Vancouver Cantonese Opera at Richmond World Festival 2017

The Richmond World Festival is back. I was looking forward to this festival for one reason; live Cantonese opera performance.

There were many performances in 9 stages, zones and pop-up events. There is no shortage of food as there were 50 international food trucks for this 2 days event.

My heart is at the Bamboo Theatre Stage. The only problem was watching the performance under the afternoon heat. But this cannot deter me from my love for cantonese opera.

Here are some of the photos of the performances. I enjoyed the performances on Saturday more.

I’m glad to hear that the above young performer is only 20 years old. Vancouver Cantonese Opera is doing a good job in bringing younger generation to this traditional art form.

The above is a male scholar character, “siu sang”.

The female actress “fa daan” has more elaborate head gear. This is a scene about a prince meeting with his lover (who had became his sister-in-law and sacrificed her life in order to repair the brothers relationship) who is a goddess in his dream. Continue reading

Chinatown, Vancouver

This is one of our impromptu walk in Vancouver.

This time we headed towards Chinatown. I like the above Woodward’s Building which has trees planted on top of the building.

This is one of the heritage building in Gastown, Dominion Building.

A totem pole and longhouse on top of Skwachays Lodge on Pender Street.

Millennium Gate on Pender Street in Chinatown. Continue reading

Canada 150 Parade, Vancouver

Ben and I took the Canada Line to downtown to watch the Canada 150 Parade in Vancouver. The two hour parade was in the evening.

We got off the Vancouver City Center station and parked ourselves just across the Burrard Station of the Expo Line. Here are some of the photos from the parade.  The parade showcase the multiculturalism of Vancouver.

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2017 Honda Celebration of Light – Japan

My family used to go for the fireworks competitions in Vancouver every summer at Kits Beach when our boys were still young. We have not been back for a few years since our boys have grown up. Nowadays, Nanzaro will go watch it with his friends and Arkensen is not interested anymore.

Ben was lucky to find a free parking on a side street at W 5th ave and Burrard St. We walked over the Burrard St. Bridge to go the English Bay. From the Burrard St. Bridge, we could see leisure boats sailing towards the barge for the fireworks.

The view of the beach from Burrard St. Bridge.

The view of Burrard St. Bridge from the beach. Continue reading

Tour De Gastown 2017

Ben had a workshop to attend in the evening in downtown. Coincidentally, it was on the day of the Tour de Gastown. I went downtown with him via the Canada Line to catch a glimpse of the bicycle race. I enjoyed watching the Tour de France in July as I love to see the scenery and the historical buildings along the way.

It’s my first time to watch our own Vancouver bicycle race.

The thing about the Tour de Gastown is the riders just go round and round gas town.

The best seat at a restaurant over looking the route of the Tour de Gastown.

It’s very difficult to get a good shot as the riders were riding past so fast. Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth Park in Spring

Nanzaro participated in the BMO Marathon for the second time.

The start of the race was adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth Park. After seeing him off the run, Ben and I had our morning walk at the Queen Elizabeth Park.

Queen Elizabeth Park puts on a new look in spring. Here are some of the views in QE Park.

A pair of Canadian geese swimming in a pond.

Flowers blooming gloriously in the sun. Continue reading