Posted by: | 9th Dec, 2013

Gratitude

by Vanessa de Waal

In the game of school, negativity is not Noble.

I want you to just take a minute and assess whether the creases at the edges at the end of your mouth are pointed upward or downward. How does your forehead feel? Is your forehead wrinkles due to your creased eyebrow muscles?

Often, we can’t accurately answer the all to common passerby question of “how are you?”.

I’m hear to tell you that if the genuine answer is not something along the lines of fantastic, something is wrong. And it needs to be addressed immediately.

Of course, it is both acceptable and expected that exams at this beautiful university are hard and you should feel suboptimal at best during them. But what you may not know is that you are forgoing a key evolutionary advantage by being happy with being unhappy. Let’s talk a bit about emotional contagion and positive affectivity. By smiling at someone, you put help them attain a positive state of mind. The way this works is typically, is they will smile back at you and that reciprocity also helps you feel positive. Talk about two-fold. Now where it gets interesting beyond the news headlines and literature on how ‘just smiling makes you feel better’ is the advantage that positive emotion gives your brain in training for our beloved December memory olympics.

Positive affective states influence memory. Yes, memory folks. Positive emotions during memory retention/learning are shown to increase detailed recall as well as clarity. And for all our clever paper writing or problem-solving students, positive affective states bolster creativity too.

So other than reminding yourself to smile every time you catch yourself in the mirror, how do make ourselves feel positive? The very first step I have for you is:

CUE GRATITUDE.

*note- I used the term ‘cue gratitude’ in lieu of ‘be grateful’ because you already are grateful, you just need to bring that to the forefront of your attention.

I was the quiet girl in high school. The one more likely to be heard on the morning prayer announcements than at all in class. I had friends, was relatively involved, and adored learning, but I was ever so careful with my words. It was as if they were some sort of precious currency that were only to be used when absolutely necessary. Life was quieter. Nonetheless, I was pretty much always happy during that time.

Fast forward half a decade and I am an advisor here at UBC and life is ever-exciting. This university experience is one that I vision-boarded about and dreamed of. I get to frequent whistler and now with my sister, I have made some amazing friends, endured some of the best memories, I encounter many inspiring as well as uplifting conversations, have a dream job for my age where I get to meet lots of people and host creative events, I get to learn from excellent professors, have a ton of freedom, and have picked up a number of vancouveresque hobbies like running, coffee, sailing, yoga and the list continues. I have a passion for being inspired and those kinds of opportunities are always knocking on my door here at UBC. Although I caught myself stressed earlier in 2013 and feeling mediocre; for the longest time I tried to piece together what I had been missing from that Catholic high school experience. And I felt right back to myself again as soon as it hit me-it was those few moments every here and there of reflection and gratitude that accompany prayer. I realized that though I was good at maintaing gratitude for other people, I had forgot to make time to be grateful for my life itself.

Figuring this out made me revisit my gratitude journal and recenter my definition of myself.

Being grateful feels great. There is nothing noble or intelligent about being negative. And better to smile spontaneously authentically than have to keep reminding yourself to smile (we have too many other things to keep track of anyway).

But to take this a step further, we can be grateful for our exams. We can be grateful for whatever card was dealt to us that had us end up here, learning in lieu of working. Having time to fill our brains. Learning to be grateful for our learning may be the key step from changing your mind-frame to studying as a chore or as a privilege. Seeing exams as an opportunity to both accumulate and demonstrate knowledge is the first-line strategy.

Other things to help you feel great and take advantage of a better memory would include- calling someone who you love talking to, hitting the treadmill (even if you have to bring your textbook along with you), getting out in nature, laughing, eating your MUFAs, taking vitamin D & napping.

And so in keeping with the spirit of gratitude, thank you for reading this. It was a genuine pleasure to spend my morning with a cup of coffee and a blank page.

May you always make lemonade.

Best of luck,

Vanessa

by Leo Marchand

University is a magical time. There probably won’t be any other chance in my life for me to try, and fail at, as many things as I have in the last 3-odd years. While I may regret thinking I could play basketball or solve partial differential equations, there is one decision that I’m very glad I chose to make: joining Co-op.

