Monday, January 30, 2006
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Today is the day you go to people's homes to wish them a properous new year. Traditionally, you are greeted and given 'lai see' and lots of yummy chinese desserts and fruits. I went to my mom's house and we didn't do the tradtional activities because it's just the two of us, well Auntie Ingrid came by later in the evening. This afternoon, I was suppose to head over to Chinatown with Jasmine to watch the parade and buy some goodies but the traffic was crazy. I circled Chinatown for 30 minutes, could not find a parking spot and got diverted every which way because Chinatown was closed to traffic. That being said, I gave up and let the traffic lead me to my Mom's house.
When I arrived at Mom's, we sat around and chatted for a bit. In the morning, it was somewhat raining, by early afternoon, the rain had stopped for a couple of hours. But by 3:00pm, the rain started coming down hard so hard that when you looked out the window, you couldn't see the street. I didn't really want to go out there but I needed to pick up my weekly shopping list. So Mom and I braved it out there with our rain gear (actually, I don't have any rain gear except for a raincoat and an umbrella but I am seriously thinking about investing into a pair of Burberry Rainboots, yes they NEED to be Burberry...) to Victoria Street to pick up my groceries at the Chinese Markets. We hit three different places before saying it was much too wet to continue. Rain is not so bad, it's the high winds that are a killer. The winds are so cold that they can go through your jacket and into your bones. After the shopping, we waited around for Auntie Ingrid to show up for dinner. Apparently, she was watching a program and would be at my Mom's shortly. We decided on Vietnamese for dinner, yummy! And perfect for this kind of weather. Beef broth soup with noodles, Lemongrass Grilled Porkchop and deep friend spring rolls. A perfect way to end the evening.....
Saturday, January 28, 2006
After our trip to the BBQ store, we were getting a little bit hungry so we stopped off at No. 9 to have a snack before heading back to Mom's house. We needed to snack even though it was 6ish because our dinner reservations were at 8:30pm and even though we are suppose to sit down at 8:30pm, we probably won't be seeing any food items until 9pm. After our snack, we headed back to Mom's to prep the items we bought today. She also gathered the gifts she had for my little brother. Mom picked up a small rice cooker, some LBG and some food items for him because my brother is unemployed and lives on his own (bachelor). Mom has a huge heart and loves her son so much (even though daughters are more thoughtful than sons) that even at his age, him being 27 years old, my Mom feels the need to take care of him. That was our day! I hope R had a wonderful day with his family.
Again, wishing you a very propserous new year or Sun Lien Fai Lock!
Friday, January 27, 2006
PS. I realized when I left the girl cut my skin!! And I bleed! OMG, that was not a good manicure! And she wanted a tip? I think NOT.
Today for lunch, we went to Victoria Restaurant to celebrate pre - Chinese New Year. The food was fantastic and it was really nice to get out of the office for lunch. We had reserved three tables, the food was pre-ordered, and arrived about 10 minutes after we were all seated at our tables. This place was packed and the line up was out the door. Even as we finished and were leaving the restaurant, there was a huge crowd of people waiting for a table. The restaurant is pretty big and it was a full house! It was a fun lunch hour! :)
Thursday, January 26, 2006
By charlie smith taken from Georgia Straight
Publish Date: 26-Jan-2006
On election night, some socially progressive voters probably heaved a sigh of relief that Conservative prime minister–designate Stephen Harper failed to win a majority government. Nationally, his party won fewer seats than the Liberals did in 2004. Without the support of other parties in Parliament, Harper won’t be able to drag Canada into a war, ban same-sex marriage, create a “made-in-Canada” alternative to the Kyoto Protocol, or cut off funding for embryonic-stem-cell research.
Harper’s socially conservative candidates fared particularly poorly in the Lower Mainland’s inner suburbs. Pastor and teacher Marc Dalton came third in Burnaby–New Westminster. In Richmond, former Focus on the Family president Darrel Reid lost a winnable riding against a relatively hapless Liberal incumbent, Raymond Chan. FOF’s former staffer and lawyer, Cindy Silver, missed out in North Vancouver, which should have been an easy victory for her party. And long-time incumbent Paul Forseth was defeated in New Westminster–Coquitlam after winning four previous elections.
