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Exploring Cineplex in Vancouver

When Jomar and I got married 6 months ago, we agreed to watch a movie at the cinema once a month (minimum). For the 5 of those 6 months, we have been watching movies at Cineplex Cinemas Marine Gateway and VIP. This month we decided to watch at Fifth Avenue Cinemas.

Fifth Avenue Cinemas As the name implies, this cinema is at 5th Avenue corner Burrard. Walking distance (if you like walking) to both home and work. This location is restricted to age 19+ because they serve alcohol at the Licensed Bar and Lounge.

Theater There are 5 in this location and the one we went to is smaller than I expected and it's ground level. The seats were low.

Food and Snack I was disappointed by the food offering. I don't know but I was expecting it to have as many food choices as they have in their Marine branch but they only serve like 9 items and even the snack bar didn't have Outtakes - only popcorn. Food was still good though. Expensive but good.

Cineplex Cinemas Marine Gateway and VIP I have…

Crazy KFC Creations: Waffle Double Down

I have a secret to tell you. I love KFC. I tried KFC in 4 countries (out of the 11 I've been to). KFC Philippines has the best gravy. Meanwhile, KFC Malaysia has the most flavorful spicy chicken. KFC China (at the airport) is usual (no crazy flavor when I was there. Lastly, KFC Canada has the least tasty chicken. Well, until we tried their Spicy Chicken with Waffles.

Chicken and Waffles I enjoy chicken and waffles. When I go to places that offer breakfast, it's one of the things I looked for (followed by Eggs Benedict or Omelette). It's no question that Jomar and I are going to try Waffle Double Down when we saw an ad for it.

The verdict? It's crunchy outside, soft inside waffle in between two crunchy, spicy, boneless fried chicken. Instead of mayonnaise, the sauce is maple syrup. It was great!

Unfortunately, it's available for a limited time only so be sure to try it while it's still available.

More chicken and waffles post:Miura Restaurant & BarWaffle Ban…

World Food Tour: A Trip to Afghan Chopan

In celebration of Foursquare Day, I am starting a world tour (while staying in Metro Vancouver) with food based on the Food categories of Foursquare! You may read more about "World Food Tour" on this link.

Afghan Restaurant category First on the Foursquare alphabetical list of categories is Afghan Restaurants. According to Foursquare, there are four restaurants who are categorized under Afghan Restaurants.

We decided to try Afghan Chopan from the list because it's affordable and it's accessible. East is East is closer to our home and has a higher rating but the food is a mixed of Indian and Afghan food so we went to Afghan Chopan instead.
Afghan Chopan Bakery and Diner It's a small place (with about 9 chairs and 3 tables) but the branch on No. 3 Road is closing permanently on April 20, 2018. They have a new branch around 10-minute walk near the Richmond Public Market at Westminster Highway.

Appetizer They have three choices for appetizer - Bolani, Mantu, and Asha…

Top 3 reason you should get a temporary job as a new immigrant

I want to write posts to help immigrants in Canada with their career. This post is for new immigrants who were fully employed white collar workers from their home country and yet unsure on how to move forward with looking for work in their industry or field in Canada.

In this post, I will share with you my opinion and stand on whether you should go take a temporary job. I have been in Canada for only 2 years so the wounds are fresh and I want to share the lessons I learned.
What is a temporary job? As the name implies, it's supposed to be temporary. These are the type of work unrelated to your career goals. This is the type of work that will help you earn money to meet your families needs. According to Wikipedia,

Temporary work or temporary employment (also called oddjobs) refers to an employment situation where the working arrangement is limited to a certain period of time based on the needs of the employing organization.
What are examples of temporary jobs? These are work you co…

Beautiful Morning in Downtown Vancouver

Spring is here! It still rains more than usual but flowers are starting to bloom and the cherry blossoms are out and beautiful. There's a row in our street! I feel so blessed every time I see them.

Mewtwo I caught my first Mewtwo last Friday in Pokemon GO! There were like 50 or so people at 10 in the morning on a non-working holiday in Downtown Vancouver. It was unexpected and I am impressed.

Walking Downtown After the raid, we decided to walk around Downtown and it was my first time (yes, more than 2 years in Vancouver and I still haven't visited all the tourist spots) to see the Olympic Cauldron. I didn't expect it to be that big.

We walked around the section of the Seawall and learned so much about the interesting people in BC's history by reading all the display information available.

It was a great way to spend a holiday morning! I love this city.

What happened when we didn't dine out for a month?

I made a post that Jomar and I are doing a one-month challenge of not eating outside food (with some exceptions) as outlined in this blog post. Below is the results after a month.

Physical I lost 4.5 lbs by not eating at restaurants. I know it's not a lot. However, if you see the graph below the sudden spike mid-month is when we went to movies and decided to eat outside food (talk about poutine, burger, nachos, pop corn, and all the salty food you can think of).

Financial This is the biggest change. We "saved" or didn't spend almost $400! I didn't expect that we will save that much. Or that we spent that much in eating out during January and February.

When we started this, I thought that because we didn't eat out our grocery bill will double or increase but it stayed the same. So weird.

What do you think of our challenge? Jomar said we had lots of loopholes (LOL) so it wasn't as challenging than it should be but I had such a difficult time already, especi…