Sunday, July 30, 2006
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Updated August 6, 2006
Photos of my new shoes, cocktail dress......
Friday, July 28, 2006
TAIPEI — A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Taiwan on Friday, rocking buildings in the capital but causing no damage or casualties, the Central Weather Bureau said. The quake's epicentre was located about 150 kilometres southeast of Taipei, the bureau said. Japan's Meteorological Agency said there was no threat of a tsunami. The quake was also felt in the Yonaguni islands in southwestern Japan, but there were no reports of damage or injuries there either, officials said. Taiwan's weather bureau warned against aftershocks, but said they were not expected to cause any damage because of the epicentre's distance from the island. Quakes frequently rattle Taiwan, but most are minor and cause little or no damage. However, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake in central Taiwan in September, 1999, killed more than 2,300 people.
Ok now there is nothing to panic about.... just because I haven't seen an email from R in 3 days or the fact that he hasn't texted me to tell me he is fine, does not mean he is not fine.... This is pretty scary for me and Kay (although at this moment Kay has no clue about the earthquake and she probably won't know until I mention it or hearing it on the radio) because he is on the otherside of the world and we would have no idea if something has happened. And who the heck would contact us to let us know if something has happened??? NO ONE. His parents can't speak english, his brother has no info on us except for knowing we are here in Vancouver, ok, maybe his secretary, A, she might send me an email or call on me. But I am not counting on this one either. I am sure he is FINE. I will give him a wake up call when I get home from work, around 5.30ish (Taipei: Saturday 8.30am), I'm sure he will not be too pleased to get a wake up call so early on a weekend but that's what you get when you don't let us know YOU ARE FINE.
*Updated July 30, 2006 1.15am* R is fine, he called in to let us know he was ok and it wasn't as bad as I thought. He was also surprised to learn that the news stated the earthquake at 6.1 because he didn't think it was that bad. I guess he is used to having earthquakes.....
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Updated July 28, 2006 6:46pm
I just downloaded firefox because I was searching on blogger help groups and a few users mentioned firefox is better than IE esp. when uploading photos. I downloaded it and FINALLY I was able to update my post with a photo of Fran & Kay. Awesome!!!
Calling me at work, asking me if I was still downtown, uh yes? She wanted me to pick up PATD's new cd and get them to autograph it. I told her, I'll see how busy HMV is and if the line up is not too long, I'll do it for her. When I got there, OMG, it was CRAZY! I assume people have been lining up at HMV since this morning!! The band wasn't even there yet, apparently, they were going to be there within the hour. I rang Kay back up and told her I wasn't going to do it because even if I got in line, I could be there for HOURS. She was a little upset and I said I would pick up the cd if I could find it. Couldn't find it, too many people, too long of a line up.... oh well, she can always pick it up another day....
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Her story: Fran checked into the airport 2 hours early which is really amazing because this girl is notorious for running late for everything. Her itinerary stated (or as she thought) her flight was schedule to leave at 4.55pm. Checking in at the counter (not at the airport, the express counter), the person helping her asked, oh? have you changed your flight? Fran looking confused and shocked, no, I'm early! Lady at the counter also confused look on her face, well your plane left 10 minutes ago. Fran now really stumped, whathaheck? Girlfriend read the itinerary wrong! Flight scheduled for 14.55 not 4.55!! Panicking a little (she's got to be here for a wedding), the lady helped her out by getting her on a standby for the next flight out which was leaving in an hour or so. But if she could not get on this flight, she wasn't going to get on any flight this week (all flights are booked full). Panicking and now rushing to the airport which is half an hour away from where she was, she lucked out and managed to get a seat on that flight! Phew! Funny Fran story, eh?
I have done this before, read the itinerary incorrectly, I almost missed my flight out of Vancouver to Hong Kong a few years back.
After Milestones, we headed back to my place to pick up my car and to bring dinner home to Kay and Ty (Ty came over to play again). Kay and Fran hugged, caught up a little bit, and took a photo. We left for Burnaby to have dinner at Kura Sushi (because it's so yummy! and Fran has a list of items she must eat while in Vancouver, Japanese being one) and to meet another friend of Fran's (she's trying to squeeze everyone in) Alan. We had a splendid dinner (Kura never ceases to disappoint me with their daily specials!) and shared more funny stories about Fran. Alan, Fran and Jas all met at UBC and boy did Alan have some funny and good stories about Fran. After dinner, Jas and I headed back into Vancouver and Fran took off to meet the next person.
