Red Bull Crashed Ice in Ottawa – S12E11

On the weekend, Ottawa played host to the 2017 Red Bull Crashed Ice. Crashed Ice is a fast sport consisting of skates and frozen ice sloping down in curves and bumps.

Riders from females and males compete for the fastest speed going down the ice. There were lots of bumps, trips, stumbles and slip during the whole competition.

The event was part of the continuing celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and in the Nation’s Capital. It was located on the Rideau Canal between Fairmont Chateau Laurier and Parliament Hill.

The weather on Saturday was hovering around -20 degrees Celsius, quite the bone chilling temperatures. At least people braved the cold temperatures at the event.

I stood with other photographers from around 4pm to 10pm. It was about a 6+ hours standing in the frigid cold. Overall, it was a fun event to watch ice cross downhill.

You can check the photos below.

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Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival – S12E10

The first ever Ice Dragon Boat Festival in North America happened on Saturday morning. It was held at Dow’s Lake in Ottawa.

The unexpected mild temperature was pretty ideal to begin the opening ceremony. The lion dance troupe led the VIPs and politicians to the Rideau Canal Skateway. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, Melanie Joly and Minister of the Environment, Catherine McKenna were on hand for the event. As usual, the mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson and other local politicans were there for the event.

Boats on ice don’t seem in common compared to the usual boats on the water. The Ice Dragon Boat race have been a big hit in Hungary and China so far. Teams from Canada, China, Europe and USA have applied for the first inaugural race in Ottawa. I didn’t get to stay to check the race as I was there for the lion dance performance.

There was a good turnout for the Ice Dragon Boat Festival as it’s part of the 2017 edition of Winterlude as one of the new attractions. It is also part of the continuing celebration for Canada’s 150th anniversary and Ottawa 2017.

Check out the photos from the opening ceremony below.

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Yoga with a High School Friend – S12S09

I decided to surprise a high school friend by showing up for his yoga class. I haven’t seen my friend, Arbin for over a decade, the last time I saw him was at Carleton University. 

Aside from the surprise, the reason for taking the yoga session was keep myself in health. For those who don’t know, I’ve been using the Apple Watch and trying to keep myself in shape with exercising. Most recently, I haven’t been doing some exercising as I’ve been doing some work at CBC Radio-Canada in the corporate communications side of things. I’ve only been able to do the Seven app and not get a chance to jog on the treadmill.

Back to yoga, Arbin has been teaching for several Sunday mornings. It’s for everyone whether you’re a beginner, novice or advance. He focuses on strengthening your core body, breathing practices and meditation. For Ottawa readers, the location is at 175 Richmond Road, in the Westboro area of Ottawa. There would be more yoga sessions planned during the week for those who can’t do Sunday mornings.

It was nice to see another high schooler take part in the yoga lessons as I haven’t seen him in a long time. It was also nice to see Karen aka VaVa&Vintage as she’s known Arbin for awhile. Got to love connections from people I know. How could I never forget to take some photos and use the Polaroid camera with The Impossible Project film.

Overall, I had a good time learning yoga and going through the moves. It’s pretty intensive and it will take me awhile to be flexible.
You can check out the photos from below and a Polaroid photo.

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Happy Chinese New Year 2017 – S12E08

Happy Chinese New Year, Gung Hei Fat Choy. Happy Year of the Rooster for 2017.

Sunday was quite the day as my lion dance troupe had two performances. One was at T&T Supermarket and the other at Richcraft Recreation Complex in Kanata. There’s still some Chinese New Year celebrations happening throughout the city and around the world. It’s a yearly tradition to perform at T&T Supermarket and to go around the whole store. It was quite intensive for some of the members. 

The second event was in Kanata at the Richcraft Recreation Complex. It was Kanata 2017 – Celebrating Canada 150 and the Chinese New Year.
You can check the photos from the two events below.

There hasn’t been a lot of lion dance performance for Chinese/Lunar New Year this year. One major event left will be at the Ice Dragon Boat Festival on February 18th. It’s part of Winterlude and to celebrate Canada’s 150th.

It’s been awhile I haven’t take photos with the Polaroid camera and The Impossible Project films. I’m using the Polaroid Spectra and experimenting with the double exposure on the Impossible Spectra film for black & white. You will see the photos from below.

Totally apologies for the lack of updates on the blog. Ever since the transition to the new web hosting, some of the older posts didn’t make the migration. It will take awhile for the updates. Please bear with me as the blog will go with the slow transition.

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Starting Off 2017 with Hip Hop Brunch – S12E07

Happy New Year!

What a way to begin 2017 with some Hip-Hop vibes. For those who know me use an Apple Watch to exercise and workout. Starting off my usual indoor jog, I tune into CBC Radio One and they had a New Year’s Day special programming in the morning. At 8am, they aired Marvin’s Room from CBC Radio 2 on Friday nights, it’s a program that delves into the world of R&B, Hip-Hop and whatever’s in between. They had their top 10 of 2016. It was great distraction while jogging.

