Friday, March 30, 2007

Early Start on a Friday

It's been a stressful few days at work because the wonderful lady I work with is off for a few days. We have a huge proposal going out today and we are not even closely down with the copies or the proposal. I am here this morning, bright and early, because I found out yesterday (at the end of the day of course!) that each page in the proposal needs to be stamped "Confidential" in all 10 binders. There are more than a few drawings and documents in the proposal so here I am, at work at 6.45am, to stamp each page with Confidential. I had to go to bed at 8.30pm so I could get up this morning. Thankfully, I had a couple of orange juice/vodkas to help me get to sleep yesterday. I was invited to a function held by the Hyatt Vancouver to show off their new renovations ($16 million dollar renos) and boy did the suites look AWESOME! Def. not the same suites that I remember. Apparently, most of the Hyatts are following this trend. All the suites look very trendy and high scale. Love it. Thank you Hyatt for the food, drinks and oh my goodness, the CHOCOLATE ROOM, I kid you not. I went to bed with a huge stomach ache!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Justin Timberlake


JT is coming to Vancouver to the GM Place in September!!! Just added to his tour dates!! How exciting, I am most def. going to go see him LIVE!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Angry Little Girls

A very cute comic created by Lela Lee in 1994 but published in 1997 about an angry little asian girl which then expanded into Angry Little Girls with different characters, very cute. Check out Angry Little Girls, for a weekly dosage :)

Really LOVE this totebag:


Sunday, March 25, 2007

Portobello West Fashion & Art Festival


The sun decided to stay for another day! Lucky for us, another small break from the rain as The Weather Network did claim that the rain will resume on Wednesday night.

This afternoon, Cassie and I headed over to the Portobello West Fashion & Art Festival at the Rocky Mountaineer Station. This is a new building because I have never been to or seen this station and it's located right behind Home Depot on 1st Avenue in Vancouver. This festival is a local fashion and art market, artists and designers from the lower mainland (and BC) were there to display and sell their unique works of art, fashion, jewellery and photographs. Although it is not a huge market, about 30 tables or so, 2 hours was def. not enough time to stop and talk to everyone who had a display / table. I will be heading back there again next month (this market is open every last Sunday of the month 11-5 and free admission!) because I found so many awesome, unique jewellery stands but today I was focused, knew what I wanted and went looking for it straight away. I spent most of my time browsing through the fashion (i.e. clothing / accessories) because I was looking for a jersey knit (or that sort of material) dress. My new obsessions (besides handbags and shoes!) are dresses! I love them, so easy to wear and a great way to express yourself. With so many designers and so little time, we were watching the clock because Cassie had to leave around 3.00pm for her very first dinner party at her new apartment, I was busy skimming all the displays and tables. With only 2 hours, I managed to look at every table in the market and make second / third stops at the places were I spotted some pretty dresses. There were three places that caught my attention:

At the first table, none of her dresses caught my eye but she did have some really cute Asian inspired kimono tops but sadly, nothing in my size. Blushing Designs had some really girlie girl dresses and I love them all but focused on 2 dresses only. A white one for the upcoming summer and a velvet red one for next winter, the white one was too small, next size up wasn't available except in black (I already own a dozen black dresses so no!) and the red one just didn't look right on me although the dress itself is so pretty! While waiting for the changing corner, I overheard the designer tell another customer about her grand opening (she's opening up a store in the downtown area) and how she started to get all this buzz when one of her dresses was featured in LouLou magazine. From there on, people from all over were requesting her designs which led to opening up her own store to accommodate all her clients. I had a quick chance to speak to her and she passed on a 10% discount card for her grand opening while mentioning that all her designs at the boutique will be new Spring items and all sizes would be available. I can't wait to see her Spring line, her dresses are so fun and so girlie, love it! Crossing my fingers in hope that I will find a cute white summer dress. After Blushing Designs, I headed over to Schaart Clothing, she is a West Vancouver designer, I managed to get a cute pink jacket (for the future white dress) and a pretty brown jersey type dress. Paying cash, I received a discount and no taxes! It was a tough choice between the brown and the black with red bits but I had already decided I have way too many black dresses (but I may end up buying the black one next time cuz I realized it will look great with my new baby janes!) After purchasing the dress, Cheryl (Schaart Clothing Designer) threw in a purse for free!! Wow, what a bonus! I was pretty much cashed out with these purchases so I headed over to find Cassie and found her at UFO Designs, some really cool urban fused original designs, and I ended up buying two very cool unique looking hair clips! She purchased a necklace from UFO and at another designer (forgot to grab a business card!). Lovely pieces, it was such a lovely time and the most fun in shopping I have had in months!! I love hitting local designers and shops, so much to see and so unique! I had so much fun and can't wait to come back!

