My 3 Fave Instagrammers

For 2017, here are my 3 most favourite people on Instagram in alphabetical order. They are my friends so please show them some love if you’re on IG! Also, visit me at my channel @xinageco for pics of food, tennis, cats and awesome Vancouver sights.

THANK YOU and wishing you a Happy New Year’s Eve 🙂



Anna Tang is a 13-year old tennis player currently sponsored by Wilson Tennis. Here she is on Christmas day at the tennis courts! Love the Santa hat and her training ethic. She usually has giveaways on her channel so be sure to follow her if you’re a passionate tennis player like me. 



Maleah Quan is my permanent WCW [woman crush Wednesday], foodie friend, and the poster girl for Asian-American hotness! She’s smart, stylish, and strong. Check out her IG and see her daily positivity posts. 



Roman Ansari is a photojournalist I had the pleasure of meeting this summer when he was on a NatGeo assignment in Vancouver, BC [where I’m from]. He does all kinds of photography and I’m a really big fan of his nude series! Being a naturist, I’m fascinated by his ability to capture the female form in the most sensual manner possible! If there’s anyone I’d let me shoot nude, you bet it would be Roman!


Angels at the Door

Model: JD and Dipper the Shiba Inu

Above are pics of my BFF and her 3-year old pup. Notice their matching angel costume — both are absolutely adorable! This is how they greeted trick-or-treaters this halloween!

Tomorrow night, I’ll meet-up with them to hangout after work.

We’ve got 3 days left until Christmas and then, before we all know it, it’ll be 2018 already! Like me, I hope you share the company of your favourite people now and in the New Year! 🙂

Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.

Winston Churchill

Love … is What YOU Are!

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Love is not what you want, it is what you are. It is very important to not get these two confused. If you think that love is what you want, you will go searching for it all over the place. If you think love is what you are, you will go sharing it all over the place. The second approach will cause you to find what the searching will never reveal. ~ Neale Donald Walsch

The Value of a Smile at Christmas

I’m re-reading Dale Carnegie‘s book How To Win Friends & Influence PeopleIn part two, he quotes an ad posted by a NYC department store “in recognition of the pressures its sales clerks were during the Christmas rush.” Regardless of whether you’ve worked in retail, I hope you do enjoy the sentiment as much as I do! Please share this with your family and friends.
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It costs nothing, but creates much.

It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give.

It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.

None are so rich they can get a long without it, and none are so poor but are richer for its benefits.

It creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in a business, and is the countersign of friends.

It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and Nature’s best antidote for trouble.

Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is no earthly good to anybody till it is given away.

And if in the last-minute rush of Christmas buying some of our salespeople should be too tired to give you a smile, may we ask you to leave one of yours?

For nobody needs a smile so much as those who have none left to give!

Being by Mooji

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Always come back to the place of being.
Just be in the being.
Rest in the being as being itself.
Avoid making premature conclusions
about what you’re experiencing.
All is a passing show—momentary.
Keep your mind and Self open and quiet.
Avoid locking yourself inside any room.
Stay in the open and panoramic expansiveness of Being.
Like this there will be ample love and peace and joy.
These will always flow.
You don’t have to go in pursuit of anything.


Bearded Dragon Diaries

Jubjub was feeling affectionate today and hopped onto my shoulder for some cuddles. For scale, I’m holding a plushie keychain to illustrate the size of this reptile. From head to tail, he is now the full-length of my arm! He’s grown from a wee hatchling to a healthy, curious, alert, and wonderful, eight-year-old beardie! Happy hatch day, Jubby!