Saturday, August 29, 2015


When it came to swimming in Kamloops, the overall experience wasn't what I'd call enjoyable. The Thompson River, my first swimming place, was absolutely freezing. I mean bone numbing, so-cold-I'm-warm freezing. As the biggest tributary of the Fraser River, Thompson River also has strong currents, which doesn't help. There are some up factors though, such as plentiful skipping stones and a park nearby with music every night. The second swimming location was a lake called Lac Le Jeune. It was just as freezing as the river and also contained dead flies and leeches. Enough said. (Though the landscape was beautiful, and there were lots of fish.)

The Secwepemc (pronounced sehk-hwep-mehk) Museum is a really interesting sight where I learned a lot about the Secwepemc culture, about its continual struggle through the generations. The museum contains many interesting artifacts such as native american clothing and headdresses adorned with bear claws. My favourite part was going inside a pit house. The museum is also next to the historic Kamloops Indian Residential School. The school's story is a sad one with children carted away and native kids being beaten for not understanding English instructions.

FOOD!!! The food in Kamloops was yummy. The highly rated soup from The Art We Are, a restaurant and local art shop, was simply amazing. The bison bolognese and lamb burger from The Noble Pig were awesome. The teryaki burgers from Burger Café Joy were delicious. The beef udon and pork cutlets from Jimmy's Noodle and Cutlet were astounding (plus grape Crush floats and make-your-own sesame sauce. Bonus!) With the company of Magnum Chocolate Infinities at the apartment, my Kamloops food experience was really great!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Help Protect Our World!

Serena was inspired to clean up our neighbourhood this weekend. She got busy creating snazzy clothes tags and signs. On behalf of "Chipmunk", she posted notes to encourage our neighbours to "help protect our world!". Together with Daddy, they picked up 4 full bags of garbage around the block.

Very proud of your initiative and reminding us all of Genesis 1:31, Serena!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

PNE Donut Dash

The inaugural PNE Donut Dash claims to be the "tastiest 5-km run". How could it not be when they feed runners mini-donuts and cotton candy throughout the course?!

Serena & Daddy had good restraint - they only had 3 donuts each and only after the race, not during. All the participants - a sold out crowd of over 1,200 runners - were given free entry to the PNE fairground after. What great summer fun!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Summer Multicultural Festival

"It's my favourite class of the week!" - that's what Serena thinks of her Taekwondo Demo Team class.

She's been on the team for 2 years now and the teammates have bonded so well under the guidance of their coach, Mr. Park, whom they all adore. Mr. Park introduced the world of K-pop to the Demo Team and they debuted this "taekwon-dance" at the recent Summer Multicultural Festival. K-pop and martial arts, quite amusing and very entertaining!

Monday, August 3, 2015