Saturday, July 09, 2005

Little kids, Sean's Night Market performance, and lounge fun

The talks today were quite interesting, and put our minds onto money / wisdom / world issues we should know about. (like my brother's favorite subject: Darfur killings in the Sudan)

One of the little kids knew Nathan's name, so my niche with the little ones came in handy. Nathan asked me who the little girl was, since she knew his name. I told him that she was Natalie, and she probably knew his name since she has a little brother named Nathan. Then I asked her for further clarification: she's smart since she read the sheet with a list of leaders, and noticed his name was on there. Nathan was surprised I asked her why, but thanked me. Another one of the little kids (Julie) thought my brother should be taller than he is.. maybe she's thinking of Eric M., who she once mistook for my actual brother years ago. (we're siblings in Christ, but that's it as far as that goes... he's white, not Chinese!)

My sister wanted to play hockey in the afternoon, but nobody was available. Danielle decided to go for a nap, since she just couldn't process anymore. At dinner, we saw Sean and asked how his Richmond Night Market performance had gone. He told us that he had a tape, and would play it for us after the evening session.

After the evening session, I found that the propped-open door we used for a shortcut was now locked. So putting away my stuff took fifteen minutes instead of two... I had to find my way to my room, and I'm not good with directions. By the time I finally found my way to the lounge, the tape was underway with a crowd of people watching. The performance with my brother as backup was hilarious and awesome! We had to laugh at certain parts of it since it was Sean, haha. (if you knew him, you'd say the same)

After that, the little kids left with their parents. The teens kinda wanted to turn it into Open Mike Night, but that didn't happen. Instead, Jon and Sean did a live acoustic version of a couple of Ryan Cabrera / Usher songs. Jackie videotaped the whole thing, and it was well-received. Then Eric T., Eric M., and Jackie jammed on their guitars while everyone signed a giant farewell card for Tracy. (who's going to dental school in Ohio pretty soon)

Someone brought up going for Pho or bubble tea, but ordering in pizza was a better suggestion. We got the GameCube and Donkey Konga from the older kids, I got pretzels and Jackie got Kernels popcorn, Sean taught Eric T. how to do the Moonwalk, Cordia and Joyce started to play card games, and we're now having our traditional "last conference late-night lounge fun time." Sean also told us how his sister met her boyfriend Patrick through MSN, whose picture is in my sister's Gr. 11 yearbook. He was organizing the November praise rally with Patrick's sister, but neither of them had their own MSN account at the time. So they both hijacked their siblings' accounts to chat and send files. Vanessa and Patrick met accidentally when Sean and this other girl were sending songs / lyrics, but weren't at the computer. My mom thought it was rather dodgy, but this method works! ;)

Time to try catching up elsewhere... I'll be home tomorrow sometime! Then and only then will I get to comments, email, and catching up in my safe place. :D

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Friday, July 08, 2005

Funeral, being social, forgetting gifts, coffee, past life

This morning's funeral lasted a few hours, since there were politicians (including the premier) there to speak about Auntie Lillian and her life of service to the country / province. Of course it was covered by the media, including Channel M. (the local multicultural channel) Daniel and Nathan's tribute to their mom moved a bunch of us, for sure. We'll be there for them and Michelle, absolutely.

I forgot to bring Eric T. and Nathan's birthday gifts, but maybe I'll do that next week. (past time for their birthdays, but well...) That, I feel badly about. The dinner was okay, but we all know Trinity food isn't that great anyhow. A bunch of people want to go to the Olive Garden tomorrow, as it's just down the road.. I might join them.

My sister wants me to be more social.. I can only take so much "social time" before I want to be anti-social. :P The more I push her to leave her friends, the more she'll delay... at least she's not here now, as some of them left to pick up Jackie. (she brought her laptop, as she needs it for Powerpoint worship presentations tomorrow)

I talked to a bunch of my friends, and some of the little kids recognized me. We talked a bunch about Vivian's upcoming trip to France: she'll be teaching English for six months, and thinks everyone will change when she's gone. As we told her, she'll probably change the most... but of course we'll keep in touch with her, even though it's not the same as actually experiencing things with us! Now to prepare for tomorrow... there's nothing wrong with being antisocial, even though you could do that anytime. I have a bunch of stuff to at least catch up on, even though I won't get any actual work done this weekend. But I will definitely make time for my friends too!