The Conservatives also lost existing footholds in West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country and in Newton–North Delta. All things considered, it was the most dismal performance by the extreme right in this region since 1988, when the Reform Party of Canada ran on a platform supporting a ban on RCMP members wearing turbans. If this election is viewed as a plebiscite on social conservatism, the Christian right suffered a bloody nose. Harper’s Conservatives were trounced in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, and the North. The party was soundly defeated in Ontario, lost in B.C., and only managed to retain a majority of seats in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Even if Quebec were a separate country, the Conservatives would still have fewer than half the seats in the next Parliament. But that shouldn’t engender any complacency among those who feel that gays and lesbians should have equal rights to marry, or that people with diseases such as Parkinson’s should benefit from embryonic-stem-cell research. Once the Conservatives form a new minority government, Harper and some of his most right-wing allies, such as Calgary Southeast MP Jason Kenney and Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Stockwell Day, will have a phalanx of government bureaucrats and spin doctors at their disposal to buff up their images. Harper has already stated that he prefers “incrementalism” to achieve his objectives.
As cabinet ministers, socially conservative MPs can start wooing the public by passing bills to reduce corruption and to cut the goods and services tax. This could create the political conditions to propel the Conservatives to a majority in the next election.
It’s worth noting that during the recent campaign, Harper told the Globe and Mail that his fundamental views hadn’t changed over the past decade, though his positions on individual issues had “evolved”. To get a glimpse into Harper’s fundamental views, one only has to examine what he wrote in the Report, a right-wing Canadian magazine, in June 2003. He urged readers to “rediscover...social conservatism because a growing body of evidence points to the damage the welfare state is having on our most important institutions, particularly the family”.
In the same article, Harper decried the federal Liberals’ “children’s agenda”, claiming it hinted at more government interference in the family. He also noted that it would require “careful political judgment” to move in the opposite direction.
“For example, the social conservative issues we choose should not be denominational, but should unite social conservatives of different denominations and even different faiths,” Harper wrote. “It also helps when social conservative concerns overlap with those of people with a more libertarian orientation.
“Second, we must realize that real gains are inevitably incremental. This, in my experience, is harder for social conservatives than for economic conservatives.”
He added that social conservatives have trouble with incrementalism because of their “explicitly moral orientation”. But he warned that any other approach would fail.
This article was published shortly after Canada refused to join the U.S.–led coalition attack on Iraq. Harper clearly disapproved of the then–Chrétien government’s decision not to go along with the Bush administration’s decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power. Harper claimed that with the exception of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, modern liberals “are trapped in their framework of moral neutrality, moral relativism and moral equivalence”.
“Conservatives must take the moral stand, with our allies, in favour of the fundamental values of our society, including democracy, free enterprise and individual freedom,” Harper wrote. “This moral stand should not just give us the right to stand up with our allies, but the duty to do so and the responsibility to put ‘hard power’ behind our international commitments.”
In effect, Harper linked social conservatism to military policy. But he didn’t take that extra step in the article and examine the potential impact on fiscal policy and mortgage rates. Because Harper’s party now holds a minority of seats, he will have less freedom to advance his military-spending agenda. It calls for an additional $5.3 billion in spending and 13,000 more regular troops. As long as he is governing in a minority, it reduces the likelihood that Harper will repeat the fiscal insanity of the two Republican U.S. presidents, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, that he appears to admire so much. Both Reagan and Bush Jr. sharply cut taxes, particularly for the rich. Both of their administrations also went on military-spending binges. The combination of reduced revenues and higher military expenditures created whopping deficits. The Bush administration’s shortfall approaches a half-trillion dollars.
Harper has promised to increase military spending and cut taxes. He also plans to redo the fiscal framework to ensure more money goes to the provinces.
The Liberals claimed during the recent campaign that this would blow a huge hole in Ottawa’s finances. The Conservatives vehemently denied it. However, given the record of socially conservative U.S. Republican administrations, it’s easy to imagine that Harper’s approach could result in a large deficit. Whenever a government collects less than it spends, it competes with the private sector to borrow money. This puts upward pressure on Canadian interest rates.
Vancouver already has the highest housing prices in the country, with many people carrying large mortgages. This makes them especially sensitive to rising interest rates, which can occur when a government rings up a huge deficit.
