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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!


Interior Design Show West 2013

The Interior Design Show West took place from Sept 19-22. I had gotten some free tickets (regular $15 per person) to the event from a friend, so I and Sheepie went to check it out.
We got there on the last day, a little late past 3pm. The orange tote bags with swags were all gone by that time, though I think they just had the brochures inside…so I didn’t feel too bad.




Both Sheepie and I were expecting it to be a real interior design show. Like it would be showcasing interior furniture by famous designers from around the globe. We were expecting things to be sort of like the art gallery. Instead, we found that it was more of a trades show, where company were showing off their products and services. There were some interesting booths, but mostly, it was for the general public to buy. Nothing wow, or that’s really interesting which you might get out from going to a interior design gallery or museum.

A lot of the people showcasing their business was a bit bored, so we got to talked to several of them for sometime. We didn’t sit down to hear any of the speakers, and since we were a little late, the talks were over.

All in all, it was good to check out what the show was, but if it wasn’t for free, I don’t see why it should cost $15 to get in to see businesses you can go to on a normal basis for free. So, I guess you can sense that I wont be going back when the show returns again.