You Are an Espresso

At your best, you are: straight shooting, ambitious, and energetic.
At your worst, you are: anxious and high strung.
You drink coffee when: anytime you're not sleeping.
Your caffeine addiction level: high.

Hahaha. SO not true! :P

In a Past Life...

You Were: A Gorgeous Fortune Teller.
Where You Lived: Spain.
How You Died: Consumption.

No, of course I don't really believe in past lives. It's just a quirky quiz. ;)

What commercial are you?

Windex Commercial

You are sanitary, smart, and plain. Yup. That's Windex.

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Thursday, July 07, 2005

SLB analogies, bombs, LJ con, May-June BBT tally, photo posting tip, help with English

Here's a good SLB (siu long bao) analogy: The sarcasm just wafts off that comment like the steam off an SLB at prime temperature for a steam bath which cleanses your pores... :D

(pay my analogies no mind... I'm a member of the SLB cult, haha)

I don't know much about the London bombing, but it's horrible from what I have heard. I can't do anything to help, but... *sigh* :(

BBC news link.

LJ manipulative con artist conducting an "experiment" (thanks for the link, Charlotte!)


pudding @ Dragon Ball (Wednesday, May 18)
mango @ Peanuts [Richmond Public Market] (Tuesday, June 7)
passion fruit @ Lonsdale Quay (Wednesday, June 8)
pudding @ Estea Beverage Club (Thursday, June 9)
lychee @ Oasis (Friday, June 24)

** I should get a white grape BBT next time I'm at RPM, heh.

Photo posting tip: You can indeed change the size, whether you are hosting or not! It's quite simple. In the img tag (img src="whatever.jpg") you can add a width of your choice! Just make it (img src="whatever.jpg" width=500). The width is in pixels.

A website which is quite useful for those everyday phrases that people commonly misuse.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Kissing purity test, lucky underwear color, more quizzes

Your Kissing Purity Score: 74% Pure

For you, kissing isn't a casual thing.
Lip to lip action makes your heart sing.

Your Lucky Underwear Is Red

You're confident and bold, and your lucky red underwear will only make you more sure of yourself.
You have a great zest for life, and you tend to take on impossible goals - and succeed.

When it comes to love, it's hard for you to take the time to open up. You're too busy conquering the world.
So if you're looking for a little more romance, put on your red underpants. And see where their passion takes you!

Take the quiz:
What type of dog are you?

You are very fun and love to play games with your master. You love going to the park.

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* chow (You scored 0)
* Dalmatian (You scored 0)
* husky (You scored 1)
* poodle (You scored 1)
* mutt (You scored 1)

Take the quiz:
Are You Psychic?

Guess Not, but you're better than some!
Well, you are apparently a very good guesser. But, sorry to say, you don't have the right qualifications to be truly called a psychic.

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* Yes, You Really Are! (You scored 1)
* Guess Not, but you're better than some! (You scored 2)
* NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO! Sorry! (You scored 2)

Take the quiz:
How Good Are You at Lying?

You are one sly person. You can get away with almost anything... you have no need to fear suspicion.

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All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* Out of this world! (You scored 1)
* Brilliant! (You scored 2)
* Good enough for school! (You scored 1)
* Fairly good! (You scored 1)
* A bit clumsy when it comes to lying! (You scored 1)
* Awful! (You scored 0)

Take the quiz:
Which Princess Mononoke Character are you?

San, also known as Princess Mononoke herself, would do anything to get the humans out of her forest. As San, you are very much for the forest and would do anything to protect it. You are very wild, and use your wolf instincts to protect the forest and fight against the humans!

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* Ashitaka (You scored 0)
* San (You scored 2)
* Lady Eboshi (You scored 1)
* Moro (You scored 0)
* Jigo (You scored 1)
* A Kodama (You scored 1)

Take the quiz:
What is the drug of your choice??

You like to sniff drugs..... even though it will eat the bones in your nose....

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* Meth (You scored 0)
* cocaine (You scored 2)
* pot / weed (You scored 1)
* ecstasy (You scored 0)
* cigarettes (You scored 0)

Take the quiz:
how kinky are you

true romantic
you like fine wine and conventional sex

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All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* not into sex at all (You scored 2)
* true romantic (You scored 3)
* light kink... collar and leash (You scored 0)
* collars, whips, and chains (You scored 0)
* one kinky mother (You scored 0)

Take the quiz:
which Twiztid member are you?

Jamie Madrox

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All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* Jamie Madrox (You scored 3)
* Monoxide Child (You scored 2)

Take the quiz:
Which B.C. Rich guitar are you?