Oh yes before I forget to mention, one of the main reasons I found out about this market is because I was looking for BYOB, a couple of Vancouver designers designs some really cool and reusable shopping bags. I am on their mailing list and they sent me a coupon for $5 off on a purchase of one of their bags if I went to the market. Now $35 to buy a really pretty, strong and reusable shopping bag is worth it because I hate using plastic bags but with a coupon, even better! But I managed to get one for $15 because it wasn't so perfect! What? $15 that's an awesome price! Plus the coupon is only valid with a purchase on one of their regular bags but they did not have the one I wanted but the $15 is pretty close, I don't care if it's not perfect, it's still pretty :)

On our way out, Cassie was still thinking about an artwork piece by Ron Sombilon, an artist who sells framed artwork, very cool. See photo below. She is still debating on purchasing it and I think she will probably end up with it the next time she is in this market! She couldn't stop thinking about the piece even as we left. I managed to get a photo of the artist and his little (very cute) girl and the art piece she is thinking about buying.

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Photo Updates

A little late but I have finally updated our Blogger Photo Album.

For Canada Line Photos in front of my apartment and Cambie Street ----> Here

For Kay's Choir Festival ----> Here

For Chinese New Year & Warren's Birthday Dinner ----> Here (yes I know this one is really really really late!)

Rain & Shine


New Greens added to my Corner Collection of House Plants

What a day! It started a little later than I expected because I just could not get out of the house. First stop to my mom's house to have lunch, she made steamed rice noodle with a sweet soya sauce dipping. Mom and I were planning to make more homemade dumplings but we didn't end up picking all the ingredients that was needed. The weather did not let up, the rain came pouring down and it really started off as a yucky icky day! But we braved it out there as we really did not have a choice and those errands aren't going to do it themselves. We headed over to the meat market on First Avenue in Burnaby, Supreme Meats has really great prices, almost wholesale, on beef and pork. Next stop, Home Depot to pick up a few different items that mom needed, I ended up with a really funky lamp for my desk and two brand new plants :) After that, we decided to take a break from the rain and headed over to Tim Hortons to meet Auntie Ingrid for coffee. We sat around drinking coffee for about an hour and a half before we decided to call it a day. Luckily for us, the sun sneaked out for a couple of hours and it was a real treat to see the sun as we haven't seen her in days, Vancouver has had downpours for 7 days straight! Tonight, I made dinner plans with Jasmine so we headed back to my mom's place. I helped mom with all her stuff and picked up my car so I could head over to Jasmine's.

Jasmine and I had dinner at Sala Thai and boy was it scrumptious! I love Thai food, we ordered the "tonight special" (Scallops and Prawns in a red curry with spices and coconut milk), Pad Thai (our fave!), 1 cup of coconut rice to go with the special and (another huge fave!) angel wings (chicken wings stuffed with yummy stuff!). Although the restaurant was not super busy, we still had to wait 15 minutes for a table. I'm happy to see that business is still great on the weekends. It was a lovely evening and I'm so glad that Jasmine and I had a chance to catch up. Life is good. Good people and Good food is the way to a Great Life!

