Should I renew my Mobi (bike sharing) membership?

Mobi, the Vancouver bike sharing organization, has held a spring sale for a while, ending on June 21, appropriately the end of spring. The sale is $30 off their 365 day passes. That is $99* instead of $129 for their 365 Day Pass Standard (23% off) and $119 instead of $149 for their 365 Day…

For the shopping files: Travel the world through eating candy

She sees it and she buys it. That would describe my knee-jerk reaction to see an email from Squish promoting their new, undoutably limited time offered Bon Voyage Jumbo Mix. There’s a Squish store in The Bay that is in the mall in the concourse of my office – score. I mean, the gorgeous bag has passport stamps…

Trees and plantlife around Olympic Village, Vancouver, Canada

Spurred by reading Nathanael Johnson’s Unseen City, I’m taking photos of trees and other plant life around my hood (Olympic Village) and farther if it is really interesting – monkey trees! Some things are so transient – technology, text messages, some relationships, the kid being a toddler, that television series I’m obsessed about – but…

Anatomy of a day trip to the States

We used to have so much fun going to Bellingham, just across the border, and beyond, for day trips and longer. The past couple of times have felt strange and I think it also reflects our changing priorities. We could hardly get out the door earlier than 9:30. The kid woke up frightfully early at…

Currently reading Primates of Park Avenue and Unseen City

I need to just blog faster. Seriously. There are so many books that I have finished that I want to comment on – “what it meant to me” – but it takes me forever as I mull over what I want to say and if I’ve said everything I want to say. “Currently reading” is…

Likely end of an era

This post is going to seem facetious which is why it’s a blog post and not Instagram post. The Ontario elections are currently taking place and since the incumbent, Kathleen Wynne, has publicly resigned to the fact that she will not win, I sincerely hope that voters make the right decision. Since I don’t follow…

Audiobooks Available Now

Aside from reading Nathanael Johnson’s Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness, I was open to listening to a new audiobook. This comes at a peculiar time when we have no wi-fi at home because after reaching our monthly cap, it’s shut off! (It’s…

The savviness and insanity of online shopping

Where is the line between “it is smart to be efficient and practical” and “this is a full-blown addiction”? For the past week, I’ve been making a few purchases every other day at AliExpress. I used to be able to say that I would order a thing or two every month or two months. Order,…

Mobile phone folder organization that works for me

I fell headlong into finding an organization solution for my phone apps after I attended a Tech Power Hour session at work, admired the desktop I glimpsed in the presentation (not related to the session) and wanted to emulate it. It turns out it was flashy looking but nothing very special but I had begun…

Kid room transformation

When the kid was going on 2.5 years old in January, he hadn’t slept in his crib for nearly a year. Yeah, it was hard to fathom but was the case. Maybe we were a little ahead of the game but we got him a twin-to-king size bed, eschewing that toddler bed with the toddler…