You're a Warlock! Made for heavy metal!

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* Warlock (You scored 1)
* Beast (You scored 1)
* Jr. V (You scored 0)
* Virgin (You scored 0)
* Virgo (You scored 1)
* Mockingbird (You scored 0)

Take the quiz:
Are You a Tiffany, Cindy, Jayne, or Yareliz? (gurlz only quiz)

You're me!!!!!! You love to have fun, and you're not shy! You're crazy, weird, cool, and cool to be with. Everyone considers you their best friend. NOTE: Just because this is about me, don't think I'm exaggerating about myself... I have personal opinions.

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* Jayne (You scored 0)
* Tiffany (You scored 1)
* Cindy (You scored 1)
* Yareliz (You scored 3)

Take the quiz:
What label are you?

Cannot be labeled
You make friends with everyone, no matter who they are... You don't really have a label and hate to be labeled. You are yourself. WE ALL LOVE YOU! ^^/

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* Loser, bleep. (You scored 1)
* Jock, FUCKER! (You scored 0)
* STONER! WOOT! (You scored 0)
* Prep... ::Twitch:: (You scored 0)
* Goth, sweeeeeeeet. (You scored 1)
* Emo, gimme a hug! (You scored 0)
* Punk, skate on! (You scored 1)
* Cannot be labeled (You scored 3)

Take the quiz:
What Aura are You??

You are a fiery personality. Experimental, especially in sex..

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All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* White (You scored 1)
* Black (You scored 0)
* Blue (You scored 1)
* Red (You scored 2)
* Green (You scored 1)

Take the quiz:
Are You Laid-Back?

You're okay
Well.... At times you're laid back... other than that, you are not...

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All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* Very laid-back (You scored 3)
* You're okay (You scored 4)
* You worry too much... stop thinking! (You scored 2)

Take the quiz:
What Rider Are you from Hidden Meadow Farm?

You Are Ashley! Her horse always wants to be with the other horses, and somebody needs to tell that mare to get away from the other horses! She loves her horse to death!

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* Ashley (You scored 1)
* Michaela (You scored 1)
* Lisa (You scored 1)
* Casey (You scored 1)

Take the quiz:
Are You An English Rider or A Western Rider?

You rock... you are a western rider
You can barrel race, pole bend and other great Western thingies!

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

All of the possible quiz results for this quiz:

* You rock... you are a Western rider (You scored 3)
* You can do both styles (You scored 0)
* You are sooo an English rider (You scored 1)

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New toast icon, reminiscing about Summer Conference 2000

I like this icon, haha. French toast is better than squid fried rice, after all. ;)

Before you ask, there IS no squid. That's merely an inside reference to the time when my friend Dylan was apparently SO bored that he sent an email to a bunch of his friends: "Eww, I can't believe my dad is making squid fried rice for breakfast! I'm making some French toast instead, thanks!" Then he got a bunch of replies back wondering JUST how bored he was, haha. *laugh*

I've been thinking about the last time we were at Summer Conference (2000) with a few churches.. yes, this was at Trinity as well. Some of us thought that the people from the Richmond church (Jen Louie in particular) were being too pushy, especially since Vancouver was the mother church. We joked that they should do as WE wanted them to! They wanted to impose their "early" bedtime on us, for example... so they told us that we were being too loud in the lounges! (cheh.. we'd never do that to THEM!)

Denise and Brian's sister Julie nicknamed Jen Louie after the first day... "Skeletor" for the way one of her eyes looked like something out of a horror movie. As Sean said later, children ARE generally honest! (even though it wasn't nice) Erin saw Jen at the sinks in the washroom later, and asked her why she was like a warden. (Anita's name for her) Jen just wanted to have the Richmond church's responsibilities (worship, etc.) go smoothly! But we came up with a few more nicknames for her anyhow: Zombie Girl, Butch Girl, and Sunken Eyes were the best / worst ones, depending on your perspective.

