2010 was the ‘ish

 

I’ve been too busy to update my blog, but better late than never, right?

We’re already halfway through January 2011 and I’m officially ready to let go of 2010. I’ve had some good times. 2010 was definitely one of the best years I’ve had; even out-doing 2009 which I thought was going to be unbeatable.

Most of the awesomeness brought on by 2010 was due to my hometown hosting the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. With most Canadians, especially Vancouverites, we experienced patriotism unlike anything before.

 

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I had the best 2+ weeks of my life. Not only did I get to watch a ton of events (mostly hockey games) live, but I also had the privilege of working under contract for the Vancouver Canucks. I worked 16 shifts during the games and split my time between Canada Hockey Place (aka Rogers Arena) and UBC Thunderbird Arena. This resulted in me meeting new faces from around Canada and the world, including celebrities and athletes. I was a busy bee with my itinerary jam packed with work shifts and hang outs with friends. Like I said, best time ever.

More adventures ensued throughout the year. Of course, none of which could happen without the company of great friends. Below is just a glimpse of some random memories from last year…

Lunches (read: laughing attacks) with ApuTheFish at Ren. Café aka ATP Headquarters

  Experiencing Bard on the Beach for the 1st time ever
     
Meeting BSB’s AJ and Nick in person   Olive. Garden.
     
An ongoing quest to find the best poutine in Vancouver with TayloredMyPants   TayloredMyPants discovers her lust towards man-scented candles @ Ikea
     
Belle surprising ApuTheFish at YVR   Running into Alex Ovechkin @ Canada Hockey Place after one of Russia’s practices & me thinking, “Damn you’re ugly.”
     
Almost dying at Robson & Granville in a sea of red after Canada won hockey gold @ the Olympics   Belle & I getting yelled at in Spanish by random fans throughout the day when Spain won the World Cup. Us screaming “Yeah yeah!” cuz no habla español
     
Meeting Naturally 7 not once, but 4 times   “To have good _______ all the time.”
     
Throwing paper airplanes in the TASC II   Chilling with Squire Barnes
     
“Ka-chow!”   Ziplining across Robson Square with TayloredMyPants
     
Biking with Canucks’ owner Francesco Aquilini along the Seawall…. kind of   PFach. That is all.
     
Major wedgie attacks at Cultus Lake waterpark   <motions int’l sign for “Patrick Chan!”>
     
“Hi, I’m Prairie Cat. Also known as Cary Pratt!” (Belle & I laughing uncontrollably afterwards.)  

Furiously roaming around downtown with ApuTheFish & TayloredMyPants looking for potato skins

     
My second home: GM Place/Rogers Arena   DJ got me falling in love again!
     
Reggae Nights @ Republic   Puma mistaken English Bay for Spanish Banks
     
Nachos, nachos, and more nachos!   Belle & I nearly attacked by a Stanley Park raccoon
     
Working 16 unforgettable & awesome shifts during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic games  

Multiple visits to T&T for TayloredMyPants’ coconut buns

     
ApuTheFish getting slizzard @ Society   The Victoria cop I worked with during the Olympics who got my ears red and hot
     
“Neurth Van” adventures with Ivy  

Officially meeting Canada’s Boyfriend

     
Visiting the set of “Twilight” Jacob Black’s house with ApuTheFish and TayloredMyPants… and then driving them to ATP’s house  

A drunk, random concert-goer telling me I probably contracted Hepatitis after a band spat water into the crowd

     

Ayeesha, ApuTheFish, & TayloredMyPants surprising me with a birthday cake during our Whistler trip

 

Adventures with Hans Hans & Gunther Gunther

     

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Peace out 2010. I miss you already, but I can’t wait for what 2011 has in store for me. So far, so good.

 

later days,

 

 

United State of Pop 2010 (Don’t Stop the Pop) — DJ Earworm


Christmas Mixtape

 

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Christmas is just a day away. Have you got your Christmas mix ready yet? I’ve put together some of my personal favourites of traditional and not-so-traditional Christmas tunes for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!

