April + Finals Season

The end of April is near and only means one thing, Finals. I will be done soon, I just have to hang in there! 14 days! 14 more days!

According to my instagram and my phone gallery, April mostly revolved around 3 main themes.

1. Spring Flowers: Cherry Blossom season in my neighborhood came quickly and was gone just as fast. I made weekly trips to Home Depot or Rona with my dad and was inspired to start my own garden. I built my first raised garden bed on the long weekend and now I have a home for the tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos and strawberries. My window sill sunflower plants are still thriving and will be planted outside in a few weeks. Oddly enough, I've been hit with allergies this season. It hasn't stopped me yet! *knocks on wood*

2. Study Sessions

3. Food: What month doesn't revolve around food? I splurged on snacks for the long weekend. This is a pretty big deal considering I don't snack often.

4. BONUS: My latest ebay purchase!

Thanks for all the support in the last post about my studies. I will be back when finals are over. Then it will be time to stalk my friends for photoshoots, muahaha. Have a great end of April and MAY the force be with you.


Tagged Q & A

I was tagged by Jane from Always with Yoo to answer some questions (Thanks Jane!).

01 // if you could listen to any conversation between two famous people - alive or dead {or combination of either} - who would they be and why? 
This is a tough one because I am not too caught up on famous people. Since I am in a home/garden mood, I will say Martha Stewart and Sarah Richardson for their tips and insight.

02 // where were you born? 
I was born in Hong Kong!

03 // what does your name mean and is there a story behind it? {ie. how you were named, why you were given your name} 
My Chinese name is Chung Yi and my father looked through family records and various naming books before deciding on it. He put so much thought into it but I don't think he remembers what it means anymore.

I had to have an English name as well and since my parents did not know English very well (at the time) they asked the best English speaker they knew - a friend who happened to an ivy league graduate. He named me Joany because it sounded close to my Chinese name. I really wonder why my name is spelled with a Y though.

04 // what was the most recent compliment you received?
A family member of a patient thanked me for my efforts and told me I was going to be a great nurse. It had been a tough week so her compliment made my day.

05 // have you ever won an award? what was it for?
In high school, I won the achievement award for Graphic Arts, Photography and Marketing. I somehow managed to get 100% in all 3 courses.

06 // what is typically in your bag?
My wallet, keys, phone, external battery, sunglasses, chap stick, earphones and random receipts. I also hoard pennies and no one even accepts those anymore!

07 // what was the strangest thing you believed as a child?
I believed the adults that took care of me (teachers, student teachers, day care assistants, etc) had their lives completely figured out. Its only now that I have reached the age of some of these roles I know this is most likely untrue.

08 // what is a favorite local place you would recommend to your friends should they ever visit your town/city for the first time?
It's totally "tourist-y" but one of my favorite places in Vancouver is Granville Island. It's the place I visited often as a kid and the whole atmosphere around there is artsy, fun and awesome.

09 // what does your life so far say about you?
I am super indecisive but I really force myself to try everything...at least once. This might be because I am not super talented in one particular aspect so I just keep trying stuff in hopes of finding my niche. How does this reflect in my life? Well, I'm going back for a second degree, I run this blog on the side and I have a bunch of projects (home/garden/photography/cooking/etc etc) lined up too! I'm just too indecisive to pick a focus really.

10 // what is a really great advice you've received?
Be like water seems like a good one.

11 // what was your first job ever?
My first real paycheck was from a printing company. I restocked gigantic rolls of paper, was trusted to cut/trim fancy architect blueprints&design boards and did some photo retouching. Back then I had the dream of being in publishing and print. (Indecisiveness, ha)

1. What is your favorite number and why?
2. What is one weird food combo you absolutely love?
3. What app on your phone do you use on a daily basis?
4. What do people trust your advice in? What are you an expert of?
5. What is one thing you are really bad at and wish you could be better at?
6. If you had to eat one thing for a whole week, what would it be?
7. Describe the perfect adventure.
8. What is your favorite word and why?
9. What is something most people assume about you and is it correct?
10. What would be the first thing you do if you won the lottery?
11. What is your life motto?

It will be difficult to find 11 people to tag so I will open the floor to whoever reads this and wants to answer my questions! Answer them in the comments or on your own blogs, I will take this as an opportunity to learn more about you. :)



The name "sojoo" roots from "this is so Joany". Somehow in my convoluted thoughts, the name makes sense. On this blog you will find a collection of photos from my every day life. Hope you enjoy and stay for a little while.