Speaking of people from the Richmond church, we had a bit of a problem with this dude named Chris Fong. It wasn't just that he sang like Kenneth, only with a WAY MORE annoyingly high / off-key voice. (at least Kenneth blends and harmonizes!) He wanted to introduce himself first before David or Vernon got a chance to do so, even if they were supposed to do it first... he had a major attitude problem! I got reacquainted with my friends Ryan C. (who'd just gotten engaged to Hana), Hana, Dora, Deanna, Tammy, Joanna Leung, Clarence, Cecilia (Clarence's sister), Doug Fung, Dorothy, and Brian Chan. I knew most of these people from junior high or old church times... Joanna's parents used to be church / family friends, and Brian's parents are still old family friends. Someone saw Brian Chan and Jen Louie making out in a stairwell... his mother Christine definitely didn't like her at all for some reason! We sympathized with her, even if our reasons were kinda based on what she looked like.. they're not together anymore, thank goodness. Yes, we were being too mean to her... sigh.

There was this one time Julie wanted to use the vending machines, so she asked me for help. Brian happened to be walking by, and told me: "Just choose FOR her!" (he thought she had much trouble making decisions) Seems Julie was confused by "too many options," but I figured that a 12-year-old should learn to use a vending machine, haha. At another time, little David was pointing at the vending machine when I was talking to him. I bought him a chocolate bar, and Auntie Ping (his mom) insisted on paying me back for it.. even though it was only a dollar!

I roomed with Anita, who kinda kept me up nights when she'd call her then-boyfriend Keith till 1 AM. That's just reminded me of what Sabrina said at the wedding banquet, since she could hear her sister chatting to Jeff late at night on the phone! Ah well, what can you do? (Mom asked if Keith was invited to the wedding... uh, we don't think they could be friends after the circumstances of their breakup!)

The food was terrible! Powdered eggs, sour juice, runny ketchup, mushy fruit, mediocre hamburgers and hot dogs, etc. The only good thing were the store-bought pastries! We all bashed the food, and Fidela even tried to chew a medicine tablet to avoid drinking anything with it... but it was SO not chewable! It got so bad that Denise phoned Jon's cell at lunch during the second day since he had to go back into town to play a Canada Day gig with his friends Sean (a different one) and Rob. He had his cell on, thank goodness... and brought back pizza for everyone! (there's also an embarrassing story involving Erin and pads here, but I won't tell it...) Since that was so successful, someone ordered even more pizza the next night for whoever happened to be in the lounge. Good times... but we were very happy to eat lunch at a Chinese restaurant after we all cleared outta there on Monday morning since they had GOOD-TASTING REAL FOOD. My mom thinks the food situation will be worse this time around, due to contracting stuff out to Sodexho... I hope not, but she may be right!

There was plenty of time spent just talking in groups late at night when we were kinda supposed to be asleep. Eddie asked Julie whether Brian ever practiced any wrestling moves on her... Julie just gave him a weird look. We played a lot of card games: Bum, Big Two, Go Fish, etc. (or just talked about life / Hon dropping by with his sister Cien / church / Sean's "dirty" stories, "dirty sex talk," and "turning it on" / "turning the knob" in particular!) Eddie informed us that his bed collapsed.. luckily he wasn't sleeping in it at the time!

The kids just went around on scooters sometimes.. it was fun to watch. Hannah called my vest a jacket once, haha. (she WAS only four at the time, haha) Alan kept on falling asleep anytime anywhere, and of course denied it. Denise once told him that he couldn't deny falling asleep during worship once, since I'd been on his other side, and she believed me more! Once, Jon put SIX PACKS OF SUGAR into his coffee at lunch... someone said: "One word, Jon... diabetes!" (he just laughed it off, haha.. no high from sugar, just an extreme liking for Slurpees!) Trudy's brother Ryan wanted to know who Vernon was going out with, so we gave him all sorts of hints. (short, a pastor's daughter, part of a set...) Someone even asked, "How many twins do we HAVE?!" Then he guessed Ellen's brothers Andrew and Brian! o_O That was just WRONG, and showed how little he actually came to church! (Frances even asked him if he DID go to church, so we told her that he was Trudy and Marco's brother.. she knew who they were, at least!)

Ah, it was mostly good times, though! We'll see what Summer Conference 2005 is like...

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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Condolence messages

Well, I left condolence messages on Daniel and Nathan's cellphones just now. Not sure which was better....

Me to Daniel, sounding weepy throughout: "Hey Daniel, this is Leslie. Uh.. just wanted to say that I'm very sorry to hear about your mother. I'll be praying for you... and if there's anything I can do, let me know. I'll be there."

