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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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

Changing Surrey

Surrey, for my readers not familiar with Metro Vancouver, is the second most populous city in the region next to Vancouver itself. However, it is probably the largest city in terms of land area and it is the fastest growing municipality in the region. Surrey is currently the “second city” in Metro Vancouver, but it will likely surpass Vancouver some time in the future.

Coast Capital Savings headquarters under construction

One cloudy day in September, I had time to myself and decided to hop on the SkyTrain and head east to the end of the Expo Line at King George Station. The future of Surrey is evident right on the door step of King George Station. Coast Capital Savings, one of the largest credit unions in B.C., is building its new headquarters right next door to the SkyTrain terminus.

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Hong Kong City Gallery

Here’s a very little known “museum” in Hong Kong. So little known that the place is eerily quiet for a Hong Kong facility. This is the City Gallery. The gallery isn’t expensive. In fact, it’s free. The gallery isn’t in the middle of nowhere. It’s right down in Central Hong Kong near the old City Hall. So why is it so quiet? I have no idea.

The first time I heard about the City Gallery was when one of my friends in Hong Kong visited the place. He tagged me in his Facebook photos and said that it would be the kind of place I would love to visit. How can I say no to a place that is meant to showcase a city, its infrastructure, and its urban development? That’s right up my alley.

I had walked over from the Legislative Council building in Admiralty. The City Gallery was directly in between Admiralty and Central stations. So it wouldn’t really have mattered which way I came. It was at least a 10 minute walk towards the waterfront from either station.

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Canada Line preview – time lapse video

I’m surprised I didn’t come across this video earlier.  The video is from May 2009 and is a time-lapse (albeit in reverse) of a run along the Canada Line from Waterfront Station all the way to the airport.   The video actually stops short of YVR station, which is a shame.  However, it gives you an idea of how the line will feel like if you … Continue reading Canada Line preview – time lapse video