Friday, December 23, 2011

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Merry Christmas and Happy 2012!

I was walking in Vancouver the other day and entered the China Town, which is the second largest in North America. Close to the entrance there is a Chinese Cultural Centre, and a small gate into this garden. The garden has been just voted top ten (apparently the very first one) urban gardens in the world by the National Geographic. The day was gloomy, it started sprinkling again, but I nevertheless entered.
Walking around and taking pictures, I noticed two guys sitting under the rotunda, but didn't really pay attention. As I came closer, I heard the percussion and a flute. It was one of those everyday magic moments that make you fill with peace and content. 
I hope the next year will be full of these moments in our lives...
All the best!

And here is the video:

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Kales Bre Andjo by Rebel Bran

Kales Bre Andjo by Rebel Bran

Kales Bre Andjo - traditional Makedonian tune

Ajde slusaj slusaj Kales bre Andjo
sto tambura sviri..

Tambura ta sviri Kales bre Andjo
a nama da bides

A nama da bides kales bre Andjo
Zoltici da prolis

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Vignettes from Victoria, BC

Here is a collection of images from a trip to Victoria, BC, walking through the old downtown core. As some of my friends from across the ocean might not know, Victoria is located on the Vancouver Island, the biggest island that protects Vancouver from the strong Pacific Ocean storms and helps its unique micro climate which is very different from the rest of Canada. Victoria is the capital of British Columbia, and is a relatively small town with its own slower pace and character. I particularly like the old core which is not as big as Vancouver's but it's a bit more colorful.