Annual Christmas Dinner



My cousin Linda hosted her annual Christmas dinner on Boxing day this year! Similar to the previous years, my Friday night basically consisted of a lot of food, a lot of cuddling, and just a lot of Christmas spirit!!





My sister in her natural habitat...






Thanks again Linda for hosting another (successful) Christmas dinner! It always gives me something to look forward to during the holidays!! :-)



Here's the one she hosted in 2012 and 2013! It's actually pretty interesting to see how my photography has evolved!


Christmas Market



Wow, I actually wanted to post this blog post earlier on this week but I've been so busy studying for my last exam that took place on Monday, hanging out with my friends before I leave for my trip next week, and attending many holiday dinners! Anyways!!! So last Friday...



Daniel and I visited the Christmas market at Distillery District!!! The last time I've visited this place was last year with my friends, Jaey and Madelle.That time when I visited, it was during the day so I didn't get to see how pretty it looked when all the lights were lit up at night!



It's actually really cool dating someone who's into photography too! It's so funny because whenever I'm out with my friends or family, I find that I'm always tagging along behind them because I would stop every so often to take a photo.



Thing is, with Daniel and I, we both took turns tagging along behind each other or we would stop holding hands for a second just to take a photo of something off on the side! LOL



The downside of dating him is that, I'm pretty much his model in a lot of photos. In other words, he gets to see and capture... the most... unattractive angles of me!!! LOL



It was so chilly and crowed! I don't even know how Daniel managed to bump into 3 of his friends in there. (So popular... uh huh.) Like thank goodness Jessica and Jeremy also attended later in the evening (to celebrate their one year anniversary!!!), so that it looked like I had friends too!!! Hahahaha



We explored the little shops together, shared a poutine, had hot drinks, took a lot of photos and pretty much froze outside together!!! How romantic. LOL



He also has his own photography page, Eye to Ngai, so we thought it was only appropriate that he took a photo with this eyeball that we found in a shop!! LOL



Overall, it was a really great evening! To end this post, I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas!!! xx




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!

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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!!!