Place 72 – Day 21: Vancouver,BC – Delicious Coffee & Sandwich

Admin Morning

We had a bit more admin to do before we start work, which included completing forms for the roles as well as organising pickups for furniture we are buying and other things like this.

We are getting close to being ready for everything and once we move in we should have most furnishings!

Coffee

We got a little bored so decided to go for a coffee. The rain had stopped so it was the perfect time.

We had walked past a cafe just down the road a few times and thought it looked nice, so we went there for a change.

We each got a coffee, Curtis a cappucino and Kim got a ‘mocha madness’ which was coffee,milk,chocolate,caramel & cinnamon…it sounds a lot but it was amazing!

Along with this, we shared a sandwich which was ham and salad with a delicious sauce inside!

All-in-all, this cafe was very well priced with great food and pretty good coffee.


Kings Cafe | Vancouver,BC

Rating:- 9/10


We left here and walked back home.

Once we got back, we did some more admin and then made dinner.

We had beef sirloin tip strips with our usual rice and vegetable combo but mixed with a teriyaki sauce.

We did very little throughout the rest of the day.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 20: Vancouver,BC – We Both Got Jobs!

Morning Phone Interview

Kim had an interview at 10:00. This was for a hospitality app in which you can get one off shifts and work, which may be good to get a bit extra cash.

This was very successful and Kim was told she would be approved!

3rd Interview

Kim had another interview today, so she had to head down to the city.

Kim got there and the interview lasted just 25 minutes, with it being more of a character check.

We Both Got Jobs!

Whilst Kim was at her interview, Curtis received a call offering him a job! This was the exact job he wanted and he is very excited. He had to get a lot of paperwork done for that and he starts on Tuesday.

When Kim got home from her interview, she also got a call offering her the job! We both got jobs and the exact jobs we wanted.

Also on the plus side, both jobs are in the city and we are just 10-15 minute walk from each other.

We were pretty happy with today, so it was celebration time.

Chicken

We started our celebrations with chicken from KFC. We walked down to KFC to get a few tenders and some popcorn chicken.

Pub

We came back home and relaxed for a bit and then decided we should treat ourselves and get a drink.

We found a pub which was underground and went and Curtis got a beer whilst Kim got a wine. We sat and just relaxed in the really nice pub before we walked back home.

What Men Want (film)

We got home and ate ice cream whilst watching the film What Men Want. The film was alright, kind of funny and an easy watch.


What Men Want

Rating:- 6.5/10


We are looking forward to the next part of our lives, now we have a home sorted as well as jobs…exciting times!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 19: Vancouver,BC – Credit Card & A Vietnamese Coffee

Picking Up A Credit Card

We had a lazy morning this morning and then Curtis got a call saying his credit card was ready to collect, so we got ready and went down there to collect it.

Once we collected it, we started walking back home and saw a Vietnamese restaurant, so we got tempted and just had to go in!

We sat and drank our coffee which was mediocre, and then walked on home.

We got back and watched TV for a bit and then decided it was dinner time.

Dinner & A Walk

Just before we had dinner, we went down to the mobile carrier store to get them to setup auto payments from the credit card so we don’t have to worry about paying it manually each month.

We had the same as we had a few days ago, with general tsao and sweet chilli sauce.

We sat and had a chat with one of the people we are currently living with and Curtis also got electricity billing setup for our next place, which is fun!

Further TV

We watched a bit more TV and then slept at a decent time as Kim has a phone interview for an interesting app in which you can take on part time work.

Kim then has an interview in the afternoon tomorrow, the 3rd interview of a role, and Curtis is hoping to hear back tomorrow, too!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 18: Vancouver,BC – IKEA Scouting

IKEA

We left the house around 13:00 to go to IKEA.

As we are moving into our place in the next couple of weeks, we need to start scouting or buying furniture, as it will be unfurnished. The most important item is a bed.

We took 2 buses to get to IKEA, all-in-all it was about a 40 minute trip.

The most important thing to do first was to get coffee. Luckily there was a Starbucks right by IKEA, so we got a drink from there. Curtis got an iced cappucino with cloud foam, which was something different but it was great!

We went into IKEA which seemed a little smaller than the IKEA stores we usually go to.

We started with looking at anything that around the first area, though there was nothing specific we were looking for there.

We looked at some desks and chairs, a table and chairs, sofas (not that we need one), beds and mattresses.

We got photos of what we wanted and we are now certain, which is great!

We got a few ideas about smaller items too, such as kitchen utensils and bathmats.

Meatballs

The most important thing about IKEA is of course the meatballs, so we rewarded ourself with them after doing some shopping.

These IKEA meatballs were pretty good actually, and we even shared a DAIM cake.

Buses

We left IKEA after purchasing some delicious Swedish chocolate and jumped on a bus.

