Let me start off by pointing out the obvious – it is Christmas. A day full of joy and cheer. But for me, it was just another day, but with fewer cars and people on the road. Why can’t everyday be Christmas?
We went to see the Peanuts movie as a family today. In fact, I believe it was the first time ever we’ve gone to the movies as a family. Strange, huh? And of all movies. Peanuts. I think my life is no different than Charlie Brown’s.
Our family relived some old memories – we had lunch at Maxim’s and bought pastries from their bakery. We also did some shopping in Chinatown, but I will openly admit we parked in our old project complex in the free parking space, when really, we’re not supposed to.
And today? I took Jane out to stretch her legs on the winter tires. Getting on the road with her still puts a smile on my face. She brings me joy, cheer, and happiness.
The Trifecta – motorcycles, cars, and bicycles (and I guess coffee too.)
December kept me busy. Here’s a quick run down of what went down over the past month or two. I’ve lost track of time, really.
Yes, I got myself a Compass Card. Public transit for the lose!
My grandfather passed away. He officially died the moment my flight took off. Layover @ SFO. The United Club Lounge is horrible.
Lunch at Klatch Coffee
Spanish fashion label, Mango. Pretty Portuguese girls rock their stuff.
Alas, Miss Silvia needed an overhaul. Rather than do it myself this time around, I brought her in to EspressoTec. With parts and labour, it was cheaper for them to do it, than doing it myself. They did a better job than I did, too. She’s as good as new, and I’m happy with the results.
Coffee and picture day @ Matchstick
Eddie is rich
Ballin’ Leica M9. These three photos were actually capture using my Nokia Lumia 830 in manual mode with little to no post processing.
Don’t Crack Under Pressure. A reminder of my year’s painstaking efforts.
Random Mumbo Jumbo
Coffee and picture day @ Elysian
Shopping @ Union Market, formerly known as Gomes Market in Strathcona, my old neighbourhood. Little did I know, Gomes was Portuguese. This was on the last day of the East Van Cultural Crawl. Thanks to Macau Girl for the find.
Deep fried cod cakes and Portuguese egg tarts
Layover in YYC
Coffee Commissary – Motor Ave
Not exactly a very happy day for our family
Yes! World’s Best Whiskey 2016! A big thanks to my cousin for picking this up for me.
These punks aren’t doing homework. Get your coffee, drink it, and get the hell out of there!
My uncle’s dog, Auby. Not pictured – Jacky the dog.
Crybullies. Hah! I suppose this is a synonym for Millennials. I hate Millennials. Millennials and hipsters. Worst people on the planet.
Spotted @ London Drugs. So cool. I did not buy it.
Also spotted at London Drugs was a new old stock Nokia Lumia 1020! I had to get one for myself and my brother! Can’t complain for $100, new in box!
Sharing is caring – Writer’s Tears and Northern Harvest. I did like the Northern Harvest. It has the unique rye characteristics, but this was also very smooth and consistent through and through. Had nobody told me it was a $30 whiskey, I would have thought it’d be something more expensive!
Not pictured, but honourable mention – Two Gingers Irish Whiskey. Around the $30 mark as well. Was originally meant to target specifically women, but it never really took off. This is a great Irish whiskey for the price point and is satisfying in every manner. I would even go as far as using it as a social sipper for guests over ice and in cocktails. Thanks to Joe @ The Gastown Grooming Room for the recommendation! (Also not pictured – I picked up Johnnie Walker Green Label!)
Winter is here, but even the ol’ woodpecker is still around!
Off to Blaine to pick up some goodies
J Class. What’s up?!
Portola Coffee Lab in Costa Mesa. What a disappointment this place is. It was pretty good when they first opened, but now? What a gong show. This coffee “lab” is located in a baller furniture shopping mall for rich people who live in the OC. Money is an afterthought here. I was probably the poorest individual at this entire mall.
Hawt bikes. Do want.
Kaira! She turned one year old last month! Cute and friendly.
Sleepy time with Uncle bcrdukes
So, I was in Little Saigon for a while. This was hilarious.
Afters Ice Cream. Cookie Dough and Cookie Monster.
My usual coffee combo @ Coffee Commissary
Oh man, Tina Fey. She is so hot. She makes me weak to the knees. A smart, funny, and bold woman. Want.
Home time. Last flight of the year.
Clearly, I have the best car out of all the cars here. Last minute gift shopping at the Porsche Centre Vancouver. They had a sale, which was a sham, but I managed to pick up two of the limited edition 2.7RS Carrera mugs, limited to 10,000 world wide. I love green.
Final hair cut of the year @ The Gastown Grooming Room.
I was supposed to meet a friend of a friend for lunch the following week, and I didn’t want to look like a hipster. Alas, there was an accident on the highway and she was stuck. Either it wasn’t meant to be, or just not the right timing. C’est la vie.
Fortune of the year.
I had anticipated a poor performance review at work, but instead, got what was par for the course. Deep down inside, however, I was dying for a perfect 10. One can only dream, right? As for my career, I’m tired. I want out. But I think something will change for the better in 2016.
And that’s because there are people who believe in me.