What’s In A Name?

Hello!

My name is Kathryn Ho. I’m a 26-year-old woman living in Vancouver, BC – Canada. Daydreaming is my favourite past time, BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) Television is my guilty pleasure, and Joss Whedon is my hero.

Blank in Bliss was created to explore a new creative outlet for all my hobbies and day-to-day adventures. I’ll admit I have a lot of interests, so the range of topics here will definitely be vast!

I have a degree in English literature from the University of Saskatchewan and I currently work full-time for the City as a Procurement Clerk.

When I’m not working you’ll find me either dancing up a storm at Zumba, becoming completely immersed in the newest Netflix series, scouting out the best places to eat in Vancouver, or diligently procrastinating.

Here’s what I’ll be writing about:

Lifestyle

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Eating a spicy cheese terimayo Japadog – Yum!

Let’s be honest, Vancouver is a phenomenal city. There’s so much to see and do (and eat) that I couldn’t possibly be any happier with my decision to move here in 2015. Chronicling my adventures around Metro Vancouver has been a long time coming. Each week I find myself eating at new restaurants, attending exciting events, and generally learning more about the City and its surrounding regions.

Hopefully, just hopefully, I’ll be able to share all of my amazing experiences with all of you! That is…if I remember to start taking pictures of the food before I start eating it…

Wellness

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Sweating up a storm at a LatinFitnessZtudio Masterclass.

I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m not a very health-conscious person. I will always have that second helping of dessert and I will never fault myself for skipping a workout to have a steak & lobster dinner with my family. That being said, it doesn’t mean that I don’t occasionally make good health decisions!

I always try to pack my weekday lunches and I make an effort to get out and exercise at least 3 times a week (this may be because I bought a yearly Zumba pass and I need to go at least 3 times a week to make it worth it…).

Zumba has probably become my favourite past time and I’m sure  a lovely review of my local studio is in the works, but I’ve also tried out a few other things around Vancouver and I’m excited to share all my insights with you!

Culture

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What’s a trip to London without visiting a real life TARDIS?

Okay, first things first, when I say “culture” I mostly mean “pop culture” because I, Kathryn Ho, am a proud geek girl. Ever since I was young (and I suspect my older sister and brother contributed to this) I have loved everything from playing video games to reading comics and watching cartoons. As I’ve matured – this is questionable – into a young adult I’ve found that my interest in pop culture has only gotten significantly greater.

I’d say I enjoy a little bit of everything but here are a few examples (among other things): movies, TV shows, and Netflix series (I’m seriously downplaying how important these three are to me), comic books and graphic novels, video/computer games, tabletop board games, fiction novels, tech and science blogs, cosplay, music (in particular: self-taught ukulele lessons), 90’s pop references, memorabilia collection (Noble Collection, I’m looking at you), and old-fashioned paper agendas and journaling.

Being a part of different fandoms is actually what made me an avid blog reader, so I feel like writing my own pieces would be a fantastic way to contribute back to the community that has so graciously welcomed me for all these years.

Travel

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The Louvre in Paris, France. Admission: €15, an abundance of tourists: free!

By most standards I started travelling fairly late in life. I went straight to University from High School and worked throughout my entire undergraduate degree. It wasn’t until I finished my Bachelors of Arts in 2015 that I decided to gift myself a trip to Europe to celebrate my accomplishments.

Since then I have travelled to 15 countries and dozens of cities across North America and Europe. Obviously, this has left me in a constant state of wanderlust, and my desire to travel and see the world has exponentially grown.

I am the first to admit that I can go above and beyond when it comes to organization and list-making. My preparations for my travels are a fine example of this. I would spend hours scouring the internet for tips, tricks, and general travel hacks to help ease my anxiety about travelling in a foreign country. Needless to say, I’ve accumulated a fair bit of information that I would be more than happy to pass on to my fellow world travellers!

Blank in Bliss

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Contemplating life (or was it lunch?) atop Gellért Hill in Budapest, Hungary.

Blank in Bliss is, for lack of a better term, a promise.

It’s a promise that I made to myself to live life; to continue to grow mentally, spiritually, and emotionally, and to always appreciate the power of my words.

I love that when I write, I create something akin to a miracle; the expression of creativity and thought, and the answer to the question, “do you have something to say?”

Why yes, in fact, I do.

I’m here to find my _____ in bliss, whatever that may be. And I hope you know that I have a great appreciation for you, the reader, for being a part of this new adventure with me.

OUR share of night to bear,
Our share of morning,
Our blank in bliss to fill,
Our blank in scorning.

Here a star, and there a star,
Some lost their way.
Here a mist, and there a mist,
Afterwards–day!

– Emily Dickinson

(Featured image: Alexander Lara, www.instagram.com/_lara.alexander)

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