I had a photoshoot tonight in Chinatown, which was lovely. On my way home, I took some photos on the very quiet street to the skytrain. It was a peaceful walk, which I didn't even realize until I started typing this just now.
Most of the shops were closed, but the Gum Wing was open.
And Bruce Lee lives on! Which is pretty amazing considering he died in 1973. Over 40 years ago. Whoa. Deep thoughts happening tonight. Must have been all that walking around.
This is the entrance/exit pagoda to/from Chinatown. Just close up and way up.
I'm glad I headed down that way tonight. I've not been to this part of town in ages. I haven't been to Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens a donkey's age. I should go back in the near future. And the walk around that area tonight did me some good. Thankfully I missed the rain and the temperature was just a bit chilly.
It really can be a peaceful place.
I've got to get back to photo edits. I've got plenty to do - Quilting Bee, head shots, last weekend's wedding...
...speaking of peaceful places. Photo edits are pretty good for that, too.
We just got home from seeing The Lego Movie
, which was adorable, feel good, and happy. And awesome. AND it was in 3D - the best surprise of ALL. I will watch every and all 3D movies no matter what the story is. So far, nearly every movie was a fun treat - this one especially. Will Farrel in 3D was terrific.
You know where we saw this movie? In Chinatown. In the same area we saw the parade yesterday! We saw the God of Wealth:
I'm pretty sure this is a new God of Wealth. It's not the same guy that was leading the parade a few years ago. Perhaps the other one retired?
Along with the Happy Dragon Boys
, there were several other dragons, and of course, the Lion Dancers. My favourite!
He got very close to us. I know that it's lucky if you touch the lion, but I didn't see anyone else trying to pet him, so I kept my hands to myself, but I really wanted to pat him on the head.
There were horses...
...and did you know that girls are Dragon Dancers? I have proof! Look!
I would love to wear Lion and Dragon Dancer pants. And with the write wriggly pattern, it would make a lovely quilt pattern, too.
My favourite high school band was there - the Burnaby North Vikings. It was good to see them and all their helmets. I look forward to seeing them at every parade.
And there were plenty of pretty dancers with fans.
Plenty more Year of the Horse Chinese New Year parade photos here
...because today we cleaned out the garage and went to the dump. And the recycling station. Even I couldn't find any inspiration for photography in that scenario. And there will be no shameful, "before and after" photos, either. Why on earth do I feel the need to keep all the boxes I've ever received, empty, piled in a corner? Not good. We broke them all down and took them to be recycled into something. Maybe more cardboard boxes? If that's the case, they had better never darken our door again. Sheesh. Anyway, the garage is much cleaner now and I think after one more run to the dump, we can open the garage door without feeling embarrassed one bit. And I hope we sweep more often so that the dust bunnies are not the actually size of bunnies. I think they were dust bunnies made of spider webs. Oof.
Anyway, yesterday was much more exciting. I met Lelainia
and Pen (short for Penelope) at the Esty crafty party
in Chinatown at Blim
. This was my first visit to Blim - it's a non-funded art studio and gallery. And they sell cool handmade crafts as well. I must go back. Last night we had our choice of making vintage postcards, a travel journal or a message in a bottle diorama. I went with the travel journal. I decorated the cover. I'll take a photo of it later.
I glued stuff, chit-chatted, hung out, and then went up on the balcony to take photos of the crowd.
Arial views made for some good tilt-shifting.
Look! A fascinator in tiltshift!
There was a cooperative painting project up on the balcony as well. I didn't paint anything, though. I just enjoyed the view.
The event was very well attended! It seemed like there were hundreds of people there. We had free popsicle samples, a button making table and a bag full of treats and coupons. I still have to go through them all to see what's in there. I know I got a great big spool of black ribbon, so that's cool.
I quickly snapped this as we made our way through Chinatown to get to the car.
It was a lovely evening and I look forward to going again next year.
Not only is the Year of the Dragon zodiac sign, but it's the year of the Water Dragon. According to this website
, this means the water will calm the dragon down, so that it's not quite as tough as he usually is. Hooray! A friendly dragon? I'm in! I loved How To Train Your Dragon
Despite the off-and-on rain, there were plenty of people out watching the parade. I think last year's parade was more rainy than this one. There was actually some dry periods today.
Woohoo! See the two sisters wearing the matching jackets? They're the Chinese version of my cousins, Andrea and Melissa. Aunt Sharon used to dress them up matchy-matchy when they were little. Adorable.
I was pleased to see the parade master today. HOWEVER, I don't think this is the same guy as the one who has led the parade the last few times I've been! I wonder what happened?
I'm usually edgy until I get the photo of the parade leader. After that, I can relax and take photos of the people around me.
I loved this little granny photo. She was waiting patiently for the dragon.
You would think this guy would be happier about the news above his head. One day off from taxes? YESSSSS! Thank you, Water Dragon!
Everybody loves the Water Dragon.
Wait, was there a parade? Yes there was. I'll post those photos later. And I went to the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens as well. I'll post those ones later, too. I pushed my way through all sorts of places in Chinatown and enjoyed every minute of it. So far, I'm liking this Chinese Zodiac sign.