Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Sunday, February 26, 2006
I spent the day driving Kay and her friend, C around the city for C’s chinese/swimming lessons. After C finished her lessons, I dropped them off at C’s house and headed over to R’s place to check his mail. I decided to head over to Zellers to pick up some miscellanous items for myself. During the day, the weather was somewhat rainy and with slight flurries (wet snow) but as day turned into evening, it became very cold and the flurries turned into freezing rain. C’s Mom, E, invited me out for dinner, a thank you for the weekends I’ve been driving her daughter around. The Girls wanted to go to this very popular pasta restaurant in their neighborhood and E has never been nor does she know how to order pasta. This place is known for their notorious line-ups. As luck would have it, I became the choosen one (E worked until 7.30pm so it was decided that I would head over to the restaurant to line up). At 7.00pm, I was in the line up. There were already 20 people ahead of me. Apparently, it was a birthday night, two larger groups in front and the rest two’s and four’s. I waited 50 minutes for a table when they finally called my name. But guess what, I couldn’t have it because my party was not there yet. Apparently, there is a rule … damn. E was running late at work so by the time they ended up at the restaurant, it was 8.15pm. Luckily, we were able to get a table at that moment they all arrived, thank goodness! I WAS STARVING! I didn’t have lunch, saving my tummy for the yummy pasta, and it is definetly worth the wait. If you are ever in the area, starving for pasta and willing to stand in a line up for an hour or so in rain or shine, go check out Anton’s Pasta on Hastings, Burnaby.
Headed over to my Mom’s house to visit Grandma and Mom as I do every weekend, the dutiful daughter I am. My Grandma had a couple of appointments with different sellers who were selling their Toyota Corollas. One of them was located in Burnaby by Middlegate Mall but we agreed to meet somewhere in the middle which we decided was the parking lot in the Old Orchard Mall. This seller’s asking price was a little bit higher than the others but the condition of his car was fairly new. Mom decided to make an offer, about $2,000 less than what they were asking, but they declined the offer and were not willing to budge in price. Oh well, too bad for them. We then headed over to Army & Navy to browse their weekly deals. I wanted to get my weekly grocery shopping done but time was cut short when Mom realized she needed to head home for her MJ game. Grandma made dinner for us and after dinner, I sat and chatted with Grandma for about an hour. I left by 7.30ish because I needed to pick Kay up from C’s and it was getting late for a school/work night. I was pretty tired by the time I picked Kay up and decided agaisnt going grocery shopping, headed home to get ready for bed. I guess I can wait until Monday night to get my grocery shopping done.
That’s pretty much the exciting weekend I had…. Hope you all had a great weekend…..
Friday, February 24, 2006
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to yoooooooou!!
Today, my Little Brother turned 27 but every year we celebrate his 19th ;-) At his request, we made dinner reservations at the Korean BBQ House in Richmond. It is an All You Can Eat for $17.95 a person (adult, seniors/children discounted) and boy can he eat! He ate enough to cover all of us but he doesn't gain any weight over it, skinny as a chopstick! My Grandma bought him a mango birthday cake and we had to drive all the way out to Kerrisdale to pick it up. But it was worth it! I asked my Grandma to order me a Chocolate Cake from Michele Cake Shop for my birthday in August. She gets a discount of 10% because she's a senior. Sweeeeeet... the chocolate cake is covered with Chocolate Covered Cream Puffs... mmmmmmm.... cream puffs.... I think my Brother enjoyed himself as it was a quiet night, the night before his friends took him out clubbing and I think he was a little hungover today. We opted not to buy him a birthday gift instead we gave him the universal gift of COLD HARD CASH. Which he seemed to love :) Happy Birthday!
For more birthday photos, go HERE. For more photos of the yummy cake, go HERE.
Today, I put about 60 km (40 miles) on my car because we took my Grandma around the city to look for a new car. She can't decide which car she wants but she knows she doesn't want a Acura or Honda but she like the new Toyota Corolla or a Mercedes Benz C class. All her friends own a Benz or BMW and she feels left out but I think she will end up buying a new Corolla. She's quite comfortable with the car.
My trip around the city: West side of Vancouver (where I live) to East side of Vancouver (Mom's house) to West west side of Vancouver (Kerrisdale, for dim sum / pick up cake) to Richmond (Automall) to Northwest side of Vancouver, close to downtown (Broadway/Burrad - Grnaville) to North Burnaby (pick up Kay) to East side of Vancouver (Mom's house) to Richmond (Dinner with Brother) to West side of Vancouver (home) = 60 + kms. What a day!
