Farewell UBC.

After  5 long, unforgettable, life-changing years of our lives, it was finally time for us to say goodbye. It was our graduation. For half a decade, UBC was almost like a second home, as much as we hated it at times. I think a lot of times we easily take things that are in front of us for granted (especially during exam season). I had always heard about how beautiful and nice the campus was and though I’d always agree, I feel like I said it without really appreciating it.

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As I moved on to the “real world”, I came to realize how fortunate I was to attend this university, be a part of the family, and learn from some of the most brilliant minds in Vancouver.

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So on the last days, we made sure we got a chance to walk around and enjoy it one last time.

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At the time, Sauder had these green chairs and tables placed outside and they made for some really interesting shots.

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It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure. – Ernie Harwell


Quarter Century

Quarter Century.

This year is a big year for a lot of me and my friends. The reason being  because many of us were turning 25 (our quarter century)! One of my friends who had a relatively earlier birthday in the year was especially special as it also happened to be her champagne birthday. For those who don't know what that is, a champagne birthday is the one year in your life where your age is the same as your birthday. In my friends case, she turned 25 on April 25th. So for her birthday, her best friend decided to throw her an exclusive girl's only party (I was an exception since I was the photographer).


For her birthday, I got her this box of candies. Apparently it's really popular among girls and she really likes these specific kinds. The girls were gracious enough to let me try some, they were pretty good. Sugarfina is definitely on the higher end of brands for candy though (aka it was pretty pricey for the amount you get).


Of course with any champagne birthday, there had to be champagne.


After the girls had all their fun, it was time to switch up the venues. We went to Chewies Steam and Oyster Bar where we were joined by the rest of the crew (and the guys still didn't manage to get in on the pictures).


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The First Proposal.

About a couple weeks back one of my best friend’s boyfriend (let’s call him Jon Chan, that was his secret name during the whole mission) met up with us to discuss about plans for my friend’s 25th birthday (which knowing her and her family, was going to be BIG). Little did we know we were about to plan something much, much bigger and important. We were told that the Jon Chan planned to propose at the new love locks statues in Queen Elizabeth park on October 1st. This was of course very exciting for us as it would be the first proposal to happen within our circle of friends. And that was the beginning of two very stressful and sneaky weeks in our lives.

In order to get the bride-to-be (let’s call her Kathy) to the place, we organized a group “photo shoot” (my friends loved taking photos) where it would be our last chance to get in a couple of nice photos before Vancouver turned to Raincouver as the seasons turned colder and wetter. My job was going to basically play photographer, slowly lead Kathy and the group through a pre-planned route towards the statues and finally capture the beautiful moment, in all its emotional-ness. Personally, I thought I had one of the hardest jobs as I had to act during this whole process knowing what was about to come up ahead. Nonetheless, I managed to get some nice “decoy” pictures out of all this.

Leading up to the proposal, we had to meet up for rehearsals and scope out the location and venue. We were very meticulous with all details — making sure we had multiple contingency plans, especially because there was a high chance it was going to rain that day. So for two weeks, we lived in fear that Kathy was going to be on to us as we all knew she was a very observant person. There were even a few scares where she had, one girls’ night, spontaneously talked about what she wanted for her wedding center pieces and that if Jon was planning on proposing, she’d be able to tell *suspiciously glares at the girls*.


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Luckily we had made it to the morning of and it was go time. We had our morning huddle at our setup base where we had all the balloons, staging, and everything ready.


In the end, the mission was a 100% success. Kathy had completely no idea because everything had gone SO smooth.