Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 437: Vancouver, BC – Lebanese Coffee & Prospect Point

We woke up this morning and had some more cinnamon buns for breakfast.

We relaxed for a bit, got dressed and showered and then left the apartment.

We went to the place we got our Lebanese food from yesterday as they sell Lebanese Coffee, which we thought we should try!

We walked down there and went in to get the coffee.

There was not really anyone there and it’s a huge place, so we sat and enjoyed!

You get the coffee in this cool contraption and we had these tiny little mugs.

Curtis really enjoyed it! It’s similar to Turkish coffee, which meant it’s really strong!

Kim enjoyed it less, but didn’t hate it.

We left where and walked down to Stanley Park, where we’ve gone to the last couple of weekends, to have a nice walk in the chilly autumn weather.

We walked to a lake called Beaver Lake, but it wasn’t actually very interesting, so we continued up to Prospect Point where we got a great view on the Lions Gate Bridge!

We left here and walked back home, which took about an hour, but we did stop off to grab a Starbucks!

Kim enjoyed her walk home as there were plenty of leaves to kick!

We got back home and we were tired after being out for a few hours and being on our feet all day.

We ordered some Chinese food which took a while to arrive, but we eventually got it and it wasn’t very great at all, unfortunately.

We watched the film Like A Boss whilst we ate and then played some Need for Speed and watched some other TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 328: Vancouver, BC – New Chinese Food Place

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a few things to do in the morning and then once he did those, he had a team meeting.

He did a bit of admin before lunch and then after lunch he had a project meeting.

After his project meeting, he did a few more tickets and then had a team building session, which consisted of playing some rocket league.

After team building, Curtis got a group created which took a bit of time as there are a few steps to that and then was pretty much done for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim started even earlier today, as there is a follow up meeting from yesterdays meeting which means she has to move the social call a little earlier. So she joined that and had a great catch up with 3 other people and that was lovely. She went from this call to host the Q&A from yesterday’s meeting and that went really well. As it didnt overrun Kim was able to get the recording uploaded to the Wiki quite soon after.

When she got into the office Kim continued cleaning up the meeting room, she worked on breaking down more of the old notebooks. She then nipped put to grab some lunch and enjoyed that before the east coast social call. There were only two people on that call today but it was still fun!

After the call Kim set up a few desks for people to use on Monday as there will be a few extra people in the office. She measured to make sure all the desks are far enough apart, moved tables to ensure that the safe distance is maintained, got screens and finally sanitised the desks.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim worked on drafting a form that will be needed in the coming months. She finished the day with the west coast social call. There was a good turn out today, so after some chatting Kim hosted a jackbox game and that was fun!

Chinese Food

We fancied Chinese food for dinner, so we ordered from a chain called Peaceful Restaurant as it has good ratings.

Kim got General Tsao Chicken with rice and Curtis got Ginger Beef with noodles.

We enjoyed the food quite a bit.

We watched some TV and played some games with our evening and were looking forward to getting some sleep.

Curtis has a haircut tomorrow, too, which is his first since the barbershops re-opened.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 163: Vancouver, BC – Chinese New Year Lunch

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy day right from the start.

He had some things planned to do, which he did do, but also had a few people speak with him and ask for stuff, so he got that done too.

At 12:00, which came around way too fast, Curtis joined in on the lunch that was happening! Everyone put $15 in and shared a big Chinese takeaway!

It was pretty good food and a good chance to socialise.

Curtis didn’t think he’d have much to do after this, as he didn’t have anything planned, but then a few tickets came in which gave Curtis things to do until 16:20 which is when he then had a drink with some colleagues.

Curtis walked home alone as Kim had some more work to do. He got some cool photos on the way home.

Kim’s Day

As she had dropped everything off at work the night before Kim was able to start straight away with securing the new bookshelf to the wall. Shortly after this she popped out to the liquor to pick up the drinks for the afternoon.

A while after she got back, Kim helped set up the IT stuff for the monthly social talks and also got all the pizza set up. Kim orgnaised the talks well by keeping everyone in their times and making sure that everyone had a chance to ask questions.

After ahe cleared up the pizza Kim had a small amount of time to make some progress with her organising around the office so she focused on the area around her desk and arranged printer cartridges to be swapped out and had started to out things back now that the shelves had been secured.

Kim then popped out to get some eggs for one of the desserts for Lunar New Year. When she got back Kim aet up and prepared all of the snacks and printed out the answer sheets for the riddles.
Once the celebrations started Kim ran around the office giving out New Year red envelopes to everyone.

While everyone else had Friday afternoon drinks Kim organised, condensed and labelled all of the decorations and took them back down to storage. She then set a few things up for the week coming and then cleared away everything from the drinks and New Year celebrations.

Late Hockey!

Curtis has a late hockey game, so you won’t see about that until tomorrow as it’ll finish at around 00:00.

We had a bit of food, watched some TV and then headed out to the rink.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 84: Vancouver, BC – First Aid Completed & Linda Is Here!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had another quiet day today, but spent a lot of it being fairly productive, getting the helpdesk system changed so it was more friendly as well as easier to use!

Curtis did a couple of tickets, one of which was right after lunch, which was good. It took about an hour to complete that and then it was super quiet, so Curtis went into the lounge, got a beer and chilled out.

Curtis did a ticket just before he left and then walked home.

Kim’s Day

Today was the final day of first aid training! For the morning everyone spent their time running through scenarios while teams were assessed by the instructors. When Kim did hers she felt she made some stupid mistakes, but as time went on she realised that maybe she was being a little hard on herself.

In order to get out and about during the day Kim popped put and to the shipping centre to pick up some Tim Bits for the class and get a coffee too!

After lunch people continued running a few more scenarios before sitting down to sit the written exam. The exam was in multiple choice format Kim used all of the exam time to ensure that she triple checked the the answer she had circled was actually the answer she wanted to have circled. That way she would make less stupid and easily avoidable mistakes.

After the written Kim assisted with two other peoples practical exams before being the final person to complete theirs. Kim’s went relatively well and then she helped tidy up the classroom while people got feedback on their assessment. Kim was last again but had really good responses and feedback.

While Kim waited to know whether she had passed or not she went upstairs to the reception desk to book a 2 more people in for the course.

Once that had all been done Kim was the final person to hear whether she had passed or not. Prior to this Kim had seen all of her classmates leave with smiles and their certifications so she was feeling hopeful.

Kim went in and found out that she had passed! She had a nice discussion with her instructor before saying goodbye. It was a really. Great week and Kim had such a wonderful time meeting so many amazing people and having the chance to work with them!

Kim went back up to reception, picked up the reading materials and then headed home.

Linda Is Here!

We didn’t eat when we got home as we were going to eat later.

We watched a bit of TV and then walked down to a hotel in the city.

We checked in to the hotel for Linda and they wanted to hold the whole price of it on the card for some reason.

We went down to meet Linda in the dock when she got off her boat and walked her to her hotel.

After we showed her the room, we all went out for a long walk around.

Chinese Feast

We were really wanting Chinese food and so we ordered some at around 22:00, when we got home.

We ordered from the place we got it from here before as it was good then. We got szechuan beef with noodles, curry chicken with rice and half a duck.

The food was just as good as it was last time! We ate whilst watching Suits.

A perfect way to celebrate success.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Orlando,FL

Place 81 – Day 6: Orlando,FL – Easter Sunday Swim

Swim

Kim and Abbie really wanted to surf today, so they headed down the beach with Tom & Maggie to see if they could rent some surfboards.

They Got A Nice Family Photo

Unfortunately, there were no waves for surfing, so instead they just swam and the weather was perfect.

Whilst this happened, Curtis was back at the house relaxing and watching an important Leafs playoff game.

After a few hours of swimming and relaxing, a coffee was purchased and they went back to the house.

Panda Express

After Curtis finished watching hockey, we went for some dinner at Panda Express as it is quick, easy & tasty.

We all ate up and then went looking for some dessert in Waffle House, but it turns out they aren’t really a dessert waffle place so we gave up and went home.

Dramatic Card Games

We played some card games together today.

Abbie had a game which she wanted to share with us which was like spies and agents. It took us a bit to get our heads around it but really enjoyed it once we got it.

We played a few games of that and then some games of UNO before it was bed time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Seattle,WA

Place 73 – Day 7: Seattle,WA – Gas Works Park, Pinball Museum & Oldest Chinese Restaurant

Sleep!

We slept in until 11:45 this morning, partially by accident but also it was lovely to get some sleep.

We had our breakfast, showered and finally headed out at around 13:30.

2 Buses

We got onto the bus and had to change at downtown onto a bus taking us further north.

We got up to an area called Fremont and walked towards the Gas Works Park.

Gas Works Park

The gas works park is a park which contains a former coal gasification plant.

The style looks very ‘steampunk’ and it is a really awesome thing to look at. This place was used from 1906-1956 and still looks great for its age! This is actually the old remaining coal gasification plant in the US!


More About The Gas Works Park | Seattle,WA


We were also able to get amazing photos of the city from this view point!

Google

We were aware that Google had an office around that area too, so we walked down the coast line and then came across it.

They basically own an entire street of buildings…it was very cool!

Pinball Museum

We got a bus back towards the city and got off at Chinatown.

We walked for 10 minutes and got to Seattle’s pinball museum.

We had to pay a fee of $15 each and then we could play for as long as we wanted on whichever machines we wanted!

We had a really great time playing all of the machines. They were also layed out in age order, from 1960 all the way to 2018!


Seattle Pinball Museum | Seattle,WA

Rating:- 8/10


There were 2 floors to the store and we actually really enjoyed ourselves, considering we were a little sceptical.

Kim Playing The 1960 Machine

Oldest Chinese Restaurant

We asked for good food suggestions at the pinball place and were told that the oldest Chinese restaurant in Seattle was around the corner. That sold it for us, so off we went!

We got to Tai Tung and instantly noticed how old it looked, but in a good way! It has been open since 1935 and it has incredible character. It was also Bruce Lee’s favourite restaurant in Seattle!


Check Out A Video About Tai Tung Restaurant


We sat and were given a pot of Tea, water and then later, free cabbage soup!

We ordered beef chow mein, sweet & sour pork as well as some rice.

The food was pretty good, actually! The chow mein was delicious, with incredible beef in it. The pork inside the batter was good, but the batter was a little odd and the sauce a bit too sweet.


Tai Tung Restaurant | Seattle,WA

Rating:- 8/10


Hometime!

We walked back from chinatown to our apartment. There were some incredible views on the way, including a beautiful sunset.

We got back, packed as we leave Seattle tomorrow, and watched some TV for a bit.

Tomorrow

Luckily, we don’t need to leave too early in the morning due to our flight being early afternoon.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Victoria,BC

Place 70 – Day 2: Victoria,BC – Tim Hortons & Phone SIM

We had a tremendous sleep in this morning, waking up around 11:30!

After waking up, we had cereal and coffee. We watched a couple of YouTube videos and then decided to get showered and head out for a bit.

The outside was certainly brisk at 8°C, but not uncomfortable.

We walked down the street to a shopping centre where we were looking for a prepaid phone SIM as we plan to stay in Canada for a while, providing our visas work out.

We compared a few places but found one that worked best for us and bought that.

After that, we found a Tim Hortons, of course, and we got doughnuts and Curtis got a coffee.

We chilled at Tim Hortons for a bit and then went back to the shopping centre for a bit of window shopping.

We then walked back to the apartment and that was us for the day! We didn’t want to do too much today so that was perfect.

Curtis then watched hockey and during that we ordered and ate Anne delicious Chinese food!

In the evening, we watched some TV with Linda and then we went for a walk to buy a few things from the supermarket whilst also getting a very tasty hot chocolate from Starbucks.

We watched one more episode and then headed to bed. We plan to get up at a better time tomorrow.

This time last year!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 358: Auckland – Brunch & A Chinese Takeaway

We woke up a little later today, but still with enough time for Kim to get ready and then go for brunch with Tabitha.

For brunch, they went to Honey Cafe, which Kim had never been to before. The food was excellent! Kim had french toast with bacon, banana & strawberries.

Kim left brunch with Tabitha and they then went up to Albany, which they went to for a bit of shopping. Well, mostly window shopping!

After a good few hours, Kim came home and when she got home, Curtis had just finished watching the Leafs game, so that was perfect timing!

We caught up and chilled out for a bit and then went out to get a chinese takeaway. We can’t think of the last time we got a Chinese takeaway.

We shared chicken curry and sweet & sour rice.

It was adequate, but still not great in comparison to the UK!

We watched A Murder on The Orient Express with dinner, which again, was adequate but not excellent.

Kim spoke with her family briefly, and then it was bedtime. Curtis is back at the client tomorrow and more than likely for the next week.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 351: Auckland – Picnic & Auckland Night Market

We woke up and had a small breakfast before Kim spoke with her family for a couple of hours.

When we were going to get showered, we noticed the water wasn’t very hot at all. We left it for 30 minutes and then it seemed back to normal, which was a relief!

We then went out to see our friends Vicki & Mike, and their children! We went to a park and had a nice little picnic and a catch up. The weather was much better today and the sun even warmed us up at times!

We then left the park and made our way back home to relax for a bit, before goung to Glenfield Mall for the night market, which happens at different locations around Auckland on different days of the week.

There is mostly food there, but a few other shops too.

We wanted some Asian food so, after having a walk around and even trying some Hungarian thin bread, which was tasty, we got a bao and some breaded chicken which we ate whilst walking around.

Before we left, we got some sweet chilli chicken with noodles as our main and a cheesecake dessert for Kim.

We got home and are our dinner whilst watching The Last Leg and then at 22:00, we spoke with Curtis’ family for a catch-up, which was lovely.

This time last year!

 

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale