Summer Fun Near the Bridgeport Skytrain Station

Ok, ever since I moved to Vancouver about six years ago, I’ve been hearing about the Richmond Chinese Night Market.  Now the name alone was enough to provoke my curiosity.  I love Chinatowns, and I love open-air markets, and I love the idea of having such a thing in the evening instead of 10 am on a Sunday or whenever they usually happen.

Also, a bit of background for those of you who aren’t familiar with Vancouver: Chinatown here isn’t all that big.  Yes, it has Chinese people, but it’s nothing compared to Richmond.  Richmond is out in the suburbs and it seems to be where a large part of our Chinese population has chosen to settle.  It has entire areas you can drive through that don’t have any signs in English.  It’s kind of awesome.  So presumably a Chinese night market in Richmond would be the real deal. Continue reading

My Favourite New Way to Waste Copious Amounts of Time

Design seeds.  I’m not sure why I am finding this so addictive.  All we’re talking about here is little colour palettes inspired by various photos.  And yet, I can spend ages looking through it.  And I don’t feel gross after, the way you sometimes do when you waste too much time looking at crap on the internet.  I feel all happy and inspired.  Bizarre.

With My Very Own Hands!

I believe in recognizing and accepting one’s limitations.  Obviously, progress can and will be made with hard work.  A lot of the time though, it’s just not enough.  Sometimes you have to face the fact that your dream is not something you are actually any good at.  This kind of self-awareness can save you a lot of heartache and, often, money.

I'm not this good.

Luckily, I figured out the things I wasn’t good at pretty early.  Otherwise, I would now be a frustrated artist.  I love the idea of being an artist.  I love beautiful things.  I am capable of being moved by really good art.  I have all these fantastic pictures in my head that I would love to replicate on paper.  (Or canvas, or whatever.)  But I lack talent.  More than that, I would go so far as to say my artistic skills are below average.  This isn’t modesty here; I know bad when I see it. Continue reading

Quebec City

I swear – I am going to actually write something again soon.  I have ideas rattling around in there, but they need a little time.  Meanwhile, here are some more photos from my trip.  These ones are of Quebec City.  It’s one of those UNESCO heritage towns, and like every other one of those I’ve been to, the reasons are obvious.  It’s beautiful with the kind of perfect beauty you see in a fairytale-themed area at Disneyland.

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