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Summer is Not Complete without a visit to the Richmond Night Market

Summer is not complete without a visit to the Richmond Night Market.

It’s true.

As gloomy as Vancouver gets during the Fall/Winter time due to its never ending series of liquid precipitation, Vancouverites know how precious the summer time is. When the sun starts to come out, even if it’s April and a bit chilly, people head to the Wreck beach and find die-hard nudists, and go to Waterfront and find people reading outside under the could-be-warmer-sun. But when the summer actually comes and you can feel the sunshine tickling your to-be-copper skin, Vancouver gets filled with festivities. There’s the Celebration of Lights, which is a competition consisting of three epic nights of fireworks lasting about half an hour each. The key to this is that you watch the fireworks with lots and lots of people by the beaches with a radio on, so that you can listen to the synchronized music along with the fireworks.

Mind you, I missed a couple of these this year, except for the one I catched with MEGA.

But one place that look forward to in the summer is the Richmond Night Market. It’s a place where you can truly feel how multicultural Canada/Vancouver really is, taste the things that are so common in different parts of Asia but not so common in Canada, and blend yourself in the hustle and bustle of Asian style street markets.

I almost missed it this year due to my hectic gotta-finish-thesis-asap schedule, but finally had the chance to go and enjoy some of the authentic foods from Korea/China/Japan/Philippine including Toppokki, Takoyaki, SiuMai, Bubble Tea, Pork skewers… (I missed the Korean Hurricane Potato Chips though!)

For those of you currently arriving in Vancouver, and have the time to explore the city before the semester begins, do try and check out the Richmond Night Market (12631 Vulcan Way) which is accessible via Canada Line followed by a designated Night Market shuttle at the Richmond Bridgeport Station.

And just so you know, the night market doesn’t last forever. It only runs throughout the summer until mid September every year. So go quick, before you miss it!

(Just to give you a feel for what it’s like, check out the YouTube video)

The Canucks Fever

Hi there, it’s me again.

Today, I am not going to complain about stress or finances or thesis or life in general. I am not even going to try to be a zen master like my last post.


The spirits of hockey fans can be felt everywhere in the city. The statue of Lord Stanley at the Stanley Park is decorated in Canucks wears.

Because I don’t need to. Vancouver’s got Canucks, and Canucks won against Bruins last night in one of its seven Stanley Cup finals, after brutally getting beat by the Bruins two games in a row — for those non-hockey fans, it means Canucks (Vancouver’s hockey team) have a chance of winning the Stanley Cup this year, and that they’re looking good!

Now, I must confess that I didn’t start watching hockey until only a couple of weeks ago. Whenever hockey was on TV and I happen to be flipping through TV channels for some reason, I thought to myself “What a strange game. All they do is run into each other and fight!” But with the encouragement of my labmates, and partially my supervisor, who told me that talking about my research on a date is a big no no, and there are more normal things (such as hockey, or weather) people usually talk about when they first meet strangers, I reluctantly went to my labmate’s place to watch hockey for the first time.

To be accurate, this was the first Vancouver vs. Bruins game (first game of the finals this season), which was a home game (i.e., it took place in Vancouver), and we won (Muhahaha! epic!). As the first hockey game that I watched in full, my friends explained to me the rules and the lingos of the game. I had my doubts about whether the game would be interesting enough. So I had my laptop open during the game, so that if I got bored, I could conveniently ignore the TV and get some work done — however, this never happened.

Now, I am kinda hooked.

I feel very much sympatico with the entire city of Vancouver (and to a greater extent, the entire nation). Regardless of your colour, race, ethnicity, sex, gender, height, and whatever other things people use to distinguish themselves from one another, this season’s Stanley Cup finals is crossing all of those boundaries and connecting people.

Even the Girl in Wetsuit piece at Stanley Park is celebrating the game.

I didn’t really know that such a strong sense of unity existed among the citizens of Vancouver (a.k.a., Vancouverites). I noted that certain parts of city are more populated with good Korean foods, certain other by epic Chinese cuisine, and yet another by Vietnamese noodles and fusion style sushi.

But on a hockey night, such as last night, it really didn’t matter which part of the city you were in. A bit after the game started, the streets of Vancouver everywhere were empty. Most people were cheering on wholeheartedly in downtown, or restaurants/bars with big TVs. There’s certain places downtown where thousands and thousands of people come together to watch the game projected on an outdoor screen (see pic). Even the Point Grill, the restaurant at the Marine Drive (MD) residences, was filled with people watching hockey.

Having arrived on campus quite a bit late after coming back from the CARIS lab’s annual lab retreat, I ended up catching the last bits of the game at a TV-equipped laundry room in MD. But who cares. I saw how the Canucks (who were winning the game by 1:0) totally took the puck away from the Bruins and sent it back to where it belongs, until the very last second where we were sure it was a win.

More than the score itself, the team’s evidence of desperate desire to win the Stanley Cup, the certainty that we can win the home game for Vancouverlites ( and the rest of Canada) was unmistakable. For those of you who are going to be joining us at UBC from another part of the world, I encourage you to enjoy the fever, the pride, and the joy of hockey night in Canada. And I bet you this joy will last for a very long time if we win the Stanley Cup this time (which will be the first time in 17 years? Canada wins the Cup, I believe).

Now I’m totally energized to work, and win the long battle against the daunting task of wrapping up my thesis project.

Thank you, Canucks. You, are awesome.


Hello readers,

I hope you had a great weekend!  This week is our reading week/spring break/week off, so I celebrated by doing absolutely no work this weekend, and it was amazing!

Back in December I bought one of those “daily deals” (I think it was from ‘Living Social’) for a snowshoe / fondue trip, and went on it yesterday.  One thing that is great about Vancouver is we hardly ever get any snow in the city, but you go half an hour away to any of the mountains, and there is tons of the stuff.  So we still get to play in it, but don’t have to deal with it on a daily basis.

Anyway, the trip was a lot of fun.  It was pretty slow paced, and most of the people were quite a bit older than we were, but it made me want to get some snowshoes and go on some trips of my own!  Our trip was through Natural Trekking which is owned by an outdoorsy Vancouver lady.  She runs the tours herself, and does all kind of them all over the world.  Our tour was at Cypress and we snowshoed up to a lookout point where we could see the Bowen Island and the Sunshine Coast.

Here you can see a group picture at the base of the mountain.  Cypress was one of the Olympic venues last year where I believe they hosted free-style skiing and snowboarding.  It was actually a little sad, it was so warm during the Olympics they had to airlift snow to Cypress from other parts of the province, and I heard they had to use dry ice to keep it from melting!  The olympic rings are still there.

We were lucky, the weather was absolutely miserable in the morning, and it had been raining on the mountain all day the day before.  Then there was a bit of a snowstorm in the morning, but by the time we got there the sun was even out for parts of it, and the snow was light and fluffy from the storm!

I wish I had taken a picture of the view at the top, but if you look around us, you can see part of it.  It was so pretty and we had the fondue there.

But now its back to the office.  I seem to be the only one keen enough to come in this early during the break, and the lights in our office are on a timer that shuts them off if the front door isn’t opened every 30 minutes or so, and its already getting pretty annoying.  GRR! AND THEY SERIOUSLY JUST SHUT OFF NOW AS I WROTE THAT! I wonder if I could tie a string to the handle and open the door from my desk …  anyway, enough grumbling.

I hope you have a great Valentines day!