During the 2004 federal election, Liberal candidate Kwangyul Peck, an economist, claimed that Harper’s flawed fiscal policy could cause some voters to lose their homes. Many suburban dwellers may not give a damn about embryonic-stem-cell research, notwithstanding its potential to save lives. They might not give a hoot about equal rights for gays and lesbians. But these voters surely care how much they’re paying to their banker each month to keep a roof over their heads. The pernicious economic effects of Harper’s social conservatism didn’t get much attention during the recent campaign, despite the dismal record of the Reagan and Bush Jr. administrations. However, if the opposition parties decide to make this an issue before the next election, it could ensure that the likes of Darrel Reid, Cindy Silver, and Marc Dalton will never be part of a majority government in the future.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Monday, January 23, 2006
Ok, I will try to live with this one and maybe it won't be so bad. I will download my music, listen to the sound and see what this new one can do for me. I have to learn to deal with mourning.... yes, I am now in mourning for my dead Walkman® , RIP, you've brought me much happiness.....
Sunday, January 22, 2006
But before I headed over to my mom's, Kay and I went back to Broadway street to pick up a $20.00 rain resistant jacket for myself. Yesterday, Kay and I spent most of the afternoon shopping for her and her snowboarding gear. Luckily, we ended up with some pretty good deals. I was thinking this shopping trip was going to cost me more than $300.00. On Broadway street, there are many stores that specialize in outdoor gear, one of these stores is a distributor of outdoor gear made in China so the prices are really low. We found Kay a water resistant outdoor jacket for $20.00 (Boxing Day Prices) because the store is trying to get sell all of their old stock. We headed further down to a consignment store to pick up some snow pants and we got an awesome deal on a pair of practically BRAND NEW snowpants for $21.00. We could not find her any goggles or thermal wear so we ended up at Oakridge Centre (after her laundry duties) and the mall was having a HUGE sidewalk sale, SWEEEET! I picked up a pair of poly/spandex track pants for Kay and we have decided that she can wear a cotton t-shirt under her sweater and jacket. I also picked up a couple of sweaters at 60% off at one of my favorite stores in Oakridge. That was our Saturday afternoon :)
Heading over to my Mom's after I picked up a jacket from Broadway, Mom and I decided to head over to Superstore to pick up some groceries. I had a list of what I needed for the week and I stuck to it. Wow, I can't believe I only spent $40.00 at Superstore. We did pretty good. Mom thought it was hilarious that I was only picking up ONE tomato and ONE carrot but really that is all I needed and if I was to buy a whole pack, it would go to waste therefore we stuck to our list. I am quite surprised that we did not sneak in a few extra items. Normally, a shopping trip to Superstore can cost us over $150.00 and half the stuff is not even GROCERY ITEMS. We did good. Superstore did not carry every item on my list, for example, Basil and Lemongrass Stalk. I planned our week with Thai Recipes because my cook books are on order and currently in transit to my workplace. I guess I will see them sometime next week. The only cookbook I currently own is a Thai Cookbook. This means, we are having Thai Week for our meals. I love Thai but Kay is a picky eater, she won't eat anything spicy so I will be leaving out the Red chilies in the recipes. But we NEED Basil. I will pick some up from Choices after work tomorrow.
After our shopping, we headed back because Mom wanted to make Lo Bak Gao or Chinese New Year Turnip Cake. We loooooove Lo Bak Gao! We only get it once a year (usually during Chinese New Year) but I think Mom should make it more often, it's a lot of hard work and I guess that's why we only have it once a year. When I finally buy my food processor, I will have to bring it over to her place when she announces that time again for making LBG. It's a family thing, we girls have to help out Mom. After peeling, shredding, cooking and steaming, the LBG was finally ready! But we could not take it home because it had to be cooled before slicing into it. I will have to pick my share up tomorrow after dinner. Yummy! I can't wait. Mom made dinner for us which was great and I got to take some home for lunch tomorrow. After dinner, Kay and I headed home. It's been a long and tiring weekend..... I missed my foot soak on Friday but I think this coming Friday, I will treat myself and book a pedicure at a downtown spa! :)
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Our night began with appetizers at her beautiful new condo. The condo and the decor looks very different from her last place, it seems that her tastes have matured a little ;) A really nice place to entertain, her kitchen is awesome and the layout is really nice although the view from the living room is not that pleasing (Cobalt Hotel is the view). But it's definitely a really nice condo. The condo has painted concrete floors (which I looooove), granite/marble kitchen, stainless steel appliances, windows in the bedroom, just beautiful. I brought over some red wine, we sat on her new couch to catch up and enjoy the appetizers. Mike had the hockey game (Canucks Final 6-2) and the International Super Featherweight Title match between Morales and Pacquiao on TV, the fighting match was quite exciting and we were debating on our dinner reservations. No worries, we made it to dinner, reservations were at 9:30pm (we couldn't get anything earlier for 4 people) so we knew better to have appetizers or we would be starving and the entrees tend to be quite small and rich. Vince and Meryl were late in arriving because they picked up a beautiful chocolate cake for Jasmine. They both looked really nice and well put together, I have never seen Vince dressed up for dinner. He normally walks around in wrinkled shirts and casual pants, he can be quite nice looking when he doesn't dress like a bum ;) We decided to open her gift (from me) and make the first slice in her birthday cake before we left for dinner, Jasmine loved my gift! I did include a gift receipt just in case she wanted to exchange it for something else but she loves the gift. I'm so glad :)
I decided to take photos of our dinners because I thought they were put together so nicely. I also wanted to post them for R because he missed out on a fantastic night. I am including photos of my dinner:
For more West Photos, please click HERE.
