Edel Grace

Programmer, Developer, Enthusiast


Long Weekend Penguins and Hacks

Feb 25, 2018 | Comments

Last week was the start of Reading Week. Reading Week is basically my university’s version of “midterm break” where we have a week off. I don’t have classes on Friday so my Reading Week started early.


On Friday, my boyfriend and I went to the zoo. We really wanted to see the penguins and the red pandas. Every day, the penguins take a walk around the zoo. It was adorable. They are seriously bigger than I thought they were, probably up to my waist (I’m also short though at 4’11”). They were so cute waddling up and down the sidewalk!

Penguins walking by

The big fluffy one is a baby!

We also saw a couple of other animals. We really wanted to see the red panda feeding but their keeper was late. The pandas were sleeping and then one of them woke up for a couple of minutes. It scratched its head, walked around in a circle, then promptly went back to sleep. I wish I took a picture!

Look at these huge hippos. They were making sounds and were pretty loud!


An organization I’m a part of at my university held a hackathon called CalgaryHacks. One of my friends is the co-founder and essentially the main person who ran it. This spanned over two days, Saturday and Sunday.

The prompt was “long-range Internet of Things” which involved the use of cellular technology. My team’s idea was to make a bike thief detector. It would send a notification to your cell phone if the device detected the bike moving (by GPS and by accelerometer).

My team hard at work

Unfortunately, we had a lot of hardware troubles and couldn’t finish anything substantial by the time the hackathon was over. We still had a lot of fun!

I think a lot of our time was wasted commuting from the dorms (which one of my teammates suggested as a workspace) to the food areas for meals. It was pretty far away so it took a while. Plus, who likes walking out in the snow? The food was worth it though.

One of the computers even blue screened... Look at all those wires and licorice, haha!

Midnight pizza was my favourite. Since our trek was so long, we missed the pizza. It was only 12:15 am! The volunteers ordered more pizza but it mysteriously didn’t come and they had to investigate. The worst 30 minutes of my life, I was starving. When they finally found it, all 20+ boxes of pizza were empty in literally minutes.

My friend was a volunteer at the event and brought his DESKTOP computer with him for his overnight shift

Although we didn’t win anything or have a finished product, it was still worth it. We even got some cool swag.

Stickers, a free domain, and texting gloves

Hopefully next year I can participate again and hopefully have more to show for it.

Family Day

Monday was Family Day, a holiday here in Canada. My mom and my uncle were in the Philippines (my grandfather passed away and they were there for the funeral) so my brother, dad, my cousin, and I went out for dinner with just the four of us. We went to Blue Fin again. We ordered the deluxe menu this time, which automatically included lobsters. A little pricey at $38CAD per person but very worth it. We ate a little too much.

So much sushi

Vietnamese Food and Westworld

Jan 8, 2017 | Comments

Yesterday I went out with my SO for Vietnamese food. There’s a decently sized restaurant called Bow River Vietnamese Restaurant that’s close by his house. I regret not taking pictures but their deep fried wontons were delicious. It had a good amount of meat and perfect crunchy crust. The sauce they provided it with was good as well.

For myself, I ordered a regular beef noodle soup. In the soup was tripe, brisket, and beef balls in it. The broth was great. I’m not a big fan of tripe so I left it in the bowl. The bowl itself was pretty big, I can’t believe I almost finished everything. I feel bad for wasting food but there’s just so much that they give! For drinks, I got an orange slush. Orange is my favourite drink flavour of all time and I was not disappointed. It tasted like the artificial orange flavour but any kind of orange is okay with me.

The side they have are interesting, bean sprouts and a sprig of mint. SO ate most of the bean sprouts and I regret not eating more of the mint. It was tasty, for a leaf. Weird to think about how mints are essentially just plants.

While at his house, we watched a couple episodes of Westworld. If you haven’t heard yet, it’s a TV series about a highly advanced them park that features extremely advanced and realistic AIs that roam around interacting with the humans and attending their every needs (or should I say, wants). We’re only at the fourth episode right now. I’m intrigued with it although it’s hard for me to figure what is really happening at any point in time. When I expressed my confusing, my SO tried to give me a hint that didn’t reveal any spoilers (disclaimer, skip the rest of the paragraph if you’re sensitive to spoilers). He told me that there are three distinct timelines in the story. This may have confused me further. I did notice the three different plots: rich old man’s attempt to discover the secrets of the park, William on his first adventures in the park, Maeve’s discovery that things aren’t not what it seems in the park. I’m having trouble trying to place when each of these plots happen relative to each other. All the other events that happen in the series, I have trouble placing what happens where.

So far though, I enjoy the series. I doubted the fact that is was a Western (I’m not a really a fan of Westerns) but I was pleased when it was much more than a Western. The sci-fi element is always present in the story and you’re always aware that everything is not “real.” I accidentally spoiled myself looking up pictures of Thandie Newton (she is superb, I loved her in Pursuit of Happyness) but it only fueled my anticipation to go through the rest of the series. My SO had already watched the series and is going through watching it again with me (bless). He wasn’t entirely enamored with the series but I guess he likes it enough to go through a second watching.

In the afternoon, I helped him move desks. There’s a desk in the living room that he wanted to transfer into his little “office” room. His previous desk was a little small and the desk he moved in was much larger and provided more space. The surface area is definitely greater but sitting two people at that desk gets a bit cramped. I do like seeing his desk somewhat tidier though, although it is still kinda dusty.

After that I walked to Safeway to get some Starbucks. I received a gift card from one of my relatives. I love Starbucks. I only like the sugary drinks and I don’t like to drink my coffee black. This time I ordered a grande caramel machiatto. It was sweet enough for me, although all the caramel drizzle may have been a bit overkill. But I enjoyed drinking it. It wasn’t the first time I drank it but the first time in a while. I may buy it again, sometimes I have not encountered a drink yet to replace my ultimate favourite: white chocolate mocha.

Anyway, once I got home, I ate dinner and wrote up this blog post! It’s now almost 8:30PM. I think I will spend the rest of the day studying for CCNA. Hopefully I can finish the rest of the chapter.

Tumblr Post: Lunch Food

Aug 18, 2015 | Comments

Disclaimer: This is a cross post from my Tumblr blog, Study, Scattered Me!. As well, any products mentioned in this post are not in any way sponsored (unless stated) and my views on those products are my own.

Lunch break with cantaloupes and warm pandesal with cheese. I usually don’t like eating at my desk when it comes to breads, especially crumbly breads like pandesal but I was totally craving it. The pandesal here is not as good as the real  deal. I prefer the spongy and tough pandesal (less crumbs = good study food)!


A photo of me

My name is Edel Grace Altares. My programming interests include full stack development and back end development. My languages of choice are Python and Java. Outside of programming I enjoy crocheting, video games, cats, historical fiction, and reading.