Dalia & Mineo, Love Commanders

Posted by Talia Tanaka on February 29, 2012 2 Comments

We are extremely proud to post our first 'Love Commanders: Couples' blog post featuring Dalia and Mineo (my parents!) This is where we have the great pleasure of acknowledging and honouring couples who make it work, through thick and thin. We find them inspirational and we hope you do too!

Dalia and Mineo recently celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary! I love you guys :)

Mineo is wearing his sterling silver LM Star Pin and Dalia is wearing her Conquerer Love Medal.


The Story

LM: When and how did you meet?

Dalia:  We met in Jerusalem, Israel (where I'm from) in 1974. A group of 20 Canadian students from the UBC School of Architecture came to our design school on an exchange program.

Mineo: We met on February 7th, 1975 in her apartment sitting next to her boyfriend.

(my parents can never agree on anything. lol)

LM: Who made the first move and how?

Dalia: I had a welcoming party for the Canadian students. Mineo arrived with 2 bottles of wine, one in each hand. When I opened the door he took me in his arms and I have to admit it felt quite good!

Mineo: I made the first move. Gave her a hug and it felt good! 

(well they agree on that!)

LM: What was your first impression of each other?

Dalia: I had never seen an Asian person in real life before, only in the movies and in books. When I was nine, I read 'The Good Earth' by Pearl S. Buck and fell in love with the Asian man on the cover. I'd fall asleep with the book by my pillow. When I saw Mineo for the first time, I thought to myslef, "It's him!" Mineo was so different from everyone else. He wore polyester pants, suspenders and working boots. His shiny black hair was parted in the middle and cascaded over his shoulders down to his chest. I have never seen anyone like him since. 

Mineo: Kind of cute. Giggly. And needed help with her English.

LM: Why do you feel you have a successful relationship?

Dalia: We agree that we don't agree on anything except food.

Mineo: Because I love and respect her.

LM: Who wears the pants in your relationship?

Dalia: I think we take turns although I think he takes more tuns than I do :)

Mineo: Sometimes me. Sometimes Dalia. Most of the time Dalia.

LM: What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment as a couple? and why?

Dalia: Our daughters. They are beautiful, smart and very strong women. As a couple we learned to help each other in critical times. We started with only a few dollars and are now looking forward to our retirement full of fun and play.

Mineo: The daughters. Both bright, talented, good looking and athletic.

LM: What do you love about each other? What could you do without?

Dalia: I love Mineo's intelligence, his care for the family and his devotion to me. I could do without his procrastination!

Mineo: I love her great sense of humour, her good heart and I can do without her stubbornness.

LM: Who said 'I love you' first?

Dalia: It must have been him.

Mineo: It wasn't me.

LM: What does love mean to each of you? How would you define it?

Dalia: Love is stability, security, sharing, building a home together, supportive, encouraging, being honest and telling the truth even when the truth hurts.

Mineo: Love means everything to me. It is the ultimate human force in the Universe. Even after you die, you have already loved and nothing ever can change it.

(Dad! Kleenex please!!!) 

Thank you mom and dad for everything :) xo

-T


Please email us at love@lovemedals.com if you would like to suggest honouring a special couple for our 'Love Commanders: Couples' series :)



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First Love Medal of Valour Recipient

Posted by Talia Tanaka on February 15, 2012 0 Comments

The 'Love Medal of Valour' blog series is about acknowledging people who go above and beyond for their communities by either volunteering their time, organizing charitable events, or helping to bring awareness to certain causes. 

We are tremendously excited to feature our very first LM of Valour recipient, Rich Seymour of Nine O'Clock Gun clothing company.

Rich hosts a yearly event called The Curlympics Tournament where friends and family participate in a friendly curling match BUT.... dressed up in fairly creative group costumes. Team Jersey Shore showed up with fake tans, huge hair and a whole lotta attituuude. Team Russia was smart and managed to stay warm. With plenty of beer to be consumed between matches, Curlympics turns into quite the spectacle on the ice!

After presenting Rich our 'Star' Love Medal pin, for exemplary understanding and wisdom, we were able to sit with Rich to learn more about him...


LM: Tell us about your cause and what is it that you do.

