Update

Went to see John Mayer Trio at Koolhaus last night, and had an awesome time. He didn’t play anything from his albums except for 2 songs…the rest were bluesy stuff and covers. It’s risky move, departing from his pop roots and potentially alienating his fans, but I think it’s a good move. He did perform an amazing rendition of Daughters though. The crowd went bonkers and sang half the song for him…my expectations were exceeded. It was actually my first ever non-asian concert, and I will be going to more for sure.

Tonight I went to see a play called Banana Boys with Serina and Will…it was a lot more serious than I thought it would be, but I enjoyed it a lot. It’s definitely worth the admission price (Serina knew one of the actors, so it was free for us!). Afterwards we went to eat at Taro Grill with Dale, the actor, and the costume/set designer Cammy. It was really interesting finding out how they got into the acting/theatre business, as it’s such a departure from the technical world me and my friends live in.

Oh yeah, Cancun in 2 days!

Veggies Unite!

I’ve been a vegetarian for over 15 years now. However, I don’t think I know a single vegetarian in Toronto. Whenever I suggest trying out a vegetarian restaurant to my friends, they immediately dismiss the idea as blasphemy. It’s quite frustrating.

Until now, I’ve never thought of actively seeking out other vegetarians. After snooping around a bit last week, I’ve come across 2 online resources for vegetarians:

  • VeggieBoards
  • Toronto Vegetarian Bulletin Board
  • I’ve also found a social group within the Toronto Vegetarian Association that meets every month or so. The first gathering I’ll be attending is the TVA’s annual Vegetarian Food Fair, which I’m ashamed to say I’ve never been to even though I’ve lived in Toronto for 5 years already. Anyone else wanna join me?

    2046

    2046 was showing at the Varsity, so I took the opportunity to see it in the theatres again. I saw it when it first came out last year in HK, and I think it’s even better the second time around. I can relate to it even more after a year’s worth of experience.

    I knew this was a sequel to In the Mood for Love, but Loretta told me that they are both actually preceded by Days of Being Wild. I always wondered about Lulu and why she killed herself. Gotta see that one.

    What’s it all about?

    I saw Alfie recently. It starts out so great — funny and insightful. Then it gets a bit too insightful. I think it hits home a bit too hard for me. The reviews on it are pretty widely polarized; probably because the ones who hated it can’t relate.

    It makes me wonder what the 1966 original with Michael Caine was like, because the new one is given an unfavourable comparison in many reviews. I thought it was pretty good myself.

    Jazz prodigy

    I went to the Beaches Jazz festival yesterday. It was OK…a bit on the hot side and there were too many people for my taste. What saved the evening and was the highlight for me was when we ran into a young kid on the saxophone and flute, 15 year old Rob Christian: 947

    He was really, really good.

    I’m Famous

    I went to my friend’s wedding earlier this year…it was a traditional Chinese reception that was being filmed for the Food Network. It aired for the first time a couple weeks ago, and even though I was only in there for a split second or two, I’ve been recognized by 4 people I know! Without me mentioning it to them! Woohoo, I’m famous!

    Home Sweet Home

    I’m home after going from Toronto to LA to Vancouver to LA and back, all in one week. It’s pretty exhausting being on planes and airports so much. I did have a great trip though. I got to see my sister, dad and got to see some new sites including going wine tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley (home of The Bachelor’s family winery and where much of the film Sideways was filmed). I had the opportunity to see some old high school and university friends in both cities. I even had my first American Celebrity Sighting.

    While on my way back to LA from Vancouver, I had Jason Statham of The Transporter fame and Matt Lillard (Shaggy from Scooby Doo) sit behind me on the plane (yeah, it was my first experience in 1st Class — I used my frequent flyer miles to pay for this flight and 1st Class was all that was available on this date. They treat you so much better there it’s not even funny. Too bad the flight was only 2 hours). Anyway, I didn’t bother talking to them or anything. That’s so uncool. I did however, overhear something interesting from the Transporter. On my way to the baggage claim, I took a detour to the men’s room. He followed me in and while down the hallway, I heard an enormous PPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP sound come from behind.

    Yes, celebrities fart too.

    Post #1!

    Well here we go, welcome to the world of blogs! This is my first post. I know I’m supposed to rant on something, but there’s nothing to rant about for the moment. So I’d just like to go on record as saying that life is good, for now.