New Funky Crystal Lamp

Close Up - Bling Bling!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Death in the Family

My brother just called with some bad news, his beloved bunny, Bea, has passed away. She hasn't been feeling well for a few days and she looked like she was getting better on Monday as she started to eat and drink water. He headed out this morning for an appointment but had a terrible feeling, decided to cut his morning short and headed home to check on her only to discover she had just passed in her sleep probably 30 minutes before he came home.

I have never owned a pet or been close to an animal but I am quite sure it's the same feeling as if you had lost your child or your best friend. He sounds so devastated and heartbroken, I have never seen or heard him speak with such emotions. Not even when he broke up with his girlfriend.

What does one do for someone who has lost someone they loved? Suggestions anyone?

No he does not want to replace Bea so he will not accept a new pet bunny. He is burying her with his most prized possession which is a stuffed pink (now grey and has no face) bunny he received when he was a baby. He's had this stuffie for 28 years and I am not at all surprised that he is going to bury her with it. He is just as attached to the stuffie as he is with his Bea. Maybe I can buy him a new stuffed bunny? Such a sad day......

Dined & Shopped Out with Jasmine

Tonight, Jasmine and I made plans to go out for an after work dinner as I have been on my own for a couple of days without Kay and it's kind of quiet around my place. I really should be enjoying the alone time but it feels very unsettling going to bed on my own. I have no idea how I'm going to take it when she grows up and moves out of the home. We met up in front of my building just after 5 and headed over to Pacific Centre to do some shopping. First stop, La Senza (gosh do they ever have some cute stuff!), I didn't buy anything but Jasmine got a cute little pink shopping bag. We decided to stop over at Banana Republic but we didn't see anything we liked. One more stop at Jacob and I do love the new spring blouses (for work) but I never ever pay regular price for Jacob items because they will go on sale within a month or two. Learned my lesson the hard way! As soon as those cute spring blouses go on sale, I will probably pick up two or three colours.

After Jacob, we were getting a tad bit hungry and ready for dinner so we headed off to Kitto's on Granville. I had a huge craving for Japanese and Kitto is not the best Japanese in Vancouver but it is close by and pretty reasonable for basic Japanese. The menu is quite limited and there are only a few special rolls but I ordered light, wild sockeyed salmon sashimi, gyoza, and four different variations of handmade sushi (i.e. unagi, chopped scallop and hokkigai). Stuffed and ready to call it a night, I convinced her to make a quick peek over at John Fluevog. Gosh, I am a terrible influence! She ended up buing a really cute pair of pumps and I ended up with a new pair of hot baby janes! Yes, as I have repeated over and over again, I have a terrible shoe addiction! I cannot help it, I looooooove shoes :)

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After purchasing the pretty new shoes, we continued down the path of shoppindestruction (yes that's my new word) and headed across the street into a store called Urban Outfitters. This is a new store on Granville Street and I remember seeing this store in LA. I recall this as one of the first stores we stopped in while shopping (and visiting) the Santa Monica strip. The strip is very similar to our Robson and Granville Street combined; a very nice little shopping district by the beach and waterfront. As I remember then, this store sells mainly beachy outerwear, very casual and hipbumbeach wear (not at all my style). Actually, I think Kay would love this store, lots of cute tops, skirts and accessories. Kay is a real girlie girl. We, of course, didn't stay in the shop for long just a really quick look over the place. We headed out and into Future Shop because I wanted to pick up the newly released DVD "Blood Diamond" with Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou. After that, it was most def. time to head home since it was getting late into the evening and I am usually in bed by 10.00pm! It was nice to head home after 7.00pm as I had no problems getting home because the rush hour traffic was pretty much over with. I managed to get home in 20 minutes! Wow! It's also really nice to be outside when it's not dark, I am liking this new time change, I think we should have done this years ago!

More B*tch*n on Canada Line Construction

F----------------------------------------CK!!!

I am having a really crappy start to my morning! I HATE BEING LATE!! Esp. when it's not my fault, being late totally screws up my entire day.