It was a wonderful night and was so nice to catch up with everyone. I'm so happy to see Jasmine so happy :) Much love to her and Mikey. And I must give a big huge thank-you to Mike for his hospitality and the invitation to their home on Super Bowl Sunday.
Friday, January 20, 2006
Look what the very nice sales girl at the Coach store did for me? She wrapped up Jasmine's gift in a nice little box with a red bow :) How nice! I think Jasmine will looooove her gift, what girl wouldn't?? I bought her a Coach Soho Mini Signature Mini Skinny. She has a few Coach purses, bags, clutch and I think she may also own a wallet or not. I have included a gift receipt if she wants to exchange it for something else ....
Thursday, January 19, 2006
I am thinking if it costs too much to repair the Walkman®, I will have to look at purchasing a new one. I decided to check out the Sony site to see if my model was still available, maybe I could buy it at a cheaper price since this model is a couple of years old, BUT I could not find it on there!! WTF? Yessssireee, it's now obsolete, they have a new model which holds the Atrac3® files and MP3 files!! OH.MY.GAWD. I want it, it's so darn pretty!! I am so in love with the new Walkman® .... and now they have new LCD Screen technology called 4-tone organic EL Display, what is that you ask? CNN explains it here. Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet.... but currently you can only order this Walkman® online with a credit card. I don't have a credit card :( Well, I guess I should wait and see what the damages are on the repairs....
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
This afternoon, I had lunch with the girls when I say "girls" I mean the ones that I work with. It has been too long since the last time we have had a get together. We have a really good thing, I didn't think I could ever have such a great bond with girls in a work environment but we are very close and we have a solid friendship. It's awesome. Jen, who went on a holiday to Asia and Australia, brought back some wonderful pictures and gifts for all of us. She is so thoughtful and so sweet, she bought a keepsake in each country she visited. I can't decide which one is my favorite, the little Koala Bear which is now sitting on my computer screen looking down at me or the Hong Kong Disney keychain. Awwww... now I really wish I was going to Mexico City so I could spoil them too! It's good to have her back though, we have missed her company! Lunch was a little bit rushed as I had Reception Duty (covering the reception's lunch) and I also had to pick up a pair of pants from Dynamite. Light brown pants with gold pinstripes. I think I have a shopping problem? :)
GIRLS, if you are reading this.... I LYVE YOU, GIRLIES!!
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Wow, look at her pregnant belly! She is going to have this baby real soon, due in May! I can't believe how time flies... I remember like it was yesterday when she found out she was pregnant.... everyday, I touch her belly, it's very comforting and it feels like I should be getting pregnant! ;-) Don't worry, I am not ready to have another one yet!
Monday, January 16, 2006
Sunday, January 15, 2006
PS One more day of sunshine, woohoo! I can't believe we got two days of sun!
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Today, I went over to Broadway/Oak to drop off my walkman to the repair shop. Apparently, technicians were not working today (being Saturday) only customer drop offs / pick ups. The guy at the desk stated that I might not even have my walkman looked at on Monday as they are super busy. He told me to call in on Monday anyways and ask if anyone will be able to look at if for me. I am hoping the damage is no more than $60.00. Maybe it's just a loose connection?? I'll find out soon enough....