....KICKED ASS!! This movie was awesome! Lots of action, blood, vampires, a sex scene (very HOT), gruesome werewolves, and of course lots of darkness and gore. But I regret not renting the first one to refresh my memory on the storyline before going to see this one. I became a little confused during the movie on why the bad guy was the bad guy and how Scott Speedman's character became a hybrid. Totally worth watching and if you take my word for it, please go rent the first one before going to see Underworld Evolution.
Saturday, February 18, 2006
Friday, February 17, 2006
There are many events happening around town to celebrate this day. I would like to go and enjoy the night away but I never seem to have enough time on the weekend to enjoy such pleasures. Maybe one day.
SocaB is leaving (with her friend, Shel) tomorrow for Houston to pick up a couple more of their friends and then Sunday, she is flying off to Trinidad. How exicting, can't wait to hear and see the pics!
Thursday, February 16, 2006
I know it's hard, she's a girl and she's dealing with alot on her plate, like turning into a teenager and other happenings in her life. I am no longer the "cool mom" but the mom who lectures. *sigh* I remember like it was yesterday, when she and her little friends thought I was the coolest mom in the whole wide world :)
Also, coming back to memory are the days of growing up, the changes my body went through, my emotions, my self esteem, and *sarcastic* the FUN days of highschool.... I, as the parent, really am trying to deal with her changes. It's an exciting time and a difficult time for both parent and child. Some days are better than others but I do see the dramatic and drastic changes going through my little Kay *sniff sniff*
But I do hope, in the end, that everything we taught her will stay with her (even if it's in the back of her mind) and although at this moment she is still upset with me and feels she cannot confide in me, my door is forever opened to her, she just needs to step in.....
*SIGH* It's hard being a parent of a tweenage daughter. Much harder than I anticipated.....
PS *sun shining* This morning, Kay seemed to have forgotten or maybe pretend to have forgotten, our conversation last night. We gave each other a kiss and said our goodbyes and she wished me a great day. I hope she will feel much better after hanging out with her girlfriends for the day (they have a Pro-D day).... that's another post for another time... (she's now heading out to the MALL with her friends and I am so worried but like I said another post for another day.....)
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
PS. V-day gifts photos to come.....
We made Sweet N Sour Pork as our Valentine Meal... keeping it red :) Yum yum!
Monday, February 13, 2006
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Oh, I guess I forgot to mention that my Grandma got into a little accident last week, I think it was either on Wednesday or Thursday. As you are probably aware of the not so good week I had last week, which means I didn't really post much on my blog. But here's the story: She was driving down Granville Street in the "parking lane" (this lane is open during rush hour) and some IDIOT making a left turn from Granville onto 62nd Avenue, didn't make sure all THREE LANES were cleared before pushing the gas pedal. He hit my Grandma hard enough to cause her passenger to have a mini anxiety attack and she was sent to the hospital. Keep in mind, my Grandma is over 80 and her friend is even older. Now, I know this accident could have been prevented because if it was either my Mom or I, we could have avoided the accident and let the guy go with some excessive swearing and finger / fist tossing. But my little Grandma drives with her eyes focuses on what is in front of her and the car, plus her reflexes aren't as keen as they once were. But the IDIOT should have made sure that the lane was clear before stepping on the gas. IDIOT! Anyways, my Grandma is fine, no pain, a little bit of shock but no immediate injuries. Thank GOD.
Now, she wants to start looking at a new car. She has been itching to buy a new car since most of her friends have purchased new BMWs or Mercedes. My Grandma couldn't justify buying a new car when her car was in such good shape. We are now trying to convince her to buy a used car (just a couple of years older) because then she only has to pay one tax and if she scratches it up while parking, it won't hurt so much. I know, it's my Grandma's money and she is the one who is driving. But I really believe she shouldn't be on the road anymore and if I had more time, I would insist on driving - actually no I wouldn't. My Grandma is quite independent and stresses the fact that she can do everything BY HERSELF. AND DON'T YOU DARE ARGUE WITH HER. Or she will be pissed.