 In case that term is more reminiscent of credit unions than anything related to university, I’ll give you a brief rundown. Co-op, or cooperative education if you want to be fancy, is a program offered at UBC that allows you to supplement your academics with work at companies in relevant industries. For around 4 to 8 month chunks, you get the chance to leave the drudgery of exams behind, and pretend to be a real person with a real job.

 I’m currently wrapping up month 7 of my time at a software company in Gastown, and it’s been a blast so far. My co-workers have been fantastic, and having my own desk and keys makes me feel immensely important. Since I’ve been at it for a while, I figured I could share some of my experiences with the rest of you MaPond denizens in the hopes that they might prove useful. Without further ado, here is my list of 5 ways to make the most out of a co-op position:

 1:  Ask Questions!

I wouldn’t say I’m a particularly shy person, but at the beginning of my work term, I had the impression that if I interrupted my co-workers to ask for their help, the entire workflow of the company would be disrupted and I’d be immediately fired. Needless to say, I quickly realized this wasn’t the case, and I’ve since learned a lot more from my fellow employees than I ever did from aimlessly browsing Google.

 2. Don’t Ask Questions!

The above being said, sometimes the best way to learn (and to not embarrass yourself) is to mess around and figure out if you can solve a problem on your own. I’ll admit that I was a bit overzealous with my question asking at first, to the point where I was essentially the developer equivalent of Dr. Dre, with all my code being ghostwritten for me. I think I’m striking a pretty good balance now though, and it’s quite satisfying being able to say that I created something all by myself.

 3. Do Your Homework!

Oddly enough, I’ve probably spent more time at libraries during my co-op term than I ever did while at school. One of the joys and challenges of my work has been the fact that I’m using tools and technologies that I’d never been exposed to before, and I’ve had to catch up pretty quickly. I started the term thinking that JavaScript was just Java written in cursive, but after some online tutorials and a book or two, I’m now at a pretty decent level of fluency. Seriously though, it’ll make your life way easier if you put in a small amount of extra time.

 4. Treat it Like an Interview!

Although it’s tempting to think of co-op as little more than a chance to laugh at your friends while they struggle with their course loads, it does have a pretty singular (and important) purpose: to help you find a job. Since the work takes place at actual companies, there’s always the chance that you’ll impress your employers enough for them to hire you in the future. With that in mind, keep your appearance and attitude professional, and try your best to stay on task!

 5. Don’t be Afraid to Have Fun!

One of the joys of software companies is the fact that things can sometimes be a bit more casual than your average office. My workplace is no exception, and during my time here I’ve been able to partake in everything from Beer Fridays and foosball tournaments to post-it pixel art battles with the office across the street. As much as it’s important to be professional, don’t be afraid to have fun with your co-workers; it’s also a great way to get to know them better!

 Well, there you have it. Nothing too revolutionary, but I feel like I could have benefitted from being told some of these things before I started work. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I should get back to discovering the exciting world of Backbone.js. Until next time, MaPond!

Posted by: | 6th Dec, 2013

The Passion Paradox

by Yi  Zhang (Ponderosa Advisor)

Most people do a lot of agonizing over what they want to do with their life. For me, it was – did I really want to go into the sciences? Could I really be content with memorizing microscopic drivel that really had no relevance to my life?

Interest isn’t just there. It takes time for it to brew and simmer. Approaching something with utter abomination will, of course, not lead to interest. However, the development of interest does not arise so perfectly and linearly that you begin a passionate artist and end a passionate artist. Leonardo da Vinci hated what his mother made him do… until, well, he began to enjoy what he was doing.

A person’s like or dislike of something, someone, anything really – is extremely prone to change. It is dynamic, never quite a constant stream of undying love or grotesque hate.

Most people, likewise, are deluded into thinking that they are capable of the kind of frenzied passion that is advertised in the lives of successful people. The fact of the matter is that this incessant deluge of passion simply does not exist. There are moments in a scientist’s life when he is bored to desperation by the conundrum he must solve. There are moments in a doctor’s life when he is not fervently motivated by the concept of saving a person’s life, and is instead really just trying to get through a day.