After we dropped off the walkman, Kay and I drove over to my mom's place. Mom wanted to head out for some food shopping in Chinatown, lucky us it was a good day for it, although I was prepared for the rain storms to show up. Weather in Vancouver is un-predictable. Kay moaned and groaned all the way to mom's. She's a good kid though, the minute we walked into my mom's, she stopped, smiled, kissed and thanked Grandma for all her gifts. It was an ordinary day, nothing too exciting happened except getting bitched out by two little old ladies. We walked and shopped around Chinatown for most of the afternoon. Mom wanted to pick up an electric dispensing pot because she did not end up buying one in Hong Kong as the electric voltage is different in Canada. We shopped around a few Chinese stores until she ended up finding a cheap one (less than $100 CAD), made in China, which I stated would not last long. Looking at it, it looks CHEAP and the inside is stainless steel, it's not even coated with the nonstick like my Zojirushi. I told her to pay the extra $100 for a Zojirushi, Made In Japan and it will outlast any cheap version. But Mom did not want to spend $170.00, she thinks the pot will have no problems and they are all built the same. Oh well, one day when the pot breaks down, I will just smile and think about my Zojirushi. Speaking of pots, I have decided that I want a Zojirushi Ricecooker! Oh my, does it look so cool and I know it's a little pricey for a rice cooker but this item would be used daily just like my hot water pot. Maybe for Valentine's Day ;) Anyways, back to our day, as we shopped around, our little cart (Mom has a little cart for groceries) was getting quite full and you can imagine Kay's face as we are walking all over Chinatown, not happy. But still a good sport, as she was going to be sleeping over at C's place. At the end of the afternoon of food shopping, we had one last stop to make, a corner market that has brown free range eggs at a really good price. Mom was planning to make Lo Bak Gao so she picked up about 7 pounds of Lo Bak (Chinese white carrot) and she left the eggs / lo bak on the little counter at the cashier (who said it was ok) and proceeded to the meat department to pick up some meat. I was standing by the cashier, watching Kay because we could not lift the little cart into the store, seemed to make sense that Kay would stand on the sidewalk as this was our last stop. The cashier started bitching in Cantonese about leaving our stuff on the counter, walking away without paying for our stuff etc. while I was standing there. She figured I didn't understand Cantonese (which I do) but I did not say anything back except in English. I asked her if she had a problem but clearly she did not understand me. I told my Mom after we left the store and she said I should have spoken up. We could have left the store without buying their items. The next store over carried the exact same products at the same price. Oh well, next time, I know what to say. While I was getting bitched out by the cashier, little Kay was getting bitched at by some little old lady on the street. Kay does not understand a word of Cantonese so she had no idea what the lady was saying but she knows the lady was saying things about her because she was looking at Kay while speaking. When the little old lady crossed the street, Kay threw her a nasty look. Sooooo funny, poor Kay, I told her "you should learn Cantonese than at least you would not be clueless and understood what she was saying!" I, on the other hand, can understand Cantonese but cannot speak it properly therefore losing out on witty remarks to stupid cashiers at Chinatown.
Didn't stay for dinner as Kay needed to be at C's around 6.00pm. I dropped her off and she was so ready to hang out with someone her own age.
What a day! Time to soak my feet in some bubbles! :)
Friday, January 13, 2006
I searched on Sony Canada for an Authorized Dealer for repairs and found one close to home, I will be heading over there tomorrow to see if they can find out what is wrong with my walkman.......
Thursday, January 12, 2006
And it's nice to know that when you see someone like that, you have the same instant connection and bond you had so many years ago. It's about the person and your friendship. Over the years, I have seen a few old highschool friends (like really good friends in highschool) but I feel that those people have stayed the same or have changed in a way that we no longer have the strong connection we once shared.
I will be having lunch with Chris on Tuesday, will be sure to bring my camera and take tons of pics :)
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
As we enter our 24th straight day in a row with rain in Vancouver we will see only a few scattered showers on Wednesday. On Thursday, a warm front associated with another strong Pacific storm will sweep across the area bringing another soaking of rain starting during the afternoon and continuing until early on Friday morning. A few lingering showers will remain on Friday and Saturday. Rain is likely again late on Sunday and then possibly another big soaker again on Monday when we likely hit our 29th straight day of precipitation to break our old record set in 1953. The long range GFS model is now indicating that we would have to wait until at least the middle of next week for some of that winter-like weather that we have been predicting.
