Sunday, August 31, 2008


Went to the Taiwanfest today. Was inside the cooking demonstration tent to snap a few pics of the chefs. Saw this lady with a cellphone in each hand. Sure enough she was using both of them simultaneously.

Saturday, August 30, 2008


Here is one pretty rare vehicle. Its colour and the way it was parked caught my attention from a distance. I could imagine some old clunker sped by and caught its rear.

Thursday, August 28, 2008


The rain season is here once again after a hot and dry, more dry than hot, summer. Everybody, from the homeless to the outside worker, is well equipped to handle any downpour.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Big wheels

This is pretty new looking dinosaur. Think he could've got it at a fire-sale price as Detroit is trying to clear their lots of these gas guzzlers. He may have spent even more on the after-market stuff.

Monday, August 25, 2008

The at home feeling?

People come in all shapes and forms. Take this one here. He was so relaxed and comfortable with his show off one would think he is at home instead of at a McDonald's. The place is relatively empty but...

Friday, August 22, 2008

False alarm

Yesterday evening there was a bit of excitement in our normal quiet neighbourhood. Looked out our window we saw not one but two cruisers. The officers went to the house across street. Spoke with the owners and left. Apparently what happened was he went on top of his roof and another neighbour thought somebody was trying to break into the house. They did have to produce ID's to satisfy the police that do live there.

A week ago the emergency response team made an appearance also. Two neighbours met and agreed to meet again the next day. At the agreed upon time one neighbour knocked on the door of the other. She panicked when there was no answer because the other neighbour a couple of months ago had a stroke. A member of the emergency response team managed to enter the house and found nobody home.

As it turned out she had a conflict on appointments.

We are thankful that cases are false alarms.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Recycle and reuse

This is saucer of chilly sauce and hot muster from Pink Pearl Chinese Seafood Restaurant. You may wonder "what so special about it?" To make a long story short. We were there for lunch today and asked for chilly sauce. The server checked and didn't see any at the nearest service station and went away. When he came back and started to serve another table naturally we assumed he had forgotten.

We asked another staff who seemed to be either a captain or manager. Again he checked at the nearest service station with the same result. He, too, walked away but stopped at the table beside ours which was not cleared of the dirty dishes. He, his name tag says Lawrence, picked this saucer from the table and put it on ours.

This is taking recycle and reuse to the next level.

Did we used it? No.

Did we bring the matter up with management there? No.

Will be tell our friends and others? Yes.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


I was west bound the other day and saw this nice sunset. Luckily the light turned red and I was the first car at the intersection. Yes, can't seem to be able to get away from those construction cranes. They are everywhere.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

False Creek

The eastern section of False Creek.


Monday, August 18, 2008

Was really surprised to see this drop boxes for clothing donation in an industrial area of the city. These boxes are generally found at shopping malls and other high foot traffic places.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Cutesy pie

Now isn't this cute? Here is a closeup:

Saturday, August 16, 2008


My guess is Sports Chek is having an end-of-season sales. Otherwise can't see why so many bikes outside the store.

Friday, August 15, 2008


Like the fence the owner of this property has put up. It is elegant, airy, and keeps unwanted intruders out.

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Passed by this condo the other day. Was half expecting an armed guard to come out and challenger me while taking this photo.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Yesterday went to Starbucks with a friend. After paying for our drinks and noticed my Starbucks card balance is on the low side. Decided it was a good time to increase the balance. Everything went smoothly until she started to make the change. Apparently she was short on bills so she proceeded to give me $25 in coins. She reluctantly went to another drawer and counted some bills after a brief and mild complaint from me.

I wouldn't say this was unpleasant but the point is a bit of common sense and consideration for the customer is in order.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Street vendor

Not sure how these street vendors operate. By that I mean whether they need or should I say have a business license or not. If they don't have one how do they keep the police from ha harassing them?

Sunday, August 10, 2008


Yesterday near supper time a rainbow appeared outside our front window.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Bad start

Came across this scent this morning. The emergency personal were attending to the passenger riding shotgun which is the most dangerous position when a vehicle is involved in an accident.

Hope the rest of day turns out better for all parties involved.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Games of the XXIX Olympiad

The Games of the XXIX Olympiad starts today. Kick back and enjoy.

Thursday, August 7, 2008


This is probably one of, if not the, oldest outside mall in the Lower Mainland. It has seen better day. The next few years will be interesting for this mall since the new Evergreen rapid transit system will pass by with a station at or near its northern corner. The owner will have some hard decisions to make. Upgrade will happen. The question is in what form, a complete rebuild or a reconfiguration. After seeing the benefits of having a rapid transit station close by the owner will want the station to incorporate the station into the modernization plan.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Long interval

Was at Chinatown the other day. I parked on the south side of Pender. Looking across the street I noticed the noodle restaurant has gone out of business. Immediately realized I never knew of that restaurant's existence. Guess it has been at least a year since I had ventured onto this section of Pender where we used to go and shop every weekend. Time sure has changed.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

New growth

More than one new shot has sprouted from the root of this cherry blossom. It is amazing how resilient trees can be. One year we took an old birch in the back and left the stump to rout away. What happened was we had rout and a new growth at different part of the stump. In a couple of years the sprout turned into a tree.

Monday, August 4, 2008

6 AM

I arrived a bit before 6 this morning. Noticed a car in the parking area. Thought nothing of it because some photographers and birdwatchers have a habit of making the early morning round. Then I saw somebody sitting in a lawn chair on the wooden walkway facing east. First thought was he is watching the sunrise. After getting closer and saw the rod lying on the walkway then realized he was fishing. First time that I see anybody fish there.


A stack of loose carrots. The produce stores now stack them in a circle. Had seen them doing it and seems to be a pretty laborious and tedious task.