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Home with House ep18 - Velvet Tea

10:40 PM May 18, 2009
It's been a really busy month, but I'm happy to release the new Home with House episode. As with most my mixes, this one is reflecting my current state of mind and general mood. This mix is deep and progressive with a smooth after taste. It reminds me a lot of the smooth and relaxed energy I get from green tea and so I've entitled this mix "Velvet Tea".

Velvet Tea tracklisting:

1. Office Gossip - Strangers (Original Mix)
2. Astrid Suryanto - Distant Bar (Dub Mix)
3. Furry Phreaks - All Over The World feat. Terra Deva (Charles Webster vs Pastaboys Mix)
4. Office Gossip - Say It (Original Mix)
5. Doman & Gooding - Pacific State (Afterlife Remix)
6. Julius Papp - Le Deep (Papp's 2008 Remix)
7. Rasmus Faber ft. Linda Sundblad - Always (Studio Apartment Tech Mix)
8. Code 718 - Equinox (Henrik Schwarz Remix)
9. Oriental Funk Stew - Sky High (Chuck Love Dub)
10. Da Funk - Sativa (Ross Couch Remix)
11. DJ Tatana - Soulmate (Dinka Remix)
12. Pan Pot - Faces feat. Vincenzo (Original Mix)

Download Episode 18:
Title: Home with House ep18 - Velvet Tea
Vibe: Deep House, Progressive House, Uplifting House
Date Recorded: May 2009
Length: 63:33 min
Quality: 192 kbps - 89 Mb

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Week of Photos

11:42 AM May 16, 2009
It's been two weeks since my last blog update, that's not very good at all. However, the lack of updates has not been because of a lack of content to post. I've actually been quite busy. This past week alone has included a surprise birthday party, Mother's Day events, the Canadian GDC in Vancouver, three days off work, and my actual birthday. And of course that provided me with well over 900 photos with my new camera. So I've been busy sorting through those to find valid posting material. And now I've finished that sorting, so I'm here providing a large update of photos.

As I mentioned, last Saturday Asuka threw me a surprise birthday party. I thought I was going to my parent's place for a birthday lunch and was pleasantly surprised to see all my friends and family waiting there. So we had a nice afternoon in the sun enjoying the back yard and patio with refreshments, snacks, croquet and good conversation. On Sunday, Mother's Day, we took my mom for lunch at her (and my) favourite local garden and tea house at Abkhazi Garden. On Tuesday I headed to Vancouver for the GDC and stayed at my sister's place. The following day I attended the conference at the new Vancouver Convention Centre next to Canada Place. The building and convention both provided for plenty of interesting photos, and so did the rest of this week's events. Check out some of my choice photo selections from the past week below:

Week of Photos:

Week of Photos - Surprise Birthday Party

11:41 AM May 16, 2009
The patio was a nice place to relax and talk with friends and family in the sunshine.
We had some good eats and some good drinks.
Those eats included some mini cupcakes that were quite enjoyed.
There were also some bees that were not so much enjoyed.
Some of the attendees included (from left to right) Asuka, my sister Ashley, Bay, Dee...
Caroline and Davin...
Steve and Davey...
And my mom.
There were plenty of cameras around besides mine (I'm expecting to see some photos posted by my friends soon).
Some of us played croquet.
For much of the time we played with our own rules.
Here's some more photos of people and fun...

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Week of Photos - Mother's Day

11:40 AM May 16, 2009
On Mother's Day we went for lunch at Abkhazi Garden in Oak Bay.
The garden was full of vibrant colours.
We saw these two guys down in the pond.
These two ladies were seen around the garden area too.
There were tons of bright and photogenic flowers blooming.
Here are a bunch more photos from the day...

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Week of Photos - GDC Canada 2009

11:39 AM May 16, 2009
I saw a few interesting boats during my ferry ride to Vancouver.
The GDC was hosted at the new Convention Centre built for the 2010 Olympics.
The new centre has some nice views across the bay.
The inside has some interesting views too.
The interior walls are made of wood and seem to be designed to look like stacked up piles of lumber with uneven ends.
Even the doors have the lumber-end design.
The centre has a nice view of Canada Place which is right next door.
Here are some more shots of the new Convention Centre...
I also attended the Canadian GDC while at the Convention Centre.
I listened to some talks by industry professionals like Dr. Greg Zeschuk and Dr. Ray Muzyka from Bioware, the guys behind the Baldur's Gate games, Mass Effect and the upcoming Dragon's Age (among others).
My favourite talk was about indie game development by Jamie Chang, the young CEO of Klei Entertainment.
I also saw some Video Game "celebrities" such as Victor Lucas (second from left), the host of the Electric Playground TV show.
I saw some demos of upcoming new games too, like the Wii's new Punch Out game.
The convention and trip in general gave me much inspiration and many ideas to build on.