Having been in this town for many years, I’ve watched this mall swallow up the space Wal-Mart Left, putting in a food court, and later a Sport Chek, Timmies, EB Games & Best Buy, and now expanding once again. They really concern themselves with making it into a hub for people to chill, relax, and do some therapy shopping!! There are also seasonal shops which pop up in the middle of the other shops, check them out during the holidays for favorites such as the Log Barn!
It’s always fairly clean for the amount of traffic that goes through. This location also makes an excellent place to have a wind friendly walk in the early hours, (as later hours do get crowded) for those who don’t wish to be stuck to a treadmill.
HI I’m Raven, I just got back from Random Acts of Costuming, where we cheered up some kids and some people, I put on my best smile, and now without any further ado, here is SarahTonin’s Exploration Update for the Month of September. Teen Titans GO!
Didn’t go many places, but we did make some delicious shish
kabobs and had a corn feast, which if you see there, I’ve taken two slices of tomato
and slathered them on the corn. (This to be done after normal condiments
applied, butter, salt and pepper) That’s how you do it RIGHT!
Saw this spectacular sunrise, peeking out from behind a fire
Snapped a few shots of this excellent sunset on the way back
Went camping, made some camp food! Yes, Omelets ARE camp
And I thought I’d end it on a funny note. Why can’t you
Trust an Artist? Because….They’re Shady! They’re Sketchy! AND they might try
to Frame you! Have a great week guys and hopefully I’ll explore way more things this month however as
the winter months set in, I tend to bunker down and hibernate…and wait for
the cold to go away! So you may see me venture out, once in a while, but expect
to see more updates in regards to Tutorials, and other such likes! Stay Tuned!
Princess Leia made an appearance at Quest Martial Art’s Academy’s‘Spar Wars’. These guys create a safe environment for those who enjoy fighting, and prompt students to better themselves. The teachers are witty, funny, caring and down to earth, so know that you or your child/teenager will be getting excellent care.
Headed out to Vernon on the weekend for May the 4th Celebrations, Vernon hosted a Comic-Con! Ran into the 501st, and immediately asked Vader if it was a lady under there, and to my pleasant surprise, a lady’s voice replied! I met her last year, there is only one lady who troops as Darth Vader, the force truly is strong with this one! Coupled with her husband dressed as Boba Fett, the two make an intimidating and awe inspiring moment for those who are brave enough to face the Dark lord.
Stopped by Munin’s with the RWBY group for a specialty crafted coffee beer (SHHH don’t tell Uncle Crow!) then into Safeway to grab the makings of a pizza, a vegi platter and an already made Hawaiin pizza !
Headed out with the RAOC group a couple times this month to the Kelowna General Hospital, where we set out to provide special moments to children, and anyone else who we could make smile!
Alright! This is the second monthly update where I take you on a tour of where I’ve been outside of the game world! Any helpful feedback is greatly appreciated as I embark on this new adventure, one that I hope will encourage me to get out more and show off my beautiful town, and who knows, maybe someday, the world!
This month started with a stay-cation away from my full-time scheduling job, allowing me some time to put together some of the new features you’ll see throughout my pages. My twin sisters were in town for the first week of this, so I spent some time with them and the family.
Stopped by Mission Creek on my way home to find some smooth water washed rocks, meeting an adorable, patient, obedient puppy on the way out as the owner had asked it to sit on the rock outside the park to take a picture. Even though he wanted to jump off and come beg for a pat, he looked at me longingly instead and resigned to his fate – what a sweetheart!
Took mum out for Donairs at Subcity, always a treat!
Went up to Vernon to trim my trees, the honeysuckle was getting a bit out of hand!
Back to work, I snagged some views of the lake from the top floor.
Went with the RWBY Group to DUNNENZIES PIZZA AND PUB, where comedy night was in full swing, providing some easy going material for those looking to add to their gig! For more on that, check out RWBYBCCOSPLAYERS!
Not too much exploring this month, but I’ve been working on a few projects (with a bit of help from Kelly) I hope to share with you soon!
Peace out from Sarahtonin! – Check out my video update below!
-PS Next month I should have a better camera setup!