(quote taken from Vancouver Weather Page)
Gosh, it's no wonder people in the office are getting sick. Working downtown means you are close to the ocean and their high winds which can be quite strong, blowing through the office buildings. You walk out of the (crank heat to high) building and into the brrrreeeezzzing cold! Some bus drivers crank their heat up on the bus to Caribbean Hot and I for one, am bundled up in my wool coat, cashmere scarf and gloves (sometimes a hat) making me hit a hot spell while riding the bus home. Ugh... maybe I am coming down with something?
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
She's only 11 3/4 yo but quite responsible and we have talked about chatting online and posting information online. She picks up on the techy stuff so quickly. Sometimes she drives me nuts! Like this evening, she was chatting on the phone while chatting on msn messenger with her friend on the phone. Apparently, they were testing her friend's new webcam. Not only do we fight for the bathroom and telephone, now I have to scream & fit to get my way with the computer! Ugh...
Speaking of computers, I am now looking at replacing my old PC. I have had this PC for 6 years with minor upgrades (ie. upgraded the RAM). My system is now what they called 'extinct'. I used to work in the industry so I emailed an old friend (and ex-coworker) about sending me a few quotes on an entry level media centre computer. What is that exactly? Click here for a description provided by
Microsoft. Wow, I didn't realize it was THAT FANCY. I don't need to watch TV on it and it's sounds a little expensive. At home, Kay & I use the PC a lot. We both have MP3 players, I just got a brand new digital camera and my father is bringing me back a credit card size videocam from HK. We will see how much it will cost before I decide to go that route but it seems everyone is upgrading their home PC's with the new technology available to home users. Cool....
Monday, January 09, 2006
Yesterday in my post, I forgot to mention that my Grandma brought back a little jade Buddha for me as I requested. A few months ago, we were in Chinatown and I have been looking for a little Buddha to carry with me. Like a lucky charm. In Vancouver, the jade pieces were either too expensive or it was not a beautiful piece of jade because for something this small, they do not want use a nice piece jade. My Grandma found me a piece that is quite green and just perfect for my little side pocket in my purse.
Sunday, January 08, 2006
- 4 pairs of jeans
- lots of funky socks and undies
- candy, candy and more candy
- 5 long sleeve shirts
- Nestle 3 in 1 (the ones you can only get in Asia, soooo yummy!)
- Tempo Menthol Tissues (yes, it's a strange request but we can't get menthol tissue paper here)
- XO Sauce
- a cute mug with a lid
- cute pink girlie short sleeve sweater
- a sparkly with flower cut outs in the sleeves / front scoop neck black top
- a velvet brown tankie (but this does not fit me, it's too small)
- a cream faux fur hooded sweater
- black currant soft candy chewables
- a Coach Purse (from my grandma!)
Yes, that is a bag of Tempo Tissues and Nestle 3 in 1. Kay was kind enough to model my new Coach Purse. Gosh, aren't we are lucky? My mom and grandma brought back a few tailored coats and dress pants. Really nice, the next time I head over to Asia, I will be sure to see a tailor and custom a wool coat and pants. My mom went back for a long wool coat, it's beautiful and so light. Tailoring very nice and at a reasonable price. Including material and labour, about $100 CAD. My mom picked up a few items for my brother, a HUGO wallet, Disel Leather Belt, a Goose Down Beige Jacket and Daviddoff Cigarettes - Special Edition.
Next up, check the cars in the garage. My grandma's Toyota started up with no problem but my mom's Supra did not. Not even when we tried to jump start it. She will have to call BCAA tomorrow and get them to jump it. Hopefully, it's only the battery and not the alternator. Apparently, VC had a problem with his car yesterday. While he was driving down 99 or 91, the car stopped. Just stopped in the middle of the highway, boy was he pissed. Apparently, it was his alternator. Poor guy!
After helping my mom settle in, I had to leave because I still had to go back to Richmond to get my car. It must have been a very tiring day because when I started the car, put the gear in reverse, I forgot to step on the clutch. YES, I DID. What the hell was I doing? OMG. What an idiot I am. When I figure out what I did, I must have been so pissed at myself that I didn't notice the island as I was backing out and scraped the bottom of my car!!! OMG. I am so glad to be home.....
