カナダ

2005年05月04日

can050503_13Another day, another BLOG   So you think that the only thing to do in Vancouver is ski, snowboard or camp?  Nope.... There are lots of things to do.  Recently I helped organise a cruise party for the club-kids of Vancouver.  We were extremely lucky to have such FANTASTIC weather on April 22, 2005! 

 

WARMM is the theme for the cruise party that we made. can050503_1 It started in December in an extremely stylish penthouse!  The first party was on the 15th floor with a gorgeous view of Vancouver!  There were around 250 people at that party.  Unfortunately you cant see the view from the boat in this picture to the left.. There were 2 floors, 2 bars and a maximum of 370 people allowed on the boat!  It cruised around Vancouver, leaving from the `Plaza of Nations` and went into English Bay, around Stanley can050503_3Park  and into North Vancouver.  From there it circled around to the North side of  Stanley Park, underneath the Lions Gate Bridge and back into the bay.  The entire cruise took 3 hours.  It was pretty short, but liquor licensing sux.  You know how it goes.... To the left is one of the bar areas <---

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 Behind these two, is the starting point (Science world).

  


DJ Angelina Marie is from Seattle.  She was one of the first DJ`s to play that night.  Absolute floor rocker!  Shes currently on tour in the states and playing in Los Vegas.  She plays a sort of dirty-funky house that really gets things going. 

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Next up we had DJ Maikeru.  Basically I kept it steady and smooth and a nice transition for the following act.  can050503_6Played a more progressive set from minimal house to slamming progressive.  Below are pictures of me and some of my friends from LR, DJing and the crowd! 




I know, I know... i shouldnt be spouting my own horn, but the set went off!  Hee hee! can050503_7can050503_10

 

 

 

So... um... if any of you reading this are promoters --- let me know!YAY!


After I finished my set, it was onto `The Altyma Project`!  Yes-- They are TWINS!  Both of them played a banging techno 2X4 set and brought the night to a close!   

can050503_9can050503_11There was an extremely cool and friendly amount of energy at this party!  I honestly have to say that it has to do with the many different types of people that came to Warmm.  It didnt feel like the average Bar-star night where everyone is trying to hookup with eachother.  More like a great night, with amazing music and good friends.  There definately was an international vibe too.   About 1/4 of the people on the boat were friends and friends of friends of people from LR.  Definately the more the merrier. Bring SMILES!!! 

As one of the organisers of this event as well as a staff member of Last Resort Vancouver, I have to say that this was one of the high-lights of can050503_12my year so far!  Stunning people grooving to excellent beats in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  Vancouver. 

Myself and the organisers of Warmm would like to thank the 320 people that made it out on the cruise, and welcome any of you who read this blog to look us up and come out if you are ever in Vancouver.  Watch for a website coming soon! 

www.warmm.com  <Give us another couple of weeks to get it up and running

DJ Maikeru  



(05:12)

2005年04月15日

 

今日は住むに便利な「Davie Street」を紹介します。

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can050414_2日本ではお目にかかれない光景に出会える「Davie Street」

どんな光景かは来てからのお楽しみ

目印は七色の旗です

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これがビーチに続く道です。

春は桜がきれいです

 

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お天気の良い日はかわいい犬が散歩してます

 

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毎日焼きたてのパンが食べれる「COBS」です。

体に優しい素材を使っていて、とてもおいしいですよ

 

 

ここはオーガニックの野菜が買えるマーケットです。ここで買った野菜で料理を作ればおいしく出来るかな

 

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この素敵なお家は実はレストランです。

たまにはこんな所でお食事もいいですね

 

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 この二つは朝食にお薦めのカフェです。

左はハリウッドスターも訪れるほど有名なカフェです。

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大きくてフワフワのパンケーキが食べれます。

右は黄色いサインにも書いてあるようにモチモチの手作り

シナモンロールが食べれます

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毎晩長〜い列が出来る人気のギリシャ料理のレストランです。

can050414_12安くて多くておいしい料理が食べれるのが人気の理由です。

私のお気に入りはRoast Lambです


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ここは最近出来た洋服屋さんです。

安くてかわいい服がありますよ

 

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左のお店は中国系の雑貨屋さんです。大根おろし機やしゃもじなどカナダでは見つけにくいけど日本ではお馴染みのグッズが揃います。

 

 

