Saturday, November 24, 2007

The summer of 2007 was spent creating book two, Emily and Jacob explore The Law of Attraction for Kids published by Trafford Publishing (Victoria, BC). The concept was inspired by What the Bleep!? - Down the Rabbit Hole, The Secret, The Law of Attraction and a variety of gurus who I have been influenced by over the years. Thought is everything. Everything is thought. My goal is to encourage everyone, especially kids, to think.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Graduate

Well, it's been a while since I've written, but that's because I've been very busy! But all the busyness has paid off earning me a diploma with honours - YAY! I wrote my last exam on May 24th, went home, packed my bags and headed off to Korea the next morning on a BCIT Student Ambassador program for 3 weeks. We were working with students at a technical college taking a similar program to the one we just completed. It was another very busy schedule, but lots of fun too (Massive amount of pictures here). Then I spent a few days in Seoul catching up with some of the greatest friends in the world ... you know who you are! Now it's time to find a job :)

Thursday, March 29, 2007


Which superhero are you? Click here to find out.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

My Celebrity Look-alikes

Click here to enlarge. Want to see which celebrity looks like you? Click here.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Go Fish by Shawn Halwas

It's official. I am a published author. My idea, inspired by the children of Korea in 2003 has become a reality. "Go Fish" was published by Pro Lingua Associates located in Brattleboro, Vermont. Special thanks to Ray and Andy from Pro Lingua for turning my acorn into an oak. I hope you and your children enjoy learning languages using Go Fish as much as I enjoyed creating it. Go Fish is currently available at:
Pro Lingua Associates (bulk, direct from my publisher)

Thank you and enjoy!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Winter In Canada

It was a bit of a surprise to wake up to this winter wonderland this morning. This is typical Manitoba weather, but quite unusual for Vancouver. I went for a walk and enjoyed the fresh air. Only 3 more weeks until the end of Term 3, one more to go!

Thursday, October 05, 2006


Islands by QED. It was a nice diversion from all the craziness of studying. Be patient it takes about 20 seconds to load.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Year 1: 100% Complete

Yay! We survived the first year. Thanks for the great party Grayson! And thanks for the recap of our journey.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

The Lions Gate Bridge

It's not San Francisco. The Lions Gate Bridge connects Vancouver to the North Shore. I took this picture while walking around Stanley Park. Stellar day!

Saturday, July 15, 2006

A Brave Tree

I think this tree is representative of our life. We take risks, we grow and become strong, and we rise to the occasion. However, we cannot deny the fact that our foundation is made of dirt. Regardless of how strong we are, eventually our foundation will crumble, thus closing the chapter of our mortal existence. It is probably wise to enjoy today; tomorrow is too uncertain to contemplate.

Friday, June 23, 2006

My World

I spent 13 hours writing a program today. You'd think after that long it would do something really amazing like launch a satellite or reduce taxes, but sadly it just prints a couple of lines of text. I've read several books which try to make computer programming seem easy, however I've come to the conclusion it really is reserved for the rocket scientists out there. And until I'm one of them, I'll keep pretending. ;)

Saturday, May 27, 2006


Jether is from Negros Island, the fourth largest island in the Philippines. We have known each other for many years now. Compassion Canada provides all of us with the opportunity to give a little hope to children from around the world. You rock Jether!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

15 Minutes of Fame

My 15 minutes of fame will ensure that for all eternity I can prove I went to BCIT. Will I survive? ... that is yet to be determined. It's brutal and that's all I have to say!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Penthouse In North Van

This little penthouse in North Van caught my eye the other day. The view is obviously spectacular. See a small perspective below. I always enjoy a stunning view!

Saturday, March 18, 2006

The Family Farm

This is where I grew up. The family farm near Inglis, Manitoba. My parents have retired and currently live in Russell, Manitoba. My brother (Trevor) has taken over the farm. It's a beautiful place during the summer, but the winter is cold!

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Outside of Time

I have never believed in reincarnation although I have considered the possibility many times. Maybe it's the excessive studying or the coffee, but today I felt like this life was not the first one. Not at all a feeling of deja vu. More like, stepping outside of time. I don't mean lost time. I mean really being aware and feeling like time was constant rather than moving. It contradicted my belief that life flows. To me, it's always moving. That makes sense. We are born and we die. Beginning and end. First and last. But this feeling was different than that. There was no beginning and no end. Time was irrelevant. A glimpse at eternity. No, it didn't feel like that; not that I'd know what that feels like. It was simple. It was easy. It was chosen. It was like there was a "me" or "I" and then there was something else. Something that was "me" and was also not "me". Then again, I am studying applied math and maybe the logic is frying my brain. So I'd better get back to work and leave philosophy for another day. Until then, I will remain a skeptic.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Officially Canadian - Again

