Monday, July 30, 2012

Travel to Greek Islands - Santorini 20120728-29 (IMG00977)

After what seemed like ages on the high sea, our sail boat finally arrived at Manolas late in the evening of July 28 and by the time I finished my grilled fresh squid, it was already past mid-night.

Upon returning back to the sailing boat, we discovered the anchor had slipped on the sea floor and the boat was facing the risk of running aground. The sailing boat captain and us (his crew) then spent another 45 min improvising better mooring. We were dead tired when we hit the cabin beds way past 1 am.

After a few hours sleep, we pulled up anchor and went to Vlichada where we had breakfast at Taverna Vlichada owned by Dimitris.

I started the day with a Cyclades Smoothies ( ) which managed to sustain me thru a rather busy days on land.

The group rented a car and tow scooters and we toured all over islands !!! Here is a photo of the church built on the cliff face around 800 AD.

More text and pics to come, stay tuned !!!!

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Italian Week Festival in Ottawa 20120619 (IMG00868)

This is a photo I took during the Italian Week Festival in Ottawa on June 19, 2012.

The fair ground was filled with both adults and young kids (incl this young-at-heart ;). I spent time listening to the street bands playing and ppl partying on Preston Street.

I had a heck of a great time and never left till way past mid-nite !!!!

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Travel to Greek Islands 20120626 - Great Greek Beach (IMG00907)

Actually what you see in the photo is just a pebble beach and not the kind with fine white sand. But the water is clear and pristine without pollution, something you can't find in many countries.

Lucky for me, but not so for the locals, there aren't too many tourists on the beach even tho it is high-season for vacationning in Europe. Otherwise the place will be just crowded with hundreds of bathers and boaters.

Anyway, I am glad we are contributing to the local Greek island economy.

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Travel to Greek Islands 20120726 - Cafe Portokali (IMG00902)

We just pulled into port after almost 8 hours of non-stop sailing on white-caps. I stayed and even napped on deck to avoid getting sea-sick in the cabin below board !!!

With my feet back on solid ground, my appetite is back and am looking forward to having a nice sea-food supper on shore.

Grilled fresh octopus is my favourite and the price is cheaper than that in Ottawa.

Yum Yum !!!!

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Travel to Greek Islands (IMG00900)

The 50-ft Bavaria sailboat K and I are staying while travelling around the Greek Islands.

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Travel to Greek Islands (IMG00901)

I am currently away, will talk to you soon :)

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Monday, July 16, 2012

林俊 / Lin Jun

CBC News / The National July 16, 2012 中國武漢留學生林俊遇害案

"Jun Lin's Parents' Grief" - Mark Kelley sits down for an exclusive interview with the parents of Jun Lin.





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* CBC News: Jun Lin's slaying shatters mother's view of Canada
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