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About Raul

Having spent an insane number of years in grad school and going through an undergraduate, two Masters degrees and one PhD, I can safely say that I am never doing that again. EVER.

My claims to fame
I am the organizer of Vancouver Bloggers’ Meetup since mid-year 2008 (a monthly gathering of local bloggers and social media folks) and the top-ranked blogger on UrbanSpoon, an online repository of restaurant reviews worldwide.

As part of Vancouver’s social media scene, I frequently …
– Participate in local (Vancouver or Lower Mainland) events. Lately, these events have been high-tech-centric (not surprising, since Vancouver is a tech hub).
– Review products (that have ranged from portable music devices to razors!).
– Review restaurants (you can read the vast majority of my reviews on my UrbanSpoon page or my dining out category).
– Liveblog events (either on my own, or as a guest blogger).
– Review movies and attend local film festivals as media.

However, bear in mind – this is my personal blog. I mostly write about things that I care about, and more recently, I’ve started writing more and more about my own research findings, trying to disseminate them to a broader audience. This is not a specialized blog, although it’s fairly Vancouver-centric.

I have lived in Canada for the past decade and in various countries all over North America and Europe before then. Vancouver is my home now, and I have created a network of friends that I cherish and a life that I love. I am extroverted, work really hard and long hours, lead a very busy social life but I also like taking time for myself. While sensitive, I am also assertive and direct.

A few random things that you might want to know about me.

* I hate cheese, but love other dairy products (e.g. milk and yogurt) even though I’m lactose intolerant. Go figure.
* I’m becoming a more techie geek, though I’m not a tech geek per se. I am geekifying myself, though. I love hanging out with geeks and intellectuals. That’s just me.
* I am passionate about (and work on) environmental issues, but that’s not all there is to me nor to my blog.
* I am not a super good photographer but I love taking pictures (and I’m getting better at it).
* A running joke with my friends is that “It’s all about me“. I actually own a T-Shirt that says that. But, really, I’m not all that self-centered.
* I know all the things I’m good at but I’m not going to rave about myself. Much rather hear about YOU.



1. Random acts of kindness in Vancouver « Random Thoughts of a Student of the Environment - April 3, 2008

[…] I just wish this city had a year-long “Random Acts of Kindness” campaign… *sigh* So, if you can, and if you want, take a minute to execute a random act of kindness. And if you feel like sharing what you did, I’d love to hear from you. My contact information is in the About page. […]

2. Updates to “About Me” page « Random Thoughts of a Student of the Environment - April 16, 2008

[…] on Twitter, I’ve decided to update my “About Me” page, changing it now to “About Raul (that is, me)“. You will also notice that I’ve inserted a hummingbird in the header of my website, […]

3. Eatery review - La Grotta Del Fromaggio « Random Thoughts of a Student of the Environment - April 17, 2008

[…] corner from my favorite coffee place, Continental. It is kind of obvious (as those of you who have read my About page) that I shouldn’t really know about La Grotta Del Fromaggio, simply because I don’t eat […]

4. fotoeins - May 15, 2008

From one to another, congratulations, Doctor.

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