A food and a beverage

(I don’t know if it literally means I have to pick ONE specific food or a kind of dish so I’ll do both.)

If I were to live off of one single food with no health repercussions or factor for proper sustenance it would be bananas or leeks. One comes with its own natural packaging and the other always tastes good – boiled, roasted, or stir fried. [The unhealthy me says chocolate cake.]

A dish I could live off of is my dad’s Hainanese chicken rice. Chicken boiled in ginger and salt with rice cooked in the chicken broth and boiled veggies, usually bok choy. It’s warm, delicious, healthy, comforting – and it tastes good cold (That’s always a good way of rating yumminess.)

As for a beverage, water, duh. Or beer (just kidding Mom and Dad!) – actually, orange juice, preferably freshly squeezed.

Day 10: If you could live off one food and one beverage for the rest of your days what would they be?

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Pet peeves

  1. Too many selfies (In case you wondering, yes I do remember what you look like since an hour ago.)
  2. The sound of velcro ( I will have a physical reflex and flail at you.)
  3. When people enter the subway before letting people off (We’re in Canada, we are polite.)
  4. Skype connection problems (50% of the conversation becomes “Can you hear me?” “Oh I can’t see you””Ah you’re frozen” “The lag is really bad””Wait let me call you back.”)
  5. Seeds in seedless mandarins. (An unpleasant surprise.)
  6. You’re the only one in the house and in the washroom when the phone rings and after some awkward rushed feat it turns out being a telemarketer.
  7. Pencils with no eraser on the end.
  8. Misplacing things instead of losing them. (I KNOW it’s here…)
  9. When you’re walking down the street like a boss and the wind blows in the wrong direction so you end up eating your hair. (Vibe killer.)

Day 9: Pet peeves

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3 messages for 3 people

To my biology professor who loves pikas:
I have never laughed so hard from a lecture. I will never forget how cute spherical rodents are.

To a friend I feel I have lost:
I am sorry we parted ways and I miss you. But it’s still your loss.

To the servers at our favourite Chinese restaurant: 
We’ve been loyal customers for years and we know the originals from the new recruits. Things have changed and we wish your food was better.

Day 8: Three things you want to say to different people

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Easy question

Day 7: Do you read? What are your favourite books?

I’m just going to skip over the first question and jump into the second.
(Because who doesn’t read nowadays? Sure, people may spend more time on the internet and social media, but there is still an aspect of reading there even if it’s in the medium of memes or photos. But let’s assume this question refers to the traditional form of reading books – the ones that you carry in your bag, have stains from drinks or the rain, and uneven spines from the sinful deed of sitting it face down on a paused page because you forgot a bookmark.)

1. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling (because wizards, broomstick flying, charms and spells, unicorns and dragons, battle between evil and good, fun characters, all the exciting and good stuff that a kid wants to read growing up. Up until my mid teenage years I clinged to the hope that maybe I would receive a letter late, and had multiple dreams of attending Hogwarts, as a Gryffindor, of course.)

2. Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne (because the characters are so darn lovable and the stories charming. There is such simplicity to his writing style that tells these little stories about a boy and his imaginary stuffed toys that pulls at everyone’s nostalgic desire or fond remembering of childhood innocence and imagination.)

3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (because it gave me chills and almost made me cry which means I was moved by some powerful storytelling. If you haven’t heard of it, this one’s about a girl and her love of books tied into her relationships with family and friends in the setting of WWII. The drama and reality are very strong in this novel, it is both a joy and a heartbreaker to read.)

4. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaardner (because it made philosophy fun and interesting for a ninth grader. I learned about the history and development of philosophical thought through a story of fantasy and mystery. Epic.)

5. The Martian by Andy Weir (because it’s smart, compassionate, sarcastic and genuinely funny, and probably better than the movie adaptation that just came out. It’s about an astronaut’s quest to survive on Mars, need I say more? This was actually the first book I fully read on a kindle on generous lend from a friend which was novel since most of it is written in journal logs, so the digital words appearing and disappearing on the screen made reading feel super techy. )

 

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Some favourite tunes

Music has a way of touching people’s souls to be associated with memories, feelings, or relationships. There are certain songs and bands that have marked a time in my life, can help me indulge in or change my moods, and remind me of people I care about. Since I’ve been feeling the lists, here’s another one.

