Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Donating Blood is not as scary, it’s beautiful.

I regularly receive calls from the Canadian Blood Services asking if I wanted to donate blood. With the end of final exams and a short relaxing break before summer semester, why not? The last blood donation was very unpleasant, a nurse in training was poking the big needle several times before seeing my vein. My arm was getting numb at that point, and she asked if I want to try it in my dominant hand. Woman, you should go back to nursing school and do more practicum! I’ve been told by nursing friends and the like that I have visible veins.

During the leisure time, I play beach volleyball on a regular basis so the blood flows in my arms are fairly smooth.

This visit was the best one so far. The nurse was very easygoing and we got sidetracked talking about fashion and weather, while going through the questionnaire. Another nurse who inserted the needle in my arm was very professional and quick, the donation process took roughly 5 minutes and it was done! During  that time we had a conversation on blood types and antigens. She even gave me a sheet for reference. I brought a magazine which I didn't end up reading, definitely faster than a visit to the doctor's!

Super nice lady.

Because I haven’t donated for a while, I felt a little tired after and rested for 20 minutes before taking the bus. Took a nice long nap as soon as I got home. Its the best thing to do after donating blood to replenish energy. 

After each blood donating, the donor has to wait 56 days before their next donation. The donation was on May 6th so my next one would be after Canada Day. Anyone wanna hit up the clinic with me? 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Annual BMO Marathon: I was there!

Went downtown for street festival after!
We got a Greek yogurt and a frappicino! 

Langara VOLT program ( was recruiting students to participate in the BMO marathon on MAY 5th, 2013. They were short on a few students so I decided to join the crew with my +1.

The volunteer shift was from 7:30-9:45AM at the third water station of the race. Our water station had about 15+ volunteers, 4 tables with 3 volunteers at each table. Two volunteers were responsible for filling up the cups with water and one volunteer pours the large bottled water in to the jug.

It was a fun experience being able to provide participants with much needed water and cheering on people who challenges themselves despite getting watery shoes. Looking at the BMO marathon official site, the entry fee is put towards the event. So it doesn't go towards charity like Vancouver Sun Run does.

As the sponsors couldn't provide us with food on time, we were given $5 Starbucks gift card. So we went on a "Starbucks date" after volunteering.

It was an amazing weekend because we were playing beach volleyball the day before at Spanish banks east the whole day. So we were pretty sore and tired. 

After the event, my +1 decides to join the party next year, we’ll see how it goes ;)  

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Unhappy ELF purchase, my last.

Straight up: I am really price conscious. 

Living a typical life of a college student will little cash left from student loan, it’s not hard to spend it all during a friend’s birthday party or events of the like.

On the last two weeks of April, final exams have pushed my stress level to the max. I restricted myself from going out because focusing and studying was my priority. This meant no socializing, attending fundraising events, or even walking out of the house. What’s new is online shopping was the way to go.

ELF does a good job at spamming subscribers with endless promotions.

For impulse buyers, it meant buying things they don’t need. With the company policy of using only “one” coupon code at a time, it gets very expensive. Especially for Canadian customers, to choose $10 off or opt for free shipping. They also don’t charge tax with the additional shipping cost for Canadians. This means when pick up the parcel from the post office, I have to pay $20 on top of my $85 purchase + shipping costs.
To me, I view it as a terrible way to thank your customers for buying your products.

With a few dollars extra, I would much rather buy higher quality drugstore brands such as Maybelline, Revlon, Almay, NYX, and etc.

I have tried a number of ELF products and some of their ingredients do not fit my skin. Though I have normal skin for which I don’t get sensitive easily, breakouts/acne/sties appear when I use their products.

I am very upset with this purchase and will be my last time buying from this company again.