Every work day, I leave my apartment around 7.05 or 7.10 am to be at work by 7.40 - 7.45am because I start work at 8.00am. Before the Canada Line construction, I could leave my apartment at 7.30am to catch the bus right in front of my building with 5-10 minutes to spare, now I have to leave 20 to 25 minutes earlier just in case of a construction/traffic congestion. Today, my regular bus was early which I missed so I had no choice but to catch the next one which ended up being 5 minutes late! On top of that, it took the bus 22 minutes to go 5 blocks and due to the lateness plus the congestion, the following bus stop had a line up of 20 people! The bus driver crammed every single person in! Can you believe that while we were slowing etching our way down to 12th avenue, I noticed all the construction workers doing sh*t all. Standing around, chatting and drinking their dang coffee!! Why was there congestion you ask? Because they decided to make the busy intersection (Cambie / 12th Avenue) one way for both southbound and northbound lanes, allowing 5 to 6 cars a turn and controlling 12th Avenue traffic with the lights. WTF??? There seemed to be no reason why there was only a single lane going north and south bound!!! By the time we reached Broadway stop, there was another group of 20 people!!! The bus was crammed and the traffic from that point on was clear as day! Finally reaching central downtown, I didn't even have time to walk the 6 blocks that I normally walk, I had to run to catch a bus on Georgia to cut the 6 - 10 minutes it would have taken if I walked it. 8.05am is the time I finally arrived at the office. I AM NOT PLEASED AT ALL. I need to figure out another route to work.....

AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Construction on Sunday?

OMG, they are doing construction right now! On a Sunday! What the heck is going on? I am quite sure that the construction is only allowed during the work week and some Saturdays. I cannot believe the construction that is going on out there! They are scratching up the road and the mud is getting onto the sidewalks. It's really gross and the sidewalk is quite narrow which means you now have to dodge the mud and try to stay on the sidewalk! UGH!!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Shopping in the Rain

Little Miss Sunshine


Tonight, Kay and I rented Little Miss Sunshine because we have been wanting to watch it since we heard and read about the nominations for the Academy Awards for this movie. It's a little artsy, low budget film and we have to say, We Loved It! It is a really sweet and funny movie and although it's rated R which I didn't realize, it was not too bad, I think it's R rated for the F bombs. I loved Abigail Breslin's performance, she is an amazing little actress. An amazing cast overall, Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, all gave amazing performances in the movie. This movie may be a small low budgeted film but it came in with big bang! Loved it! If you haven't watched it, go out and rent the dvd!

(Provided by Rottentomatoes)
SYNOPSIS
"Little Miss Sunshine" is an American family road comedy that shatters the mold. Brazenly satirical and yet deeply human, the film introduces audiences to one of the most endearingly fractured families in recent cinema history: the Hoovers, whose trip to a pre-pubescent beauty pageant results not only in comic mayhem but in death, transformation and a moving look at the surprising rewards of being losers in a winning-crazed culture. A runaway hit at the Sundance Film Festival, where it played to standing ovations, the film strikes a nerve with everyone who's ever been awestruck by how their muddled families seem to make it after all.

No one among the Hoovers quite has it together, but it's not for lack of trying. Father Richard (GREG KINNEAR), a hopelessly optimistic motivational speaker, is desperately attempting to sell his 9-step program for success -- without much success. Meanwhile, the Hoovers' "pro-honesty" mother Sheryl (TONI COLLETTE) is constantly harried by her family's eccentric secrets, especially those of her brother (STEVE CARELL), a suicidal Proust scholar fresh out of the hospital after being jilted by his gay lover. Then there are the younger Hoovers with their unlikely dreams -- the four-eyed, slightly plump, seven year-old would-be beauty queen Olive (ABIGAIL BRESLIN) and Dwayne (PAUL DANO), an anger-fueled, Nietzsche-reading teen who has taken a staunch vow of silence until he gets into the Air Force Academy. Topping off the family is the grandfather (ALAN ARKIN), a foul-mouthed pleasure-seeker recently kicked out of his retirement home for snorting heroin.

