Muschamp Rd

Chinese House Guests + Tofino Trip

April 12th, 2006

My mother invited my former MBA classmate Danna Zhu to our house in Deep Bay for a couple of days. She hinted she wanted to bring someone so I asked if that was alright. My mother consented and in an instant we had an entire car full of female Chinese MBA students.

They ended up staying a couple nights in Deep Bay with my mother and I. Danna took more pictures of the house in three days than I have taken in thirty years. They also got to meet some of my relatives. Huuna was a big hit and even mean old Fred had a few admirers.

Long Beach in Tofino BC

Besides walking the dog several times up and down the street, my classmates Danna, Karen, Ally, and Anni also went to Tofino. We stayed in Whaler’s Point Youth Hostel which was very nice. The nicest hostel I’ve ever stayed in and I’ve visited my share.

We also went whale watching. We saw two different types of whales, Grey Whales and Humpbacks. These were the first Humpbacks to be sighted off the coast of Vancouver Island this year. In addition to this lucky event they also had good weather for our visit to Long Beach and Cathedral Grove. It was even pretty nice when we drove to Campbell River to see my other Grandmother and to visit my aunty Helen.

A Humpback Whale

Since Huuna was such a big hit and they could stay an extra day (except Anni) we went to Campbell River, which isn’t my favourite place to visit. The weather was really good, but we didn’t get to go to Painter’s Lodge because it doesn’t open for two more days. We did see some bald eagles and visit my Aunty Helen who is the Queen of dogs in our family. She currently has five. Two German Shepherds which she trains for competitions, a Jack Russell Terrier, a Poodle and of course a Rottweiler. She also lives beside a lake.

Chinese classmates just finished whale watching

Everyone seemed to enjoy their time, but I was asked twice whether I would attend the graduation ceremony…

Update February 2019

Cathedral Grove Provincial Park

Let the record clearly show I did not attend the 2006 Sauder School of Business MBA Graduate Ceremony. I did not feel well enough nor welcome. I did end up spending four more years in China, I passed all three CFA® exams and I still haven’t recovered from what was said and done during my time as an MBA student at the University of British Columbia. I keep editing old blog posts though. I’m not even sure why other than the pursuit of Quality. If you have questions about Tofino British Columbia I guess you could leave them below, my sister used to live and work there.


  • Muskie says:

    Only one picture was taken by you Danna.

  • oldiesgoodies says:

    3 pics were taken by me? Or at least 2?:P

  • Your Only Sister says:

    Ya at second look it is Long Beach looking toward Schooner Cove…. the store at Esowista Reserve (Indian Village) has been closed for a long time…. the walk I prefer more is going to the big Long Beach parking lot and walk south the Combers…. it takes a couple of hours…. but you run into few tourists even in summer once you get a little way along.

  • Muskie says:

    Chesties, is that Chesterman Beach? I took that photo about 3/4 to the Indian village which doesn’t have the little store anymore. Next time I go I’m not walking the whole thing again. I was the only person to walk all the way to the Indian village.

  • Your Only Sister says:

    PS the photo of Chesties was awesome…. did you go for drinks with my friends while in Tough?

  • Your Only Sister says:

    Sounds like you are having a wonderful time taking care of Huuna while Im in Europe. Try not to get her picked up by the SPCA…. Ron always says hi to Mom when she is walking the dog…. Anyway how was Agility I heard you got in to class… hopefully she behaves for you.

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