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.

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!!


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.

Leaving on a Jet Plane…again

I’ve been thinking for quite some time now on how I should write this post. I know this post represents a big part of my life, another milestone. Having these 3 months off from school and work has made me dedicate my time to think about the rest of my life. There’s no more structure of what’s going to be next. There’s no high school or university to look forward to. There’s just a journey full of different paths to take. Whatever I do and whatever that happens with my life from now on are products of a hidden timeline that has yet to be revealed until I finally come across them face to face.

People might have wonder what I have been up to for the past few months or even when I got right back from exchange. I must say my exchange to Manchester turned my life around. The perspective I have on life changed and I grew to greatly appreciate what I have for the past 21 years of my life up to now. The most important change for me was the new found relationship I have with God. I was baptized when I was 1 years old but I never got the chance to practice my faith. When I moved to Canada, I attended Sunday masses and that was it. I never took the time to figure out the difference between the Old and New Testament, the stories behind the apostles and saints, among others. After experiencing life-changing challenges throughout the year 2011 and the most eye-opener one while I was on exchange and getting through it, I knew it was time to put myself in His hands and everything from then on is as sweet as it can be.

to recognize our complete dependence on God and give him thanks, doing all this not for the reward of religious experience, but simply out of earnest love for God. Then we’ll be prepared for religious experience. The rest is up to God.


And this brings us to now. I’m currently on a plane to Nuremberg with stop-overs in Toronto (to pick up my sister) and Dusseldorf. It is a start of a new chapter of my life – a journey that I’ve been picturing for a long time and has finally come. I’ll be leaving in Nuremberg for the next 6 months and I’m beyond excited and at the same time, totally scared. But what getting me through this is this quote: “It is during the uncomfortable times that we grow the most” and knowing me, I’m a big fan of growth and self-discovery because knowing who I am, what I value and what I stand up for are things that are really important to me. I’ll be working as a Product Marketing Intern with adidas by Stella McCartney. I’m super stoked with this position and I’m looking forward to meeting my team and working at the adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach. Thank you to my loving and supportive family and friends. Taking the time to form better relationships with you all during the past 6 months was the best decision I’ve ever made. I will miss you all and especially my home, Vancouver, Richmond and the beautiful British Columbia. Continue to check out my blog for posts about my life in Germany for the next 6/7 months. Here comes Debbie, the explorer, signing off as the plane takes off.

Four years and counting at Sauder! Where did the time go?

I can’t believe the past four years are coming to an end. Even though I’m not walking the stage today, most of my friends are and it is wonderful to see all of their hard work being celebrated by families and friends. I still remember the day when it all began, Frosh 2008. I hopped on the 99 B-line to UBC with my small luggage to get ready for a weekend away from home to experience some “Sauder” orientation. We all know what happened during that weekend. After party at that ghetto East Van skateboard building, yup. From that day on, I met an amazing group of friends – people who shared long hours, tears, worries, laughter and most of all, stories with each other. Thank you everyone for all the lessons, memories and inspirations. Knowing that I have a great support system of friends to bounce off ideas and opinions with is beyond awesome and I am forever grateful. As this chapter of our lives closes, I am looking forward to seeing and hearing from you all as our “real life” world opens. Even though we are not in the same building/place as we continue on with our life journey, we are always just a Facebook, Twitter status and photo updates apart. Keep in touch, Sauder Grads 2012!

To round it up, I leave you with 5 tips that I have accumulated from my past four years at UBC and Sauder School of Business. Enjoy!

1. 5 is the new 4. It’s OK to graduate in 5 years. I wish I knew about this earlier because I would have planned things better and took opportunities that being a student can have. Having more time also gives you the opportunity to try different things and see which ones you have a strong passion for.

2. Exchange – heck yes! I cannot stop raving how much my exchange mean to me because it is still so surreal how much I have grown just in 4 months. Exchange is all about experiential learning. It gives you the chance to learn outside the classroom and learn from different situations you are thrown into every single day. Plus, you gain a bunch of friends from all over the world, which gives you an excuse to travel and visit them.

3. Get out of your own bubble. Be involved in other clubs/organizations outside your faculty. It’s a great way to meet other people who have different interests and experiences than you during university life.

4. Explore the most beautiful campus on earth. Living at home did not give me much of a chance to experience university life at UBC but seriously we have the best campus ever – the mountains, the water, the gardens. My favorite view is the one facing the mountains and water with the rose garden. Morning walks to Anthropology building for a 10am class was a sweet way to end this semester.

5. Spend time with your university friends! Everyone is leaving and is off to their new adventure and honestly, it is going to be hard to schedule a lunch or even a dinner date with everyone together (having the same problem right now :P). Make sure to spend time with them as much as you can while you’re still in school together. For me, this past semester was the best because not only did I reconnect with some of my friends whom I have not talked to since first year, it also helped me to continue building the strong friendship that I already have with them as the years come.

Congratulations Sauder Grad 2012! The butterflies must be running endlessly in your stomach today as you cross the stage. I can’t wait to experience it next year and share the moment with the rest of the graduates.

“Don’t be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.” – Richard Bach.