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Archive - October 2011

After The Rain

The other day was one of these blah days. I was soaked by the time I got home. I ditched my bag on the floor and grabbed the camera with my favourite prime lens for a quick photo shoot—I wasn’t going...

The Pumpkin Massacre

I'm very ashamed to say that, for the past...er, 8 years, the pumpkin carving duty was often performed by my Chinese in-laws. But this year, we decided to tackle the chore. Cut me some slack, okay...

Picture of the Week: Halloween

North Americans take Halloween seriously. As soon as the back-to-school displays are gone, they are replaced by gooey candies and a wide range of merchandises sporting skulls, bats, pumpkins...

Canadians Behind The Camera

My story with Canadian cinema didn’t start very well. When I first came here, Feng dragged me to see Men with Brooms. Keeping in mind I barely spoke English and didn’t know much about Canada, I...

Ottawa Zombie Walk

Soon, a long horde of newly-deads, including Colonel Khadafy, marched down Saint Patrick Street, blocking the traffic and scaring passer-by. Ottawa citizens stood no chance against the zombies...

Ogdensburg, NY State

During the Thanksgiving long weekend, we enjoyed amazingly hot weather and we decided to spend the day in Ogdensburg, NY State. We always pass through the town but never really stopped to appreciate...

Picture of the Week: Crazy frog

Observe the picture. Sure, nothing special, just a regular road in suburbia. Cars, lights, advertising on the side… and a frog dancing and waving on the traffic island. A what? Yes, a frog. Oh, don’t...

Rideau Hall

Weather-permitting, I’m still looking for beautiful fall sceneries in Ottawa—this is the perks of living in the region! After Vincent Massey Park, I headed to Rideau Hall, the official residence of...

Occupy Ottawa

Last Saturday began “Occupy Ottawa”, a movement modelled on the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York. Lots of people showed up at Confederation Park despite the cold and the rain and it was...

Sunset on Mackenzie King Bridge

Last Saturday, sunset came to me. After a drink in the Byward, I was crossing Mackenzie King Bridge to go for sushi in Chinatown when I noticed the tall buildings in the downtown core were set...

Picture of the Week: iSad

Right after it was announced Steve Jobs passed away, the Apple Store at the Rideau Centre became an impromptu memorial to his legacy. It started with one post-it note, then two, three… and now the...

Fall Colours at the Park

This Thanksgiving weekend was amazingly hot, with temperatures in the mid-20°C.  It’s hard to believe it’s fall and I think we are in for a shock when temperatures will plunge, which is bound to...

Seven Things About Me

A while ago, Nigel tagged me for the popular Seven Things About Me meme. I completed it twice in the past, but the last time was in April 2008—so I figured I was due for a newer version.

Picture of the Week: Campaign Signs

The campaign signs are back. On October 6, we were called to the voting booth once again, this time for the Ontario provincial elections. I knew who I was not voting for (yes Conservative Party, I’m...

How I Gained (and Lost) Weight in Canada

Alright, I was never 500 pounds neither I am 100 pounds today. I’m average. I’ve never been described as “skinny” or “thin” but again, at 5’7, I’m not a tiny little thing so I’m not aiming for that...

Watson’s Mill

When I first came to Canada, I used to laugh at what locals considered “historic”. These stores boasting to have been in business for a mere twenty years and these “old” buildings dating back to the...

10 Blogging Basics I Learned

I started this blog from scratch and I think I made just about every single mistake possible because I didn’t know anything about blogging. Looking back at screenshots of my first blog, I cringe. I...