Michelle Dong

Features Writer at Soompi, covering Korean and Chinese dramas. Writer at College Candy and COED Magazines in New York. 
Contributed to the Global Chinese Press, The Georgia Straight, JPC (London, UK). Developed marketing campaign for Mitsubishi Motors.. 
Currently working on her first book: Two Questions Every Girl is Asking Herself                            Come say Hi! @MichelleDongNYC



Fight the Winter Blues

It’s winter. The days are short and the nights are long. Lack of exposure to sunshine can be depressing for some. Fear not. Instead of guzzling down cans of diet coke, try replacing them with unsweetened coffee. This may naturally help lower your depression risk. According to a recent study by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), people who drank four cups of coffee per day were about 10 percent less likely to develop depression than those who drank no coffee. Black coffee just might be your handy little ally in getting through the darkest winter days.

De-stress with “Comfort” Coffee

Next time you’re juggling 3 meetings, 5 deadlines, 100 emails, and you’re craving that Cinnamon Dolce Latte with Whipped Cream, which, you think you only crave when you’re stressed out. Think again. Habits, not cravings, drive food choice during times of stress, according to a recent study by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). If it is your habit to drink a shot of espresso for your afternoon pick-me-up, instead of a full-on latte with whipped cream, then that’ll be your default go-to beverage during times of “crisis”. Try a guilt-free varietal, like Skinny Flavored Latte, and make it a habit.

Spice it Up

Making the switch from whole milk to 2% and missing the fat in your morning coffee? Try spicing it up with cocoa powder, nutmeg, or cinnamon. Adding just a small amount of everyday spices to reduced-calorie meals would make the flavors more appealing and ultimately help Americans cut down on dietary fat, a recent study from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) found. Makes sense. If you flavor your pasta with paprika, oregano, or garlic, it tastes so damn good you don’t mind that it’s not swimming in creamy Alfredo sauce. Try something similar with your morning coffee routine, figure out your signature combo, and watch the calorie count drop.



The first annual virtual career fair for start-ups and growing tech companies in Vancouver

If you’ve ever looked for a job, you’ve probably been to a job fair. They are held in a fancy convention center. There’s a dress code. You put on your best shoes, then slosh through the rain with a stack of resumes. They are fresh off the press. And you are ready to impress.

BC Tech Fair does all of that without getting your shoes dirty. The first of its kind in bringing the full fair experience online while ensuring a deeper connection between job seekers and recruiters.

Walking into the virtual “convention center” is like entering the scene of an RPG game – the 3D treasure map of a scavenger hunt. Instead of boutiques and battlefields where you pick up supplies and clues, you see miniature buildings housing companies looking to recruit.

Now just because it’s online, doesn’t mean it’s no longer a FAIR, where you see foot traffic as you do in the physical world. In the virtual “convention center”, you’ll see where the crowds are headed in real time: the hottest booths, the trending topics, and most importantly – the frenzy.

Growlab – start-up accelerator with their extensive networks rooted in Vancouver and San Francisco, coupled with KarmaHire – a Vancouver-based start-up, are the creators of BC Tech Fair.

“We’re using bleeding edge technology to achieve the effect of the crowds. When I check in a page, 15 milliseconds after, someone else will be able to see. If there are 100 people, you’ll be able to see where they are, saying what, in real time,” says Thomas Zhou, cofounder of KarmaHire.

Ok, so you know where the crowds are headed, and you spot a company you’re interested in. Now you’re ready to shake some hands and make a lasting first impression.

How do you do that online?

Fully loaded with interactive media, candidates can take fun challenges to show off their skills, create video introductions and resumes, and interact with company representatives using social media and live chat.

On July 24, 2012, BC Tech Fair will not only feature the bigger firms such as East Side Games, but also some of the very best up-and-coming tech start-ups that offer exciting job openings for young talents. Traditional job fairs are so old school. As people change the way they communicate, job fairs are going virtual to adapt. Finding the best candidate just got a whole lot easier.