This truth, of course, is not written in the propaganda of motivational material out there to saturate our minds with this concept of immaculate and relentless passion. This is the biggest lie that guidance counselors and parents tell us to do. From grade nine to graduation, we will probably have been bombarded at least some hundreds of times the phrase “follow your heart”.

Everyone has an idealized vision of what they really want to do with their lives. This vision is often unreachable because it is so absolutely perfect. What attracts people is at foremost the fantasized amalgam of ideas they associate with this unattainable vision. Are people attracted as a result an intrinsic desire to do these things, or the wildly romantic perfect future they’ve made for themselves?

Why not, if not appreciate, at least engage with what you are doing with your life? There is music to be heard, places to be appreciated, wherever you go. Must I love something to do it? Not necessarily. There are silver linings to be found for every major chosen out of apathy, for every sloppily written essay to meet a course requirement. As a society, we need to laud the people who fall in love with the things to do, even from a place of unlikelihood and hardship. Passion isn’t borne out of nothing, it’s borne out of failure and displeasure with something just as it is borne out of success and enjoyment.

Posted by: | 4th Dec, 2013

Festive Entertaining!

Hello! My name is Debbie and I am one of your Marine Drive advisors residing in Building 6.

I am very excited that the holiday season is here again. For me, one of the highlights of the holidays is being able to spend time with family and friends. People generally have more free time and the holiday cheer in the air provides many opportunities for gathering and celebrating.

Throwing a festive party can be just as fun and stress-less as attending one.

If you are planning a holiday party this year, consider having a themed party to inspire your decorations, menu, and activities. Themes add an element of excitement to parties and help to make the event memorable. Not to mention, the options are endless: consider the classic themes or get creative and come up with something unique.

In need of inspiration? Here are some ideas:

Winter wonderland: A whimsical and elegant way to celebrate this beautiful season! Keep your guests warm with a hot chocolate bar, popcorn, and sugar cookies. Make snowflake decorations, hang up indoor lights, and turn on the fireplace to create a warming atmosphere.

 Ugly Sweater party: Guests are to come in their ugly sweaters (aka most festive sweaters). For one of the activities, have your guests bring a holiday decoration they no longer want and use these decorations to create a new ugly festive sweater all together at the party.

 Cookie exchange: For cookie lovers, ask everyone to bring a serving of their homemade cookies and the recipe to the event. At the party, everyone exchanges cookies and recipes so that your guests go home with an assortment of cookies and new recipes to try.

 Deck the Hall: Have a party to decorate your home for the holiday and have craft stations to make homemade cards and decorations.

 Cookies & Cocoa: Invite guests to bake/decorate cookies and sip hot cocoa; the perfect winter time combination. Go ice-skating afterwards at a local ice arena.

 Progressive Dinners: Each guest cooks and hosts a course of the meal in their homes. During the party, guests will travel together from one house to the other for each course. This is a true community-style dinner party where everyone in attendance can be involved.

 It’s a wRAP party: Sing-along to rap music while wrapping gifts. This is a fun way to spend time with friends and family and get all of your holiday gift wrapping done! (Make sure you don’t wrap each other’s gift at the event though!)

If you do plan on having party in your residence, keep in mind that parties are not allowed during exam hours, where extended silent hours are in effect. As soon as the final exam period is over, be sure to check with your RA for a Function Responsibility Form (FRF). Having an FRF is one way to ensure that your party will be merry and bright!

Wishing you all the best with your holiday party planning!

Posted by: | 15th Nov, 2013

Secret Snowflake!

Do you want to send someone you care about a small pick-me-up without spending copious amounts of mula? Well with a little spare change, some creative juices, and a quick google search you can send good vibes while keeping all your organs. Send some S’more love or the ingredients for a sugar high.  Or for a real quick fix, just grab a bottle of soda from the nearest vending machine and give it a fun disguise. And for those individuals that are just far too practical, a small Lego piece can go a long way in finding those darn keys!

 

 

Posted by: | 15th Nov, 2013

Why Am I Here Again?

Hey MaPond residents, R.A. Vince here from MD4.

Most of us are borderline overwhelmed around this time of year.  I know that nagging feeling whenever I am not doing something productive, like my assignment or studying. Or writing this blog post. I feel guilty sometimes when I’m at the gym or playing my favourite video games, like shouldn’t I be reading that book I will never pick up again after I complete this lit course?

