Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – September 22 2021: Vancouver, BC – We Are Permenent Residents!

We did it!

We officially got accepted for permanent residence here in Canada!

So what does that mean?

This means we no longer have any restrictions like we did on our permits and we can stay here in Canada for 5 years before we need to renew it (which is apparently easy).

What next?

We need to get our PR cards, which we can do online and once we get those, we can get our new SIN (social insurance number).

Once that’s done, the process is done! Then, we’re able to come and go as we please and work here as we please for 5 years.

This is all exciting! We are glad the process is finally done and we’re residents of Canada!

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Mr and Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 1001: Vancouver, BC – The End Of Daily Blogs!

Today, we announce the end of our daily blogs.

It’s been an awesome 1656 posts, but now, we think the time is right to stop with daily blogs.

Why?!

Well, after this long of daily blogging, it can be a lot of work. Of course, COVID hasn’t been great for content and posting about work each day is fairly mundane (for both us and you) and difficult.

Don’t get us wrong, we’ve loved sharing our lives with everyone. For something that started just to keep a few family members in the know whilst we travelled, to something that has grown far more than we expected…It’s been awesome.

We now have all of these memories on a site we can visit whenever we want to see the awesome things we’ve done. That’s amazing.

What Now?

We’ll still be around & we’ll still post here!

We want to only post when it’s something exciting, important or interesting.

If we go on a trip, we’ll post, for sure.

We’re not sure if it’ll be daily, weekly, a roundup or whatever, but it’ll be something. We don’t want to give a specific schedule because we don’t want to put that time constraint on ourselves.

What you should know is that the content should be far more interesting, engaging and just overall better!

Goodbye For Now

We guess this is goodbye…for now.

Thank you all SO MUCH for the continued support.

Apparently 750 people follow this blog, and they’re just the subscribed people. 750!

What an insane number.

We’ve posted for over 1600 days in a row.

We didn’t miss a day!

We have had nearly 40,000 views on this blog. That’s another insane number. Thank you.

We’ve hunted for wifi to get the blog uploaded countless times, in countless countries. We wouldn’t change that for the world. That was part of our travel experience and it was fun (at times).

This will be tough.

For over 3 years we have had a daily blog uploaded, so it’ll be tough and weird not to upload a blog, starting tomorrow.

Again, we have things we want to do, and things that’ll happen throughout our lives and as these things happen, or we go to cool places, we’ll absolutely upload a blog (or some blogs) all about our experiences.

Who knows when the next blog post will be. Maybe tomorrow (though unlikely) maybe next week, maybe next month…

All we know is that we are so thankful for everyone that has engaged with us and our blog over the three years.

THANK YOU ALL!

We’ll see you here at some point, for sure.

Feel free to continue staying connected with us on our Facebook, or through each of our Instagram pages!

If you’ve not seen all of our blogs, we recommend going to the visited places page and checking out all the places! There’s some cool things in there.


We’ll see you somewhen soon.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 90 – Day 2: Sidney, BC – Meeting Our Helpful Friend!

We woke up LATE and needed to get some food!

We walked down to the Sidney bakery to get ourselves some treats.

We got a wide range of items, from croissants to doughnuts and all of them were pretty good!

We ate those and were very full, and we had that alongside a coffee we got from a nearby coffee shop which was tasty!

Once we were showered and ready, we took ourselves out for a bit of a walk and explore.

Kim wanted to get ice cream, so we found some and then we walked to a nice grass area by the water where we sat and enjoyed the sun!

We walked a little bit more and found some places we may be interested in for food and we found one that we thought we’d like.

We then met with someone who is also English who helped us with our PR application and was super helpful with providing information on it.

We bought some drinks and sat on the grass and chatted with her for a while. She was super lovely and this was the first time we had met her with it not being over messages. We’ll definitely be seeing her again!

We then decided we really fancied Subway for dinner instead of going to a restaurant, so we got Subway and headed back to the hotel and watched some TV and relaxed for the evening.

The entire plan for today was to do very little, so that’s what we did!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 1000: Vancouver, BC – Away We Go!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got a bit more sleep this morning and then he jumped on a call with a colleague to figure out some strange permission issues.

