I had a moment when I felt like writing a new post because I was on a roll.
Being a second-year journalism student is difficult but it isn’t the end of the world. You get more practical and hands-on opportunities although it does get kind of frustrating sometimes when you’re given a same day deadline assignment.
During the past three months of settling in with the program, I realized that I’ve gotten more comfortable with it although I still get very anxious. I don’t have a lot to do besides eat, sleep, study, dance and repeat. I don’t talk to a lot of people for long periods of time here unless I want to. I actually don’t talk to a lot of people here in general unless I need to. It’s weird and it sounds a bit worrying because it sounds like I have no close friends here. I realised I tend to brush these feelings off. I’m very driven by completing my assignments and doing what I have to do. I actually like the fact that I’m doing that because it really distracts me from worrying about my social life. That may not sound healthy.
I honestly do feel that there are other people who are doing this more than me, which sometimes makes me question whether I’m doing enough. I’ve been trying to make time to relax but in my mind, I get anxious instead because to me, if I can relax, it means I have time to do assignments and do what I need to much earlier than I can do. Then again, I’m not as motivated to start early so that can be bad because then, I get more stressed out about trying to complete everything on time.
I wake up almost every day at 7.30AM and sleep at 12.30-1AM.
A lot of people ask me how I do it. Honestly, I find that it’s good to remind yourself why you’re waking up.
People ask me how I do it, I honestly can make a list about it. You know what, let’s do it, let’s make a list. List make me feel good. I went crazy one day when I found out you can do it on Twitter. Okay, I’m rambling but anyways… These are my tricks of waking up early.
P.S.: It doesn’t necessarily work on everyone but it’s always worth a try.
1. Write a schedule for the following day, a day before.
I tend to do this when I know I’m going to have a really busy day. It helps me relax because I’m not thinking about what’s coming up next when I have it written down somewhere. This seriously lets me sleep with ease. When I’m planning something the next day and trying to remember it for the next day, it can be stressful with so many thoughts in your head and prevent you from relaxing enough to sleep.
2. Find motivation
Everyone has some form of motivation or drive to start their day. For me, it’s so I can sleep earlier and possibly longer. I feel more things can be done in the day. You can do more than five things in a day besides eating and resting. When it’s night, I tend to get really tired and be less driven to do anything because I just want to rest from a long day. When I wake up early, I feel like I also have more time to do things. Let’s say you have a really big assignment due in a five weeks but you want to have time to relax in between, so you wake up early everyday for three weeks before the deadline, start working on it early in the day and then take breaks in between.
3. Get into a routine
This is key. I try to make a routine into a habit because as the saying goes, “old habits die hard.” In this case, if it’s not a old habit, make it one. It takes practice but it’s okay, just refer to point one and two.
4. Define your goals
Just like a checklist and this list, figure out what you want to do. This is similar to point two in a sense that these goals have to be your motivation in getting something done. I personally like having little goals each time that lead up to one major goals, simply like baby-steps.
5. Remind yourself who and what is at stake
Sounds pretty dramatic and scary but it works for some people. Remind yourself the repercussions and the affects of you acting a certain way. For me, my stake is making myself feel proud of the goals I’ve achieved and making other people happy when they see me happy. I know this can be stressful as you’re basically putting pressure on yourself. Do it when you need to but don’t always think you’re the blame for everything. Remind yourself that you have a part in something but when you don’t do it completely, don’t blame and hurt yourself too much for it.
I think that concludes my five tricks for waking up early but it looks like it can be for anything general to just make sure you get things done. Heh.
So freaking grateful for this opportunity. I never thought a day like this would ever come. It was such an amazing experience, one I don’t think I’ll ever forget. It made me so grateful that I’m studying in Ottawa. Argh. Too thankful. I thought I’d share this memorable experience with you all. I don’t have a lot of pictures because Yanis was really against that because he “looked like shit.” He said that, not me. He’s always fabulously great looking to me. :3
It was a really intense class. His choreos were all meant to be advanced level but it was still amazing. I also like to point out that the room we were in was too small for all of us and there were no mirrors. It was a struggle but it was still so much fun learning there.
Nevertheless I thought I’d share some things I learned from him.