Me to Nathan, sounding a bit more together: "Hey Nathan, this is Leslie. You have my number, and it's noon on Tuesday.. at least, I think it's Tuesday. I don't even know what day it is anymore, bleh. I heard about that dinner last night.. you people are crazy! Twelve steamers of siu long bao... I wish I could have been there, but my MSN wasn't connecting for some reason. Next time. Anyway... yeah. I just wanted to say that I'm very sorry to hear about your mother. I'll be there for you, and I'm praying for you. I want to support you. If there's anything I can do, let me know! Yeah.. I'll talk to you later. Bye."

A weepy one might be better since it let him know I was feeling some of his pain right along with him. Then again, I don't know how understandable it was... *sigh*

The slightly more-together one might be better since it's more understandable, and jokes around a bit. (now that I know he was joking around last night, it's okay) But it wasn't as emotional... *sigh*

Eh, maybe I just overanalyze too much. ;)

Now to be strong for the funeral... *sigh*

Note: LJ 70's Action Movie / LJ Starship blogquizzes. (by Akhmed)

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Monday, July 04, 2005

Fontina cheese pizza, sympathy cards, siu long bao, Trillian being stupid

I had a craving for spicy wings earlier, so I went out to have some at Boston Pizza along with a new fontina cheese pizza / iced tea and a strawberry shortcake for dessert. The food was pretty good, and the EXTREME HOT wings weren't really hot at all. Then again, I've loved spicy things since I was a kid... which never fails to amaze my friends. (I once freaked out my cousins at the Congee Noodle House by consuming an entire bowl of mini-jalapeno peppers that came with Chinese-style deep-fried chicken, with nary a peep... mwahahaha!)

While I was out, I also bought / wrote / mailed sympathy cards to Daniel and Nathan. Dave put the idea in my head, and even though I still haven't called them yet like I want to, I'm sure they'll appreciate it. Maybe I'll call them later.

I just got home, and my sister buzzed me on MSN: "Speaking of giant siu long bao, guess where we went for dinner with Nate?" ARGH. I would have loved to have been there at Shanghai Wind, but Trillian was being stupid and failed to connect to anything except AIM. Maybe next time... Phil, Jon, Eric M., and Erin were also there. They had twelve orders of siu long bao, which is like sixteen of them a person! Steph says that Nate was joking around, but he looked tired... no doubt, I would be too!

At least he's able to joke around a lot.. they took a picture of the twelve steamers, too. :D (I'm also rooming with Steph at Summer Conference.. um, yay? :| ) He'll decide soon whether he's going to Summer Conference... I just have to know whether to pack his birthday gift or not this weekend, haha. They joked that they were going to order 25 siu long bao steamers for his birthday, hahaha. That'll certainly be a sight! :D (maybe we can even watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on the same day, hahaha)

Still, I wish I knew how to comfort someone properly in the sudden loss of their mother... :(

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Processing and chain letters

I talked to my brother a while ago about the news. We want to go over to say hello, but we both know they probably won't be in the mood for it. =/

Dave messaged me about it yesterday, and asked how Jon was taking the news. At that point, I didn't know. Now, he's taking it all right.. he won't say much, however. I also sent Nathan's address to Dave, so he could send cards. Maybe I'll go out later today and buy a couple of sympathy cards to send out too... Dave wanted me to give Nathan a hug for him. Of course I will... poor friends of mine. =/

I'm not surprised the news made the front page of the paper, either. Although if I can't keep it together (not cry :P) while talking to my brother about it, I don't know that I'll be able to do the same while leaving messages on Daniel and Nathan's cellphones. But then, it's understandable... right? =/

(my mom says she did it just for recognition, and wonders who'll remember her in five years... uh, her family / friends / organization?! :P)

Here's the story in case they delete it or something... it's been known to happen. ;)

Oh, and if the funeral's on Friday... I don't know if my brother or I will be able to make it because of my mother's plans for Summer Conference. We'll see. =/

Immigrant support pioneer Lilian To dies

Darah Hansen, with files from Doris Sun
Vancouver Sun

July 4, 2005

Lilian To, who died on the weekend, was diminutive in stature, but that was the only thing small about the woman widely recognized as the driving force behind S.U.C.C.E.S.S., the Lower Mainland social service agency that helps new immigrants integrate into Canadian society.

To, in her late 50s, died in hospital Saturday night after suffering a heart attack the day before.

Her friends, ranging from federal politicians to local volunteers, described her Sunday as inspirational, tireless, quietly effective and hard-working.

"We always said that Lilian had two marriages -- one to marry her husband, of course. She had two grown-up children, very successful -- and then she was also married to S.U.C.C.E.S.S," said Maggie Ip, founding chair of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and To's friend for 32 years.

