An update and Ottawa

This year started off quite excitingly (though I make no excuse for my lack of posting…). So here’s quick update =D

|January|

I made the decision to go back to school and accept my MBA offer. It all happened pretty quickly. I studied 2+ months for the gmat, took the test, sent in my supplementary documents, and got accepted all in a 4 months period. It’s going to be a dramatic change of lifestyle — switching from comfortable professional life back to debt-bearing but completely exciting student life. It just feels right, to finally realize your vision, chase after it, and make worthy sacrifices along the way.

|February|

So pre-MBA life starts way before school actually starts. I’ve been busy attending events and meeting future classmates and current students. The Problem Solving Challenge was the first case competition I’ve participated in and spending time on putting my case together was exhilarating. Something about starting with a completely unfamiliar and ambiguous topic and having the freedom to go any direction you want with your ideas just gets my blood flowing! And Yay I moved on to round 2 of the competition.

|March|

This month I experienced what it’s like to have a busy travel schedule: AWESOME. I spent a few days discovering Ottawa (first time there). The city was quiet but I found some seriously hip and delicious food spots. (Don’t mind this post sidetracking with some foodie recommendations…)

Best coffee/bakery shop: Bread and Sons

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Get their Latte!!! Best I’ve ever had. They use 49th Parallel beans from Vancouver, and it seriously leaves an aromatic aftertaste. The buttertarts and croissants were so crispy and heavenly – they sell out fast!

Best truck food: Ad Mare Seafood

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Is this a gourmet lunch or what?! Lobster roll was so fresh and chips so crispy and coleslaw so tangy. It’s a seafood-themed food truck right at the corner of Slater and O’Connor.

Most creative breakfast: The Scone Witch

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It’s a sandwich but made with scones instead of bread… How innovative and totally delicious!! The plain scones were absolutely amazing too, don’t miss the lemon-poppy! Prepare for lineups here, but you won’t be bored as their decor will keep you entertained with little trinklets and hipster accessories (for sale).

On our way back to Toronto, we stopped by an alpaca farm (insert all sorts of feelings of excitement). I’m just realizing how random this sounds…  I’ve always loved alpacas and wanted to see them in flesh for the longest time, this was a dream come true ❤  Words can’t describe how adorable they are in real life — so gentle and very curious too!! I just can’t get over the way the whole pack stick their heads out and slowly come up to strangers. FullSizeRender

The day after my short trip was the Rotman problem solving challenge weekend — two intense and fulfilling days of preparing and presenting our case in a team. It’s a first taste of what business school will be like and I love it. To my complete shock I somehow landed the 5th place overall scholarship! What!? An awesome start to this new journey already.

A day later, I packed up a completely summer-themed luggage for beach vacation in Punta Cana, for my girlfriend’s bachelorette party. What a whirlwind of events, didn’t anticipate this post to turn so long so I shall follow up with a separate sunshine-filled-beach-post! Stay tuned =D

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An update and Ottawa

Sorrento’s winding mountain roads

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We flew from Venice to Naples, and took the Curreri Viaggi airport shuttle at Naples to Sorrento. This route was an excellent choice as it took shorter time than taking the train and it avoided the Naples central train station (which we heard chaotic things about). It was an amazing ride going up the winding mountain roads to the villa — it took some effort to find, but once we were there, the view just blew our socks off.

On our first day, we walked down the mountain for about half an hour to the sorrento city centre. This walk was absolutely charming as we wonder through narrow alleyways with walls covered in greens and we met a few adorable creatures along the way. Even though we didn’t have much time to explore much of the city centre, we did catch a nice view of the harbour. There was a pizza & wine party back at the villa so we rushed back just before sunset, and caught the most breathtaking view of sunset over sorrento on the balcony of the villa. It was a long day, tiring but completely fulfilling. We couldn’t wait for tomorrow – we’ll be visiting Positano in the morning and attend & photoshoot our friend’s beautiful wedding! Stay tuned =)

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Sorrento’s winding mountain roads