They might not be the picture of perfect mental health, but when a fluke gets Olive invited to compete in the fiercely competitive "Little Miss Sunshine" competition in California, the whole Hoover family rallies behind her. They pile into their rusted-out VW bus and head West on a three-day tragicomic journey filled with madcap surprises and leading up to Olive's big debut -- which will change the entire misfit family in ways they could never imagine.

"Little Miss Sunshine" features the directorial debut of renowned music video directors (and husband-and-wife team) Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who direct from a script by Michael Arndt. The film is produced by Big Beach and Bona Fide Productions, with Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Marc Turtletaub, David T. Friendly and Peter Saraf serving as producers, and Jeb Brody and Michael Beugg as executive producers. The production team includes director of photography Tim Suhrstedt, production designer Kalina Ivanov, costume designer Nancy Steiner, editor Pamela Martin, composer Mychael Danna and the up-and-coming band DeVotchka. -- © Fox Searchlight Pictures

Friday, March 16, 2007

Cambie Neighborhood Disappearing.....

I just found out (from my neighbor) that two Chinese restaurants on our street are closing down due to the loss business because of the Canada Line Construction! That really sucks! We have already lost the Congee House on Cambie / King Edward Street months ago and now the only two Chinese restaurants in our area are shutting down. Now, I don't exactly enjoy eating at Cafe Grosser (yes that's our nickname for this restaurant) but they serve some good HK style tea and their lunch specials aren't so bad if you can stomach the grease. But the other one, Hugo Restaurant is not too bad and they have some great specials esp. at lunch and dinner time. Although, we haven't been there in months (due to my new low cal and salad lifestyle) every once in a while, we do enjoy a little bit of Chinese grease! Already we have noticed all the empty store fronts on our street and this neighborhood used to be a thriving community. Even our local Starbucks has been really slow and quiet! It used to be packed every night and tonight, Kay and I went in there after dinner (around 9ish which is a busy time for them) there were only 4 people in there. Tonight (Friday nights are always night out) is our dinner night out and we couldn't decide on what to eat. Luckily for us, we bumped into our neighbor and she mentioned that the Chinese restaurants were shutting down and suggested we eat in our neighborhood. Our neighborhood Thai restaurant, Sala Thai, is still open for business and will not shut down (even though there is a significant loss of business and not enough money to pay the salaries of their employees) but due to the history in the area, they are staying open for the neighborhood. Because of this, Kay and I felt bad and decided to have our dinner at Sala Thai and gosh, are we happy that we did, even though we ordered way too much food for the two of us. Very yummy and we have now decided for our dinner night out, we will def. make an effort to support our neighborhood restaurants. I just hope Shiro (our Japanese restaurant) will not close down either! We love that place! Staying with the theme of supporting our neighborhood, we decided to rent a dvd from the local video store, Black Dog Video instead of heading over to Rogers Video or Blockbusters. I guess I haven't been there in a while and it seems that I owed $12.00 in late fees from June 2004. But she decided to cancel the late fees since it's been so long! Thank goodness or else this rental would have cost me $17.00!! It was a good night and Kay and I caught up on all the interesting things that happened this week. I have been super busy at work and I guess you can tell that I haven't updated my blog in weeks!!! Just catching up now.....

Work is a whole another post, too much to say about this subject.....

Oh yes, also did a little shopping in our neighborhood boutique.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Lunch with an old friend

I really should not have taken lunch out today but I made plans with an old friend 2 weeks ago and who am I to know that I would be swamping busy at work!!! Not I. I could not bail and I'm glad I didn't! It was really good to see her and catch up plus she ended up giving me a HUGE bag of tops, sweaters and shirts to Kay. I cannot believe she and her sister are that TINY! Makes me feel HUGE and I'm not a big person! Well lucky for Kay, she now has all these new tops (and seems to have a nicer wardrobe than myself!) and lucky for me that I don't have to buy her any more clothes for a little while. When I brought the clothes home to Kay, she was very excited and started screaming out the names of the clothes, wow my friend and her sister have nice taste and obviously makes more $$ than me to afford to buy shirts that cost $50+ and after a few wears, can give them away without hesitation!!!

