More and more Chinese New Year parade photos

by Carol Browne on February 3, 2014 · 0 comments

in Festivities, General

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!
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Let me tell you about last night…

by Carol Browne on September 8, 2012 · 0 comments

in Crafts, Festivities, General

…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.
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Welcome to the Water Dragon

by Carol Browne on January 29, 2012 · 2 comments

in Festivities, Photos, Vancouver

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.
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Chinatown during Chinese New Year

by Carol Browne on January 25, 2012 · 0 comments

in Edibles, Festivities

Today’s post will mostly revolve around fruit, specifically Chinese fruit. My new buddy, Annie, picked up some frozen durian fruit in her travels. I didn’t take a photo of it because it was just in a package. Besides, the important part of this fruit is not how it looks as much as how it smells. WHOA. Now, I had heard that this fruit actually smelled of POOP, so before the package was opened, I was all, “YES! Please let me try the durian!” because I wanted to say I ate the poop fruit and liked it. A few big fans of the durian assured me it tastes delicious, but smells like doodie. I was so ready to like it. Instead, I learned:

1) Everyone perceives durian differently. Some people love it immediately. Some people just don’t ever love it.
2) Sadly, I don’t like the poo fruit. I really wanted to. But the fruit was just really weird.
3) It didn’t even smell like poo to me. Instead, it smelled like gasoline. Other people in the office commented it smelled like dirty socks, but no turd smell.
4) Durian gives me onion breath.

Tomorrow Annie is bringing in more fruit for us to try – a fruit called, longan. It looks like a miniature version of lychees. I’ll show you and give you a review of that fruit tomorrow. Welcome to the fruit review! I’ll be here all week.
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Under the trees

October 17, 2011

Yesterday in our travels, we found some beautiful foliage at a park called Andy Livingstone Park – a lovely park right next to Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens. I never ventured over that way, because I’m always in a hurry to get to the Chinese Gardens and just figured it was a crappy old empty […]

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Up with the birds

October 16, 2011

I asked my Chinese buddy at work what time Chinatown opens on Sunday morning. “Early.” He said. “Like 8:00. And if you go then, all the old people are out.”. Does he know what he’s talking about or what? My buddy, Lelainia and I headed into Chinatown early this morning – we got there around […]

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Membership has its privileges

February 26, 2011

Yesterday I was tweeted by Donna at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardens that since it was the 25th day of the month (the gardens are celebrating their 25th anniversary all year long), they were having special treats for the visitors AND if you were a member (like me!) you were allowed up to the TING! […]

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Day 3 of the parade

February 8, 2011

These parade photos are never going to end! I think I’ll put up one more day of parade photos after this set. I could put them up for a week, but I don’t want to compete with Llama week, back in 2009. Llama week was a pretty fun week, that’s for sure. Happily, this year […]

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The leader, faces and bunnies in the rain

February 6, 2011

My prediction of the parade leader was incorrect. He did NOT carry a Bugs Bunny. Darn. But he did not disappoint! He was looking as regal as ever while carrying 2 bunnies. The parade was terrific despite the soggy conditions today. It went from misty, to pouring, to misty, to dry, and then to misty […]

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Year of the Rabbit

January 27, 2011

Woohoo! The first sign of spring! Forsythia (those yellow flowers) were spotted at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden this afternoon. Also spotted? This beautiful new (well, new to me, anyway) screen on the pavilion (also known as Ting) in the main courtyard. The garden was quiet and tranquil on this overcast day – but it […]

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