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EUFA EURO European Soccer Cup

Congratulations to the Spanish team who played exceptionally well at the final against Italy. VBNF has many friends from the Italian Chamber of Commerce. We went for a lunch with them at Federico, a high end Italian restaurant on Commerce St., Vancouver, to watch the 1/4 final match between Italy and Germany. It was a great game and Italy won 2 - 0. Soccer is a game about team work. You work together to go forward or backward at all time. You need to pass the ball to the teammate who is open so they can score or get out of trouble.

No matter who won the game, this is one of the most exciting game that attracted many people in the world. I did have a great time watching the game and have a few snacks next to me. If you miss the games, you may be able to find them in YouTube.



Why do we change the Daylight Saving Time twice a year?

From About.com: http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/consumerawareness/a/dst.htm?nl=1
"Just as sunflowers turn their heads to catch every sunbeam, so too have we discovered a simple way to get more from our sun." -- Time.gov
From Time.gov's About Daylight Saving Time exhibit, we learn that daylight saving time:

• Lets us make better use of daylight. A poll done by the U.S. Department of Transportation indicated that Americans liked daylight saving time because "there is more light in the evenings so you can do more in the evenings."
• Saves energy: "Studies done by the U.S. Department of Transportation show that daylight saving time trims the entire country's electricity usage by a significant, but small amount, of less than one percent each day with daylight saving time."
• Is good for public health: "Several studies in the U.S. and Britain have found that daylight, almost certainly because of improved visibility, substantially decreases (by four times) the likelihood of pedestrians being killed on the roads."

The history of daylight saving time in America is interesting. As recently as the early 1960's, the decision of whether to observe daylight saving time and when it started and ended was up to each state and even to individual cities. Very confusing! For example, the Time.gov site tells the story of the 35-mile stretch of highway (Route 2) between Moundsville, West Virginia, and Steubenville, Ohio, over which every bus driver and his passengers had to endure, "SEVEN TIME CHANGES."

Observance of daylight saving time and its starting and ending dates are now regulated by the Uniform Time Act of 1966. Under a 1972 amendment, states in more than one time zone could choose to exempt the part of the state that was in one time zone while providing that the part of the State in a different time zone would observe daylight saving time. Just imagine the "Changes and Irregularities" that can come about.

Fortunately, for those of us who just cannot remember "Spring Ahead, fall back," there is still no law against never resetting our clocks and opting for 100 percent accuracy 50 percent of the time.


 

VBNF Member Christmas Party

Robert Pryer, our Immigration and Insurance expert lawyer, held a party that I say with class. The night is filled with beautiful people and excellent entertainment. Food and drink were also a good part of the party. I was amazed how Robert got to be able to find so many beautiful ladies at the party. I have to learn something from him. (Just joking). I had lots of fun; they have good home made food as well as Chinese food. On top of that are the special sakes (3 kinds) from Granville island brewery. Interesting enough, there were a few old VBNF members at the party too so we did have some catch up to do. I was happy to hear that they all did very well. Indeed I will be meeting with them to develop more business with them and both our clients.

I made some new friends too; many beautiful professional ladies. Robert had a couple professional singers at the party. One lady sang the jazz and an Elvis look alike was there to sign the Rock and Rolls. I did some exercise at the dance floor. The music was just so good that I can't help boogie a little bit. I also met one of the contacts from Linkedlin. She spotted me first, I have to say. Well she is not just smart but looks like Julia Roberts and only better. Don't believe it? See her yourself. So is Elvis. He sang very much like the King.

See pictures at the party. You probably would like to be there too.

Good job, Robert. Let's do this more often.


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Have you ever wonder what Google office look like? Seeing such offices makes you wish you were working for Google. They have everything a person needs in there and even more. They have massage chairs, slides, pool tables and other games, private cabins and much more.


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Richmond Farm Day

We took our little one to see the pumpkin farm and see all kinds of fruits and vegetable on a sunny Sunday. October is relatively a good month with great weather in Vancouver.
I always encourage my friends to visit Vancouver in Sept or early October when the sun is there with crisp weather. In general, the weather would be dry and cool. The perfect weather for outings. With the Salmon running season, it would be a great time for family trips. Anyway, we went to the Richmond Farm Market where they built the yards for children to visit Pumpkin farm as well as the animal padding zoo. My little one was so excited to see the pumpkins lying in the field, all golden colour, large and small. It must be the squash season, they have many kinds of squashes that I have never seen before. There are many kinds of peppers and apples. Better yet, the price is right. They are much cheaper and fresher than those sitting in the supermarket.

Can you get fresh Peaches and Cream. 8 for a dollar? Yes, they did.

We took many pictures, See it to believe it.


Subject: 7%  Written by a 90 year old

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio .

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about..

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Its estimated 93% won't forward this. If you are one of the 7% who will,forward this with the title '7%'.

I'm in the 7%. Friends are the family that we choose.


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Songs from YouTube

We enjoyed many of the old songs that were used as the background music for beautiful picture show and famous people. Some even have lyric so you can sing along. Singing is one of the way to learn the language and to relief your stress. Have you heard any good songs lately? Want to share with us? Please send us the title or the link from YouTube.

Bert Kaempfert - Malaysian Melody

Cat Stevens - Morning has broken

The Beatles - And I Love Her A Movie Star show from the past


Can you play piano with your feet?

Life is full of challenges. It is how you think and handle your life. See this; you will know life is worth living.

This is a talent show in China.
http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/sqOrb7konJY/


Future of the Regions - Sustainability Summary, reported by Steven Vu, VBNF

With Vancouver’s population expected to double in the future, making sure the city continues to be sustainable will be a challenge. VBNF attended the Vancouver dialogue on the future of sustainability for the region where a mix of politicians, businesses, experts and citizens gathered together to discuss the issues. These dialogues will be important in helping decision makers in keeping the city sustainable. This particular session explored Vancouver’s current state, as well as the local agriculture, and how it could become more sustainable.

The main topic for the day dealt with the challenges for local farmers in bringing their products to the market and how Vancouver needs a more efficient way for them to do so. Ideas brought forth to solve the problem would be to create a special farmers market similar to some of the very successful markets in other parts of Canada which could create an abundance of opportunities.

Other concerns highlighted during the discussion would be whether Vancouver would be able to sustain itself if something were to happen to the agriculture industry in California which is facing record droughts and irrigation restrictions.

Another interesting idea that was brought forth during the discussion was to provide healthy and nutritious snacks to school children and hospitals patients with all of it being produced by local farmers.  This would help support our local farmers, improve the health of the community and make Vancouver more self sufficient.

The dialogue provided a wealth of information on the issue of sustainability for Vancouver and will continue to be needed in the future if the city is to remain sustainable with continued expectation of population growth and city expansion.


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