1. Yanis’s expectations are very specific
Yanis Marshall is very specific in his dance style and execution. There are things that he wants to see in the choreo other than you perfecting the choreography. He wants you to really feel the music and dance to it. Show energy but show more emotions. He wants you to feel the mood of the song. He really emphasized that.
2. Yanis uses the word “bitch” a lot.
He’s so downright sassy and just divalicious. It was ridiculous everytime he’s describing something, he’ll mention the word “bitch” endlessly.
3. Point Your Feet
Yanis lives for pointed feet. He mentioned that he wouldn’t want to “f*ck anyone” if they don’t point their feet. It was really funny because he was showing us the huge difference between pointed feet and flexed feet. He even said that even when he’s dead, he wants to be pointing his feet and look fabulous as he proceeds to show us his “I’m dying” pose.
Honestly, it was such an indescribable experience. I’m so bummed we didn’t get to finish the choreos. Ahmaigad. I want to go for another workshop of his. T_T
As you can probably tell, I used the Via Rail Train instead of the Greyhound bus. I chose to take the train this time around because I wanted to use a different form of transportation. In all honesty, I’m glad I took the train. The seats were more comfortable, spacious with more legroom and you get to choose your seats. I, of course, picked the window seat. Oh, the ride was half-an-hour shorter than if you took the bus, so WIN! 😀 I couldn’t wait to see Montreal so got to pick the second earliest train to make sure I’d get my three full days in Montreal.
Do note that it might a bit pricey if you picked a peak time to go. But if you buy your tickets on a Tuesday, it supposedly cheaper.
Upon my arrival, I noticed the differences of my surrounding between Ottawa and Montreal immediately. Montreal was awe-inspiring. The buildings had more history, character and style. There were rusty abandoned buildings, colonial-style terraces and so on. Since Montreal is a French-speaking city, one can’t help notice the Francophones conversing. The whole vibe I was getting was distinct compared to the rest of the Anglophone speaking places I’ve visited in Canada.
After dumping my luggage and stuff at Caryn and Yunyi’s place, we went to Jardin Nelson (Nelson Garden) to have some lunch.
Honestly, the interior of this restaurant is beautiful. It seriously felt like I was in Paris with the whole fancy French garden experience. There was also live Jazz music playing which added to the Parisian feel. I swear this is the closest to France I’m going to get. The ambience was great and the Francophone waiters/waitresses greeted us well.
Since Caryn and I can’t speak French, we allowed Yunyi to do most of the talking after we decided what we wanted to eat.
We ordered Parnier de Bruschetta Maison, Patae Chinois Au Canard and Cannolli au Four Maison to share.
I would say the Bruschetta and the Cannolli were decent but the Patae was not to my taste. Honestly, the food was alright and a bit hyped. Sure, the ambience was amazing but the food lacked flavour.
It started raining after lunch as we left and so exploring Old Port was kicked off the itinerary while we tried to find refuge somewhere. We sought shelter at Montreal’s famous Basilica Notre Dame. You have to pay $5 per entry and I was like “Who pays to go to church?” Apparently, tourists because my, oh my… The interior was majestic.
I hope the photo gives you an idea of how magnificent the interior is. It’s Gothic Revival craftsmanship was complex and splendidly presented with lights shining from below giving this church a grandeur feel. It really made me want to say… “Take me to church.”
Although it was truly a magnificent sight, I couldn’t stay inside the church admiring it for too long because it was too crowded inside. Hence, we left and head to C’Chocolat for dessert.
We tried the Matcha Matcha Man, C’Wow and their Chocolate Souffle. Matcha Matcha Man was too sweet for me and if it was less sweet, it’d be more enjoyable. The souffle wasn’t anything special to shout about. The C’Wow however… Impressive.
We stayed there for about two hours to chat, hoping the rain would stop but it didn’t and we just went back home to prepare dinner.
This time around, Caryn and I woke up early to head to Macdonald campus of McGill University. It was a two-hour journey via the subway and the bus. It’s on the western end of the Island of Montreal.
Thankfully, it was sunny out today and so we managed to stroll around the area. It was very much spacious compared to the downtown campus and I just used the WiFi to play some Pokemon Go while Caryn settled her stuff.
We head to lunch at Schwartz’s Deli. It’s a famous 80-year-old deli that has served the likes of numerous celebrities including Celine Dion. I must say, it is really famous.