Saturday, January 07, 2006
Today, we trekked through the rain (pouring rain) to my mom's place one last time before she got back. Just to make sure her plants and her bird were doing ok. OMG, I think a few of my grandma's plants are dying. Kay was so shocked to see one of the large ones with yellow dried out leaves, she said we should just throw out the dying plants and replace them with new ones. I think I would go bankrupt trying to replace all the dying plants! I decided to trim the dead leaves and flowers off some of them so they don't look so obviously bad and uncared for. We changed and vacuumed the bird area, and Kay went to the freezer to grab a few more packages of her fave. snack. Before my mom left for HK, there was a huge box in the freezer (about 20 or so packages), she now has 3 in the freezer.....
We decided to go to the Mini Dollar Store down the street because Kay had to pick up a birthday card for H's birthday. She bought him a Sponge Bob tin can filled with his fave candy (gosh, his mom will be thrilled). It took a lot of tissue and clear wrap to giftwrap his birthday present! I picked up a few items from the Dollar Store (a brush for Kay, a couple of forks and mini chopping board for work and a lighter). Then we headed back up to Choices and picked up some fruit, milk and Parmesan & garlic salami. Yummy! I decided to make pizza for dinner tonight because Kay is feeling a little down and pizza is her fave food! She has this annoying way of asking for it, she circles you and gets into your face saying "Pizza!! Pizza!! Pizza!! Pizza!!", I'm sure you know what I mean. The salami, yellow peppers, mushrooms, and mozza cheese pizza turned out really good! I added a tsp of oregano and basil to the pizza dough recipe and we also added olive oil and crushed garlic to the rolled out dough before we placed it in the oven. Mmmmmmm.....Yummy! Pizza! Pizza! Pizza! Pizza! turned out so awesome! Much better than the last time we made it. Sorry R!! Next time you are in town, we will make it for you!
I also picked up a pair of crops for myself. They fit so nicely and priced at a reasonable $25.00 plus taxes, compared to the Lululemon, I think these are way better! You could be paying up to $100 for Lulus.
Oops! You can see my fuzzy and very comfy flowered slippers! :) Ooooh... and my stretch marks!
Tomorrow, I'm back at the airport again. For the third time this week (Dad on Sunday - to HK, R on Thursday - to Taiwan). My mom/grandma should be coming in around noon. Kay is heading over to H's birthday party tomorrow afternoon. I gave her the other digital camera so she could take her own pictures. I really wanted to attend and take the pictures but I am not sure how long I will be with my mom and grandma. Gosh, I hope I make it back alive, I think my grandma will be pretty upset when she sees her prized flowers......
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Erin and her birthday gift! Her faveourite colour being green and I lucked out finding such a pretty purse for my pretty & pregnant and very good friend Erin.
Erin's birthday is actually Friday, Jan. 6 but her girlfriends are coming out to take her for lunch on Friday at The Vancouver Art Gallery. We, the girls in our office floor, decided to take her out today to celebrate. We headed over to the Japanese restaurant across our building. It is our first girls lunch outing for the new year. Really nice to get together and catch up.....
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Wow, what a difference! He looks so handsome :) Aww.... now he is all ready to get back to work and bring home some $money$ GO GET'EM :)
He's leaving for Taiwan tomorrow morning, it will be hard for Kay but we'll have to deal with it. He will be paying for all her therapy bills.....
Oooohhh how pretty! These beautiful suede shoes were on SALE!! Marked down to $79.99 and with a 25% discount making them only $60.00! How could I resist? Yes I have a shoe problem..... I love them. I have been looking for a replacement for my red ankle boots which I wore out a few years back. Didn't find anything I liked until today! Although, these are not boots nor are they heeled (usually I purchase shoes or boots with a heel being at least a 2"), these are the exceptions. I wore them with my dark denim blue jeans and I look and feel great! I feel like Dorthy in the Wizard of Oz (Trivia: The ruby slippers were silver (like in the book) until MGM chief Louis B. Mayer realized that the Technicolor production would benefit from the slippers being colored) . Clicking my heels 3 times to go to the largest shopping mall in Canada! ;-)
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Sunday, January 01, 2006
She's sleeping over at C----- tonight and they are super close. She is the niece of one of my very good friends from highschool. Exactly the same age but C is so much taller and turning out to be a really beautiful and smart young lady.....