I work another job. It involves working with first-year students. These bright-eyed puppies are so enthusiastic and eager to meet new people. They are navigating their first semester at UBC, all optimistic and happy and joining clubs and stuff. It makes me sick (in the nicest way possible). Because I look at myself and think “Vince, you’ve really let yourself go you jaded fifth-year robot.”

I feel like I’m at the end of my rope. At this point, it feels like I’m just going through the motions, you know? And in the spring, I will be free; I will have graduated. But right now, the rope feels more like a noose around my neck and with deadlines looming it is just getting tighter.

So at work I did some free-writing with some of these frolicking first-years. For about 10-ish minutes we wrote whatever came to mind about a topic of choice (ours was “university”) and afterward shared what we wrote with one another. One student, displaying a maturity (read: cynicism) beyond his years, used words like “meaningless” and “cramming” to describe his university experience (all of two-and-a-half-months-old thus far). He said he usually saw things through a glass-half-full perspective, until he started university. He asked a couple of important questions: Why am I in university? Who am I here for? (Wow, so deep.)

 

Let me break it down for you, straight up.

 

If you are here because someone other than you wants you to be here, you shouldn’t be here, full stop. Pretty simple. (This lends itself to the frustratingly difficult question: What do you want/Is it what you really want? But anyway…) The other question is more complex. Why are you in university?

Why are we all here, indeed?

In the grand scheme of things, most of university is useless.

Class? Useless.

Exams? Useless.

That paper I should be developing right now but instead writing this blog post? Useless.

And yet we go to class, contribute to discussions, complete assignments, write exams, and pass four years (or more)of our lives and money for a piece of paper telling employers we are qualified to work jobs X, Y, and Z.

Why?

My essay isn’t going to change the world. That I scored 58% or 85% on that test won’t earn me that job interview and once I get it, I wouldn’t list it as a personal strength if the hiring manager asks.

University has lost its sparkle; it is theory-heavy and many students lose sight of its practicality. But university itself is an exercise of real life. The practicality of university is in its lack of practicality. And in a way, because university is a rehearsal for real life it could be seen as practical.

In the real world (no, university is not the real world even if you’re living alone, no matter what your parents tell you) businesses have deadlines, UN committees write reports, HR departments deal with people, researchers analyze and peer-review sources, and construction workers need to build things as planned.  University allows you to make mistakes in all of these areas before you are thrust into the real world where your errors could have negative impacts on people. University is practice, that is its use and that’s what it’s good for. And practice makes perfect.

 

Go out and meet people. These people are your classmates and neighbours (ahem, future colleagues) and we should all by now be aware that opportunities come mostly from who you know, not necessarily what you know. It’s also about practicing people skills such as behaviour (not being on your smartphone/gadget at a meal), speaking (“It was a pleasure speaking with you/we should re-connect soon/let’s swap contact information” and not “Nice meeting you/gotta go to my other meeting/ kthxbye”), and listening (asking questions rather than repeating “cool” like a broken record).  Look, I detest networking with a passion (let’s not get into why, or I’ll be here all night) but it’s a game you have to play as a student to get ahead.

Likewise, I detest assignments with a passion but it’s a game I have to play. So I’m going to continue to meet deadlines, from here. Write reports, from here. Polish my people skills, from here. Analyze sources and documents, from here. Find the correct solution, from here. Learn how to live alone/with roommates, from here.

Until I graduate from here.

So whether you are a first-year or a graduate student, don’t stop. You can do it. Think of the bigger picture, think of what you are getting out of your university experience. Don’t ask why a particular assignment matters, because it doesn’t. Just keep going with the knowledge that the skills you are honing here will prepare you for life out there.

And that is what university is good for.

That is why you are here.

Posted by: | 15th Nov, 2013

Work Out Alternatives!

by Ricky Mamonluk

 

Itching to get your cardio fix but all the machines are taken? Is the weather too cold to go for a scenic run? Not enough hours in a day? Read on, friend!

 

The Tabata Protocol is a training regimen that was developed by a Japanese professor. The training program is a form of high-intensity interval training that yields great results in little time. I use this regimen from time to time, and the easy part is that you will only need to set aside 4 minutes of your day.  The challenge is that your body will hurt – a lot (in a good way).