Well I managed to make it back to Canada safe and sound. Of course my nice relaxing life in Korea has been replaced with 14 hour days revolving around school. Remind me never to move across the ocean, find an apartment, move everything out of storage and start school within a week and a half again! It has been brutal. Finally, I think I'm beginning to settle in. Scroll down to see a few pics of the new apartment. Still some organizing to do (the orange curtains have been removed), but I think it will be ok. I am happy to be home. :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2005


I've been very thankful for Subway in Korea. I love Korean food but it's always nice to have something that reminds me of home. We all know and appreciate the difficulty Korean people have with R and L. The "au" is also rather challenging. Cram Chauder anyone?

Friday, December 09, 2005

Happy Holidays!

A cool snowflake dome in front of Sejong Center in Gwanghwamun.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

My Apartment in Seoul

The selling feature has definitely been The View. My little (250 square feet to be exact) 7th floor apartment in Life Building has been the smallest place I've ever called home. Two years and seven months later, I'm comfortable saying "goodbye".

The Grand Tour

Notice the mosquito net - it saved my life! The bathroom has no heat - a little chilly in the winter!
Just the essentials - a TV, computer, a/c and a fridge!
Limited privacy - your only escape is the bathroom!
No closets or oven - thank God I'm not a chef!

Wednesday, November 30, 2005


Well, I guess my Asian adventure is coming to an end. But even as one chapter ends, another one is beginning. On January 4th, I will start a two-year Computer Technology program at BCIT in Vancouver. I've always been kind-of-a computer geek and now I will work my butt off to make it official. It was something I actually wanted to do way back in the twentieth century (1992), however life has rarely been as I've planned it. When I step on the plane on December 24th, I will be very happy to say goodbye to the pollution. Korea has been fun! Thanks for educating me.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

A Clear Day in Seoul

It's not every day you see blue sky in Seoul. It's also nice to see a semi-modern building amidst many rather communist-looking apartment buildings. That new apartment building also happens to be home to Ed and Joo.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Is this Reality?

Friday, November 11, 2005

Harley Davidson - Night Train®

There's nothing like a sleek motorcycle. The Harley Davidson Night Train® is my kind of bike! And for $21,014 USD it can be yours too.

Unfortunately, I couldn't find the Night Train®, so I had to settle for the V-Rod®. It's a little more expensive at $22,214 USD, but still very nice!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

A Million Little Pieces

This is likely to be an "all or nothing" kind of book. James Frey rebels against AA and Twelve Step Programs while in a drug rehab. Being a believer in the effectiveness of Twelve Step Programs I was challenged by his defiant attitude. However the one thing he clearly believes is that "I am responsible". He may not believe in a higher power, but "taking responsibility" is his middle name and if that isn't a core value of every Twelve Step Program, apparently I have been misled. A Million Little Pieces is graphic to the point of making you nauseous. For anyone who has experienced drug and alcohol abuse, James offers some hope. Hope is good. I suppose it is useful to remember, "there is always another way".

Saturday, November 05, 2005


Enjoyed dinner with many friends at Arvorig in Itaewon last night. The name 'arvorig' apparently meaning 'peninsula' was chosen to evoke Brittany, this province occupying a large peninsula in northwest France where crepes originate from.

An Evening with Friends

Dan & Antaek
Cory & Paul
Ron & Luciano
Alison & Phil


For 7,000 won about $6.50 USD, we saw the movie Monster-in-Law starring Jane Fonda. This hilarious movie is filled with one-liners. The title of the movie was translated into "Perfect Wedding" in Korean and the wedding is anything but perfect.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Hong Kong

Spent the weekend in Hong Kong with David, Riki and Alex. It feels like New York, a little like Europe, the best of Asia and a short ferry ride to one of the nearby islands leaves you thinking you may have just been to a small fishing village in Mexico. The Hong Kong Airport is probably the most convenient in the world. Literally, I stepped off the plane and onto the Airport Express which whisked me into downtown Hong Kong in 40 minutes. Soho is minutes away and boasts a wide variety of cuisine and nightlife from around the world. In one club I walked about 3 meters and heard atleast six different languages. English is very common and the locals speak it well. Diversity everywhere. Very nice!

Lamma Island

Alex and David stop to do a little shopping on this lovely little path on Lamma Island (about a 30 minute ferry ride from Hong Kong). We hiked from one side to the other in about 2 hours. Lush green forests and rocky hillsides with panoramic views of the ocean make this Island an ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong.

Shark Attack

The most obvious advice seems to be missing (i.e. Don't go in the water - EVER!)