Hot Pink in review

Hot Pink
Hot Pink

Last night was Hot Pink, an pin-up girl themed art show featuring the works of Bret Taylor and Alex Stewart. What an amazing night! Somewhere in post industrial South False Creek a group of some of the best people I know came together to support these two talented men. I picked up a nice piece by Bret, my first original art purchase in years.

Bret Taylor
Bret Taylor
Alex Stewart
Alex Stewart

After the show we all hung around and had a pretty fantastic party. There was an amazing cake brought by Candice Roach (bakedinvancouver.com) who makes the coolest cakes in town. There was some drinking, plenty of merry making and a lot of yelling, in a good way.

Candice is awesome
Candice is awesome

Annie Friesen was there with her super cool buttons and magnets. She made a bunch of Hot Pink themed ones as well as some other great designs. Check out her work at dottiesbuttons.ca!

Dotties Buttons
Dotties Buttons

Thanks to everyone who came out last night and huge thanks to Tess McCann for all of her hard work keeping the show running smoothly!

This now hangs on my wall
This now hangs on my wall

Scott.

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Variety BC / Surrey Beer Club tweetup in review

The third Surrey Beer Club Tweetup has come and gone and it was by far our most successful to date. We raised over $1300 for Variety BC! I’d like to thank everyone involved with this event and there’s a lot of you so if I miss someone let me know.

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First I’d like to thank Big Ridge Brewing Co. and Brewmaster Tariq Khan for stepping up and hosting all three of these fun events. Tariq always makes a great cask for us and sources another, this time from Derrick Franche of the Whistler Brewhouse. As usual both casks were amazing. Big Ridge’s resident DJ, DJ Alibaba, is always on hand letting me use his sound system to give away prizes and the staff all work so hard to make the events run smoothly, I can’t thank you guys enough.

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Also a HUGE thank to Tom Zillich from the Surrey Now newspaper for sharing our event. We had a great turnout of people that had only found out about the event through the paper! Too bad you couldn’t make it out last night but I’m sure I’ll see you around town. Also everyone who shared the event on social media, there’s just too many of you to mention but Miss 604, CAMRA Vancouver and everyone who tweeted about our event or shared it on Facebook, thank you.

A lot of people donated prizes as well and along with the 50/50 draw they were the reasons we did so well. Thanks to Scott from Contrast Studio, Shannon from Shanny Bows, Sabrina from Usborne Books, Tyson (with the worlds best beard/moustache combo) and Ryan from Uli’s Restaurant, The team at the Big Ridge Liquor Store. Thanks to Megan for donating the awesome fair trade coffee basket, Don for donating the amazing chilli salt, My wife and her Mom and Sister for donating prizes, helping all night, buying lots of tickets and being awesome.

But most of the thanks goes to the great people who came out last night and helped us support this fantastic cause. Without you there would be no fundraisers. I had a blast and I’m really looking forward to the next event but for now I plan on sleeping in, I’m exhausted.

Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement regarding Surrey Beer Cub, we’re going to make it an actual club!!

Cheers and thank you from the bottom of my heart,

Scott.

You can opt out of receiving useless, wasteful phone books!

 

Photo credit - 102.7 The Peak
Photo credit – 102.7 The Peak

Someone finally listened!! If you’re tired of seeing a new, huge, pointless phone book show up on your doorstep every few months you are not alone. Well guess what, you don’t have to get them any more! Phone books were replaced by internet searches a LONG time ago so do a whole bunch of trees a favour and opt out!

Click this link http://delivery.ypg.com/ to remove yourself from the distribution list. Do it!

Scott.

 

The GVHBA 2013 Ovation Awards finalists unveiled with lots of love for Surrey.

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The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA) has announced the finalists for the 2013 Ovation Awards.

