Tofu

August 28th: Wilson & I went to Lynn Canyon Park! It was really nice there! We went to the suspension bridge, of course, and found the 30-Foot Pool where we saw these crazies jumping off the rocks into the water. I'm just taking a blind stab at this but I'm guessing it was, oh, I don't know, 30 feet up with plenty of boulders to smash your head on along the way. They were so interesting, we watched what crazy things they would do next for a while. Lynn Canyon was wonderful just to be surrounded by nature and not have to think about anything outside of it!

Later in the day, I went to Raymond's BBQ which he planned & paid for all by himself. My gosh, thank you!! We did all the obligatory BBQ activities and later in the night, we jammed & danced around in the dark to Eric's music while the others played cops & robbers around the neighbourhood! I even asked Eric to teach me popping but he wasn't very helpful. I can't imagine ever being able to do that stuff naturally. My body just definitely doesn't move that way. When it started raining, we moved everything indoors and discovered hamster Tofu! Tofu got tired of playing so Desiree tried to teach me how to play the guitar and Megan taught me how to play Chopsticks on the piano! Sadly, I'm not very musically inclined. Thanks for the efforts.








This tough guy on the left here wasn't so tough when it came to crossing that suspension bridge. I think that might even be an understatement.

I now have to bombard you a lot of photos of our cute hamster friend, Tofu, Raymond's hamster!! The cutie was super speedy - Emily & I had to form a barricade with our legs around the area Tofu was running around in. Despite our efforts, he would still try to climb over our legs or squirm through any gap he found! I also had my first encounter with massive hamster balls. No kidding. Tofu's a big guy.








Desiree's reaction to being in close proximity with leedle hammie was also completely unexpected and incredibly amusing. Haha! Come on, kung fu girl!


S'mores!

A Small Misconception

August 27th: Bowling! I used to think I was good at bowling. I've come to realize that I am not. Not at all. But anyways, after bowling at Rev's, we went to Estee for bbt. Yum! What a nice (albeit pricey) bbt place!





Canada Line

August 23rd: Wilson & I finally went to ride the new Canada Line since it's opening day I missed with my friends. We took the skytrain from Waterfront to Richmond Centre and then went to check out that frozen yogurt place at Aberdeen & dick around in Daiso! Daiso is awesome. I need to make multiple trips there this winter break! Then we backtracked to where the Canada line splits to go to the airport and then trained to YVR. We had a dining experience in the airport like tourists and then skytrained back home at the end of the day. We took a little while at Waterfront taking some pictures of the streetlights and that was our mini adventure!








Above 2 photos from Wilson.

Bye Awoo!

August 22: Amy's surprise (sort of) going away party. A few of us early birds got to Jessica's house early to prep for the party. We also went out to the dollar store to grab some balloons and cool stuff. And then spent the rest of the time pretty much eating all the food that supposed to be for the party while waiting for Amy to arrive. After Amy came, the surprise was not really much of a surprise because Amy already had suspicions but when do these things ever work out! Oh well! We spent the rest of the party eating and gossiping and just hanging out until it got dark. Then Desiree & Megan busted out the CARAZY cake they made Amy. It was nuts. People gave me all the little blue whale candies on the sides of the cake because I like whales, teehee. We ended the night at Jessica's house with a group picture (minus the guys who left earlier, 2 guys outta how many girls? I'm not surprised they left haha) and then half of the group left and the rest of us went on another one of our adventures! They're the best!






The friggin' amazing cake Megan & Desiree made Amy. Too pretty to eat!





We decided to drive out to Stanley Park in Amy D's car. But first, we went to Coal Harbour. I was like "Hey! I was just here yesterday!" and I was, with Wilson, albeit in the daytime. But that place is gorgeous at night. Wow! It was so nice to just sit out on the dock with everyone, looking at the lights and stars.





Then we went on to Stanley Park. That drive was so hella scary! The look of high beams on a bleak road of dark forest and turns, not knowing what could pop out at you at any given moment, scares the hell out of me! Amy was terrified to drive by the time we started going through the winding pathway of trees and darkness and empty road so Desiree took over. We stopped a few times where a couple of brave ones (YEAH, THAT'S ME!) got out of the car to take in the sights and take pictures. This one time, we stopped at the lighthouse and a few of us hung out outside for a bit while I took my long exposures. We were just talking and everything and then out of nowhere, Desiree goes " Someone died here." Needless to say, they all went screaming and running back to the car and left me there because I was in the middle of a 30 second exposure and couldn't move! Kind of jerkish and kind of hilarious.

