What’s it like to be a Canadian

~ Ninety percent of population is massed within 100 miles of northern American border.

~ Seems not to mind that one of its provinces has turned almost entirely French.

~ Excessive politeness only makes sense as cover for something truly sinister. But what?

~ Citizens seem strangely impervious to cold.

~ Decriminalization of marijuana and acceptance of gay marriage without corresponding collapse of social institutions indicate Canada may, in fact, be indestructible.

~ Has infiltrated entertainment industry with singers, actors, and comedians practically indistinguishable from their American counterparts.

~ Consistently stays just below cultural radar yet never quite disappears.

~ Parliamentary government and common-law judiciary appear to function acceptably yet remain completely inscrutable.

~ Never had a “disco phase.”

~ Seemingly endless supply of timber, donuts, and Scotch-plaid hats with earflaps.

~ Keeps insisting it “has no designs on America” and “only wants peace.”

~ Plays a mean game of pond hockey.

According to McSweeney: REASONS TO FEAR CANADA


This is my home. Proud to be Canadian.


“Ito ang bahay ko” Filipino translation for “This is my home.”

It’s a land of hope, a land of peace
It’s a place where people can be free
I proudly call this land my own
Oh Canada! This is my home.

A Toast To Canada

Blue Jays Baseball Game on Canada Day, July 1, 2014

Blue Jays Baseball Game on Canada Day, July 1, 2014 courtesy photo by my sister

O Canada, I have not forgotten you,
and as I kneel in my canoe, beholding this vision   
of a bookcase, I pray that I remain in your vast,
polar, North American memory.
You are the paddle, the snowshoe, the cabin in the pines.   
You are Jean de Brébeuf with his martyr’s necklace of hatchet heads.
You are the moose in the clearing and the moosehead on the wall.
You are the rapids, the propeller, the kerosene lamp.   
You are the dust that coats the roadside berries.   
But not only that.
You are the two boys with pails walking along that road,   
and one of them, the taller one minus the straw hat, is me.
Billy Collins, “Canada” from The Art of Drowning. Copyright © 1995 by Billy Collins. All rights are controlled by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Reprinted with the permission of the University of Pittsburgh Press, www.pitt.edu/~press/ (Source: The Art of Drowning (1995) via Poetry Foundation)

H A P P Y   C A N A D A   D A Y

Hello World…. Come to Canada…Today

Come and join us in celebrating Canada Day, today, July 1st. 
In Vancouver, British Columbia, it will be an all day music, entertainment, and activities for the whole family.  Other events are: 
  • Citizenship Ceremony
  • Great Canadian Invention Hall
  • Port Metro Vancouver Zone
  • Extreme Sports Show
  • Canada’s Army, Navy and Air Force
  • Buskers and roaming entertainment
  • Food vendors offering cuisine from across Canada
  • Canada Day Parade
  • Canada Day Burrard Inlet Fireworks Show 
Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!

My friends
Love is better than anger.
Hope is better than fear.
Optimism is better that despair.
Let us be
Loving, helpful and optimistic.
Quote from a great Canadian
Jack Layton 1950-2011
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Canada Day Special

LunchThis is so exciting when we received a broadcast message on Monday from the cafeteria.  Centre Café will be serving a Canada Day Special.  Woo who!0 
Never will I miss this one.  Every year, this is what I look forward to: Crispy Chicken.  I made sure that I ate light breakfast and no snacking between meals  to make sure I will bring my appetite for this feast. 
The cafeteria is decorated with Canadian Flags.  The cooks are all dressed up in red shirt.  Service with a smile.  Love them from the bottom of my stomach.  They are the best. 
Most staff will put in their order ahead of time.  Sorry folks, first come first served.  It’s unfair for the walk ins and order the special only to find out it’s sold out before it even gets served.   So, I went early to the cafeteria to beat the crowd and had my lunch pack to go. 
What a festive environment.  People are now starting to flow in having the same idea as me.  We were just like noisy children eager to have our last meal because it’s the last day at school.  Once this place is filled with staff, it is full of laughter.  A happy bunch of people.  
And here’s a feast fit for a queen.  Ah, Crispy Chicken, Artichoke Salad, Potato Wedge and delicious cake.  I’m eating lunch at my desk to focus and savour this moment.  
Bon appétit!
Crispy Chicken

Crispy Chicken

 This is just too much food for me and I took the rest home for dinner.