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 The awards, now in their fourth year, honour excellence in the design and construction of new single-family and multi-family homes, as well as the renovation of existing homes. For the first time, a People’s Choice Award will allow the public to vote for their favourite new or renovated project. Ovation Award winners will be announced at the Awards Gala on Saturday, April 20. To learn more about the People’s Choice Award and how you can vote, visit www.ovationawards.ca

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“High-quality home building and renovation are hugely important to the home owners of Metro Vancouver,” says GVHBA Chief Executive Officer Bob de Wit. “The Ovation Awards recognize the industry’s leaders in innovation and excellence.”

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Here’s a complete list of the nominees including many great projects in my hood, Surrey! Also all of the pictures in this post are projects located in Surrey! Check out www.ovationawards.ca for more info and see photos of these great projects on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gvhba

Scott.

Best Kitchen Renovation: Under $50,000

  • Intermind Design Inc. (New Westminster), Simplicity 2569
  • Level One Construction Ltd. (Vancouver), Mirrored Cuisine
  • Shakespeare Homes and Renovations Inc. (North Vancouver), Ross Kitchen
  • Associate: Sensitive Design (West Vancouver)

 Best Kitchen Renovation: $50,000 – $99,999

  • Level One Construction Ltd. (Vancouver), From Take-out to Home Cooking
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Cypress Cityscape
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Modern Metamorphosis
  • Associate: Sarah Gallop Design Inc. (Delta)

 Best Kitchen Renovation: $100,000 and over

  • Lonetree Enterprises Ltd. (Vancouver), Collins
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Vintner’s Dream
  • Associate: Connected Spaces (Vancouver)
  • TQ Construction Ltd. (Burnaby), Yale Kitchen

 Best Kitchen and Greatroom Renovation

  • G. Wilson Construction Co. Ltd. (Vancouver), BeachRES
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Coastal Revival
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey),  Lofty View

 Best Bathroom Renovation: Under $35,000

  • Green City Builders Inc. (Vancouver), Blend and Flow
  • Sarah Gallop Design Inc. (Delta), Relaxing Retreat
  • TQ Construction Ltd. (Burnaby),  Townhouse Ensuite

 Best Bathroom Renovation: $35,000 and over

  • Kenorah Construction & Design Ltd. (Delta), Craftsman with a Dash of Contemporary
  • Kenorah Construction & Design Ltd. (Delta), Path of Pebbles
  • Sensitive Design (West Vancouver), MacBeth

 Best Renovated Room

  • Klondike Contracting Corporation (Vancouver), An Asymmetric Overhaul
  • Associate: Architrix Design Studio Inc. (Vancouver)
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Brookside
  • Associate: Sarah Gallop Design Inc. (Delta)
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Vintner’s Dream
  • Associate: Connected Spaces (Vancouver)

Best Addition/Conversion Renovation

  • Best Builders Ltd. (Delta), Eagleridge
  • Kenorah Construction & Design Ltd. (Delta), Classic Heritage Revised
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Lofty View

Best Accessible Renovation

  • Intermind Design Inc. (New Westminster), My Intentions
  • Vancouver General Contractors Inc. (Vancouver), East 18

Best Heritage Renovation

  • Best Builders Ltd. (Delta), Arthur Drive
  • Harald Koehn Construction Ltd. (Vancouver), Timeless Comfort
  • Associate: Richard Kadulski Architect  (Vancouver)
  • JDL Homes Inc. (Vancouver), West 2nd
  • Associate: Modern Classic Building Solutions Inc. (Vancouver)

Best Exterior Renovation

  • Green City Builders Inc. (Vancouver), The ‘Updo’ House
  • JDL Homes Inc. (Vancouver), West 2nd
  • Associate: Modern Classic Building Solutions Inc. (Vancouver)
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Lofty View

 Best Condominium Renovation

  • G. Wilson Construction Co. Ltd. (Vancouver), BeachRES
  • Intermind Design Inc. (New Westminster), Modena Qube
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Cypress Cityscape