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こちらは24時間営業のスーパーです。右は24時間営業のドラッグストアです。この二つは24時間営業のコンビニ生活に慣れた日本人には心強い味方です

Davie Stにはまだまだ新しいお店やレストランが出来そうな予感

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これからが楽しみなDavie Stに住んでみるのはいかがですか



(05:50)

2005年03月25日

イエールタウンと呼ばれる高級住宅街を抜けてフォールス・クリークへ

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 フォールス・クリークにもモクレンが咲いています。

  ちなみにBC州の州花は花みずき(英語Dogwood)です。

 

 

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たくさんの人達が犬の散歩をしながら

 




 この天気を楽しんでいます。
 

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カヤックなんかもしたりして



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 can050422_20春を感じます

 

 

 

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 アクアバス


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このミニフェリーで向こう岸まで行けます。

  ちょっとしたクルーズが楽しめます。

 

 

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フォールス・クリーク沿いを抜けてダウンタウン中心へ






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 スカイトレイン




  バラード駅南側『ソメイヨシノ』の桜並木

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 街中ではこんな感じで花が売られています。

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チューリップがいっぱい!

夕方にはほとんど売切れ

 

 can050422_24ダウンタウンを抜けて、バンクーバーで一番大きな公園『スタンレーパーク』に到着!







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 警察官が馬に乗ってる姿も見かけます。





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ここにもチューリップがいっぱい!




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 ショーネーシーと呼ばれる閑静な住宅街

  『シロタエ』が咲きほこっています。







 

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 桜が閑静な住宅街をよりいっそう引き立てます。








 

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 キャンビー橋を通りながら・・・ 夕日がキレイ   
    

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ダウンタウンに戻り、丸い中央図書館の横を通り
ただいまぁ。。

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春うららバンクーバー春のお散歩

 



(10:29)

2005年03月09日

Hi!  Im Mike!  I live in Vancouver and Im working as a consultant for Last Resort...  This is me
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Actually this isnt just me, but one of the awesome people that I work with daily! 
I ve been working with Last Resort since 2001 and I returned back to Vancouver last year...  This picture was taken last friday.   おつかれ!Finally i have a 2 day weekend!!!  And that is where this story starts :
 
Friday
I was really excited to finally have 2 days off in a row!  I didnt really have any plans so I stopped and bought a bottle of wine on the way home...  Recently Vancouver has been really really, REALLY warm and so I can050308_3sipped it on my balcony.  Heres a pic from my balcony DOWNTOWN Vancouver.  I really hope that I dont confuse you too much by typing in English...  I can speak Japanese, but my writing is horrible
Anyway, sipping wine on my balcony and watching the sunset was really good!  I spoke to a few people on the phone and decided that I was going to make it a `quiet night in`. 
I know, I know what you are thinking.... Its FRIDAY NIGHT and that I should go out, but i really was exhausted and needed to relax. 
So after almost 2 bottles of wine I decided to go down to the local video store and rent a DVD. can050308_7 I ended up getting `The Terminal`
For those of you who havent seen it, RENT IT!!  It was a fantastic movie about this guy who.... um....  i wont ruin the ending for you.  I just highly recomend this film to anyone and everyone. 
Blockbuster Video has been one of my favorite local video stores for a long time.  And recently it got even better! 
I dont know if you have problems returning your DVD`s on time (like me), but if you do, i fully recomend using Blockbuster.  They have elliminated LATE FEES!  If you return your video an hour or two late, its ok.  If can050308_8you return your DVD or Video a day late, its OK.  If you return your video 3 days late, its OK!  Its the end of LATE FEES and its fantastic!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saturday
Ugh, i wake up extremely late.  Maybe it was the couple of bottles of wine...  but either way, i wake up late in the afternoon and decide that i should get out of the house.  I have a late lunch and... 
AAA!  Afternoon nap  
Its late in the afternoon and i wake up to my dog licking my face!  I have a wonderful little princess called ‘クリム` .  I found her with the help of some friends in Osaka!   
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She was licking my face because SHE had DECIDED that it was time for me to take her for a walk.  Its impossible to say NO to her. But there is a small problem with where i live....
They dont allow us to have dogs!  Can you believe it!  Almost 90% of the apartments in Vancouver dont `allow` pets, but I have found a way around this little problem.   My nextdoor neighbour has a cat.  Ive looked on the balconies of the people that are in the apartments below me and see other cat toilets.  Here is my solution to the `NO PETS` policy in Vancouver...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
keep going 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TADA!!!
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Yes, that is her in my bag!  HAHA!  I put her in my bag until i get outside of the building.  I did this with her in Japan aswell.  Its kindof cool.  I cant take that backpack anywhere without her crying if she isnt in it!  WOW!