SIDE A

  1. JOY TO THE WORLD – Mariah Carey
  2. LITTLE DRUMMER BOY – Bing Crosby & David Bowie
  3. O HOLY NIGHT – Josh Groban
  4. OH COME ALL YE FAITHFUL – Weezer
  5. HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING – Mariah Carey
  6. DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR? – Carrie Underwood
  7. O COME O COME EMMANUEL – Sufjan Stevens
  8. ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH – Sixpence None the Richer
  9. THE FIRST NOEL – Whitney Houston
  10. SILENT NIGHT – Boyz II Men
  11. COME THOU FOUNT OF EVERY BLESSING – Mumford & Sons

SIDE B

  1. ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU – Mariah Carey
  2. LAST CHRISTMAS – Wham!
  3. CHRISTMAS WRAPPING – The Waitresses
  4. SANTA BABY – Madonna
  5. MELE KALIKAMAKA – Bing Crosby
  6. HAPPY CHRISTMAS (WAR IS OVER) – John Lennon
  7. HOLIDAY – Vampire Weekend
    (Editor’s Note: This isn’t really a Christmas song, but I just had to put it on the mixtape.)
  8. JINGLE BELL ROCK – Bobby Helms
  9. CHRISTMAS IN HOLLIS – Run DMC
  10. THIS GIFT – 98 Degrees
  11. YOU’RE A MEAN ONE MR. GRINCH – Matthew Morrison (Will Scheuster, “Glee”) & K.D. Lang

I’m missing a lot of good ones on my list; however, this is obviously not exhaustive. I’ve downloaded about 280 holiday songs on my iPod, so the music lasts the entire Christmas party and then some.

WHAT CHRISTMAS SONGS ARE ON YOUR MIXTAPE?

 

later days,

 

 

♪ [Merry Holidays – Jason Mraz] ♪

All I want for Christmas is you…

I’m only doing this because everyone’s been bugging me to do one. Whatever happened to being surprised on Christmas morning? Oh well. If it makes things easier, here goes…

 

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6)  STERLING SILVER RINGS. Plain band, simple design.

5)  PLAID SHIRTS. I live in these. More flannel for the Winter would be nice (x 365; or enough to start a lumberjack wardrobe).

4)  CHOCOLATE FONDUE FOUNTAIN. It’s probably where I spend most of my time at in buffets.

3)  “THE DAY I (ALMOST) KILLED TWO GRETZKYS” BY JAMES DUTHIE. Instead of explaining why I want this book, read an excerpt here. The dude is hilarious.

2)  ROBERT DOWNEY JR. MOVIES. I need more RDJ flicks to add to my collection.

1)  CANUCKS MERCHANDISE. I probably didn’t even need to add this to the list. It’s an obvious option. Anything and everything will suffice (except those stupid pink made-for-girls NHL merchandise. Get me those and I will kill you).

I also accept gift cards and cash. HAH!

 

later days,

 

 

♪ [All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey] ♪

Hello? Anybody Home?

 

Has it really been over a month since I blogged? I’ve been a terrible blogger lately. Can’t even keep up with my easy-peesy 30 Day Blog Challenge . For shame, I know. That’s the thing about me. I go through cycles of insane blogging everyday (even downloading the WordPress app on my iPhone so I can blog on the go) to extended periods of ‘blog-cations’.

It’s not completely my fault though. I have a problem with balancing my studies, social life, and blogging life. Nine times out of ten, I’d choose my social life over blogging. And by social life, I actually mean real social networking with real people I know and not just talking to randoms through my fingertips over the interw3bs. Crazy, huh?

So back to my schooling situation. I was hoping this Fall was going to be my “best semester ever” as I always express before each semester. But alas, that’s not going to happen… again. Nothing is going quite right and the fact that no one, not even I, know what’s going on in chem isn’t helping either.

