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 up to $40 off their 365 day passes. That is $99* instead of $129 for their 365 Day Pass Standard (23% off) and $119 instead of $159 for their…

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…

Inspiration Pass Bonanza – 27 September to 10 October 2017

Back in May 2015, I attended The Happy Show at Museum of Vancouver with my cousin – we all had complimentary entry to the museum because her friend was holding an Inspiration Pass and thereafter, I put myself on the request list with VPL for one as well. Over two years later – the wait…

Vancouver’s Brewery District and beyond

A year and a half ago, we moved into Olympic Village Great beer and we weren’t that into beer back then. I remember that because the wedding was shortly after and we didn’t bat an eyelash about serving at the reception Heineken that we procured in a couple of cross-border runs. These days, we might…

How to love your job

Disclaimers: – I already like my job and company a lot. – This is not advice for everyone (or anyone). – The following is probably just a symptom of The Summer Season when I’m a nicer, more socialable and optimistic person. ******** I am currently with my fourth workplace (third company) since leaving the ranks of…

Kind of an epic week

Last Thursday, we went to view a penthouse condo listed for sale in our neighbourhood. It was my second viewing and NPY’s third. We didn’t find any dealbreakers and good friends who saw it with us have been positive as well. To view the suite, I had to skip a ballet class. I was planning on…

Vancouver’s Hot Chocolate Festival post-mortem post

This year marked the 4th year of the Hot Chocolate Festival in Vancouver. I noticed the event the first year (2011) but it didn’t make an impact on me. I was away in 2012. And last year, I was just settling back into being back. This year, no excuses! Although 20 vendors were offering 60…

How to survive a Vancouver winter (of rain)

Funny I would get around to this post when we are looking at a week relatively free of rain. But who’s complaining?! I hate the rain in Vancouver in a instinctive knee-jerk kind of way, but there’s no point in dwelling upon it. I also eschew sing-song platitudes like, “I love the Vancouver rain because…