The first bus was super busy but the second was luckily empty.

We came home and looked up how we will get things back from IKEA when we buy them, deciding if we will get a UHAUL or get IKEA to deliver them.

Chillin’

We watched some TV and ate some snacks in the evening.

We also read the bylaws for our apartment which was 21 pages!

Kim has a further interview on Thursday this week which she found out today and Curtis has had a promising email which he is waiting to hear back about.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 17: Vancouver,BC – Reverse Shopping & Detective Pikachu

Great Britain Ice Hockey

Curtis was up at 07:00 to watch Great Britain play against France with the winner staying up in the top division.

Great Britain fell behind 3-0 but turned it around, got into overtime and ended up winning 4-3 and are staying in the top division!

Reverse Shopping

We got up and ready after relaxing for a bit and then we walked, in the slight rain, to the train station to get to Metropolis.

We started by doing some reverse shopping, in which we returned a couple of pairs of incorrectly ordered shoes.

Terrible Lunch

We were both very hungry so we looked around for somewhere to eat. We found The American Cheesesteak Co. Where they were selling a beef wrap for $1.99! That soubded like an amazing price, so we got one each.

This was where it got interesting…After a few bites, we noticed there were no beef chunks, but instead, beef salami! We asked about this, as did many other customers, and they said that is beef and that is what they sell…we were expecting chunks of beef, but it was cheap.

We ate quickly and moved on.


The American Cheesesteak Co.| Vancouver,BC

Rating:- 2/10


Homesense

We walked around homesense, looking at items we could potentionally get for our apartment once we move in.

We were in here for a while, but then wanted a coffee so we went to get one.

Coffee

We visited Blenz Coffee, which we find hit and miss, and Curtis’ coffee wasn’t great. It was just a cappucino, but it was WAY too hot and didn’t even taste good, which was a shame.

Detective Pikachu

We watched Detective Pikachu in a cinema which had vibrating seats and some, more expensive, seats even moved with the film!

We went into the film with low expectations, but we actually really enjoyed it. It seemed to keep getting better and the plot twists were excellent! The CGI was questionable but the general animation was fantastic.


Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Rating:- 8.5/10


Coffee Crisp

We came home and weren’t really hungry for dinner, so instead we had a coffee crisp each, which are coffee flavoured chocolate bars. These were quite nice, but we weren’t hungry enough to have a full meal.

We watched TV for a few hours and then got some sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 16: Vancouver,BC – Central Park

Central Park

We wanted to have a walk today and it was a nice day, so it made perfect sense!

We took about a 40 minute walk down to Central Park, which is a large park here in Burnaby.

The park was incredibly peaceful, even though the was quite a few people enjoying it.

We came across a nice lake which also had some ducklings in.

The park was beautiful and calming. We walked around it for a while, watching all the squirrels and lookimg at all the tall trees.

We got to a certain point in the park where we noticed we wanted to have a coffee, so we stopped to find a Vietnamese cafe to get Vietnamese coffee.

Coffee

We got to a Vietnamese restaurant and they said they wouldn’t serve us JUST coffee, so we hastily left and decided Starbucks would be easier, which it wasn’t.

We went to 2 Starbucks but neither had seats. We couldn’t be bothered to keep looking, so we got our iced lattes and walked around instead.

Train

We had thought we would walk home, but it was an hour, so we got the train home instead.

We watched a bit of TV and then made dinner, which was the same as yesterday, followed by more TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 15: Vancouver,BC – Much Needed Relax

No Breakfast Requires Shopping

We woke up a bit later than we have been and then realised that we had nothing for breakfast, so we needed to go shopping.

We got ready and then walked for 20 minutes to get to the supermarket.

We got breakfast cereal and a few snacks but got distracted my Starbucks on our way out, so grabbed a coffee too.

We got back home and had some breakfast whilst Curtis watched the Great Britain ice hockey game.

Laundry

We then needed to do laundry and where we are staying doesn’t have laundry, so we went to the laundromat opposite us and got it washed there.

Unfortunately, we had no cash so we had to get some money out, meaning walking basically all the way back to where we went to the supermarket earlier.

We got back to the laundromat and put the wash on and then went back home and relaxed for the 30 minutes it was washing for.

We went back and got our laundry, put it in the dryer and waited the 45 minutes for that to finish…a highly exhilarating day!

Once that finished we brought it home and then made some dinner.

We had a similar thing to yesterday, but we had General Tsao sauce instead, which was a nice change.

Different TV

We have watched all of the latest episodes of our usual shows so had to watch some different shows.

We watched an episode of Gordon Ramsay and some different YouTube videos and then we watched the Fyre Festival documentary, which was interesting.

We followed that up by watching episode one of Chernobyl which was interesting for us as we have been there!

We then hit the hay, with no plans tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale