Christmas Shopping & Lord Of The Dance

Today I met up with Ashley at Metropolis at MetroTown. Located in Burnaby, MetroTown is the second biggest mall in Canada, with 470 stores. Ashley is doing volunteer work at the gift-wrapping center. She does this every year. The money raised from doing gift-wrapping for mall shoppers goes to help local charities.

I met up with her after her shift was over so we can do her Christmas shopping. While most people buy the gift and then give it to the person, I do things a little differently with Ashley. I give her a budget and she gets to spend it on anything she wants. I do this for a couple reasons. The first is I don’t know what teenage girls are into now-a-days. The second reason I get to teach her about money and budgeting. By giving her a budget, she actually is aware how much things cost.

We went into a five different stores and she tried on a bunch of stuff. This year, Ashley is into clothes, which is a huge shift from a few years ago when all she wanted was computer and video games. The mall was packed with holiday shoppers. Ashley took me into stores that I have never heard of. One store, call Aritzia, seem targeted to teenagers – the store was packed with them. Ashley picked out three pieces of clothing. We’ll have to go back to MetroTown next week because she failed to spend her budget.

Michael Flatley’s Lord Of The Dance

After the shopping, I took Sarah and her parents to see Lord Of The Dance at The Centre, in Vancouver, For Performing Arts. I purchased these tickets nearly six months ago and had almost completely forgotten about them. Luckily, Ticket Master sent me an email reminder. Paul Mudhar and his niece joined us.

This is not the first time Sarah and I have seen Lord Of The Dance. When we were dating, I took her to Las Vegas to see Elton John. We also caught a showing of Lord Of The Dance and the Blue Man Group during that trip.

The Lord Of The Dance is the world’s most popular dance show. To date it has been seen by over 50 million people in 36 different countries. Michael Flatley’s claim to flame is he is the world’s highest paid dancer. He also holds the world’s record for high-speed tap dancing – 35 taps per second. How they measure that I have no idea.

For those who have never seen Lord Of The Dance, I highly recommend you go if it comes to your town. It’s a great show. Here’s a video showing the first five minutes.

14 thoughts on “Christmas Shopping & Lord Of The Dance”

  1. Happy Mind says:

    Lord Of The Dance is extremely awesome, its soothing, relaxing and filled with magic..Have fun at the mall bro..


  2. Ed Lau says:

    That dude’s legs freak me the hell out. It’s like they’re not actually attached to his body like he’s some kind of torso attached to some robo-legs.

  3. Nomar says:

    bet he cant play decent soccer hehe

  4. Chop says:

    Is Ashley your daughter or sister?

  5. Must be nice to have a rich big brother. 🙂


  6. Nick says:

    Brilliant John, and great to see you post stuff like this. I love Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, and although the video is great, you’ve really got to be there. Fantastic music and energy.

  7. I saw Lord of the Dance a couple months ago at the Times Union Center when they came to Jacksonville, FL. I was a bit skeptical and definetly did this for my girlfriend. But by the end of the night I found myself getting into it. I love how they fight by dancing extremely hard. The only thing I regret is not seeing it sooner when Michael Flatley was actually in it.

  8. Rosie says:

    Lord of the Prance! YEEEEAH!

  9. Seeing Elton John and Blue Man Group in Vegas sounds like my wife’s ideal trip. Maybe that will be my first goal for earnings from my website, fund a trip to accomplish that. So far I think I have enough to cover a meal at McDonalds for both of us.

    As for the way you handle Christmas shopping with Ashley, I really like that approach. Too many times gift giving results in the receiver having to spend time returning things that don’t fit or aren’t their style.

  10. Blogcrowds says:

    My question is how much was Ashley’s (I presume your daughter who is getting a huge amount traffic today) budget? It has to be more than a meal at a fancy restaurant right?

  11. John Chow says:

    Blogcrowds – Her budget is less than my Lumiere diner bill. I don’t want to spoil her.

  12. Gdog says:

    There’s a restaurant inside Homever, called Ashley, right beside our place in Mokdong. Their slogan is, “A restaurant for Lassie Women”…

  13. Martin says:

    now we are all interested how many $$$ was this budget worth :]

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