So. I got it into my head that my husband and I should learn something new together – that it would be good for us to have a new activity to do. So when I saw Groupon had a 4-week intro class for two in dragon boating, I jumped on it.
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 →
So. We sold our beautiful little apartment. This is bittersweet because it really is a lovely apartment. It has cool tiling and a gigantic walk-through closet. It was also our first foray into real estate and we’ve been really happy here. But we want a bigger place. Not huge or anything. Just big enough to have another room to put guests in instead of having them on the floor.
This is not our apartment. I found this photo on House and Home magazine's website. We do have a white couch though.
But it all happened very fast. People said the economy was bad and the market was slow, and buying first was a bad idea because it could create a situation of having two mortgages if we couldn’t sell. That sounded scary and expensive. So we listed first and expected it to take a few months. Continue reading →
Outside my window, not long ago and from somewhere several blocks away, there came a roar, apparently of joy. It was sustained over several minutes and it was loud: dozens (hundreds?) of voices plus car horns and air horns and who knows what else. Under other circumstances, I would be concerned that a riot or revolution of some kind had broken out. Continue reading →
That’s right. Someone got that song back into my head last week after I spent three years getting it out, so I thought I’d spread the joy.
I am fortunate enough to live in the small corner of Canada that was not created by some ancient vengeful weather god to separate those who are tough from those who are grizzly kibble. Vancouver is what people optimistically term “temperate.” We have a lovely summer, which is warm and sunny and pleasant. On a good year, summer will last eight weeks. We also have a rainy season, which lasts for the rest of the year. And I believe that as of today, my friends, rainy season is upon us. Continue reading →
My fabulous friend and her adorable pixie daughter journeyed across the sea to visit us this last weekend. It was brilliant. We had as many child-friendly adventures as we could fit into two days, which it turns out is quite a lot. It is now Tuesday evening — they left Sunday afternoon — and I am still utterly exhausted. Continue reading →
I don't know what this means. I hope it's not rude.
Ok, that title is a little misleading, as I’m really not much of a one for believing in fate or astrology. I’m a little more open to the idea of luck, and a lot more open to the ideas of hard work and good planning, but hey, to each her own. Sometimes, though, it feels like something — destiny, if you will — is on your side. And for me, this was one of those weeks. Continue reading →