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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Saturday's Glow Fair and a Bit of Ottawa Asian Fest Night Market – S11E31

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There were lots of events happening on Saturday in the Nation’s Capital. From Ottawa Explosion Weekend to UFC to Ottawa Asian Fest Night Market and Glow Fair, there’s not much to miss around with the fun and Summer around the close corner.

I first went to Ottawa Asian Fest Night Market at Lansdowne Park, as my lion dance troupe performed for the opening ceremony. With the hot weather, it was pretty tough to perform in the sun. Photos posted below.

Day 2 of Glow Fair’s concert had Gang Signs from Vancouver, Ottawa’s own The Balconies, Halifax’s Rich Aucoin and Toronto’s Dragonette. Each ranged from the rocking to the dancing beats. Aucoin was the best from Saturday’s lineup because of his interactivity to the crowd and bringing in total fun. The Balconies, who I haven’t seen in a long time had some new members, a change from when they were a trio. Dragonette brought the crowd to its feet as Glow Fair concluded the concert series.

I also took a few Impossible Project black & white instant film photos. Finally tried to B&W 2.0 600 film as it improved the development process but the first photo with Rich Aucoin didn’t turn out good because parts of it was white.

It was a weekend to not forget from the events happening in and around Ottawa.
You can check out the loads of photos below.

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Saturday’s Glow Fair and a Bit of Ottawa Asian Fest Night Market – S11E31

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There were lots of events happening on Saturday in the Nation’s Capital. From Ottawa Explosion Weekend to UFC to Ottawa Asian Fest Night Market and Glow Fair, there’s not much to miss around with the fun and Summer around the close corner.

I first went to Ottawa Asian Fest Night Market at Lansdowne Park, as my lion dance troupe performed for the opening ceremony. With the hot weather, it was pretty tough to perform in the sun. Photos posted below.

Day 2 of Glow Fair’s concert had Gang Signs from Vancouver, Ottawa’s own The Balconies, Halifax’s Rich Aucoin and Toronto’s Dragonette. Each ranged from the rocking to the dancing beats. Aucoin was the best from Saturday’s lineup because of his interactivity to the crowd and bringing in total fun. The Balconies, who I haven’t seen in a long time had some new members, a change from when they were a trio. Dragonette brought the crowd to its feet as Glow Fair concluded the concert series.

I also took a few Impossible Project black & white instant film photos. Finally tried to B&W 2.0 600 film as it improved the development process but the first photo with Rich Aucoin didn’t turn out good because parts of it was white.

It was a weekend to not forget from the events happening in and around Ottawa.
You can check out the loads of photos below.

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Some Expired Impossible Photos While in Toronto – S11E25

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Returned from Toronto after a four day excursion. I had the chance to check out live music on Saturday and the Field Trip Music and Arts Festival on Sunday. The festival was held at Fort York and Garrison Common.

I didn’t take much photos as I didn’t bring the Sony a7 camera. I only used the iPhone and the Polaroid SX-70 camera. I’m currently using expired instant film from The Impossible Project. My initial worry from the expired film would be the image looking very washed out. It’s been good so far with the outcome. It was great to see a friend and former co-host, Lauren in Toronto as she’s doing her Masters at Ryerson.

In one of the photos, I was able to get one with Lennon and Maisy, the sisters who were on recently cancelled TV show, Nashville. They were suppose to perform at Field Trip but there was a severe storm which impacted the festival and had music fans evacuate the area. Fortunately, they didn’t disappoint fans with the meet and greet.

From Sunday’s Field Trip, I also got to see Basia Bulat perform and she did not disappoint. Hope she will be back in Ottawa for a concert.

I was staying in the Lakeshore area of Toronto and surprised how revitalized it has been with all the condos and lofts being situated.

You can check out the Impossible photos from below. There’s photos from Wes of Darcys to The Kents playing at The Horseshoe Tavern.
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Impossible Photos in Toronto (2015 Edition) – S10E31

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For the third or technically second year, I have been bringing the Polaroid SX-70 camera to shoot some fun instant photos in Toronto. The first year was using a Fujifilm Instax.
Don’t worry, I was still shooting digital with the Sony a7 and the iPhone 6, there was a lot of juggling to do.

I know people will still call it Polaroids as I’ve been using The Impossible Project films to use it. It’s just fun to shoot analog photos and bringing a sense of originality. It’s more like a dying art but younger generations are using the Fujifilm Instax Mini. It’s the competitor to Impossible and is more stable with their instant photos.
I didn’t shoot Polaroids during live shows as I was not sure about using flash and possibly getting told by the security or the NXNE volunteers. It was better to use it to shoot with people outside of the shows.