At noon time, I went to Kinki Lounge & Kitchen for Aunt Thelma’s & Chico’s Hip Hop Brunch. The event runs on the first Sunday of the month. It’s collaboration with Caroline “Chico” Chichelly and Sean Daigle of Aunt Thelma’s where they bring out the hyped up Brunch names derived from Hip-Hop/Rap songs and artists. They bring the love of Hip Hop and food as well as having DJs spinning on the deck with the 1990s and early 2000s Hip-Hop tracks. House of Paint is a sponsor of the monthly event.

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Just Days Before Christmas, I Finally Got The NES Classic Edition – S12E06

The NES Classic Edition is one of the hot sellers of 2016 and a must get for Christmas. I was able to get it at EB Games on December 22nd and they had a minimum of 4 per store. It goes to show how crazy buyers and video games fans are trying to scoop up this retro video game system.

I wasn’t trying hard enough to finding it when it was released in late November but I was convinced by my brother to get it. It was quite the hunt to finding the product around stores. A nice way to get it before Christmas.

Changes to the Blog
Just to let everyone know that WildWorks.ca shifted to a web hosting service. The reason for it being that I bought web hosting for the lion dance website and with the shared hosting, I can also use up to 3 websites. I might as well move my blog as WordPress.com has given me limited ability to style the pages and having some complications. It will be powered by WordPress.org, which gives me more freedom with using plugins.
At the moment, some of the older entries are missing photos and other content. The migration will take awhile and I will probably have a new theme layout sometime in 2017.

Wanting to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
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Time for Winter, Time for a New Parka – S12E05

The Signature Parka
It was a week after Black Friday and being a Hudson’s Bay fanatic, they had a one day sale for the Hudson’s Bay Collection products. This particular jacket caught my interest and it has been released since September. Just in time for Winter, it’s the Hudson’s Bay Collection Signature Parka.

Regular price at $499 (Canadian), on that Friday (December 2nd), it was on sale for $299. I couldn’t pass up on the deal since I was in need of a new winter jacket. The previous winter jacket has shown some wear and tear. There’s no to continue wearing it for Winter 2016 and 2017.

The HBC Signature Parka looks very stylish with the famous multistripes. There’s several pockets and two drawcords for the hood and waist. The fur from the hood is coyote. It’s puffy throughout the jacket but more noticeable in the bottom. I have worn it inside the house and it got pretty warm.

I can’t wait to wear it outside as Ottawa got some snow and hope to keep it in good care and have it last for years to come.

You can check out the photos below.
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The 24 Days of Candies and Tea – S12E04

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It’s that yearly time on the final month of the year. It’s the popular advent calendars in the form of DAVIDsTEA and Squish Candy. Squish Candy has opened a location in Rideau Centre for several months and it’s been a great convenience in getting the 24 Days of Candy. DAVIDsTEA offered their hot selling 24 Days of Tea in late October. It used to be released on November.

Here’s the list of the advents calendars. They will be updated for the 24 days.
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Siberian Cat Café in Chelsea, Quebec – S12E03

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On Thanksgiving Monday (Canadian holiday), I had the opportunity to check out the Café Chat Siberien, the French name or the English name, Siberian Cat Café over in Chelsea, Quebec. Cat cafes have become pretty popular throughout the world. I’ve been wanting to check it out as I enjoy seeing adorable cats.

The Siberian Cat Café has opened for over a year and it’s become a fun destination when heading down to Gatineau Park. Being a holiday, there was traffic for people going to Gatineau Park. Luckily for Google Maps, it gave us another route to avoiding the car pileup.

Getting inside to the café and to see the cats, you need to order either a drink (tea, coffee and cola) and grill cheese sandwich or some small sweet bites. They also had the Montreal cola, 1642 Cola. I heard good things about it. It’s a cola with maple syrup in it.

Heading inside the cat room, there were some cats hanging around and some sleeping. The cats were friendly and they didn’t bite or scratch patrons and myself. There were also art installations throughout the building.

Overall, it was a quaint and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday going to the cat cafe. You can check out the photos below.

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving holiday!

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Beau’s Oktoberfest 2016 – S12E02

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It was a fine Saturday afternoon as I went to Vankleek Hill (an hour’s ride from Ottawa) for the 8th annual Beau’s Oktoberfest. I had to go along with my dad and I’m not total beer drinker. He had extra tickets and why not go to the event for the third year.

The 2016 edition of Beau’s Oktoberfest had a lot of craft beer from Ottawa, Quebec, and Toronto (including the GTA and Golden Horseshoe area). Beau’s brought their 16 beers and tap. Aside from the beer, there were restaurants from Ontario and Quebec serving their kind of Bavarian styled food.

This year’s main concert lineup had 54•40 and Born Ruffians for Friday. k-os and Hannah Georgas for Saturday. Even though, I didn’t stay past 6pm at Oktoberfest, I was able to check out part of Montreal’s Motel Raphaël. I haven’t seen the band live for quite awhile and they recently released a new album, System.
Oh yes, Alan Neal of CBC’s All In A Day was MC for Saturday’s concert lineup.

All in all, it was great to be at Beau’s Oktoberfest and it was quite a big turnout as people will have fun and drink beer.