12/10/2014

Gratification



Joy, Maddy and I didn't get much studying done together (No surprise! LOL) but I don't really mind! It was so much more gratifying to indulge in a ginger molasses cookie and have girl talk with my favourite people!

12/07/2014

Twitterbot



Now that I'm looking back on this semester, I would say that Physical Computing was my favourite course! What we basically do in this course is try to create art using Arduino, sensors, LEDs, motors etc. In other words, we make cool and geeky things!! LOL



So for our final project, we had to design something based on the knowledge we had gained in these 4 hour long classes! There were projects that had robots following a line, robots trying to replicate the movement of an anemone,




projects that invited the audience to play,





and water that was controlled by sound!!! This was definitely one of my favourites and arguably everyone else's too (so many of us made this our story on Snapchat!! LOL).



Okay so, when I first saw this spout, it literally looked like a running faucet. I didn't understand the hype and why everyone was busting out their phones to take so many photos of it??? LOL



My friends told me to step a little closer to take a photo of it and that's when I realized you are only able to see how the water was really flowing if you looked at it through a camera! So cool!!!



I was kinda wishing I could take a photo of what the faucet looked like before you view it through a camera lens but then I realized I could just turn on any faucet at home and get a photo of that!! LOL




There were also more noteworthy projects, like this little car that also relied on water to function and this machine that was able to identify which items were recyclable!



And then there was MY group's project!! Since social media is a big thing nowadays, our group wanted to incorporate it somehow into our work. We asked the class to tweet at T.H.O.R (Twitter Hashtag Operating Robot)'s Twitter (@THORthebot)...



and then our little twitterbot would choose one of the tweets and respond to it accordingly (i.e. does a happy dance when someone greets him)!!



Whatever we do end up getting on our final project, it doesn't matter (okay it kinda does) because I had a great time working with these guys!!!



11/30/2014

My Rock



These past six weeks have been a whirlwind of emotions and I haven't been in the right state of mind or mood to blog. I was debating if I should share something so personal about my life on here. I realized that if my blog only shows bits and pieces of my life, then I should share a bit about the person who is a big part of my life - my grandma.



So ever since I was born, my parents have been working long hours to make a living for us. My grandma lived with us and raised my sister and I. For the next 19 years, she was my mom, my best friend, my backbone, my biggest fashion critic, my inspiration, my rock and my constant.



She loved me unconditionally when I wasn't the most kind, sweet, thoughtful, dependent or honest granddaughter. She always waited for me to come home, reminded me to take my umbrella, ensured I ate properly, comforted me when I came home crying, accompanied me during dinner, shared the excitement with me when I finally got my Mark III and loved to bother me by peaking her face into my room. She was always there.



It has been two weeks since she left and I'm thankful for my siblings, friends, boyfriend and family for helping me cope, distracting me and asking me daily how I am doing. I'm slowly starting to do the things I love doing again (seeing friends, renewing my yoga membership, taking photos, eating a lot etc.) and I guess this is my post of reassuring everyone that I will be fine.



I just know that she'll always be there looking down on me. :)



11/13/2014

9 Years Later...



Bittersweet.

10/29/2014

Comforting



Jen and I literally have this friendship where we would go months without speaking to each other but then when we do see each other, our friendship just picks up from where we left off!



After three months of not seeing each other, we finally met up last Friday and hung out at Kensington market. We explored the little shops there in hopes of finding a Halloween costume for me! I was so close to purchasing an Alice in Wonderland costume but decided to give it a bit more thought. We ate at the Burgernator and thought about whether or not I should go forward and purchase it!



Since the night was still young, we decided to go hunt some more because there was always the option of going back to my original idea if I couldn't find anything. Before we continued hunting again, we went and got a double scoop of strawberry cheesecake gelato at Dolce Gelato! LOL




We eventually found a costume outside of Kensington market that fit the both of US!!! It's funny how Jen was just trying on costumes for fun with me since she already had a costume and we somehow liked the way this one fit on us! Long story short, we're going to be the same thing for Halloween this year but we're going to different parties so it's all good!!! :-)



Although we don't see each other as much as we like to, it's always comforting to hear that she is still doing well when we catch up! I actually can't believe this was the last time I blogged about us hanging out!!

10/22/2014

Fall Maker Day



For those who don't know what I'm studying, I'm currently studying to be an elementary teacher! I'm still so grateful that I got accepted into the concurrent program, which means I get to do a double major and complete my undergrad and teaching degree at the same time!




With that said, the other major that I'm studying is Digital Media, it's a fairly new program at my school and it's fairly small as well!



So after my last lecture yesterday, my friend Diego and I checked out the event, Maker Day, that my program was hosting! It's basically an event that happens twice a year, where we would invite our school community to come by and build DIY gadgets!



I'll admit, it was actually my first time attending one of my program's events... but I know I'll be attending all of them now since the council asked me to be their photographer this year!!! My friend Denise told me that they wanted to claim me before anyone else does! So sweet! Hahaha




It was nice bumping into some of the upper year students that I met last year at this event! They offered me advice on how to survive in my program (like which professors I should avoid having) and free tutoring as well!




It was also nice having my friend Diego accompany me because while I went around snapping photos, he helped me finish my lantern! Woo hoo!! LOL



The best part about making these toys is that we get to keep them in the end, but that was not the only thing people took advantage of....



free Red Bulls!!! LOL


10/13/2014

Break from Toronto



Since I'm so used to being the person behind the camera, it felt really weird having someone insist that they wanted to take portraits photos of me instead! Photo credit goes to my friend, Daniel!