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Archive - September 2011

Picture of the Week: Recycling

In Ottawa, household waste (i.e. non recycle waste) is collected at the curb once a week. We also have two boxes for recyclable waste: a black one for paper and a blue one for glass, metal and...

Night Owls

During summer, days are long and sunset is late, so I’m rarely downtown Ottawa after night falls. But as days are becoming shorter, I decided to go hunt for night shots while the weather is still...

Picture of the Week: Chalk

When I walked by The Bay the other day, I couldn’t help taking a picture of this stack of chalk, part of a “back to school” window display. I can still smell the chalk dust in my dream… yep, I’m...

Entertainment Week — WWE and Pearl Jam

Last week was entertainment week for us: we had tickets for two shows in Ottawa, Monday Night RAW and Pearl Jam. When I first saw wrestling on TV in Canada, I dismissed it right away: “it looks fake...

Summer is Over

Standing on the lakeshore, wind blowing in my hair and producing whitecaps on the lake, the horizon just a flat line in the distance, I felt like I was at the seaside. Only the heady iodine smell of...

Barrie and Balm Beach

Balm Beach, the first beach we stopped at, seemed to be stuck somewhere in the 1980s with a few old-fashioned beach toys stores along the sand. Feng and I bought an ice-cream and a drink and the...

Toronto, Here We Are Again

Labour Day in North America always takes me by surprise, mostly because it is months after the rest of the world celebrates International Workers’ Day on May 1st. But in a country where holidays are...

Picture of the Week: The Evangelists

Last Saturday, when taking pictures of the people’s memorial to Jack Layton, I stumbled upon a strange gathering on Parliament Hill. Spectators were sitting on both side of the lawn, in front of the...

The United Nations At Home

Sometimes, when I look at my reflection in the mirror, I’m almost surprised to see that, indeed, I have a big nose and dark eyes that are much too wide to be mistaken for most Asians’ almond-shaped...

Wheat Kings and Bees

Note to self: when exploring crop fields, even if it’s at the Experimental Farm just a few minutes’ walk from home, do not wear shorts and sandals. Especially if you notice hundreds of bees gathering...

Picture of the Week: Orange Crush

On August 22, Jack Layton, the leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP), passed away. He was only 61. Canadians all across the country, regardless of their political beliefs, mourned following the...