PNE 2018 – Part 1

Ben and I went to PNE on a Friday to avoid the crowds on weekend.

We were there at noon, so we decided to grab a bite first. We wanted to try a new item this year, which is the Deep Fried Burger.

The Deep Fried Burger was juicy and it had cheese and ketcup in it. The burger was CAD12.

After eating, we went to watch the 1PM show of Knights of Valour, a medieval event where knights competing in jousting at the Agrodome. This is a new event this year.  Continue reading

Celebration of Light 2018

Every year, Ben and I will go to the Celebration of Light Festival in Vancouver. It is one of the summer highlight in Vancouver.


This year, we decided to watch it from English Bay. We found parking at West 8th Avenue and Hemlock St. and walked all the way to English Bay. The above photo was a scene taken from the Burrard Street Bridge with English Bay in view.

A sunset view with some Canadian geese swimming along the water.

Initially, we settled on a long near the water. After some thought, we changed our mind as we worried the tide will come in later into the evening. We moved on and found a spot on a grassy area. We laid down our blanket and sat down to watch the sunset and people watching as more and more people started to trickle in.

As Ben rested on the blanket, I took a stroll along the beach. I saw a lot of inuksuit built on the rocks by the beach.
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Summer Picnic

A few of our closed friends met up at the Langley Events Centre for a picnic. The key to the selection of a place is the water park where younger kids can enjoy in the hot summer weather.

We were not able to find a table with shades as good spots were all taken up as we arrived there short of 2PM. We managed to find a tree with some shades and set up blankets on the grass to have our picnic.

J&K family made “nasi lemak” (coconut rice with sambal). They were authentic, even to the wrapping.

J&K also made chocolate cake for dessert. They also brought “sirap bandung” which is a popular drink in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. It is made with evaporated milk and or condensed milk flavoured with rose syrup. It was very refreshing in a hot summer day especially served icy cold.

There is also “sambal prawn” to complement the nasi lemak. Continue reading

Bonsai and Orchid Exhibition at Aberdeen Centre, Richmond

This year marked the 13th Annual Bonsai and Bloom Exhibition.

The exhibition took place in the Central Atrium at Aberdeen Centre on June 2nd & 3rd, 2018.

The exhibition show case over 100 bonsai and 50 flower displays.

The fountain makes a great backdrop for the display.

The sound of splashing waters adds serenity to the atmosphere. Continue reading

Port Moody Shoreline Trail

After having lunch at the Henderson Place Mall, we did some groceries shopping at the New Pacific Supermarket in the mall. We also checked out a Korean style dollar store there. I like to see unique household stuff that we do not find in our day to day store.

On our way home, we drove pass a trail sign and we decided to stop and check it out. After all, our trip to this part of town is not wasted.

The Shoreline Trail in Port Moody follows the line of the original Ioco Road partway between Rocky Point Park and Old Orchard Park in the district of Pleasantside.

The entrance to the trail is lined with the bushes above. The bees are busy working collecting nectar. Continue reading

A Stroll Along New Westminster Pier Park

On a Saturday cloudy morning, Ben and I went for a walk at the New Westminster Pier Park.

This 2.5km waterfront park connects visitors to the mighty Fraser River with a pleasant Waterfront Esplanade Boardwalk.

Our walk started at some very nice residential area with a view of the Fraser River.

A playground for the residential kids.

The Boardwalk is lined with beautiful spring flower beds. Continue reading

QE Park Spring Lights Cherry Blossom Festival

Yesterday, Ben, Nanzaro and I went to the Spring Lights Cherry Blossom Festival at Queen Elizabeth Park.

The Spring Lights Festival was from dusk to dawn. We arrived around 7PM and it was not dark yet. We were very lucky to find a parking spot right away. Traffic was bad when we left the park as there were many cars and people trying to attend this festival despite the rain.

There were three food carts at the festival. One of them was McDonald’s giving away free coffee. The line to the food carts were long. We did not get anything from the food carts as we just had dinner.

We walked around QE Park to wait for the sky to darken in order to enjoy the lights gazing upon the cherry blossoms. Continue reading

Langara’s “Brown Paper Couture” Exhibit in Oakridge Centre’s East Galleria

I was at Oakridge Mall and came upon the Langara’s “Brown Paper Couture” Exhibit in the East Galleria.

This exhibit showcase couture dresses made by local Langara students. The material used include corrugated cardboard, twine, dimpled packaging paper and wrapping paper. The decorations or accessories are made from coffee filters, cupcake papers, strings and thumbtacks. Glue gun and wire are used to stich everything together. What an amazing project.

I remembered seeing such exhibit in the PNE too.

Here are the exhibits for your enjoyment.

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Chinese New Year Gathering

Ben and I celebrated Chinese New Year at a friend’s house. This is a group of Singaporean and Malaysian friends that is like family to us. We called our group Mamak Stall.

The hostess of the house always prepares the Raw Fish Salad for Chinese New Year gathering. The salad is tossed high in the air while we wish one another with auspicious Chinese New Year greetings. This dish is commonly eaten on the 7th day of Chinese New Year which is a day the Chinese celebrates everyone’s birthday.

K & J made a spicy prawn dish. Prawn is also a popular dish during Chinese New Year as the name prawn sounds like laughter in Cantonese (“ha”). It symbolizes happiness and laughter.

K also made a “Sayur Lodeh”; a vegetable soup prepared with vegetables like cabbage, lady fingers, long beans, carrots and tofu puff. The broth is a coconut based broth. Continue reading