Best Renovation: Under $250,000

  • Intermind Design Inc. (New Westminster), Konstant
  • Associate: USAR Contracting and Design Inc. (Surrey)
  • Mountainside Renovations (Abbotsford), Indoor and Outdoor Transformation
  • Shakespeare Homes and Renovations Inc. (North Vancouver), Forrest
  • Associate: Sensitive Design (West Vancouver)

Best Renovation: $250,000 – $499,999

  • Klondike Contracting Corporation (Vancouver), An Asymmetric Overhaul
  • Associate: Architrix Design Studio Inc. (Vancouver)
  • Mountainside Renovations (Abbotsford), Cedar Avenue
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Coastal Revival

Best Renovation: $500,000 – $799,999

  • Kenorah Construction & Design Ltd. (Delta), 50’s Classic West Coast Modern
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Lofty View
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Vintner’s Dream
  • Associate: Connected Spaces (Vancouver)

Best Renovation: $800,000 and over

  • Cirrus Homes (North Vancouver), Montroyal Post and Beam
  • G. Wilson Construction Co. Ltd. (Vancouver), BeachRES
  • G. Wilson Construction Co. Ltd. (Vancouver), W14RES

Best Custom Home: $500,000 – $999,999

  • Best Builders Ltd. (Delta), Butterfly House
  • Econ Group Construction and Development Ltd. (North Vancouver), The Inter-Generational Family Home
  • Projekt Homes Ltd. (Maple Ridge), Projekt Keil

Best Custom Home: $1 million – $2 million

  • Insightful Healthy Homes Inc. (Vancouver), Harmony House
  • Tavan Developments Ltd. (Vancouver), Classic Beauty
  • Tavan Developments Ltd. (Vancouver), Riverside Elegance

Best Custom Home: Over $2 million

  • Best Builders Ltd. (Delta), Sentinel
  • Falcon Homes  Ltd. (Port Coquitlam), Butterfly House
  • VictorEric Premium Homes (Vancouver), Chen Residence

Best Single-Family Detached Home: Less than 2,000 s.f.

  • Portrait Homes Ltd. (Richmond), Hampstead

Best Single-Family Detached Home: 2,000 – 2,999 s.f.

  • Portrait Homes (Richmond), Hampstead
  • Vesta Properties Ltd. (Langley), Milner Heights Seasons Phase2
  • Vesta Properties Ltd. (Langley), Vantage Single Family Home

Best Townhouse/Rowhome Development: Less than 2,000 s.f.

  • K.A.O. Construction Design Studio Inc. (Vancouver), The Fraternal Courtyard Duplex
  • ParkLane Homes Ltd. (Vancouver), Flatiron at Bedford Landing
  • Royale Properties Ltd. (Surrey), Nature’s Walk

Best Townhouse/Rowhome Development: 2,000 s.f. and over

  • Bluetree Homes Ltd. (Vancouver), Bluetree Homes at Kanaka Creek

 Best Multi-Family Lowrise Development

  • ParkLane Homes Ltd. (Vancouver), The Village at Bedford Landing
  • Porte Development Corp. (Vancouver), Origin
  • Tien Sher Group of Companies (Richmond), Quattro3

Best Multi-Family Highrise Development

  • Concert Properties Ltd. (Vancouver), Patina

Best New Kitchen: Under $100,000

  • Best Builders Ltd. (Delta), Sentinel
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Modern Tranquility
  • Usar Contracting and Design Inc. (Surrey), Olam
  • Associate: Intermind Design Inc.

