Fresh baked “Fong Bao” from the oven – 方包出爐

Random musings & meditations straight from the oven. Hopefully some food for thought as well…

Thoughts and happenings from the week that was

“Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.” – James Thurber

July 1 was the start of the NHL free agent frenzy and what an anti-climatic day it was for Canuck Nation.

It started with the re-signing of the Sedins just before the opening bell but since then, all quiet on the western front. (Few minor signings notwithstanding). All the speculations never materialize (including my laughable predictions) and the likes of Gaborik, Cammalleri and Niedermayer all signed elsewhere. While it’s a relief the twins are back for another 5 years, part of me was kind of ticked off that the Canucks couldn’t bring in the top-6 forward and/or the puck moving defenseman they so desperately need on Wednesday. In some ways I wished Mike Gillis had to go to plan B. At least it would have made things interesting but I guess we’ll never find out.

Cue the Sundin watch. Part deux. Well, maybe not. Now that we have Samuelsson in the fold

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Whistler is a place so close yet a place I don’t frequent much. This week Pie Pie Lo and I spent a day there. Here are some highlights from the trip.

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Had a chance to get caught up with 2 of the 4 summer blockbusters I’ve earmarked: Transformers II and Terminator Salvation. I’ll leave the reviews for someone else since I find movies to be a very subjective topic. People watch for different reasons. For myself, I just want to be entertained; be it the plot, the cast or the action sequences. Oscar worthy they are not but I was entertained by the 2 aforementioned flicks and Star Trek as well. Hopefully G.I. Joe (insert joke here) will complete the list.

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A few weeks ago Ms. S told me about these annual summer architectural walking tours offered by the AIBC (Architectural Institute of B.C.). They started this past week and I went to a couple of them (Chinatown with Cdn Gooner and Strathcona by myself). Interesting and informative, I was pleasantly surprised. In fact I would highly recommend the Strathcona tour for anyone who’s interested in the local history of a truly unique neighbourhood.

Be a tourist, for a few hours, in your own city.

Some teasers for you to look at as I’ll need some time to compile the photo album.

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So much for watching Zidane live in Vancouver on July 4th…….

The match between the “Canadian All-Stars” and “Zidane & friends” was cancelled 2 days prior, likely due to poor organization/marketing and a general lack of interest. That’s just fine with me. If it wasn’t for Zizou, do I really want to pay money to see the likes of Bob Lenarduzzi and Carl Valentine getting thumped by a bunch of international footy has-beens?

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First it was Farrah Fawcett & Michael Jackson, then Billy Mays (Mr. Oxi-Clean) and now Steve McNair. All within a span of 2 weeks. Yet another reminder how fragile life can be.

Item du jour

Brett Favre – Take it to the bank!

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