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Hello 2019!

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2018 has been a busy year. I stopped writing here mid of last year because I got promoted at work (yay!) but has been really busy.

One of my goal for this year (and was my goal last year) is to write 1 post each week. Last year is also the first time I didn't have a year-end summary. Oh well. Let's  be positive as we welcome the new year.

New Year's Eve I arrived in Canada last 2015 and I spent NYE for 2016, 2017, and 2018 thinking and dreaming of watching the fireworks in Downtown Vancouver. I didn't go those previous years because of the cold and crowd. I told my brother during my first NYE in Canada that we should book a hotel in Downtown where we could see the fireworks, avoid the crowd, and be warm.

Pan Pacific Hotel That dream came true NYE of 2019. Last September, I booked a hotel room at Pinnacle Hotel. However, in November, I learned that the fireworks display won't be visible from any of their rooms which is unfortunate. I, then, called Pan Pacific Hotel …

First Book for 2019: Zero to One by Peter A. Thiel

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I borrowed a few books from the Vancouver Public Library, and the first I read and finished is Zero to One, Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, by Peter A. Thiel.


In summary, the book discusses questions and things startups should ask in their quest to build things that will change the world. Below are the seven question, in the book that you should ask for before launching that product. If you answer, yes to all seven items, then your chances of success will be higher.
Can you create breakthrough technology?Is now the right time to start?Do you have the right team?Are you starting with a big share of a small market?Do you have a way to not just create but deliver your product?Will your market position be defensible 10 and 20 years into the future?Have you identified a unique opportunity that others don't see? I have a couple of product ideas that I think can be startups but going over this question, I always have a tough time answering 4, 5, and 6.
I highly recommend re…

Where and What I ate during my 1-week vacation in Manila?

I completed a summary of my 1-week vacation in Manila.
Day 0 of PH Vacation. Valentine's Day at Vancouver International AirportDay 1 of PH Vacation. Time with FamilyDay 2 of PH Vacation. Confirmation and Time with FriendsDay 3 of PH Vacation. ErrandsDay 4 of PH Vacation. Interview and OcularDay 5 of PH Vacation. High School FriendsDay 6 and 7 of PH Vacation. Jomar's HometownDay 8 of PH Vacation. Food and Pre-Cana SeminarDay 9 of PH Vacation. Last Day In this post, I want to list down where I ate when I was in the Philippines.
9 Spoons in Bayleaf IntramurosFood tasting for the wedding reception.Bacolod Chicken InasalJomar wants halo-halo.Baliwag Lechon ManokThanks to Ms. Myna for bringing some during our potluck dinner.BinalotWe had tocino, tapa, and bangus for breakfast.Casa RocesWe had Sopa Molo Castiliana, Lengua in Mushroom Sauce, Pollo Iberico, Berenjana Casada, and Paella Valenciana after confirmation.ChowkingWe had Chinese-Style Pork Chop Lauriat and Lumpiang Shanghai Laur…

Review: Moxie's Grill & Bar, Richmond

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It's Therese's birthday, and she always chooses a casual dining pub to have lunch or dinner with the family.
Three years ago (2016), we went to Cactus Club CafeTwo years ago (2017), we went to Earls Kitchen + Bar RestaurantsLast year (2018), we had Romer's Burger BarThis year (2019), we went to Moxie's Grill & Bar Moxie's Grill & Bar First, I love the service! Our server, Jessica, is friendly and she didn't hover around us as other waitresses do at other places.
Second, I like the ambiance. Since we went there on Saturday for lunch, it's practically empty except for two other tables. We had fun catching up. It's been a while (Christmas?) since we're all together sharing a meal. It's great to spend time together.
Lastly, the food is okay. I won't be coming back for the food, that's for sure. For appetizers, dad ordered Calamari and Tableside Fresh Smashed Guacamole which is amusing and fun to eat. Jessica smashed the avocado in fro…

Back in Vancouver

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After 10 hours looking at clouds and admiring the icy window,


Being back in Vancouver is good! What's the first thing we did as soon as we landed (and after security check)? Eat. Specifically, eat fish and chips from Pajo.