During the CBC Radio 3 Unofficial Fan Picnic, I took a bunch or Polaroids and gave them away to people. There was no chance in scanning them to the Impossible iOS app. I was able to keep some that I took. On the first day, I gave away two round frames to friends and was able to scan it from the app.

Lastly, You can the photos from below. I’m making sure these are posted first to the blog and then onto various social media sites.
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A Fashion Show on Saturday Afternoon – S10E23

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Sante Restaurant presented their spring fashion show on Saturday afternoon and the second in their series was by Marcelle Benedicte. Marcelle Benedicte showed off a sneak peak of the Spring/Summer 2015 collection to the restaurant. The colour from the dresses brought the essence of Spring arriving, which is quite fitting as people in Ottawa have been suffering with the frigid cold temperatures from old man Winter.

Aside from the creative dresses, there were jewelry from Originals by Andrea and makeup provided by Orchid Cosmetics. For the men’s side, there were provided by L’Hexagon Menswear. The best thing of all are that they’re done locally in Ottawa. Which stuck out for me? There were one with pinstripes and a yellow dress which caught my attention as they looked lovely and amazing. It’s what makes Marcelle Benedicte interesting as it brings it own creativity for ready-to-wear clothing. It shows excitement and the beauty of creating the designs. What’s next for Marcelle Benedict is a fashion show for May 30th. It will be a can’t miss event.

I was able to shoot some Impossible Project instant photos but two photos didn’t turn out very well. As you know that I have another Polaroid SX-70 camera, which got repaired thanks to Mint Camera. I’m having some trouble using it as I have press the red button two times. The SX-70 will have to be used for outdoors. The instant photos are posted below.

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Saturday Night with The Elwins and a Haunted House Pop Up Show – S10E06

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It’s been awhile I have written a blog post and it’s most likely a Polaris Music Prize Gala withdrawal. October has been a slow month and it’s been a crazy and sombre time in Ottawa. The shooting in Ottawa on October 22, 2014 has been a tense and sad time as we all know that Cpl. Nathan Cirillo lost his life at the National War Memorial. People in Ottawa have bringing life back to normal after the tragedy. On Saturday night, I had the opportunity to drop by to the National War Memorial and pay my respect. It has been a week that I haven’t gone to downtown Ottawa. It’s a new reality set in the Nation’s Capital. Onto the entry.

The Elwins in Ottawa
On Saturday night, The Elwins were performing at Mavericks as they’re on tour with the Manitoba band, Royal Canoe. The band from Keswick, Ontario, which is north of Toronto are having a surprising year as they got signed to Hidden Pony Records. It’s worth mentioning that the band is taking up a challenge as they’re going to be TV critics. You can follow them at elwinsTVclub and @TheElwins on Twitter as well as blogging at The Huffington Post.
As for the concert, they played some of the usual songs and played some new songs. There was a good crowd for the show at Mavericks and for my experience, I was near two young ladies who were dancing enthusiastically and a bit of robo movements. The Elwins definitely brought the crowd to its feet as the city is moving back to normalcy from the tragic event of the past week. Prior to The Elwins playing was the Ottawa band, Pith and the Parenchymas.
I didn’t stay too long for Royal Canoe’s performance but there was a good turnout for the Winnipeg band.

You can check the photos via Flickr by clicking HERE. There’s also two Impossible B&W photos of The Elwins below.

The Haunted House Pop Up Show
Before going to the concert, I decided to drop by in the Westboro area for this event. It was a pop up shop as well as a Halloween costume party and festivities. Entering the pop up shop was a terrifying but creative entrance in time for Halloween.
The pop up show had paintings on display and sale as well as a photo booth and fortune telling. It was a fun event
I was there to give some support to DJ 2 Creamz as he spun some Halloween tunes. I decided to take some photos from the Polaroid camera and the digital camera. The Impossible Project B&W photos will be posted below.
Kudos to Dream Love Grow for hosting the event.

You can check the photo via Flickr by clicking HERE.

Since I hadn’t written anything for the month of October, I’m going to post some photos taken from the iPhone 6. That’s right, I changed phones as I finally upgraded. I had been using the iPhone 4S for about three years and needed to replace a phone. From below, some photos from Saturday’s event.