 

The idea of the program, and high-intensity interval training, is to condense your workout to short periods of exertion followed by a short period recovery. These training sessions can range from 4 to 30 minutes, and are said to be more effective than prolonged steady-state cardio workouts.

 

The Tabata Protocol

For the first 20 seconds, perform a cardiovascular activity and push yourself hard. If your exertion and determination were to be stated in percentages, you would want to do the 20-second workout at over 100%. Following the 20 seconds is a 10 second rest period where you do not do your cardio workout. After the 10 seconds, begin your 20-second workout once again. This 30-second cycle repeats itself 8 times, completing your 4-minute workout.

 

Some examples of my favorite cardio workouts that you could use are squats, mountain climbers, or burpees. Feel free to look up more workouts and how to perform them properly online!

 

I have only been able to introduce the concepts of high-intensity interval training and the Tabata Protocol, but I really encourage you to conduct your own research on these topics. There is so much more to be said, with many scientific journals published that much better explain the science behind these programs. Make sure you do your research to find out what is best for you.

 

Happy studying, and see you in the gym!

Posted by: | 8th Nov, 2013

Pumpkin Deliciousness Galore!

Hey everyone, my name is Amrita and I am a Residence Advisor in MD Building 2! I hope everyone had a fun Hallowe’en, and was able to dress up in really cool costumes, (I was Princess Jasmine!). For all of you who carved pumpkins this year I’m going to suggest ways that you can use your left-over Jack-O-lantern in different ways instead of just throwing it out!

1) Roast the Seeds! When this is done properly, the seeds are absolutely delicious. A really great webpage that shows the proper way to roast seeds is: http://ohsheglows.com/2012/09/17/how-to-roast-perfect-pumpkin-seeds-easy-crunchy-addictive/

I used this website myself, and my pumpkin seeds turned out awesome!

2) Make muffins!! The below recipe for Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins is absolutely delicious!

Ingredients:

2 ½ cups of all purpose flour

2 cups white sugar

1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup pumpkin puree

½ cup vegetable oil

2 cups peeled, cored, and chopped apple

2 tbsp all purpose flour

¼ cup white sugar

½ tsp ground cinnamon

4 tsp butter

Directions:

  1. 1.       Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease 18 muffin cups or use paper liners.
  2. 2.       In a large bowl, sift together 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 cups sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together eggs, pumpkin and oil. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture; stirring just to moisten. Fold in apples. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
  3. 3.       In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons flour, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle topping evenly over muffin batter.
  4. 4.       Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.

3) So this seemed kind of cool, have you ever secretly wanted to eat your dinner out of an entire pumpkin??? Well here’s the recipe!!

Dinner in a Pumpkin

1 medium sugar pumpkin

1 ½ lbs lean ground beef

1 onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 ½ tsp white sugar

1 ½ tsp Italian seasoning

1 ½ tsp salt

1/8 tsp black pepper

4 cups tomato juice

3 cups shredded cabbage

½ lb fresh green beans, washed and trimmed

1 cup uncooked white rice

Directions:

  1. 1.       Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. 2.       Wash pumpkin, cut off top, scrape out seeds and discard.
  3. 3.       Place hamburger in a large, deep skillet. Crumble and cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain fat, add onion and garlic; saute slightly.
  4. 4.       Add sugar, Italian herbs, salt, pepper, tomato juice and rice; mix thoroughly.
  5. 5.       Layer inside of pumpkin with 1/3 of cabbage, green beans and beef and rice mixture. Repeat layers, replace lid and bake for 2 to 3 hours.

4) Just make a good, old-fashioned Pumpkin Pie! I found a simple recipe that doesn’t require you to go out and buy a ton of ingredients!

Ingredients:

2 eggs

16 oz pureed pumpkin

14 oz sweetened condensed milk

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 9-inch unbaked pie crust

Directions:

  1. 1.       Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. 2.       Combine eggs, pumpkin puree, sweetened condensed milk, and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl and mix until combined.
  3. 3.       Fit pie crust into a 9-inch pie dish; pour pumpkin mixture into the crust.
  4. 4.       Place pie on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake until filling is set, 35 to 40 minutes.

