MUST DO – SURFING IN PORTUGAL

Got a couple of questions after posting about surfing on Instagram so I thought I’d make a post! Granted, I was definitely not the person who discovered this (thank you Alex, Emily W, Emily C, and Callie for the suggestion and Monisha for booking for us!!!) so I’m just here to relay the message so that all humans on earth can enjoy approximately $20CAN (it’s actually 15 euros) worth of 2 hours of surf rentals and lessons!!! (If you know something better and you’re hiding it from the world – I hate you.)

PS. Surfing in Tofino (Canada) is about $100 for the exact same thing so yes, this is a big deal.

HOW AND WHERE TO BOOK

Click here to Cascais Surf School & Camp’s website to see their rates and follow their instructions (in other words simply send them an email and see when they’re available!). I also realized after visiting the page that we got our rates even cheaper because we were students on exchange (#Erasmus LOL) but it’s cheap nonetheless!!

Not to boost their ego but they also have a 5 star rating on tripadvisor so…

WHERE IT IS…

The beach itself is not in Lisbon exactly – you have to train your ass to the beach. I’ve even left a few instructions:

#1 – Get from wherever you are (Airbnb, Hostel, Hotel, the street, the bush, etc) to the station: Cais do Sodré 

tip: I would Uber there because Ubers in Lisbon are dirt cheap especially if you split with people. If not, WALK. It’s a nice scenery (not that I would know with all the Ubers but from what I’ve seen around and heard from other people…) and plus the city is not that big!

#2 – Buy a round-trip train ticket to Carcavelos (unless they’ve changed the destination, but this is where we were told to go)

From there, the beach is about a 5 minute walk!

OVERALL EXPERIENCE

Instructors were absolutely amazing (as you can see from their trip advisor review). They were extremely helpful and they don’t give up on you – EVEN IF YOU’RE GIVING UP ON YOURSELF LOL. They also learn your name within the first 5 minutes and they say it with their cute Portuguese accents (Liiiizaaaa!!!!). Which also means that if you screw up they yell your name in the middle of the ocean #NoLie #ButInACuteAndFunnyWay.

eg. *me trying to hop on my surfboard*
“NOOOO LIZZZAAAAAAA, THERE ARE PEOPLE IN FRONT OF YOU”

It was really fun (how basic can that statement be) – definitely lots of work but so worth it! 1000/1000 would recommend to friend. And non-friends.

post surfing sangria!! ❤
“Gourmet burger” with out the bread and an egg?? #portugesestyle LOL

FAQ (that I made up by myself so who knows)

ISN’T IT COLD?

Yes m’dear. The water is cold especially if you’re not going in the middle of summer in 30 degree weather. But have no fear, wet suits are here!! No lie, these wet suits will keep you so warm that you won’t even notice the coldness of the water.

ISN’T IT TIRING?

Also a yes. The three of us were sore for two days afterwards. One of us was sore all over, one of us was sore upper body, and the other one was sore just in the shoulders (not pointing at who is who ;D). So it really depends on who you are but don’t underestimate the work out that this gives you!

WHAT TO WEAR/BRING

Wear your bathing suit underneath already. Do not think to change into your bathing suit because the minute you get to that parking lot they already have wet suits and surfboards ready for you.

Bring:

  • flip flops
  • towel
  • SUNSCREEN
  • Hair tie (I was originally going to say for girls but with all the man-buns these days who knows)
  • GREAT ATTITUDE 😀 (I sound like a mother)

That’s about it, folks!

Hope y’all have a great time surfing in Portugal like we did!!!!

Love,

Lisa

This Is Not Goodbye

Hi!!!!!! IT’S BEEN TOO LONG, MY FRIEND #WhoAmITalkingTo.  Even if you could care less what I’ve been up to, I’m gonna tell you anyway because that’s about the most power I’ll ever get in my 20 years of living #GiveMeAFewMomentsOfGloryPlease.

With the power vested in me… I now pronounce this blog post perhaps the longest one I’ve written #NotReally

To be quite honest, this is about the 5th time I’m attempting to write a blog post. I think it’s because I haven’t written one in so long so I have a lot to say. My brain was so occupied with trying to choose  what to talk about first. But don’t worry (you’re probably not worried), I’m sure I’ll get to all of it 😉

My last few days in Taiwan had been extremely hectic. I also struggled with the biggest first world problem ever – living without internet for majority of the time. I am proud to say that I am now officially able to live without internet #LOL #AmIFunnyOrWhat #WhoAmIKidding #NowNowLetsBeReal.

good one, right?

