new blog!

I’ve moved my personal blog to a new space! Come find me at stephkocheung.wordpress.com.

This summer, I got married. And so I changed my social media account names, and moved my blog along with it.

I never make any promises to blog regularly, but will post whenever I remember to and feel like it.

Instagram: @stephkocheung
Twitter: @stephkocheung
Blog: www.stephkocheung.wordpress.com



The media keeps lamenting 2016, but looking back through my photos, it looks like I had a good year. And for that, I am thankful. No complaints here! Also – I don’t remember what happened more than 2 months ago.. so this recap is also a fun reflection exercise (/thank goodness I take a lot of photos on my phone). Here we go, 12 months, 12 photos.

In January, I went on a cruise with these delightful folks, and it was one of the best vacations I have ever been on! We went (pretend) ring shopping. We drank lots of fancy coffees. We watched game shows. We ate too much food. And we took lots of photos. Let’s do it again soon!


In February, I participated in my first of many (12!) craft shows this year. I won’t include toooo many craft show photos in the rest of this recap, but they were all fun and different in their own way! I got to meet people who would tell me that they follow me on Instagram (aw shucks!) and connect with fellow creatives in the city (so many new friends who are so cool I cannot even comprehend).


In March, I started helping out with the youth at my church. At first, I was overwhelmed. And then we went to No Other Name (a 1-day youth conference) and I was even more overwhelmed. But now, I love them. They keep me young (and simultaneously make me feel old).


In April, I finally visited Jocelyn in Hamilton! I always thought it was a nothing city, not really worth visiting. But I regret waiting so long to visit! They have a dedicated calligraphy store and awesome food. ‘Nuff said.


In April, I visited Almonte to be in my first Cheerfully Made market. It was possibly one of my best shows of the year, other than the Etsy show! Also this sign changes colours and is mega cool so I took a picture with it, hehh.


In June, I graduated!!! I miss Kingston, but boy, I do not miss school. Okay, just a little bit.


In July, I picked strawberries with Kaitlyn. This was probably my first Canada Day in a while not going downtown.. but it was so chill and fun! Totally recommend it.


In August, I worked. Well, most months I did. But I also said goodbye to some PHAC friends this month. I learned more about the Kardashians from them than I ever thought I could know.


In September, I did my first ever 2-day show. I didn’t even know it was a 2-day show until about a month before, hahaha. I clearly did not read the contract clearly, heh. Busiest and most crowded show I’ve ever seen. But thankfully I had wonderful helpers to help me survive the busy BUSY crowds. Oh. I also forgot to bring my cash float (cue panic attack) on day 2.. thankfully my friends of Sadie & June lent me money to get me going. Aaaand this is why it is good to have friends :)


In October, my MPH friends and I reunited for a wine touring weekend (where I stopped drinking after 2 wineries cause I’m a lightweight like that). We also made a spur of the moment decision to go to Kingston for homecoming weekend to see Walk Off The Earth! So fun.


In November, I went to Toronto for a friend’s engagement party and got to experience and explore downtown Toronto. The weather was perfect for just wandering all day. My brother and I also hunted for coffee beans in Kensington Market to fuel his new hipster obsession.


In December, I went to Montreal to escape Ottawa (actually, Jethro just had to use up some vacation days). Got to catch up with David and Jenna who I do not see often enough anymore!


And so so many other wonderful things this year. I purposely didn’t share food photos, though I do have lots of those. I can’t decide if I should commit to eating out less this year, or eating out more. Either way, it’s going to be great.



Rideau Centre’s New Expansion

The Rideau Centre has always been “Ottawa’s mall”, with it being right in the heart of downtown and all. But it was starting to get a little dated, and in much need of a refresh. I stopped going, because it wasn’t particularly special. But in the past couple of years, there have been a LOT of changes, including the new Nordstrom, stores like Kate Spade and Ted Baker, and now H&M, Simons, and Anthropologie!


All of the pictures from this post are from Simons, because it is definitely the biggest addition to the mall. I definitely got lost.

This cafe inside of Simons has the most spectacular view of Ottawa. And we were safe from the rain on that particular day, too. It’s tucked into the corner with the home goods section, and all of the natural light is seriously to die for. I’ll probably go back to buy a latte just to take a picture of it. Sounds like me, right?


Anyway, I’m not sure why I’m blogging about the mall, because I am not a fashion blogger, but the new expansion was really pretty. I liked it, so I took pictures of it.

I’ve been writing about a lot of things I’ve seen and food I’ve eaten around Ottawa. Is this interesting? Should I write more about thoughts about life? I have been writing about the notion of home, too. I appreciate any and all feedback :)

CF Rideau Centre | 50 Rideau Street, Ottawa



Wow, I can’t believe that August is already over.. does that mean summer is over, too? August is probably my favourite month. And it might have a little something to do with friends, food, ice cream, and a birthday.

I did a lot of touristy things in August because we had some friends visiting.

I also watched some killer fireworks. Like, so good. Maybe not the best I’ve ever seen (Disney is up there), but this fireworks festival kills it every year.

I celebrated my 24th birthday with food, naturally.


I showed off some new Simply Steph Ko cards at the Ottawa Makers Market. I’m now preparing for the Etsy show, which will be the biggest show I’ve done. Eep! Wish me luck.

And I ate a lot of ice cream. I think I might have a problem. Just kidding, there’s no such thing as too much ice cream (says the public health kid.. shh). Everything in moderation, right?


I also said goodbye to my work friends, who finished their summer work terms. Au revoir, lunch buddies!

And now I’m off to enjoy September!



P.S. Some posts from August:

Sound of Light Fireworks Show

Every year, the international fireworks competition, Sound of Light, takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays in August. They are way more impressive than Canada Day fireworks, and are also shot right over the Ottawa river.

IMG_20160813_211808-01This was the first time I’ve been to the Quebec side, since they moved from the Casino du Lac-Leamy to the Museum of History. It is a much better venue, with a much clearer view with less trees in the way, and a stunning view of Ottawa.

I have in the past couple of years watched from downtown Ottawa, by the river. Some good spots to watch from are: behind Supreme Court, by the Canal Locks, or near the Art Gallery. You can also stream the music from Majic 100.3 if you want to listen to the music along with the fireworks.

Anyway, I could keep talking, or I could just share pictures.

It’s over now, but you should come check them out next summer!

Sound of Light | August 6-20, 2016