Fashion Week SS18 was one of my favourite parts of the year.

A Letter to Myself: 25 Things I Learned in 2017

It will soon be 2018, a year that somehow still feels futuristic. For another five hours, it feels like the faraway future rather than the indisputable now. Ends and beginning always inspire me to write some sort of thoughts on where this is all heading. Ends and beginnings always leave me scrambling to tie inherently… Read more »

I was treated to this lovely view on a flight from Madrid to New York.
Photo by Veronika Bondarenko.

Preparation or Lack Thereof: Dealing With Emergency Situations on Planes

Picture this: a plane is flying 36,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. A passenger falls ill and faints, causing half-asleep neighbors to jump up and frantically scream for help. The scene draws a crowd, part those who just want to help and part those who just want to look. Those who try to help do… Read more »

This is Miami, kid.
Photo by Veronika Bondarenko

Literary Ambitions and Lack of Execution

It was a two-week hiatus that went on for almost two months. The end of the summer was hard and not writing was just that much easier. But yes, I have officially opened the Word Document with the 120,000-word “pet project” (at this point, I am comfortable enough to say that I am fairly deep… Read more »

The Eclipse, Flatiron District.
Photo by Veronika Bondarenko

Notes on the Eclipse.

“Seeing a partial eclipse bears the same relation to seeing a total eclipse as kissing a man does to marrying him.” ~Annie Dillard   And I, today, saw a total eclipse. I had, to be honest, fully expected to be disappointed. Heat, crowds, and jutted elbows used to secure spots obscured by two rather than… Read more »

I sketched these mountain landscapes the other day.
Photo by Veronika Bondarenko

Negativity Is A Boring Cycle

No other person can carry you through unhappiness. Most people will nod and say the right things but, ultimately, get tired of your negativity. Even when they are the people closest to you. Even when you have every reason to feel down.   I have, recently, been dealing with an onslaught of issues — professional,… Read more »

Long Beach is outrageously expensive in the summer.
Photo by Veronika Bondarenko

Summer Heat Or How Have I Not Melted Yet?

I may be forced to write quite a few posts about the New York heat this summer because, well, it has overwhelmed me to the core. It is overwhelming to feel like you’re melting every time you go outside and, even when inside, if you don’t turn on the air conditioning. It’s overwhelming to walk… Read more »

Brooklyn at night.
Photo by Veronika Bondarenko

Not The Best Day

I had meant to write about the summer heat today but… life got ahead of me, I suppose. Life got ahead of me in the sense that I was walking home from the subway station, witnessed an emergency situation, and ended up having to dial 911 for the first time in my life. There will… Read more »

This is what you see when you cross my door.
Photo by Veronika Bondarenko

Decorated!

To switch up what I see when I cross my bedroom door, I decided to tack some of my favourite postcards up on it. As you may see, I struggled to keep the lines straight a little bit, but… I think there’s something for the diagonal line as well.  

Photo by Veronika Bondarenko

Weekly Internet-ing: Sparkly People, Links, and Things

It is the middle of July even though, in my head, it still feels like June just started yesterday. But alas, most people are already writing about the day when they’ll be able to turn off AC. This was, I feel, yet another busy week for me — I once again put this list of… Read more »

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    Answering ‘Where Are You From?’: Detours and Their Simplifications

    I recently realized that my being able to quickly explain where I come from is now riddled with an added level of complexity.   Where do, after all, I come from? I’ve lived in Vancouver for most of my life and cannot picture ever calling anything else my hometown. It is the place where I have a… Read more »

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    Saying Goodbye: Monika

    There comes a point in everybody’s life when you have to come to face with mortality in one of the most devastating ways possible: saying goodbye to a childhood friend. My cat, Monika, passed away a few days into the new year. We got her in the summer of 2000, when my family stopped at a roadside… Read more »

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    Some Realistic New Year’s Resolutions: Being More Mediocre

    Now that we are two days into the new year and have all read and written enough sentimental year-end statements (my own included) to last precisely 365 days, it’s time to get serious. Facebook bucket lists, midnight debauchery and lofty promises to be be kinder, gentler people behind us, we have a whole year to make all… Read more »

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    2015 In Review: New Feats, Constant Movement

    While musing on the relativity time will not earn one any originality points, it feels like the second half of 2015 flew by at an unrivalled pace. In between graduating from university, at one point balancing four jobs, moving three times (one of them to New York City), starting graduate school, turning twenty-three and spending so much time… Read more »

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    The World Ends When The Internet Breaks Down

    About a week ago, the internet broke down in my apartment building (something about the wind rupturing a core cable while I slept soundly through it all) and left the fifteen-or-so people who live there disconnected from the rest of the world. Or as disconnected as you can be in the age of data plans… Read more »

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    Books That Disappoint: The Vacationers

    I like writing reviews as much as the next person-with-a-blog, but will usually try to limit myself from pushing out too many because I worry that they will come off like endorsements. Part of this comes from the fact that I am often too quick to recommend things to others and part of it comes from the tendency… Read more »

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    The “Writing Is Dead” Myth and Other Rants

    Before we knew what had hit us, fall came, left its leaves and is about to go away again. If the Starbucks red cups and tree in Rockefeller Center are any indication, society is telling us that winter.is.upon.us. And I was just starting to get used to the idea of the leaves changing colour. But… Read more »

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    Creativity Refill

    It’s hard to be creative. This thought probably hit me most strongly when I realized that while my dream job would probably include the word columnist in its title, I do not necessarily know what I’d write about. And that scares me, to some extent, because what is a writer without things to write about? Not much…. Read more »

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    Living In A Small Space: Purging, Decorating and Rearranging

    When you first move into a small room, you realize just how much every centimetre of extra space matters. As has already been bemoaned since time immemorial by 20-somethings who move to the big city for something or other, anyone who has lived in their own apartment (or, for that matter, lived with parents as an only child like I did during… Read more »

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    Graduate School and Elementary School Are Really The Same Thing: Counting The Ways

    On my first day of university, I was walking to the nearby sushi cafe in between classes (after the ample choice of burgers, fries and Wonderbread sandwiches that my high school’s non-cafeteria provided over the last five years, being able to do this felt like a real treat), I overheard someone say that graduate school… Read more »