May is a wonderful month.

Besides October (my birthday and Halloween), May is definitely by far my most favourite month of the year. The flowers are in full bloom, the sun is starting to shine on a more regular basis, and thirdly, it’s spot prawn season. But other than that, there always seems to be lots of things going on in May that it gives off the feel good summertime vibe. Last year, I only had Vegas but this year, every weekend is booked. I can hardly believe that it’s already the middle of May!
Bantoo & Meena's wedding
To start the month off, I went to my very first Indian wedding! When I was in Seattle this past March, I ran into my ex who was there for the bachelor party, and ended up with an invite to my ex’s friend’s wedding (whom I am also friends with; I wasn’t a complete random there). It was pretty fun, although I don’t believe it was an accurate representation of other Indian weddings. We were just there for the reception but all in all, it was a lot of fun! Free food, free booze — can’t really go wrong with that.
Bantoo & Meena's wedding
Other than that, it’s been a while since I saw a musical so when I was offered a crazy deal for tickets to see Rock of Ages, I jumped at the opportunity.  I honestly didn’t really know what this musical was about except for the fact that it was a hit on Broadway and it featured music from the late 1980s. What a surprise. It was a great performance. Taking place at the Centre for Performing Arts, I was a bit skeptical because I am aware of how small the theatre is (I’ve also seen Chicago and Avenue Q there but they made it work). It wasn’t an issue and honestly, I was very impressed with almost everything. I wasn’t exactly impressed with the vocals of Drew whom I think was being played by his understudy at the matinee show I saw yesterday as it didn’t seem to be strong enough/keep up with the rest of his colleagues. And I think “The Final Countdown” should have been the closing song for Act I and the opening should have been “Any Way you Want it/I Wanna Rock”. Oh well. It was still a stellar performance and I honestly think my boyfriend enjoyed it more than I did, ironically. Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin” was the perfect song to close the show. Rock on!
Rock of Ages Following the show, I went to Vancouver International Tequila Expo at the Vancouver Convention Centre. My god, I have never seen so many tomato-faced white people in my entire life. Is this what the Vancouver Playhouse Wine Festival is like? Dear lord. So many trainwrecks in there. Besides that, I got to try some premium tequila and discover a new appreciation for the drink (I’m still not a fan – still, for the most part, tastes like shit to me).  Again, I think my boyfriend benefitted a whole lot more than I did at this event. Afterall, I did buy the tickets for him since he’s a huge tequila lover and collector. I am such a good girlfriend.

Lastly, this has been such a magical month thus far. I’ve been thinking a lot lately and going back and forth on some things and have  done a ton of waiting around, but I am happy to say that I am most definitely in love. And I love the feeling. And I love how it makes me feel. I love how he makes me feel. I love my boyfriend. I love love.

May is a wonderful month. Nice things happen.

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I’m still alive.

I may be dying in school-related work (ie. papers and finals!) but I am still here! Few events I had checked out in the past week: Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival at VanDusen Gardens and the 2011 Sea to Sky Cheer and Dance Competition at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Pictorials below.
Vancouver Cherry Blossom FestivalI’m not sure if you know, but every year, Vancouver holds a festival celebrating the blossoming of all the cherry trees in the city. This year was especially important since 2011 marked Vancouver’s 125th birthday. My friend and former cheer coach helped coordinate the festival so naturally, I volunteered. I helped load cherry trees to peoples cars for a few hours then hit up the actual festival at VanDusen. I haven’t been there since I was a child so it was a bit nostalgic for me. The majority of the flowers weren’t in bloom yet but we DID get to complete the maze in 10min and I got to FINALLY try takoyaki and some of the other yummy Japanese delicacies offered there.
Onigiri and matcha brownie Green tea puff Takoyaki Takoyaki
After the festival, headed downtown, grabbed some dinner at glowbal and met up with a bunch of my old SFU Cheerleading White Team members. We all headed to the Convention Centre to cheer our past teammates on. SFU Red, SFU White, Panthers, Midnight, and Legends. You guys were AMAZING!!! Seriously considering training in the summer. I miss cheer so much!!!
SFU White SFU White SFU Red SFU Red Panthers Panther
Oh, and I randomly partied on the 54th floor at the Shangri-La. And took pictures in their washroom. In their bathtub. Wish my shoes on. True story.
Shangri-LaAnd back to studying, term papers, non-profit-related meetings, fundraisers, um…. LIFE. Bye!