"She was just respected everywhere by everybody," said former Vancouver mayor Philip Owen, who worked closely with To for the nine years he was in office. "As far as I'm concerned, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is phenomenally efficient, productive and amazing effective and the citizens and governments of Canada should thank Lillian To, personally, very much for her incredible contribution. She is going to be missed."

Former B.C. premier turned Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh said To helped to sensitize a generation of politicians to the needs of immigrants.

"In all my years dealing with her, both as an advocate and later as an elected politician, I never saw her lose her cool," he said. "She was always able to advance the issues. She was a consensus builder."

In a statement, Premier Gordon Campbell said To "dedicated herself to ensuring new citizens who came to our shores are welcomed, supported and empowered to share fully in the prosperity and opportunity of our province."

To's eldest son Daniel To said his mother suffered a heart attack while attending Canada Day celebrations Friday. She had surgery Saturday for a heart condition after driving herself to the hospital, Daniel To said.

Daniel To said he last saw his mother at 9 p.m. Saturday evening. She died shortly after 11 p.m., he said.

She leaves behind her husband, Chi-Tat To, and two sons, Daniel, 30, and 25-year-old Nathan.

"We were a very close family. I think that's something that's often missed when you have a public figure like my mother," Daniel To said.

"The mother I knew is someone who cared about her family as much as she did about S.U.C.C.E.S.S."

To joined S.U.C.C.E.S.S. as a community worker and researcher in 1974, and was elected to its board of directors in 1977. Although she later left to work at the Langley Mental Health Centre, she returned to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. in 1988 to become its executive-director and, more recently, was named CEO.

Under her leadership, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.'s budget grew to $17 million annually, with tens of thousands of volunteers and services offered to both immigrants and seniors.

She had a master's degree in social work from the University of British Columbia.

To also participated on a number of government and community committees to advocate for multiculturalism and social justice. She received several awards for her professional and community service, including a 1991 Vancouver Multicultural Society's Distinguished Service Award, a 1999 YWCA Women of Distinction Award and a federal Citation for Citizenship in 2001.

To's friend and fellow Hong Kong immigrant, Richmond MP Raymond Chan, called To's death "a big loss for Canada."

"She pioneered immigration services pretty well for the whole country," he said.

Chan, who is federal minister of multiculturalism, said To's contributions through S.U.C.C.E.S.S. helped pave the way for harmonious integration of thousands of new immigrants.

Chan said To's own immigration to Canada in the early 1970s proved to her there was a need for a social service agency that welcomed new immigrants, helped them settle and understand the basic necessities of their new country, from applying for a social insurance number and medical insurance to finding a place to live and work.

Chan said that as a federal politician, he often encourages groups in all parts of the country to use S.U.C.C.E.S.S. as a model.

"We need community leaders like Lilian in every other community -- who understand the difficulties, who understand the language, who understand the culture, to help government, and to help themselves."

To's dedication to her work with S.U.C.C.E.S.S. was legendary.

Maggie Ip recalled an incident a few years ago when To was taking a family vacation abroad. To insisted on flying back to Canada to attend a half-hour meeting, before rejoining her family on vacation.

"She always put her work ahead of her own interests," Ip said.

Mason Loh, a Vancouver lawyer and former chairman of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., said his friend had been in poor health for a number of years, "and that was quite a concern for some of her family, friends and colleagues.

"She was totally selfless, and she didn't take good care of herself when it was really busy, and there were always things that needed to be done in the community," Loh said.

The family is planning a private funeral service at Forest Lawn cemetery this Friday. S.U.C.C.E.S.S. will host a public celebration of To's life in September.

I also just got a chain letter from Carol Jensen, who should know better. Nina used to send me those things all the time, too. I admit I used to do my fair share of chain-letter-forwarding myself, but I certainly learned not to do so. :P

Then again... eh. Here it is, so you can judge.

In case anyone is interested, Saint Theresa is known as the Saint of the Little Ways. Meaning she believed in doing the little things in life well and with great love. She is also the patron Saint of flower growers and florists. She is represented by roses. May everyone be blessed who receives this message.

Theresa's Prayer cannot be deleted. REMEMBER to make a wish before you read the poem. That's all you have to do. There is nothing attached. Just send this to seven people and let me know what happens on the fourth day. Do not break this, please. Prayer is one of the best free gifts we receive.

