Thursday, June 30, 2011

Roll of film from Niagara

Kodak Max 400 GC135 Exp 24

It never occurred to me that I’ll bring along the underwater casing for my dodgy Heineken film camera as seen here. It’s been around for quite some time and I brought it along to Phuket as well, if you remember the entry here. I realized I’m more active with my cameras when I am away, which is awfully sad and heartbreaking, and I’m in the midst of purchasing another film camera… You know how I always tend to succumb to my desires and I get tired of them very easily, I stray, all the time. I’m amazed at how this camera was able to capture some shots which my Nikon didn’t, raw from processing… I love it either way. I’ve spoken too much on Niagara but at least they’ve turned out pretty decent.

EDIT: I’ve just got outbid on the film camera with 2 amazing lenses :( 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sunday Market

2 weeks ago, we took a walk around the Sunday Market at Steveston Village. They were selling handcrafts, groceries, accessories, pastries, cooked food and clothes… We bought a cinnamon bun from a lovely girl. There was a lemonade stall right next to it that serves freshly squeezed juice, but I was too full from Mondo’s burger that we had for lunch. We’ve walked past the Brick Oven Bread store a few times but they were usually closed, but I finally managed to take pictures of the traditional brick oven and a very friendly chef and owner. These morning walks have been lovely so far, and I love shooting bits and pieces off everything everywhere. It’s so hard for me to organize them into folders and I probably have countless of unnecessary shutter counts anyway.

There was also an exhibit of a wide collection of vintage cars while we were on the way back, so we decided to stop by to take a look and hitch some images for a ride. The car owners are actually very friendly, some even friends and these cars are actually up for sale. My personal favorites are actually the Pontiac GTO with a v8 engine and the Viper RT 10. There’s also the yellow Chevvy P.U (Pick Up), class 6 from year 1950 with perfect chrome finishes on its engines. I began snapping away, and a few other cars and their interiors, with my heart palpitating… I never knew one would find such (joy) in admiring these vintage things. My appreciation for cars have developed quite a bit over the years, more than what I first started out with zilch knowledge of anything.

I also bumped into a friend while on my way to develop some photos this morning, and I know how my face shows the obvious weight gain that I’ve put on over the past month with all those nasty food. I wish I could rip the excess apart, but right now I’d just have to bear with my fat face (It’s almost round) and try to work out more when this hideous flu leaves me. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hope and Faith

4 years in Information Technology had ingrained the semaphore of computing, yet I find my mediocre knowledge insufficient to go deeper into what had been taught and practiced. Then again, will I ever venture out of this zone that I was once not interested in? 3 years ago, I wasn’t certain on where I might be, or might end up doing. So I narrowed my choices - I lied to myself that I was comfortable when I clearly wasn’t. I had a past, and that was naive. I chose to list the factors that changed me - My perception, the people that came in and the new beauty of life.

Of course, the growing up wasn’t easy, where an inebriated person would prove less infuriating. We spend more time trying to build this invisible social wall, but back home it’s another side of the person that no one would bound to see. You give promises your whole life, building castles in the air and most importantly, got hurt in one way or the other. As much as we’d love to stay, we’d yearn to be away. Away in places that the sky is capable of holding it’s light to 9 in the night during Summer, away in places that we will ever dream of. Because we are men, and man runs away from everything. This life offers no panaceas, only new grounds for hope and action. 

Re-reading Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith, an incredible read. “Will you do my eulogy?" I asked.

Lamb Souvlaki, Soup and Burgers

Captain George’s Taverna Restaurant, Steveston Village, Richmond

If you’ve followed me on twitter - A week ago I talked about how I just had the perfect Greek lunch. The lamb souvlaki was perfectly grilled with their lemon potato and special sauce that was baked to the finest touch. Of course with their salad and feta cheese that I had to finish.

We also got around to Granville Island for some soup and market shopping. Back to having the pot pie we were craving for, and there was a stall called “The Stock Market" which was pretty cool since they sell soup, stock and sauces. I had a Shepard’s Pie, Gwen and Jun had burgers - Cajun and Mexicali. I ended up walking around the stores again and got myself (another) journal from Paper-ya, which was great. 2 years ago I got a similar one that I gifted to my sister and actually took it back. (Oops) 

I hope you enjoyed your Summer so far. #HAGS

Friday, June 24, 2011

Eat-Vancouver World Culinary Travel Expo


Eat-Vancouver World Culinary Travel Expo and Wine and Beer Tasting (10-12 June)

The Convention Centre was definitely cooking up a storm, and there was so much food to sample and buy that you’ll be too sad to miss anything out. We loved the cheese. It went, “What was that smell?" Then we saw a queue, we had to jump in. There was pasta, grilled salmon, cheese, mushrooms, ice-cream, sodas, pizzas, chips, soup and so much more variety of food from all around the world that they’ve got to offer. The highlight of the fair was definitely the wine and beer tasting. I left feeling light-headed from all that mix, but every difference in between was worth it. If you have a chance, try Sauvignon Blanc of Painted Turtle. A regular bottle should approximately cost you about 9 CAD in liquor stores.