Here's a photo of one of the many cool tops that she received! Doesn't she look like a teenager? It's totally FREAKING me out!!!! I am not ready for a teenager!!!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Girls Nite In!

Tonight, I invited Cassie and Jasmine over for dinner and girls night in! I hadn't seen Cassie in ages and she lives 2 minutes (by car) away from me. It was really nice to see her and catch up. So many different changes in her life and it was really nice to just have girls over. I made homemade pizza, Jasmine brought over a veggie platter and Cassie supplied the red wine and juice for Kay. We were sorta celebrating my new TV! Hehehe, yes, my life really isn't that interesting! Also, I wanted to show off my new living room and Jasmine loved our new changes , although Cassie hasn't been here in years, she also like the new layout. I have lived in this apartment for 3 years and it finally feels like a homey and warm living room. I should have taken a photo of the place before and after but I didn't think of it. Also, I don't know why I didn't think about placing the computer where it is now.

It was pouring out today and Kay and I really didn't do much except head over to Choices to pick up items for our dinner and flowers for our guests. Kay and I found a really nice soy base essential oil massage candle called Pain Relief Tulum and after you light the candle for 30 minutes, you can dip your fingers into the liquid soy and apply to your hands. It smells really nice and makes your hands feel really soft! I think everyone should have one! Kay thought it was a little excessive in price for a candle but it's a multi functional candle! Plus it's just like purchasing a bottle of cream which could cost about the same amount of money.

It was a really nice night and I wish I took a couple of photos but again, I didn't think of it. Oh well, maybe next girls night out.....

Friday, March 09, 2007

Sitting in Traffic, IKEA


What a way to end a long week, sitting in traffic congestion, TWICE within the hour! After work, I decided to take the 15 bus home instead of my usual route, skytrain to Main and Main bus up to 20th. I thought I would spoil myself and skip my walk (work out for the day) as Kay and I are heading over to IKEA to pick up a POANG chair and I figure carrying that item is more than enough of a workout! Me bad, it took almost an hour to get home, sitting on the bus for at least 20 minutes from Broadway to 16th. I would have rather walked for 10 minutes (no matter how tired I am) than sit on the bus in congestion for 20! I will never take the 15 again unless it's absolutely necessary. Ugh.

After I finally reached my front door, Kay and I waited until about 6 ish to leave the house, hoping the rush hour traffic would have died down. Boy were we wrong! Congestion everywhere and when we hit the freeway (to Coquitlam, IKEA), it was bumper to bumper on 3 lanes! We decided to exit back into Burnaby and head over to Richmond IKEA instead. Gosh, we took the city tour to get to IKEA! When we finally reached our destination, we headed straight to the restaurant to have our dinners, boy we were starving when we go there! Meatball special, yummy!

Tummy full and happy, we headed straight to the warehouse to pick out our POANG, I figured it wouldn't be too hard since I checked the store's stock before heading over to IKEA but once we got there, we could not find the black brown frame I wanted! We settled with a medium brown frame and the Dala natural cotton cushion. Frame priced at $90.00 and chair cushion $99 (I know priced more than the frame? But it's a thicker cushion and a nice material than the cheaper Alme Natural). We grabbed the cushion from a new box and though the tag was a little ripped, I figured hey the cashier can look it up. What luck! She typed in the wrong code and I got a $45 discount! She rang in a footstool cushion instead of chair cushion! I got my cushion for $54.00!! What a deal and so worth the long drive here :)

