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Archive for July, 2009

The dog days of summer

I don’t remember the last time it was this hot for this long in Vancouver but it must have been at least 10 years ago. Funny how we’re complaining about the heat now when we were screaming for warm weather just a few months ago.

I don’t mind the heat as much as I hate to sweat, especially when I’m wearing a long sleeve shirt and a tie during the work week. That sticky feeling bothers me to no end hence I usually avoid venturing outside “The Bakery” unless I absolutely have to.

Don’t get me wrong. This current heat wave is nothing compared to the humid summers I’ve experienced in Hong Kong but it’s hot enough to make me feel uncomfortable, especially at night when I’m trying to sleep. There were nights I wished there’s an A/C unit in our place.

Where’s the rain?


This summer a lot of out-of-towners, some I haven’t seen for quite awhile, came back around the same time and it’s been great catching up with them. Hanging out with friends. That’s probably something I’ve missed most since I’ve gotten older through the years. Thank goodness for Facebook, a platform that allows me to maintain some sort of connection with people whom I have lost touch.


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I love what Pie Pie Lo wrote on her Facebook status the other day.

“Pie Pie Lo has officially melted. The end!”

When Drumstick “met” Jessie

Dealing with Little Drumstick is quite a chore these days as she’s becoming more and more active and mischievous than ever before. Every time she comes over for a visit Pie Pie Lo and I have to pull out all the stops. Kind of reminds me of the famous quote from one Dan Patrick.

“You can’t stop her, you can only hope to contain her.”

Michael Jordan she is not but Little Drumstick does not back down quite easily.

So we usually end up bargaining / negotiating with her by offering some sort of incentive in exchange for some good / civilized behaviour; hoping she will follow through for more than 5 minutes.

A few months ago, we offered to bring Little Drumstick to Build-A-Bear Workshop and surprisingly she tried her best to be “good” for an extended period of time.


Build-a-bear-logo8 years ago Pie Pie Lo and I went to Vegas and saw Build-A-Bear Workshop for the first time. We thought it was such a neat concept that we “made” each other a bear and, for the longest time, both bears sat quietly in our bedroom until Little Drumstick discovered them. Then a connection happened. According to her, she had become friends with the 2 bears and it’s not uncommon for Little Drumstick to question the whereabouts of her 2 furry friends whenever we spend time with her.

As much as Pie Pie Lo and I have spoiled Little Drumstick, we both felt compelled to offer her the opportunity to have her own build-a-bear experience. So we waited and waited until such time we felt right to extend the offer.


Last Saturday we finally took Little Drumstick to Build-A-Bear at Metrotown after a discussion with her parents. When we arrived, she was a bit sheepish and took a bit of time finding her bearings (no pun intended) in the store. The choices were many but it became apparent Little Drumstick had narrowed down to 2 candidates: a bear and a doggie, both brown. It wasn’t an easy decision but she finally settled on the latter.

Throughout the entire process, from stuffing, stitching and cleaning, we noticed Little Drumstick was quite fascinated; especially the part when she had to bless and kiss the little heart that she had to place inside the doggie. You can feel the anticipation, joy and amazement when she held the doggie for the first time.

A Kodak moment.

When it came time to name her new canine friend, “Jessie” was Little Drumstick’s choice. And it was the only choice. We don’t know why but it just felt right.

When Drumstick met Jessie…….

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Little Drumstick’s 2 furry friends

The 2 furry friends

RIP Walter Cronkite

The cell I call “My Office”.

Looking out from my office

(* = Lingo alert)

My office is located, literally, in the heart of the “bakery*”. It is sandwiched between the book vault, where we keep all our stationary, and 2 safety deposit rooms where clients use to check the contents of their safety deposit box. So the walls of my office are, understandably, a bit thick. Add a heavy wooden door that’s at least 2.5 inches thick; with a window the size of a sheet of legal size paper and you have an office that resembles a cell. If you add padding to the walls, the ceiling and the floor…….

What my office would look like with padding all around.......

But I digress…….(Come to think of it, sometimes I wish my office was padded.)

The view from my seat

Working in a window-less office can be somewhat depressing. Add to the fact I now spend only 2.5 days in that space, there’s a sense of disconnect with the rest of the “bakery*” as nobody seems to know what I’m doing and vice versa. But the trade off is privacy and I’ll admit I do enjoy the peace and quiet of my office whenever I need to devote my attention to a certain task. As long as the AC is functioning properly, I can close my office door and work away while listening to my iPod. (Believe it or not, listening to music while working actually helps me concentrate.)

The back of my office

There’s really nothing special about my office but I’m thankful that I can call it my own since a lot of colleagues in my role have only a cubicle or a work space to call home. So who am I to complain about?

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昨天晚上外母大人告訴方包她煮了紅豆沙,叫我有空便去她家取。(我們都是住在同一個城市屋屋苑 – Townhouse complex) 今天午飯過後回家途中便順道拿了一大碗。正準備離開時發現飯枱上有一盒類似買給「小膝頭」的認字卡,但仔細一看發覺正是想找的「潮語卡」,不禁大呼「過癮」!心想:莫非外母大人想教貫藉潮洲的「小膝頭」學「潮語」?!  Pie Pie Lo不禁笑方包己經「上晒腦」。

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