Vancouver Trip + Black Hair

Look, I have something to show for my absence! T_T

topik level 5kinat level 5, korean social integration program

I’ve been studying Korean for the past year for these language tests, TOPIK, an internationally recognized Korean language proficiency test, and KINAT, a local Korean government language program. Both are to help me get a different job in the future. Once I get to that, I’ll share with you guys!

 

Vancouver, Summer 2013

In fact, all I’ve been doing since January of 2013 was lock myself up at home and study all day. Even when I went back home to Vancouver in the summer, I was still studying and taking mandatory online Korean lessons.

Despite my studies, I still enjoyed being with my family, and took my camera around to take pictures of the beautiful Vancouver scenery and chill city life. I always love being back because the people and pace of life is so slow and casual. Unlike in Seoul, no one is rushing and pushing you out of their way. You rarely see girls dressed up limping in heels, with a full face of makeup and curls in their hair. Instead, you are usually looking at people in sweats, runners, and a backpack or riding their bicycle around the city.

My brother, Gary, and I took a few trips to Granville Island. He recently got me into longboarding, so we rode around the area, shopping local products, sitting down on the grass to watch an outdoor high school play, and just enjoying the view. Vancouver life!

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver

The story with the longboard (not skateboard!) is, on the first day back in Vancouver, my brother asked me if I wanted to try out his longboard, which he had been riding for a while. I had just gotten home after about 30 hours busing, flying, transferring, and waiting for a flight delay. Naturally, I said no.

He insisted that I try it out quickly anyways. In the 10 minutes on the board, we were both surprised that I was actually pretty quick to learn. I also had a lot of fun. After about a week on his board, I decided to buy my own. I’ve had a really bad fall on it once, limped about for 2 weeks, but I still love being on my board.

 

Here’s the rest of my stay in Vancouver.

frostedsnow, Vancouver
Family dimsum

frostedsnow, Vancouver

frostedsnow, Vancouver
Volunteering with my friend at Rabbitat

frostedsnow, Vancouver
I swept up all that rabbit poop! It slightly killed my dream of having a rabbit >.<

frostedsnow, Vancouver
Buttercup, the friendliest and most loving rabbit ever.

frostedsnow, Vancouver
A sesame seed leaf from our garden the size of my face!

frostedsnow, Vancouver
Early birthday celebration with my family. The Sephora bag is actually Starcraft 2, which I asked Gary for.

 

 

Where’s the blondie?

Lots of people ask, why did you dye your hair back?

When I was blonde, purple, pink, blue, or whatever color I was, I felt that it reflected me. I felt like blonde was the color that belonged to my hair. I felt that black hair misrepresented me.

Then one day, I just didn’t feel that way anymore. I felt like, my hair should be black. So, I had it dyed back. Pretty simple.

Actually, there is really no way an Asian with black hair can stay light blonde forever, especially if they redo their roots frequently. My scalp was feeling more sensitive each time the bleach touched it, and even though it didn’t look it, my hair was getting super damaged and I didn’t feel like cutting it off anymore.

I’m very happy having black hair now. My next goal is to grow it long and gradient bleach and color the tips. I will share that journey with you guys, too!

frostedsnow, black hair

  • Joanne

    Nice pictures :)

    • http://frostedsnow.com/ frostedsnow

      Thanks, love <3

  • Deni

    Lovely pictures!! I’ve always wanted rabbit, too, but the hubby refuses to get one. He doesn’t like them. He had one as a kid and insisted it was evil. He has told me stories about how it would chase him and it bit him once.

    Hope everything goes well with your studies! And it’s nice to see the black hair back. I know what you mean about the scalp feeling sensitive. I dyed my hair a lot, especially lighter colors since I’ve always had dark hair. But it’s been so long since I’ve colored it.

    It looked like you had fun back at home!

    -Deni

    • http://frostedsnow.com/ frostedsnow

      Thank you always for your support and being around, Deni. That’s too bad your husband doesn’t like rabbits. Maybe he just had an overly friendly one? My apartment is just too small to raise any animal in, and I travel too much.

      Yea! I know you were quite adventurous with your hair color. I’m giving it a rest right now too. It’s nice not having to touch up whenever the roots come out, but I miss having fun colors as well.

      I’m back home in Vancouver right now, and really enjoying my time again.

  • Soulgirl

    Um, although I see u in person, can you please update ur blog more often? I kinda miss it! XD

    • http://frostedsnow.com/ frostedsnow

      Okay!! I miss it too. Thanks~!!! <3

  • Gkwan

    Haha, I agree with miss Fong Soulgirl, update your blog more often! Thanks for sharing the old photos again! Glad it still brings back good memories =)
    Keep riding, stay safe, and have fun! Ehm ehm, proper form eventually goes a long way, keep your entire foot on the board! haha

    • http://frostedsnow.com/ frostedsnow

      I will try! Thanks, I know. I will try to keep that in mind ^^

  • ZH

    Update your blog more often!…. and do more post about your brother. XD