My royals #happy/#cool #sad #fail memories (blue vs purple wristbands) – The Will and Kate in Canada Special – Part 7/8

Friday, 8 July, 2011

Will and Kate at Calgary Stampede - pix 33c - Closeup of Will and Kate thanks to my powerful zoom lens

Will and Kate’s visit to Calgary and Canada has finished, now let me reflect on the memories that make me feel #happy/#cool, #sad, and #fail (in the sense that it could have been done better, much better).

My royals #happy/#cool memories

First of all, I want to say I had a great time seeing Will and Kate, a couple that is deeply in love, in Canada. I want to wish them all the happiness in the world. At the same time, I am not a “monarchist” as I stated here in G&M, and I am still impressed by Will’s character: “his ethics, his work as a coast guard rescuer and the couple’s request for charitable donations instead of wedding gifts“.

It was really #cool for the couple to spend their first moments in Canada at the National War Memorial, paying respect to our fallen soliders, retired soliders, and soliders on active duties.

And on Canada Day, it was thrilling and #cool to see them attend a Canadian Citizenship Ceremony at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. And seeing them had some fun on Canada Day at the Parliament Hill shows (afternoon, where they couldn’t see much of the stage (yikes), and may more so in the evening when they could actually see the stage much better).

Believe it or not, my 3+ hours lineup, reporting (with video clips) experiences to get our wristbands were one of the most positive experiences in all these. I got to see Calgarians/Canadians trying to have some fun together.

Here is video footage of Will & Kate @ Calgary Stampede – BMO Centre – as seen from the purple wristbands area.

Here are some official Canadian Heritage official footage where they were much closer than we ever were. (note: it also highlights my problem of people who lined up over-night in the beginning of the line but did not get the blue wristbands as they should.)

Will & Kate at University of Calgary

By the way, University of Calgary put together this cool video to show Will & Kate’s visit to Ward of the 21st Century (W21C).

In addition to the cool U of C video, here are some nice footage from Canadian Heritage.

I won’t list and comment on all of their other activities, but I want to single out the way their Slave Lake visit was handled, it was superb. I think Will and Kate really care, and I also think they are well served by their close advisors.

By the way, I’ve saved a few #happy memories to share after my #sad memories, you will understand the “why” later.

(note: For my fellow Canadians that think Will and Kate’s visit to Canada wasted our tax dollars, I will write another article to deal with the money side of the monarchy business entitled “Will you hire them as your king and queen?” Stay tune.)

My royals #sad memories

My #sad memories are personal. You may feel differently. You see, even my better half doesn’t share the same impression as she was with me most of the time (except when I lined up for hours for the wristband and when I was reporting at the line up to the purple wristband area).

My #sad and painful memories happened yesterday afternoon at the beginning of the lineup into the purple wristband area. I don’t have the full story so I won’t try judge who are “right” and who are “wrong” but simply stay what and how I feel. It was #sad and painful for me to see my fellow Calgarians/Canadians screaming, yelling, and being extremely rude to each other at the start of the lineup. Read the rest of this entry »


Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone! 祝大家情人節快樂!

Monday, 14 February, 2011

Happiness is a state of mind. Wishing you and your loved ones a happy Valentine’s Day!

快樂,從心起,由心生。祝大家情人節快樂!


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