 

can050308_5Anyway, so we leave the apartment and go for a nice long walk.  There arent many long-haired miniature daschunds in Vancouver.... Actually, there are NONE!  Everyone on the street is always stopping me and asking me what type of dog she is!  I think that thats because all of the dogs here are soooo big! 

can050308_6Along the way we met `Stanley`.  Another dax in Vancouver.  He is probably one of the only dogs that we have met on our walks, that Kuri likes.  Usually she is toooo shy to play with other dogs.

 

Sunday Kens birthday

Woke up on this fantasticly rainy Vancouver afternoon.  I cant believe how much i have been sleeping this weekend!  

When I woke up, i realised that.... Its Kens Birthday!  Ken is my roomate.  Hes from Chiba.  Really cool `Ganguro` kindof guy.  We have been sharing our apartment since June 2004 and hes a good friend so i wanted to do something for his birthday.  I knew that his friend was having a party at their house for him so.... I went shopping.

People living in Vancouver are pretty healthy.  Actually, they are VERY health concious.  The supermarket in the picture `Capers` is an ALL ORGANIC supermarket.  They only sell organically grown or made foods!  Its a little bit more expensive that a regular super but the food is good.... and the other supermarket was closed  

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Bagels YUM!!!  These are extremely good!

can050308_11*just for your information, I think that bagels were created in Israel... I think.... If im wrong, please email bobsapp@#$&%.com

hee hee

 

Anyway, so I went here to get a cake for my roomate.  It was a fully can050308_12can050308_13ORGANIC CHOCOLATE CAKE!  They had lots of yummy desserts but i had to get him a cake.  Pretty cheap too!!!

So after getting the very plain, chocolate cake, i had to go andcan050308_14 get some can050308_15decorations for it!  There were lots to choose from but i went with the white icing. 

 

Im sure by now you get the idea.  I am probably one of the worst cake decorators in the world, but i try! 

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TADA!!!!  I cant wait to eat!  We decorated the cake at Kens friends place.  Its only a 5 minute walk from my apartment.  As much as we tried to hide the cake from him, it didnt work.  He knew what was coming.  There was some sort of leak, or a spy amongst us because he said `I cant wait to eat my chocolate cake!!!`  Grrr...

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Ara!!! This cake is different!  Actually he was REALLY lucky and got 2 cakes that day!  Oh and by the way, thats not my arm.... my arms arent quite that hairy!

So after singing a hurting version of Happy Birthday-- most of his friends are Mexican and cant sing in tune  we all dug in and ate ALL OF THE CAKE.  By the way, my roomate is the guy above me in the picture below

can050308_18can050308_19And then drank beer.  Mexican people are really cool.  They all love drinking and really know how to party!  I think that if i was to go to live in another country, i would have to say that Mexico would be my next choice... 

Stumble home....

Monday morning

And the start of another week at Last Resort!  On my way to work I can050308_20spotted this!  Its the start of the cherry blossom season!  I can help but be reminded of the crazy times in Japan, drinking under the sakura trees.  Hmmm... maybe my next BLOG will have to be about a Vancouver style of hanami party!  Either that, or summer is just around the corner!   Until then....

 VANCOUVERのLRのマイク



(08:50)

2005年02月23日

 

今回は、カナダ・バンクーバー、庶民の足である公共機関を御紹介したいと思います。

まず、バス。can050222_1

ダウンタウンの中を走っているバスの多くが電気(電線とバスの屋根がアンテナでつながっています)で走るバスになります。

 

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通常のバスの2倍の長さのバスもこちらは走っています。

 

 

 

こちらはcan050222_3スカイトレイン。

モノレールで、バンクーバーのダウンタウンからバーナビーやサレーといったところを結んでいます。

 

 

こちらは、公共機関の案内板と切符の自動販売機です。

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この自動販売機には、多人種が生活しているバンクーバーならではで、英語やフランス語はもちろん中国語や韓国語、日本語の案内もあります。

 

そして、最後にシーバス。can050222_4

ノースバンクーバーとダウンタウンを結んでいるフェリーになります。

 

 

このような公共機関を使って、是非いろいろなところへいってみてください。

 



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