Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 181: Vancouver, BC – 3 Year Wedding Anniversary!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had his whole day mapped out on his calendar by 10:00!

After his usual admin and team catch up, Curtis started the day setting up a laptop remotely for someone in Charlotte.

Once that laptop was complete, an hour or so later, Curtis got started on a laptop he needed to setup in his office.

Along the way, he was claiming some tickets and completing some quick ones too.

The afternoon consisted of completing said tickets he took earlier in the day as well as doing some research for some more challenging tickets and a ticket in which someone had requested an alternative software to a supported software at the company.

Curtis left the office and headed to meet Kim.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim did the Wiki project. That’s about it really. She had her weekly catch up in the morning with her colleague and the focused on the the Wiki project for the day.

She removed old pages and condensed information. She also booked a dentist appointment and sorted out her expenses for her glasses in the morning.

3 Year Wedding Anniversary!

Today is our 3 year wedding anniversary!

We celebrated with our meal on Saturday, but we celebrated a little more this evening, too!

We met after work and went for a cheap but nice Thai dinner not far from Kim’s workplace.

After our dinner, we had plenty of time to kill, so we went for a drink and dessert at Cactus Club.

We each got an espresso martini, which wasn’t very nice, and Kim got a chocolate lava cake.

We sat here for a bit until we had to leave to head to the cinema!

We watched the film The Gentleman, which is a new UK gangster film. This was really, really good, though it was very rude!

The Gentleman

Our Rating:- 10/10

We left here and headed home, after a really good night! We relaxed for a bit more with some wine and then headed to bed.

A perfect Tuesday night and a perfect anniversary day!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Victoria,BC

Place 70 – Day 23: Victoria, BC – Last Day In Victoria

Breakfast Additions

Curtis really wanted to have fried eggs with breakfast, so he ordered some as soon as he got downstairs. He then got some sausages and bacon as well as fruit and a cinnamon swirl.

After breakfast, we got showered and then Kim spoke with her dad as it was his birthday.

Good Deed

We went out for a walk and when we went we took the (heated up) sweet & sour pork that we didn’t eat. We took that as well as a for and napkins and found a homeless person to give it to. It was only going to go to waste so had to make sure it found a good home.

The Empress Hotel

We went for a walk around The Empress hotel.

This hotel was built a long time ago and neither of us had ever gone inside it, so it was worth a look.

We went in and saw the reception dog and then walked around the various shops and dining areas.

The Staircase
The Entrance

We left via the conference centre and back onto the street in search of coffee.

An Old Royal Mail Post Box

Victoria Conference Centre

Victoria Conference Centre

More Information About The Empress Hotel


Good Coffee

We had seen a nice looking coffee shop a few times so we decided we had to give it a go.

We each got a cappuccino and they had a lot of foam and good flavoured espresso, too!

The coffees were delicious and we would highly recommend the place.


Milano Coffee | Victoria, BC

Rating:- 9.5/10


TV & Hockey

We got back and warmed up a bit whilst watching some TV.

we ate the rest of the Korean fried chicken whilst watching, too.

Curtis watched hockey at 16:00 and then Kim walked to get Linda.

Kim and Linda came back to our hotel for a bit and then we went for dinner.

Dinner

We only went across the road to a place named Browns Social House.

This place is like a sports bar and a restaurant.

Curtis had chicken pasta and Kim had a pizza. Both were equally as good as each other.


Browns Social House | Victoria, BC

Rating:- 8/10


Packing

We walked Linda back and then came back to the hotel to pack as we leave here tomorrow on a bus and then a ferry!

Chocolate Poutine

We rewarded ourselves for packing with chocolate poutine. We had it with brownie bits, too, as well as a hot chocolate.

Late Evening

We watched more TV and then went to bed. We are up early tomorrow for a morning of travel!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Victoria,BC

Place 70 – Day 22: Victoria, BC – Free Chocolate Tasters & Korean Food

Morning

We had breakfast and then got ready for the day.

Kim spoke with her sister in the morning and then we watched some TV and videos.

Free Chocolates

We went downtown for a walk and to ask a question regarding our phone contract, too.

We went to a few chocolate shops to have a look around and also had some free chocolate tasters, which was a bonus!

We got a burger king for lunch as we wanted to see if we like it at all…Turns out, it was pretty nice.

We went back to the hotel and relaxed for a bit more before dinner.

Korean Chicken

We had some Korean chicken for dinner at a Korean pub.

We had sweet chilli chicken, creamy cheese corn & sweet and sour pork.

Our dinner was great, but a bit too much, so we took some leftovers with us.


Chimac Korean Pub & Fried Chicken | Victoria, BC

Rating:- 8.5/10


Evening

We got back and watched sone home renovation TV in bed whilst eating chocolates!

Lovely relaxing couple of days.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Victoria,BC

Place 70 – Day 17: Victoria, BC – Great Bear Rainforest IMAX

The Morning

We woke with very little sleep, for some reason. Neither of us slept too well, so we slept a bit longer than expected.

We ate cereal for breakfast, had a coffee and orange juice and then got ready for the day.

We chatted with Linda for a bit and then left the house to go to the museum, again.

Great Bear Rainforest IMAX

We booked tickets yesterday at the museum to go back today for an IMAX showing.

The IMAX Screen

The screen itself is the biggest in British Columbia at 6 stories tall!

This IMAX is fully laser, so has much better quality and colour density, as well as high quality crisp surround sound audio and it was also 3D.

The Film

The film itself was around 40 minutes long and was regarding the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia.

