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Co-Working With Nature

Co-Working With Nature

I’m really growing (pun intended) into our garden – front and back. My herb garden is thriving and being used. The veggies are slowly growing out of their planter size. The peonies, roses, wild flowers, jasmine bush, raspberry bush. The endless floral arrangements I can forage are so beautiful. What a gift from Mother Nature.

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“Everything the light touches is our kingdom.”

Taken a top the Empire State Building during a VIP tour. (Photo by: Amy Chyan. April 19, 2014)

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Spring in NYC

Waiting for two friends to indulge in some Shake Shack. (Photo by: Amy Chyan. April 17, 2014)

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From The Kitchen: Sea Salt Nutella Fudge & Nutella Walnut Cupcakes

ImageMy elementary school gal pals and I have a holiday gifting tradition of “hand-made” only. This was prior to Pinterest so we must’ve been poor high school students. I’ve stitched hearts onto fleece blankets, made mason jars full of mulled wine ingredients, boxes of matcha chocolate chip cookies with peppermint bark etc.

This year, I made fudge and cupakes.

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A Moment

A Moment

“I’m so sick of having this view”, said no one ever. This was yesterday’s sunset, being more distracting than the internet. I told Mother Nature to bug off, but the sunset morphed through many ombre colours.

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Canadian Thanksgiving 2013

Canadian Thanksgiving 2013

This year, I spent Thanksgiving in Toronto. Like clockwork, the weather was amazing. The bluest of skies and fluffiest of clouds. This was my contribution to dinner.

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American Thanksgiving 2012

American Thanksgiving 2012

After I took this photo, I zonked out in a “short nap” on the bed. For this Friendsgiving, we had hot pot. The BFF and I took the train into Chinatown where we overstuffed my old lady trolly with hot pot ingredients. (But so thankful we didn’t have to carry it all by hand.) Not unusual for Thanksgiving, Williamsburg was a ghost town. Waiting for the guests to arrive, we watched the sunset through the bay windows. And it isn’t a hot pot party until we determine who the sauce master is. (I think I was berated for just using satay. No raw egg, soy, onions or garlic.) After dinner, we drank sake, discussed arranged marriages, ate cookies and watched “Jumanji”. #TBT #NYC

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American Thanksgiving 2011

American Thanksgiving 2011

This was my first American Thanksgiving. (My jschool friends and I, all non-New Yorkers, decided to go see the infamous Macy’s Day Parade. We braved the crowds and stationed ourselves at 59th Street, right in front of the Columbus Circle Whole Foods.) At night, my BFF and I booked a turkey dinner at one of the few places opened, went to see “Puss in Boots” at the 32nd street theatre and ate our left over desserts watching “Elf”. We were lying on the couch, obviously in food coma, but determined to finish the dessert that came with our turkey dinner. The Empire State was lit with orange and red lights and the city was an empty ghost town. Two Canadians, one American Thanksgiving and the view of the Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridge. #TBT #NYC

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Riverside Park

Riverside Park

Living a block away from Riverside Park meant running there whenever I wanted. A great trail, flat ground and designated running path looking onto the Hudson. This was taken when I was catching up on my New Yorker issue on a hill in the park, facing the Hudson. I also ran my first 5K race in this park. #TBT #NYC

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College Walk

College Walk

Near the holiday season, this is what the Amsterdam gates at Columbia look like. I’m always mesmerized by appropriate lighting. #TBT #NYC