PDX – Belmont Street

The last time we were in Portland, Oregon, we never did any street exploration outside of downtown.  So I had no idea how Portland really felt on the ground apart from the city centre, the Interstate, and the malls.  However, the feel of a city is always more than just its downtown and highways. The Travel Portland magazine (available for PDF download from their website) … Continue reading PDX – Belmont Street

Memories on Transit 2 – the 80’s Broadway milk run on #9

Before the SkyTrain ever plied the rails in Vancouver, life on transit was, well, slower.  If anyone had to travel along Broadway, there was only the #9.  The 99 B-Line didn’t start running until the late 90’s, so there was no quick way across town. I was a kid back in the 80’s.  And my brother and I had to head out to UBC.  It … Continue reading Memories on Transit 2 – the 80’s Broadway milk run on #9

Re-post: The Chinese Language Series

Back in 2008, I wrote up a short series of posts about the Chinese language.  Because I had recently posted about Chinese Village Kinship, I had a tangential question regarding classification of Cantonese as a language or as a dialect.  I think my previous posts will help to answer that question.  So I’ve linked to all my previous posts below. Chinese Language Written Chinese The … Continue reading Re-post: The Chinese Language Series

Chinese Village Kinship

Village kinship is a strong connection between individuals from the same village.  It is an especially strong concept in some Chinese circles.  If you and I came from the same village and met each other in some far flung city, we would treat each other like brothers. One of the most common questions, especially for an older generation of Chinese, is what county is your … Continue reading Chinese Village Kinship

Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 12 | Bonus – The Dominion Building

Our Vancouver Heritage Foundation‘s Historic Walking Tour of Hastings West ended in Victory Square.  We had taken a little over the 2 hour time allotted for the tour.  Some people had to get going, but Maurice invited those who had time to join him at the Dominion Building.  The Dominion Building is the distinct orange and red building across the street from Victory Square. The … Continue reading Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 12 | Bonus – The Dominion Building

Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 11 | Pender Street Detour

We made another detour from Hastings Street on our Vancouver Heritage Foundation‘s Historic Walking Tour of Hastings West.  We walk south 1 block to Pender Street. On the corner of Homer and Pender Streets, Maurice pointed out an apartment building under renovation.  He says the building and the one behind it along Homer Street belong to a lovely Dutch couple.  He says the couple run … Continue reading Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 11 | Pender Street Detour