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 …

Is VanDusen Glow in the Garden worth it?

Jomar has a particular skill of making our weekends extra special. I'm usually contented with being at home and doing nothing, but he would always spend time searching for activities around Vancouver. This weekend he suggested we go see Glow in the Garden at VanDusen Botanical Garden.


The Visitor Center is covered in cobwebs.

Hootenanny

After going through the visitor center, the first thing you'll see (other than the food trucks) is a giant owl and a "BOO" sign. We were there before sunset, so it's still bright as day (even though it was raining just a couple hours before this picture was taken).




Scarecrow

Walking past the food truck and what seems like a short bridge, there's an arrow guiding you which way to go - the Scarecrow zone is next.


Yes, the yellow light is a scarecrow.

A short walk and we're at the entrance of this beautiful tunnel. I don't have any photos inside, but I manage to get a video of it.


At the end of the tunnel is the next zone, Anna the Hummingbird.

Anna the Hummingbird

We stood at the exit for around 5 minutes waiting for dusk so we can take better photos, but as expected, there were more people, so we decided to walk forward.


Anna the Hummingbird

By the time we walked past this zone, it's dusk, and the lights looked so much better.

Enchanted Forest

As it got darker, the crowd got thicker and taking photos and videos became more challenging.




At the end of the forest, we're at a crossroads of two zones but decided to go to the Magic Pumpkin Patch.

Magic Pumpkin Patch

There's a giant pumpkin light display in the middle.


Harvest Fest

Pumpkin and Hay

Impressive Pumpkin Carvings

Arachnophobia

A zone we almost missed is the Arachnophobia with a giant spider light and a bunch of smaller spider displays, which from afar looks like chickens. I didn't take a photo of the big spider but here's a video.


Tip:

  1. Check the weather. If possible, pick a night where there's little to no rain. We were lucky that tonight is clear skies.
  2. If you want to stroll and avoid the crowds, come in early. However, the lights are the best after dusk.
  3. For the best results, I think coming and staying late is the way to go for excellent pictures.

Is a trip worth it?

As an adult (who is a big kid at heart), it is but it's really for kids. If you're looking for "Instagram-worthy" pictures, then, yes the payment is worth it. Otherwise, the Christmas one has more lights in it.

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