These days, it’s not often I get asked for my GIS/mapping skills – maybe it’s just because “making maps” aren’t as interesting now that there are so many tools at our disposal. But sometimes, just sometimes, there are some questions that a simple map with dots can’t answer. So when a request came up to … Continue reading How to calculate urban population by country using satellite data
Japan has always been fascinating for me – not only for that blend of modern and futuristic with the traditional and zen, but also the diversity in its land, people, and environment. It was great to return to Japan after more than decade and things have changed so much, yet everything felt familiar. Even when … Continue reading Need a break from Tokyo?
I’m normally standing behind the camera, but in late 2017 I came across an interesting project and decided to step in front of the camera to support and raise awareness about postpartum depression and anxiety. Coordinated in partnership with the Pacific Post Partum Support Society and the Good Mother Project, ‘We’re In This Together‘ is … Continue reading We’re in this together
If you’re one of the 2 billion users of Facebook, it might be a good time to set your account settings to include a “legacy contact”, basically someone who is able to access your account if you’re no longer around. I learned the hard way that having the login to Muriel’s account doesn’t actually make … Continue reading Have you set your legacy contact on Facebook?
Maps are great for decision-making (ex. where’s the nearest restaurant, how to get from point A to B)… they’re even better when you know how use them to help analyze data and information (thank you geography degree). A lot of data visualization automation software exists now that can produce charts, graphs and even maps to … Continue reading Mapping data from Indonesia’s disaster information portal
In light of the fact that today is World Health Day with the focus on depression, I would like to share the response I received from the Ministry of Health regarding a letter that a group of suicide survivors, including myself, addressed to BC’s Minister of Health, various levels of the Canadian government and relevant … Continue reading A response from the Ministry of Health on suicide bereavement and support services in BC
Despite having the world’s knowledge at my finger tips (i.e. the internet), I always forget little tips on how to do things in Excel. Yes, there’s bookmarks and other different ways to save websites, but I can never find them again after I saved them! So maybe writing a blog about it might be a … Continue reading I always forget how to convert simple text strings into dates in Excel
It’s really great to hear that York House School, one of the most prestigious private schools in Vancouver, puts resources towards supporting students by also emphasizing personal/mental health for students. Last year I had a great time sharing my experience with the inner workings of the United Nations with the School’s model UN class. So … Continue reading Global Citizenship in the 21st Century. No pressure, right?
Having spent a lot of my adult life traveling and working abroad, I’ve usually make an effort to try different airlines when I can. And because of that I’ve been on some interesting, stressful and adventurous flights… but the worse experience in recent memory has been the service I received on Air France. You’d think … Continue reading Dear Air France – It’s not my fault.
Having people around for both the good and bad times is so underrated… and for this I am thankful on this Thanksgiving day for the friends and family near and far who’ve been there when I needed it most these past couple of years. One of the most peculiar things I have found in times … Continue reading The best support can come from the most unexpected place