Multicultural Portugal

February 28, 2016 5:17 am  /  Europe, Travels
Multicultural Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Far from the hustle & bustle of Iberian metropolises, Lisbon is in a class of its own. It has a clearly distinct culture from its eastern cousin- Madrid – and I was pleasantly surprised. Although many frown upon the “sh”s & the “Bom Dia” (pronounced Bong Dia) , Portuguese is the result of centuries of multiculturalism. In Lisbon, the average person speaks English, French and Portuguese , and I have found myself fitting in perfectly.

I found Willy Wonka.

October 20, 2015 11:39 am  /  America
I found Willy Wonka.

Williamsburg, NY. Arguably the most magical chocolate factory America has to offer: Mast Brothers. Numerous parallels can be drawn from this place – from the Indonesian Criollo beans, to the traditional Aztec-like manufacturing process – I felt like I was at crossroads between familiar cultures. In the past, I have been to numerous Cacao / Chocolate factories, each with its own distinctive style. Mast has managed to encapsulate all these different experiences, under one flagship store. 

I highly recommend going there with a chocolate-skeptic, it would greatly reduce the damage to your wallet. For the more adventurous, try out the Organic Red Chili Chocolate bar, you won’t regret it.

GMAT – How to crack it!

June 20, 2015 3:49 pm  /  How-to

The road to 700+ is a tedious one. The first time I took it, I relied on a “leading” Test-Prep company, and was appalled by the glaring difference between my “expected” score and the actual one I received. I thought the test wasn’t made for me, and gave up on the idea of taking the GMAT again.

One year later, new opportunities arose and I faced the same demon again. I reviewed my notes, and realized that I made a huge mistake : I blindly focused on someone’s “recommended” approach, and forgot to make it my own. I now realize that the GMAT has to be taken as a personal challenge, and has to be approached by your own, tailored approach.  Don’t get swayed by Test-Prep companies guaranteeing a +60 progression, instead, make this promise to yourself.

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Find the mistake

June 5, 2015 4:34 pm  /  Asia
Find the mistake

Inspiration can be found in all shapes and sizes – Bangkok is no exception. Over the years, I have been amazed by the sheer level of creativeness within the city. Tourism has pushed competition between artisans to a whole other level : you can find everything from lifelike monk statuettes, to suits that would make Don Cherry jealous (Hockey reference, for the Canadians out there!).

Lovers Lost.

May 20, 2015 12:59 pm  /  Uncategorized
Lovers Lost.

Take a dive into hopeless romanticism. Set in Montréal, Lovers Lost captures the complexity of friendships, in an original, captivating way. Alexander Kasstan did an amazing job at bringing the crew together, and I am proud to have contributed to this feature film.

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The world’s most optimized metropolis

May 20, 2015 10:27 am  /  Asia
The world’s most optimized metropolis

Being a fervent admirer  – and citizen – of Hong-Kong, it is particularly hard to concede points to its closest rival, Singapore. Growing up in Hong-Kong gave me a very pampered view on cities -I became used to being in multicultural, dynamic,  and thriving environments, and would settle for nothing less. I have since lived in France, America, and Spain, and became convinced that there is no place like home. I was wrong.

Singapore brings you the best Hong-Kong has to offer, with a whole new level of creativity. It’s the embodiment of our new UI-focused economy. Everything – from public transportation to Skyscraper airflow  –  has been meticulously crafted to provide the most favorable impact to the citizens as possible. The resulting increase in air quality, and overall satisfaction make it a city to be admired, not vilified for its authoritative government.

Welcome to Singapore, the city of life.

The face of resilience

February 20, 2015 10:05 am  /  Asia
The face of resilience

While wandering around Turtle Island, I met these lovely people – a young Cambodian girl, and her grandmother. At first, it was nothing more than a business transaction – I was thirsty, they had the coconuts. After a short discussion, they were curious about my camera, and started showing me stories of their own.

The girl’s father was severely wounded during the Khmer regime, the Communist party of Kampuchea in Cambodia. Part of a fishermen family, he was expropriated during the great famine (circa 1975), and partially lost his sight after several rounds of torture. He found a way to escape and swam to Turtle Island, a secluded, uninhabited island off the coast of Cambodia. He has since founded his own family, crafted his own boat and recreated an ecosystem he now calls home.

These stories are commonplace in Asia, which has been plagued with centuries of conflicts and instability. Although demons differ in shape, size and poison, in each of its countries, you will find some of the most resilient people.

My Latest E-Commerce Site!

February 15, 2015 7:10 am  /  Projects
My Latest E-Commerce Site!

Two months ago, I took on the task of creating  an e-commerce website for Good Laque, covering all of its product offering. With over 800 unique products, this project was a logistical nightmare- not only did I need to acquire all products, but I also had to ensure that the pictures covered all angles and states of the objects – in theory, that would have meant over 6000 shots.

Today, the website is up and running, and I did it with less than 700.

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Challenges facing Kenya

January 10, 2015 6:05 am  /  Africa, Travels
Challenges facing Kenya

Two worlds coexist within Kenya: the paradise-like environment enjoyed by foreigners, and the harsh reality, endured by locals. Although there is little overlap between the two, it is often hard to turn a blind eye to the other, as they have a co-dependent relationship. 20% of the Kenyan GDP comes from tourism, and related activities: any sharp decrease in tourist arrivals can potentially have a devastating effect on the economy as a whole, and that’s the key issue at hand.

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Hong-Kong-the End of an Era

November 6, 2014 6:09 am  /  Asia
Hong-Kong-the End of an Era

Hong-Kong is a magical place. It’s a city where transportation companies issue public apologies for being a couple minutes behind schedule, where companies can be registered within 24 hours, and where hospitalization costs you a flat US$10/day. Most of Hong-Kong success is directly attributable to the United Kingdom: what began as a small fisherman island became one of the world’s largest export hubs.

How did they achieve this? One answer: smart planning.

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