Best New Kitchen: $100K and over

  • Falcon Homes  Ltd. (Port Coquitlam), Butterfly House
  • Tavan Developments Ltd. (Vancouver), Riverside Elegance
  • Tavan Developments Ltd. (Vancouver), Southlands Gem

Best Outdoor Living Space: New or Renovated

  • Best Builders Ltd. (Delta), Sentinel
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Vintner’s Dream
  • Associate: Connected Spaces (Vancouver)
  • reVISION Custom Home Renovations Inc. (Vancouver), Ribs and Relaxation

Best Special Feature: New or Renovated

  • Falcon Homes Ltd. (Port Coquitlam), Butterfly House
  • G. Wilson Construction Co. Ltd. (Vancouver), BeachRES
  • Tavan Developments Ltd. (Vancouver), Shaughnessey Charm

Best Interior Design Custom Residence: New or Renovated

  • Falcon Homes Ltd. (Port Coquitlam), Butterfly House
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey), Vintner’s Dream
  • Tavan Developments Ltd. (Vancouver), Shaughnessey Charm

Best Interior Design Display Suite: Single-Family or Multi-Family

  • Bluetree Homes Ltd. (Vancouver), Bluetree Homes at Kanaka Creek
  • Concert Properties Ltd. (Vancouver), Patina
  • Royale Properties Ltd. (Surrey), Nature’s Walk – Light Palette
  • Associate: Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing (Surrey)

Best Marketing Innovation

  • Portrait Homes (Richmond), Hampstead

Best Marketing Campaign

  • Bluetree Homes Ltd. (Vancouver), Bluetree Homes – Your Friendly Neighbourhood Builder
  • Concert Properties Ltd. (Vancouver), Patina
  • ParkLane Homes Ltd. (Vancouver), River District Vancouver
  • Associate: Braun/Allison Inc. (Vancouver)

FortisBC Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency in New Construction: Single-Family Home

  • Insightful Healthy Homes Inc. (Vancouver), Harmony House
  • Insightful Healthy Homes Inc. (Vancouver), Vancouver Net Zero Energy Ready Home

FortisBC Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency in New Construction: Multi-Family Home

  • Porte Development Corp. (Vancouver), Origin

GRAND OVATION AWARDS

RenoMark Renovator of the Year – Small Volume

  • Cirrus Homes (North Vancouver)
  • Intermind Design Inc. (New Westminster)
  • Shakespeare Homes and Renovations Inc. (North Vancouver)

 RenoMark Renovator of the Year – Large Volume

  • Kenorah Construction & Design Ltd. (Delta)
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey)
  • TQ Construction Ltd. (Burnaby)

 Custom Builder of the Year

  • Best Builders Ltd. (Delta)
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. (Surrey)
  • Tavan Developments Ltd. (Vancouver)

Single-Family Builder of the Year

  • Portrait Homes (Richmond)
  • Vesta Properties Ltd. (Langley)

Multi-Family Builder of the Year

  • Concert Properties Ltd. (Vancouver)
  •  ParkLane Homes Ltd. (Vancouver)
  •  Royale Properties Ltd. (Surrey)

People’s Choice Award Entrants

  • Best Builders Ltd. – Sentinel
  • Bluetree Homes  – Bluetree Homes at Bishop Creek
  • Bluetree Homes – Bluetree Homes at Kanaka Creek
  • Cirrus Homes – Montroyal Post and Beam
  • Concert Properties Ltd. – Patina
  • Falcon Homes Ltd. – Butterfly House
  • Kooney Homes Ltd. – The Boardwalk Townhomes
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. – Lofty View
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. – Modern Tranquility
  • My House Design/Build Team Ltd. – Vintner’s Dream
  • ParkLane Homes Ltd. – Flatiron at Bedford Landing
  • Royale Properties Ltd. – Nature’s Walk
  • Tien Sher Group of Companies – English Mews
  • Tien Sher Group of Companies – Quattro3
  • TQ Construction Ltd. – Deer Lake Spa Bath
  • TQ Construction Ltd. – Inside-Outside Renovation
  • TQ Construction Ltd. – Princess Park Kitchen
  • TQ Construction Ltd. – Seclusion
  • TQ Construction Ltd. – Yale Kitchen

Surrey Beer Club is happening this Thursday! Want to know what the casks will be?

