An Entry For My Great-Grandmother
Her story of “if there’s a will, there’s a way.” It started with a memory I started to recall during a meditation, that I prayed I wrote down and searched for post meditation. And to my delight, I DID write about it! 

A story that my grandmother [mere-thu] told me during a car ride home after visiting the Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang, Laos. Don’t get me wrong, the visit was a beautiful one, but the car ride back to our hotel was definitely one of my fondest memories and experience from Laos.

“You are the essence of family, life, and what really matters. Despite all the adversaries in the way, you conquered it all. Setting a purpose, and pursuing it.

Great grand-mother, Mere-Thu-Mon, thank you for being so fierce. For figuring out a way to go to Thailand to find your children and grandchildren. Making your way through the camp, through the guards - relentless to find your family.

For coming to Canada at such an old age, and meeting me! For making me sticky rice and salt, and putting up with my childish antics and foolish questions. I’m sorry for sitting at the top of the stairs and asking you in front of grandma and grandpa when you were going to die. I was a curious child. I am even more sorry for not saving up sooner and taking our family to Laos to visit you.

If someone should ask me who I would want to talk to, alive or dead, I hope I remember to say you. A fierce lady that did whatever she had to do, regardless of her age to find her family, in a massive camp, in another country! Doing whatever she needed to see her children in Canada AND France! Living and sleeping on the floor in the corner of our bedroom. Knowing that her time was coming to an end, and wanting all her children to come together in Laos; yet took care of everything in advance. [Journal Entry November 14, 2019, Semi-Altered]

Yes. My favourite memory from Laos. Fearless? She was beyond fearless. Rest In Peace Mere-Thu-Mon. We love you. We miss you. 

xoxo,

salyna

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Never in a million years did I think I would try downhill mountain biking, but here we are trying it for the first time today! 

Long version: The first time I ever saw downhill mountain biking was in Whistler, and the first thing I thought was "well that's just insane" and "that's just for the true redbullers." 

Fast forward to this summer, I wasn't much of a cyclist, so I started with a super cute city bike. It really belongs on the road, but I took into the trails anyways (because I was craving dirtbike feels). Fell absolutely IN LOVE with the trails. Got myself a mountain bike to really "ride the trails." And got a fix on a weekly basis ever since.

"Downhill is my favorite sport..." he says. Seed planted. Reluctantly I agreed to try it because hey, "how do you know, unless you try?" 

First few runs, adrenaline rush 100%. After a little water break, fourth run, I was feeling super confident, and boom! I went over my handlebars! Grabbed the front brake WAY to quick coming in/out of a berm, and kicked the wind right out of me. Collected myself after that fall, and finished the course on an AMAZING note. 

I am not sure what came over me, but I went through the rest of it LIKE A PRO! 

Maybe I was mad at myself for not committing to berm earlier, or the berm was my "ah-ha" moment, but everything post the handlebars incident, I just sent it. Even got some air on one of the moguls! (A total accident)

Anyways, I may be a smidgen hooked now. 

My addiction: Having to calculate in real time how much brake, pedal, body weight to distribute forward and back, what line you want/need to take, where your front tire needs to be, where you need to be next, etc. Like c'mon, how do you beat that? The only way out is downhill. Be one with the bike, make calculated decisions and then you'll be fine. 

Shout out to to this gem of a man for helping me up when I fell, fixing my chain when it popped off, and coaching me through the tough drops (and there were many). My mountain hero ❤

Videos from GoPro coming soon! In the meantime, enjoy my first "photo dump." 

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Missing the days when #socialdistancing meant going to the country and ripping it around the farmland #becausewecan 

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"Oh cool, is that a BB-gun?" *already have it in hand and looking for the BB pellet box for refills* 

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Taking a hike at the bluffs during a #stayathomeorder is allowed, right? #livingontheedge #airandexercise #hikerlife #hiketoronto #scarboroughbluffs #happiness #LuckyGirl #salynasworld
Tried my hand on a trials trick bike... Smile says it all ☀️

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When you're travelling alone, don't be shy/afraid to ask people to take your photo! And if you've ever teetered with the idea of a #SoloTrip, I would highly recommend it. Clearly, I am ready for a real vacation now. ✈✈✈

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Got my M license today! 🥳🏍❤
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