Pink Tour 2013

So… I’m back! After over 6 months a year two years on hiatus. Wheeee!

What have I been up to? I’ve never blogged about it specifically, but I’m so excited to share this with the world, or whoever reads this sad little blog. In March 2013, my first client project was the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Pink Tour. My work was mostly office-based for the first few months, but the tour officially kicked off in June. From June 12th until October 31st, 2013, I traveled with a small team of health educators across Ontario on a 50′ retrofitted pink bus… for a total of 17,000+ kilometres. What craziness!! But in the best way possible :)

The inaugural tour in 2012 was hugely successful, so the CBCF decided to organize it one more time in Ontario. The purpose of the tour was to educate women on how to be ‘breast aware’ through interactive learning tools on board the bus. We made stops at events/festivals, community centres, sponsors, workplaces with a large number of women, and much much more. As the program coordinator, my work involved around the logistics related to the tour and managing the girls on board.

The bus in action!

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2012 London Olympics pt. 1

This was definitely one of the highlights of the summer. Jacky and I had been looking forward to London for so so long. Jacky’s been to London before, but this was my first time :) I honestly had no expectations at all (ok, maybe a few negative thoughts..) so I was incredibly pleasantly surprised.

We first applied for Olympic tickets in April 2011. Jacky was a Swiss resident at the time so we were able to apply directly through the official website. We got a few friends to apply for us too ;) The whole thing was basically a lottery – you select the events you want (Some people applied for several thousand pounds worth of tickets) and you got allotted event tickets if you’re lucky. Jacky and I both applied for our fave events and waited… and waited. In June 2011, I received an email saying I got tickets!! Jacky, however, didn’t get any :( They sent me another email later on with the precise events and dates. Volleyball and diving! Both were gold medal events too!!! Two of my favourite events. I was so incredibly lucky..

Since Jacky didn’t get any tickets, he (along with thousand and thousands of others) had first dibs on the next phase of tickets – events sold on a first-come first-serve basis. He was able to get tickets for tennis (gold medal women’s singles & men’s doubles) and badminton (gold medal men’s singles and men’s doubles!!!!) I was soooo excited. Lin Dan!!!! (Very unlikely he wouldn’t make it to the final)

Overall, I made three separate trips to London. I still had school at the time (final exams!!), plus, accommodation was said to be really hard to find and expensive. With flights being so cheap, going back and forth wasn’t a problem.

Jacky thought that transportation was going to be horrendous but it wasn’t at all!!! Honestly we could have stayed anywhere in London and wouldn’t have had any problems with traffic. I was sooo (pleasantly) surprised that the traffic was so efficient. The London organizers honestly did an awesome job.

We arrived July 28th, the day after the opening ceremonies. We stayed pretty close to the Arsenal tube stop.. The location wasn’t bad.

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El Clásico in Barcelona

April 22, 2012 – Barcelona vs. Real Madrid
As Jacky and I are huge Barca fans, we were extremely excited when one of Jacky’s students were able to get us tickets to one of the most coveted matches in all of football. Not only that, but in Barcelona too – one of my fave cities in Europe. This was my 4th or 5th time in Barcelona, and probably Jacky’s 6th. We love the city so much. Food is great.. so is the weather too. Well, every single I went except for this time around (super unlucky)

Jacky and the Barca team bus :D

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Volunteering with the pandas!

What? When? Where? HOW?

Last weekend, Jacky flew to China to visit me!!! We were supposed to meet up in Beijing, but I’ve always wanted to go to Chengdu for the pandas, so that’s what we did. We spent the entire Saturday at the Chengdu Panda Base. It’s basically a huge park where researchers help study and breed the giant panda species.

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