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15
Dec
07

Sam’s List

Sam’s list is now up! Check it out here.

21
Nov
07

iLost my iPod

Lost: iPod Nano 2Gb 2nd Gen Nano.

So this Sunday I was shopping Metrotown with Lina and her nephew Tyson when I lost my iPod.   I don’t know exactly how or when, but what I do know is that went AWOL at Metro.  As usual, we were listening to Maroon 5 in the car–Tyson’s favourite band–in the car, so I know that it was still in my possession.  We did our round of shopping, headed back to the car and took off to get my car washed.  I thought it might be a fun experience going through the car wash with Tyson.  Again, he wanted to listen to Maroon 5 but the iPod was nowhere to be found.  Looked in my bag, Lina’s bag, in all the compartments and under the seats.  Nothing.

After the car wash, which took a while because it was busy, we headed back to Metrotown to see if maybe it was dropped by the parking stall we were in.  Nothing.  At this point I had given up on the iPod and decided to go back to Lina’s Mum’s so we could grab her stuff and drop her off at the ferry.  Well on the drive home Tyson said that he was very sad.  I asked him why and he said “because uncle Ryoh lost  his  iPod.”  His one comment cheered me up for the rest of the day.  This guy sure knows how to make me smile.  Too cute.

Anyway, I’m still a little saddened by the loss of my iPod as it was just shy of 6 months old.  Oh well.  I guess it’s my fault for not paying enough attention.

13
Nov
07

Lina’s Christmas Wishlist

Her list is also up on the Wishlist page.

12
Nov
07

Fall Storm

I’m not a heavy sleeper, so this morning I was woken up by the sound of rain pelting against the window. And, because the window is inset slightly from the rest of the building, I knew the window wind was blowing hard. Which presents with a slight problem…I’m on the island. I just checked the Ferry cancellations and the 11am sailings have been cancelled. I was planning to take the 7pm ferry back to Vancouver tonight, but I’ll have to check how sailings are going and go there early.

I wonder if I’ll make it to work tomorrow…

14
Oct
07

Tina and Gils

Tina_and_Gils

Originally uploaded by Ryoh A

The fake Tina’s show was great. She had the mannerisms and facial expressions done well. The MacPherson Theatre was a great venue for this–very small and intimate. And here’s Gils (the number one Tina fan amongst my friends) taking a picture with her.

13
Oct
07

Wii Knock-off

Wii vs. Vii
Image from Engadget

We should really give credit where credit is due, and give props to China. They are not shamed to ride the wave of someone else’s success and “reverse engineer” a product. I wonder what the games will be like. Check out Engadgets article here.

23
Sep
07

New Keyboard

Bluetooth Keyboard
Until late August, my trusty old Pentium II 350MHz (yes it’s a relic) has been semi retired–I still use it to print. I thought long and hard, and finally replaced it with a Mac Mini. I told Lina that I was getting this Mac as a replacement for my PC and also to be a media server for my TV in the future. I quickly ran through the plan with her, mentioning that I’d like to get a Wireless Bluetooth keyboard and mouse eventually. Couch Internet surfing and watching Internet content couldn’t be any better. Well I now have 1/2 of the wireless setup thanks to Lina’s anniversary present for me.

This keyboard has to be seen in person. It is amazingly thin and elegant. Whatever people (Gils) may say about Apple, they sure know how to design things. I haven’t had much time with it yet, but I’m loving it.

05
Sep
07

Canadian Rockies Trip Part II

Lake Louise

I know that it’s been a little while, but here we go with the second half of the trip.

Day 3: We left Calgary after we had our Breakfast Buffet at the Travel Lodge for the Columbia Icefields–the main highlight of our trip. But, on the way there we stopped at Peyto Lake. Stunning. From the elevated viewing area, this wonderful milky blue-green lake nestled with in the surrounding mountains captivates you. As beautiful as the pictures are you have to see them in person if possible. Off to the Icefields.

We arrive on site a little behind and our fearless leader “James Bond” dashes out of the bus and towards the administration building to pay for our admissions. We had a reservation for th Snow Coach that we had to make. We all b-line it to the washroom (you have to see 50+ people all filing towards the washroom) before we take out shuttle up to the Snow Coaches. The tires on that sucker is huge. I mean HUGE! It takes a nice leisurely trip to the the icefield where we had about 30 min to roam about there. You have to watch you step around there as you could fall into a hole. There are also a few streams up there where you were able to drink fresh glacier water. It was really cold and greatly refreshing. We had lunch at the base of the glacier in the cafeteria and we were off again.

Next stop was the Athabasca Falls. Very neat place that demonstrates the power of water. Just downstream of the water fall, there is a “pothole” made by the whirlpool action of the water. Slowly, it’s eroding away at the rock walls amplifying the drilling effect of the water.

The last stop before Valemont–our evening lodging location–was Mount Robson. It’s the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Unfortunately, the peak was shrouded by some clouds, so as an alternative I took a picture with the information sign-board that had a picture of the peak.

In Valemont, we stayed at the Canoe Lodge and ate dinner at a Korean restaurant a few blocks from there. James was kind enough to set up a campfire (strangely, the restaurant has an area outside that is meant for campfires). We stayed up to about 11pm, against our better judgment, as we had to wake up at the cheery hour of 4:30 am

Day 4: Nothing to see, nothing to do. Just driving.

Check the flickr post.

22
Aug
07

Canadian Rockies Trip

Lina and I are on a tour of the Canadian Rockies. It’s a 4 day/3 night tour, so the schedule is kinda rushed. This is end of day 2 and I’m writing this post on my Nintendo DS (which is hella slow), so I can’t write too much.

Day 1 was pretty much just driving, washroom break, eating then back to driving and repeat. Day 2 was an early start from Mary`s Hotel in Golden, BC–especially considering we are one hour ahead from Vancouver time. Boy was it worth the early start. Emerald lake was absolutely beautiful! The temperature there in the morning was only about 40°F (on a day I decided to wear shorts), which made the air crisp and cool. That, of course, added extra brilliance to the green shimmer of the lake.
On the bus and off to Lake Louise we went,

Our first activity of the day was the Gondola ride up the ski resort for a view of the lake and surrounding mountains. Again, as I was in my shorts, I was quite cold. Needless to say, the view was fantastic. We spent about an hour up there, downloaded after that and had lunch at the bottom.

From there, we were whisked away to Lake Louise and encouraged to visit Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. I understand know what people mean when they say that we live in a beautiful country and that the Rockies are a must see. Everything, from the lake to the glaciers to hotel is picture-esque. We took many photos there, headed to Banff for dinner and light shopping and ended up in Calgary.
And now it’s time to sleep for another early day awaits.

Edit: Between Emerald Lake and Lake Louise Gondola Ride on day 2 we also visited the Natural Landbridge

05
Aug
07

Long Weekend in Victoria

Tyson the Pizza Maker

Originally uploaded by Ryoh A

Lina and I are spending the long weekend with her mother and nephew in Victoria. So far we’ve been having a lot of fun. We’ve made a pizza, toured Chinatown, played some golf at the driving range and went to UVic to see some “human eating” bunnies (Tyson asked if they were going to eat him).

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