Finally, some credit where credit is due…

You may have read my post a couple days ago about how NONE of the local media even mentioned Gurj Dhaliwal’s win in the Superstar Chef Challenge. Just today did I see in the Province, a mention that Dana Gee will be featuring it in the entertainment section this coming  Sunday…. better late than never, I guess.

Update: Dana’s feature  in the Entertainment section of Sunday’s Province ,was spot on and really highlighted what Gurj is all about. I love to see that kind of coverage to support local talent of any kind. Be sure to check out my other blog posting about attending Gurj’s finale party….

Runners rock

A remarkable thing happened today during my morning run. I was waiting for the light to change at an intersection, nearing the last km of my near 10km run, sucking it up bigtime because I’ve ramped up the distance /frequency in the last two weeks, and by the end of my running week, it’s just damn tough at times. I’m leaning over, pacing my breathing, and I hear a voice hollering, so I look to see whats going on. A woman in a mini-van, shouts to me ” Keep it up, you’re looking good and just don’t forget why you are doing it!”….. then drives away as the light changes. Wow.

To be honest, those kind words from a total stranger, came at exactly the right moment, and I suddenly got my second wind and booked it all the way  back home, and then some. You see, sometimes when I’m out running, and I’m hurting, or its freaking hot and I feel like dying, I question why the hell I torture myself. I feel like I’m never going to hit my goal , and that maybe I’m kidding myself, or whatever, and that’s when little things that make all the difference really  do help – like the words shouted out by a total stranger today. She must have been a runner too, and saw the look in my face  everyone feels at times.

It’s not the first time something like this has happened at exactly the right time. I’m inspired to continue by others I see, or meet, and those who have stopped me on the street to chat about our progress.

To the lady in the burgandy van  today – thank you . You got me home in record speed~

I’m Laila Yuile, and this is how I see it.

What happened to applauding locals who achieve well ?

 I googled Gurj Dhaliwal today to see what it brought up in terms of local media coverage for his spectacular win in the Superstar Chef Challenge – couldn’t find anything?!!!! Do you mean to tell me that locals competing in Canadian Idol, which is also a reality competition, merits TV time and newspaper space, whereas a guy who can out-cook some tough competition  from across Canada gets nothing? Come on!! Granted, cooking is not everyone’s thing, but there are a lot of foodies in Vancouver, and his achievement was hard fought and well-deserved. I am disappointed that  a local guy making it big in the culinary world doesnt seem to grant a mention- unless I have missed something – in that case , I would love it if anyone could forward me the press.  Way to go Gurj !!

whooooaaaa now….

ok ,ok, I cant respond to everyone fast enough- so here you go. I’m currently on vacation until Sunday, so posts are sporadic. I will try to reply to most, but the sudden volume of emails makes it near to impossible – I do want all of you to know that I appreciate and read every single contact, and the fact that in this day and age, you have taken time from your day to put pen to paper… well, it speaks volumes to me. Thank you.