Disconnected from the World

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I know, it sounds pretty serious and maybe even an exaggeration from me but, that is exactly how I felt today. Seven years of constant Facebook use does that to you. I had to do the unthinkable and deactivate my page..temporarily, so that I can focus on this last theory semester of my degree. I didn’t exactly cut off all forms of social media as I kept my IG and of course I’m still running this blog, but I felt I had to cut off an important piece of my life in order to get back MY life. Today is the first of many days to come bearing withdrawal feels. I didn’t realize I constantly access FB as much and had become a staple of my everyday routine: wake up in the am- Facebook before getting out of bed, get ready and dressed-quick scroll on fb to see what’s happening, warm up the car before leaving for school-open fb again to post a status… now imagine this routine doubles as the day unfolds and multiply that by 365 days of each year I’ve been a member, and if FB charged a user a fee per access, I would go broke trying to fund this insane addiction. These unconscious habits were a huge part of my life and I feel sad to admit, I painfully miss the feel of scrolling that news feed and knowing what’s going on with the people I know and love. Today, I caught myself reaching for my phone multiple times unconsciously and was about to open the app (which I deleted by the way) and as soon as I realized, I immediately placed my phone back in my bag and refocused (you know you’re addicted when…lol). It sounds ridiculous but I did feel cut off, I thought I wasn’t going to last a full day without it (especially since I have used it everyday for 7years), but I was surprised at myself to have lasted a day without giving in and re-downloading the app. I know, it’s too early to talk, but I am confident that when I slowly fill my day with all the things I have to do for school and distract myself with the tangible and fun things around me, I will slowly get over that habit which had unconsciously taken over my life. One thing I realized right away as soon as I deactivated my page though… I had all this time, so much time, for myself and everything else I needed to do today and I was able to do them all.

Parting Thoughts:

Have you or do you know someone who is as obsessed with Facebook like I was? And did they try to kick this habit and succeed or not? Let me know in the comments below^^

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SnapHappyBunny Eats: Nomiya

So it might seem that all I ever blog about is food but I will post some travel related blog from our trip to Europe last spring soon, promise..^^

The sudden drop in temperature called for slurping some nice, hot ramen. If you live in YEG, you know you don’t have a lot of choices regarding places to eat ramen so a quick google came up with a few results for locations and we picked Nomiya Tapas Sushi Ramen based on positive reviews. Hubby and I are both ramen virgins so we came with no expectations about the taste except only with the little knowledge we know about this Japanese soup dish and what we have seen in anime shows or television. I guess we won’t be able to give a proper comparison but we figured we better expand our palate and hype ourselves for the ramens we will be eating in Japan in a few months T_T

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Nomiya is a small restaurant located by Calgary Trail, in a strip mall area and right next to Wild wings. As we entered the resto we were pleasantly greeted by the server who sat us immediately in a small booth along the wall. This place isn’t too big really, the sushi bar takes up most of the space and the whole restaurant offers a few booths and table seating or the sushi bar area. At lunch time, the place wasn’t overly crowded so I was happy that our orders shouldn’t take long. We were given the lunch menus with the ramen menu separated and since I was coming for the ramen, I disregarded the other menu as I didn’t want to distract myself with too many options to decide with (especially since the rolls and appies looked really good). My husband and I chose the Tan Tan and the Tonkotsu
ramen. While waiting for our order I got a chance to take a look around the place and what caught my eye was the way their booths was separated and designed with minature torii gates that I had to snap a picture. I thought that was something new I hadn’t really seen in the Japanese restaurants I’ve eaten at around YEG (but correct me if I’m mistaken as I’m sure I haven’t tried all of them).

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Ooops looks like I got photobombed by someone’s bald head lawl

As soon as the ramen came we both immediately dug in. I had the tan tan ramen and the savoury and peanuty broth brought warmth and satisfaction to my taste buds. This ramen has crushed peanuts and peanut based broth so for those allergic, stay away. I forgot to add that on the menu, you can add extra toppings to your ramen and I chose to add an egg, extra green onions (since I LOVE onions), and the naruto (a type of kamaboko which is made out of cured fish surimi) to complete my ramen experience. I have to add that the soft boiled egg was perfectly cooked as it had the runny consistency that I liked but not too runny.. If that even makes sense^^ Karlo’s ramen, the tonkotsu, was also a rich and creamy broth except the color of the broth was milky white. The taste was pretty good he reported, but his complaint was more of the serving of pork as he felt he didn’t get enough for the price that he was paying for in the bowl (of course he’s also a guy so he likes his meat haha). I ate mine quickly as it was such a delight to eat something warm on this cold day and I was surprised that I finished the whole thing as the bowl looked huge to me. Our order left us (or just me), no room for dessert so we gladly asked for our bill.

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Overall, I thought it was a decent first experience and just like any other firsts, it should be given another chance to redeem itself ^_* check them out and tell me whatcha think!

Address:
Nomiya Tapas Sushi Bar
3803 Calgary Trail NW

~A year in Wanderlust 2013~

2013 was a great year. We were blessed with the time and opportunity to travel. Making a flipagram vid about it is def hard, so much pictures to consider over more pictures, I feel like I can keep making videos and still have pics left over. The phrase “pic or it didn’t happen” is my motto. That’s how I like to travel, to capture as much memories as I can, because although the mind is good for remembering memories, we all know that pictures provide that lasting memory we would like to have as we get older and reminisce. Hoping that 2014 will bring us to more beautiful places, cheers!

Click on the link below to view my favorite moments during our travels in 2013!

A Year of Wanderlust