Posts By: Xin Xu

Xine Wang

Xine Wang hails from Edmonton, Alberta. But before settling in, she lived in Shanghai for the first 7 years of her life. That’s where she grew up and got her taste of the vibrant food culture. Since moving to Edmonton, she has fallen in love with international cuisine. If there’s a new restaurant in town, she would be the first to line up outside the door. At home, you can find her experimenting with recipes around the world. She hopes to share these experiences with all who care to listen.

In her spare time, Xin cares for 6 rescue budgies. Many of which she found stranded in parks or her backyard. On weekends, she drives out to Banff or Jasper where she can be found hiking new trails. She’s thankful Athabasca University has allowed her to work full-time as a researcher while taking courses that interest her such as abnormal psychology.

Anti-aging Skin Hacks and What We’re Doing Wrong

The skin care industry is alive with many different products, treatments, and expenses.  It’s hard to navigate and understand what is relevant and what is not.  How do we find the right skin care regimen day in and day out.  Furthermore, what difference should I be noticing?  What are some things that are recommended and… Read more »

Busting the Myths of Using Sunscreen

Many people are becoming more aware of the damaging effects of sun on our skin.  It directly correlates to aging and skin conditions such as pigmentation, sunspots, and even skin cancers.  However, as a health care professional, I’ve heard so many myths and misunderstandings surrounding the topic.  Let’s talk about the myths of sunscreen and… Read more »

Five Winter Skincare Tips

I find that skincare in the winter becomes very hard especially living in a dryer climate such as that in Alberta.  Not to mention an uptick of eczema flare-ups and other irritated skin conditions that ensue with winter.  My partner has a case of keratosis pilaris where dry rough patches and tiny bumps can be… Read more »

Four Tips on Leading a Less Materialistic Lifestyle

I love purchasing a new purse or a cozy jacket.  But at what point do these items become meaningless?  When you already have them but need five more of course! Our relationship with items is very much governed by our capitalistic and consumption-focused world.  It’s difficult when social media is used as a form of… Read more »

What It Is Like Travelling During COVID

One of the most stressful, but also fascinating, experiences in 2021 was traveling amidst the pandemic.  I know I might get a lot of hate for this post, but I wanted to share what some of my experiences have been like.  I also know that while avoiding travel is highly recommended at this time, there… Read more »

Four Tips on Leading a Less Materialistic Lifestyle

I love me a new purse or a cozy jacket.  But at what point do these items become meaningless?  When you already have them but need five more of course!  Our relationship with items is very much governed by our capitalistic and consumption-focused world.  It’s difficult when social media is used as a form of… Read more »

Three Things Having a Chronic Illness Teaches You

I think many of us today live with chronic illnesses.  Even among younger populations, chronic illnesses impact the way we think, the way we behave, and our overall life decisions.  I’ve recently connected with my grandmother in China who I have been unable to visit since 2019.  It’s been three years since I have seen… Read more »

How to make Christmas Shopping Less of a Headache

Christmas shopping has traditionally been a disaster as people head to the malls, browse for hours, and aimlessly stock up on items they don’t need.  Materialism is at an all-time high around Christmas.  Many resort to online shopping, but recently, with inflation at an all-time high, on-line shopping isn’t friendly for the wallet any more. … Read more »

Six Ways to Warm Up This Winter

Winter is upon us, and many parts of Canada are now fully cloaked in snow.  As someone who has a higher metabolism but a low body temperature, I’m always cold!  Even in the fall, I would have my thickest sweaters and turn the heat to above 20 degrees.  Now that the temperature outside has been… Read more »

Easy Baked Brie and Berry Recipe

There are some things to be said about the colder weather in Canada recently – enjoying warm christmas-esque without feeling guilty, for one.  Whether you are hosting your own warm up gathering this long weekend or just looking for a tasty, albeit fancier snack, try this baked blueberry brie for a nice hearty warm-up from… Read more »