Case Competition, Croissants, and the Christmas Market!

Cloudy skies started my weekend on Friday afternoon. I got a ride with Mr. Shiliang, who drove me to downtown Toronto for my first ever case competition!

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Friday night wasn’t exactly work-productive. Instead, I got to meet lots of new friends, team members, and even new UWaterloo friends! We chatted about school and life while munching on tasty nachos, sweet potato fries with cumin aioli, and some great spring rolls. This was at The Office Pub on John Street.

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On Friday night, I stayed at one of my team members’ house. Michèle and her boyfriend, Daniel, live in Roncesville, a subdivision of Toronto. We had croissants from Nadège Patisserie on Saturday morning, along with some of Daniel’s incredibly creamy eggs. What a good way to start the day!

We attended workshops, spoke with mentors, and got to work on our own presentation. This is what we came up with to deal with the problem of how we can reduce smoking in Indonesian children by 50% in two years.

Lunches were catered and involved a variety of vegetarian options – yay! I haven’t had broccoli in such a long time.

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On the Sunday, we got dressed up for our competition – everyone looked amazing in blazers, dress pants, suits, ties, and dresses. I have to say, though, that by the end of the day, my skin on my toes were a little tender from all the walking – and for wearing heeled booties for 13+ hours. Worth it!

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Here are some tidbits of our presentation:

We didn’t end up going to the finals, but I was proud of how we did. There were 16 groups, and just 4 made it to the final round. More slides here!

I was pleasantly surprised to meet some new Applied Health Sciences friends at the case competition – Mayank takes the best selfies and Chelsea knows the ins-and-outs of Toronto’s most exciting places.

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Local artists decorate the subway walls, which we thought was neat!

Buildings like this are a novel sight for me. Nothing like this in the Kitchener-Waterloo area for sure. We even spotted the Trump tower and I learned some interesting things about politics. As if 2016 didn’t have enough plot twists!

Adrian caught up with us, and then we went to the Toronto Christmas Market. Admission was  $6.00 but there was so much to see, do, and eat. We started with hot chocolate, AKA ‘drinking chocolate’. It was essentially melted chocolate diluted with a teeny bit of milk and reminded me of hot chocolate at Angelina’s in Paris. In other words, absolutely amazing. Super rich, decadent, but as Adrian pointed out, every sip just got better and better!

Good call, Chelsea 🙂

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When we finally gave Mayank a break from taking all of our selfies, we asked some nice strangers to snap pics. Not sure why I’m still holding that hot chocolate cup! Apparently I can’t part with my melted chocolate.

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We tried to get the big Christmas tree in the centre square…

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we tried.

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We even got red foam noses, which were cute! The shops were super elaborate, with amazing handmade (read: expensive) goods. What an amazing experience.

The GO bus brought us back to Waterloo by around 7:00, and from Laurier, it was an easy walk home. Mom sent me a bunch of pictures of the new zucchini bread that she made.

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Then I was off to shower and sleep!

PB toast and a mushy pear. Ew. This is why I stick to oats on the daily!

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And a cheese-less pasta recipe using nutritional yeast. Once I tweak the recipe, it’ll be posted!

Happy Monday, everyone!

i ❤ walkie-talkies

Check out all the great food that Mom’s been making back in BC! Rice casserole, steak with mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, and green beans, lemon poppyseed loaves, peanut butter cookies, and more. I miss Mom’s cooking! She always put so much time and thought into these meals, while I throw everything into a pot, cover it with cheese, and hope it’s good.

Saturday, Oct. 1 was the annual Reunion at my school, an event that you might know as Homecoming. I helped to coordinate the Applied Health Sciences Fun Run this year, and we had to be at school at 6:45 AM. It was rainy in the morning, but thankfully by the time runners started filing in, the rain had ceased.

I think the coolest part of the day was getting to wear walkie-talkies! I LOVE walkie-talkies. My sister and I used to play with them all the time, hiding in different closets in the house and phoning each other. Do you like walkie-talkies? Do you have any fun memories of them?

Here are some of the highlights! I was responsible for social media and got to post all of these photos onto the University of Waterloo’s Applied Health Sciences Twitter and Instagram pages. It was actually my first time using Instagram, so I was pretty terrible at it and needed a lot of help finding the “upload” button.

After the runners had food, left, and everything was cleaned up, we took lots of photos at the photo booth. I think we took 10 sets of 4 photos each! Do you like photo booths?

The reception afterwards was catered by Seven Shores Cafe. The food looked amazing and I was lucky to take a couple summer rolls home.

We had to swap our bright yellow Reunion t-shirts for formal attire for the Dean’s reception. We listened to a lot of speeches and took some photos in the new Applied Health Sciences building. This wall is designed to look like a cluster of CELLS! Isn’t that creative?! A cell wall!

In the meantime, I’ve been planning the next couple of years of my academic calendar. My goal is to attain minors in psychology and nutrition, in addition to my kinesiology degree. I’m also hoping to study abroad one semester! I’ve been working with my academic adviser to coordinate all of my courses.

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On a totally different note, I’m now addicted to looking at photos of seals and baby polar bears. Aren’t these cubs adorable? I spammed my dad with photos of them.

Speaking of Dad, he is now in Taiwan! He’s going with Grandpa to visit Grandpa’s siblings and do some financial things. This was Dad’s first meal in Taiwan, and he especially likes the red chewy sugared soybean curds “dou gan”. Have you ever tried Taiwanese food?

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Here are some of the pretty lame meals that I made. Steamed broccoli, baked cayenne salmon with baked sweet potato “chips”, and a breakfast that consisted of toast, broccoli-cheddar omelet, and yogurt with muffin and granola. What have you been eating recently?

That’s it for today, because it’s a busy week ahead with midterms, quizzes, and the ongoing job search…

… any plans for Thanksgiving? 😀

Have a FANTASTIC week, everyone!