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

Kowloon Bay BBQ House on Westminster Hwy, Richmond

Ben and I revisited Kowloon Bay BBQ House in Richmond for lunch after returning from a quick trip to downtown Vancouver.

This time we tried the noodle dishes serves in the restaurant. Ben had the Spicy Chili Pork Intestine noodle. It has generous amount of  ingredients. I think the marinated egg is extra charged.

I had the Guilin Noodle which came as a dry mix noodle. The sauce was mild. Mine has some roasted pork and marinated meat slices, pig ears, etc. I like the peanut which gives some crunchy texture. I also enjoy the pickled green chili which adds some saltiness to it.

My noodle came with a bowl of broth on the side. The server told me that I can make it into a noodle soup by adding the broth into the my bowl.

The thick vermicelli noddle was smooth and slippery. It’s a bit of challenge to eat with chopsticks.

There are also chili oil condiment on the table if you like to add spiciness to your noodles.

Our meal came CAD20. This is a cash only place.

Kowloon Bay BBQ House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Potluck to Usher the New Year 2018

On new year’s eve, Ben and I drove to Mission to have a new year eve’s potluck with a few family friends.

Mission was struck by an ice storm a couple of days before. Ice storm is rare and it is caused by freezing rain that freeze upon impact. The aftermath scene was mesmerizing.  Trees were laden with ice. They were glittering in the sunlight. It is magical.

Below were the food we had at the potluck. It’s a Malaysian theme potluck.

I made “Asam Gai Choy” with roasted pork feet. The pork feet are rich in collagen. I like the Chinese Mustard vegetable which absorbs all the flavour of the the roasted pork feet. This dish is lightly tangy and spicy. Continue reading