It was a really good night and it reminded me of how much I miss hanging out with Fran. Good times. Hoping to catching her again before she leaves but if not, I'll def. see her the next time. We have been friends since highschool, a loooooong time, she is a really great friend and it is never boring with Fran around, all those hilarious stories to tell.......
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Tomorrow we are suppose to go berry picking out in Langley but with the temperatures as high as 35, I don't want to get sunstroke so we might have to go another weekend.....
Friday, July 21, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Going to catch Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest tonight... yes, without her, she will be pissed but I told her she can catch it with R the next time he is back in Vancouver which is .... September!
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Kay went to a BBQ at her friends place and she called me around 10:00 to see if I had forgotten about her. She was only suppose to be there until around 8 and expected me to pick her up by then. She wasn't too pleased that I did not come for her until almost 10.30pm! She wasn't so upset with me not picking her up as I thought, apparently someone broke her fave. sunglasses and she lost her lipgloss and that is why she was upset and wanted to come home.... what a day....
Friday, July 14, 2006
Tonight, we celebrated my father's 68th birthday! He doesn't look a day over 50 ;-) We took him to DemBones because that is one of his fave. restaurants (meat lover) and that is where he wanted to go for his birthday dinner. My brother picked up the tab this time and gosh, I felt bad because I order a glass of red wine at the cost of $6.00!! We try to take turns taking daddy out and I paid for Father's Day dinner which was about the same amount. This is the THIRD time I have been to DemBones in the past three months!! I usually try to space this restaurant out by going once every six months because it's a lot of meat! But we had a great time and we all enjoyed ourselves.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Katy at 10 weeks old and look at her, she had a growth spurt of 6 inches! Wow, she's going to be a tall baby just like momma and daddy.... Who's a cutie pie? She is :)
Monday, July 10, 2006
Sunday, July 09, 2006
She gets a whole crate (about 20 lbs) for $59.00 which seems a little expensive but in the supermarkets, they are charging about $6.99 - $7.99 / lb. Also, these cherries are plump, roundy and super juicy. Haven't had a bad one yet! Ron, who used to work with my mom, has a fruit orchard up in the Okanagan and every year, he sells my mom cases of cherries (she distributes them to her friends) and at the end of the season, sometimes he brings my mom peaches for jam. The cherries and peaches are incredible. I finally met this man who supplies my mom every year with cherries and I asked him how much is a crate of peaches and he told me $25.00!! Wow, for a whole crate, that is an awesome price, I would buy a crate if I knew how to make peach pie........(peaches can't be frozen, they don't freeze well but peach pies freezes pretty good!) or peach preserves.... last year, mom made some peach jam and it is delicious! I can't wait to have some cherries......
photos to come (maybe)....
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Last night, I didn't go to bed until almost 2am and I had to wake up early to start my day, no sleeping in! I needed to get up early because I wanted to take a shower before heading out to Coquitlam to pick up Jas so we could shop at the huge IKEA store. Don't worry, I only spent $30.00 and that included lunch! In the last two trips I have been able to walk out of the store without spending over $40.00 so it is POSSIBLE. I picked up a couple of discontinued door boards (for kitchen cupboards) because I am doing an art project, making a necklace holder for my growing collection and terry cloth slippers (for my at home foot spas). After shopping at IKEA, we headed towards Carmen's place to pick up the girls, we had arranged plans to take them to the mall and to build a bear at the Build A Bear Workshop because Winnie The Pooh is here!! We let the girls head off on their own for a bit while Jas and I did a little shopping for ourselves. I ended up buying these, they are so cute! Not too bad in price and will be nice to at least match my work clothes as I walk about 10 blocks to the bus stop and in no way can I do it in 3.5" heels. At Jacob, I picked up this, on sale (for more details, click here). We decided to stop off at Starbucks to grab a coffee (by this time, I was having a migraine) and to sit outside in the sunshine. KD and her friend were also in the mall so she stopped by for a bit of chit chat. They didn't stay long and Jas and I only sat for another 20 minutes or so before heading off to BABW to meet the girls. I had the girls build me a Pooh bear because I am much too old to be doing it. After BABW, we headed over to The Boss for dinner and to meet up with Vince. We were suppose to go out for drinks to celebrate Jas's new start and Vince's belated birthday but Vince had gone out clubbing the night before and was still suffering the after effects of the alcohol so after dinner, I drove the girls back to C's place and met them for bubble tea. We probably sat around for a good two hours, talking and catching up before calling it a night.
