Venturing Around Downtown Ottawa on Canada Day 2017 – S12E18

It was a rainy and muggy way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. With the big celebration, lots of people flocked down to downtown Ottawa and Parliament Hill for all the festivities. I did not go down to Parliament Hill with the strict security checks and the big crowds.

I started off my trek around downtown Ottawa to Major’s Hill Park to briefly see the people I worked with at CBC/Radio-Canada. They were surprised and happy to see me drop by. I later went back to Jacques Cartier Park for MosaïCanada 150 again because of the rain on Friday following the lion dance performance. I didn’t get a chance to check out the other sculptures. On Canada Day, it was considered round two. You will check out the photos below.

Following that excursion, I unexpectedly bumped into a high school friend who’s now in Toronto and hung out until I went to the Casper Nap Tour. These online mattress companies have become popular with the pricing and quality comfort. I had an eight minute nap and the mattress was pretty relaxing and soft. It was like floating in the air. I had no back strain or dizziness. It’s a fun tryout since there’s so much buzz with it.

Following that, I went back to find my friend and finally tried out Nando’s. I ended the afternoon with wandering to the Inspiration Village in the ByWard Market. It was fun to see my high school friend back in Ottawa for Canada Day. The worst part was missing out on the Snowbirds, it was later than usual.

That was my Canada Day 2017 in a nutshell. Check out the loads of photos below.

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MosaïCanada 150 – S12E17

On a rainy Friday before Canada Day, there was a new attraction at Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau, QC as part of Canada’s 150th celebrations. The attraction is called MosaïCanada 150. It showcases the art of horticulture and the works of all of 10 provinces and 3 territories of Canada as well as the First Nations. 

Before the official 3pm opening, there was special for VIPs and media to check the event out.

Our lion dance troupe were on hand for opening ceremony and to show two of the mosaiculture sculptures from Shanghai, China. There were the dragons and lions on display from China. You can check the photo gallery below.

MosaïCanada 150 runs from June 30th until October 15th. It’s free to check out.

Happy Canada Day!

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A Weekend Roundup From The Photos Taken on The iPhone – S12E16

I didn’t realize I had a bunch of photo I took on the iPhone 7 Plus. There’s several photos leftover from Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival. It ranged from the concerts to the boat ride watching the race.

On Sunday, I went to the Canadian Museum of History for the live broadcast of CBC Radio’s Cross Country Checkup. The live call in radio program was about Canada’s 150 and what it should inspire us in the future. It was held in the soon to be open Canadian History Hall.

I had the chance to glance through the new permanent exhibit. It looks fantastic as it covers more than a 150 years of Canada’s history ranging from the French and British’s settling, to the Indigenous culture and modern day Canada. I had one hour before the live broadcast to check out the history of Canada. I hope to try going through the exhibit at a slower pace in the future.

You can check the photo gallery below.

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Saturday at The 2017 Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival – S12E15

After recovering from equilibrium or balances issues on the boat ride at Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, Saturday’s event was filled with races, activities and live music.

The weather turned out very good but throughout the afternoon, winds were picking up during the races and caused some delays. It was fun to shoot photos of the dragon boat races while in the boat on the waters of the Rideau River. It’s the second year to experience seeing the action on the waters.

To the concert series, missing Friday’s lineup due to not having a camera without it. Saturday ended off with Twin Flames (from Ottawa), Kasador (from Kingston), The Darcys and Half Moon Run (from Montreal). It’s always a thrill to see The Darcys and the first time to see the three bands. I’ve been familiar with Half Moon Run but never seen them live.
You check the photos galleries below.

It’s always a pleasure to attend Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival every Summer. Great seeing the sights and sounds of the races as well with the live music to keep fans and racers entertained. Kudos to the organizers for making the festival fantastic.
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Thursday at The 2017 Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival – S12E14

Live music, bagpipers and lion dancing kicked off the 2017 edition of The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival on Thursday night.

Their concert series kicked off with The Elwins, Said The Whale and The Sheepdogs. All three were great and the best thing about the concert series at Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, it is free! Best of all, the music lineup are all Canadian.

Friday’s lineup will have Kalle Mattson, The Zolas and Dear Rouge. There is a lot of things to do in Ottawa with Summer in full swing.

Check out the photos below.

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The Final Weekend of May 2017 – S12E13

The last weekend of May in Ottawa had a lot of events happening. To start off Friday night, I went to Kinki Lounge Kitchen for Kool Krys‘s album release party. Her fourth album, Feminum was released on Friday and it’s a tribute female empowerment and her favourite super-hero, Wonder Woman.

The Feminum album release party had Ghettosocks open up the event. It was a great event and the funny moment was having to sing along to Perfect Day when Ghettosocks began his set.

You can listen to Feminum over at Bandcamp which is free to download.

On Saturday
For Saturday, there were various events happening, the first place was checking out the annual Great Glebe Garage Sale. Just walked to see the crowds look and rummaging for deals and unique objects around the area. I have been using the iPhone 7 Plus and tried to experiment shooting on portrait mode. You will see one of the photos shot using the depth effect.

After the garage sale, I took a long walk over to the Festival Plaza at Ottawa City Hall for Ottawa Race Weekend’s Celebration Stage. I went to see Scary Bear Soundtrack as I haven’t seen the lead member for awhile. It was a joy to see the members on a warm sunny afternoon.

The band released a new track (actually, a reworked version) to commemorate Asian Heritage Month 2017. It’s called Asian Fetishist, you can listen to the track on Bandcamp.

You check the photos from below from the events I checked out.

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My Time at CBC/Radio-Canada in February – S12E12

Just to coincide with their blog makeover as my Twitter slightly lit up with notifications from it.

Back in February, I had the opportunity to work at CBC/Radio-Canada (the corporate side) and help with migrating their blog to a new one. To keep it short, you can read my experience over on their blog by clicking HERE

All I can say that it was an opportunity to meet the great people at Enterprise Communications and surprising the ones from CBC Ottawa.

In the meantime, you can check out more photos that I didn’t provide to the CBC/Radio-Canada blog. It’s a mix of the Polaroids and iPhone photos posted here.

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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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