The past weekend was one of the most eventful one in recent memory. Horray for random Family Day Holiday that no one remembers until the week before!
First up was the 2009 Canadian Auto Show. I’ve never been to one before, but decided to go this year because the family is looking into a new car next year to replace our problematic Camry. It was also nice to go with Peter, since he knows so much about cars. The auto show was kind of like Disney World for Pete, his eyes glimmered with excitement every time a “worthy” car came into view, models names, features, and various little fun facts would come flowing out of his mouth. I was quite impressed with the amount of knowledge he has for cars, and made me extra glad that I was with him at the auto show, otherwise I’d be discombobulated beyond belief.
So the other day I decided to make some instant noodle… only to find that my water filter has frozen under the harsh conditions of a residence fridge. This thing is so old, that one half an increment makes a difference between “Mr. Freeze” and “Let’s spoil everything”.
Today I once again became a lab rat, no, not someone who spend too much time in a lab (I’m getting there though), but rather, someone who has decided to become part of the experiment… all in the name of science. It was a 4th year thesis project for my friend Jon. He was testing to see if a strapped ankle has better balancing technique than non-strapped ankle by using EMG measurements, as well as a freaken cool looking, pre-programmed moving platform in which I get to stand on with one leg and attempt to balance. Pretty cool stuff.
Speaking of science projects, my friends Alex, Dan, Adrian and Sherman have made some significant progress with their FYDP Laser Project. They’ve recently integrated several components of their projects to finally put together a working gesture-based presentation system. Some pretty incredible stuff, check it out.
And so it was, that time of the year again. A time where awkward and funny questions like “Do you do meth?” are asked (And for the record, the answer is no), a time where we all just strip down into our boxers while trying to make casual conversation with the other person, a time for the weird and awkward rituals where my crown-jewels are cupped by a pair of hands while I’m being asked to cough. Yup, the yearly physical exam — after 21 years, it still gets awkward.
Nevertheless, it has to be done, just to make sure that you’re in good health and everything checks out. And so I got the process rolling by calling the Health Center at the University of Guelph, I figure, why not get it done here? I’m only in Toronto during the weekends anyways, and the doctors get so busy that bookings are probably back-logged for another three good weeks, so I’ll just get it done on campus during the summer when it’s all nice and empty. Read On…
Alright, I can go for another few entries displaying photos and make semi-smart and witty commentaries about the rest of my adventures in Taiwan and Hong Kong. But I won’t. Instead, you can check out the rest of the Taiwan photos here, and the Hong Kong set here. Hong Kong was particularly interesting, since it’s been a while since I’ve been to Hong Kong, and I don’t even remember most of my adventure the first time I went more than ten years ago. It’s mostly touristy stuff, and I hope the next time I visit Hong Kong I’ll be able to explore areas that features more local than tourist. How do you tell you’re in a touristy area? Just look around and count the number of Nikon and Canon dSLRs clickin’ away, if you see more than ten, chances are, you are in a heavy touristy area. I thought I was in camera heaven when I visited Victoria Peak and the Tian Tan Buddha. Read On…
For those of you that wondered what else I was up to besides studying my butt off during exam, and before I left for my vacation, here it is. I went to baseball game (Red Sox @ Blue Jays), and had a massive dinner with some friends.