Winter is Coming – Get Fit and Stay that Way

By Jojo Das,

Residence Advisor


It happens to us all. The cold air and pouring rain can dim the light inside of all of us, which includes our workout plans. Staying fit is vital for not only our physical health, but also for our mental and emotional health and happiness. Here are four of my own most used tips to get your toosh moving this winter.


  1. Find a buddy – a workout/exercise partner is something that I have found either makes or breaks my fitness routine. I personally have a tough time to self-motivated, but if you know that someone else is counting on you to be there, it provides just enough of that extra “oomph” to get you out there. Also, when you are out exercising, your partner can give you that encouragement to keep on pushing through your own self-set limitations and achieve your goals.


  1. Make a schedule – I know this one is kind of tedious, but look at your weekly routine and pencil in times where you can workout. Now here’s the hard part: actually use those times you set aside to workout. Having a schedule planned out means you don’t have to scramble for a time to get in your exercise, and also (hopefully) avoids the whole “Oh, I’ll just start tomorrow” scenario. If you already planned it through, go do it.


  1. Set a goal – Now that you have steps 1 and 2 done, pick somewhere you want this endeavor to head towards. Make this goal reasonable, and don’t get too discouraged if you don’t see progress right away. Like all good things, fitness takes time. Setting a goal is a good way to keep track of how you grow with your personal fitness, and gives you something to shoot towards. Also, when you do hit that goal, it gives you a pretty good reason to go celebrate!


  1. Repeat – There, you’ve figured out what works for you. You’ve found a buddy that motivates you, you know how to make a schedule that works, and you’ve just finished reaching that first goal. What next? Do it all over again and this time, reach even higher.




How to purchase electronics at a discount

By Jerry Zhang

Residence Advisor

(shop locally by searching smartly)

Step 1

Search Far and Wide

Look online. Start at Newegg, Amazon and Shopbot. Check and consider the prices. Shopbot.ca is excellent tool that searches many Canadian internet retailers to find you the cheapest price.

Look locally and see what they have in their physical stores. With many big box retailers such as Bestbuy and Futureshop you are able to look at the amount in stock. You don’t want to go take the 99 and come back disappointed when that TV or laptop is sold out in-store.

Step 2

Price Match

Always look at multiple sources to find the lowest price. Many retailers with price match a competitor’s price. Both Bestbuy and Futureshop have excellent policies of not only matching but beating that price by 10% the price difference.

Step 3

Save and Enjoy, But of pitfalls

Beware of re-stocking fees

Retailers like NCIX may have a lower price than Futureshop or Bestbuy but beware that they also carry a 15% restocking fee. So if you don’t like something or simply want an exchange you will have to pay big dollars in the end. If you find something cheaper price match it and not only will Futureshop or Bestbuy beat that lower price but they won’t charge you a restocking fee.

Beware of added shipping and customs charges when shipping from the United States.

Beware of buying electronics from unauthorized dealers as that would void the warranty.


Brenthavent 13 inch MacBook Pro Sleeve

Bestbuy price of 49.99

Amazon.ca price of 10.99 with free shipping included

Total cost was less than 12 dollars including taxes saving of over 70%.


With Midterms Ending

By Gabi Diner

Residence Advisor

With midterms ending, and finals around the corner (sadly), everyone is starting to think of their study crunch schedules. Along with late nights comes the wave of unhealthy snacks and high sugar/caffeine drinks to keep you awake during the early morning hours. Be nice to your body and brain this finals season, and dig into some healthy study snacks and drinks!

1) Frozen Grapes



Go to the supermarket and get some seedless grapes. Stick ‘em in your freezer overnight.

These crunchy, super sweet delights always make a fun study snack. You can also pop them into your water as delicious grape ice cubes.

2) Apple and Peanut Butter


Warm up some peanut butter in the microwave and slice your apples for a crisp’n’smooth study snack. This snack is perfect for keeping the hunger at bay, and satisfying your rich food cravings.

3) Trail Mix


Go to your local grocery store and dabble in the bulk foods isle – you can make your own scrumptious trail mix. It’s easy to sneak in some dark chocolate among the dried fruit and nuts, and good for you too, in small quantities. If you’re not sure what you like, there are many pre-packaged trail mix baggies to pick from.

4) Coffee and Tea


Yep, it’s time to ditch the energy drinks and caffeine pills. You can get all the wakefulness you need from a nice cuppa joe or tea. Coffee gives you a quicker caffeine fix, but caffeinated tea keeps your energy up for longer.



Quick n’ Easy Recipes with Chloe 3.0

On Today’s Menu:
Prosciutto, Arugula & Tomato Naan Pizza
downloadThe last recipe that I would like to share is one of my favourite dinner meals: prosciutto, arurula and tomato naan pizza! You can usually buy naan bread at the grocery store which is much faster than making your own dough! Try for whole wheat naan bread if you want to be healthier! Other ingredients to spice things up: smoked salmon, pesto sauce instead of tomato sauce, or mini shrimp!

