• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,  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…

  • 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…

  • Personal

    Taste of Calgary 2017

    Hello everyone! Hope everyone is doing well this fine week. As a foodie, I’m usually stumped on what places to eat with friends whenever we have a night out so events like Taste of Calgary are a great way for us to see the new things the Calgary food scene has in store for us. I went with another person and we had a budget of 20 dollars. We like playing a game while attending events like this. Our game is to find the best food item that was worth it’s price in tickets. Judging criteria:  Portion Size Ticket Amount Taste First off, we started with a Tot Poutine with…

  • Personal

    Introduction Post

    Hello there! I bet you’re wondering why I have an introduction post when I have an about page. I like to believe that a good start to a blog is a great introduction. Even an about page can’t kickstart that. This is most likely the first time I have ever blogged as myself. I’ve blogged for approximately six years now on WordPress. It first started out as a pet project between me and a friend. It then evolved into a solo project where I transferred myself onto a new domain, The Inky Awkto. And over a year of blogging there, sharing my thoughts on books, cooking and my travelling adventures, I…