Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Waiting for the berries to ripen

There is a large stretch of black berry bushes by my home.
I am patiently waiting for them to ripen so I can pick some this year. Last year I wasn't able to go out and get some as I was away on vacation in Hawaii.

I wonder if any friends would like to join me in picking some berries when they are ready. :)

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Park Here Seafood Restaurant

Went to this restaurant with the company of mom and dad. Dad is a secret foodie at heart. He's eaten here a few times and though it was "alright". If it's good enough that brings us here, it should be good to consume.

 You can read my review on yelp.

My Review as on Yelp:

At first when you look at the name of the restaurant, you believe that it's all Chinese - As it's letters are the biggest on the sign. 百喜海鮮酒家. Their actual name is "Park Here Seafood Restaurant" in English, some maybe like me and believe that "Park Here" meant - park here.  Someone sounded out the Chinese words "百喜" for it's English name, it's English translation is really "Hundred Happiness" or "Hundred Delights". This restaurant's name, like many around the city of Vancouver has simply been lost in translation. But like that saying - "Don't judge a book by it's cover". 

The food was good with very good prices, the staff was very accommodating. 

When I entered the restaurant with a party of 3, the restaurants seating was filled, except for the large tables. They seated us at the 10 person table and notified us that when a smaller table opens up they would gladly move us there. The head waitress soon then told us, that we won't need to move, just to get comfortable and order. During our meal, the head waitress even came up to check up on us and asked us how the food was ( This does not happen very often to me when I go out to eat dim sum ).

This restaurant fills up quickly. During our meal, other small grouped patrons had to be seated at our large table. Don't worry if this happens to you, you won't be touching elbows with a stranger. They seat them a few chairs away so you still feel you have your privacy. 

Though the restaurant is small, it maybe a good thing - allowing the cook(s) more time to concentrate on serving you a great meal.

Happy Engagement Day To Roger & Carolyn!

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I can't believe I forgot to blog about this! - but I was honored to be part of Rogers proposal to Carolyn!
So happy for the two of them as they've been together for a long time.  Congrats to them!

 I was part of the helicopter station with Derek, Winnie and Jenn!
*thump thump thump thump thump* ❤

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Cat Portraits

Watercolour cat portraits. Commissioned by an old friend, also gave him a huge discount as it was also a wedding present. They came out wonderfully. They're portraits of his five cats. I wanted to post this series sooner, even the progression of the work but could not ruin the surprise.

I hope that the couple enjoy the pieces for many years to come.
Congratulations to them on their marriage.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Happy Canada Day

Wow, I haven't blogged in a long time but many things have happened through out the years that led me to slow down. So much so I may just return to my photos one day and back blog everything.

Today was Canada Day, during the day we went to go visit some friends and in the evening I went to Lan's place for dinner. BBQ with the family, our Parents & Her future in-laws. After a bit of attempts to jam together guitar and ukulele, it was getting late. I headed over to Dad's place to attach a printer to his computer before heading back home. On our way home we noticed fireworks in the distance. As we drove down a large hill towards Scott Road, we noticed we got a clear view of some firework displays. We stopped on the road side. After we pulled over to enjoy the show, it wasn't long after other cars (3-5) behind us realized what we were doing and pulled over to enjoy the show as well. I didn't know if we were bad influences or not, but sometimes you have to stop and enjoy the show.

Happy Canada Day!
Canada Day Fireworks