你改變不了環境,但你可以改變自己;你改變不了事實,但你可以改變態度;你改變不了過去,但你可以改變現在;你不能控制他人,但你可以掌握自己;你不能預知 明天,但你可以把握今天;你不可以樣樣順利,但你可以事事盡心;你不能延生命 的長度,但你可以決定生命的寬度!

Today was my last day in Vancouver. We woke up early and rushed across town to find Thomas Haas Chocolatier closed for the holidays….again. One more chance tomorrow!!! We drove around and settled on a quaint organic cafe called Aphrodite’s, and enjoyed an assortment of organic goods from eggnog french toast to french toutierre.

After brunch, we went to the cemetery to visit K’s grandparents and uncle. I felt honored to be able to stand there before them with K and pay my respects. Looking around at all of K’s relatives that gathered around in the heavy rain honoring them in silence, I understood the aforementioned Chinese quote so much better: 你不能延生命的長度,但你可以決定生命的寬度. From the bits and pieces of memories and stories about them that I picked up on this trip, I know that they lived exceptionally full lives, and will never be forgotten.

We had a late linner and reloaded our laopobing inventory, and quickly strolled around the Aberdeen Centre in Richmond, the first truly Asian shopping center. I was in ultimate Asian paradise.

Now that the trip is coming to a close, and tomorrow we will commence our two-day journey back to reality, I find my thoughts wandering once more to the loooong to-d0 list that awaits me to complete in the short window between my return to SF and my departure to HK. Reality hits with a jolt.

But before I fully wake up, time to go out to Save On Foods and enjoy my last Vancouver moments to the fullest.

You’ve been great, Vancouver 🙂

M

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