i caught a cold in the middle of the summer. There was rain then there was a/c, and these two things do not mix.
I woke up with a crazy sore throat and felt shitty for the entire morning but my roommate was kind enough to bring me along on an excursion to the local mall. Shopping culture is very different everywhere but it seems like to me that there always seems to be a lululemon everywhere!
I felt a little bit proud that a *local* brand like lululemon made it so far but I guess yoga wear really is popular everywhere.
And because I’ve been a little bit warm in the head I though a lot about what our guest speaker told us on Thursday (I am paraphrasing) He said that creativity isn’t stagnant and that to work effectively as a creative person one must move around a lot, go to different agencies, cities, places.
OH MY GOD
MOVING I HATE MOVING
I am not automatically assuming that I’ll be successful enough to get to move around a lot but I really hate moving. I enjoy going on trips a lot but I really need a place that I can call home. Home is where I put my shoes…
Where is that I wonder.
I just want to feel stable, really stable… even though I know that after I graduate I doubt I’ll go back to Vancouver to live and work. But a part of me really wants to but a larger part of me know that I am meant for something bigger and greater.
I just miss Canada and Vancouver like crazy right now. I miss my family, my boyfriend and my friends.
I always took Vancouver and its style of life for granted but I don’t anymore. The city that I mocked because I compared it to New York, Beijing and Tokyo is so exciting and brilliant in its own way. I miss it so much. It really is a world class city. And I know in my heart that I CANNOT live in a city that has less than at least 2-3 million population.
I always feel safer when the city is bigger. I don’t know why, I just do.
i go to the art gallery pretty often on Tuesdays when the admission is by donation . I feel extremely spoiled when I was in nyc because almost all of the large museums / galleries were by donation or had at least one night/day that was free to attend . The only one that wasn't free but I ended up getting free tickets for was the Guggenheim which was to be honest, the worst one of the bunch. I mean yeah the building is beautiful or whatever but it was under construction at the time and it ended up not being very glorious for me.
So this past tuesday I went to the Vancouver Art Gallery for the GRAND HOTEL exhibit. There was a mini pop-up store in the middle of the gallery for the ACE HOTEL, a lot of cute cool merch was sold , I’m wondering if they’re going to open an ACE HOTEL Vancouver? I regret not booking with them last time I was in Portland. i didn’t really end up saving any money staying at a house that we found on airbnb. I mean the living room / kitchen was a nice touch but damn we had to take the bus a lot.
NeXT TIME! See you at the ace hotel in NYC possibly maybe.
Here are some pictures I took that I posted previously on my instagrammmm. By the way, are you enjoying the video feature? I posted a video last night out of novelty but so far I don’t feel the need to record events… YET.
ended up getting this awesome tote bag :D:D i looooveee tote bags
I actually had a job interview on that day. I felt like it went well, but I’m not feeling very confident about anything so hopefully they’ll call before the end of today..
lately I think I’m starting to look better in photos but I still don’t feel super confident about my face… it’s just not very photogenic and you can see my gums when I smile..oh yeah that’s attractive huh?
my boyfriend decided to take me to an outdoor-sy place despite the fact that we are both useless outdoors. Also he got a new camera!!! so that’s why there are actually pictures now…
I remember going kayaking once with school and it was one of the most treacherous experiences of my life….
went out with my friends on Saturday night to engage in the usual “celebratory” affairs. There’s never anything to celebrate but there’s always a reason to drink.
Since nobody wants to be designated driver anymore, we ended up taking the bus, even in the extremely harsh conditions of very heavy rain.
Our friend was late so we decided to go to a McDonald’s to eat and test our chances at Monopoly time at McDonald’s .. (so far all i’ve won is a small soft drink )
A homeless looking man came in and started to ask if anyone wanted to buy postcards. He was harmless and just wanted a burger. He ignored our table (when four people are sharing a box of chicken McNuggets , you know they don’t have any money) and approached a table directly behind us. The “dad” at that table immediately said, “Leave us alone alright, it’s a family affair,” and he subsequently added “it’s someone’s birthday.”
The post-card man then said in an extremely nice tone, “Happy Birthday” then he walked off muttering loudly, “who has a birthday at a McDonald’s? A family affair? Pfftt”
Yeah that family was dicks.
Then later on the homeless man came around again to get his stuff, and the woman at the table said, “Hey look, we just want to set our boundaries,”…
UGH…what what what? i don’t know, i just felt like that whole table of people are super self important, jeezzzz that story wasn’t entertaining?
i think it’s one of those things that you have to be there for. I’m fairly sure everyone else that over-heard that conversation at the Mcdonalds sides with the post-card man. You just don’t act like a dick from the get go, you act like one if someone else is a dick first.
Then we went and drank our life savings away at Suika
One thing that I realized beside the fact that there are more and more izakayas in vancouver is that they are becoming better and better produced. Instead of independently owned bars and eateries, they are owned by a large company of some sort that oversees the production of many. They all seem charming and unique in their own way when they are owned and produced by a company. I am not complaining, it’s just something that I noticed.
Anyways, it was our first time going to Suika, and it wasn’t nearly as busy since we showed up at 9…make that 930. Lately, I feel exhausted by 10, so getting to the main event AT 9 something makes me feel extremely old. I know that people don’t START clubbing until like 10 or 11. Like how what who what where when?
We started slow, but eventually a lot of appetizers and dimmed lighting led us to something called PARTY SIZE SAKE.
which is a 1.8 L of sake that doesn’t taste good. I think the only reason we ordered it was because we were drunk and the mere size of the bottle was interesting.
I left around 1 am and they kept at it, I don’t know what happened after but I’m sure they continued to have fun without me. My drinking bill lately has been too big and too bloated. I owe everyone money and been having too much fun.
Here’s a promise that I’m making to myself.
I’ll have a (self published electronic) short story collection out by December 31st.
It’ll be well edited and well written, I sort of promise. A promise to myself anyway
btw who wants to do my cover design?
MoMA was great, even though it was crowded the Friday that I went, it was still fantastic.
There was a lot of good modern art and bullshit modern art.
Like the completely white canvas, which I did take a picture of…
I have a huugeee headache / life crisis so I am just resizing photos as to feel productive anyways, in due time
* = denotes my favorite works
this is a huge photo post so everything’s under the cut