Sheesh, I am too old to live off 6 hours sleep, I need at least EIGHT HOURS or else I cannot make it through the day..... glad the day is over and I'm off to bed.....
Friday, July 07, 2006
We headed over to Richmond to have dinner at this Japanese tapas place and gosh was it ever yummy! They had Japanese Pizza which at first I wasn't too keen on but after having a slice, OMG, I am so addicted. We had a chopped scallop pizza, it was so delicious. I will have to take R there for dinner, I think he will love it! I didn't think we would be full because all the items that came to our table seemed quite small. After having several small plates of grilled items, baked items, sushi items and the pizza, it was more than enough! After dinner, we headed over to Osaka Supermarket which is really the T&T Supermarket at Yoahan Centre to pick up some fruit (for myself) and some marinated meat (for Shel, BBQ the next night for a guy's Fight Night). We called it an early night and Shel dropped me off at home.
Kitty loved my new Louis Vuitton and keychain. Both think R has great taste which he does and he knows me so well, hey, it's been 13 years, he better know me!!! ;-)
Kitty and Shel are planning a cruise to Hawaii in November, how nice is that! Maybe Hong Kong at December (these two travel almost every year) but after those two trips, they plan on saving up for their wedding. In the fall, they are planning a mini roadtrip to Portland, Oregon to pick up their wedding bands from Tiffany's. They found the perfect wedding bands and the idea came from a friend of theirs who purchased their wedding bands from Cartier. They decided to buy the bands from Portland because there is no tax and the US exchange rate is pretty good at the moment. As they were talking about their wedding plans and buying their wedding bands, I decided to check online to see what Tiffany carries in wedding bands and I found mine.
KD will be coming by after 10pm and I think it will be a long night. After KD, R will be calling for our weekly "phone date"..... and I have to wake up early on Saturday, I better get some coffee or something......
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
I hate the grind with a passion but that is what keeps me coming back. My friend lost 6 pounds since starting the Grind three weeks ago. Wow eh? That is crazy! I am off again on Monday and Thursday ;)
Sunday, July 02, 2006
*Updated 07/07/2006 - check out the added photos.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
We had beautiful weather again, like every day for the last two weeks. The sun was out and the temperatures at 30 degrees C! A perfect day to be INDOORS and most of it was spent indoors with air condition. First off, IKEA to pick up some needed home items that have been on my list for sometime. I picked up some hooks (on sale!) for my necklaces, a pretty blue bathmat, a magnetic board for the hall and extension cords for the bedroom. Afters browsing through IKEA, we decided to head over to Richmond Centre Mall because we still had some time before the movie. Richmond Centre was having their sidewalk sale! Darn! I can't pass up a good sale when I see one! Picked up some cute flip flops for Kay, I picked up some sale items and non sale items. After walking through Richmond Centre, we decided it was getting too late to head home for dinner so I took Jas and Kay out for Cactus Club. The Cactus Club in Richmond is disgusting. First off, they have no idea how to make a salad!! After dinner, we hurried home, dropped off our stuff and took the transit downtown to catch A Devil Wears Prada but it was sold out so we ended up in Click which was very funny and cute. Now Kay and I are ready to crash, we have had a long day.....
For shopping finds, click here.
Anyways, if you find this as interesting as I thought, you should go out and rent the movie. Do not pay good money to watch it in the theatre because I don't think it's worth it. But I would def. rent the dvd to look at all the cars and see a mini tour guide of the city. Drifting sounds somewhat interesting too. The movie is beautifully shot around the city and the cars.....
PS. The acting is not so great......