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8:35pm. "CREATION BECOMES FRAGILE IN THE FACE OF DESTRUCTION" - W.L

7:00pm. Cab ride. 
7:10pm. Friendly faces
7:30pm. Yam Gnocchi + Lamb and a Glass of Synchromesh Riesling
7:45pm. Travelling to Portland through stories of recent travellers
7:55pm. Exotic arthropods and shivers
8:05pm. Asia's cultural superstitions
8:20pm.  Metaphysics
8:35pm. Above quote (got me thinking all night)
8:40pm. London property prices
8:50pm. Call from Japan
8:55pm. Weekend planning
9:05pm. Black Sesame powder

Chasing Spring

Crêpes have somehow creeped its way up my food list this past week. And so that's how I started my morning off today. Just off of Main St. + 28th and into a residential neighbourhood is Le Marché St. George, a corner heritage home turned café with a rustic, homey and comfortable interior. Two quiet streets decorated by cherry blossoms and magnolia trees intersect at the front and local families and friends gather to sit out in the sun to enjoy a savoury breakfast crêpe with a cup of warm black coffee. As I sliced away at my ham, gruyère and béchamel heaven, a little boy sat most comfortably on the bench across me, feet hovering 4 inches above the sidewalk, holding a cone of ice cream, slowly melting away with every lick and direct sunlight above him; the epitome of comfort and a reminder of how beautiful it is to be yourself in the most carefree and relaxed state. He finished his snack with a smile and slowly rode off to somewhere on his bike. 

Afterwards, a walk around the neighbourhood was inevitable...and with the day soaked in not just sun, but also curiosities, we found this roughly decorated garage-way: 

And with the afternoon sun perfectly positioned, we played with light flares: 

And we peered through other stores and cafés to find others enjoying life like we were:

6:30pm. Nearing sunset, the last bits of light shined through: 

Flower Bunches

Flowers are in full bloom and temperatures are loosening their grip on the cold. Springtime action is definitely something to be excited for. Today is the official beginning of the new season and all around Vancouver, cherry blossoms are spreading joy through pink and white sweetness.

Spring signals growth, life and brightness. With lifted spirits, smiles that were hidden under coats and umbrellas unveil themselves in bulk. Fashion sprouts up in full force with new inspirations, powered by the desire for colour - the greens, the pinks, the yellows. It's a time to celebrate, knowing the 6 months ahead are void of gloom and full of shine. For someone with a preference for warmth, Spring is a big deal, so how appropriate is it that the first day of Spring overlaps with #InternationalDayOfHappiness?!

Long Weekend Buzz

1. Chinese New Year Celebration
2. Contemporary Dance Class
3. Superbowl Sunday
4.  Four-hour Beef Wellington Preparation, Gordon Ramsay style
5. Household Chores
6. Matcha Latte Sipping
7. Popcorn Eating
8. Massage
9. Wine Drinking
10. Singing along to 16 years of Coldplay music

 "If I'm looking at you, it's because I think you're very beautiful. And so are you. And you too." 

"If I'm looking at you, it's because I think you're very beautiful. And so are you. And you too." 

 Can you spot the 4 imperfections here?

Can you spot the 4 imperfections here?

 A shadow may be anonymous, but it is not 100% unidentifiable. 

A shadow may be anonymous, but it is not 100% unidentifiable. 

 It's a mid-afternoon Saturday, post coffee and a massage. Sunlight softly seeps through the ceiling-high windows of the dance studio and a thin layer of afternoon dust stays piled invisibly and inconsistently across the glossy floor. We're about to do some turnouts and wake up with sore glutes the next day. 

It's a mid-afternoon Saturday, post coffee and a massage. Sunlight softly seeps through the ceiling-high windows of the dance studio and a thin layer of afternoon dust stays piled invisibly and inconsistently across the glossy floor. We're about to do some turnouts and wake up with sore glutes the next day. 

Vacant

The days melt into one another with yesterday feeling like today and my 15th Birthday feeling like yesterday, and just like that, my memory surpasses the speed of time. In honuoring Throwback Thursday, these were probably taken at the tail end of summer, when I dragged myself into my corner den/office, stood on top of a stool to pick up my dusty camera off the shelf and without question, journeyed on to a solo photowalk. Without thought, I let my feet take me to the vacant industrial chunks of land outlining the edge of Gastown, to join the industrial vacancy and rawness of grey tin buildings.