SURREY BEER CLUB BACK

It’s almost here! This Thursday (Feb 21st) marks the 3rd edition of our Surrey Beer Club meet/tweetups at Big Ridge Brewing Co. in Surrey! Join us a 5pm for great beer, good times and a good cause!

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We’ll have 2 casks, one from Tariq at Big Ridge and one from Derrick at Whistler Brewhouse. Tariq’s cask is his Sullivan Porter dry hopped with Brambling Cross. Derrick’s cask is his Alta Lake Ale dry hopped with Sorachi Ace. You can also try Tariq’s latest seasonal which is a single hopped Vienna style lager, I haven’t had it yet but I hear it’s outstanding!

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We’ll be holding a 50/50 draw and a raffle with some cool prizes like an hour long photo session from Contra Studios, some gift cards, some Big Ridge swag and a beer basket put together by yours truly! All proceeds are going to Variety the Children’s Charity. If you can’t make it and would like to donate you can do so HERE. You’ll get a tax receipt and if you mention Hayley Graham (my daughter) in your donation we’ll get a notification!

Thanks for all your support and I look forward to seeing you Thursday night!

Scott.

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Like bacon? I bet you’ve never had it like this

I know you’ve probably heard enough about bacon. It might be the most overused meat in North America at the moment but who can blame us, bacon is delicious. You can find bacon in everything, doughnuts, Martinis, Pancakes, cupcakes, Caesars, cheesecake, the list is endless. Add that to more traditional uses for your favourite little salty strips of pork and you could eat bacon for or with every meal. Should you? Probably not, you wouldn’t want to overload on something so tasty and ruin it for yourself. There’s also the fat and sodium content but everything in moderation, right?

Boom goes the dynamite.
Boom goes the dynamite.

Screw moderation, The Rumpus Room on Main Street (at 11th Ave) has deep fried bacon and it’s ridiculous. Called “sh-BANG!” on the menu, these tempura battered strips of heaven are something that you should try at least once in your life. They come with some tempura battered avocado and some aioli (aka mayo) and hot sauce with a decidedly BBQ flavour for dipping. This is the pinnacle of self destructive excess and I love it.

Book yourself an appointment with a cardiologist if you get addicted, I’d hate to be the cause of your congestive heart failure. While you’re there say hi to the worlds greatest bartender, Mr. Jason Wheeler.

Scott.

Check out the SalivEIGHT package from Eight 1/2 Restaurant and Lounge and VANEATS.ca!

The crew at VANEATS.ca are at it again, this time teaming up with Eight 1/2 Restaurant & Lounge to bring you the salivEIGHT package. For a ridiculously affordable $15 you get to choose from Dungeness Crab Cakes, Filo wrapped Baked Brie or Tortilla Soup for an Appetizer. You also get to choose from 3 thin crust pizzas, The 8th Avenue (Hot calabrese, chorizo, banana peppers, and sautéed mushrooms), The Marketplace (Roasted vegetables, goat cheese, torn basil, sun dried tomato base) or The Wild Smoked Salmon (BC smoked salmon, creamy dill, capers, red onion, craisins). Last but not least you get a flight of Belgian style beers from Stanley Park Brewing, 2 Amber and 2 Brun.

Crab Cakes
Crab Cakes

I decided on the crab cakes as my starter and I’m very happy I did. These aren’t your typical 80% breadcrumb and seasoning crab cakes, these suckers and LOADED with sweet, tasty crab! The crab doesn’t need much other than a little seasoning and they nailed it. They were perfectly cooked and came with a small side of arugula with a citrus yoghurt dressing. Crab cakes rule.

Eighth Avenue Pizza
Eighth Avenue Pizza

The 8th Avenue pizza called to me, with its spicy Calabrese, Chorizo and Banana Peppers. Add juicy sauteed mushrooms and a healthy dose of cheese to the mix and I am a happy boy. The thin crust was perfect for folding the slices in half and eating New York style.

