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Nothing like good Tonic from CBC Radio 2

Coming home from an eventful day yesterday with a friend, I turned on one of my favourite radio stations, CBC Radio Two, to catch their radio program, Tonic, which is a “concoction of jazz and thoughtful stories”.
CBC Radio 2 Tonic
Photo source: CBC Radio 2

With the sunroof down on under a perfect Vancouver summer night and the whizz of urban city lights cascading by, the host, Tim Tamashiro, shares this one Canadian jazz singer, Lori Cullen, and her rendition of the classic Harry Mancini song, Moon River. And with her first phrase, I took off to another world. With the combination of inside and outside condition, it felt like a night cap after on a lazy weekend.

As a former Juno finalist for “Best vocal album of the year”, Ms. Cullen’s has an amazing voice, and her interpretation of that classic is quite unique. While not everyone will have the same opinion to what gives them that feeling, I still think it’s amazing how good music, whether it be jazz, rock, classical, worship, is able to capture one’s senses and take us to another place.
Lori Cullen
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You can listen to Ms. Cullen’s version of Moon River here

Why didn’t anyone tell me about road bikes until this year???

After moving back to the Greater Vancouver area this year, I figured I needed to pass the time by being productive, and exercising is a good way to do so.

My journey into the world of road cycling began with a fateful ride up Cambie Street in Vancouver just north of SW Marine Drive. Using a mountain bike, I thought I was in pretty good shape, and then this hill decided to humble me. Powering up this hill was far more than I bargained for.

To put salt in my wounds, my friend accompanying me was riding a road bike and darted off like Rob Ford after crack (sorry, low blow. wait, sorry again…). He waited a good minute for me. No. He could have put his legs up and had an espresso at the pace I was going.

After getting home with my tail in between my legs, I began an unhealthy obsession (similar to, but oh-so-very-different than these people). I bought a used road bike, suited up, and started riding.

Why didn’t anyone tell me about road cycling earlier? Easy on the knees, great for the lungs, the camaraderie with other riders, the space to meditate and contemplate.

Perhaps it’s because I’ve been living in China the last 11 years, and it’s not easy on the knees because of the relatively poor road conditions, nor the air pollution for the lungs, and riding on the whole is meant for commute not enjoyment.

Okay, I can give you that. But glad I started.

Digging this blog out of my virtual basement

Dear blogsphere,

It’s been a virtual age since I’ve last written on my website. Now that I’m back outside the Great Firewall of China, I figure it’ll be faster to access my site (tho I’m pessimistic that it’ll be safer).

Great Firewall of China

What won’t be faster will be my ability to formulate complex sentences. After spending the last 11 years in Asia, you’ll have to excuse my simplified Chinese English as I continue adding to this blog.

This site has been up for years now, and I still haven’t been able to decide what to focus on, because I have too many interests and hobbies to limit it to just one or two. So in the future I will be writing on everything. Well, I’ll try and keep it down to sports (including my new found hobby of road cycling), business, hi-tech, retail, and music.

So this is “hello” for now, and hope to keep in touch.


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