Back then when…

So while all this crazy stuff was going on, I decided it was the perfect timing to get around to making a laptop case for my new laptop. From scratch. And without a sewing machine at home. I did take textiles in high school, but everything we learned there was with a sewing machine and patterns with all the tools we needed provided to us on a silver platter. So what was I thinking? I don’t even know. Anyways, so I went to Dressew, got all the materials (and some studs and embroidery thread for decorating) and found a tutorial online (stitchedbycrystal.com/2012/01/tutorial-zippered-laptop-case.html). And VOILA. Here is my beautiful baby, 100% handsewn. I was very impressed with myself to say the least, that I could hand sew something like this, sewing straight lines and all without a pattern or anything.

It’s not perfect by any means, but I’m more than satisfied. The process wasn’t easy and many times I would think that it’s just going to end not nothing like what I imagined in my head. But it did. Like how we may not be perfect, we can still become someone that we can be proud of. It’s okay to have out-of-place stitches. It’s okay to have little bumps here and there. It’s okay to be tad small. But the biggest lesson I learned was how fortunate we are to live in this time and place. 2016, the year where technology just keeps on booming. It seems like such a feat to hand sew this for me but back then, sewing machines didn’t even exist! Imagine a world without computers, without TV, without cars. It blows my mind how people would do everything by hand. Technology is amazing no doubt, but it makes me wonder how much we lack because of it. The skills and abilities that our ancestors had, their hard work and diligence. Wow. If I lived in their world, I wouldn’t be able to survive. Or maybe the wish to survive would be even greater. I’ll never be able to find that out, or I hope not to. But I just feel so appreciative, of the advancements we have in this world. We think life is hard, but that’s without having to do everything by hand and living to survive. We live to enjoy and often forget that.

Don’t judge a book by its cover!

My little brother got into UBC Science! It’s like the highest rung on the ladder that many people I know try to achieve when they get to their graduating year here in BC. Here’s too all those people who think he’s dumb and won’t amount to anything in life, cheers! I’m so proud of him. It’s like the big sister feeling that I just can’t put into words. I’m so happy for him! Now he might not have to move out, and I’ll be able to spend time with him at school again! He’s so smart, way smarter than me, and he deserves more recognition than me. I’ve always felt bad that he’s been in my shadow with schooling, but I believe that he’s on his way to surpass me! Let’s put the spotlight on him now, leave me alone!! Stereotypes really hinder people at times, but I’m glad he can see his self worth despite what others say. If it breaks my heart hearing what he’s said about other people’s view of him, it must hurt him so much more. He’s athletic, smart, nice, and funny. Just because he’s big and tall doesn’t mean he’s old, fat, and dumb. It’s frustrating for me seeing that on the side when I just want to tell everyone what a smart and caring person he is. I’m glad that he has friends who have put in the effort to get to know him and see what an amazing guy he is. I just hope other people can see how his marks already way above mine! But he’s also humble, so I am not going to embarrass him or do something he doesn’t want like broadcasting it on Facebook how proud of him I am, butttt because he doesn’t know about my blog, I just want to put it out there how proud of him I am!! ❤ Congrats to his new chapter and all the best for his uni experience wherever he chooses to go!