Beer Flight
Beer Flight

The Beers? You know I like beer so this one is obviously a win. Being a craft beer enthusiast it’s great to see some local beers being offered up in a package like this and the two Stanley Park beers offered here are very approachable to the craft beer novice. Easy drinking with no big hop punch or boozy undercurrent.

SalivEIGHT is available now for $15 at VANEATS.ca. Crazy deal, you should grab this one before it’s gone!

But wait, there’s more!

Steak Bites
Steak Bites

As I wasn’t dining alone I had the chance to sample a few other items from Eight 1/2’s menu, bonus! First up is the Steak Bites, Chili rubbed and roasted medium-rare with creamy parm dip. They were a big hit with my hot date and I liked them too. The parm dip was tasty!

Tuna Tataki
Tuna Tataki

Next up we had some Tuna Tataki, Seared Albacore, fresh avocado, wasabi aioli, sweet soy, ginger. This is a winner, I love Tuna Tataki and this is a great example of how it can be done with a North American palate in mind but not be off putting to someone who likes traditional Tuna Tataki.

Caesar
Caesar

And then we had a Caesar in a boot! Actually we had it first but whatever, it was awesome. The picture makes it look huge but it’s just slightly larger than the water glass behind it. The garnish is dry pepperoni and a tiny pickle. This is a pretty classic Caesar with some great background heat. I would order another one in a heartbeat.

Legal stuff – My pizza, appy and beer were complimentary on behalf of Eight 1/2 and VANEATS.ca for review purposes, the other items were paid for in full and are not included in the package. We also left a big tip because we appreciate great service!

Go check out Eight 1/2!

Twitter – @eightandahalf     @VANEATSca

Facebook – Eight-12-Restaurant-Lounge     VAN EATS

Web – eightandahalf.ca     VANEATS.ca

Scott.

Civic Hotel is coming to Surrey.

The Plaza at 3 Civic Plaza
The Plaza at 3 Civic Plaza

Last July Century Group announced the ambitious 3 Civic Plaza project which is now under construction in Surrey’s City Centre, check out all the details here http://wp.me/p2HHqR-7p . The project includes Civic Hotel, a modern, upscale hotel which is the first of its kind in Surrey since the Guildford Sheraton was built over 20 years ago. Here’s a breakdown of what this state of the art hotel will bring to Surrey.

2 story "Glass Box" shared lobby
2 story “Glass Box” shared lobby

Overview

• Part of Surrey’s first mixed-use hotel and residential project, 3 Civic Plaza.
• A premium world class hotel backed by a global reservation system.
• Located on the Civic Plaza in Surrey City Centre on City Parkway at the crossroads of 104th Avenue, and adjacent to the Surrey Central SkyTrain station.
• Surrey’s first new high-rise hotel in two decades.
• Boasts 144 rooms, large meeting space to accommodate more than 300 people, street-level licensed restaurant and lounge, market café, indoor lap pool and hot tub, and fitness room with adjoining change rooms that include full shower facilities.
• Features a dedicated co-working space (Nice!!) and health club.

Hotel room
Hotel room

Economic Highlights

• Projected to cater primarily to the corporate and leisure markets, with the latter benefiting from strong projected growth rates for population in Surrey and visiting friends and family.
• With 37,000-40,000 guests per year expected at Civic Hotel, it is estimated that more than $3.6 million in ancillary revenue will be injected into local businesses and services each year based on the average international visitor to Canada spending $99.60 per day in 2011 (Canadian Tourism Commission).
• Civic Hotel will also generate 50 full-time jobs and the overall project will create more than 200 jobs during construction.