After our trip, we headed back to Vancouver to pick up the weekly groceries and a little bit of shopping for ourselves, really just spending some time away from the house. We dropped Grandma back to the house and Mom and I headed out on our way. Mom needs space from Grandma, she lives with her and deals with her on a daily basis and I know it can get quite frustrating and tiring. I don't really understand how Mom feels because I only see my Mom once a week and I find that is more than enough time. But I do know the feeling of having no time for yourself because some weekends, that's how I feel when I am with Mom both Saturday and Sunday. My Mom uses the day to stress about Grandma but we also catch up on other family business, like how my sister in HK is doing, how other family members are doing and life in general. From the terrible events that have happen, Mom and Grandma are having a bad start to the Chinese New Year. Both have had the feeling of bad luck looming over them since the start of the new year. Although, I've had a bad start as well, I am not that superstitious and I am sure things will smooth out after the month is over.
Not much else happened after that, I had with dinner with them and as soon as I finished up, I needed to go to C's place to pick up Kay. She slept over at C's again. I spoke to E about C next week because I will be picking C up from Chinese School and dropping her off to her swimming lessons. E will be working p/t at the Hospital for the next three weeks and I offered to chauffeur her daughter around, I might as well since I will be heading out that way anyways because Kay and C see each other almost every weekend. As soon as Kay is old enough to take the bus, she is taking the transit to see her friend. My whole weekend is about chauffeuring my Daughter and Mother around. Maybe next weekend, I will have more time for myself. I doubt it but hey, I can keep hoping......
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Tonight, I hung out with my best friend V and his girlfriend M. I haven't seen my bf in a long time and it was nice to get together to catch up. We hooked up earlier in the afternoon and did some shopping (Best Buy to look at electronics and Canadian Tire to look at home stuff). We grabbed a drink and appys at Cactus Club and we chatted about life, work and family. After drinks, M rang V's cellphone because she was ready to be picked up, she was studying somewhere dowtown. I needed to head over to LD to pick up some items and we decided to head to the Granville LD because that's where M was going to wait for us. I didn't want to intrude on their Saturday night but they wanted to hang out some more and maybe catch a movie. We decided to head back to my place for dinner (I made dinner cuz I love cooking for friends, dish I made=chestnuts with chinese mushrooms with braised chicken) and voted for a foreign film called Old Boy. This was a very interesting movie and the story was gripping. Lots of twisted parts and unexpected outcomes. Def. worth watching but be warned, it's not for the ones with weak stomachs because it's a pretty twisted story.
Friday, February 10, 2006
Sometimes, we just have to let go. We have our moments and this week was mine. It's strange because the women in the office have been in this "mood" for the last two weeks. I guess it's just going around really bad this month ....
When I'm in a bad mood, I love to go shopping. It brings much happiness and joy to me. Especially shopping at my favorite stores. Yesterday at lunch, I decided to get out of the office for some air (it's been a beautiful week in Vancouver unlike my mood) and to "window shop" at Holt Renfrew (one of my fave. stores) for a gift for R, I ended up just shopping. I could not help it, I found something really nice and perfect for R. I wish I could post a pic because it's so fabulous but I don't want to ruin the surprise! Pics to come in the near future.... I cannot wait for the new HR to open at Pacific Centre. The new HR is going to be huge and hopefully an expanded selection of designers with more merchandise and selection. The store right now is quite small compared to HR in Toronto, Ontario.
Today was a stressful day at the office, there was some miscommunication on deadlines and I was working on something that was going to be sent out for Monday not TODAY. Because of this minor~MAJOR~ miscommunication, I put off all my current paperwork which was just as important as what I was working on today, I ended up staying at the office later to finish. Damn, I am not to pleased and damn tired. Thankfully, I did manage sneak out away from my desk for 30 minutes at lunch to "window shop" at one of my fave. designers. I am in love with this purse. In case the link doesn't work, here's a photo:
and I love this one too:
These pieces are like works of art. So very beautiful and all handmade in France (yes, I checked inside the purse to be sure)..... yes, these little things really make me happy. R knows me so well :) I hope to see one for my birthday? Or just because, there doesn't have to be an occasion to receive a gift like this, right??? ;)
PS. I bought a beautiful gift for Valentine's Day (although, R won't be here to celebrate it with me) ... BOY, R IS SO SPOILED.... but you totally deserve it :) xoxoxo
Sunday, February 05, 2006
But instead, I will tell you about the day I had with ...... Mom and Tween Daughter.....