I think Maria can agree when I say that one of our biggest highlights of staying in Taiwan was our trip to Kenting. Mainly because we met 2 new friends and had a blast being rebels – none of you should be surprised since I’ve already warned you about doing crazy things. In fact, this is probably one of the least craziest things so I’m sorry if we’re disappointing you in any way.

IMG_4747

Anywho, I’d like to dedicate this post to my 2 new friends, Lay (is that how you spell it) & Leo. I think my favourite part about meeting these two is that they knew as much English as we knew Cantonese (okay that’s a lie, they were way better). So basically our communication included lots of hand gestures, translators, and switching from language to language. Nonetheless, we had a fantastical time and even though I just met them, I can pretty much say I love them to death.

this is for you two sillies
this is for you two sillies

The first day we were at Kenting, Maria and I had a super chillax day at our resort. We (just Maria) laid in the sand and enjoyed the sun. I realized that it’s so difficult for me to just lie down and relax. WHAT HAS SCHOOL DONE TO ME? I would lie down for about 3 seconds and be done with it and want to move onto other activities. This whole “zen” thing is really not me but I definitely want to work on that this summer… #ItsTheThoughtThatCounts

definitely making this my goal this summer

Whilst I tried my best to lie on the sand and Maria enjoys the sun, we talked about fate. More specifically, whether this concept of “fate” and “destiny” exist because I’m a big believer in fate but Maria thinks it’s BS (okay that’s not her exact words but she doesn’t believe in it). Little did she know that very soon, her entire view on life was going to change #DramaQueenHourPt2.

That night, we decided to go to the night market for the usual (food – the greatest joy of life). We came across this really cute headband store and Maria wanted to take a look. Since I was on shopping probation, I was just kinda standing there after trying on a few headbands. At that moment, 2 guys come into the store and the store manager insisted that I try on the headbands for them (because one of the guys was trying to buy a headband for his girlfriend). We kept on bumping into them for the rest of the night so finally, these 2 asked us if we wanted to grab drinks with them because they saw us at 7-11 choosing what beer to drink (is Canada the only country that does not have alcohol in convenient stores?! #HowInconvenient #SeeWhatIDidThere). So this is where me and Maria’s YOLO mentality comes along and let me tell you, when our minds are on YOLO we forget about YODO (You Only Die Once).

Thankfully, the next morning we were alive and well so these two picked us up with their motorcycles (I feel like me and Maria were in that Mary-Kate and Ashley movie #WhoKnowsWhatImTalkingAbout) and we went cruising down the coast of Kenting. Seriously, when I was on the motorcycle I kept smiling not because the view was nice (that too) but in that moment I realized something very, very important.

..

I finally achieved my bad@$$ status. #Hooray

(you know you’re a true bad@$$ when you can’t even type the letters @$$ together so you replace them with symbols) I mean, sitting in the back of a motorcycle with a guy you just met?! All he was missing is a dragon tattoo and I was basically the baddest b!&%^ in town #MissionAccomplished.

ANYWAY, back to the story… wait, what was I saying again? Oh right, me being a bad@$$ (sorry, just had to reiterate to emphasis my point). We (Maria and I) were both on motorcycles and they took us around Kenting. Instead of blabbing on, here are some photo evidences #PicOrItDidntHappen #WhoStillSaysThat.

After a full day of hiking/adventuring (WOW that’s actually a word?!?!?! I didn’t know that until I realized there was no red squiggly line under the word “adventuring” #LearnedSomethingNewToday), we had to say our goodbyes :(… #SaddestMomentOfMyLife #DramaQueenHourPt3.

The next day, (and this is where the whole fate shazam comes along #ButShazamIsNotAWord #WhatIsThis #IFeelScammed) Maria and I were back in Taipei running some last minute errands. Just as we were about finished, we walked towards where all the food was in Shimending (is that how you spell it?!). And then… BAM! Off in the distance was Leo.

there are millions of people in Taiwan and yet we bump into each other #MeantToBe #Friends4Eva #NotEva #Ever #Unnecessary
there are millions of people in Taiwan and yet we bump into each other #MeantToBe #Friends4Eva #NotEva #Ever #Unnecessary
and you wonder why there are people out there who don’t believe in fate #AddingItToTheListOfThingsIDontUnderstand

Since Lay was already back in HK, he couldn’t join us for activities the next day so naturally he was jealous but… what can you do? 🙂 #SorryLay. We went to Taipei 101 and had tons of fun 😉 #EvenMoreSorryLay

SOME OTHER PICTURES

Love,
Lisa

Taiwan Trip // Intro

Say hello to my first out-of-the-country getawei since the start of this blog.

