Monday, October 30, 2006

The Doctor Phil Test - I scored 43.

A friend recently sent me one of those personality tests through email and I decided to fill this one out and here is what it has to say about my personality...

Others see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always interesting; someone who's constantly in the center of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced not to let it go to their head. They also see you as kind, considerate, and understanding; someone who'll always cheer them up and help them out.

Mmm...I don't know how accurate this is, but apparently that is what Dr. Phil thinks!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Agua...and lots of it!

Agua...and lots of it!, originally uploaded by johnnyringo82.

Jen came back from Kenya the last week of September, so we decided to rent a car and drive out to the Niagara Falls! I hadn't ever been out before, so it was definitely a good road trip! Maybe part of the reason it was so fun is because we stopped for free wine at a few wineries before actually getting there :) At Inniskilin, I ate a lot of the grapes right off the vine...shhhh, don't tell anyone!

Happy Birthday to Me!

Although my official 24th birthday was this last Sunday, I wanted to share a funny story with all of you.

I was in Edmonton on my Local Committee visit for AIESEC and got to enjoy my birthday with friends and family. On Saturday night, I had a few people over for dinner, had a bottle of wine and headed out to Brewsters and the Druid. After mixing numerous types of liquor….including beer, jaager, baileys, amaretto and numerous shots of tequila…I knew I was going to be one hung over birthday boy on Sunday.

Sure enough – it all became a reality. Sunday morning came and the room was spinning. After grabbing some ‘hang over curing’ McDonalds and had some Tylenol, I went shopping with my mom for a suit jacket for my birthday. That night I got to enjoy a great lasagna and ice cream cake feast with my family and Jen J. Just when I was starting to really enjoy my 24th birthday, this is when everything started going downhill.

I had to leave right after dinner for my Local Committee visit in Saskatoon. After checking in at the airport, I thought I was in good hands…but this was Air Canada…I should have known better.

After having my flight to Calgary delayed two hours, we find out that all along, the reason the flight was delayed was because they didn’t have a crew to fly the plane! So they cancelled the flight and rescheduled everyone to Monday morning. Of course, everyone else in front of me gets on the 7am flight and I end up getting on the flight at noon because the early flight is all booked up. This meant I wasn’t going to get to Saskatoon until 3pm, and only have time for a 27 hour LC visit.

Air Canada put me up at the sketchy Nisku Inn! How kind of them J. By the time I checked in after midnight to the hotel, I asked the front desk agent where I could go out and grab a snack or drink…the only place nearby was a truck stop 3 blocks away. I used my better judgement and decided to stay in J.

By this time, I was just trying to laugh it all off, even the snowfall that started to come down! Who would have thought that I would spend my 24th birthday at the Nisku Inn!

To end off this tale…I ended up getting redemption the next morning when I arrived at the airport to find out that the 7am flight to Calgary had been cancelled too! Hahaha!!! I got to sleep in and still got to Calgary at the same time as everyone else!

Monday, October 02, 2006

Canada in 2020

A really good friend of mine, Adrian Sia Lu and Brenda Schroeder have collaborated on a short essay about Canada in 2020. It's part of a contest asking people to examine what changes they feel will/want to happen in the next few years to shape what Canada will look like in 2020. The website is

Their essay is about 'deep democracy' - a democracy that will actually involve and engage instead of simply carrying on the way we are today.

They hope that it is one that will empower ordinary citizens to play a more active, positive, and listening role in governing and making better their local communities. They invite and would like to encourage you to visit the site and read their essay - feedback to them is welcome!
(Disclosure: If you post and contribute on the site, they might have a greater chance of winning the CAD$2020 prize!)