 

 

Well, that’s my updated life from November until now. Nothing glamorous. Nothing exciting. The semester will be over in more than a week. Hopefully by then I will have more to blog about. But for now, I’ll just try to keep up with my 30 Day Challenge — even if it does take me another 60 days.

 

later days,

 

 

[Be Back Soon — Justin Nozuka]

Halloween 2010

 

Sunday is Halloween. I’m ready. Are you?

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I don’t really have a theme for my decorations outside. It’s more of a mish-mash of all the things I can find accumulated throughout the years. It’s a good mix of scary and cute. Witches, skeletons, pumpkins, spiders and cobwebs outline the pathway to my door. Enter if you dare. And dare you shall – I’ve got lots of candy!

 

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Of course, I cannot celebrate Halloween without carving Canucks inspired Jack-o-Lanterns. It’s become a yearly tradition in my household and my neighbours and trick-or-treaters seem to think they’re pretty cool.

 

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

later days,

 

 

 

[Monster Mash — Twilight edition via Jib Jab]

15. If TV is my friend…

…then my cell phone and camera are family.

 

30 Blog Day Challenge
Something you don’t leave the house without.

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No doubt, there are two things I do not leave my house without: my cell phone and my camera.

Like everyone else out there, my cell phone is an essential part to my life in keeping contact with my friends and family. I just got my iPhone 4 only two weeks ago and it’s been pretty much attached to my hand. Naturally, since my old cell phone has been near death for over a year – how I put up with it for so long, I’ll never know. Anyway, it’s kept me entertained on long bus/train rides thanks to all my game apps and iPod.

Although my iPhone has a decent camera application, I still carry around my handy-dandy point-and-shoot camera. It’s no gem, it doesn’t have any fancy bells and whistles, but it gets its job done. And anyone who knows me well enough knows that I take a lot of photos. Four years, 18.2 GB, 309 folders, and 11055 photos later… yeah, I think “a lot” is an understatement.

 

later days,

 

 

[Video Phone — Beyoncé ft. Lady Gaga]

14. TV is my friend

30 Day Blog Challenge
A TV show you’re currently addicted to.

 

Being so busy with my studies, my social life and watching NHL hockey, I don’t have a lot of time to watch too much television too often. However, I do like my shows and that is why my PVR is going to run out of space soon. I have about three weeks worth of a dozen series saved up on my PVR. I don’t even think I will be able to finish watching everything by the end of this year.

There is one show; however, that I always make time for because not watching it when it’s aired just won’t be the same. The Vampire Diaries. Yeah, so the vampire trend is still kind of big and I’m a sucker for it (no pun intended).

I can’t tell you anything about the plot because it would majorly give everything away. What I can say is that there is an overabundance of hot vampires, juicy wolves, and heart-thumping story lines. Really, there isn’t an episode where I don’t have a near heart-attack moment.

Even if you’re not into the whole vampire scene, the plot should be suspenseful enough that you would be addicted too. Just a word of advice, start from the pilot and don’t miss a single episode or you’ll have issues catching up (I learned that the hard way).

 

Fight Scene (S01E16) – The Vampire Diaries

 

The Vampire Diaries airs on the CW every Thursday at 8:00pm PST.

 

 

later days,

 

 

[Help I’m Alive — Metric]

13. Geek in the Pink

30 Day Blog Challenge
Your favourite musician and why?


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I remember it like it was yesterday – I had a spare hour during my drama class in 11th grade and I had nothing better to do, so with one of my buddies I roamed through the hallways of my high school. One of my other friends saw us walking in boredom and she called me into her yearbook classroom so that I can listen to this new artist that she discovered and thought I might like too.

The song was You and I Both by Jason Mraz. It only took me about a minute or so to fall in love with his unencumbered numbered words. That was eight years ago. I’m 24 now and I haven’t looked back since.

 

 

I made a mental note of his name and proceeded to watch some of his music videos and small gigs on YouTube (because back in 2003 not everyone had mp3 players or iPods; I think most of us were still rocking the portable CD player).

I kind of became obsessed with his first record, Waiting for My Rocket to Come, followed by his sophomore record Mr. A-Z. Apart from his boyish good looks and awesome choice in hats, he was refreshingly different than any other singer-songwriter or band of that time. His versatile voice won me over. It could go from sunny pop, to quick-witted rap, to operatic falsetto; the kid could do anything.

Unfortunately for me, Mraz mostly played in smaller 19+ venues in Vancouver and I was still underage. And the fact that I didn’t hear any new Mraz songs between 2005 and 2008 didn’t help either. I had no choice but to listen to crapass music and as a result I had altogether forgotten about the awesomeness that is Jason Mraz.

 

 

By the Spring/Summer of 2008, Mraz had fully resurfaced into my life and in everyone else’s by the end of 2008 with that little song I’m Yours. Yes, THE song that just about everyone has heard of a zillion times today. I had forgotten how good Jason, the Curbside Prophet, made me feel. After listening through his third album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. just once through, I immediately fell in love with the man all over again.

With styles borrowed from pop, rock, folk, jazz, opera, hip hop, bossa nova …I could go on and on … It would be impossible to label Mraz into a single genre. He would need his own genre entirely. Uniquely, not only does his style vary from song to song, but it also varies within the song too sometimes.

Aside from his talented voice, he’s got some pretty sexy dance moves, he can freestyle, and best of all he knows how to interact with a crowd. I had the pleasure of attending two of his concerts; one in November 2008 and the latest in September last year. Even though he played to tens of thousands at a larger arena last year, he somehow was able to effortlessly make it feel like an intimate gathering. That’s a skill many artists and bands lack these days.

 

 

As of right now, I have almost every song Mraz has released including collaborations and covers. That’s close to 170. Although I love every song of his (really, there is not one song I dislike), I prefer to listen to his older stuff versus his newer releases. His years at Java Joes were the best. He was young, his voice was raw, and those were time times that you can tell his talents were about to be uncovered. UncleCrispy has uploaded a lot of Jason’s early years to his YouTube channel.

If you were to ask me which is my favourite album or song of his, I would not be able to tell you. I can’t choose a favourite as it changes everyday, sometimes even part way through a day. Depending on my mood, there’s a Mraz song to fit it. His music has helped me through some really tough times and oftentimes have made my day even more enjoyable and sunshine-y. I don’t know what it is, but there’s just something special about him that I can’t describe into words even though I tried to the past few paragraphs above. All I can say is if you haven’t heard of any of Mraz’s songs or you didn’t think I’m Yours was that great after all (which by the way, isn’t my most favourite song – though at one point it was my favourite; see how I change so often?), you should give him another chance. You might unfold something you might like.

But for now, I leave you with this…

 

Gypsy MC (Mudhouse) – Jason Mraz

 

 

Be Love,

 

 

[Prettiest Friend — Jason Mraz]

12. Home, Sweet Home

30 Day Blog Challenge
A photograph of the town you live in.

 

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Vancouver, my hometown. No words are needed to describe this photo. Just enjoy it.

 

later days,

 

 

 

[Sitting on the Dock of the Bay — Otis Redding]

11. Just the bare necessities

30 Day Blog Challenge
What’s in your makeup bag?

 

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When it comes to make-up, I am a minimalist. Even when I go out somewhere special, I try not to go overboard. On a daily basis, all I need is lip gloss, mascara, eyeliner, a little blush, and maybe foundation. I just apply enough so that I don’t look like a zombie because at 24, these bags under my eyes look like I’ll be needing Botox by the time I’m 30. Oh the life of a full-time five-days-a-week tri-semester collegiate.

 

later days,

 

 

[Barbie Girl — Aqua]