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. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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Community Kitchen Christmas Potluck 2017

The community kitchen had a Christmas Potluck on the 2nd day of winter at the Caring Place Community Kitchen.

We had mostly homemade food with some store bought ones. Twenty over participants attended this event.

I made Palm Sugar Jello (Agar-agar Gula Melaka). You can find the recipe here.

Lorna made a salad.

Here are the rest of the food; marinated eggs, tofu and seaweed. (more…)

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Gardening Club Christmas Party at Pui Ying Christian Services Society

Lorna invited me to a Christmas party organized by the Gardening Club at Pui Ying Christian Services Society.

The Pui Ying Christian Services Society is located at Sexsmith Road and Cambie Road. The gardening club meets on the second Tuesday of every month for gardening seminars and workshops. The club also holds a variety of tours to visit farms, gardens, nurseries, wineries, and hatcheries on the second Saturday of every month. Some other seasonal events include going to tulips festival, cherry picking, salmon return sight seeing, and corn maze tour.

The party started  with the singing of “Joy to the World” in Cantonese. After several speeches by the chairman of the gardening club, the coordinator of the society and a guest speaker, dinner commenced. There were a lot food, some were catered and some were homemade. (more…)

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Praise Dance Christmas Dinner 2017

I attended the annual Christmas Party organized by Canada Praise Dance Association for the first time last Saturday.

The event was attended by 370 and represented by twenty over groups all over metro Vancouver.

The event was well organized by a lot of volunteers.

The event opens its door at 2:15pm while the actual program starts at 3:30pm.

Fruits and desserts were served while we wait for the program to start.

The desserts were mostly made by volunteers. The above jello was so pretty. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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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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Picnic at Derby Reach Regional Park

A small group of our Malaysian and Singaporean met up for a picnic at Derby Reach Regional Park in summer.

Ben and I arrived first and we managed to get a table under the shades.

I made “Mui Choy”  Braised Pork Belly to go with steamed rice.

For dessert, I made Young Coconut Agar-agar. (more…)

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