It has been whirlwind of a week in Ottawa and hoping you are safe with the loved ones.
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The Impossible Polaris Polaroid – S10E05

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Back from Ottawa and this will be a wrap-up to the 2014 Polaris Music Prize coverage. This is more on the photos, instant photos, to be precise.
From the previous entry, I mentioned that half of the photos were on Flickr, it’s now updated and you can go to the link by clicking HERE.

I also brought along the trusty Polaroid SX-70 camera and several packs of The Impossible Project films to Toronto for the Polaris Music Prize Gala. Worse part was having to carry multiple equipment with a small carry bag. At least, I was able to bring the fun to shooting instant film photos. You will see the colourful frames and wonderful black & white photos taken from the pre and post Polaris Gala as it’s posted below.
I got a chance to try out Impossible’s B&W Film for 600 Hard Color Frames Edition. The colour frames looked great with the black & white instant photos. It’s definitely fun to look at.
You will see some of the familiar faces with the Impossible instant photos.
There’s a few instant that didn’t out well and that’s being posted up.

Short Basia Bulat Interview
It’s been awhile I have done audio interviews and had the opportunity to do a quick chat with Basia Bulat. You can listen to the interview from below. It’s just great to see her at the Gala.

For fashion, I rarely dress up nicely and shoot selfies. It was quite dapper of me to wear the bow tie from Hudson’s Bay.

Other Things
Going off on a different topic or going backwards. Prior to attending the Polaris Music Prize Gala, as I arrived to Toronto, I went straight to CBC Toronto, the Canadian Broadcast Centre for an informal tour of the building. I’m surprised that the CBC social media/digital team have been wanting to meet up for awhile but scheduling and lack of travel, it wasn’t worked. Luckily, with the Polaris Music Prize, I was able to make a schedule to come by to the building. It’s great seeing the radio side again but never got to see the main studios (#40, 41 and 42) from the tenth floor. The last time I went on a tour, it was with CBC Radio 3. I posted several photos on my Instagram if you can look for the CBC related photos.

Lastly, a final shoutout goes out to Be SixFifty Hotel. It’s a boutique hotel located on Bay St. Their decoration is stylish and more like a fashion-chic setting. Checking into my room, it was a small, which was fine as I stayed for one day. I was provided with a bottled water and some nice treats. They were the yummy macarons and candied nuts. The staff were friendly and decided to give one of the staff an instant photo. The price is under $200 if you’re going solo and it’s convenient in the downtown core of Toronto.

That’s the fun adventure I had and time for some rest and relaxation from the sweat and muscle pain. Also quite unusual to post two entries in one day.
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Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau 2014 – S10E03

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Last night was an enjoyable time to check out the third edition of Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau. NBOG is an event where artists creative a unique playground and space surrounding the downtown zones of Ottawa and further down Wellington West/Hintonburg. This year’s theme or tagline is Bypass! What that meant was that artists try to convey us of bypassing the use of culture and direction within the city.

The place I wandered around, they were at Byward Market, Ottawa School of Art, Arts Court and Canadian Museum of History. I went pretty early to some of the places as some art displays were not set up. One of the unique installations was down by the Wellington and Elgin bridge. It was an airplane crash simulation-type and not for the faint of heart.

Over at Arts Court, there were several exhibits and displays there. There was this unique installation called Passage by Jesse Stewart and it’s an audio-visual experiment where he used the tunnel from Arts Court to Mugshots Bar. Uniquely dark walking to the tunnel and then experiencing the tight, cramped space climbing the ladder and onto one of the holding cells of the former jailhouse. It’s also the last time where the tunnel will be used as Arts Court/Ottawa Art Gallery will be renovating.
There were art exhibits on display in conjunction with Ottawa International Animation Festival. One stood out was Disney Made Me Do It. You will see some photos posted on Flickr.

At Ottawa School of Art, there was a micro party and outside the school, there were food stands from tacos and Chinese style buns. Lot of fun activities at that building.

For the second year in attending the event, there was rain dropping on and off. I had two cameras and an umbrella to contend with. This kind of event brings the interactive fun to Ottawa and to show that arts scene is thriving in the Nation’s Capital.
Unfortunately, I didn’t stay for the whole night as I had to take the final bus ride at around midnight. Before leaving downtown, I bumped into a few friends and took some instant photos and you will see those from below.
You can check the photos over on Flick. Click HERE.

Next stop, I will be off to Toronto for the Polaris Music Prize Gala. It will be a fun time. See you until the next entry.
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