While the Opening Ceremonies of an Olympics is one of the major events to cover, sometimes you find something else to make the event special without being there.
The opening is a tightly ticketed event, with only nine tickets issued to Canadian photographers, one to the Star's Richard Lautens.
That left Lucas Oleniuk doing feature photography from outside the stadium.
As for me, our Asian bureau chief Bill Schiller, with the help of his assistant Lilly, found us three generations of a family that were going to celebrate the event in their 16th-floor two-bedroom apartment - actually they converted it into a two-dining room apartment for the occasion.
Olympics are a special event and as much as the spectacle is amazing, so are the people.
The 20 or so people invited us in with open arms and fed us and I don't think that my glass of beer was ever allowed to be more than half-empty.
The generosity showed to us by our host Jing Cheng made this event one of my most special moments at an Olympiad.
Read Bill Schiller's story on this wonderful family here.