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VanDusen Botanical Garden: Love and View

I love botanical gardens! When I was in Singapore, I spent few hours at the Singapore Botanic Garden. It was very relaxing, sitting in benches under the trees, smelling the flowers, and enjoying the cool breeze. It was great!

Now, that I am in Canada, one of my places to visit is the VanDusen Botanical Garden. Last Wednesday, Jomar and I spent 1-5pm walking around the huge land area.

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Happy Month of May: Family Celebrations

Completely unrelated to this post but I had to share: It was a longer day at work than usual, especially for a Friday. But the real bummer is when I arrived home my 5-month old Asus Chromebook won't turn on. I tried the basic troubleshooting of plugging it in and hold the power for 60 seconds. I called Asus and I am under warranty for the next 24 months which is great but the repair process takes a week + shipping time AND I am leaving for the Philippines on Friday. So... I will be laptop-less. There, I said it.
May is a busy and festive month for our family. We are celebrating two things: Mother's Day and Alyanna's birthday! Let me share with you a glimpse of what we did to celebrate both.
Mother's Day Therese is the master planner in coming up with surprises for our parents. We created this Messenger group with just the four of us. She will buy flowers, I will buy the cake, Alyanna cooks breakfast, and Kuya shows up.

 Flower delivery arrived a day earlier than Mothe…

An Hour at White Rock Beach

I am, finally, all caught up with my posts and can now share about my adventures this month.

Last Saturday, it was our youngest siblings birthday. We had lunch at Olive Garden (unlimited bread sticks!) and after that we went to White Rock Beach. This is our second time here but it will be the first time for our only brother since he almost always have work during the weekend.

It was a short (1 hour) trip. We walked along the pier, had some ice cream to go from The White Coffee and Ice Cream, and went back to the car since we only paid 1-hour worth of parking space.

It was a great day spent with my parents and siblings. I can't wait to go back to the beach and spend time swimming and enjoying the sun.

April 2017: Family, Weather, and Food

Last February, I highlighted the snowy winter I have experienced for the first time. This time I will be sharing with you the beautiful pink colors of Spring. I will also dedicate a section for what our family had been up to. Lastly, I will make a list of the new restaurants I have tried this month!

Family Highlight It's Kuya's birthday! Unlike, Therese's celebration last month, Kuya (kuya is Filipino for "brother") decided he wants us to have dinner at home. Pizza delivery, home cooked Filipino-style spaghetti, and cake that I purchased from the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts near our office.
Happy Birthday only-brother! Weather: Spring is Here! Yay! After months of Winter and snow, spring is finally here! Sakura everywhere.

Cherry Blossoms after the rain
April 5, 2017

7:15 AM Sunrise Cherry Blossoms
April 11, 2017
After two weeks...
Just like that they're all gone.
Summer is just plain green so the next season I am looking forward to is Fall where everyth…

March 2017: Family and Food

Every month starting March, someone from our family is celebrating their birthday: March: ThereseApril: HoveyMay: AlyannaJune: MomJuly: Dad And yes, I am the odd one out since my birthday is all the way in November.

For this month, Therese decided we eat at Earls Kitchen + Bar Restaurant. Since we are excited for dinner, we have been looking at the menu deciding what to get a couple of days before her actual birthday. Appetizer For sharing, we had Bacon Mac + Cheese and Crispy Chicken Tenders

Bacon Mac + Cheese

Crispy Chicken Tenders Main Course For our main course, Alyanna had Pepperoni Pizza, I had Bacon Cheddar Burger, Therese had California Chicken Burger, Mother had Chicken, Brie + Fig Sandwich, and Kuya had Louisiana Fried Chicken Sandwich.

Pepperoni Pizza

Bacon Cheddar Burger with Yam Fries Desserts The best part of any meal (or at least this one) is desserts.

Sticky Toffee Chocolate Pudding

Partially Eaten Gold Digger
Happy birthday Therese!

February 2017: Food and Weather

I may have posted this line before, I have this love-hate relationship with my new home country. Though Canada still doesn't feel home, most of the time, I still feel like I am just on vacation and can't wait to go back home to the Philippines.

Anyway, I love Canada! This last winter season (December to February) is the worst snow British Columbia has seen in x number years, specifically in Metro Vancouver. Growing up in a tropical country, I would only dream of seeing snow gently falling from the sky like in the movies. But being able to see it with my own eyes and touch it while waiting for a bus is really a dream come true. I love the snow and how gently it would fall. The biggest reason of this love and amazement for snow is it's my first time to experience it. But the day or two after a snowfall, is just really annoying. Icy roads, icy sidewalk, icy everything and the fear of slipping is something difficult to live with.

Snow on my way home.Snow the following morning…