Life + Love
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
we’ll see everyone in the spring.