"I was getting my Masters in Organizational Psychology and I was just totally burnt out after years of studying. I still had my thesis to write and I just needed a break from it all, so I came back to work at Beaucoup, where I had been a barista years earlier.
I realized then that what I wanted to do with my life - what gave me fulfillment - was the time I spent as a barista in Beaucoup.
I realized that being on my feet, working with my hands and engaging with customers and making coffee really gave me the fulfillment that my years of studies wasn't able to.
I've come to understand that that program still gave me so much. Studying Organizational Psychology gave me the ability to listen to people - to listen to our customers, to listen to our staff - and just really try to understand where everyone comes from. I wouldn't trade this at all."
Best Advice I've Received
"My Dad is this stoic, almost emotionless individual, and once when I was 12 and in Hong Kong, he told me out of nowhere, 'Opportunities favor those who are ready.'
That's helped me carry through different parts of my life. Opportunities can come, but no matter how many times it knocks on your door, you won't be able to take advantage of it until you're truly ready. I don't mean nervousness of fear, I mean more of an unconscious thing that we're not aware of.
Yes, there are lots of opportunities in the world, but if you're not ready to take advantage of them, then you're not ready and that's OK! Yes, always be prepared, but always be patient too. It's OK to take it easy a little bit from time to time."
"I'm an immigrant from Hong Kong - I came to Vancouver when I was 6. I really enjoy the city's inclusivity and the flavor of multiculturalism it has to offer. A lot of other cities and countries don't operate like that, as welcoming and inclusive as this town is. Vancouver is really rare and unique in that way."
My Vancouver Musts
"Start the day off early with a fresh pain au raisin here at Beaucoup Bakery. It's a shameless plug, but it is absolutely my favorite thing to eat.
If it's the weekend, head to Farmer's Apprentice for brunch, then take off on a midday excursion. Start with a dose of caffeine from Nemesis Coffee and with your coffee in hand, walk down to Portside Park for a glimpse of Vancouver's working port. Finally, head to Bauhaus Restaurant for dinner and get the schnitzel, then finish off the night at The Keefer Bar in Chinatown."