There is no cost, but a lot of reward. Suggestion: copy and paste rather than forward to protect email addresses and access to e-virus. (Did you make a wish?) If you don't make a wish, it won't come true. Last chance to make a wish!

St. Theresa's Prayer:

May today there be peace within. May you trust your highest power that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you....May you be content knowing you are a child of God.... Let this presence settle into our bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise, and love. It is there for each and every one of you.

Now, send this to 7 people within the next 5 minutes and your wish will come true. And remember to send this'll see why.

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Sunday, July 03, 2005

Five basic essentials survey, Radiohead songs, the ultimate Canadian

5 Basic Essentials

Purse (substitute "body bag," haha)
--> Wallet
--> Hand sanitizer
--> Notebooks
--> Pens
--> Keys


--> Money / Debit Card
--> ID
--> Bubble Tea Shop Stamp Cards
--> Gift cards
--> Store Club Cards

Makeup Bag

---> Don't wear makeup much, so none really.


--> Shampoo
--> Conditioner
--> Lotion
--> Body Wash
--> Loofah

Bedside Table

--> Glasses
--> Books
--> Lamp
--> Pens
--> Alarm clock

CD Collection

--> Corey's DVD of music. (which I should get Nathan to burn to CD for me... but no rush on that at all, with current events the way they are :( )
--> Collective Soul, eponymous
--> the Clash, the Clash on Broadway
--> Matthew Good, Avalanche
--> Rufus Wainwright, eponymous


--> Computer
--> Phone
--> Paper
--> Pens
--> Stickers


--> Trillian
--> GreatestJournal
--> LiveJournal
--> Our Place
--> Time-waster games like Spider Solitaire

5 Things You Find Attractive About the Opposite Sex

--> Eyes
--> Compassion
--> Smile
--> Sense of humor
--> Intelligence

5 Things You Find Unattractive About the Opposite Sex

--> Doesn't give me space
--> Barely gives me attention
--> Insists on being right all the time
--> Doesn't keep his promises
--> Totally doesn't have a clue sometimes


How tall are you? 5 feet even.
Have you ever smoked heroin? No.
Do you own a gun? No.
Rehab? No.
Would you have sex with someone in a cemetery? No, that'd just be... weird. And uncomfortable. What kind of question is this?
Have you ever killed an animal? Ants and little insects.
Are you Irish? No.
What do you think of hot dogs? Yummy!
What's your favorite Christmas song? O Come All Ye Faithful
What is your favorite smell? Homemade cooking... REAL FOOD. ;)
What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Milk.
Do you do pushups? Not really.
Have you ever done ecstasy? Nope.

Are you vegan? No, can't live without my chicken and eggs.
Have you ever been caught having sex? N/A.
Have you been shot? With a needle. *eeeeee*
Have you ever been hospitalized? Yeah, for an operation.
Do you like painkillers? Indeed, I am a wimp.
What is your secret weapon to lure in the opposite sex? My humor and wit. ;)
Do you own a knife? Sure, in my cutlery drawer.
Do you have A.D.D.? Not really.
Do you love the pain a tattoo brings? .... no. See above statement about being a wimp. :P

Top 5 thoughts at this exact moment:

1. I wish I knew what to say to Daniel and Nathan...
2. I'm still full from lunch, so I'm not eating dinner anytime soon.
3. I'm sad.
4. I'm sleepy and in need of a nap.
5. I wonder how much retro-tagging work I'll get done before Conference...

Last time you cried, and why? Just now. See previous entry.
What's in your CD player? Alexis on Fire, Watch Out!
What CD player? I dunno... the CD-ROM drive on the computer, haha.
What's under your bed? Carpet.
What time did you wake up today? 7:50. :|
Current hair? Relatively clean.
What are you wearing? Glasses, Ottawa T-shirt, blue jeans, underwear.
Current worry? What should I do for Daniel and Nathan?
Favorite place to be? Chilling at Nathan's.
Least favorite place? Driving through the West End, or through Delta / Ladner. (skunk / horse manure... ewwies!)
If you could play an instrument? Piano.
Favorite colors? Blue, purple, black.
One person from the past you wish you could go back and talk to? Beethoven, or Queen Victoria.
Where would you like to go? England, Germany, Ireland, Romania, Australia, Italy, Scotland, France, Spain...

