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Sunday, December 08, 2013

One of a Kind

Earlier this week I went to the One of a Kind Show with my mom. I purchased discounted tickets for $10 each, but we ended up walking in through the back door (and not having to actually use our tickets) cause we got off the wrong stop. The show featured a variety of handmade items by Canadian artisans. Although we didn't get anything, I still really enjoyed the show. Here are some of my favourite booths that day:

From left to right, top to bottom:
1 - the bendable bag, Noujica;
2 - silver animal necklaces, Stick Man Creations;
3 - washi jewellery, Legend Design;
4/5 - trees and stars dopp kit & shoulder bag, Jenna Rose Textiles;
6 - bike lane tee, Tresnormale;
7 - denim airport code cushion, Nicole Tarasick Studios;
8 - la mini ecoliere urbania, C comme CA
9 - fixie bear shirt, Crywolf;
10/11 - llama & owl watercolour print, Water in My Paint;
12 - avocado painting, Erin Rothstein;
13 - sleep walker charm pendant, mehoi;
14/15 - alphabet & grey triangle tote, Bookhou;
16 - grey blue infinity scarf, System63;
17 - toronto city map print, Forest and Waves;
18 - fox pillow, Hilary Cosgrove;
19 - porcelain jar, heyday design;  
Not pictured:
1 - Simple smiles & Co
2 - Jack&Marjorie
3 - Blackbird Pottery
4 - carolyn draws
5 - Flakes Paperie
6 - FeltFactory FauxFauna
7 - Grace Eun Mi Lee
8 - The Old Island Stamp Company
9 - Ness Lee Illustrations

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Cloud Atlas Sextet

Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others. Past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.
My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people's minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing. 
I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it. 
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. 
You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him. 
I'm an introvert...I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.
Audrey Hepburn 

Audrey's on the list of people I'd like to meet. She's classy and beautiful, inside and out.

October picks

GODMORGON acrylic box set $15, Ikea

EMMIE LAND cushion cover $6*, Ikea

Owl paperweight*, Indigo

$34.50, Indigo

Mr. Happy notebook* $10, Indigo

Flora fauna notebook set* $12.50, Indigo

Early bird wall clock $14, Indigo

Water from a stone*, Indigo

Sunday, September 15, 2013

White Lie by Jhameel

Vancouver Part Two: Capilano Suspension Bridge

*Due to my laziness & the beautiful natural lighting, none of these photos were edited*

On our second day in Vancouver, we went to visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge. This was one of my favourite destinations from my summer trip. We took a free shuttle from the convention centre to get to the site.
The Capilano Suspension Bridge is located right above the Capilano river in the district of North Vancouver. The current bridge is 140 metres (460 ft) long and 70 metres (230 ft) above the river. It is part of a private facility, with an admission fee, and draws over 800,000 visitors a year...The park also features rain forest ecotours, award-winning gardens, nature trails, North America's largest private collection of First Nations totem poles, period decor and costumes, and exhibits highlighting the park's history and the surrounding temperate rain forest. Guests can also witness a First Nations performance, featuring their traditional Regalia (ceremonial dress), masks, dancing and storytelling. --Wikipedia

It was a tiny bit rainy so we each got a complimentary Capilano poncho!

This was the shakiest bridge I've been on! Some people had to clutch the sides as they made their way across.

Capilano river underneath

The place was populated with century-old trees & smelled super nice

Treetops adventure first opened in 2004. It's a walkway consisting of multiple bridges suspended between old-growth Douglas Fir trees. Some parts of the walkway lie 30 metres above ground. [source]

Cameo appearance!

Signing the guestbook

Opened in 2011, the Cliffwalk is composed of suspended walkways jutting out from the granite cliff face above Capilano River to previously unexplored areas of the park. [source]

Hot cup of chocolate treat from my cousin to end the beautiful trip...but I ruined it by adding nutmeg...WHY?

Granville Island & etc

After leaving Capilano Suspension Bridge, we went Granville island.

Passed by Gastown again

We were pooped by the time we arrived and this place didn't come close to Capilano so we left shortly (without taking pics). 

Some Asian mall in Richmond. They had an overpriced Giordano, a Daiso, and even legit Purikura in the food court. Why can't Toronto have all this goodness in Pmall? *sigh 
...and that concludes my short trip to Vancouver! 
I don't plan on going back any time soon, and if I were...it'll be for Capilano.
(I'm finally caught up with my summer vacay posts! YES)


Thursday, September 05, 2013

Vancouver Part One: Gastown, Chinatown, Classical Chinese Garden & Stanley Park

Sorry for the super delayed post! I stalled for too long...so I have forgotten the names of most of these places and I'm also too lazy to edit these photos.

Anyway, we visited Vancouver before returning to Toronto when we went to Hong Kong last May. I remember it being quiet, clean, and rainy. I think the trip would have been more enjoyable if we went there first, instead of last (after coming back from the more exciting Asia). 

The first thing I noticed after exiting Vancouver's airport is the PINE-SCENTED FRESH AIR. After having been in Hong Kong & area for 3 weeks, the fresh air here felt so nice. 

We stayed at Ramada for several reasons. It was close to the airport and provided free shuttle service, it included breakfast, and was a relatively cheap stay at a convenient location. 
Thanks to my uncle & cousin for planning & booking!

We got around via Skytrain (the light rail/subway system there) 

Our first stop, Gastown! It's a historic part of Vancouver named after a seaman who opened the first saloon in 1867.

It was pretty rainy, but I think it added to the mood.

Picture next to the steaming clock

Lunch at The Old Spaghetti Factory

Sour dough bread?

Pistachio and something icecream

Audrey! Would not have expected to see her in the washroom

Our second destination was Chinatown. We found Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's classical Chinese garden.
It was quite nice actually. Funny how we didn't visit these kind of places when we were actually in China.

My dad posing for the picture (you'll find more cameo appearances from him in later photos & posts)

The young bamboo trees and crows (金枝慾孽 reference) added to the atmosphere

My dad is demonstrating the size of the narrowest building in the world, The Sam Kee Building

West Han Dynasty Bell, a replica given to Vancouver by Guangzhou in 1983

Next stop, Vancouver's harbour! 

Dad standing next to giant raindrop to show off its size. I think it represents Vancouver well.

Vancouver Olympic Cauldron, next to convention centre. Lit during 2010 Olympic games.
(By this point, 60% of the group had lost to jet lag and had to return to the hotel for naps)

Digital orca by Douglas Coupland

This desperate seagull entertained my cousin and I for quite a long time.
There was also a random duck swimming in a fountain nearby.

Stanley Park

The trees in Vancouver are SO beautiful. You'll see more lovely photos of nature in my second Vancouver post.

Last but not least, Totem poles!

Vancouver Part Two: Capilano Suspension Bridge coming soon!