Fish and Chips Dinner Pajo is a Steveston, Richmond local fish and chips place. It's one of the first fish and chips place I've tried when I migrated to Canada. I had it on my second day. Anyway, Jomar and I had salmon and halibut for dinner.


We went home; unpacked and it's already 11 at night. Time to sleep because we're both going to work the following day.
Wicked Cafe Breakfast After a surprisingly good night sleep, we're up and ready to go back to work. However, our fridge is empty, and we have no food for breakfast. Instead, we decided to have breakfast in a cafe which we always walked by on our way to work.
Wicked Cafe (7th and Hemlock) For breakfast, I decided to have vegetarian pie (which feels like a vegetarian lasagna) and vegetaria…

Layover in Taiwan

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We have a 4-hour layover in Taiwan.
What did we do in Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport? We walked around Terminal 2 and visited the Hello Kitty boarding gate. Jomar saw new Kit-Kat flavour which he purchased.
We also had dinner in Mos Burger which is a fast-food restaurant chain that originated in Japan. It's pretty good. Now, I feel guilty that I didn't try McDonald's and check out the unique burgers they have in Taiwan.




Review of China Airlines We booked China Airlines because it was the cheapest flight for the days we need to be in Manila. The layover hours were not too long plus I've never been to Taiwan.
Booking was convenient, the check-in process was natural, and the staff were friendly. The food exceeded my expectation. I daresay it's better than All Nihonggo Airlines (which I thought had fantastic food) but not at par with Singapore Airlines.




I can't remember the names of the food we had, but they are all great. What's your favourite thing to d…

Day 9 of PH Vacation. Last Day

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This post is first of my PH vacation series:

Day 0 of PH Vacation. Valentine's Day in Vancouver International AirportDay 1 of PH Vacation. Time with FamilyDay 2 of PH Vacation. Confirmation and Time with FriendsDay 3 of PH Vacation. ErrandsDay 4 of PH Vacation. Interview and OcularDay 5 of PH Vacation. High School FriendsDay 6 and 7 of PH Vacation. Jomar's HometownDay 8 of PH Vacation. Food and Pre-Cana SeminarDay 9 of PH Vacation. Last Day
It's our last day in Manila! Our luggage was packed and ready for our flight that night.
Mass in Manila Cathedral Breakfast in Chowking Before leaving the Philippines and because it's Sunday, we have to go to Mass. We attended the 8:30 am Mass in Manila Cathedral.


An hour before Mass, we had lunch for breakfast at Chowking.


After Mass, we saw a taho vendor. Of course, I had to have taho again while waiting for our Grab Car.


We're back at Robinson's Place - Otis. My dad is waiting for us at Starbucks and we spent a good hour j…

Day 8 of PH Vacation. Food and Pre-Cana Seminar

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This post is first of my PH vacation series:

Day 0 of PH Vacation. Valentine's Day at Vancouver International AirportDay 1 of PH Vacation. Time with FamilyDay 2 of PH Vacation. Confirmation and Time with FriendsDay 3 of PH Vacation. ErrandsDay 4 of PH Vacation. Interview and OcularDay 5 of PH Vacation. High School FriendsDay 6 and 7 of PH Vacation. Jomar's HometownDay 8 of PH Vacation. Food and Pre-Cana SeminarDay 9 of PH Vacation. Last Day
It's Saturday and our last full day in Manila. We have a Pre-Cana Seminar at 1:00 PM.

Binalot Breakfast We had Binalot for breakfast. Yum yum!


The Old Spaghetti House Lunch We had The Old Spaghetti House for lunch.



Manila Cathedral
We arrived at Manila Cathedral at around 12:30 pm and was able to witness a portion of the wedding ceremony which gave us an idea on how our special day would look like. I took photos of the flowers and asked a lot of questions to the security guard as well as the maintenance folks.

