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    I just got back from seeing an amazing performance–Mercan Dede and his ensemble who were performing at Century Ballroom. The Turkish born, Montreal based, world-beat musician/producer subtly fuses the Eastern spiritual traditions of Sufi music with contemporary ambient sounds to create a unique mix of old and new, sacred and secular, East and West. All of the musicians were extremely talented, including a very young 15 year old clarinet player. What really amazed me was the presence of two Whirling Dervishes. Before tonight, I had no idea what a whirling dervish was. Essentially, they twirl around in a circle like mad throughout the entire piece, as much as half an…

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    Jigna’s Bachelorette weekend was absolutely fabulous–everyone was relaxed, happy and there weren’t any dramas at all. Friday evening, we arrived for a late dinner at a “casual upscale” French tapas restaurant called Fiction, in the Kits district. The food was just incredible, a pleasant surprise considering I just picked it out last minute. Saturday was our spa day—we all got wonderful spa treatments at the Miraj Hammam Spa, a Middle Eastern inspired spa. We all got the traditional hammam and gommage treatment, involving an invigorating steam treatment followed by an exfoliation. Relaxing in the Soltana Lounge, sipping tea and munching on baklava was a perfect ending to this amazing spa…

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    Today, I said goodbye to my car of 8 years, my ’96 Acura Integra SE—my college car. I have so many wonderful memories with that car…it was so hard to part with it. So odd..never thought it would be hard to part with a car, but it was! In its place, I got my “adult” car…an Audi A4 1.8T Quattro. Love it…it’s a really nice car. It handles amazingly–the 6-speed manual is so fun to drive! I’m sure I will enjoy this car and come to love it as much as my Integra.

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    oh my god–bellydancing kicked my butt tonight. i tried out the “mixed level” class for the first time (beginning II and intermediate) and boy, was it a challenge. i don’t think i can naturally move my hips that fast! i did love the class–everyone is so good…something to look up to. we even whipped out some zils, which i suck at—my fingers do not coordinate with my hips. whew.

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    Just got back from my first ever bachelorette party—that of Jennifer Gilreath’s: she was the first person ever to put me on a snowboard and force me to go down the bunny hill at Snoqualmie. All other girlfriends that have gotten married over the last few years lived so far away so it wasn’t practical for me to be a part of the bachelorette evening. It was fun, considering I literally didn’t know anyone except Jen. It was a very typical Belltown bachelorette party, starting out at Axis, followed by Ohana, Seasound and then dancing at Tia Lou’s. Jen was forced to wear a veil, candy jewelry and a sign…

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    Sorry I haven’t written in awhile…been pretty busy. Last weekend was such a blast. It started with a spontaneous trip up to Vancouver with my friend Jason so that we could catch the Jazz Festival. We started off Friday evening checking out an Afro-beat jazz musician, Tony Allen. He was amazing, great sound. Coincidentally, Joe & Sri went up to see the same show. The rest of the trip was fun, going to places I’d never been: brunch on Granville Island, strolling along Commercial Drive, visiting Kitsilano Beach and eating the most amazing meal at Bin 941. Sunday, came back and stopped at Home Depot on the way back and…

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    My family ended up switching plans and eating at an interesting restaurant called Basta Pasta, a Japanese-Italian fusion restaurant down on 17th–yeah, who would’ve guessed it? For example, Aaron had spaghetti with sea urchin sauce. The food was pretty tasty in the end. As mentioned, we saw Aida on Saturday night and I ended up liking it more than I expected. One surprise was seeing Micky Dolenz performing in it. I kept expecting him to burst out in “Here we come…walkin’ down the street…”. The musical takes place in ancient Egypt times and is about a love story of a princess from Nubia who falls in love with the captain…