 

 

Thanks for reading! I hope you use you left-over Hallowe’en pumpkin in a more creative and yummy way!

Posted by: | 4th Nov, 2013

Sleep, Eat, Fun.

by Mohammad Askarian

It is already November and most of us are overwhelmed with midterms, assignments, term papers and projects. Let’s add doing extra-curricular activities and a part-time job as well to make a better (or worse!) mix. Some of us will run short of time to handle all these activities. We might think there are not enough hours in a day…Well, sometimes there are not. In this situation, many look for ways to manage their time. Here I am providing you with some ways to better manage your time.

First of all we need to know despite whatever we have to do there are three items that we need to really pay attention to. Sleeping, Eating well and having fun.

Sleeping well and sleeping enough hours is totally necessary for a more efficient life organization. If you don’t sleep well and enough, soon you will be tired and you will have to take naps during the day. Even if you don’t take naps, your efficiency will reduce significantly.

Eating healthy is another important aspect of a healthy life that you have to pay attention to. By eating healthy you will get the nutrition necessary for your body to operate properly.

Finally you always need to find time to have fun ,to hang out with friends and to enjoy life because after all these are the best years of your life.

OK, after you decided about those three important factors and fit them into your life, you get to the pile of work you have to do.

Here are some useful hints that will help you manage your time better.

1. Have a calendar or agenda and write down all the important dates, at any moment you need to at least know what you need to do up to the next week and you also need a general overview of the coming month.

2. Alongside with the agenda, you also need a piece of paper to write down the activities for the day (or you can also do this digitally) ,I personally prefer paper because you can check off the items and it will give you a sense of accomplishments.

3. After you wrote down what you need to do for the day. You need to prioritize the activities/places you have to go, people you have to meet. What are the most necessary urgent tasks you need to do?

Some tasks will give you 80 % of the benefit for the day and they are usually the 20% of the more difficult tasks of the day. Start doing them .Just decide and start. Stay committed to finish one task completely. If you switch tasks you will lose your concentration and it will take more time to focus on the tasks you are doing. Focus on one task at a time.

4. When working, remove everything from your desk except for the necessary stuff for the task at hand.

 

5. Have everything ready at your desk for the task at hand; all the resources you need, emails and notes. You shouldn’t be stopping your work to look for material needed to finish the task. Spend some time before you begin to collect whatever is necessary to finish the project you are working on. This will save you a lot of time.

6.If the project you are working is a difficult long one (research or term paper),be clear and realistic about what you want to accomplish on each working day.

 

7. Once you start working, your brain warms up and you can finish the task easier. It is just sometimes starting projects is really difficult, but once you start and accomplish you will find it easier to continue.

8. Stay away from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc  AND “YOUR CELLPHONE”.I know there are really attractive ,but reality is if we get rid of our cellphones we can do a lot more work ,as we won’t be distracted.

9.  If you find doing these difficult, make it as a game for you. See if you can resist not checking your cellphone for an hour, and two and … Challenge yourself and see how you will do.

10. Reward yourself after you finish one task completely. Rewards depend on what you like .It can be hanging out with friends, calling your partners , or watching a movie or making a trip on the weekend. Whatever you think you deserve , do it and enjoy it. After all you have accomplished something great.

Posted by: | 4th Nov, 2013

Apple Fest!

by Dima Ryabika

Apple Festival at UBC Botanical Garden! The event was hosted on October 19-20 and was a great success!

Each year, the festival sells over 20,000 kilograms of the fruit to the thousands of people who attend. This year, over 70 varieties of apples were available. These include heritage apples like Bramley’s Seedling and Cox’s Orange Pippin, as well as the Okana, a newly registered apple.

The festival featured Apple Tasting Tent, where you could try over 60 varieties of apples from all over BC. With an array of activities available for foodies, family and students alike –hot apple cider, Celtic bands, children’s face-painting, gourmet hot dogs and homemade apple pies – the Apple Festival offers not just high quality B.C. apples to purchase, but educates visitors about the diversity of apples available at the event too.

To learn more about Apple Festival, click here: http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/apple-festival

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