Health Club
Health Club

Design Highlights

• Designed by Vancouver-based Cotter Architects and Portland-based ZGF Architects, the progressive architecture and modern design of Civic Hotel reflect an international outlook and the city’s South Asian cultural influences.
• Two-storey “glass box” grand lobby will be shared by the residences, offices and hotel, functioning as a social hub.
• Lobby draws inspiration from the surrounding forests and the rich regional history of the timber industry. It boasts a modern sculptural staircase of walnut, stainless steel and glass.
• Rooms are stylish yet practical for work – with functional desk chairs, precision lighting and uncluttered workspaces – and also feature expansive floor-to-ceiling windows.
• In-slab radiant heating/cooling system and natural ventilation system will provide guests with a superior comfort level not possible with conventional mechanical systems.
• Hotel roof will act as an amenity space for socializing and special events, offering guests a front row seat to activities taking place on the civic plaza below and providing views to sunrises over the Coast Mountains and stunning sunsets over Vancouver Island.

3 Civic Plaza
3 Civic Plaza

Check out 3civicplaza.ca for more info.

Scott.

What do I think about the “Surrey, The Future Dies Here” shirts? I’m glad you asked!

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Photo – Metro News

So, someone is making shirts that play on the official city logo and poke fun at Surrey’s crime rate eh? This should surprise no one. Surrey has a crime problem, Surrey has a murder problem, Surrey has a robbery problem, look up the stats. Surrey has a bad image and it’s there for a reason, there is more crime committed here per capita than in our big brother Vancouver. Do I like the shirts? You know what, they’re kind of funny and kudos for to Mr. Don Pitcairn for having the stones to make something like this considering he actually LIVES IN SURREY! Would I wear one? Hell no, they’re ugly.  I’m sure the Main Street/Gastown hipster crowd will love them though. I proudly wear my Surrey Is The Bomb shirts because I like living here.

I’m sure you guys thought this was going to be a ranting, raving post full of finger pointing but it just isn’t worth it. I tried to promote Surrey but all I found was people who don’t consider themselves Surrey residents, they’re either from somewhere else or they say they’re Vancouverites. The cease and desist order put forth by the City of Surrey is toothless as far as I can tell, they might have a minor copyright infringement case but it’s pretty thin.

I’m as surprised as you are that I’m so indifferent about this, life’s too short to pretend everything’s made of roses and sunshine and unicorn farts you guys. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go sit on my couch in my affordable home while I sip fine single malt Scotch and think about how easy my morning commute is now that they’ve replaced the Port Mann Bridge. While you chew on that remember this simple fact proud Vancouverites, it’s pretty hard for people who live in a city that has a place as dark and disturbing as the Downtown Eastside to throw stones at anyone, then again most Vancouverites avoid the DTES more than they avoid Surrey. Cheers.

Scott.

My Google Nexus 4 has shipped!

A few days ago I ordered a Google Nexus 4, the much ballyhooed smartphone that uses an uncluttered, unmolested version of Google’s Android operating system. The phone comes unlocked and can be used on any carrier without affecting your contract, no renewal needed. It runs the latest version of Android, 4.2.1 Jelly Bean (I don’t get the names either). What does it cost? $309 for the 8G, $359 for the 16G, amazing.

Photo - Google Play Store
Photo – Google Play Store

For all you iPhone lovers out there it comes with Google Maps so nah nah nah boo boo. It has Google’s Chrome mobile browser which I’ve used on the Nexus 7 tablet and was very impressed with. Check out all the specs HERE. Needless to say it’s a very impressive phone for its relatively low price, add ‘unlocked’ and it’s irresistible.

The only issue I can foresee with this phone is the lack of memory expansion, no micro SD card slot, but I ordered the 16G so I should be fine. The strange thing is my current phone suffers from the opposite problem. It’s a Sony Xperia Arc (X12) that runs Android 4.0 after an update a few months back, It has a 16G micro SD card but only 1G of internal storage and only 320mb set aside for apps. The issue with that set up is with app storage. When you develop an app for use on a Google device you’re given the option for your app to be stored on a memory card but I think a lot of developers are missing this step. It’s unfortunate because the Xperia Arc is a great phone with an outstanding camera but 5 apps was simply not enough for me, I need more!

I’ll keep you posted as to when my phone arrives and my first few days with it.

Scott.