Today was a beautiful day to go shopping in Chinatown unlike yesterday but my plans for the day did not follow through with Mom. She ended up forgetting about the facial appointment she had and a second appointment with her rental tenant. This means our afternoon in Chinatown would be cancelled. But I didn't get anything done yesterday which meant I still had to go with or without her. I think she would have rather me wait for her but I couldn't because I needed to leave for Richmond around 3.30pm to pick up Kay. Since Mom could not make it, she asked me to pick her up some grocery items for her. It was a nice day and it was nice to have some alone time although, I ended up buying a lot of items and it would have been nice to have a few extra hands. Among the items I purchased was a brand new wok! I'm so excited to use the wok! They have so many sizes and I could not decide but I ended up with a large on just in case I need to cook for 6 or 8 people :) After walking Chinatown, I headed home to drop off my groceries and had some more me time in my quiet living room. Then I headed over to Richmond to pick up Kay from her party, I was carpooling so I had two very hyper kids in my car! Dropping him off and we headed over to my Mom's. We went over to LD and did some shopping. Headed back to my mom's for dinner and stayed to chat. My Grandma was going to be home around 10ish and as it was getting late, my guilt wore off and we had to head home as it's a school/work night.
I need to learn to say NO and have some me time. My Brother never spends any time with my Mom and Grandma. I guess I am the Daughter and I should help out whenever I can which is my weekends. Some days I wish I live in another country or continent.
Saturday, February 04, 2006
Okok, I know the answers to these questions but seriously, how does my Mom do it? AND ... what kind of energy does Kay think I am on? I would love to have ONE weekend to myself, doing whatever I want to do without either of them! And NOW, I feel guilty and bad for wanting this and thinking this.....
Okok, I am here to VENT so if you don't want to hear any of it, turn away from this page.
Kay, my tweenage daughter, is a real social butterfly. She always has her weekend planned and that is fine with me as long as she keeps track of all her activities. But this weekend, she had a mix up and double booked herself on Sunday. Which means she could only attend one of the activities and not both. She needs to make a decision. Wanting to attend both, she expected me to drop everything and chauffeur her around to both. Yes, she could end up at both places but that would consist of me waking up early on Sunday, driving all over the city, and canceling my other plans. No, I said, you double booked yourself, you have to decide which one is more important which means you need to make the decision. She finally decided on one and that was that. But she was a little bit upset most of the day because her plans were cancelled. I ended up buying her an apple pie and we rented a couple of chick flicks.... it wasn't a too bad night after all.....
My Mom and I spent the afternoon going over to this girl's place to check out all her DVDs from China, apparently she has many "series" from China and were selling them at a reasonable price. Cheaper than renting them from a store. This afternoon, I wanted to go to Chinatown to pick up some groceries and other items, my Mom said we wouldn't be at this girl's place for too long, we ended up spending most of the afternoon there, by the time we were ready to go, my Mom needed to head back over to her house because she had a MJ game. While my Mom and I were together (Kay opted to stay with my Grandma), she told me she was going to be alone on Sunday because Grandma had MJ / dinner plans. Asked if I "wanted" to go over there for dinner? Maybe spend the afternoon shopping in Chinatown (like we were suppose to today) and then heading over to Richmond (Daiso because I would have to go there around 3.30pm to pick up Kay). I had plans to head over to my BGF,JF's Super Bowl Sunday Party with my BF,VC which we spoke about on Friday and although, I am not a HUGE football fan, it's all about the eating, drinking and hanging out with your friends, relaxing and chillin.... ugh... I said to my Mom "sure, no problem".... My BF,VC called after my Mom asked me and I didn't want to say anything in front of her so when I told him to go on ahead without me, he sounded somewhat surprised (we spoke and confirmed plans on Friday night). Even though, I didn't get any of my required items done today because I spent an afternoon hanging out at some chick's place looking a DVDs that I can't read or understand. It really was not a great day to go to Chinatown, it was pouring rain and huge winds. I guess that was the silver lining for the day......
Thursday, February 02, 2006
What a week but thankfully it’s almost the end of the week. I decided I need to leave early tomorrow. My FMPM gave me the OK to leave at 2:30pm on Friday…Thank goodness…. An early start to the weekend…..
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
A few days ago, I went over to check out the new HMV store (used to be Virgin Records) on Burrad and Robson Street to pick up a couple of CDs. Jamie Foxx's " Unpredictable" and MJB's "Breakthrough". These CDs were better priced at HMV compared to Best Buy or Future Shop which surprised me because I normally pick up all my music from FS. I have to say, I am really liking them both! I also think this is one of MJB's best albums yet!