  1. Vampire Weekend: Around the end of high school it was really popular to listen to “unpopular” or not “mainstream” music because it meant you weren’t following the crowd (aka “hipster”) and knew how to find good, real music or something. I do believe a lot of the stuff played on the radio is bubblegum pop that is only appealing because of its catchiness but that’s another topic. Nevertheless, the first indie band I discovered was Vampire Weekend – apparently classified as rock though they do a lot synth effects – and it continues to be one of my favourite bands to date. I loved their first and second album which remind me of high school days: stretching and warming up in the studio, background music for studying or walking, my parents asking me what the weird high pitched sounds I’m listening to are… Step is one of their recent songs and it it still has the same charm, subtle happiness, and ambiguous lyrics (if you figure them out, let me know) that first drew me in to this style of music.
  2. Take Five and Unsquare Dance by Dave Brubeck: I was first introduced to jazz music by my dad and not counting vocal works by Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone the instrumentals that struck me the most was Dave Brubeck’s classic Take Five. It was always one of those songs that I recognized and knew the melody to but couldn’t label until middle school when I looked it up on the “What’s that Song” catalogue on the website of our local jazz radio station. Unsquare Dance is of similar tilted quality being written in the odd time signature of 7/4 instead of 5/4 and both pieces have cool bass lines, playful melodies, and the ability to become musical earworms.
  3. Any piece from a ballet, particularly Tchaikovsky: As you may guess from the blog name, ballet has been a huge part of my life thanks to my introduction to movement paired with music by my mom. I have spent the majorities of my days in the studio, training and rehearsing to beautiful classical works played by live accompanists on the piano. I had the luck to dance in the National Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker and with repeated hearings I discovered how complex and diverse a full orchestration can be through Tchaikovsky. He is the composer of other pinnacle ballets such as  Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Serenade (by American choreographic icon George Balanchine). When I hear music from a ballet, I usually match it up to movements subconsciously, and it reminds me of the capabilities of artistic creativity and the joy of dancing. This coda is just so happy and uplifting how can you not want to dance to it (even though legs are probably falling off after the pas de deux)!
  4. Sweet Child O Mine and November Rain by Guns n Roses: During my time in London, my roommate and friends were into old and classic rock including my boyfriend to-be. I was first introduced to Ozzy Osbourne, Purple Rain, and Jimi Hendrix by my fellow university colleagues but one song and one band in particular is special to my musical discoveries last year for a reason you may have already guessed. One lazy night in the beginning of getting used to being “more than friends” my boyfriend quoted some lyrics accidentally mixing up these two songs by Guns n Roses. Consequently we listened to them and though I had known Sweet Child O Mine before, it just became so much more meaningful then. Both are good songs made better for my ears for sentimentality.
  5. Alexander Borodin’s String Quartet No 2: Also last year in London, I had a good friend of mine attend the Royal Academy of Music full of young, talented classical musicians. She played the violin remarkably well and invited us to a small informal chamber music concert they were holding. Before its start, the professor gave an introduction and said that this class was the best first years he has ever heard playing these sophisticated pieces so the bar was set quite high. And they were very good. My friend performed with ease and passionately and it was really inspiring to see artists in action other than the ballet which I was familiar with. One of the pieces that stuck in my head from that night is String Quartet No 2 by Alexander Borodin. There’s a sweet melancholy to it that makes it perfectly nostalgic, so this one tends to bring out many memories, most of them appropriately from London.

Day 6: What band or musician is most important to you?

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If I wander:

1. ROME

The Colloseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, all the old ancient  buildings, authentic pizza and spaghetti, and Vatican City!
Venice (canals!), Florence (more architecture and art!), Milan (fashion!) and Verona (Romeo and Juliet!) are other cities in Italy I would like to visit, but Rome first!

2. ICELAND

It’s small country so I think it’s specific enough. I would go here just for the landscape – including volcanoes, hot springs, waterfalls, glaciers and Aurora Borealis. Also I’ve always thought it was funny how Iceland is actually pretty green, and Greenland pretty icy, those are some misleading labels.

Source: lonelyplanet.com/mexicocity

3. MEXICO CITY

I would be lying if I said that the fact that my boyfriend is Mexican didn’t have anything to do with me wanting to visit Mexico City. I was always interested in seeing what a Mexican beach was like, though Bali (which I’ve been to) and Hawaii have priority. But now I would like to visit Mexico, and its capital which has old ancient temples and pyramids like Teotihuacan, delicious food (tacos and fruit!), and all the architecture and cultural things that go with it. Will actually be checking this destination as well as Acapulco of the list for New Year’s – yay!

Source: travelieu.com/imagepath/Kyoto-Pic-06.jp

4. KYOTO

I’ve always wanted to go to Japan for their unique culture (and sushi!) and although Tokyo would be the large city with all the buzz and technology (like the bullet trains and smart toilets), Kyoto seems to me like the quieter, more scenic, and more traditional city to go to. There are lots of Buddhist temples, shrines, gardens (cherry blossoms!), and traditional buildings as well as old-fashioned tea ceremony and dining experiences.

Source: privatejetcentral.flights/popular-destinations/africa/cape-town/

5. CAPETOWN

Ever since a friend showed me a picture of her view from Capetown, I thought what a beautiful city! Mountains and sea mean lots of landscape to explore as well as the beach. The jail that used to house Nelson Mandela and the Diamond Museum, as well as African food and culture which I know very little about would be very interesting to visit.

Day 5: Five places you want to visit

Here are a few honorable mentions:
Somewhere in Australia
Agra and New Delhi in India
Moscow, Russia
Barcelona, Spain
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

And places I’ve already been but would live to visit again:
Bali, Jakarta, and Surabaya in Indonesia
California in general (surfing and skiing on the same day, oh my!)
Houston, Texas (everything is bigger and Murican)
Vancouver, Canada (again, an ocean and mountains combination, except in the best country ever)

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Origin of a name

thebookybunhead means exactly what it sounds like.

“Bunhead” being a person, usually a girl, with hair tied up and formed into a donut for the purpose of keeping hair out of the face, particularly for dancing. In my case, a bunhead means specifically someone very into ballet.

“Booky” aka “bookish” and as defined by Merriam Webster online: fond of books or relating to books, inclined to rely on book knowledge, and more interested in reading books and studying than doing more physical activities (such as sports).
Now the last part of this definition is simply untrue because I have the urge to move every time I hear music which is quite often.

So this is what I have called myself as this blog was originally started and still will contain ballet and book reviews, as well as essays, poetry, random thoughts, and journal-type entries. It focuses on two of my passions: reading and dancing.

Day 4: The meaning behind your [insert social media outlet here]’s name

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