They’re extremely famous for their Jewish Montreal-style smoked meat and is usually served as a sandwich. Of course, you can order it to-go as well.
I dare say, this is worth the hype. It’s definitely worth lining up under the hot sun for. Oh my gosh, it was delicious. The blend of the smoked meat with the mustard tastes amazing. I wished I could’ve tapao some and bring back to Ottawa. This was so far one of the best food I’ve had in Canada.
We later walked around the area in hopes of finding a dessert store but that didn’t happen as the one we wanted to go to was closed. 😦
Because we didn’t manage to tour around Old Port yesterday, we’d thought today was the day and yes, it was.
We went back to Notre Dame to just view the architecture of it from the outside. I wasn’t going to pay 5$ this time to go inside because I went yesterday but when I come back, I’ll pay the 5$. 😛
We continued walking towards Old Port and enjoyed the views along the St. Lawrence River. Unlike most people, we took out our umbrellas as it was too hot to walk without a cap.
For dinner, we went to Sammi & Soupe Dumpling along Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest. The Xiao Long Bao’s skin was thicker than usual but it was still good. We also ordered the Fried Pork and Green Onion dumplings. That was too oily and greasy, it made me feel so guilty eating it.
Once we were done with dinner, we head and fulfilled my long-awaited visit to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for the Pompeii exhibition.
If you don’t know, Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city in Italy that was buried by the ash and pumice of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The exhibition presents artifacts and an simulation of the situation from the event.
Since it was a Wednesday night, admission price was only 10$ unlike the usual admission fee which is 12$-20$. Needless to say, the museum was packed! Packed, packed, paaaaaaaaaaaaaaacked.
The exhibition was still pretty fascinating—they had sculptures, frescoes and mosaics from the Archaic period and so on.
But the artifacts that I most wanted to see were the Pompeii plaster casts of the volcano eruption victims.
It was pretty eerie looking at it but it definitely gave us a sense of how helpless these people were from the volcano eruption.
On my last day, we began with a rough tour of McGill University in downtown. The buildings here are older and preserved well.
I really liked the library here. It was huge and was nicely arranged with different places specifically for different uses. The library also has a lot of resources including newspaper from different provinces and different countries which is rather impressive.
We later hiked up Mont Royal. The hike was rather easy but because I was in the wrong attire, it was slightly difficult.
For the longest time, I was imagining this chalet hosted numerous of fancy dinner parties in the olden days until I found out that this chalet was recently built. -_- #dreamscrushed
After descending Mont Royal, we went to Yokato Yobai Ramen for lunch. I was very excited for this lunch because… RAMEN.
The ambience was pretty cozy, artsy and Izakaya-ish. I believe this restaurant is also part-Izakaya which would make sense. I explored around the area and was really fascinated by the large space they have.
The ordering system here is a bit different. They provide you with a paper to fill up your order individually. So one person, gets one paper and you can add however many extra stuff you want with the cost.
Overall, my ramen broth had a milky texture but it wasn’t a heavy broth. Thankfully, it was not salty although it was normal saltiness which is great. In my opinion, the flavor was a bit mild compared to the other ramen I’ve tried in other places. Chasiew was fatty and tasty too. I also ordered the salad and well, it’s a salad. Yunyi ordered the karaage and it was tasty. Oily but tasty!
After lunch, we needed to walk it off and so we went to Habitat 67. It took us 20 minutes to get there from the closest bus stop and what a walk it was…
Habitat 67 is basically a collection of condo cubes. It’s an alright place to visit, really nothing much. I wouldn’t go there to just admire the architecture, it’s just not my cup of tea. It’s just really cool to look at the interior of people’s living area. I was thinking it’d be inconvenient to live there if you don’t have your own car as it’s so far from everywhere and there are no bus stops close by.
Once we were done with that, we head back for me to do some last minute packing and showering before I left this gorgeous city and Caryn. -sobs-
The ride back home was rather melancholic because the sunset happened. Look at it. 😦 So gorgeous that it makes you think deeply about life.
Yeap, basically that was it from my Montreal. Rather short trip BUT I WILL SURELY RETURN. It’s only two hours away. 😀 That is all from me now~ Bai bai!