Moissanite over Diamond

“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” they say. “Diamonds are forever.” As my four year anniversary with Patrick flew by this past August and having bought a condo this year, there are moments where I think hard about a proposal, a wedding, a life together… That kind of stuff.

I don’t like to make it obvious that I think about these things (people don’t peg me as the type to, I can be pretty savage IRL), but I do. But as someone who thrives with an occasional “treat yo self” mentality while living affordably, I’d like to think there is another finer option than a diamond.

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Inside my Camera Bag

Never again would I relive the days where I used satchels and regular backpacks for travelling and photography. Especially considering hiking is the focal point of most of my travels.

I want to be comfortable wearing my camera bag and knowing that it can protect whatever is in it. Because whatever is in it is pretty darn imperative to my adventures. Which brings me to answer the question: what’s in your camera bag?

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Memories of my Childhood

Passed notes, stolen cahiers, cute pencil cases… As I clean out my room, I encounter figments of my childhood, still intact, still legible, and with it the memories they hold.

We travel for adventure, to expose ourselves to cultures and people, sights and flavours. To travel is not just to leap forward to a destination and be part of something new and different; sometimes, all it takes is to go back in time, to reinvigorate moments and experiences that once were.

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Driving Your Travel Pals Crazy

The ne’er-do-as-they-sayers, non-participants, over-sleepers, the scatterbrained, those who insta-this or snap-that…. the list can go on. If you have ever travelled with others, you may have been a victim (or a perpetrator) of an unfortunate trip that could have gone better than it did.

This is not to throw shade on those who may impede on the “success” of your trip and anyone in particular. Rather, from first-hand experience, it is a quick rundown of what to look out for – in others, and perhaps in yourself as well – so that you are aware, are more mindful, and can agree towards a common goal on your ventures. All to prevent a sweet trip from turning sour.

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To Search and Purchase: New Condo, First-Time Buyer

For those of you who have started to consider, search, or are actually in the process of buying a house, townhouse, condominium, loft – whathaveyou – congratulations! Gone are the days for many 20-something Torontonians when it was so easy to fulfill the dream of owning that beautiful three-bedroom property with a backyard large enough to accommodate children, pets, and garden parties that somehow indicated success and advanced levels of adulting.

Because prices still appear to be unattainable for most of us, you will find quite often that we have to make the decision from the following, “pocket-friendly” options:

  • Condominium-living that entails a smaller space and being somewhat close to work;
  • Moving +45 minutes drive away from work for that sweet and “cheaper” detached option;
  • Staying at home “till the market crashes” (who knows when and if this will happen);
  • Staying at home and saving enough for a down payment and then some more (who knows how long this will take), or;
  • Working multiple jobs – insert burnout/exhaustion + less social life – to make your dreams come true or make ends meet.

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If you happen to stumble upon my little alcove due to some force of nature, welcome!

For those of you who don’t know me personally or professionally, my name is Beatrice. I am a 20-something registered nurse* residing in Toronto; wound care is an area of nursing I aspire to practice. Away from the hustle and bustle of work and sometimes education, I enjoy travelling, photography, art, hiking, exercising, shopping, and naps.

From Asian Avenue to Livejournal to Tumblr, I’ve had my fair share of blogs. Paperybox is my first public blog with the idea of sharing my artistic abilities in mind. While it is quite barren at this time, I hope to share my adventures – past and present – and musings with you, so stick around, keep reading, and feel free to give me a nudge.

* In no way are my posts affiliated or represent my current place(s) of work.