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Photo of the Month: Back at BC Place

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It's so hard to choose one photo or moment for November because it's my birth month. That said, the highlight of the month was when we watched the Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place with 25,000 people. A close second is the delicious half mocha, half ube cake I had on my birthday. Back at BC Place Half Ube and Half Mocha Birthday Cake If you want to be updated with our food life in Canada, you can go to my food blog and follow me on Instagram .

Photo of the Month: Thanksgiving Feast

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Because of the pandemic, our ability to travel is quite limited (though I heard the US-Canada land border has opened). So instead of posting travel pictures, I will share my favourite photo or event in the last month. For October, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. We spent four hours cooking and preparing our Thanksgiving spread from HelloFresh. Selfie with our Thanksgiving Feast Thanksgiving Dinner The food was delicious, and our family was complete, and we were all healthy. Indeed, there are many things to be grateful for.

Photo of the Month: Filipino Snacks

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This month we shopped, packed, and shipped our very first balikbayan box, and I hope it gets to my in-laws early or in time for Christmas. But the picture for this month is the different imported Filipino food that I miss. When doing shopping for the balikbayan box, we went to Superstore. So while Jomar is busy grabbing things we will put inside the box, I was shopping for things we'll enjoy here in Canada and can only get in the Superstore, which includes a lot of Filipino food. Cupp Keyk, Lemon Square Cheese Cake, Hi-Ro, Hansel, and Yakult I grabbed longganisa and lumpia from the frozen aisle and all these wonderful snacks from the international aisle. This was the first time I went grocery shopping without looking at the price. Filipino goodies are so expensive (at least according to my budget) here because they're imported.  Why am I so confident to spend? Because we accumulated a lot of PC points! Yay for points! I only paid $7 and some cents for groceries worth more than

Photo of the Month: Meeting with Friends

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I don't have many friends in Canada, but my former colleagues have become great friends, and we met up for dinner this month. We last saw each other in March 2020 before working from home permanently. A few of us have already resigned but have kept in touch. It's nice to see them again and have a wonderful time. After Dinner Sunset Picture Before Dinner Picture of False Creek In my head, I am already organizing a holiday dinner inviting all former colleagues just to see each other and catch up.

Pokemon GO Fest 2021

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On July 17, 2016 (five years ago), the Pokemon GO game became available in Canada. I played it quite often with my youngest sister. However, as with a lot of things, my interest died down. Until I married Jomar and he moved to Canada permanently. He kept playing it every day. I used to get upset, then I realize either I can fight him or join him. Thus, here were are. We play Pokemon GO every day.  Over the weekend (July 17 and 18, 2021), Jomar and I spent most of the time playing the game because it's Pokemon GO Fest.  Pokemon GO Fest 2021 Shirt On Saturday, we spent the whole day (from 10 in the morning until 6 in the evening) in a nearby park where you can reach four Poke Stops from one location. We wore our Pokemon GO Fest 2021 shirt purchased from the Pokemon Center. Our favourite spot in the neighbourhood. Five different food trucks Then on Sunday, we spent most of the day walking around between gyms to battle legendary Pokemon. It was a lot of fun and exhausting. The night be

Day 3 of Victoria Trip | 3 Days 2 Nights Long Weekend Trip to Victoria, BC

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I have been eager to travel since the pandemic began. My mom is celebrating her 60th birthday this year and on the same weekend as Father's day which means my siblings and I can plan a trip and won't feel guilty splurging them a little bit. You can read Day 1 and Day 2 on their respective links. Day 3 (June 20, 2021) I can't believe it's our last half day in Victoria, BC. St. Andrew's Cathedral We started the day by visiting St. Andrew's Catholic Cathedral. Unfortunately, we can't go inside because of the pandemic, so we had to say our prayers of thanksgiving outside. St. Andrew's Catholic Cathedral St. Andrew's Catholic Cathedral in Downtown Victoria, BC Breakfast at Shine Cafe We were originally planning to go to the famous Jam Cafe. However, it's like a 10-minute walk and I still felt exhausted from all the walking we did yesterday. As such, I opened my trusted Foursquare app and found Shine Cafe two blocks away. Read my post here . Drive an

Day 2 of Victoria Trip | 3 Days 2 Nights Long Weekend Trip to Victoria, BC

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I have been eager to travel since the pandemic began. My mom is celebrating her 60th birthday this year and on the same weekend as Father's day which means my siblings and I can plan a trip and won't feel guilty splurging them a little bit. Day 1 (June 18, 2021) Day 2 (June 19, 2021) We started today with breakfast at Q At The Empress . Then, we took a bus to The Butchart Gardens. The Butchart Gardens It's a beautiful 55 acres of gardens envisioned by Jennie Butchart. She transformed a former quarry into a lush garden haven that has become a National Historic Site of Canada. I don't think sharing pictures would give justice to the different gardens inside. My personal favourite is the Sunken Garden and Japanese Garden. I have a bias for gardens which is why VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver is my number one favourite spot in the city. You can just sit in one of the benches and feel all your worries melt away. I didn't get that

