Archive | August, 2013

What Packing Does to You

25 Aug

Packing is like opening a box. A box full of emotions tied to memories that are triggered by seemingly useless pieces of paper or items.

Take for example a binder full of SOCI 100 notes.

Or the stubs from train rides and (truly useless) documents written completely in German where the only words I understand are ‘Frau Joy Tan’.

The magazine covers that I saved from every place I visited in Europe for keepsake.

How about that crisp piece of paper that says ‘Yes, you’ve been accepted!’

A visa for Japan that I never got to use.

And x-ray of my lungs that I got to keep and a huge stack of papers filled with scientific words of medicines and pills and tests and who-knows-what.

The list could go on. I can’t tell if I’m annoyed or enjoying the reminiscing that is taking place. But one thing that I do know is that I’m grateful.

Grateful for the friends I made in that SOCI 100 class where I met the Guildies, who will and always be in my heart known as ‘The Guildies’.


Grateful for the opportunity to roam the streets of Germany as an employee for adidas. Where I survived purely on smiles and nods (since the language escapes me)

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Grateful for the 3 girls who became my travel buddies and friends.


Grateful for the day I accepted my admission into UBC and for the past 3 years in Vancouver.

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Grateful for the experience of excitement that I felt when I found out I was accepted for an exchange to Tokyo University. Though this one kinda makes me sad because I never got to go… However, the excitement will continue to grow till that fateful day when I will finally be able to visit/work/stay in Japan 🙂

Grateful for my health. For love. For family and friends who supported me during that scary and confusing time.

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Over the pulpit, a couple of weeks ago, we were encouraged to not build our lives around just one experience.

In the same way, though I’ve had many significant turning points in my life, I feel like I’m at a place where I want to keep looking ahead; keeping my eyes peeled for the next chapter of my life. I know that I went through a very trying time last year and I will never forget the grace and love that I felt and learnt about. But I do not want to build my life on just that one experience.

I guess, this is just a reminder to me that there’s still more to come 🙂 And yes, I still have lots of packing to do.