There was a team meeting and once that was done, he had some tickets to get done as well as having to call someone and get something fixed for them.

Throughout the day, when he had time, Curtis got the packing done and a few things around the apartment, like taking out the rubbish.

Kim’s Day

Kim left early-ish and took laptops over to the office she was working from during the day.

After that, she went and got some breakfast and even took Curtis a croissant and coffee!

She got some of the laptops sorted today and it was nice to be in an office with colleagues.

Kim left the office around 13:00 and went bowling! She organised this with people from her company and a fun company event!

After bowling, Kim headed back home.

Away We Go!

Off to the island we go!

After work, we drove out to the ferry terminal and took the ferry over to Vancouver Island! We have a fun 10 days planned and we’ll be visiting Kim’s great auntie Linda for the first time in quite a while.

We got some easy food on the ferry and then drove out to Port Alberni! We’ll arrive there super late, but then we’ll be up early tomorrow to do some exploring!

We’re super happy to have some time to travel around and see things, whilst being careful, of course.

Today is also DAY 1000 in Vancouver! Crazy.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 999: Vancouver, BC – Getting Ourselves Ready!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started the day with a meeting at 09:00. This was with his team but also with another team. This meeting was an update on how the offices are coming along and remaining items for returning to the office.

He had a lot of admin to get done today, so he did that, and then it was mostly tickets for the rest of the day.

There was an office-wide meeting in the afternoon, just to discuss a few important things and also just have a bit of fun.

Kim’s Day

Kim started with an interview and then had a catch up after to chat about how it went. She then joined a 1-1 with a teammate to check in on them. Then Kim joined the weekly department meeting.

Towards the middle of the day Kim joined two calls about recruitment planning and what that might look like. She also joined a recruitment call to update the exec team about a couple of live roles.

Towards the end of the day Kim had a 1-1 and then joined another interview. She finished the day with a connect about two roles, it was a great way to end the day.

Evening

We went out to Canadian Tire to get Kim a trolly for work. It was nice to get outside!

We got some take out for dinner and once we ate that, we did some cleaning and some other house work in preparation for going away for 10 days!

We also had to pack, so we did that, and then we hung out and watched some TV.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 998: Vancouver, BC – Why Does It Smell So Good?!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had another orientation at 09:00 this morning which went really well and the person was also very nice.

He had a team meeting after that and then did some tickets followed by another meeting to discuss a new process.

Curtis had to get a list of people that took chairs home which he needed to take from the ticket system.

Once that was done, he had some lunch and then reviewed some security systems to check for anything of note.

There were more tickets to do in the afternoon and then he had a bit of spare time to get some more Norwegian homework done.

Kim’s Day

To start the day Kim joined a meeting to discuss next steps with candidates for a role, it was great to get on the same page. She then later joined a 1-1 meeting with an employee to see how they are settling in to their new role.

Kim then had a call with a new starter where they asked how they could support Kim’s teams! It was wild to be offered support and someone turn to the department and ask ‘what can I take off of your plate’, which was so lovely and maybe even a little odd! She then had another 1-1 with a new employee to see how their onboarding went.

To start the afternoon Kim had a sit down with her manager to go over events planning as the plan she had for Friday may be ruined by rain! She then joined a meeting to discuss teams and planning with a department manager before joining an interview.

After the interview Kim joined another planning meeting about a different department. She then had a quick review of the interview before joining a weekly recruitment meeting for the same team.

In the evening Kim was able to really sink her teeth into some admin. She started making some steps in the planning for Friday and she was able to get a few salary based tasks done.

Evening

Kim did a little more work in the evening after she had an appointment and then we had some dinner. Everything outside smelled so good for some reason, all day, many different excellent smells so we were hungry for most of the day!

Kim did some more work after dinner and then we relaxed for the evening watching some TV.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 997: Vancouver, BC – Nearly Done!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis went right to the office this morning. He had to get a laptop setup and sent out for someone.

Whilst he was doing this, another laptop arrived that he was waiting on, so he got that setup too.

Whilst he was there, he got a lot more of the remaining office tasks sorted out. He needed to add more monitor arms to some desks as well as order more monitors and cables ready for everyone to return to the office.