Day 1 of Victoria Trip | 3 Days 2 Nights Long Weekend Trip to Victoria, BC

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I have been eager to travel since the pandemic began. My mom is celebrating her 60th birthday this year and on the same weekend as Father's day which means my siblings and I can plan a trip and won't feel guilty splurging them a little bit. Day 1 (June 18, 2021) We started our trip with an Uber ride to my parent's place in Richmond, BC. My dad is so excited to see me 😂! He cooked all my favourite dishes because I know I will feast on them - he prepared tortang talong, boneless bangus, and chicken adobo. Sarap! At 11:30, we started our drive to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal. We got lost because of Apple Maps and we were teasing my younger sister about it the whole time. I guess it won't be a family road trip if you don't make the wrong exit and have to find a way out the highway. Spirit of Vancouver Island Ferry Our boarding time is 1:00 PM and it's our first time riding the ferry. It was a short 90-minute ride. The water was calm and you can clearly see the islands

Photo of the month: COVID-19 Vaccination

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At the beginning of the month, I got my first dose of COVID-19 vaccine! More importantly, the view when you're exiting the vaccination center is so beautiful. View from Canada Place Convention Center Selfie! Even after the pandemic, let's continue to be kind and be patient with each other.

Experience of the month: English Bay Beach

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Last May 9, 2021, Jomar and I decided to take a walk along the seawall, and we end up taking 15,000 steps. We walked east along West Broadway; when we reached Cambie, we walked north until we crossed the Cambie Bridge going to Downtown Vancouver. We walked near the Seawall near Yaletown until we reached the Burrard Bridge, where we crossed to go back to Fairview and back home. In the middle of Cambie Bridge West View from Cambie Bridge The following weekend we decided to cross Burrard Bridge again. This time we met with my younger sister, Therese, who now lives in West End. The three of us walked to her favourite spot in English Bay Beach. We set up her beach mat and sat down.

Buy 14-inch Capiz Parol in Metro Vancouver

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We have on hand  limited quantities of high-quality Parol (Christmas Lantern) from the Philippines. It's available for pickup in Richmond, BC. Only CAD 200 14-inch Boungavillae Capiz Parol (Christmas Lantern) 14-inch Boungavillae Capiz Parol (Christmas Lantern) from The Philippines is available now in Metro Vancouver 14-inch Starlight Capiz Parol (Christmas Lantern) 14-inch Starlight Capiz Parol (Christmas Lantern) from the Philippines available now in Metro Vancouver How to order Capiz Parol in Metro Vancouver? Complete this order form . Pick-up only in Richmond, BC. Payment will be cash  (exact amount only) on pick-up or prepaid using Interac E-Transfer . Visit the website for more pictures.

Photo of the month: Cherry Blossoms

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It's so beautiful! I am not sure what else to say. This particular spot is near Granville Island. Looking at this picture gives me so much joy. Our life in Vancouver means walking around to run errands, but there are days where I had to make a conscious decision to slow down and appreciate all this beautiful blessings. Vancouver is so picturesque. Cherry Blossoms near Granville Island Since working from home, my mental health has suffered. I work 8-9 hours a day and I kept on thinking of the next thing to do - what to have for each meal, the floor needs to be mopped, the bathroom needs to be cleaned, do we have to do groceries today. My head is in constant buzz of the next chore, next work phone call. Sending my hug to fellow humans who has to work and maintain a livable home. Walking around our neighborhood and telling myself to slowdown is necessary. Happy Friday!

Photo of the month: Book

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We're ending the month with great news! The book Jomar co-authored is finally available! Yes, I am married to an author. Yiii 🤣 My name is mentioned in the book under the "About the Author" section. I just had to take a photo of it. How to Build Android Apps with Kotlin? Grab a copy from Amazon . Jomar worked hard to write his chapters of the book. Sleepless nights, researching, testing the code, and actually writing. I am so proud of him.

Photo of the month: SNOW!

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I am unsure how many people actually read my blog. But if you have, I mentioned way too many times that one of the reasons I decided to stay in Canada is because of the seasons. This month Vancouver got its once a week dose of snow. February Snow at Vancouver School Board Park It's amusing to see that a week before this photo we've had so much sunshine. February Clear Sunny Day at Vancouver School Board Park Happy Snow Day!