Hello Vancouver – Eleven Years Later

Downtown Vancouver

It’s hard to believe, but eleven years ago today, I packed up my computer (2 huge boxes that included my monitor and desktop) and a large luggage full of clothes in Toronto and moved to Vancouver.

An experiment of sorts, I wanted to give Vancouver a try; I wanted and needed a change; and things were just working out perfectly for me that it offered me the chance to move here. With a job working for Essence du Papier at the newly renovated Eaton store downtown and a place to stay with Russ I made the huge plunge.

Though still in the same country and 4 1/2 hour plane ride between us, it was hard leaving family behind. As you see we are close family and are always in touch with each other.

I’ve made some amazing friends here in Vancouver and I have made a life that I’m very proud of. With the help of Russ who has supported me through these amazing eleven years I’ve never been happier.

So thank you Vancouver for being here for me and thank you for allowing me to explore you when I can. You are an amazing city and I’m loving my stay here!

I'm Not Gone, Honestly

Well hello there world. No I’m not gone, I’m still here honestly. I know I have been fairly quiet on my blog this past month, hell, the last couple of months if truth be told. I do have a reason, honestly I do. You see my new position has got me travelling and keeping me busy over the last 45 days and now that things are finally coming into place I think I’ll be able to update more on here.

I’ll try to keep the content coming. After-all I’ve been to Victoria, Chicago and Calgary recently so I do have things to talk about! So please be patient with me as I’ll try not to disappoint you.

The Sun of May Tattoo

Sun of May TattooThe deed is done. I now have entered a new club, a club that I thought I would never join, but always thought about joining. I’m now one of the tattooed.

This past Saturday I headed down to The Sacred Heart Tattoo eager to get this done. As I’ve never had a tattoo before, I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect. I’ve seen shows before that went through the process, but being there yourself felt different. I don’t know if it was nerves or the fact that I had to semi strip down to a stranger I’ve only just met.

My tattoo artist Jessy Albert Jr. was a true professional. He explained every step that he was doing. I’ll admit having a stranger shave your chest was an odd feeling – not one I want to repeat anytime soon 🙂

Once shaved, he placed the stencil of the outlined tattoo. This is the first chance I got to see where the tattoo will be and how it will look on me. If I wanted it moved, it was the time to do so, but I liked where he placed it and we were good to go.

Jessy made me lay down on the table and explained to me that he was going to first start with drawing the outline and we would then follow by colouring the tattoo itself. Though I knew it was a needle going through the skin, he explained the feeling would be like “a mosquito on crack”. He wasn’t kidding. Not only a constant prickling, but it was also a scrapping of the skin. Jessy also suggested that if I needed a break at anytime, to just let him know and we could continue afterwards.There were times I thought to myself what was I getting myself into. Could I handle an hour of this process? Within 10 minutes he was finished with general outline of the tattoo.

Initially we had discussed the colouring of the tattoo and I wanted it to be a golden colour. He suggested adding some shading to make the rays stand out more and since he was the expert I trusted him to begin to colour the tattoo. This time around the process was a little more painful as he had to cover more area with the ink. I did think of taking a break at one point, but thought that I should just get it over with or else I would think too much about the pain that would be coming.

All in all from start to finish Jessy took only 1 hour to complete. After he was finished, he took photos of the tattoo for his own records and other tattoo artist came by to look at the finished result. They seemed very impressed as did I.

After bandaging the tattoo up, he let me know that I should wash the tattoo the next morning and place some standard lotion on it. I did ask about using an aloe vera lotion and said not to use it as it would irritate the skin. The skin felt like a sunburn after it was completed and felt that way for the day. Now I wait for the next phase where the skin will begin to scab over and I’m only to continue to keep adding lotion to it and keep the skin moist.

Will I get another one now that I’ve gotten my first one? I’m thinking about it, but it won’t be any time soon. After all this first one took a few years to get done. 🙂

Getting a Tattoo

I’ve been thinking of getting a tattoo for several years now, but couldn’t decide on what to get. Like most people who get tattooed, the tattoo has to mean something, it had to represent who I am and where I am in my life.

I’ve often thought of just getting a tattoo of my zodiac sign, but couldn’t think of a version to get. I’ve also thought of getting some exotic tattoo on my arm and shoulder. Most recently I even thought of getting a tattoo on my leg of some sort. was overdone already and not very “original”.

So I started to think about getting a country flag on my chest, but couldn’t decide which country flag to get – Italy, Argentina or Canada. I thought of getting a combination of all three, but just didn’t think it would look right.

So what did I think of getting? After much thinking I’ve decided to get the sun from the Argentina flag – known as the Sun of May – on my chest.

I think it will remind me of who I am, and where I cam from, as well as bringing me light.

What do you think?

My appointment won’t be until this coming Saturday and I’ve very excited about it!

 

Happy Birthday Amanda

Another month and another family birthday. Today my eldest niece Amanda celebrates her birthday.

Ahhh how time passes quickly. I can’t believe I was so young when she was born. I recall kids at school making fun of me and calling me “Uncle Gus” making me feel so OLD. It was that feeling that I made sure she never called me “Uncle” and just used my first name. Granted now that I’m older I don’t mind being called that at all.

I could go on and on and tell you some stories about her, but I think that would just embarrass her and I don’t want to do that to her. 🙂

Amanda has grown up to be a wonderful person both inside and out. So Amanda, I hope you have an amazing birthday today. I’m glad we got to spend some time together last weekend when I was in Town.