Monday, January 31, 2005

My Top 5 Restaurants in Calgary

Enough political posts, I think it's time for a something a little lighter.

I thought I'd share some "hidden treasures" in Calgary, my five top ethnic restaurants are the following (in no particular order):

  1. Bulgogi House - Korean Bar BQ
  2. La Vienna - Some of the best Italian I've ever had
  3. Sunny Restaurant - The best Phox (Vietnamese Soup) I've ever had.
  4. Salt and Pepper - The best Mexican food in the city - second to that; only served in Mexico
  5. Mango Shiva - Some of the best Indian curries you'll find.

Bon Appetite!!!

Thursday, January 27, 2005

9 Points to Ponder

At my economic lecture last Monday the prof started out the class by reiterating 9 points that he has compiled over the years. I found the first one quite interesting as he virtually had nothing when he landed in Canada as a result of political unrest in Sri Lanka, except his PhD.

He also went on to talk about his views on Canada and more specifically how he thought if there was ever a country that might be able to change the world for a better place that Canada has the ability to do it. I'm proud of our country and what it values, it truly is a great nation and I think we sometimes take for granted the luxuries available to us. Sometimes we all need a little reminder from time to time...

CHERISH AND VALUE EDUCATION: It is the only acquisition that will stay with you always
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. You are capable of achieving much more than what you believe is possible. DARE TO DREAM AND NEVER GIVE UP
TRY TO GIVE YOUR BEST IN EVERYTHING YOU DO. Time is the most precious resource you have and should, therefore, not be wasted.
DO NOT BE HARD ON YOURSELF. Even in the depth of despair believe that things will pass and that a better and brighter future awaits you.
TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS. Do not blame others for your failures.
BE FREE OF HATRED AND ALL PREJUDICES. They are the main cause of conflicts and destruction in our world. Respect all living beings.
LOVE ALL AND SERVE ALL. Reach out to others and give back to the society that has nurtured you, whatever you can. Service is the greatest joy in life
BRING SPIRITUALITY INTO YOUR LIFE. Lead a life of truthfulness and purity.
TRAVEL WIDELY. Travel widens one's horizon and makes one appreciate the good life we all have.


Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Democracy is expensive these days

"But it is the long-term objective that is vital and that is to spread freedom, otherwise the Middle East will continue to be a cauldron of resentment and hate for those that have this vision of the world that is the exact opposite of ours."

"As I said in my speech, not every nation is going to immediately adopt America's vision of democracy and I fully understand that," Bush said. "But we expect nations to adopt the values inherent in a democracy, which is human rights and human dignity, that every person ought to have a voice. And his majesty is making progress toward that goal."

US Death toll is over 1,400

Iraqi death toll is between 15,493 and 17,721 (as of last estimate Jan. 18, 2005)

The administration plans to seek $80 billion to pay for war costs, bringing the total since the Sept. 11 attacks to more than $300 billion

That's some expensive oil they acquired if you ask me...

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

The Oscars....

As I sit down and type this, I cannot currently think of a bigger waste of time, money, and energy than the annual Oscars award show (well maybe a missile defense shield, but that's another post) but then again, what do you expect from a country built and operated on one big charade?

Interestingly enough however, some say the fall of communism is, in part, due to the American entertainment industry as many Eastern European countries, mainly Russia, thought daytime soaps depicted the way of Western life and thus gave up hope in their own economic system. I wonder what the 33% of Americans who need to sell their house or take on a second mortgage to afford health care think of this...

Here's to the Oscars....

I will note, that it was nice to see a film such as Maria Full of Grace get some attention, I'd like to think this may, by some chance, open a few pairs of eyes.