Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Canada's Heartbreaker

Canada 0-2 Russia

We lost, yes, we lost. A shocker for the Canadian men's Ice Hockey team, an upset made by the Russian Federation. Poor defence and unspirited attack by our team; I witnessed it all on TV. After a score-less first two periods, the Russians had a lucky goal 1:30 minutes into the 3rd period, and that boosted their morale. We could have had one equalizer, which showed up very evidently on the goalie camera, but the referee blowed the whistle because the puck went out of his sight. No goal. 3 power-plays for Canada, but none with a goal.

Aptly put, it is a heartbreaker. We, the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Champions, who returned as defending champions, return home empty handed.

Never mind. 2010 will be our year. Canada's Ice Hockey team will return home with double golds for mens and women's Ice Hockey.


On another note, our men's Curling team will face the Finns in the gold medal final. I hope Brad Gushue will thrash the Finns the way his team did to the Americans.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Proudly Canadian

Proudly Canadian. Yes, Proudly Canadian.

"When one athlete stands atop the podium, the whole nation stands higher."

"As Canadians, we're generally unassuming. We don't brag a lot, even though we have tons to brag about."

These lines from ads didn't come from the government as propaganda. These lines came from Canadian companies and corporations - Canadians themselves. It wasn't socially-engineered to be patriotic to our nation - we have it in our national anthem, and we have it in our blood.

When I heard (on TV) the national anthem being played after the Women's Ice Hockey team beat Sweden at the gold medal playoff at Torino, I was filled with emotion, surging through my entire body. I could identify with the pride that the Women's team had for their country, plus all the Canadians supporting the team at the finals. It was so spontaneous. The anthem started playing, and suddenly, every Canadian in the seats stood up and sang the anthem with tons of pride.

We know our anthem, even though we don't sing it every morning as students. We sing it with pride, even though we're not told to. We never get tired of it - because we have so much to be proud of.

I'm Proudly Canadian.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Wearing the Maple Leaf

After watching Canadians ski, skate and shoot to victory at the Winter Olympics, I've been thinking - what would it be like to wear the Maple Leaf for Canada during one of the games? I wonder how many of Canada's Olympians would be doing that during the 2008 Beijing Olympics? I certainly would love to wear the Maple Leaf in an international competition.


O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Go Team Canada!

Yay! Canada beats Italy and Russia 16-0 and 12-0 respectively in the Women's Ice Hockey event of the 2006 Winter Olympics! Olympic size victory for an Olympic-quality team. WAY TO GO!

Friday, February 10, 2006

A long day at work.

Here's my schedule today:
  • 8.30 am: Uncle Ken drops me off at E. Hastings Dairy Queen.
  • 9.30 am: Liza drops by E. Hastings to bring me to N. Vancouver Dairy Queen.
  • 10.00 am: Set up shop at N. Vancouver Dairy Queen.
  • 10.15 am: First order for lunch.
  • 10.45 am: Karen calls, asking for day off (the cramps). Liza pleads for her not to skip work today.
  • 11.00 am: Liza calls Helen, finds out Helen cannot make it for work. In a flurry, Liza calles somebody to come cover Helen for the evening. We find Mike.
  • 12.00 pm: Karen arrives and saves the day - backlog of orders cleared.
  • 1.30 pm: Lunch. Orders keep coming throughout my lunch; I finish it in 1/2 hours, not my usual 1/2 minute.
  • 3.50 pm: Mike arrives.
  • 4.00 pm: Karen leaves, Tunisha arrives.
  • 4.30 pm: Liza grants me a 1/2 hour break, to rest to prepare for the next 4 hours of work.
  • 6.00 pm: Dinner.
  • 7.00 pm: Orders start piling...
  • 8.00 pm: Start packing in DQ Sandwiches that Tunisha makes.
  • 8.30 pm: Leave for home.
What a day. I'm glad, though, that I managed to save Liza some trouble to call somebody else down to help out. I'm also glad that she didn't make me book out during my breaks... guess we were all too busy to bother about such stuff in the end.

Monday, February 06, 2006


Theme song from "Myth". I just love it.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Random Musings

Sometimes, after visiting UBC, I wish I were a student all over again. Somehow, I've rediscovered the drive to succeed academically, something I had at the beginning of Sec 3. I really hope something can keep my drive going.

"The 8th Habit" is a really cool read. But I'm gonna take my time to read the book carefully.

AirPort Express!

Holy smokes! I'm working wirelessly in Uncle Poh Bin's place! YAY for AirPort express! Such a snap to install. Wow man... Apple rocks!