New prospects to look forward to.

No, not referring to men. Sorry.

SInce that aspect of my life is pretty bleak, there are, however, a few things that have been a brewing in the past month or so that I have been anxiously and excitedly looking forward to announce. First of all, I made the Western Regionals for the Enterprize Canada Business Plan Competition.  I’m pretty stoked for this.  Ever since the SFU SEY competition I was in last November, I have been looking forward to any opportunities that would let me compete again.  I submitted my business plan and looks like I’ll be competing at UBC on Friday. UBC friends, feel free to holler at me that day/keep me company/cheer me on. Super excited.

I’m also really looking forward to the XY Boom Conference next week. As I have recently completed my undergrad and am desperately looking for a job, this conference is perfect.  It honestly couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. Really looking forward to the speakers, new peers to meet, and professionals to network with.

On a similar note, I did hear back from the one and only job posting in my field. Hurray! Hopefully I am well-suited for it and I nail the interview. We shall see…

2012 sure is looking good so far.

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Back to the daily grind.

Christmas holidays were wonderful. Lots of food, family, and a whole lot of Sound of Music. Also managed to sneak up to Whistler over Boxing Day for some fresh powder and my first time boarding in six years. Not too shabby.  NYE was a bust but turned out pretty good in the end. Shangri-La, B’s friend’s apartment, then loft party. Escaped third wheeldom and started off the year with some good oldschool hip hop, smoked gouda, and chillin’ times. Starting the year off on the right foot. Done all my applications, busy writing up my business plan, and most importantly, learning how to relax. 2012 – should be good year!
NYE 2012
Whistler
Christmas dinner at Kat's
NYE 2012
Christmas at Kat's
NYE 2012
NYE 2012
Wine
NYE 2012
NYE 2012
NYE 2012


Peace out 2011. Hello 2012!

2011 came and went and what can I say? I’m glad it’s over. It definitely didn’t top 2010 but it had its ups and downs. Pretty eventful on the whole — a hell of a lot of concerts and shows, more mini roadtrips but less larger trips, and a ton of academic accomplishments, and a flavourful combination of men. Overall, it was actually a pretty fun year, now that I think about it.

Some highlights of the year?

Concerts
1. Taylor Swift
2. Britney Spears & Nicki Minaj
3. Kanye West & Jay Z
4. NKOTBSB
5. LIGHTS
(forgettables too drunk to remember: Kid Cudi, Bruno Mars, Lil Wayne & Nicki Minaj

Shows
1. Wicked
2. Legally Blonde
3. Avenue Q
4. Hairspray
5. Fiddler on the Roof

Travel
1. Vegas
2. Harrison Hot Springs
3. Victoria
4. Seattle/Tacoma x 2
5. Riviera Maya

Academic
1. SASSquatch
2. SFU Student Entrepreneur of the Year
3. Project GIVE
4. Last semester and 3.0 GPA
5. Dolce Delights

Miscellaneous
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
2. Stanley Cup playoffs
3. Fuck Valentine’s Day
4. Red Bull Thre3style
5. Random new friends/men/parties

I hope 2012 brings some good times! Already looking forward to the fall. Should be a good year. 2011’s peacin’ out… I can’t wait to peace out of this city come September. 2012, please be good to me.


That shit cray.

This….weekend….was shitfuckcray INSANE. Red Bull Thre3style World Finals Championships were on Saturday at the Commodore Ballroom and Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne concert was on Sunday at Rogers Arena. Hedspin reppin’ Canada took home the gold at the DJ competition. Good lookin’ crowd, good music, and great company. Sick afterparty at the Waldorf Hotel with all the international DJs. In heels for 12 hours, home at 6:30am. Fuck. Set the tone for the concert which was seriously off the chain. Definitely topped the last time I saw Jay-Z back in ’09. And what can I say? They played my favourite song 11 times. Three words: that shit cray.
Me and Frances at Watch the Throne
Jay Z
Me at Watch the Throne
Watch the Throne
Watch the Throne
Watch the Throne


DTES Christmas cookie drop.

Every year, Christmas seems to be getting more and more materialistic. People I know have already started their Christmas shopping and others, well, I’m sure they’ll be freaking out last minute. My family seems to be going in the opposite direction. Rarely do we get eachother gifts anymore. And I’m not just talking about Christmastime. This applies to birthdays and other celebrations as well. Instead, we value time well spent together, usually over dinner and whatnot.

My mom is extremely Christian and perhaps, this change in behaviour and attitude may be owed to her. To be honest, I hated it at first. I love gifts. I can be pretty spoiled. But I guess I’ve gotten used to it. And I’ve also realized how meaningless material goods can be.

On the same note, I am organizing another DTES cookie drop with a couple of friends. We did this last year around Christmastime and again around Valentine’s Day. We are aiming for it to be kind of like a flashmob so it would be great if some readers could come out and take part in it! It will honestly take 15min, from start to finish.

So bake some cookies (or buy them), plastic wrap them in groups of 3, and meet up with us. We will be meeting at 11:00am in front of Chill Winston, departing at 11:15am to trek to the DTES. Give out cookies to the disenfrached and done. Possibly lunch/brunch afterwards. An instant feel good-er for those who love to spread the love.


The Buzz Event.

Last Thursday, I was finally able to attend The Buzz Event as my company, Dolce Delights, was sponsoring the event.  Hilariously enough, I have been a sponsor for every single Buzz Event but haven’t physically been to one since the very first one which dates back to August of last year.
Dolce Delights at the Buzz EventFrom the looks and attendees at the event, I’ve got to say that it has definitely expanded since then. This time, it occurred at the Xi Shi Lounge at the Shangri-La. Pretty sweet venue…for networking. I found it really difficult to listen to the three speakers that were present that night (and I was pretty much right by them as well). Maybe it wasn’t the most appropriate forum for speakers but it was still great to hear their stories, from what I could make out.
Me at the Buzz EventOverall, it was so great to see the usual suspects there and meet new ones face-to-face since I’ve been so out of the loop this year (no data plan!!!). Can’t wait til the next one at V Lounge!

Thanks to Julian Fok for the great photos!


SFU Student Entrepreneur of the Year.

I feel like I’m so behind on blogging! I thought I would have more time to do stuff, but nope, definitely not the case. Just one more week of this mayhem til…freedom! YES.
SFU SEY final roundPhoto credit: SIFE Simon Fraser.

So I was stuck at the Renaissance Harbourside Hotel for 13.5 hours last Saturday for the 2011 SFU Student Entrepreneur of the Year competition. I actually heard about the competition last year while I was interning at the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs. My former boss’ boyfriend was actually the 2008 winner of the competition and I thought to myself, “Gosh, I really gotta do this competition”. Last year, I knew I wasn’t ready so this year I was confident enough to apply. I managed to succeed through the preliminary rounds and secured a spot in the Top 10 as a semi-finalist for my cupcake venture, Dolce Delights.
SFU SEYPhoto credit: SIFE Simon Fraser.

As Tyra Banks would say, the competition was fierce. There was a good array of businesses that emerged from recent graduates and students just like me. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to finals but honestly, I’m kind of glad I didn’t. The judges were ruthless yet informative. I don’t think I recognized any of the “business” terminology they were using. I probably would have started crying. But all in all, a well-put together event! I was glad to represent all the ladies (the only female contender… really!? Girls need to step it up!!) and the Arts. Also received some very good feedback from the semi-finalist judges which I believe will help me succeed.
Dolce DelightsHonestly, I’m a little sad that it’s over. It was definitely a great experience. Learned a lot about business in general and my business itself. Also met some really inspiring individuals and made new connections. I would definitely do it over again if I could.