective of the opposite gender. Growing up, girls now-a-days will try to wear more revealing clothes in order ot prove multiple statements, but no matter how many reasons there may be...one WILL always be to attract the eyes of boys around her. That was something that my Dad did for me. He taught me what was appropriate and what wasn't. He did a lot of shopping for and with me. A lot of dresses and REALLY nice jackets and other wardrobe were chosen and bought by him. He definitely was a dad with style. Trust me! Not only will you win your daughters' heart but her friends would be envious of how her dad is a fashionable Dad.

12. Date her.
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I wish I could say I do this consistently, but even once every few months is better than not at all. Dating your daughter is critical to showing her how a man should treat a woman. Call me old school, but on my dates with my girls, I open the doors, pay the bills, look them in the eye, and make them feel like a million bucks. This doesn't have to cost a ton of money. A walk around the block. A short bike ride. A trip to the ice cream store. Doesn't have to be fancy, but again, it must be intentional."
THIS was something my dad ALWAYS emphasized to his friends with daughters. Not to mention he would always joke around with random strangers who are staring and say: "this is my girlfriend  " It definitely wasn't anything extravagant, it was simple. A car ride, a road trip, a trip to the mall, trip to Starbucks, or even to the gym. ANYTIME it was the just the two of us was considered as a date. As a dad who is the head of the family, it is hard to really BOND with all the things he has to think and do, but going on dates with his wife, daughter/s, and son/s (YES! Bromance is also recommended between Father and Son relationship) IS the CORE of quality time. Not to mention, it's actually not as stressful as you'd think it would be. Its fun and a good stress reliever for both the dad and their children. Time away from school/work, just the two of you. To be honest, I would also recommend all Dads or Dad-to-be's to do this.

13. Her heart is more beautiful than her appearance.
"Guess what, dad? It's your job to tell your daughter, and then remind her a million times, that what's on the inside of her is what will make her go far in life. The heart is how we talk about it at our house, but it can be her character, her self-worth, her core. Raising girls in this sensual world isn't easy, but they don't have to settle for the belief that to be pretty means you must fit into a size zero or show almost every piece of your skin when you walk into a room."
Growing up, because I was often bullied amongst school and church...I had little to no self-confidence in EVERY aspect. I had no confidence in ANYTHING I did, but one thing I had confidence in was who I was. No, I do not mean my outward appearance (I had no confidence in that either), what I mean is my personality, who I REALLY am on the inside. As a kid, he'd tell me how beautiful I was (trying to boost my self confidence) and how I'd grow up to be the most beautiful and strongest woman ever! After I've grown up...or when I started to reach an age where appearance wasn't all that matter (around 18 to 20s), he changed his way of complimenting of me...it wasn't about my physical appearances anymore, but how beautiful I am on the inside. He started complimenting me in regards of my skills. What I could do. Complimented me on my personality. Who I am and who I could be. This made me realize that appearance isn't important...what's important was my actions and intentions.

14. Don't blink.
"Kenny Chesney was right. She calls you daddy. Enjoy that role -- it flies by."
Being a dad was definitely tough, but I know he enjoyed every moment of it. There's a sense of joy in seeing your children...in this case your little girl GROWING or GROWN UP into that AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL woman that you saw her as the second she was born...but NOW! It's not just you who sees it, but EVERYONE in this world can witness this beauty. The best part of it is that in more ways than one YOU took part in this process (genetically & nurturing)!

15. Will you forgive me?
"I forget 1-14 more than I would like to admit. I'm doing my best. You are too. But when I blow it, when I hurt her feelings, and when my intentions were better than my actions, I'm learning to ask her for forgiveness. Not a simple apology, but a sincere plea for forgiveness. Model being a dad who gets down on her level and admits that you don't have it all together. She'll forgive you for that."
My Dad and I are basically two peas in a pod. EXTREMELY similar in terms of personality. The way he put it was, I have the beauty of my mom, but his fiery personality. Haha! When we clicked...we CLICKED like no others, best team ever! When we don't agree it was like a nuclear explosion. He taught me how to ask for forgiveness sincerely, but also taught me how to forgive.

Now that you've taken the time to read a daughter's perspective of these 15 things and how it had an impact on MY life and if I've happen to tweak your interest, I really do suggest that you go and check out Justin Ricklefs post on it.
15 Things All Dads of Daughters Should Know: www.huffingtonpost.com/justin-ricklefs/15-things-all-dads-of-daughters-should-know_b_5914680.html


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