Sapporo Cityscape

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A Sapporo retrospective article here. My wife and I decided to spend a month in the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido back in the summer of 2014. It was the right choice because the rest of Japan is stiflingly humid in the summer; whereas the summer weather in Hokkaido can be hot, but it can still be comfortable. 

Riding above the Sapporo cityscape on a JR train

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2021 10 11 – Cariboo Dam

Cariboo Dam is on the eastern end of Burnaby Lake and controls the water levels in the lake and flow of water into the Brunette River. It’s a popular spot to visit in the Fall when salmon return to spawn. No luck in October on this visit. November is the best time to go check out the salmon in the fishway. Watch this metro minute … Continue reading 2021 10 11 – Cariboo Dam

Where’s the double-decker bus?

I have a confession to make. I am, for the most part, a Surrey bus virgin. I don’t know much about the bus system south of the Fraser River. I’ve taken the SkyTrain into Surrey a few times, but I rarely ever take the bus in Surrey. Yeah. I’ve taken the R1 one stop. And then I started to travel up and down Scott Road … Continue reading Where’s the double-decker bus?

Vancouver Plan

Have you heard about the Vancouver Plan? The Vancouver Plan will feature a single, city-wide plan to guide future growth in line with key community priorities. The Vancouver Plan will also aim to keep the qualities that make Vancouver special while responding to the challenges facing the city and its residents. The Vancouver Plan has been in process for a while, but it is now … Continue reading Vancouver Plan

Double Double & Donuts – Richmond Style

Double Double & Donuts. Hey. We’re in Canada. We all know that means. But what’s a Double Double and Donuts – Richmond style? Well, let me tell you. It’s something entirely different. Please join me in my latest video as I visit Richmond’s Double Double Restaurant, have some congee and Chinese donut. Then I hop on over to the nearby Aberdeen Centre for some Asian … Continue reading Double Double & Donuts – Richmond Style

New video – Vancouver’s Roman Colosseum – Library Square

Come along with me to Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch (aka. Library Square). Let’s explore this iconic Vancouver landmark complete with rooftop garden, special exhibitions, Roman columns, and more. The extra bit that didn’t make it to the video (thanks to poor audio) is that I spent a lot of time at Library Square in my university days. I had a study group on the … Continue reading New video – Vancouver’s Roman Colosseum – Library Square

Mural Search – South Main

The mural search took a huge detour for lunch. I found myself at the Starbucks at the very edge of the Olympic Village. All I had was my iPhone and the Starbucks app to pay for food and drink. At least I had something.

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I also decided to open up my Pokemon GO to see if anything was going on in the hood. That’s when I realized there was a blooming triple-lure spot. Couldn’t help but plunk myself in the Bird Plaza for about an hour to rest up my feet before setting out for more murals ūüėõ

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Mural Search – False Creek Flats

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South of the Main Street SkyTrain Station and Terminal Avenue, one can find a collection of the newest murals in Vancouver. If you don’t mind walking off the beaten path into the industrial False Creek Flats, you will be duly rewarded with artful surprises. Look for the Fontile Kitchen & Bath & Store and the Tim Horton’s. Those two business mark the southern corners of Station Street and Terminal Avenue. Head south until you find the giant red/peach mural on a warehouse wall on the west side of the street. Stand there and get to “Knot Yourself.”

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Station Street – North of Terminal Ave

The Vancouver Mural Festival had taken place on August 20. I didn’t have time to go out and take in all the murals that day. However, the Friday after I went in search of the murals on a hot and sunny¬†morning.

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I got off the SkyTrain at Main Street Station and went north thinking there might be some murals between the SkyTrain and the viaducts. At least that’s what the Vancouver Mural Festival map suggested to me.

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