Life + Love
on a fun note, the pictures of us is giving me old indie/alternative rock/shoegazing band vibes that would come from the pages of NME, select or spin magazine. 90s music FTW! even my friend cam thought album cover when she saw the pics.
animals inside out. at first, i wasn’t sure if it could handle it. i thought that i might just walk out after a few steps, a few minutes. i even asked the staff member if anyone’s ever walked out or felt ill by what they saw. and not that it alleviated my concerns, she simply said “yes, lots.”
i’m talking about the animal inside out exhibition at science world.
i’ve been to gunther von hagen’s body worlds exhibit in new york, as well as, in vancouver. although it’s disconcerting to see plastinated humans, i was able to stomach it. for the most part. but animals…. i love animals. i had to give a disclaimer to sean and for him to prepare for me to walk out at any moment.
but i stayed. and i went through the whole exhibit. although it was a bit sad, i felt the exhibit was respectful and educational, bordering on captivating and disturbing.
being sensitive of viewers, i’m not going to post pictures right on my blog. i don’t like being visually assaulted when i’m not expecting it, as i’m sure others don’t either. nothing chaps me more than content that might be disturbing popping up in all its glory, without so much as a warning on my twitter feed.
to view the pictures, click here for my flickr.
another reason i wanted to go to science world was for the red bull stratos exhibit, featuring felix baumgartner’s space suit and capsule he rode up to the edge of space, before free fall jumping 128,000 feet back to earth.
i remembered watching the world record jump online in 2012. what a nail-biter of a moment! and now i get to see the suit and capsule with my very eyes.
final mission records include:
- first person to break the speed of sound in freefall, without the protection or propulsion of a vehicle
- fastest freefall: 843.6 miles per hour
- highest exit (jump) altitude: 127,852 feet
- longest freefall distance: 119,431.1 feet
- highest manned balloon ascent: 128,177.5 feet
- largest balloon ever flown with a human aboard: 30 million cubic feet
- fastest overland speed of a manned balloon: 135.7 miles per our
- highest untethered altitude outside a vehicle
what an incredible feat for a human! how could one possibly top that in their career slash life? so inspirational just to be in the presence of what made it all possible.
for more pictures of my day at science world, click here for my flickr.
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we finally got to go see van dusen botanical garden’s festival of lights! every year, we say we’re going to see it, and every year we get so hella busy (erm, holiday season), that it’s over before we get to it. or that we’re too exhausted from other commitments, that we would take the downtime than driving into town.
but not this year. with a little extension from the gardens, the crowd-pleasing festival of lights were held over until 3rd week of january. and yes, it’s technically not christmas anymore, but when it’s dark and gloomy january, one could resurrect those holiday spritis with a little bright lights.
bonus! it’s not as crazy busy as during the holiday season. you know how i am about crowds.
every year, the same observation. that time moves way too fast. but in 2015, i packed a lot in. also, new career path. not just one job, but two new ones! plus travel near and far! overall, 2015 was pretty awesome and laid the foundation for more personal and professional growth.
let’s rewind and reflect:
january: a whole new look. a whole new me.
february: my do not go gentle into that good night birthday. who would’ve thought my job offered this opportunity? the answer to ‘have i ever danced for money?’ will remain a mystery. year of the sheep family dinner.
march: hanging out with our caprinae friends. happy six to my honey bunny. celebrating our anniversary in high nerd style: steampunk cirque show, 2 guys and their cellos and star wars finery. barry allen aka the flash filming right outside my door. getting my mind blown by commander hadfield.
august: felines at casa de sullichan. crossing one off my travel bucket list: iceland! LGBTQ rainbow leading up to a church, because iceland. minecraft church. spying northern lights in iceland. exploring reykjavik. because john lennon. geysers, horses and the golden circle. never thought i’d be so excited about GLACIERS, but i was.
september: speedboating through a glacial lagoon. moonscaping with an ice ax and crampons. a dip in the blue lagoon. a day of museum’ing in london. paul weller did something to me. all things james bond. seeking out street art in camden. mad hatter and white rabbit busks in camden. friends in high places get me into the bbc proms. hanging out with surrogate kitties in shoreditch. on the hunt for street art in east london. so thrilled that i got to be a part of the secret cinema’s star wars experience. celebrating 150 years of alice in wonderland.
so last year, i promised myself that in 2015, i’d break out the big guns on travel, and boy, did i ever. fulfilling my long-time wish to travel to iceland? yowza, i fell in love with the country. and i will never tire of going to london. ever.
so what’s next on my travel bucket list? lots still. hopefully, i can knock off a few more destinations for 2016.
here’s to more good times and good health! happy new years, everyone!