life in a day.

July 28, 2011 § Leave a Comment

I’ve never posted twice in one day before, but I couldn’t not share this because I just stumbled upon it + it’s absolutely incredible!

Just over a year ago on July 24, 2010, National Geographic sent a request to the world to video record a moment in their lives, whether ordinary or extraordinary + to send it to them that same day. They received 80,000 submissions + 4,500 hours of footage from 192 countries – unbelievable right? Producer Riley Scott + Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald took these submissions + edited them into a 95-minute feature-length documentary about what life is like from all corners of the world in a single day.

The film will be opening in select theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago + Washington, D.C. tomorrow and will eventually be opening in other cities in the coming weeks. Whether this includes Canadians cities, I’m not sure, but I’m certainly hoping so.

Video courtesy of National Geographic. 

a reader’s state of mind.

July 28, 2011 § Leave a Comment

Every year I tell myself I’m going to read more books, and at the end of every year I’m always dissatisfied with how little I’ve read; ergo, the never-ending cycle of goal-setting + discontent. Naturally, my optimism peaks at two very specific times during the year: about a week prior to the eve of the new year + as soon as the weather starts to show hints that summer is around the corner.

The summer season is the particular time of year when I’ll realistically be able to make time to read, and it’s generally proven to be true. If I’m at a friend’s cottage for the weekend, relaxing in my backyard, on a beach, or on a flight – I usually have a book with me. On my trip to Southeast Asia I managed to start + finish two, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell + Bossypants by Tina Fey, which I was very pleased about, especially considering how little downtime that trip afforded my friend + I.

Lately, I’ve been so succumbed to studying for the Graduate Record Examination that I haven’t afforded myself enough time to read as much as I’d like, and consequently, reading has become less of a priority. When I stumbled upon these photographs though, I was reminded of how much I love summer reading. Not only do I love their vintage look, but I love how the photographers perfectly capture the leisurely ambience that I find comes with this fantastic pastime.

Do these pictures not make you want to pick up a book right now? Or at least be at a beach now that the heat wave has come + gone? « Read the rest of this entry »

ready, set, paint.

July 27, 2011 § Leave a Comment

While studying away yesterday morning, a friend sent me a text to ask if I wanted to go to a live competitive painting event with her that night. I was so intrigued by it that I couldn’t pass it up + I just so happened to have my camera with me so I was thrilled that I’d be able to snap away!

It’s called Art Battle – and it ended up being one of the coolest events I’ve ever been to. Basically, a group of 16 artists are selected with pre-chosen palettes + compete in one of the two rounds each lasting 20 minutes. Simultaneously the audience watches, cheers + votes for their favorite artists and their paintings. The 8 artists who receive the most votes then compete in the third + final round, and the voted winner walks away with a cash prize (and new to this particular battle – a trophy!). Meanwhile, there is a silent auction for all the devised paintings as well as a small gallery to display other work.

Last night marked Art Battle’s ‘Sweet 16’ and I am so happy that I got to go. A huge congratulations to the organizers, painters + everyone else behind the scenes who helped make it so much fun + such a success. « Read the rest of this entry »

“he cannot stop the spring from coming.”

July 26, 2011 § Leave a Comment

The horrific tragedies that swept through the calm + peaceful country of Norway have undoubtedly plagued the world with profound shock + sadness. It has been reported that the accused, Anders Behring Breivik, carried out the bombing in Oslo + the shootings on Utoya Island to spark a revolution against multiculturalism that he believes is undermining European heritage. As someone who was born + has grown up in one of the most multiculturally rich cities in the world, I find his justification excruciatingly difficult to stomach. Diversity, tolerance + acceptance of everyone regardless of difference are values that have been instilled in me from birth. I cannot begin to imagine the suffering that is currently engulfing the country. The thought of losing what so many Norwegians lost on this terrible day is paralyzing, and the thought that their losses came as a result of the manifestation of one man’s ideologies regarding multiculturalism + immigration is truly appalling.

I can only sympathize with these victims. I can only think of them through this unbearable time. I hope that their hearts begin to heal soon. I hope that the survivors find resilience in the face of this adversity and one day gain the courage + strength to positively continue living their lives to the fullest. I hope that the peace + emotional stability that was so callously disturbed restores in Norway.

