The week that was… in photos.

Lots of thoughts in my head this week, personal, private and professional. Matters of the mind and heart never really reconcile. So instead of a blog post, I want to share my week in pictures.

Dinner at the Leetag Room at The Waldorf for Kemp’s birthday. Cocktails in coconuts, calamari and the best/worst first date story I’ve ever heard.

Downstairs for the after party of Apathy is Dead. Lovely to meet a couple of new faces and hug hello to my favourites, Ajay, Cynd, Derek, I’m looking at you.

The food at the Leeteg Room is fantastic. All based on Spanish tapas, the croquetas were sublime but it was this calamari and patatas brava dish that really won me over. C and I also got to have dessert for dinner, well main course, and the staff were wonderfully sweet and accommodating. I love this place.

I’ve started work at a new company. Here I am, riding the fine line of ‘business casual’ as usual. Whoever came up with that expression never saw me coming. I’ve never worked in a Canadian office before so it will be an interesting  change.

The company is based near Granville Market, which I’ve photographed here before. Of course, it isn’t Borough Market and cannot even come close. But it is nice to have a food market nearby. Even if it just means lunchtime falafel and having to run away from the seagulls.

I never get tired of looking at patisseries. Go Canucks cakes!

I like to live my life in full-on techniclolour, so love these displays of fruits.

And the crazy tomatoes they have here. Granville Market, the perfect place for lunchtime grocery shopping.

I always seek out beautiful spots to eat lunch and just outside this condo building is a lovely pond with some duckies. A touch of wildlife in a work day.

Is this my iPhone desperately trying to prove to me that it can take nice, clear pictures?

This little chap is a lovely lunch date and absolutely photogenic!

Two photos here to show the difference between shooting on my iPhone’s regular settings and using HDR.

With HDR below, watch those clouds just pop out. Sometimes the HDR makes a photo worse or washed out, but it can define images amazingly and with clouds especially, the effect is fantastic . 


Annual 4/20 Festival

Vancouver has never struck me as the kind of town where ‘anything goes’. In fact, in some respects it can be very uptight. Take my yoga studio, I had to sign a list of rules to apply for classes. The Yoga Gestapo are very strict. Or dating, where people in bars are way too superior to deign to speak to each other. Yet you can freely walk down the street smoking a joint. Walk by buildings and people on the street and whoosh, get a contact high.

And the police really don’t seem to care. How does anyone get anything done? It’s not really my thing, I’m a social drinker and anything that will make me lazier and fatter is just not appealing. But here are some snaps from the city’s 4/20 Festival at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Just like a normal festival, there’s speeches, live music and a guy giving tips on when and when not to get high (before going to the dentist? no. after the dentist? yes). Good thing the crowd is about 80% teenagers, best to educate these kids when they are young and impressionable.

Of course, what would a weed festival be without people freely selling bags of it? Gotta love capitalism.

Enterprise in action. The picture actually makes these look a lot more appetising than they looked in person. Happily I’m going to Bake for the Quake later, I’ll get my baked goods there. Also $7 for a cookie, it better bloody be a magic cookie… oh wait.

Hey, sustainable farming. I can get behind that. My aunt used to grow her own pot, though I’d never have the patience for that.

Good thing the fire department is here, lest a giant weed fire break out and engulf the city.

If this post sounds uptight… well suck it, hippies! I’ll spend my money on shoes and drink and waft only a trail of Chanel behind me.

Beats the Northern line

Took some time out of my oh-so busy day to hang out at False Creek beach today. It is so beautiful and I felt so lucky to be able to sit in peace and quiet here. This beach is only a 20 minute walk from my apartment. How can I ever go back to big city living?

The specialness of Vancouver is that it is never so busy or rushed that you can’t take the time to appreciate how incredibly scenic it is. The joke in this city is that residents celebrate every sunny day like it is a national holiday. Can you see why?

This guy is very much The Old Man and the Sea, out there all by himself. Kind of wish I had my own kayak but it was pretty cold today. Summer is coming and I WILL be out on that water.

Raw music

One of my favourite places in Vancouver is the wonderful Raw Canvas in Yaletown. Not because of its concept, which is a painting studio in the back and a cheese and wine bar in the front. But because of its amazing open mic nights and live music. Especially  Alex Maher, who plays with friends and new talents on Monday nights. A mix of hip hop, funk and soul, he is a beautiful performer and truly inspiring to watch.

Alex Maher performing. Wait till he gets out the saxophone. My favourite instrument in the world, sensual, evocative and entrancing. Hear some of his music for yourself here.

Hip hop friend.

Of course I’d happily go to Raw Canvas for one of their fantastic cheese boards.

Walking the streets

Even though I only have an iPhone which functions as a terrible photographic device, I thought I’d share some of my shots from walking this very beautiful city.