Pre-Cana Seminar The Pre-Ca…

Where to eat pie on Pi day in Vancouver?

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It's the only day of the year we eat pie. That might be an exaggeration. We eat pie on Thanksgiving as well.

Pi Day 2019 After work today, Jomar and I decided to go to Granville Island Public Market to eat savoury pie and sweet pie for dinner. Laurelles Fine Foods We decided to have our savoury pie from Laurelles Fine Foods. I chose the Salmon Pie while Jomar picked the Chicken Pot Pie. I like the chicken better.


A La Mode After eating our savoury pie, we had sweet pie for desserts. Just like last year, we picked two pies from A La Mode. I (as predicted) chose Pecan Pie while Jomar wanted to try the Coconut Cream Pie. Surprisingly, I didn't enjoy the Pecan Pie as much as I did last year. It was too sweet. The Coconut Cream Pie is good but nothing like the buko (coconut) pie we have from the Philippines.


Where did you eat pie today?

Day 6 and 7 of PH Vacation. Jomar's Hometown

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This post is first of my PH vacation series:

Day 0 of PH Vacation. Valentine's Day at Vancouver International AirportDay 1 of PH Vacation. Time with FamilyDay 2 of PH Vacation. Confirmation and Time with FriendsDay 3 of PH Vacation. ErrandsDay 4 of PH Vacation. Interview and OcularDay 5 of PH Vacation. High School FriendsDay 6 and 7 of PH Vacation. Jomar's HometownDay 8 of PH Vacation. Food and Pre-Cana SeminarDay 9 of PH Vacation. Last Day
It's Thursday - our 6th day in the Philippines and our goal for today is meet friends in the morning and off to Jomar's hometown of Naic, Cavite to spend more time with his family.

Breakfast with College Best Friend If you've been reading my blog (I don't think anyone does), I'm consistent with the people I meet. The last time I went back to Manila, I met exactly the same set of friends. I don't have a lot of friends (like my sister, Therese or my dad) but the ones I have, I treasure dearly.
I had breakfast with my co…

Day 5 of PH Vacation. High School Friends

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This post is first of my PH vacation series:

Day 0 of PH Vacation. Valentine's Day at Vancouver International AirportDay 1 of PH Vacation. Time with FamilyDay 2 of PH Vacation. Confirmation and Time with FriendsDay 3 of PH Vacation. ErrandsDay 4 of PH Vacation. Interview and OcularDay 5 of PH Vacation. High School FriendsDay 6 and 7 of PH Vacation. Jomar's HometownDay 8 of PH Vacation. Food and Pre-Cana SeminarDay 9 of PH Vacation. Last Day
This post is about our 5th day in Manila.
Morning at Linden Suite I woke up at 6 in the morning and took a quick shower for another busy day.


Jomar and I had breakfast at the buffet (I didn't enjoy it but the service was excellent - super friendly staff) while waiting for Mary, my high school best friend.


Mary arrived at around 8 am and I joined her for breakfast and we were chatting for 2-3 hours about life. I pray that everyone will have a friend like Mary. You don't have to see each other every day but when you do it's like yo…

How much does a wedding in Manila Cathedral cost?

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Jomar and I will have our Philippine Catholic wedding in July.

To enlighten those who want to have their Sacrament of Holy Matrimony in the beautiful and historic Manila Cathedral, I will share with you how much it cost.


Why did we pick Manila Cathedral? I want to say because it's historical and beautiful but in reality, it's because they have relevant information on their website for a couple like us living and legally married abroad. It's the convenience of them responding to phone calls and email in a timely manner.
Bonus is it's historical and beautiful. According to one of my Ninang, ang haba ng walk down the aisle mo. I didn't think of that. I'm not sure if I like it. LOL.


They also have a dashboard where you complete the forms and it lists what you need to submit and when. It's pretty impressive. Process The first thing you do is go to their website and reserve a wedding date. Register and you will receive an email to attend a Wedding Orientation. I …