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Happy Halloween!

With all the pumpkins sold out, a group of us craved out mini watermelons! The best part, you get to eat the inside! I actually like this idea better than the pumpkins!

idearabbit-halloween2014My character (with a bit of help from Sheepie), was based on NHK’s mascot Domo-kun!

idearabbit-halloween2014_2Throw in a candle and viola! Awesome jack-o-lantern!

idearabbit-halloween2014_3The other 2 pairs had really neat designs too. The middle one is based on the minion from Despicable Me.

What fruits or vegetable did you carve out from this Halloween?

Cook Your Life with MayMay Chan at Gateway Theatre

image001I was contacted by the Communications Coordinator from Gateway Theatre, located in Richmond BC. She invited me to see a a complimentary show called Cook Your Life that took place from September 17 – 19, 2015 during their Gateway Theatre Pacific Festival.

The show featured MayMay Chan who cooked live on stage while doing a comedic solo skit about love and relationships, and how they have parallel similarities with food. It was the first of its kind that I had seen and it was interesting to watch.

CYL-20140110_MayChan_Dress0033_smallThe show incorporates a 4-D theatre approach where the audience can not only just see and hear, but also smell and taste (for those lucky as some food samples gets passed around) to enhance the theatre experience.

MayMay is not only a performer, but a cook as well with her own cooking channel in Hong Kong. She performs in Cantonese as 
the two screens on each side of the stage, showed the surtitles in both Chinese and English.

She was very lively and energetic. She spoke quickly, which made the subtitles seem to lag way behind. She threw in a lot of improv, especially during when she would invite some of the audiences up to help her with cooking and such. Although it wasn’t an usual situation where I would be surrounded by people talking in a language where I was clueless, I did feel a slight disconnect, or an outsider feeling. My Chinese friend understood only Mandarin, so he was as clueless as I was.

At the end, he didn’t quite enjoy it as he didn’t like all the whining and girlie-talk that he couldn’t relate to. Although the surtitles were quite limited for the amount of actual talking May Chan actually did, I did however understand the main just of the story, and as a female, could relate to the relationship issues she brought up. Her insightful analogies between food and love and was intriguing.

Its always so interesting to see one person play so many different roles, and be convincing. What’s always even more credible is that she also created, produce, and directed the show as well.

As for the theatre venue itself, parking costs 1 hour $2.50, 2 hours $5 and so on. No inbetween times. But it is free after 9pm. There were helpful ushers and friendly staff with freebies for facials at this particular event.

Thank you Gateway for a unique experience!

www.gatewaytheatre.com

The Fair @ the PNE

*this is for summer of 2014 (sorry for the delay…one year that is…)
idearabbit-pne1 idearabbit-pne3This summer two friends and I got the chance to go to the PNE!
Admission to get into the Fair is $16, though you get a $3 discount if you purchase online for $13. This admission does NOT include the Ride pass ($42.75/$39.75).
The reason that we went to PNE was because one friend really wanted to go see his favourite singer perform. Unfortunately, we came too late – as in before showtime, but the arena was completely full by the time we got there, and were cutting off the long lineup. My friend was super disappointed.

idearabbit-pne4 idearabbit-pne5I think one of the biggest attractions was the Game of Thrones exhibition. Since I don’t watch the series, I couldn’t really relate to the many artifacts and costumes on display, but the work that goes into the show can be seen. We lined up for the final part – the 3D Oculus Rift experience where you go up in an elevator and stand on top of a icy cliff. It feels almost real with the headgear, real wind and vibrating ground despite the somewhat pixelated virtual reality. One friend was so wrapped up in it, I could hear him being really shocked and taken in. Lol. It was a really long line-up, but worth the wait for a 1-2 minute experience.

idearabbit-pne2Unfortunately, I don’t know the name of the stand that sells phos, but here, I tried out a chicken pho instead of beef. It was pretty tasty, and good portion. There was a huge slice of lemon in it though. I thought pho came with lime? and not thrown in the soup.

idearabbit-domoAlso, we now a new friend! Introducing Domo-kun!! Yeah, he can be a bit intimidating sometimes, but he means no harm :) We played some games, but we only got really small prizes. I had my eyes on the Domo-kun, so I was pretty excited when I saw a small stand that had an old guy either guess one’s weight, age or birth month. I chose the weight, and he got it really off. I have a gut feeling that he doesn’t guess correctly to give the prize to customers – to lure more customers in. I paid $5 for game, and surely, the prizes are mass produced which costs them almost nothing. However, if I were to buy a Domo-kun from Japan, or a character store, it would have cost more to purchase, so I was happy.

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