January 20, 2017

With Hy’s Steakhouse being one of the top steakhouses in Vancouver, it’s always a treat when I go here. Once you enter inside, you feel like you’ve transported back in time due to the old-school traditional décor. What’s unique is that you get to walk through a brick-lined tunnel to arrive at the main dining area. The atmosphere is warm and intimate and the service has been professional every time I’ve been there.

One of the appetizer dishes Hy’s is known for is the cheesy toast. It is delicious but I passed on it this time. Our group decided on the Caesar salad, creamed spinach side, 10oz New York strip, 32oz ribeye steak, and the banana foster dessert; all of which I would highly recommend.

It is a sight to see a 32oz steak come to your table and you compare it the 10oz steak. I would like to say I ate all 32oz but I definitely did not 🙁 and shared it with my friend instead. We followed the waiter’s recommendation of having the 32oz done medium instead of medium-rare due to the thick cut in order to render the fat nicely. If you like to watch a little show, order the Caesar salad and you will see it prepared tableside. If you want to end off the night with a bang, leave enough room for the banana foster dessert. They will prepare the dessert right in front of you flambéing (wooo fire!) the bananas with dark rum.

Overall rating: 4.5/5 stars



August 26, 2016

Why wait? Why wait for things to (potentially, and maybe never even remotely) come to you, instead of just doing something about it even if it’s something small?

I used to have fitness as one of my priorities – consistently going to the gym on regular basis. But my career became my main focus and work responsibilities grew to be more and more demanding. And that meant life falling by the wayside, especially if I wanted to see how far I could go in my career. Long hours meant being in the office sitting at my desk. Weight crept up slowly as my metabolism slowed down as well (thanks old age!) Sometimes I’d be able to fit workouts in but I’d get distracted by something else that cropped up. It became much too easy to say that “I’m too tired” or “It’s way too late” or “I’m hungry” after work to go get some exercise in. I became more passive and a sense of discontentment grew. I knew I wanted my health to be a priority, but I wasn’t ready to do anything about it.

I can’t remember what changed my mindset. But suddenly, it clicked. I knew that it was time to STEP UP MY GAME. Seriously.

And that meant changing up my schedule and blocking in time for things that are important to me. If I couldn’t fit in a workout in the evening, then I had to wake up early in the morning to get it done. No ifs,ands,or buts about it.

My plan is to be active everyday in some capacity. I do have an end goal and target in mind (which will be my birthday). And I hope to use this space to document it all 🙂



August 15, 2016

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain

Starting off with one of my favourite quotes.

Have you ever had a dream, a wish, or a goal that you wanted to achieve but somehow it never got past the idea stage or it had to be to put on the back burner because of other priorities or obligations? I think we all have those dreams. But what does it take to pursue our passion and make those dreams become reality?

It’a been several years that I’ve had this website sitting here dormant. Honestly, there’s been a bajillion ideas swirling around in my head, ideas which would constantly change based on what I’m interested in at that moment in time and I want this space to be that showcase.

But somehow, when I sit down to writing down the first blog post there are numerous starts and stops. I think part of the reason is that I want it to be perfect. The look and feel of the website with great grammar and flow for my posts. I’m not one to want to present mediocre work but to create something that I am proud of. Perfect is the highest standard and that’s a lot of pressure on myself.

If I dig a little deeper, the basis is fear. The fear of putting myself out there, the fear that my writing skills are lacking. Writing has never come easily to me and takes effort and energy. I am comfortable with dealing in numbers, it’s my forte. I guess with practice writing will come more easily to me. 🙂

When people ask me for advice, I always tell them to take the opportunities that would maximize their experiences in life because isn’t it better to have attempted it and figure out whether you like it or not than regret not doing it at all and be left wondering what if or could have been. I think it’s time to take my own advice basically stop this shit-talking and do something about it. 🙂

In the end, it’s all about about pushing past the fear and having the courage to take the first step in whichever direction you want to go in. As cliche as it sounds, the magic does happen once you take that first step outside the comfort zone. It’s all about the journey and I’m in for the ride.

Welcome to my first blog post.