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... Continue reading →
It’s actually happening! When The Pillars of the Earth series came to an end, there were talks of continuing Ken Follet‘s trilogy but then it promptly ceased until now. World Without End will premiere this autumn! I’ll have quite a... Continue reading →
Today’s topic is on ballet, specifically, documentaries / reality dramas on real dancers. I’d heard about the movie First Position but while googling for more information one day, I discovered Breaking Pointe, a 6 episode series on dancers from Ballet... Continue reading →
It’s a new month and Canada has just turned 145 years old (1 July 1867). This year marks the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812 (it ended 2 years later with the burning of the White... Continue reading →
My family and I moved to Hong Kong in 1992 (work opportunities I think?). We lived in a city full of expats, mostly from the UK, and Hong Kong locals. During the 4 years I’d lived there, I never had... Continue reading →
This evening, I attended Y.E.S! Vancouver‘s Garden Tea Party at the Urban Tea Merchant, which is located on Alberni St, between Bute and Burrard. The event cost $15, which included 1 free tea-infused cocktail and 4 appetiser samples. There was... Continue reading →
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... Continue reading →
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... Continue reading →
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
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 purchase 1/2 price tickets on the day of the performance. Mine was around $35-45 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). Continue reading →
Date: Sun, 3 June, 2012 Time: 6:30-10:30am PST Live broadcaster: CBC I’d thought perhaps I could watch the Diamond Jubilee prior to going to church for the 11am service. I was incredibly tired – I am not a morning person... Continue reading →
Diamond Jubilee - 5 June
I awoke at 2am PST, just in time to see Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie enter St Paul's. I'd meant to wake up at 1:15 to give myself some time before CBC's live broadcast at 1:30. I'd slept a few minutes before 1 and had, in fact, woken up at 1:15. No sooner as I'd turned off my alarm, I went back to sleep - then jolted myself awake at 2! I frantically rushed to my laptop on my desk, yanked it to my bed (so that I may stay warm) and quickly clicked around CBC to find the live stream. Must say it was rather difficult to find - but I'm glad I didn't miss anything important.
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- Queen Elizabeth wins for best colour - mint green. I don't know why but I really like today's choice!
- Prince Charles wins for best dressed gentleman
- Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wins for best dress (by McQueen). Did not like Kate's hat/fascinator - the flower is odd-looking and is too big.
- Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall wins for worst hat (don't know why she insists on massive hats or fascinators that cover her hair and practically dominate her) and outfit (the 'gold' seems to outshine the Queen)
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I may be the girl in a dress but I can be a diehard sports fan when it comes to hockey and football (soccer). I wouldn’t miss out on hockey just because I’m in Europe! Link: MyP2P.eu (ice hockey) * FREE... Continue reading →
Lingerie that’s good (quality), pretty and cheap? 1. Victoria’s Secret Origin: American Stores: N. America, UK, Europe Orig. Price: bras ($40+ CAD), panties ($7-15+ CAD) Sales: The best time to shop for bras and panties would be during the semi-annual sales. No other sale of... Continue reading →