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Labour Day’s Canadian Roots (from a Vancouver Sun article);

Labour Day’s Canadian Roots (from a Vancouver Sun article)

Did you know Labour Day has Canadian roots? I’m glad this was included in the Vancouver Sun as I don’t believe we were taught this in secondary school. “It all started on April 15, 1872, when Canada was just five years old. Although the United Kingdom had repealed a law making membership in a union …

Merida – a portrait of a typical princess;
Lifestyle, World of Costume

Merida – a portrait of a typical princess

Everyone is excited for Disney Pixar’s Brave which premiered on Friday, 22 June 2012. For me, it’s about history, folklore, Europe, Scotland, accents, costumes, scenery. But it appears, for everyone else, it’s about the new heroine, Princess Merida, who is Pixar’s first female protagonist. She’s a fiery red-head with tangled curls who’s everything but what …

Charity Spotlight: Donating Hair to the Canadian Cancer Society;
Lifestyle, Vancouver

Charity Spotlight: Donating Hair to the Canadian Cancer Society

A New Hairstyle For A Good Cause I went to Citrus Hair Salon in Yaletown today to donate my hair and donated about 10-12″ to the Canadian Cancer Society. The funny thing is, I’m not missing my long hair – now isn’t that curious! Citrus Hair will 1) cut, 2) wash & dry (and trim) and 3) …

Review: Mikhailovsky’s Swan Lake;
Lifestyle, Vancouver

Review: Mikhailovsky’s Swan Lake

On Friday night, I skipped ballet class to see Mikhailovsky Ballet’s Swan Lake at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and I am in love with the performance! Check out the link for photos, as well as a video, of the sets & costumes!

Odette/Odile: Oksana Bondareva
Prince Siegfried: Victor Lebedev

Oksana was a beautifully talented Odette! The way she moved her head and body made it seem as if she were truly a swan queen – swan by day, princess by night. Of course, it’s her role as Odile that captured our attention. I counted 21 fouettes (but there may have been more) that she executed with perfection, applauded by the entire audience that she came to the front of the stage to “ballet curtsy” us. 🙂

It was such a pity, however, that there were not enough attendees. I am quite certain it is because the majority of Vancouverites are unaware that one can buy 1/2 price tickets from Tickets Tonight on the day of the performance. Mine was around $35 and I got to sit in the middle of the balcony. 🙂 It was certainly a delightful treat to see one of my favourite ballets for the 2nd time (my 1st time was 10 years ago, when the St Petersburg or National Ballet of Russia performed in Taipei).

A Visit to Starnberger See;
Lifestyle, Munich, Travel

A Visit to Starnberger See

Weather: 23-24Cs Visited: Starnberger See – Tutzing, Feldafing, Possenhofen We spent this lovely Good Friday walking under the sun from the southern point of Starnberger See (Tutzing) until Possenhofen, where we were blocked from continuing onto Starnberg, due to a bomb scare. It was very peaceful and clean around the lake. People were sunbathing, swimming, …


Support Guardians of Royal Love!

What: Petition for Prince William’s and Kate Middleton’s privacy – no to paparazzi Who: YOU! To “royalists/monarchists“: We don’t want a repeat of Lady Di’s tragic end, do we? To “anti-monarchists“: Sick of reading about the royal family? Get the paparazzi to stop feeding you royal-related news! To those who are apathetic: Just sign the …

Asking for Forgiveness: A Visit to a Russian Orthodox Church;
Lifestyle, Munich

Asking for Forgiveness: A Visit to a Russian Orthodox Church

I visited the Russian Orthodox church in Munich this evening. I learned quite a bit from my colleague about: the significance of the church’s foundations/location (alter faces the east because that’s where the sun rises; we the people come from the west) signing/crossing oneself (3x, then bowing or touching the ground) kissing the icons (or …