unfolding slowly

Short journaling season

Oh my. It has certainly been a long time since anything has dressed this digital page.

The official academic year has passed and by the end of this summer, the Rabbi and I will have finished our third year in Vancouver. It has been a busy season for me. Busy but full. Full of good friends, hard work, long hours, but a deep joy in doing what I do has emerged rather unexpectedly.

Surprisingly I have no catering work this summer. Working as a barista will be the only rhythm that runs over from last term. Instead, four wonderful classes will be filling up my extra time.

I’m hoping to journal my classes, readings, and ponderings over the course of these months. Just until the heavy weight of September looms up again.

And away I go.

new blog photos!

It’s been awhile… a really, really long time.

Food has taken over my line of work and photography has slipped to the wayside Just before the end of spring, I spent a few hours with some Regent friends and helped them photograph a very special time. Today, they have a beautiful baby girl and I have at last finished editing.

Hope you like them.

Regent once again held their annual ‘puppy day’. Nine dogs, and one puppy dominated the atrium for two hours. Everyone got their pick-me-up before final papers and exams, including the rabbi pictured. View high resolution

Regent once again held their annual ‘puppy day’. Nine dogs, and one puppy dominated the atrium for two hours. Everyone got their pick-me-up before final papers and exams, including the rabbi pictured.

Student Employee shout outs from the Thank You luncheon, which I cooked for :) Lynne is my supervisor and she was the first to hire me at Regent. Grateful to her for having me on board and renewing my contract for another year! View high resolution

Student Employee shout outs from the Thank You luncheon, which I cooked for :) Lynne is my supervisor and she was the first to hire me at Regent. Grateful to her for having me on board and renewing my contract for another year!

After almost two years of staring outside the bus window and at the bike friendly city, I took the plunge and bought a bike off the ever dodgy craigslist.

Because it was cheap and one of two bikes which fit my minuscule height, it needed a few repairs. I also broke the inner tubing (didn’t know the force of my own strength).

The University of British Columbia (UBC) has this a bike co-op affectionately dubbed ‘the bike kitchen’. Students, professors, and staff can come here and rent, buy and repair bikes. They have all the tools you can borrow and bike doctors to help you out. It’s surprisingly cheap. (CAD$2.25 to use tools)

I haven’t owned a bike since I was 10. And there’s that tragically funny incident where I somersaulted off my cousin’s bike and into a ‘longkan’ in Klang, Malaysia. So my two wheel experience is non-existent.

I thought my small frame and feminine wiles would mean I could get the guys at the bike kitchen to help me repair my bike… But nosiree… It’s all DIY. They show you the tools, they tell you what to do and off you go.

I have to say its extremely satisfying when you have to fix your bike up yourself. Two inner tubes, two tyres, fenders, gear cable and one sawed seat later, you step back with your hands covered in black grease and you smile. Cos you did it yourself. There’s a sense of ownership. This is no longer a cheap Craigslist buy. It’s my bike. We now have a history, a story.

And it rides beautifully.

NB. My buddy Hua Soo was the muscle today. He helped me out a ton in the bike kitchen. Couldn’t have done it without him. My biceps only take me so far :)

archisketchbook:

Kowloon Walled City

How can I get this as a poster? So, so, so cool. Love my Hong Kong View high resolution

archisketchbook:

Kowloon Walled City

How can I get this as a poster? So, so, so cool. Love my Hong Kong

(Source: humanscalecities, via crunchgoestheleaf)

Days of rain

  • Richie: Hey! Today was wormpocalypse!
  • Sarah: ...
  • Richie: Yeah... I had to tip toe...
Let me propose the following neo-Stoical attitude to the problem, which will no doubt ease the psychic pain of the next OMG-my-data-has-gone-from-a-“free”-service! controversy. If your data exists only as hosted by “free” services on the internet, you should assume not only that it’s not your data, but that it doesn’t even exist at all. That way, you’ll be less upset when one day it vanishes without trace, and you can greet personal erasure with splendid equanimity.

Chizzy 2013

Folks, we’re coming home.

December 15th-January 12th

Can. Barely. Wait.

Also big big thank yous to the TO parents for sponsoring our journey to the 852. If you see them, hug and thank them for us and for you too.

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