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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 Feel of Christmas

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We went to have dinner with the family yesterday. The dinner was at 7:00 PM, and we decided to hang out at River Rock Hotel. They have beautiful Christmas decorations at their lobby already. Of course, I decided to take photos as best as I could.

We also watched Last Christmas on Monday, which resulted in Jomar humming Christmas songs at random times. I also started playing Christmas songs while preparing breakfast.





After dinner, I wanted to test Night Sight on the updated Google Camera app on my Pixel 3. See the results below.



I'm looking forward to Christmas, and the five vacation days I'll take.

Celebrating Life and Love at Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant

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Today is our second wedding anniversary, and we decided to celebrate it in multiple ways.


Movie Date We kicked off our celebration with dinner at Dublin Crossing Irish Pub on Marine Drive. Followed by watching Maleficent: A Mistress of Evil in Cineplex.

When we got home, we decided to exchange our gifts. Of course, Jomar gave the better gift of a Harry Potter Stationery Set, a 2020 planner with my exact specifications (background: when I was in high school and college, I use my planner, not as a planner, but more of a scrapbook and I still have those with me. It's filled with short notes, receipts, and pictures that reminded me of how blessed I am), and an anniversary card with such a sweet message I got tears in my eyes.
We called it a night and slept until 9 in the morning, Saturday.9 AM is usually late for us as we're typically awake by 6 or 7 AM. I cooked breakfast, and we watched Tall Girl on Netflix. 
We took our time preparing for the day and wondering what to do next si…

Is VanDusen Glow in the Garden worth it?

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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.



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.


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 m…

Affordable Team Building Place in Vancouver

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I work with a small team. We're only 8-9 people in the office, so planning an affordable team night out in Vancouver is always a challenge. However, I found Colony Entertainment District, which is mind-blowing amazing.


Cost You pay for food and can use all the games and amenities they have. You may also need to spend a toonie here and there for the arcade games and foosball.

What's inside? They have arcade games and foosball that your team can enjoy. They also have a pool table, a ping pong table, and a bocce space. They have A LOT of TVs if watching sports games is your thing. Moreover, they have quiz night every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (be sure to check the website for updates), which sounds a great bonding night.

TipBe sure to make a reservation. If you're after the pool table, ping pong table, and foosball, try to get a spot upstairs. If you're after playing arcades or bocce, a table downstairs is best.Get the poutine. It's filling, it's yummy, and it…

Last game of the season for Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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It's the last game of the season for Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Jomar and I decided to watch it live in BC Place. We even got team shirts to show our support and love for the team (although they did terribly this year).


We went to Tim Hortons this morning and have oatmeal for breakfast before heading to Mass. At 10 AM, we're already in Downtown Vancouver walking along Robson street looking for a place to have lunch. Most of the restaurants are still closed except for fast-food chains, McDonald's, A&W, and Subway. Then, Jomar saw that there are people inside Patron Tacos & Cantina.


We had lunch there and enjoyed watching the Sports Network Top 50 plays of the month. A quick review of the Patron, the food is delicious, but I don't think it's worth the price. Go to The Mexican along Granville Street, it's delicious and great value for money.

Anyway, after lunch, we started walking to BC Place. They were giving out 1,500 Whitecaps cap to the first guests, so w…

Poutine with Purpose 2019 Vancouver

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Jomar and I love to eat out a minimum once a week. He's always on the lookout for events that we can do during the weekend when he stumbled upon Poutine with Purpose.
For every poutine you buy and enjoy during Poutine with Purpose Week, one simple, healthy meal will be provided to a youth in need. Saturday Evening We attended the 5 PM Mass at St. Augustine's and decided to have dinner at one of the restaurants on the list. We went to Colony Entertainment District to try the Colony Poutine.

It was a busy Saturday, and the table we're eating on is reserved at 7:30 PM, so we quickly enjoyed our dinner and walked to the bus stop to go home. Looking towards the direction of Granville Bridge is this beautiful sunset glow. I love Vancouver!
Sunday Afternoon Sunday is usually reserved for staying at home and watching NFL all day. However, since it's a beautiful clear day, Jomar and I decided to take a walk by the Seawall between Granville Bridge to Olympic Village.



When we got …

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Columbus Crew SC

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It was one of those Saturday when we decided to watch the Vancouver Whitecaps FC live at BC Place. It's their second to the last game at home for the season.

The day started with Jomar's dentist appointment. After that, we decided to walk across Cambie Bridge. It's the last bridge crossing the False Creek that we haven't crossed yet on foot. It's the safest bridge to walk to compared to the Granville Bridge and not as noisy as Burrard Bridge.


When we got to Downtown Vancouver, we went to the Vancouver Public Library's main branch to see what books they have on sale. I called my brother to check if he's already in Downtown. We had lunch at Big G, as suggested by Jomar, because he knows I love Taiwanese fried chicken, plus they're relatively empty compared to other places nearby.


After eating lunch, we headed to BC Place and watched a rather dull game until Fredy Montero scored a goal in the added minutes of the game.


You can watch the highlights here:


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