There was a pile of e-waste for Curtis to go through and take down the asset numbers to mark those as ‘disposed of’ so the records are correct.

He helped out some people in the office with moving some things and he also got some tickets done, as well as answering some messages from people.

The second laptop Curtis setup was being a pain, so he had to start again at 15:30! He managed to get it done before he finished for the day, though.

Curtis walked home and picked up coffee for him and Kim as Kim needed to work late tonight.

Kim’s Day

Kim mostly just had meetings today! She started with an interview and then went right into a 1-1 with her teammate to check in about projects.

Kim then gave her weekly update and the company wide meeting before joining a quick call to discuss the interview earlier in the day.

Towards the middle of the day Kim had a chat with her other teammate to help them build some templates, structure and a plan around social media and recruitment.

In the afternoon Kim had a couple of recruitment meetings. The first was to discuss the new plans for processes and the second and third were weekly team check ins to discuss the open roles.

To finish the day Kim joined another interview and had a quick chat after. She then spent the evening getting through some admin work. It was great to really sit down and get stuff done!

Evening

Kim worked for the evening, so Curtis played games for most of the evening, along with getting some other things around the apartment done.

Kim took a little break and we had some gnocchi and a tomato sauce for dinner. We watched a bit of TV before Kim went back to working for the rest of the evening.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 996: Vancouver, BC – We Had Rain!

Curtis’s Day

Curtis had an onboard orientation at 09:00 this morning. After that, he had some other work to do and then went right into back-to-back meetings.

The two meetings were both with his team and they were super helpful! They garnered some discussion and he then managed to book another meeting for the afternoon to have further discussion about something related to the office.

We had some rain today! Curtis looked out the window in the morning and thought it would rain and luckily it did! We hope that improves the situation with the forest fires here.

The afternoon for Curtis was setting up accounts for a new hire, doing tickets and having the meeting he scheduled earlier in the day.

He got a bit of Norwegian homework done in the afternoon, too.

Kim’s Day

Kim had an interview heavy morning! She started her morning with an interview, went to FedEx and then had two more and the reviews too! It was a great start to the week.

In the afternoon Kim started with a meeting with finance before having a recruitment meeting to align on all the open roles! She then joined a team meeting that ran over and finished the day with a quick catch up with one of the recruiters from the consultancy firm!

Evening

Kim went off to pole and Curtis played games until she got back.

Once Kim was back, we had a chicken caesar salad for dinner.

We didn’t do much for the rest of the evening, just watched a bit of TV and relaxed.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 995: Vancouver, BC – First Movie In 2 Years!

We woke up around 10:45 and had a fairly relaxed morning. We did some laundry and some stuff around the apartment and had some croissants for breakfast.

We went out and got a coffee and walked for a bit, towards the beach. It was very warm, so we sat on the grass in the shade for bit, then walked a bit more before heading to the cinema!

We went to see our first moving in what must be about 2 years (we believe it was December 2019 when we last went) and it was great! We watched the movie Fall Guy which was as good as were told it was!

We wore our masks and they also distanced everyone in the theatre, so that was good.

We left there and walked home, before heading to the supermarket.

We didn’t get too much as we go away on Friday! We got some essentials and enough to eat this week.

We got home and had the remaining Korean chicken for dinner…Turns out, we bought too much!

We got ourselves ready for the week, but most importantly, we relaxed!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 994: Vancouver, BC – A Friend’s Tattoo & Leafs Tickets Booked!

We woke up and got ourselves some croissants and got showered after that.

We did a bit of tidying/cleaning and then Kim needed to head out.

Kim went to meet a friend who was getting a tattoo! Once she got the tattoo, Kim met with her and had a coffee and then walked her home. She had a good couple of hours of chatting with her and that was super nice. A beautiful tattoo, too!

Curtis vacuumed and then played some games and relaxed until Kim got back.

Once Kim got back, she did some more cleaning and had to take a video of the apartment for something and send that off.

Curtis booked tickets for the Leafs game here in Vancouver, depending on if everything is going ok in December! Exciting!

We had leftover Korean chicken for dinner and watched some TV together for the evening.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale