So last weekend was pretty awesome – an adventure of sorts. Envision a weekend of fun under the sun with my bros and friends at a cottage, cases of beer at our disposal, iPods loaded with music, and the picture-perfect scenery of Wanapitei lake.… Read the rest
The next destination on our China tour is Xi’an, known among several things for its famed mausoleum of emperor Qin Shi Huang and his terra-cotta army, as well as its city wall, being the most complete city wall to survive in China.… Read the rest
We were each treated to a rickshaw ride through the hutong of Beijing, an “old city” area from a simpler, poorer time. The tour guide told of of how friendly and happy a place it is to grow up in. Maybe so, but all I can say is sketch sketch sketch.… Read the rest
So, traditional Peking Opera – our tourguide explained that you may or may not like it but you will never forget it. The verdict? I’ve never seen anything quite like it.
The singing was… different, but the real gem were the subs being put up for us (it was a private showing for the tour).… Read the rest
Nihao! Hooray for the first day, bright and early. Where is the coffee please? Our tour guides are lively and outgoing at least; it helps a little. First stop, Tiananmen Square!
Monument to the People’s Heroes
While we’re on route, the tour guides explain the layout of Beijing.… Read the rest
My family and I are taking a vacation, destination: China. It’s 1:00 and here I am sitting in the Maple Leaf lounge, surfing the net and nursing a rye & ginger while I wait with great anticipation.
A country of such lengthy history, fascinating culture, and sheer size – how will I even break the tip on this iceberg?… Read the rest
The first city on the tour – Prague, Czech Republic. We flew straight from Ottawa to Frankfurt, Germany, where I had slight trouble with the security officer. Their metal detectors are VERY sensitive and the studs in my jeans set it off.… Read the rest
I actually got back on the weekend and have been in hiding. The holiday was great and I have so much to say but not tonight. Gotta sleep or I won’t have too much to say at work tomorrow either, which I’m sure won’t amuse my employer.… Read the rest
The weekend past was rather eventful – the perfect way to end a swell holiday. Friday was Dad’s birthday and we went to… Bert’s Bar! Furthermore, Bert happens to be the brother of our pharmacist, and both brothers are good childhood friends of my Dad.… Read the rest
Owwwww. Retrospectively, trying to get my money’s worth when arriving with only an hour of free drinks left wasn’t such a hot idea. Topping it off with a few beers at my cousins’ beach house shortly afterwards was even worse. Mind you, a great concoction was conceived last night – Sprite & (Banks) beer.… Read the rest
And perhaps a bit too much, because now I am totally sunburned from head to toe, despite wearing sunscreen. Yesterday was a blast though; my family and I (cousins and brothers) took a scenic cruise up the west coast of the island on a Catamaran.… Read the rest
Man today was awesome. I’m a bit tired and washed out, but here goes. We woke up at 6:00 to get ready, got sunscreened and costumed up and took a bus to the starting point for 7:30. our band marched around on the stage a bit (my family saw us on local TV) and then we commenced our streetdance to Spring Gardens from 8:30 to 1:30.… Read the rest