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Vancouver, day three

Dim sum with family, then a trip to the mall. Specifically, the Aberdeen Centre mall.

This is a Chinese (Asian) mall in Richmond (a suburb of Vancouver, where we're staying). The mall is fairly standard in its general look and feel, but every store is of course aimed at an Asian (primarily Chinese) audience. The food court is mostly Asian cuisine, and in many cases filled with the sorts of food that many westerners aren't familiar with. In lieu of the standard toy stores, there were stores w/ anime action figures and robots, and another couple with models of cars and airplanes and helicopters, most of which really moved (and cost a pretty penny).

Interestingly enough, they also have a special exhibit - "The Jurassic Alive", running until September 15th. In addition to various skeletons and fossils on display, there is also an animatronic replica of a T-Rex, and a water-fountain light-and-music show, complete with fog machine. The shows run once an hour on the hour, and honestly remind me of nothing so much as the sorts of things you encounter in Vegas.

Bizarre.

We did get some very good gelato, some surprisingly good tofuti soy ice cream, and we found a dollar store (aka "Looney and Tooney store") that sold little stuffed animals that were labeled "ragdoll of a cubic cow" (or cubic monkey or pig). And yes, the stuffed animals were cube-shaped.

We also stopped by a video store where I got several HK/Chinese dvd's (In the Mood for Love, Infernal Affairs 1-3, and some others), along with Tales from Earthsea, an animated film by the son of the famous Miyazaki, based on the Ursula K. LeGuin novels. No idea if it's any good, but I'm curious to see. The great thing? I paid around $7 (Canadian) including tax for each of them, since they were cheap HK imports. Hopefully the quality will be decent. ;)

The rest of the photos were uploaded to my Flickr here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ntang/sets/72157601642801669/

(If you've already seen the set, the new photos are at the end.)
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