RS: I don't really have one cause, I like helping animals, children and the hungry - and for our annual Nine O'Clock Gun Curling tournament, we have been collecting art supply donations for Easter Seals Kids Summer Camps. BC Easter Seals Camps provide free overnight summer camping experiences for children and teens with physical and/or mental disabilities throughout BC. I have a friend who works there and its a great cause to be a part of.

LM: How long have you been doing it for?

RS: The Curlympics tournament is in its 7th year, but I've been doing a host of charity events for many years including food drives and hockey games for the Vancouver Food Bank and golf tournaments for PETA. I'm also running the Scotiabank Half Marathon for Team Diabetes in June.

LM: Why do you do it?

RS: I'm just doing my part really. I have a lot of great friends - some who I've known since elementary school - and I like organizing events that bring all of them together. Adding a charity component has been easy because my friends are open to helping and contributing. There's a part of me that wants to help those in need because I know it could be me that needs the help one day down the road.

LM: How can someone who's interested help?

RS: The best thing to do if you want to help, is support people around you who are organizing charity events and organize your own events too. We put on an annual curling event, hockey game, beer pong tournament and other events. I find the best way to get people involved is to keep it simple, fun and don't ask too much from people. I find the less you ask of people, the more they will give. There are so many great ways to help a local charity - be create and start off helping little by little. It all counts.

LM: What has the most memorable/touching experience been for you through doing this?

RS: I think the gratitude from the people who work at the charities is the best part. They work so hard on getting awareness out there. They are so happy to have people helping and spreading the love.

LM: Any funny stories? About anything! We like funny stories here.

RS: My funny stories are too inappropriate for a public forum :) Too much nudity, and substance abuse. Actually, one time I collected a car full of household and clothing donations for a womens shelter - was knocking on door after door trying to find the half way house, finally found the right place - they looked at the stuff I had for them and told me they didn't want any of it. Now I stick to helping kids, animals and the hungry. That probably sounds bad.

LM: Who or what inspires you?

RS: I'm inspired by a lot of people. My parents generosity and support, my fiance's love for animals, inspiring athletes and passionate people - anyone who has a big heart and courage to do great things inspire me.

LM: Why is Ryan Gosling so hawt?

RS: I want his body. That guy is cut. I'm motivated to workout more when I think of him!

LM: What does love mean to you? How would you define it?

RS: Love to me is a combination of many things. Love is when you care for something or someone so much that you will do anything you can for it. Love gets us out of bed in the morning - but also keeps us in bed some mornings too ;)

Love is your purpose, your passion.

Thank you Rich!

-T

*Please email us at love@lovemedals.com if you know of someone you think should be an LM of Valour recipient :)

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Last Name London, First Name Theophilus!

Posted by Talia Tanaka on February 06, 2012 1 Comment

LM's first celebrity appearance! 

Mr. London, known as the 'hipster rapper', proudly sported his Bravery Love Medal on stage at Fortune Sound Club and we were there to see it glimmer amongst jewellery pieces from his own collection.


photographed by Mark Gutknecht

If you aren't familiar with Theophilus London, check out the behind the scenes video of his GQ fashion shoot

-T :)


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February 2012 Mixtape

Posted by Talia Tanaka on February 01, 2012 0 Comments

 Enjoy :)


LM Valentine's Mix from lovemedals on 8tracks.

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The Suffragette Medal of Valour

Posted by Talia Tanaka on January 26, 2012 0 Comments

In the late 19th century and early 20th century, the Women’s Social and Political Union fought for Women’s right to vote in the UK. They were called the Suffragettes. The movement began peacefully, but had no results. The WSPU then adopted a more militant approach. Women who were sent to jail went on hunger strikes. Many were force fed with tubes, which went down their throats and into their stomachs.

Mabel Capper was presented with the UK WSPU Hunger Strike Medal on July 30th 1909 for enduring the first instance of forcible feeding while on hunger strike as a Suffragette prisoner.


Women in Britain finally achieved suffrage equal to men in 1928. Canada & US in 1920.

It's truly inspirational to consider what women and men have gone through in the past for us to enjoy our modern day rights. Let’s continue to do the same for our future generations!

What causes are you ready to take to the streets for and kick down the doors of unjust rule?

It’d be nice to have better Netflix selections in Canada!!

-T :)

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