About Debbie Chan

A little lady who faces the world with enthusiasm and passion. Meet me here as I share you the life of a student, a dancer, a traveler and your everyday girl.

Reflection on a Big Day

Yesterday was the big day and I still can’t get over how amazing and awesome it was. After reflecting on yesterday’s ceremony and looking over the pictures for the tenth time, it made me think how much had changed. Besides the usual things like the Sauder building and the 480 bus route that changed over the years, the young teenager who entered UBC is now a young adult today.

One of my favorite moments from yesterday was the speech that our fellow graduate said. “It is not what we had done, what we are doing and what we will do. After all, we are human beings and not human doings.” This led to the questions of being who we are and what we had become by doing these things. As Sauder students, we are encouraged to do our best and seize as many opportunities that come our way. By doing these, we forget to reflect on the person inside, ourselves, who we really are and what we have become. I experienced this “human doings” situation, after all I am human, but I am happy that this speech pulled me back to that the question of who I really am and this was something that I brought with me when I went on exchange. Going on exchange was the defining moment of my undergraduate studies as it led me to understanding myself more and seeing the world in a different light.

I would not have changed the past five years. I am grateful for all the moments that shaped me and for each person who came across my path and made a difference in my life no matter how big or how small it was. To my parents, siblings and friends, thank you so much for all the love and support. To my fellow Sauder graduates of 2013, I am going to miss all of you. Stay in touch and until we all see each other again!

This is it…Debbie Jessica Uy Chan, BCom

UBC Grad 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One month countdown…

This time, in four weeks time, I will be home. Vancouver. It’s crazy how time goes by so quickly. It’s crazy how I’ve lived away from home for half of the year already. So much has happened and I don’t even know where to begin. Too many thoughts in my head. For the time being, I plan to make the most out of my time here in my little city of Nuremberg. I wrote down a list of restaurants and cafés that I still have to go to. My stomach will definitely be happy 😛 Oh Germany, I will miss you so!

One of my favorite places in Nuremberg to have my "me" time.

One of my favorite places in Nuremberg to have my “me” time.

A short and sweet encounter in Roma

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I miss my sisters already!!! Here is a photo of us basking in the Roman sunset while looking over the beautiful view of Rome. It never disappoints me to visit a city for a second time mostly because of the new places I got to discover such as Trastevere, which is the not-so-touristy area of Rome. Narrow cobbled alleyways, cute shops and old buildings – check! This visit was even better because I got to see my sisters whom I’m haven’t seen for 4 months, except on Skype video chats. I really wish I got to spend more time with them 😦

Cheers to Roma, to Italia and to all the pasta, gelato, wine that we consumed. See you both in 9 weeks!! ❤

Basking in the Roman sunset

Basking in the Roman sunset

Travel bug is back.

It’s almost two months since my last post which means I’m lazy but I should not give up on this blog. So many things had happened since then. It consisted mainly of work, travel, more work and more travel. It wasn’t like that back in September. I got a bit scared when I didn’t do much traveling in my first two months in Germany. I think the reason behind it was I was still settling in and adjusting to a new work and life schedule in a new city. So I decided to do a 5-weekend back to back traveling to get my travel bug going again. Some people probably thought I was crazy. I thought I was crazy to do that as well. After long hours in the car, train, bus and plane, I would never forget these trips mainly because I learned two things:

1. Never hesitate to go back to a place for the second time. The second time will just be as good as the first one or even better. The first time I go to a new city, I tend to do all the tourist stuff. I learned that going to the same place the second time around, I can enjoy the city like a local.

2. Traveling doesn’t have to be stressful and always go, go, go. Learning to relax and to just go with the flow is sometimes the best way to explore the city.

So here it is, from Munich to Cologne to Manchester to Berlin to Prague – 5 weekends of back to back traveling and it had made me miss Nuremberg and my bed so much. Here are my favorite moments during my time away:

Munich – Discovered how beautiful Bavaria is and finally visited Neuschwanstein aka Disney Castle!!

Gorgeous.

Eeek Disney Castle!!