I’m starting something new – A monthly update where I take you on a tour of where I’ve been outside of the game world! Any helpful feedback is greatly appreciated as I embark on this new adventure, one I hope will encourage me to get out more and show off my beautiful town, and who knows, maybe someday, the world!
This month was a whirl of gaiety! I didn’t explore much in the beginning of the month as I was mainly focused on prepping for the Kelowna Fan Expo, (KFX) but I did make it up to the views of Black Mountain to visit my parents before the Expo, as well as dog sitting which brought me to West Kelowna where I was able to work on my tan during those first two weeks of warm weather on a sunlit back deck!
The Kelowna Fan Expo was held in downtown Kelowna, a few blocks from my work so it’s very familiar to me, I know all the alleys and side roads, however I do tend to misplace newer shops 😛 Such as misleading us all who were heading to Parlour Ice Creamthe first night of the expo – Which is a fabulous shop, totally recommended, ice cream made fresh, and SO MANY AVAILABLE, and you don’t have to sell your first born to get some!
If you’ve ever been to the KFX, you’re aware of it being located in a few different buildings, and as some of you know, the RWBY Group here in Kelowna was given the opportunity to put forward a panel on ‘Creating Cosplay Communities’. That was held in the Black Box Theater, which is a stone’s throw distance away from the walkway that connects the library parkade to the Rotary Center for the Arts. Beautiful walkway by the way, it’s lined with stone fruit statues, some of them are actually stone fruit, but it makes a wonderful spot to take cosplay photos, as does the parkade with it’s ivy and brick.
The Rotary Center for the Arts is a neat building with two and a half levels, I helped volunteer in the actual art studio, that space would be so neat to create something in! They have a whole wall with easels built into it!
I also ‘helped out’ my buddy’s (Felt like I stood there a lot and didn’t know what to do!) who were visiting all the way from Barriere at Sweetnam’s Nik Naks, a store they run with their dad Daniel, awesome guy! They are the other two original RWBY group starters here in the Okanagan 🙂 They allowed my mum to sell her bags at their shop, so thankful! They also took me out for dinner after at the lovely Mekong Restaurant, their food is INCREDIBLE and their options for gluten free are exquisite 🙂
The vendor right across from us sold these amazing masks which my family will now be able to masquerade around in 😉
I ran by this sign on the way home, any place that tells you to have a PHOBULOUS WEEKEND MUST BE AMAZING!!! I MUST GO HERE! Bamboo Chopsticks! I’ll keep ya posted!
As I do every Con/Expo, I came home with a stack of business cards. I thought I’d do a little write-up on each person I met, see here.
Made it back up again to Black mountain to capture some stellar views on the last day of the month, finishing up March! April is already flying by, I’m excited to see what this month has in store!
Peace out from Sarahtonin! – Check out my video update below!
As a kid, I remember the excitement when Loblaws bought the empty lot that now has Superstore. Each week we’d get more and more excited as we’d watch it’s progress, as up until that point the only places to buy groceries was Costco, Extra Foods and Safeway. They even built a gas bar which featured cheaper gas if you bough groceries there! For many years things were easy to find and prices that made Costco’s bulk buying not even worth it. People who got jobs for Loblaws meant they had gotten it made! Then, about 10 years ago, they rearranged the store for marketing purposes, making it impossible to duck in and out for an item, without searching the entire store to figure out where they’ve moved it to this time! I ended up working night shifts here for 3 months,only to find out that the model for employment had also changed, they pay just beneath minimum wage, even now, as their union has a locked in agreement which disregards BC minimum wage laws.
They push out people who have been working there for years with enticing buyouts so they can justify paying their new workers nothing. Remember that this is why the items you’re buying are so cheap, and why sometimes the items are damaged etc, as people aren’t paid enough to care. I love the people I know that work here but it is unfair that they are treated so poorly.
An amazing view, a gorgeous fountain, seating areas and pathways to small shops and eateries on the sides make this a tourist’s dream! If you’re lucky, you may even see some aquatic wildlife! Located next to the Vancouver convention center, this location is prime for Cos-players and photographers during the Vancouver cons/expos.
Growing up in upper Rutland, you’ll remember this to be a strip of half filled shops, yet it held some of the only excitement for those in this location. The library, RBC, and Save on Foods are remnants of a time long gone, the TD and Pizza Hut now wiping out the memory of the long gone Blockbuster.