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Archive for October, 2009


Freedom from want by Norman RockwellIn no particular order…….

I’m thankful to be a Vancouverite, for I get to enjoy all the best nature has to offer.

I’m thankful that I have a steady job, in the aftermath of the recent financial crisis.

I’m thankful for Anthony Bourdain, for I get to live life vicariously through him.

I’m thankful for my senses, for I can see, hear, smell, taste & touch all the wonderful things in this world.

I’m thankful for my mind, for enabling me to think, to create and to reminisce.

I’m thankful for Ichiro, for reminding me everything that’s good and pure about baseball.

I’m thankful for fantasy sports leagues, for allowing me to live a dream that will never be.

I’m thankful for my friends, for teaching me the meaning of relationships.

I’m thankful for Little Drumstick, for encouraging me to always take a step back and enjoy the moment.

I’m thankful for my family, for raising me and supporting me all these years.

I’m thankful for Pie Pie Lo, for I have a partner in and for life.

I’m thankful for God, my creator (the bread maker), for I would not be here if it wasn’t for Him.

And I’m thankful everything above is just a small sample of what I’m thankful for.


“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – around the ping pong table


Writer’s block

Writer's BlockI think I’ve hit a writer’s block.

Food writer/author Michael Rhulman once mentioned on his blog that writer’s block was “nothing more than an attempt to justify your own laziness.”

Or is it?

I’m not sure.

After all, I don’t write for a living.

Then I realized my life for the past 2 months has been quite uneventful: I wake up. I go to work. I come home. I eat. I study. I relax. I go to sleep. Substitute work with errands and you’ll have an idea what a typical weekend is like for me.

I haven’t been using my camera lately. Perhaps it’s time to look at the world through a viewfinder again.

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Writers Block

Have we become who we despise?

Panic ButtonTwo games into the season and a lot of Canuck fans have their fingers hovering around the panic button. Should the losing continues tonight at the home opener against Columbus, a portion of Canuck Nation will have you believe the end of the world is imminent.

Losers Since 67Is it just me or have Canuck fans evolved into the west coast version of, dare I say, Leaf fans? You know? Those we used to and still make fun of because of their endless obsession on a franchise that hasn’t done anything, let alone reaching the Stanley Cup final since 1967. Granted the Canucks are no world beaters themselves but surely Canuck fans are more reasoned, humbled and grounded…….

Aren’t we?

Update –  23:55pm.

So…….for the first time in 8 seasons the Canucks have started the season 0-3. I can’t wait to hear what everyone has to say on sports radio tomorrow.

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Need some motivation before the big game?

Early October Google Doodles

For the past few years I’ve managed to amass a collection of Google Doodles but I don’t recall the last time there were 3 different ones on 3 consecutive days. Anyways, here they are:

Google 2009 China Natl Day 60

Oct 1st – More significant than the start of the new NHL season, it was China’s 60th anniversary. Sadly, despite my Chinese heritage, I could not summon enough patriotism to celebrate the occasion for reasons I’ve mentioned before. I sincerely hope the Motherland will alter my views toward her in the near future.

Google 2009 Gandhi

Oct 2nd – Gandhi’s birthday. One of the greatest historical figures of all time yet all I can think of is Ben Kingsley.

Google 2009 Mid-Autumn

Oct 3rd – Mid-Autumn Festival. Shopping for lanterns was quite an occasion back in the day and I missed having that day off to enjoy my annual consumption of star fruit and pomelo. Moon cake? Not so much as I preferred as little yoke as possible.

Hockey Season. Finally!!!

Unlike the rest of the world, there are only 2 seasons in Canada: Waiting-for-hockey season and hockey season.

Van v CgyTonight was opening night of the 09-10 NHL season and one of the curtain raisers was none other than Vancouver versus Calgary. A bunch of us got together, shared a meal and watched the game. We yelled, we cheered and we exchanged laughs. It was something I haven’t done for quite awhile and I found I missed that. Even though the Canucks lost, the evening was really about the company I was with.

With Olympic hockey just 4.5 months away, I’m hoping we will do this more often.

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