CRD Sustainable U

crd water bottles

Originally uploaded by Ryoh A

If you live in the Greater Victoria, head over to http://www.sustainableu.ca and make a pledge to not buy bottled water. After you make your pledge you’ll get one of these two water bottles.


Holy Crap!


It’s been a long, long time since I last posted on this site.

How have I been doing? Life with Masayuki has been great. I can’t believe it’s already been 6 months with him (almost 5.5 anyway). It’s amazing to see him grow and go from a super helpless baby to a still-helpless-but-less-so baby. The little guy is so active and strong that I wouldn’t be surprised if he started crawling soon.

I’m no longer working the crazy 6 or 7 day weeks, so it’s great to be able to spend time with Lina and Masayuki. I do find it harder to have time to do things. When I have time I usually just want to relax.

We also celebrated Tyson’s 9th birthday. 9th Birthday! I remember when he was just a few days old. Cody will be five in a few months and going to school. Crazy.

One thing I will try to work on in the next few weeks/months (hopefully), is to update the Pixelmator tutorial. It’s terribly out of date and some of the instructions don’t work in the current versions.

Hope to post again soon!



All wrapped up


Hear no evil


Wow baby boy is here

Welcome Masayuki Phi. For more info check out linaryoh.com



Baby coming soon

I can’t believe it, but our due date of November 29, 2011 is fast approaching. The baby has dropped, so it could be any time now.




Lina and I will be undertaking some very minor renovations to our condo. We have a new sofa bed coming. But before that gets here, we have to redo our cabinets.

We are going to repaint the kitchen cabinets, remove and replace the cabinets over the desk and repaint the living areas–sans bathroom and bedroom.

Sounds like it might be a lot, but our condo is very small, so it shouldn’t be too bad.

Luckily we found some contractors to help us out.



As usual, it’s been over 6 months since my last update on this blog.  It’s easier to update 140 characters at a time, so I don’t make it here frequently enough.

Here are things that have happened:

Lina & I got married on October 4th 2009 at SFU Diamond Alumni Centre. Much to our relief everything went smoothly.  We started our blog together (http://linaryoh.com) where you can find a link to our wedding pictures.

wedding ring

I am now going back and forth between Victoria & Vancouver, with Victoria as my primary residence (that’s what it says on my drivers license).

We loved having the Olympics in town. The vibe and events were great, but the best part was we were at the Gold Medal winning Men’s Hockey game!!!

Since it was a once in a lifetime event–and also because we had the furthest seats possible–we purchased a 70-200 F4L lens for our Rebel. It is awesome. We now have the L bug. It’s great for taking creepy-stalker or private-investigator-tailing-someone, or best of all, candid shots for a more natural photo.

cody running

Lina and I travelled to Japan and Guam for Mako (my bro) & Hirono’s wedding. It was a lot of fun, but a bit of a whirlwind as we did not stay in one area too long.

GinzaJewell by the Sea

Gils and Sharon had their wedding in May, where I had the honour of being part of the wedding party. It was a beautiful wedding with fantastic people. I had a blast.

That is the 6+month update. I will try to write more often.




Lina and I would like to announce that we are now very happily engaged. To be honest, we have been engaged for the last couple of months.

For those of you who know us, you are all very aware that we have been together for ages. I’m sure that it’s not a surprise to any of you.

We will be having our ceremony on October 4th of this year.



I spend a lot of time on the phone at work. Some on a land line, but mostly on my cell phone. I know it’s major dorksville to have a bluetooth headset sticking out of your ear. To top it all off, they don’t always work that great–static, poor volume and terrible noise cancelation being some key issues.

I’ve tried some headsets in the past, ranging in price from $25 to $50 in the past, but was greatly disappointed in performance. I’ve been eyeing the Jawbone for a while as they were always getting good reviews. The only problem is that I had only every seen it in the $120 range. Hard to justify.

As luck would have, I was in London Drugs picking something up when I saw the Aliph Jawbone Gen 1 unit on sale for $69. There was only 1 left and it was the Red one. I snatched it up.

There is no doubt that I looked like an absolute dork with this red hair clip looking thing sticking out of my ear. To make me look like an even bigger tool, I ended up talking much louder than I needed to. This thing works so well, that even with background noise you can speak as though the person is right in front of you.

If you are looking for a BT headset, I totally recommend these headsets without hesitation. However, I would suggest taking a close look at the 2nd generation unit as it is much more elegant looking.

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