Cologne – Mick Flannery concert and Ibis Budget Hotel. I wish I took a photo of our room in Ibis Budget. It’s unbelievable. You have to see it to believe why it is a “budget” hotel. Ooh disco shower 😉

My flatmate loves Mick Flannery

Oh Rhine River ❤

Manchester – Time to reminisce the good times. Being back in Manchester was so good. First of all, it was good to be in an English-speaking country. Second, it was good to be back in the city where one of the most important parts of my life began.

Can’t even describe how happy I was to see these people ❤

Time to catch up with this lovely lady 🙂

and I found the best store in the world right in Manchester Airport…LONELY PLANET SHOP!

Berlin – Food, food, food and assisting Raissa to YOLO.

This view never gets old

Had the best time in Berlin with this girl ❤

Prague – Catch up time with an old friend in this beautiful city.

Praha ❤

Catching up with an old friend is always good.

I leave you with a Thought Catalog post a close friend of mine sent me. It definitely got my heart racing and reaffirmed me how much traveling means so much to me. It’s not just saying “Oh, I’ve been to this place and that place and it’s off my bucket list”. It’s more about discovering and appreciating the city and its people. I love points 5 & 6. Traveling is definitely one of the most fruitful investments of my life. It continues to help me find myself and to trust Him when I go wandering all over this world.

Happy Thanksgiving, all the way from Deutschland!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadians living in Canada, Germany and all over the world! Today, I’m grateful for all the things He has given me – my loving family, supportive friends and my new home and adventure for the next little while. Today marks my ninth week in Nuremberg and I’m really loving it. Living and being a part of this old and small city for a longer time now has made me appreciate its beauty even more.

My friends and I actually had an early Thanksgiving dinner this past Wednesday. Since it was a bank holiday in Germany (National Reunification Day), it was a perfect day to cook, eat and be merry. Luckily, my flatmate agreed to hosting a Canadian Thanksgiving potluck dinner at our flat (yay!). Here are some pictures from that lovely sunny day.

Chicken time!

Tomas carving the chicken for us

Ruby’s Mushroom and Nut Wellington. So good!!

Lovely friends

Sarah serving us her pumpkin soup

More friends!

Our Thanksgiving Feast! Carbs overload

Chocolate and almond cake for dessert. YUM!

Once again, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Give your family and friends a big hug.

Lively Nuremberg

One quick post before the start of another week. Today was Week 8 in Nuremberg and so many things had happened for the past several weeks. The city had been lively with different events going on such as:

Radrennen – Bike race around Old Town taken from outside my window

Close up view of the bike race

Trempelmarkt – Germany’s biggest flea market 

And my most favorite of all…

Nuremberg’s Alstadfest (Old Town Festival)!

Beer gardens

Eating their Bavarian food

Candy and sweets stall

Nightly live concert – we caught the Bee Gees and ABBA night

Enjoying Red beer and Hugo in one of the tents

Altstadfest is a great warm-up before the biggest beer festival of all, Oktoberfest this coming Sunday. Can’t wait until the girls (Raissa and Diana) come over to Nuremberg!! What a perfect time as I got the homesick pangs today and it will be great to see some familiar faces from home. Looking forward to this week. Auf Wiedersehen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pork and red wine stew – a perfect Sunday night meal

Here I am, sitting at our kitchen table, writing this post as I wait for the stew that I’m cooking to finish. I’m making a pork and red wine stew for Siofra (my flatmate) and I and I hope it would taste yummy and we will not get drunk from it 😛

Pork and red wine stew

Siofra made potato wedges (spuds) too.

Potato wedges/spuds!

An hour later and a 20-minute Skype chat with my sister, our Sunday dinner looks yum yum and ready to be eaten.

Sunday night meal – pork and red wine stew with potato wedges

Siofra enjoying her meal!

I do find cooking oddly therapeutic especially after a long day at work. It’s nice to come home and spend an hour or two just cooking and eating my homemade meal. Hence why I decided to have a new goal during my time here in Nuremberg: to be comfortable with my cooking and be able to openly share it with other people. Siofra lent me her Jamie Oliver cookbook and I’m on a mission to be a better cook and baker by six months time.

My cooking guide for the next 6 months

Here comes Debbie, an aspiring chef! My dad will be happy to hear about this.

P.S. I’m tackling on an Indian curry dish this week. Let’s see how it goes! Tschüs 🙂