And last of all, I hope this event doesn’t impede politically engaged youth + citizens in fighting for what they believe in. Those 76 could have accomplished a lot for their country, and their opportunity to do so was taken away from them. So, whether it’s running for an office, joining a campaign, keeping engaged with current events, or even simply voting – you have a voice, so use it. « Read the rest of this entry »

south beach, bringin’ the heat.

July 25, 2011 § 4 Comments

So apparently Toronto had an interesting last few days with record-breaking temperatures and all. I say ‘apparently’ because I fortunately wasn’t around to take part in the 50-degrees Celsius party that rocked the city for I opted to migrate south for a more bearable heat wave – Florida.

My brother has lived there for a few years so I take every opportunity I can to visit him. In the past, 100% of the time that I’ve walked out from the air-conditioned terminal upon my arrival, I’m overwhelmed by the Floridian heat so much that I feel like I’m going to pass out from the extreme change in temperature. But, for the first time ever as I exited the terminal, my body wasn’t shocked by the heat.

Why? Because earlier that morning, it had been hotter in Toronto. Hotter in Toronto than Florida – now there’s something I’ve never said before, and I left before it got bad. So to all you Torontonians who braved the heat wave, I salute you, and to you crazies who got through it without air conditioning, I have no idea how you did, but I too commend you!

So here are some photos that I took for the few days I was away. « Read the rest of this entry »

teach me how to bokeh.

July 20, 2011 § Leave a Comment

Aren’t these photographs beautiful? (which, by the way, were found here, here, here + here)

It’s a technique called ‘bokeh’ and I stumbled upon it not too long ago and felt the need to share it with all of you. The term basically refers to the blur in out-of-focus areas of an image. And the coolest part about it? With a little arts + crafts to your camera lens or a few adjustments on your compact camera, you can amplify this effect to shoot unbelievably cool photographs like these ones!

So for you DSLR users out there, all you’ll need is your lens + one sheet of black paperboard + a read over these (hopefully) simple instructions: « Read the rest of this entry »

weekend whereabouts.

July 18, 2011 § Leave a Comment

With such beautiful weather, it was impossible for me to not want to be outside constantly – so I essentially was!

One of my best friends {also known as my rockstar wakeboarder} hosted a pool party at her place for a small group of us girls – with the barbequed dinner, mouth-watering dessert, champagne + good company, it made for a perfect summer night.


My plans for the next morning unfortunately did not turn out as I expected – I wrote in my calendar that the Festival of India Parade down Yonge Street from Bloor to Lakeshore was on Sunday morning when it was infact on Saturday morning. I was so upset to have missed it, but fortunately was there to capture all the colors + music + Torontonians who took part in it because they got the date right.

A group of my friends from my old place of employment made a day trip into the city, so we took in a Jays game (my first of the season!) + went out for dinner. All I have to say is thank goodness we sat in the shade!

{jumobtron appearance}

{one of my friends won a Lotto 649 ticket everyday for an entire year!}

{my perfectly cooked + aged-to-perfection dinner!}

Hope you all had a good weekend too!

bali: manic whirls + artistic swirls.

July 15, 2011 § 2 Comments

I’m picking up a very special someone of mine from the airport today who’s been in Europe for the last month, and I’m obviously so excited! After navigating through London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Interlaken, Rome, Athens, Ios + Corfu (impressive list, right?) I’m sure he’ll have tons of stories to share + pictures for me to admire. Upon his return, we’re going to have one big story/photo sharing session from both our trips since he left almost immediately after I got back.

I thought it would be too aggressive to show him all 4,000+ pictures I took so in between my studying I’ve been picking my favorites from all the countries I visited and it’s been so challenging!

Of the seven, I definitely had the hardest time narrowing down the ones from Bali – but I somehow managed to get from 702 to 65. Going through them made me want to teleport back instantly. Recounting the 5 amazing days I spent there in late May brings a huge smile to my face, but actually revisiting the pictures I took truly bring me back to the beauty, the color, the life, and the culture that exudes from this oasis.

Have a look! « Read the rest of this entry »

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