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16 August 2010

Goodness! its already august. This means the summer's almost over and school will start in a week :'(
Well I need to give a shout out to Nakajima Yuto (HSJ). He turned 17 on Aug. 10th. I wasn't here to post this. Tanjobi Omodeto! Gomen ne!
Today is also G.E.M's birthday! 生日快樂!!! 19 歲 la!
Coming back from Richmond, BC made me realize that I really want to go back! Here are some of the most amazing things there.
  • The weather is perfect in the summer! Mid 70's with nice, cool, fresh breeze.
  • No need for English! (esp. not in Richmond) Everybody pretty much speaks Cantonese. (some mandarin, japanese, and korean)
  • The food is really good. They have a range of food from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, ect. They also have fresh seafood.There are McDonalds, Wendy's, and Burger Kings if you don't like that stuff. These are mostly from Cantonese style restaurants. I don't remember all the names of the restaurants, one of them is No.9 Restaurant.
奶茶 (milke tea)Eggs, ham, ramen Breakfast
Buttered Toast Seafood Congee and seafood 炒麵 (chow mien)
豬紅 (Pig Blood) with Greens OnionFat Noodles w/soy sauce
Italian/Asian Pasta dish菠蘿包
蘿蔔糕 Fried Radish CakeWonton Mein
Chicken Congee炒麵 Chow Mien腸粉 (fat noodles)姜蔥龙虾 (ginger and green onion lobster)
锅仔稻 Chicken (top left) and the meat used in the pot of rice (bottom right)Kind of like sweet and sour chickenChicken, duck, and porkSa de 牛肉Dim sum

  • A lot of things are in walking distance from your hotel. There are a lot of Asian themed malls and North American malls 3 min from the hotel. There are possibly 10 different Asian restaurants (big and small) within 5 min. There were 3 big main Asian malls:
  1. Aberdeen - big, but clothing is a little expensive. There's a 2 Canadian dollar store where everything is $2 (around $2 in US)
Aberdeen Centre Behind the tiger is the $2 store
The Lamborghini storeTotal of 3 floors w/ tons of stores and boutiques Store windows of 1 of many boutiques
Water Fountain that sprays to music
Food CourtFood Court
Aberdeen Centre

        2. Parker Place - its smaller than Aberdeen, but cheaper and there are more traditional Asian food. 
Wonton mein with fish balls and 豬紅 Hello Kitty Keyboard that types chinese, japanese, and english

Parker PlaceParker Place
Vietnamese Pork and rice with fish sauce

        3. Yaohan- Japanese mall. There's not a lot of cloths shopping, but there is a huge supermarket inside.
Marketcart/basket mix!market

  • The place seems very relaxed. People literally take 5 min to walk across the street. Stores close earlier than America. Nice weather.
  • There's this event in the summer called Richmond Summer Night Market and it's one of the best things in Richmond! There are dozens of vendors (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, ect) that serve amazing food and drinks. The only bad thing is it's extremely crowded.
Korean - sliced fried sweet potatoes on a stick. They're amazing!Korean - Sliced fried sweet potatoes on a stick. after they're cooked
Non-Alcoholic Pina Colada at a smoothies boothJapanese squid ballsJapanese squidballs after they're cooked咖哩魚丸 (Curry Fishballs)It's super crowded!Korean BBQ boothBun with sauce (sorry its upside down)

  • Interesting houses. The houses are defiantly different. Some houses r brightly colored and some are huge. The U.S has some of these houses where the 2nd floor is the main floor and the 1st floor are extra bedrooms, laundry room, storage rooms, etc.
  • If you like a lot of people, but not as much as hong kong, this is the place for you. There are a lot of people walking or waiting for the bus, but its not crowded where you have to push pass ppl to get to the place you want.
  • Richmond Olympic Oval. Its the place where speed skaters competed during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Apparently they made it into a gym where ppl can get membership to workout. They took out all the ice and made it into badminton and basketball courts. They also made sprint tracks and stuff.
  • Grouse Mountain - It has beautiful scenery and shows. You can ride cable cars up to the halfway mark of the mountain. Once you get there you can pay to go up a wind energy generator to look at the view or pay to zip line/para-glide down the mountain.You can also hike the whole mountain. I would advise to go April or May because you can stand in the snow while you wear shorts! During the summer it's kind of hot and the sun's very powerful. Sunscreen!
Grouse MountainFrom the Cable cars
Grouse MountainOne of the shows there about lumberjacks
People getting ready to zip line
bearsGrouse Mountain



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