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Security

Due to the recent construction in our area, our building feels like it's a bit secluded and there isn't a lot of pedestrian or car traffic on our side of the street. I found out last week that one of the apartments on my floor got broken into through the kitchen window. Also, someone tried to break into my car a few weeks before that, not very successful in breaking into the car, just busted my passenger's side door lock. Right before, HonHon left for Taiwan, he made a comment about how he thought our kitchen / dining room windows would be easy to break into and I should get some security or speak to the manager about changing the windows. Imagine my shock when I found out that the suite on the corner got broken into through their window!!! My neighbor asked the manager to install security bars on their windows (we have the same windows) and it gives it a lot more protection plus it's a deference. I became worried because our street is now quieter and if someone was to break in, there would be no witness to see it as the sidewalk has lost the pedestrian traffic. I called my manager and asked if he could install the same bars on my neighbor's. He did it the next day! I feel so much better. I got a new sink and security bars. I don't think I will ever move out of here.

Monday, March 05, 2007

New Sink

Our landlord installed a new sink for our bathroom! Yipee!! It's a very nice gesture from my apartment manager and we were quite excited about getting a new white (and hoping to be larger!) sink but it was a a little bit of a disappointment to see that this one is smaller than our last one. This one has a cupboard which makes up for the fact that it is smaller and it's brand white new. Oh and it's hot and cold in one faucet! Yes, we still had an old one which had two separate taps for hot and cold, pain in the butt! More wishful thinking was hoping that the sink height would be higher but it seems that it is exactly the same height as my old one. Oh well, can't complain, I didn't expect to get a new one and when my manager came in two weeks ago to check on a leak, he noticed that my sink was starting to rust in some areas and decided it was time for a new one. It's a very clean white sink, as Kay would say "Super Special Awesome Sink!" :)

Sunday, March 04, 2007

My Apartment

Over the weekend, Kay and I decided to clean and organize our apartment. HonHon left on Friday back to Taiwan and our place looked like a tornado swept through the apartment (ok HonHon, not THAT bad! ~_^). While in the middle of reorganizing our living room, I decided it would be a good idea to move our desk/PC station in a space which wasn't being used and seemed to have no use for. Before we started, I had a vision, the plan was to move the desk/PC station into our "art room" (which is really a small dining area) to where the current art table is located and to sell the art table on craigslist, replacing it with a smaller round table off to the side. But if we were to do that, the small round table wouldn't work as well (much smaller than the one we have now) for our arts and crafts and we have a lot of projects! Also by cramming the desk and smaller round table in this area, it would make our spacious art centre into an overcrowded room with no room to move or work. We probably wouldn't feel as comfortable in there with our arts and crafts as we do now. So after some cleaning, reorganizing, and recycling my paperwork, I measured the space agaisnt the wall and noticed that our desk/PC station would fit snuggly in that space between the two large windows. This space is the area between the dining/art centre and our very large but strange laid out living space. Perfect use for a space that we did not know what to do with. Since moving into this suite, we had no idea what to do with this wasted space but I knew we should use it for something because my living room is quite large and spacious but the layout is not very practical and hard to place the furniture in. We now know what to do with it and as soon as I figure out how to organize the plugs for the PC into the outlet, I'll get to it. I should probably take a photo of my living roon so you can understand my excitement. I am so happy to have gotten that figured out!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Valentine's Day Dinner

It is a little late to be celebrating Valentine's Day but HonHon was not around on February 14 to celebrate it with me. Tonight, we headed over to Stonegrill Restaurant for a stonegrill steak dinner. It was his first time and my second. It is a very cool experience and the steak is done to your perfection. Although the price point is a little high for a meal like this, it is def. the experience. I think everyone should experience this place at least once in their lifetime. It was a really nice quiet night together (almost like a real date!) and we managed to bribe Kay with McDonalds if she skipped this meal with us. It also helped that HonHon bought her the new Sims 2 game and she has been happily playing it on the PC. Tonight, I didn't bring the camera but the view from our table wasn't all that pretty anyways. I wish I had photos of our dinner, it is so scrumptious. If you are ever in Vancouver, you must check this place out!