Category Archives: Personal

A precipitous year

This year has been a year of abruptness. Moments of predictability punctuated with poignant dips – most filled with loss and incredible sadness. And yet the year of the dragon closes without the fiery intensity that I had hoped for, … Continue reading






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Sexism in Games: The Unexceptional Case of Sexism

A few days ago, I read an article titled, “How female gamers and comic fans fight real-life sexism online“, an article detailing rampant sexism in gaming and comic culture, in both the content and the treatment of women in gaming, … Continue reading






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Ten things I’ve learnt since turning 30

I’ve spent a few months in my 30’s now. Several things have happened since. I have come to the realization of my physical age. But it is just that, my physical age. I have never felt more like I’m 25 … Continue reading






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How I remember my grandma

When I was a little girl, maybe 6 or so, ma ma would come to pick me up from school every day. She took care of my brother and I for many years when were kids. And every day after … Continue reading






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Bell responds to my illegitimate iPhone

This morning, I received a call from the executive office at Bell Mobility. The representative first apologized for the mishap with my phone and expressed their regret for the way that the situation was handled. [See Original Story: Is Your … Continue reading






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Is Your Bell Phone Legitimate?

[See Bell’s Response: Bell responds to my illegitimate phone] Do you actually know what you’re getting when you purchase a phone with Bell? Think again. What I believed to be a legitimate, new iPhone 4 turned out to be a … Continue reading






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Ringing in the new year under surf and sand…

It seems Ryan and I are making it a tradition to spend our new years with the coastal sands in Tofino. We’ve been venturing out to our favourite retreat the last 2 new years, and this year was as blissful … Continue reading






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Remembrance Day

On Remembrance Day, I reflect on what it means to remember those who have fallen in war and peace. I am reminded that war is waged even in so called peaceful times where death, suffering, and injustice are inflicted on … Continue reading






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BlizzCon 2011: Achievement Unlocked!

My first BlizzCon adventure has been conquered and unlocked! Sadly though, this also means Vanessa’s Geektastic Adventure has also come to an end. The year’s trifecta of geek cons including San Diego Comic Con, PAX Prime and BlizzCon is now … Continue reading






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Vanessa’s Geektastic Adventure: The Final Leg

The final leg of my geektastic adventure is now in full view. In a little over 72 hours, I’ll be on my way to Anaheim for my first BlizzCon! For those unfamiliar, BlizzCon is Blizzard Entertainment‘s very own conference showcasing … Continue reading






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