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    A Month in Montreal

    I’ve been here for a month already (WHAT)!!! Time flies, especially after school has started *facepalm*. Anyway, during my time in Montreal I managed to travel to some of the “touristy” site – namely Old Port, China Town and Botanical Garden #iamstillatourist

    Here are some photos that I took:

    Botanical Garden (ft. Lanternes Chinoises)

    They have 3 big gardens – First Nation, Chinese and Japanese. The Japanese one kind of reminds me of Kyoto (my fav place in Japan!) but of course it’s not like 100% authentic. I’d give them credits though for trying hard LOL

    We went to the Chinese one at night because of the lanterns (obviously), so we didn’t get to witness it in daylight. It certainly feels Chinese-y, and they got all the traditional character correct! (although the name of the building and the lake doesn’t make too much sense).

    It was VERY CROWDED and the line was huge when we got there. It’d be a better experience if there were not that many people but whateves ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ p.s. I really like the crane lanterns!

    I like how raw and natural the First Nation garden feels – and they played some sort of tribal music (LOVE IT)


    Old Port

    I love its european vibe!!! There are people chilling, playing music, selling art… #chilllifethatIwishIhave

    Jean Drapeau

    We went there to cycle as a frosh group activity. The bikes are freaking huge and heavy (for asian people maybe) and they’re really difficult to control. However, the scenery is stunning and I enjoyed every moment of it. It was really tiring to go uphill and there’re some part where the slope is so steep I just cannot cycle down (lol nice cycling skills I have here), but we get to cycle in the woods AND THAT IS JUST A SIMPLY AMAZING EXPERIENCE.

    One thing though is that you have to return the bike to the station every 30 min which is quite annoying, but the island is quite small so its fine.


    Parc Jeanne-Mance

    Been there a couple of times, but have yet to go to Mount Royale LOL

    ^^ and theres also a cycling competition thingy going on ???

    Random Pics I took

    I’d definitely be going to more places – I have 4 years here so I don’t have to rush or anything! 😀


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    5 Tips for your first week of studying abroad

    It’s my second week of living alone in Canada now, and although the semester has just started, I do have a few tips on how to survive your first week of studying abroad:

    1. The first few days are going to be hard. It’s okay.

    I came here knowing absolutely no one – I have no relatives living here, no friends, no anything. I had to skip some social events ran by my residence to attend some academic stuff, so even though I managed to start talking to my neighbours, I was still alone and lonely. It was my first time having to eat meals all by myself in the cafeteria, and if you know me in secondary school, the idea of eating alone is very stressful (though that actually never happened).

    Slowly it gets better because there were campus wide events that put you into groups and you get to hang out with them for the whole day, and as a result, I get to meet a whole lot of people. And even though I still go to the cafeteria alone sometimes, I’d go and sit with people who are by themselves (there are always some in the caf) and strike up conversations.

    2. Routines help

    You’re not going to take a bath the same way you did at home – everything changes, including the routines you’re used to. To adapt to a new environment as soon as possible, try establishing routines. I find it really helpful to physically write them down, for example, in the morning I’d boil some water to make tea first, then I’d brush my teeth blahblahblah… I’d do my laundry every week on tuesday, clean my room on sunday, sleep at 11:15 and wake up at 8:15 etc.

    3. Don’t judge

    My residence has mixed-gender shared bathroom, and before I came here I was so upset and was regretting my choice so bad because I could only imagine the toilets being very dirty and gross, and everyone I talked to was like ‘seriously? why don’t they have separate bathrooms?’. However, now that I’m living here for 2 weeks already, I can say that it is very clean, and it’s completely opposite of what I’d imagine it to be. (You rarely see people in the bathroom since everyone has different schedules)

    4. Spend time to explore the city before classes start to get stressful

    You’ve got the chance to live in a different city now, so treasure it and go explore. Ask someone you know if they’d like to join you on a weekend adventure, or if you couldn’t find anyone, go on your own!

    5. Go to different events and speak to strangers

    Back in secondary school, I would definitely not go to any of the school activities if my friends are not going, but in university, you can just go and talk to a stranger – usually they’d include you in the conversation (because people are so friendly here) and it’s a good way to socialise and make friends!


    You are stepping out of your comfort zone, so it’s totally fine if you’re feeling a bit lost – as cheesy as it sounds, life really begins at the end of your comfort zone 😀 I was totally not expecting all the challenges I’m facing right now – I thought I’d ‘just leave everything behind and start a new life in a different country’, ‘doesn’t matter if I have no friends there I’d just make some’ and ‘yes I’d finally be an independent adult and do the laundry on my own’, but no, it’s not like that (oops). You get to learn and grow a lot though, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