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My Toy and Game Console Shelf

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Cheongsam: Chinese Vintage Dress Collection

Mom, aunt in Cheongsam in Hong Kong.

Tonight in Edmonton Chinatown, there will be a Night Market with cool stuff like a K-Pop, food trucks, bike tours and vendors. On a very personal note, I’m also showcasing some samples of my private collection of Cheongsams, Chinese dresses, from Hong Kong circa 1950s. Most people are familiar with the dresses being made of silk, satin or some form of embroidered brocade. But some of these bright coloured dresses are also made with tweeds, polyester, and funky patters from years gone by.

Mom, aunt in Cheongsam in Hong Kong.

Please visit me at the Chinatown Night Market today on 105th Avenue and 97th Street (parking lot south of Pacific Rim Mall) from 6-10pm. And for some nostalgic fun, here are some photos of my mother and aunt and their cousin wearing Cheongsams back in the day.

 

Mom, aunt in Cheongsam in Hong Kong.Mom, aunt in Cheongsam in Hong Kong.

Mom in Cheongsam in Hong Kong.Mom in Cheongsam in Hong Kong. Mom in Cheongsam in Hong Kong.

 

Mom, aunt in Cheongsam in Hong Kong.

Mom, Dad at their wedding in Hong Kong. Mom, Dad at their wedding in Hong Kong.

Mom, aunt in Cheongsam in Hong Kong. Mom, aunt in Cheongsam in Hong Kong.


SDCC: I’m Twelve!

As you can imagine, I didn’t sleep well. In fact, I don’t think I actually got any sleep. Then it was 5am and time to leave for the airport.

As Sylvia Moon and I waited for our flight at Edmonton International Airport, we sat in this bizarre moulded chair area. It was very plastic. And very brown. We didn’t get enough sleep. So brown Sylvia said it looked like poop. We reverted to being twelve year olds again, nicked-named the area “Poopland” and proceeded to make several Vine videos. If you don’t know Vine, it’s a social network created by Twitter which are six second videos that can loop.

Our flight was delayed. I was overtired. I was pretty loopy! I decided to do an interpretive dance in Poopland.

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Pre-SDCC: Missing Wallet

San Diego Comic Con is upon us and here I am again heading down south to attend the convention.

Monday, July 15

The night before we travel. I managed to lose my wallet six hours before we were supposed to be on our flight out of San Diego. Mass panic hit me and I search all my things and my car with no luck. So I drove back to Whyte Ave to see if the wallet was found at the Shoppers Drug Mart, the last place I purchased something. No one had turned in a teal and purple wallet. I scour the parking lot to no avail. Frustrated, I returned to my car.

Tuesday, July 16

With less than five hours before our departure, I was in total panic mode now. The only thing I truly needed from the wallet was my debit card. Without it I would have no access to cash, specifically, U.S.cash. I was pretty sure I left the store with wallet in hand. I ransacked my poor car, The Rice Rocket.

Just as I was worried I might need to think a contingency plan (A.K.A. ask mom for money) I saw a little streak of teal leather in the corner of my eye. WALLET FOUND! It had fallen into the passenger door storage shelf thing! AAAAAHHHHH!!! So easy to find when I wasn’t trying. Thank goodness!

Now to get some sleep… but do I actually sleep? (to be continued…)


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Sleep

I do not have to be up for the next 8.5 hours. Let’s see if I can get more than 4 hours tonight!


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Upcoming “Write On, Online” Seminar update

NOTICE! Due to the flooding in Southern Alberta, including areas such as High River, Calgary, Canmore and Banff, it is currently unclear to me if the summer YouthWrite camp near Canmore, AB will still be in session. I am teaching a course on writing for the internet. I will let you know once I find out.


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Michael Biehn

I did something I never thought I’d do. I paid for a convention photo op.

Michael Biehn is at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo this year. He played Corporal Hicks in Aliens, which is one of my favourite movies of all time (the other being Singin’ In the Rain). But here’s the thing, I didn’t want to have the typical photo op, where you’re just standing there all smiley. I wanted something funny.

So my brother Sam let me borrow his plush Chestburster. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it. Maybe it would be attacking us. Maybe it was coming out of my chest. So Chestburster came along and sat in the hatchback of my car, peering out the window. Where he stayed… as I forgot him when I went into the con.

Now what will I do? My photo session was coming soon and I had no props and no ideas. I turned to Google images and looked up images of Hicks and Ripley. That’s when I found this:

Perfect! I had an image to work off of.

When I went into the photo area and met Michael Biehn. He shook my hand, and I told him it was an honour to meet him. I showed him the photo of Ripley and Hicks and asked of we can do something like that. He studied the photo. The camera man was pressuring us to hurry up, and kept yelling “3…2…1…” and Biehn put his hand up and told him to wait. Okay, that’s when I was thinking “COOOOOL!!! He stopped time for me!!! Take that rules and regulations!”

He then gave me back my phone, and said “I got it!”

He set me up accordingly then we took the photo. I thanked him not knowing exactly how he posed since he made sure I was looking away.

Then I got my copy of the photo:

YES YES YES!!! I think I got the most ridiculous and hilarious and awesome and, oh, AWESOME photo I could ever ask for with Biehn! Totally made my day!

P.S. If that was (and I am sure it was) Jennifer Blanc sitting on the floor holding my cameras for me, she is a totally darling! Thank you for safeguarding my things!


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