HELLO THERE!!! #AWKWARD
This beautiful country is the founder of all good things you love: Bubble tea, beef noodle soup, night market(?), and me #Humble.

If you already got up close and personal with me via my 2o Things post, you may remember that I was born in Taipei, Taiwan #Hurray #LandOfGoodFood.  What that basically translates to is this: my only family living in Canadia (that’s what my friends from Turkey call it LOL – you pronounce it Ca-Nay-Dee-Ah) includes Momma Bear, Poppa Bear and Brother Bear #AKA #StinkyJohn (I made him a hashtag just for him throughout the years #YoureWelcome). Everyone else in my extended family is spread out across the world (Brazil, Malaysia, Australia, and US) but mainly in Taiwan because that’s where we were all born. Anyway, the last time I visited my famjam was almost 4 years ago for my family reunion so it was finally time for me to visit again (also because I discovered something called online courses so I’m not bound to Canadia) #SoSmart #ItsBecauseIGoToSchool #StayInSchoolKids #YoureWelcomeParents.

Going to Taiwan this time round was different just because I brought along – drum roll please – keep going – it’s a good one – did I tell you to stop? – MARIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know, I know. Let’s just all take a minute and calm down.

We should all be excited because she’s the girl that was crazy enough to do that whole blind date thing with me #MoreBlindDatesHere #JK #ButAmIJokingThough #ThatIsTheQuestion #WhatQuestion #OMG #Sorry #OffTrack. Just like the blind date incident, a casual idea was brought up and Maria – the crazy person she is #IFreakingLoveCrazyPeople #SameSpeciesAsMe – took literally about 2 seconds to agree #DidYouEvenThinkThisThrough. What happened was this: I was feeling pretty “meh” – what is an actual English word for this feeling? –  after a typical day at school and when I went home, me and Maria found time to FaceTime. We were talking about our plans for the summer and I told her I was thinking of going to Taiwan. I have this tendency to ask people to join me for everything even though I know 90% of the time people are gonna say no.

Eg.

  1. I’m going to Toronto to visit my friend… do you want to come? #YouDontEvenKnowMyFriend #WhyWouldYouGo #ButWhyWouldIAsk
  2. I know you ate already but I’m about to go eat… do you want to come? #AndWatchMeEatLikeAPig
  3. I’m going to the washroom… do you want to come? #GirlsOnlyGoToTheWashroomInPluralForm
  4. I’m about to go out of the country… any chance you wanna come?

This time, I casually dropped #4 (wow that sounds like #2 but that’s not what I meant, what I mean is #OkayForgetIt #NotGonnaBother #IfYouGetMeThenILoveYou) and Maria was like… “yeah, sure!” To be quite honest, I wasn’t sure if she heard correctly cause I didn’t ask her if she wanted a sip of my Tim Hortons Iced Capp but rather, I asked her if she wanted to pay over $1000 for round trip tickets from Vancouver to a country that’s halfway across the world. But… hey, I don’t call girls crazy for no reason – and not because we say things we don’t mean, such as saying I’m fine but I’m really not #WHYDOIGOOFFTOPICSOMUCH.

Me, Maria and her sister Madison 5 years ago

So there you have it… a typical day after school turned into me screaming all over the house #TypicalAsWellNowThatIThinkAboutIt.

If you want to hear more about an Asian girl that barely speaks Chinese in her home country and her white friend struggling in Taiwan, stay tuned for more in the upcoming days!!! 🙂

Love,
Lisa

PS. Okay, I lied. She’s half-white.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Day In TO

I ended up spending a day outside of London – courtesy to my new roommate Chris! Thanks bud! ❤

Valentine’s Day only exists for people to buy cheap chocolate the next day #anditexistsforcouples #butthatsnotimportant #lookhowmuchwassold
Ramen's a must-have when you're in TO
Ramen’s a must-have when you’re in TO
My beautiful bestie! Flew all the way to toronto from Vancouver
My beautiful bestie! Flew all the way to toronto from Vancouver

 

happy camper
happy camper
got a chance to catch up with Daniel! :)
got a chance to catch up with Daniel! 🙂

Haul:

Usually I splurge when I’m in Toronto, but considering I already purchased 2 Kate Spade bracelets last time, I thought I would tone it down a little.

I ended up getting 3 things from Hollister. They’re doing a 60% additional off their clearance (… buy now!!!)

Here are 2 of the 3 items I got

to12 to10

There goes my trip!! 🙂 And now I’m back in boring, cold, London. Speaking of London, I’m extremely hungry right now so…. til next time! (I don’t know how London relates to food at all but I just needed to say something to end this post. And now I’m rambling. Why is nobody stopping me)

Love,
Lisa