Walking around the Olympic venues in Vancouver reminds me of Expo 86. I really wanted to see inside Russia House (pictured above), and I arrived there about 5:30. I was met by a "open to the public between 12-5pm" sign posted out front, so that was a Nyet. The Quebec and Saskatchewan pavilions (below) make a striking appearance at night on the waterfront.
I found these products on the shelves of the Ethnic section in my local Superstore (a Loblaw grocery retailer). If I were a buyer for Loblaws Grocery I would ask that all products with this branding be renamed to the option shown on left. Sometimes things don't sound so good when they're translated.
My Asimo remained upright, unlike Asimo in real life who has been known to take a spill on occasion ->
Inspiration from Strobist's How To: DIY $10 Macro Photo Studio article is what kept me occupied last Sunday afternoon. After visiting the local dollar store and re-purposing one of my moving boxes, I crafted together a do-it-yourself lightbox: Cut out large windows in the sides and top of the box then tape some tracing paper or any other white transparent material over the windows. Hang white cloth or white paper from inside the top of the box and let it drape to bend out and cover the floor of the box. The box itself might not be pretty what with its visual aesthetics rivaling that which a kindergartener would fabricate together between sandbox and nap times, but it gives a cool effect with my favourite hot beverage:
Fort Langley existed before Vancouver and Victoria were built and functioned as a Hudson's Bay Company trading post in the early 1800s. I was anticipating "walking in the footsteps of British Columbia's early adventurers and exploring the actual site where British Columbia became a colony" until I got to the walls of the fort here and made my own epic discovery that it costs $7.80 to do so.
This lighting is a nightly occurrence courtesy of Brown's Social House in Langley's Walnut Grove. Eventhough the umbrellas are red, I highly recommend the beverage Mr. Pink - and their original version. Why are originals always better than their successors?
Because I somehow feel it's my duty to see the torch in person or else I won't be considered a true Canadian, here it is on the route passing through Walnut Grove in Langley.
I enjoy shopping in the asian grocery stores. Essence of chicken? How does that work? The only thing I can figure is it's the asian import equivalent of OXO. But are you really supposed to enjoy it as a drink while having a picnic in the park with Mom and Dad?
This picture was taken on the weekend. It's only early February, not April as this spring-like photo makes it seem.