YIELD: Makes 2 pizzas // 8 slices
1 (8.8 oz.) package Stonefire Naan (2 pieces)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 cup shredded mozzarella
10 thin slicesprosciutto, torn into smaller pieces
1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup fresh arugulaProscuittoArugulaTomatoNaanPizza-51

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Place naan on a large greased baking sheet and brush tops with olive oil (1 Tbsp. each). Sprinkle each with 1/4 cup mozzarella. Top with prosciutto, tomatoes and remaining cheese.

Bake for 10 minutes, or until crust is golden and cheese is melted. Sprinkle fresh arugula over top of each pizza. Slice and serve.



Quick n’ Easy Recipes with Chloe 2.0

On Today’s Menu:
Crispy Baked Yam FriesCrispyBakedSweetPotatoFries-1-600x858

The second recipe is some classic crispy baked yam fries! These are great sides to every meal! Or even good as a snack! They are super healthy compared to the deep fried fries you buy at restaurants!

YIELD: Makes 3 large servings


3 sweet potatoes, peeled
1/4 cup olive oil
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
Generous amounts of salt, pepper and desired spices (see below for ideas)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Slice sweet potatoes into thin, uniform fries. Toss fries in olive oil, cornstarch, and desired spices. Lay fries out in one layer on prepared baking sheets, making sure not to crowd the fries, otherwise they will steam and not crisp up.

Bake for 30 minutes, watching carefully to avoid burning. Serve warm with ketchup, Ranch dressing, or your desired dipping sauce.

Enjoy and get ready for my final recipe next week!



If you are like me and have intense FOMO, here are some tipds to deal with it! 🙂

1) Realize where you are now and where you want to be:

Short term fun can get in the way of long term gains, therefore before deciding to drop everything and go party, think about how that will affect your long term goal. Are you as focused as you need to be right now as this moment? I’m NOT saying turn into a hermit and dissociate from life. All I’m saying is it’s good to have balance, which I am trying to practice right now!

2) Turn your surrounding into your ideal (BEYONCE) zone:

If you are like me again and LOVE LOVE LOVE dancing, and like to go out to dance, here is my tip to you. Turn up those speakers, click on your favourite 8 tracks playlist and jam out with some friends in your room, or even by yourself. A good let loose session gets some blood flowing, gets you moving and allows you to express yourself! Also, this way you saved about 2 hours of your time showering, getting ready, looking good, etc, etc. I save money and time, which is every student’s dream.

3) Create a fun study group:

Sometimes your FOMO can be diminished by having some friends around you! Instead of trying to focus in your dungeon, might as well have some friends around to have some social interactions to decrease your FOMO.swerve

Hope these tips help you get over your FOMO!  For now, good luck to everyone on their exams and hope you have a fabulous year with us at GAGE 🙂

Your friendly advisor,

Sharon Sehrai


Video Art

“Video art is a term used to describe art that uses both the apparatus and processes of television and video.”

Throughout my time in UBC, I’ve filmed and produced several video art pieces both for classes and for my personal interest. I hope to share some of these works with you folks. 🙂

1) 00:00
A piece I collaborated with a close friend, Rebecca. We made awkward elevator rides even more awkward.
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2) A Short Story
The story of master and shadow.
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3) Flowers from Magritte
A surrealist attempt.
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4) Day One: Audition Tape
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2046 – Day One: In an effort to get people to look into each other’s eyes more, and also to appease the mutes, the government has decided to allot each person exactly 55 seconds of speaking time per day. Every person in the city is given a tracking device that records how long a person talks for every single day. Once installed, the device cannot be removed. Upon hitting the 55 second mark, the device will beep, serving as a reminder, in hopes of easing the citizens into this transition. One can stop the beeping sound by pressing a button on the device.

5) 3902.64km 
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The advent of modern communicative technology has drawn hearts closer, enabling two people who are physically apart to share intimacy in a rather compelling manner. Phone conversations, text messages, Skype dates and finding comfort in that one voice message for the nth time — long-distance relationships thrive by exploiting the intangibility of human connectivity. “3902.64km” illustrates the intricacies of such a relationship, accentuating the fact that technology is merely the medium in which we begin to unravel the enigma of love, intimacy and shared memories.

By Skyler Wang
Senior Residence Advisor


By Anthea Low
Residence AdvisorAnthea Low's Photo

Favourite city to shop in…
I visited Melbourne for the third time this past summer, and 50% of my time there was spent shopping (or window shopping). One of my biggest frustrations from living in Vancouver is the taxes that get added to the price tags. When I decide to buy a top for $12, that decision was based on $12 and not $12 + GST + PST. Not that Melbourne shopping is tax free, but they have already built those amounts into the prices of items. Plus, they had amazing sales when I was there!

Somewhere I wish I went when I was older…
I visited Egypt when I was 13. Even though I feel very privileged to have traveled there, I was unable to appreciate the historical and cultural value of this amazing country at that age. Given the chance to visit again, I think I’d be even more impressed by the grandeur of what Egypt has to offer.

Somewhere I wish I could visit again…
My trip to Korea was one of the rare ones where we had joined a tour group. I’ve heard so many great things about Seoul (in relation to shopping especially) that don’t exactly match up to my personal experience. Our tour went to the key “attractions” like Lotte World and Namdaemun market, but the natural rush of all tour groups did not give us the time to fully enjoy the place. Definitely want to give it a second shot!

#1 on my wish list…
I don’t really know why…I just want to go 🙂