In more ways than one, a job offer is like a proposal for marriage—you’re forced to think hard about whether you’re passionate about it, whether you might be willing to relocate for it, and how much time and energy you want to put into it to make it work. If you’re an excessive workaholic like me (and you love your work much more than you should) leaving your work for something new is no easy task. I would even argue that it’s even worse than that one break up with the guy you really shouldn’t have ever met. Here’s 5 totally extra things that you might go through when you break up with work—sometimes your work is just another relationship where it’s not easy to just say goodbye.
Hi there, it’s been a while… or more like a decade and a half since our last post.
As you can imagine, we have been running on completely full stomachs, but life has grabbed us by our (at least my) figurative balls and we haven’t quite had the chance to sit down and write about our favorite eats in our |two| favorite cities. When one member of the Dynamic Duo moves abroad, there are a bunch of things that happen that make joint projects come to a standstill.
In light of this and my upcoming trip back to Toronto, here are 7 things you might do when you finally book your flight tickets to visit that place you call home.
You’ve seen typical tea shops like this one that serve more than 168 different types of colorful bubble tea and street-style snacks to pair with it.
But coffee– itself a rarity in these Asian tea shops– has never been so close to the sky. Literally, so close that you can taste the clouds melting in it.
Imagine an island oasis, complete with palm fronds and swinging rope, contrasted by the unnaturally cool summers of Amsterdam. It’s an island party inside, while you see people rushing by on bikes like there is no tomorrow from the windows of the cafe. This not-so-little café is as close to as summer as you can get– those of you missing the days of mojitos and dangerous island cocktails will love this one. Continue reading
Let’s face it: being separated by a few oceans, continents, and time zones is never an easy task. How is facebook messaging when you can laugh about it together over tea the same as filling in your best friend on your entire summer worlds away?
This summer has been one where the #FullNotEmpty team has been fully abusing various social media platforms to give subtle messages and keeping one another updated on each others’ life– it’s not nearly the same as meeting for tea every other day to talk about how we’re runnin’ through the 6 with our woes, but it has definitely shown us 10 struggles of a long distance friendship that any pair of best friends might experience in their life. Just because your friend is on the other side of the world doesn’t mean they can’t read your thoughts.
All of my life I have been attracted to powerful women. On TV shows, movies, in books— I have always routed for the alpha female, always at the edge of my chair, ready to cheer for the girl warrior to win. I guess I am somewhat, sort of, kind of, most likely, a feminist.
Interestingly enough, what I have failed to realized until recently is that some of the most inspiring people I know are my real life friends…who are girls (and I have quite a few, if you know what I mean). So, I have compiled a list of the 5 types of girl friends everyone needs to have in their life. Clearly, I am in a good mood today.
Yes, we spell “koffie” with a K here in Amsterdam.
It would be foolish not to want to consume anything with both fresh fruit and ice cream. And when it’s served savoury and sweet with such eye-catching perfection…
Can we say, kawaii? All together now.
Lattes? Check. Sandwiches and soups? Check.
Freshly brewed tea in cast iron pots, and aisles upon aisles of immensely delicious soft Asian bread? Check.
The last thing you would expect to find near the bustling city centre in downtown Toronto would be a peaceful Asian bakery, decked out with larger than life timepieces and more space than you would ever need to stare out the window and drink a pot of tea. This is exactly what Tommy and I found at Lucullus Bakery, and what made us call this place our secret hideout to get away from the suffocating crowds at Dundas Square… I almost feel reluctant to share this gem with the rest of the world. Continue reading