• Personal

    The Notion of Self Care

    Hello all!Hope everyone is doing well. Lately, I’ve been focused on the notion of self-care and reflecting on how I take care of myself. Maybe this stems from the fact that I work at a company whose mission is to boost everyone’s mental resilience. Regardless, I think I was due for some self-reflection on the techniques I use to pull myself out of a bad mood or an exhausting week. That being said, what about you guys? Have you guys ever thought about how you care for yourself? Do you guys have a self-care routine? I thought a lot about the methods that I use to help increase my energy…

  • Drinks,  Tea

    Tea of the Day – Spa Day

    Weird name for a tea, I know but it’s actually not a bad tea. Also, I find the name quite clever once you take a sip. Spa Day is one of Murchie’s seasonal teas for this year. My friend hooked me up with some seasonal teas from Murchie’s and this was the first one I grabbed to try. It was a really nice gift. Thanks, Soft Soft~! Spa Day consists of lemongrass, rose, lavender, and some other floral items. It smells very soothing. Similar to a chamomile tea. The tea really matches the name though because the smell of the tea is very reminiscent of a trip to the spa.  How does…

  • Personal,  Work

    YVR: A New Chapter

    Summer has ended and fall is approaching fast. It’s been a while since my last post and a lot has happened.  Earlier this year I was a proud Calgarian. Now I’m happy to call Richmond is my home. Where do I get started with this tale?Hmm. Well in Calgary I wasn’t exactly pleased with my situations. I was in a job that didn’t utilize my skillset properly. I wanted to do more, and despite my diligence and eagerness, I wasn’t being given more. My family situation and a few of my closest relationships were toxic. I had the tools to overcome the trials, but I needed the energy and patience to…

  • Food

    Good Food Subscription Boxes

    Hello all! It’s Lien here, bringing you a post about my experiences and thoughts on food subscription boxes. I will specifically talk about my experiences Goodfood, a Canadian based food subscription box since that’s the only one I have tried so far. For the first few weeks in my new apartment, I had the opportunity to give Goodfood a try. A friend hooked me up with a free box for the fear of me starving in my new place. I have kind friends. Anyways, then afterwards I noticed that the new week’s box had risotto so I ended up getting that too to give the dishes a try. Goodfood provides different…

  • Food

    Uzu Taiyaki Review

    Woot! Another Taiyaki place has opened up in Calgary. The other place is the little Korean place located in the same building as Try Again, the bubble tea shop in Chinatown. For those who don’t know, Taiyaki is a popular fish shaped snack in Japan. It’s a fish shape pastry filled with yummy goodies. It’s commonly found with red bean, or custard filling. Taiyaki exists in Korea as well, but they are known by another name, bungeo-ppang. Uzu Taiyaki had their soft opening on Feb. 23, 2018! And judging by the amount of people lingering by the store front when I went in, it’s safe to say that it was a…

  • Personal

    Apartment Life

    Hello everyone! With the start of a new year, I decided to start a new notch in my adventures. I have moved out from the middle of nowhere and smack dab into the middle of downtown. I’m in a lovely skyscraper overlooking the streets. It’s everything I could have dreamed of. The fact that it’s only 425 square feet doesn’t even bring me down because as a lover of Ikea, I know how capable small spaces are. Ever since the Sims 2 Apartment Life expansion pack, I always wanted to try living in a loft or an apartment. A little nerdy I know, but man life is pretty interesting now…

  • Design

    World Usability Day @ MRU

    Hello Friends! I had the pleasure of attending Mount Royal’s World Usability Night hosted by the lovely Brian Traynor! I had the fortune of hearing about Brian from Kat, a fellow friend and co-worker from the NEB team this summer. A few weeks ago at the Inclusive Design Workshop by Calgary UX, Brian was introduced and made a small speech about UX at Mount Royal. I took that opportunity to say hi to him and he was kind enough to invite the UofC Ilab to attend his Usability Day. A few Ilab members were able to attend the event which is reasonable but I wish we had a better turn…

  • Design,  Personal

    Inclusive Design Workshop – Calgary UX

    It’s Lien here, bringing you another blog post! Woot. This time I’ll be discussing what I learnt in the workshop I attended. This post is more for my sake because I needed a place to record my notes from this workshop, but I figured why not share the knowledge. That and it’s easier to find notes again if it’s all online. Anyways, as you know by the title of this post, I went to the Inclusive Design Workshop hosted by Calgary UX and it was a lovely time. It was housed over at the ATB Entrepreneur Center down at 17th ave SW and man that place was nice. It’s a place…

  • Design,  Work

    Incidents Open House

    Hello all! Before the launch of Incidents, or how NEB calls it Pipeline Incidents Visualization, NEB decided to have an internal open house to gauge how the other NEB employees felt and thought about the visualization. And of course Vizworx and the Ilab was invited to attend which I found was a great opportunity to gather user research. The open house provided snacks for attendees and it started off with Katherine, the product owner, demonstrating the uses of the visualizations.

  • Personal

    Hiking @ Ha Ling Peak

    A few weeks ago, my friends and I decided to trek up the popular hiking trail Ha Ling Peak located near Canmore. It was in amidst of the BC forest fires and the haze offered great coverage from the sun. Without the haze, I’m pretty sure our group would have been out of energy half way up the mountain. It took us about three hours to get to the summit and it was hike was 90% inclines. There wasn’t much room for breaks so I would definitely say this was one of the more challenging trails we did this summer. The last 10% of the hike was mostly rocky terrain…