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congratulations anna + tommy

anna wedding
anna wedding
anna wedding
anna wedding
anna wedding
it’s a great night for a cocktail wedding celebration. congratulations to my long-time and dear friend, anna on getting married. wishing you and tommy a lifetime of love and happiness.

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birthday horseback riding in the valley

horsebackriding
these guys…

for their milestone birthdays, sean and his 2 best friends wanted to do something different, something fun and outdoorsy. something that would be memorable. and that thing turned out to be horseback riding in the valley.

we called up glen valley stables in langley and booked ourselves a 90 minute trail ride. we met our guide, joanne, at the entrance to the campbell valley park, where horses were welcome.

horseback riding
horseback riding
my horse was named freckles and would be the leader of the pack – always having to be the one behind the guide’s horse. sean got texas, which was just purr-fect for him, and followed behind me. blackwell and dustin’s horses brought up the rear.

horseback riding
horseback riding
horseback riding
horseback riding
the ride was so much fun, like when sean and i went horseback riding in pemberton. except this time, we weren’t riding with a group. it was just us four and our guide.

the horses were well-trained and joanne was super friendly and easy-going. we got to do some trotting, parked the horses in a meadow so they could graze on some grass, and walked amongst some old growth rainforest.

horseback riding
horseback riding
horseback riding
horseback riding
horseback riding
happy birthday to my fella, blackwell and dustin. nothing like spending your special day with your besties and with animals.

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celebrating our anniversary at the shangri-la

shangrila
as is our custom when it comes to anniversaries, we forgo presents to each other and instead celebrate with hotel stays. sooner or later, we’ll have stayed at all the 4 and 5 star hotels in vancouver. we’ve already stayed at the pan pacific, l’hermitage, and the rosewood hotel georgia. this time we chose to celebrate at the shangri-la.

the asian influenced shangri-la is one of the tallest buildings downtown. it conforms to feng shui principles and was blessed from roof to foundations by monks. there is no 4th floor (as the number is bad luck in chinese culture). with the rosewood panelling, marble, crystal chandeliers, gold colour schemes, it all felt very familiar, very chinese. it felt like we were in shanghai, hong kong or even at a posh relatives place.

shangrila
shangrila
shangrila
shangrila
dig on the marble bathroom with walk in shower plus deep soaker tub. AND a tv in the mirror! how awesome is that? i want this in our dream house.

vancouverview
our view out on the patio was not bad either. just a stone’s throw from robson street.

shangrila
the outdoor pool was nice and relaxing too. but don’t let this picture fool you. minutes after i took it, a dozen other guests came down to partake in the pool and hot tub like we were doing.

shangrila
we capped off our anniversary with the italian opera buffet at oceans 999. delicious italian cuisine, coupled with live opera and waterfront views is not a shabby way to celebrate our 8th year together. eight!

operabuffet
operabuffet
it’s hard to believe it’s been 8 years. it feels like it’s flown by in a blink of an eye. i can’t wait to see what the next 8 years will bring. happy anniversary babe.

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san francisco comes to vancouver

al and mike
san francisco in da house! my cousin, his wife and their kidlet came for their first visit to vancouver. and we got to meet their little cutie, gio.

it’s been a week of eating and catching up and getting to know our cousin-in-law better and eating and touristing and eating some more. the last time we saw michael, he was just getting hitched to stella in monterey. and three years later, here we were fawning over gio, the sweetest boy ever.

gio
family dinner
gio dinner
gio dinner
gio is a good eater. he eats like a boss. and looks like one too. he’s the spitting image of his dad and has the swagger of his granddad, my uncle. they’re san francisco through and through.

family dinner
thanks for the visit mike, stella and gio. next time, it’ll be our turn to come down.

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juxtapoz x superflat exhibition at the VAG

john hathway
fresh off the heels of mash up: the birth of modern culture, the VAG knocked another one out of the park with the juxtapoz x superflat exhibition.

curated by world renown artist takashi murakami and evan pricco, editor-in-chief of juxtapoz magazine, juxtapoz x superflat presents the works of 38 artists from japan, china, korea, canada, US and europe.

so what is superflat?

it’s a postmodern art movement, founded by takashi murami, and refers to the flattening of high and low culture in japanese graphic art, animation, pop culture,  fine arts, and “shallow emptiness of japanese consumer culture.” superflat draws its influences from a variety of pop/sub-cultures including: manga, anime, skate, surf, punk, graffiti, street art, comics, and digital arts.

in other words, a youthful and irreverent exhibition that was purr-fect for us.

bouquet james jeanbouquet by james jean

garden creepgarden creep by sage vaughn

anatomiaanatomia by mark ryden

lifes all downhilllife’s all downhill by GATS

edlineedline by swoon

life model
life model by david shrigley

higgins oconnorshadowboxing to your breadcrumbs by elisabeth higgins o’connor

sean and i love pop culture, so we really enjoyed the heck out of the juxtapoz x superflat exhibition. i must say the VAG is on a roll. their next big exhibit is on monet, which i’ll most likely skip because it’s not my jam. plus other museums do monet better. i will, however, look forward to the next fresh, irreverent exhibit such as this one and mash up.

for more pictures, press play on the slideshow or click here for my flickr.

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new year’s eve at canada place

happy new year
the downside of working in the hospitality industry is that most times you have to work stat holidays. that kinda puts a damper on celebrating said stat holidays with friends and families. the upside? some hotels perks, likes staying over and room service. good thing sean was such a good egg about it.

concorde’s new years eve festivities at canada place should’ve been hella packed, as it’s the biggest family friendly event in town. this year’s event was highly anticipated – as it was to kick off canada’s 150th anniversary year.

snowy coquitlam
but as the snow has not stopped falling the past few weeks and most roads have not been cleared in the burbs, transportation plans have been royally borked. as a result, the number of revellers who came down to the waterfront to celebrate was significantly reduced compared; 70,000 this year compared to last year’s event attendance of 80,000.

sean and i were able to come in – we had to trudged through knee high snow, walking half an hour to the skytrain station. it seemed however, that most people out in the burbs decided to stay in or nearby, as the train in was fairly empty.

globe
mistletoe
we grabbed some dinner before making our way to the pan. then after checking in to our room, we headed out so i could live-tweet and take pictures of pan pacific activities, the live musical entertainment right outside our doors, the plethora of  food trucks, family fireworks at 9pm, and midnight countdown with spectacular fireworks over coal harbour.

pan pac nye
pan pac nye
pan pac nye
pan pac nye
pan pac nye
pan pac nye
pan pac nye
wishing all our family and friends a happy new yaer! may 2017 bring everyone happiness, love and prosperity.

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snowpocalypse comes to vancouver

snowday
snowpocalypse. snowmageddon. snowzilla. snowcouver.

call it whatever you want, it just won’t stop snowing. the snow came down fast, furious and has lasted a good number of weeks. we’ve had a fresh dump every few days. sean keeps shoveling the snow to the side and creating waist-high snowbanks. we’ve used our cars a total of 3 times in the past few weeks, in between snow days and after sean has shoveled us out.

snowy vancouver
snowy vancouver
i’m working from home more (which is never a bad thing). and i hope that neighbourhood strays have found somewhere warm and dry to bed down.

snowy vancouver
snowy vancouver
and still no end in sight. since we live up in the higher elevation, we’ve gotten more snow than vancouver proper. and since we’re away from the water, the snow hasn’t been melting. at all.

we’ll see everyone in the spring.