Where do you want to live? San Francisco, Holland, New York...
Favorite food? Some Chinese food (hot and sour soup, noodles, curry, wonton soup, etc.), pizza, pasta, chicken, sushi, turkey, Pho noodles, steak, etc.
Color of most clothes you own? Blue.
Number of pillows you sleep with? One.
What do you wear when you go to sleep? Nightgown.
What were you doing at midnight? Retro-tagging, talking to Corey about mushrooms / bugs / screensavers...
What do you think you'll be doing in 10 years? I have no idea.
Are you paranoid? Sometimes.
Do you burn or tan? Tan.
First piercing / tattoo? N/A.
First enemy? Leanne Giroux, Grade 1.
Last person you yelled at? Mom, for bugging me when I was tired.
Last thing you ate? Noodles at Mui's.
If you could be a pirate, would you? Sure, why not?
Last time you had sex? N/A.
If you could be with anyone right now, who would it be? Danielle.
Your full name? Leslie Chi Wah Ng.
What songs do you sing in the shower? I don't sing in the shower.

What did you fear was going to get you at night as a child? Ghosts, UFOs in the sky, monsters everywhere...
When and why did you last vomit? Not sure, but I was probably sick.
What's in your pockets right now? Whatsss in itsss pocketses, precioussss? *cough* Nothing except lint.
What color are your bedroom walls? Beige.
Last thing that made you laugh? Corey's opinion of mushrooms. ("They're gross slimy fungus! Anyone who likes them must be on crack!")
Best bed sheets you had as a child? Flowers and vines.
Favorite childhood pet? N/A.
Any pets now? Nope.

Do you like your teeth? Eh, they're all right...
Innie or an outtie? Innie.
Favorite restaurant? Ricky's, Specialty Chicken and Wonton Noodle House...
Describe your fingernails? Kinda long.
Worst injury you've ever had? Someone skated over my finger. =/
What are your dreams like? Very weird! See past posts on dreams for more info.
Do you wear contacts or glasses? Glasses.
Do you have any piercings? No.
What shoes do you wear? Sneakers.
What are the last four digits of your phone number? 5461.
If you were a crayon, what colour would you be? Dark blue.
Have you ever won any awards? Yes, for band-related stuff.
How many TVs do you have in your house? One, despite Eric's protestations to the contrary. ;)
Do you sleep with stuffed animals? Yup, a green rabbit.
Have you ever sprained / broken / fractured a bone or gotten stitches? Yeah, like when someone skated over my finger in Gr. 3.
Who do you tell your dreams to? GJ / LJ / Our Place / my close friends.

This is what you get...
You are Karma Police... You're down to earth, and
don't let anyone push you around. You're
confident and attentive. You've got a good
head on your shoulders, and you're authoritative.

What Radiohead Song are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

Very very Canadian
You scored 100 Canada speak, and 75 Canadianess!

Way to go! You're definitely one of us. You like to discuss the weather
with strangers, and say sorry when someone steps on your foot.

My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 86% on Canada speak
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 26% on Canadianess
Link: The Ultimate Canadian Test written by echox2 on Ok Cupid

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Sudden deaths

Not much to say right now...

I got into a discussion of baptism with Cindy, Danielle, and Mike.

We also learned that Daniel and Nathan's mom passed away just after midnight, on Daniel and Michelle's first anniversary. :(

RIP, Auntie Lillian. You will be missed. :(

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Hello, Internet? Anyone alive?

You Are 25% American
You're as American as Key Lime Tofu Pie
Otherwise known as un-American!
You belong in Cairo or Paris...
Get out fast - before you end up in Gitmo!

I like my new layout... it solves my archiving problem, haha. ;)

I couldn't get to sleep till like 2 last night (or later!), and got up half an hour before my alarm. Don't know what's wrong with me. Bleh.

I like my new music-themed icons, though. :)

I also like what Sarah made for me: it's cute! :D

Now I think of a reason why I shouldn't have signed up for Summer Con in the first place: helping with the kiddies at Sunday School. Darned maternal pressure... and darn my brain for not thinking in the first place! *sigh* I know Frances and the parents will probably be able to manage, even with 14 kids... but I feel guilty. Blah, I don't know why I can't think these things out sooner! Oh well, at least I'll be able to learn stuff... and give Nathan his Bathroom Reader birthday present on time? (if I don't forget to pack it, that is!)

Anyhow, I must go and eat a Cheez Whiz sandwich before I leave for church. Try it, it's good. :D

Have fun and stay safe, kiddies!

hello internet? anyone alive out there?
ECHO.. CHO.. HO.. O..

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