Along the way, Desiree told us scary details about whatever we happened to be driving by. We also drove by the best view of the Lions Gate Bridge! It was a-mazing because it was from the straight on view of it in the direction of the cars - a point of view you never really get to see unless you're on the bridge itself. But I was too wuss to get out of the car to get a picture of it but it was awesome. I would love to get a picture of that view at night sometime (definitely not alone though!).

After we got out of Stanley Park, we had to go through Hastings to get outta there and we joked that Hastings was the last memory Amy was going to have of Vancouver, haha. Then we took Amy home where it was the last time we would see her for several months until winter break. It was the filled with lots of hugs and tears. I didn't think I would cry but it just came and I didn't stop until Des dropped me off at home.



Later on, when we were at home, Emily asked if I wanted to go see Amy at the airport before she got on her flight so of course I said yes! I had a few hours to kill until 4am, which was when we would head off to the airport because Amy's flight left shortly afterwards. We got to the airport too early so we thought we'd go out to find somewhere to eat first. The rest of this story ends badly with coming back to the airport after not finding anywhere to eat, thinking we still had time until Amy came and going all the way to the other end of the airport to Tim Horton's, then walking back to the check-in station for Amy's flight, sitting and waiting for a bit until we realized that Amy had already gotten on her flight and we literally missed her by 10 minutes even though we were in the vicinity. So that's that & the last time we saw Amy really was outside her house. But we'll see her again soon!!! Good luck in LA!

Rupert

August 21: Wilson & I channeled our inner 5-year-olds and spent a day devoted to playing with toys at Toys'R'Us! This place was the best place on earth and the only store I cared about in the mall when I was five. It pretty much still is.


This is a friend I made. I named him Rupert and I wanted to take him home with me but he said he'd miss his bunny friends too much.

Hey oh

August 19th: Wilson took me to Coal Harbour today and it was so pretty! It's such a pleasant atmosphere under a canopy of trees, on a bench, on a warm day, watching lovely people go by. It's wonderrrful. & You know what's also wonderful? $2 Costco ice cream.

Night crept in and we all hung out at Jonathan's house again. Night of rockband, taboo, timmy's runs,and mcdick's runs. I love the feeling of night drives with friends. Wilson also let me borrow his 50mm for a few days and my gosh. That thing is the holy grail of low light lenses. SO BEAUTIFUL. I wished it could autofocus on my D40 because manual focusing with it is a bitch, especially at f/1.8. If I were taking pictures that night with my 18-55, I wouldn't have been able to shoot anything without popping my flash.





I don't like playing Taboo because I can't think fast enough (although I do have a habit of calling out random & sometimes correct guesses when I'm not even playing and ruining the game for everyone hahaha) but Rockband is the greatest thing evar. Thanks for the chill nights!

Good times

On August 18th, the girls had a Korean movie night at Amy's house which turned into something quite unlike a sappy tearjerker fest. While we were waiting to set up the movie, someone had this brilliant idea of playing Hotel 525 (I can't even remember if that's what it's called but I'm too scared to look it up). Yeah, not funny, guys. I had to turn around and face the wall while involuntary whimpering noises escaped me every so often while they played. Every time they screamed, I screamed even though I had no idea what they were actually screaming about. You can imagine how much of a relief it was when they finally finished the game.

The movie didn't end up working so someone else's brilliant idea led us to decide to drive to QE Park at midnight and scare ourselves shitless. Actually, this was a great idea haha. When we got up there, we grabbed a buddy and braved a walk through the pitch black park with only our cellphones and cameras to light the way. Hella scary. And hella hilarious when Megan and I pretended to scream at the same time which set off a chain of group screams over nothing. Hella fun adventure that you could only have with a big group like ours. I wouldn't ever imagine trying to do what we did alone or even with only one other person. I'd seriously shit myself.





We made a small round through one of the quarry gardens and decided it was too intense so we hung out at the celebration pavillion for a bit and had some goOod times.


Obligatory pre-jump picture. I like this one better than the ones where we actually made it into the air.





And then ended the night by going to Timmy's then to Emily's house to do our nails haha. Oh, and make fun of Cookie & her cone of shame.

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Hi, I'm Gail. I'm a 20 year old student in Vancouver, BC. I dance and I take photographs. I have a wishbone where my backbone ought to be.

This is a place for experiments and mistakes and inconsistency and trying to find out who I am and what I want to do. This blog is a collection of bad pictures, great pictures, good luck, real food, run-on sentences, happiness, inspiration, beautiful things, and moments in time.

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