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Of Olympics, food and Twitter

The long awaited email arrived in my in-box today. I’ve been offered a position as a Vancouver 2010 Olympics volunteer: the load zone attendant. I have no idea what the mandate is but it’s confirmed that  I’ll be working at the Richmond Olympic Oval. More information should be forthcoming in the fall as well as feedback on my application for the Paralympic games.


I came across this link the other day on Twitter and it got me thinking about food. Honestly, I would not hesitate in trying some of the items on the site but after looking at pages upon pages of artery-clogging-goodness, I got a bit sick. Too much of a good thing, I suppose. Or was it too much of a bad thing?

It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve gained a better understanding and appreciation for the food I eat. Certain things are meant to be enjoyed as is and if you remove certain elements, it loses its flavour and character. Roast pork is not the same without the skin and/or the fat. That being said, be mindful of the quantity. Have just enough so you can savour the taste.

While I’m not sure I’m discipline enough to adhere to a strict diet or cut out certain foods, my goal moving forward is to be balanced and to control the portions as much as possible. (Not to mention getting myself back on an excercise program, pronto!)

Eat what I enjoy and enjoy what I eat, but in moderation.


TwitterTomorrow will be exactly 2 months since I started to “Twitt”. While I’m still trying to figure out how to respond and forward “tweets”, I think Twitter has found a niche in my social networking universe. It’s a new way of getting information (since I mostly follow reporters and columnists) as well as a means to be entertained. I’ve laughed out loud on numerous occasions after reading some rather witty “tweets.”

I don’t think I’ll ever become a hardcore “Twitter” but it fits well with “The Oven” in its current form and hopefully I’ll have more interesting things to “twitt” about in the future.

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On Your Mark. Get Set.

(* = Lingo alert)

As mentioned in my previous loaf* titled “On Your Mark” (which happens to be the slogan for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games volunteer program), I had submitted my application to become a volunteer. This morning I took my first step towards that after attending a 3 hour orientation session at the PNE. It began with a security check followed by a 10 minute one-on-one interview. I was chosen to be part of the transportation group but its role is more than driving. The other function is to be first contacts for people arriving at the venues not knowing which direction to go. Directing people traffic, so to speak. So during my interview I stated my preference to be a host instead of a driver. Hopefully the organizers will take that into consideration.

Volunteer Training BinderThe rest of the morning was spent inside a large classroom where a detailed overview of the games was presented. And all the participants received a training binder (A VERY nice one) along with a sticker and a pin as souvenirs. In the fall, we will receive notifications confirming our duties at the games. Accreditations and uniforms will be issued soon after and role-specific training will take place just prior to the games. It is likely I will start in January and complete my duties at the conclusion of the Paralympics games in March. I’m excited and looking forward to this once-in-a-lifetime experience.


Some odds and ends

After the session this morning I met up with Pie Pie Lo* for lunch since she had the afternoon off. So we went to a new ramen shop that was recommended by my parents. G-men ramen is a little shop located at Continental Plaza in Richmond. Judging by the small queue outside on a Monday, there must be something to this shop.

Click here for the gallery and further details on the menu.

Saturday I drove down to Safeco Field in Seattle to watch the Mariners for the first time in 3 years. Happy to spent a nice day at a beautiful ball park that, hard to believe, will celebrate its 10th anniversary in June. It gave me a chance, as well, to catch up with a couple of friends I haven’t talked to for some time. All in all, a great way to start my holidays.

Click here for the gallery. 

Absolutely thrilled that Everton once again finished as “Best of the rest” considering the terrible start to their season. Now it’s onto the F.A. Cup final at Wembley this Saturday. Come on you Blues!

Finally, an admission.

I’ve started playing Pet Society and Restaurant City on Facebook. Insert joke here.

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Say Hello to my little friend!

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On Your Mark

(* = Lingo alert)


As mentioned in the last loaf*, I completed a few things on my To-Do list in the past 1.5 weeks. One of them was to submit my application to volunteer during the 2010 Olympic Games.

Ever since Vancouver won the bid to host the Winter Games, I knew I wanted to be part of it as a spectator.

Needless to say I was disappointed after losing out on the ticket lottery. At that point I realized my only way to participate in the Winter Games would be to volunteer.

However, there was a problem. Quatchi & Sumi

The Bakery* does not allow us to take vacations during February because of RSP season. Any volunteering opportunities would then be limited to evenings and weekends. Because of that, I was hesitant to apply.

Luckily, The Bakery* happens to be one of the major Olympic sponsors in Canada. In an effort to encourage staff participation during the Winter Games, a communication was sent out recently to outline a special vacation policy for February 2010. In my case, I would be allowed to take up to 3 days. With that, I finally got around to filling out my application and I’ve been asked to attend a training session in May where I will be interviewed.

Wish me luck!

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