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My morning meetings ended early, so I’m making use of the little extra time I ended up with and headed to get my chocolate fix over at @chocolateartsvancouver ❀️ My favorite dark chocolate mocha (only a hint of sweetness) and a few chocolates. Shown here is the peanut butter bar, chocolate and peanut butter with a bit to crunch. Yum!

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It’s so important to take time out to cause a pause in your routined life every once in a while, allow the space for stillness and reflection. A time to nourish and treat yourself.
I took a 24hr retreat, used my rewards points up, booked myself and @fenleytucker a stay in the city. What a treat it was! My first time bringing a dog to a nice hotel and the staff and services were delightful. I treated myself to room service as it was easier since I had Fen with me #

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Stunning day for a snowshoe trip upto Manning Park πŸ’™ The drive up was beautiful.

Music playing in the car: Dave Brubeck Take 5

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@fenleytucker convinced me with his whale eyes to take him out for a mid-afternoon walk today. So I decided it should be a treat… A trip to the beach! It was colder and more blustery than I had anticipated, though refreshing, and when the sunny periods created some sea mist, all worth it ❀️ Btw, parking isn’t free until the end of Feb as many led me to believe. As of Feb 1st it was back to winter prices. Maybe the city cut program short by a month.

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Someone was needing to be close this morning. Even though Fen barely fits on my lap when I’m at my desk chair, I’ll sit cross-legged to give him some more stability. He’ll hang out for half hour until he wants to go sleep in his bed. Sweet moments that I cherish everytime

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This was our boat that the private tour guide was able to book for me. I loved it. The wife of the captain of this vessel took on the early morning job while her husband rested at home, as he’s busy with the daytime local commuters.
See that bamboo mat on the front deck? Our considerate female captain placed it there for us to sit on, figuring we’d enjoy front row boating, a dry seat and not as cold as the cold hard steel. It was still nippy before the sun came up. As you can see in photo no.2, I was pretty darn happy

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Back to Guilin, China… Our privately hired boat ride down LΓ¬ River at dawn with the sun rising over the famous karst mountains. Oh and you witness the level of air pollution that hails from the cities.
Photo 2 is of the karst mountain face named Painted mountain of Nine Horses 九马画山. Can you spot the resemblance, even through the smog and mist? I can say that from further back at a better angle you can pick out the resembling shapes better. I took too long looking at it before remembering to take a shot, lost the best opportunity, so this was the best I could do

early morning river traffic

early morning river traffic

Continuing the series of posts on my visit to LiJiang, Guilin… Since we were the only boat with only two passengers and foreigners to boot, we were definitely a sight for the locals in early morning river traffic. It was neat to see the riverside residence have their morning market riverside. Too bad we didn’t have time to stop off, it would have been neat to experience
—– I had hired a private fixer/guide to get us a early morning sunrise boat ride down the river, before all the tourist ferries were out on the water. Our river trip began at 6:30am aboard a local transport boat that seated about 6 inside and an open deck for cargo or people, much like the one pictured in the first photo. The dawn and sunrise on the misty river was incredible. It still seemed like a dream
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Happy Lunar New Year 2020!

Happy Lunar New Year 2020!

Wishing @everyone a Happy Lunar New Year! Especially for those of us celebrating the Chinese New Year day today and the year of the rat πŸ­πŸ‘²πŸŽŠ May this year be an auspicious one for us all πŸ€

Image courtesy of the Yucatan Times

Curious water ox

Curious water ox

Curious water ox. It was a treat to see water oxes greeting us before their work day started. The dawn and sunrise on the misty river was incredible. It still seemed like a dream.❀️ This shot was taken at dawn, just before sunrise.
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I had hired a private fixer/guide to get us a early morning sunrise boat ride down the river, before all the tourist ferries were out on the water. Our river trip began at 6:30am
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