July 31, 2016

SUNDAY SNAPSHOTS | HOT, HOT, HOT

After going out for lunch on Friday, I decided to just take a walk around downtown Edmonton without realizing that it was actually 30 degrees out that day. Unsurprisingly, I got extremely hot and a little bit sticky with sweat, but it was also such a nice and refreshing walk. I started at the Alberta Legislature, enjoying the occasional splash of water on my skin as the water sprayed up and down. 

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I started to just take pictures at hip level, just to see what I got. Unfortunately, I didn't really check my settings and a lot of them turned out a bit (quite) blurry - except for this one. I have been struggling with being creative with my photography over the past few months. I don't really know why but I'm just trying my best to recapture that passion I had, and to take pictures I like. This walk itself was a challenge, as I kept changing my settings, and continued to be dissatisfied which prevented me from observing everything around me. Being caught up with my mistakes and unable to overlook them, I missed the opportunity to capture other moments. At the end of the day, I saved 25/78 pictures which is pretty normal, and most of the shots I thought were bad - they turned out OK.

The moral of the lesson: Don't focus on the mistakes, just try to learn from them and keep moving on. Otherwise, you'll just miss other opportunities.



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Onto 104th Street: I always see this little bike/trolley around downtown when I'm on my walks and I love it. Although I don't personally shop at Earth's General Store, I am a fan of stores and farmers' markets that strive to provide fresh and local products to Edmontonians.

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I saw this outside Evoolution... not sure what this means - free olive oil?? Or do I have to pay? I did not inquire further... 

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Similar to the picture of the radio station, I love that we are still able to see remnants of the past on these buildings throughout downtown. I think I will make it a mission to get a picture of as many of these as I can because I really do think that they're pretty unique.

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Habitat etc. is a cute store selling local products as well! I love all these small stores mostly because they always feel like a small house. They had the Alberta shirts, journals, bath stuff and just all kinds of knick knacks!

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OK, this is probably my favourite picture from the walk. One of the benefits of walking around downtown by yourself is not being afraid of embarrassing your friends. I literally stood and turned my camera straight up as people walked beside me. I got a lot of funny walks but I'm getting to that point in my life and photography where it just doesn't bother me that much.

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#YEGdtBigE: I tried to play around with framing in this picture and am still not entirely sure how I feel about it. P

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I ended my little adventure in City Hall, remembering how it was only (but also ALREADY) a month ago that I was standing there with all my classmates - graduating. I felt a bit nostalgic about the past, nervous for the future, but needing some sort of change in my life again to just throw me off course, and build me up even more.

July 28, 2016

WEB FINDS | JULY



1 | Emotional Maturity

I always love the articles that are on Darling Magazine as they provide a different quality to my usual blog feed of recipes, DIY, and photography. Although they do have beautiful photography, their articles, especially this one, leave me thinking about my own life and how I can improve myself.

2 | For the Record

I have always loved Jennifer Aniston even before I binge watched Friends two summers ago (I finished all 10 seasons in about 2 weeks). This article just made me love her even more. Throughout the past few years, I started questioning the desire to get married and have children. Growing up, it was always assumed that I would get married and have children, and that would be it. It would be weird NOT to do so. I think Jennifer presents a very important message in this article: "We are complete with or without a mate. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies"

3 | Feminewbie


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This is quite a long article to read, but I think it has an important message as well. I think that sometimes we don't know what to do when things like shootings happen, but it's still important to try and understand what is going on. This month has been so tragic and depressing, it has all been very heavy on the heart. But from instances like this, time and time again, we see people coming together with nothing but love.

July 24, 2016

SUNDAY SNAPSHOTS | GOING TO CHINA

Although it was all planned very last minute, I somehow managed to both get my travel visa and book my round trip flight to China. I actually have a lot of family members who live there and I am so excited to see everyone again, as well as capturing moments through my camera to share with everyone when I get back.

If you didn't know already, everything Google-related (Drive, Youtube, Blogger) is blocked in China, as well as Facebook, Instagram, and a lot more. I'm sure there may be moments where I can connect back to this online world, but for now, I might just take a month long break from blogging and come back with a punch once I'm back from vacation! Here are a few pictures from the last time I went:

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July 17, 2016

SUNDAY SNAPSHOTS | RIVER VALLEY WALKS

Recently, my dad became interested in golfing and that is how my mom, him and I ended up at the Victoria Golf Club in Edmonton. The golf club itself was very beautiful, of course, with luscious green grass that stretched on and on. However, on our way there, I noticed a path for pedestrians along the North Saskatchewan River where my mom and I walked while my dad played golf.

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We came across a small memorial bench and patio-like structure set up, onto which people can walk and admire the beauty that is our River Valley. Despite a few clouds in the sky, the weather was perfect for a walk, or running and biking as we saw many people do. There was just that slight breeze in the air at the exact moment where heat started to rise up to the surface of my skin, carrying it away.

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Walking on this path, we took pictures, silent, as we admired the tranquility in the moments where there were no cars, admiring the beautiful flowers along the way, admiring the beauty of Edmonton.

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One of the best parts about this walk was that we had no destination in mind, we were simply wandering, seeing where this path would lead us to. Eventually, we ended up a Government House Park, which, unbeknownst to us, has picnic tables and small barbeques set up. It's a perfect place to have small parties or hangouts with friends (which I am totally planning on doing). After eating, you can even take a walk along the River Valley to burn it off. 

It's almost a metaphor for life: sometimes we follow a path without a destination in mind, simply seeing where it can lead us; sometimes it is necessary to take control and put ourselves on a certain path, with a specific destination. Like with all things, I truly believe that a balance has to be achieved between the two. Simply following a path may lead to a place you don't want to be, but it is not always possible to control a situation simply because not everything in life is within our control. Just remember to spend time with the people you love, keep an open mind, and keep exploring!

July 14, 2016

BE SAD

The past week has been emotionally draining and challenging. In our society, it is common for sadness to be overlooked, to be dismissed, to be seen as a sign of weakness. However, I think it is perfectly fine, normal even, to have a really good cry once in a while just to let out our emotions. Furthermore, it's even worse to bottle up our anger and sadness as that usually leads to letting it out on the people that are closest to us.

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Photo Courtesy of Rona Keller

July 07, 2016

JOURNALLING

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Photo courtesy of Rona Keller

Journalling is honestly one of my favourite things to do despite being too lazy to do it most nights. I've always had a weird love for notebooks as can be seen by the plethora of empty notebooks that I have. I also started bullet journalling (look here to start!) at the beginning of the year, which helped me make use of the journals I have. I love the freedom of having a bullet journal: doodling, making lists, being able to make mistakes and not having to worry too much about it. 

July 03, 2016

Sunday Snapshots | Commencing

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Congratulations to all the Classes of 2016!
Continuing on from my last Sunday Snapshot... my commencement was on Monday of last week, followed by a graduation banquet that took place at Shaw Conference centre the day after. Almost a week later, it is still weird to sit down and not have any homework to do, to think that the past 13 years of my life led up to this single moment of walking across the stage, shaking the principal's hand and receiving my diploma. Most of all, however, is to look back on these past 13 years and reflect upon all the growth and progress that everyone has made both in their academics and their lives.

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