The 3D was incredible in this film and it felt like it should have finished much later than it did as it was so good!

The film followed a native man and his son who have been studying the rare ‘spirit bear’ for years.

This showed that bear as well as grizzly bears, brown bears, fish, seals & whales.

There was incredible cinematography and it was also commentated by Ryan Reynolds, which was odd but worked well, with him cracking a few jokes.


Great Bear Rainforest | Royal BC Museum IMAX

Price:- $11.95

Rating:- 9/10


Chocolate Shop

We went to a chocolate shop after the IMAX. Kim had seen the shop previously so we went there to get a drink and look at their chocolates.

Kim had a mocha, which are only ever made with melted chocolate and not syrup! It was delicious and worth the extra cost.

Curtis had a cappucino which was also perfect and the first good one he has had since New Zealand.


Chocolat Chocolatiere De Victoria

Mocha Price:- ~$5.95

Cappucino Price:- $3.65

Rating:- 8/10


Hockey Night in Canada

Curtis and Linda watched the Leafs game once we got back.

Whilst this was happening, Kim did some research and booking.

Dinner

We had a delicous whole roast chicken, mashed potatoes, broccoli & stuffing with a delicious gravy.

After dinner, we watched the Vancouver hockey game and Kim did some further research before bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 312: Auckland – Metal Can Be Sharp

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work at 07:10 and got right to it. He wanted to clear as many of his cases from yesterday as possible.

Curtis was pretty successful at this and has done it all by around 10:00.

After this, Curtis had some users to setup on a PC which took all day and still didn’t get completed as other cases kept trickling in.

Curtis planned to have lunch at 12:00 and was successful with this until 12:20 when he had to have an urgent remote session which took the rest of his lunch time! Due to this, he left the office at 15:30 to make up for it.

During the day, Curtis also somehow managed to cut his finger on the metal part of the cutlery draw at work…which was smart!

Both of us;

When we were both home, we relaxed for a bit and then we had leftovers from yesterday’s pasta for dinner. we watched a few videos and then Kim went out to the chocolate cafe with Tabitha for a catch up!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 306: Auckland – A Walk for Chocolate & Fajitas

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis left early but due to people being back to work after the school holidays, so he got there at about 07:15.

All was well when Curtis got to work, and for most of the day, actually.

Curtis knew he had to take a PC back to a client, but other than that he didn’t have much to do.

Curtis ended up having a fairly busy day with new cases coming in, but it was a ‘good’ busy.

After lunch, Curtis had some more work to do and was busy right up until he left for the day.

Curtis was surprised when he left and there was no one on the roads and got home very quick!

Both of us;

Kim got home from work and we went right out for a walk. We walked to the shop to buy chocolate and the odd dinner related item. The weather was so nice we just had to go for a walk!

We got back from the walk and Kim made steak fajitas which were amazing as ever!

We then just watched TV and videos all evening and it was great to chill out.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 290: Auckland – Fresh Flow

We woke up at 09:30 and had some cereal for breakfast. Curtis spent the morning watching hockey and Kim procrastinated.

After watching hockey, we went down town and parked near Curtis’ work before walking to the barber (which is in a pub!).

The weather was beautiful today!

Curtis got his hair cut which feels and looks much better.

We left the pub and walked to the city and got a mcdonalds for lunch! We had two free sundaes too, so we got those.

We went back to the car and drove back home.

Once we got home, we finally booked our flight out of New Zealand!

Kim then went out to Takapuna with Tabitha. Kim walked along the beach and went for a hot chocolate.

We had chicken burgers for dinner with home-made wedges and corn on the cob.

After this, we spoke with Kim’s family on FaceTime, then it was bedtime.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 280: Auckland – Too Tired For This

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got up and ready as usual and then left the house.

The plan for today was that Curtis would go directly to a client from home in the morning and then go to the office.

Curtis got to the client at around 07:20 and was only there for a short time. He just had to connect the laptop he was delivering to their Wi-Fi and printer and show the user what to do then he was ready to leave.

Curtis drove to the office and started his day.

The day was a bit busier then it had been today, Which was nice, but Curtis felt that he pretty much did the same thing all day!

Both of us;

Once we were both home, Kim got changed and went to the gym. After the gym, we had our dinner which was leftovers from yesterday’s stir fry.

After dinner, Kim went out to see Tabitha for an hour or so and went to the chocolate shop for some dessert.

Once Kim got back home, we sat and watched some videos.

We have decided we are too tired for work and want to go back to traveling without working!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 274: Auckland – Drinks & Chocolate

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work early despite traffic being fairly heavy on the way in.

Curtis had some admin to do and then throughout the day had some cases which took quite a bit of time but were good because he could really get his teeth stuck into them. This included a 1.25 hour phone call and remote session which was actually interesting and kept him busy.

Curtis left the office around 16:25 and it only took him 15 minutes to get home.

Both of us;

Kim got home and made a chicken and vegetable pasta bake for dinner. We ate dinner and watched a bit of TV before Kim showered and went out to see Tabitha.

Kim’s Evening;

Kim went to a chocolatecafe with Tabitha and then went to ‘The Elephant Wrestler’ pub for a drink.

Once Kim got home, we got ready for bed and slept! It’s Friday tomorrow!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 248: Auckland – Family!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis had plans to go to two clients this morning, so he did just that.

Curtis had a few things to do before heading out and just before leaving a large influx of emails came in.

Curtis left and popped to the ice hockey shop to see of they could repair his hockey skates, but there was nothing they could do, which was unfortunate!

Curtis left after a quick visit to the shop and went to the first client. Not too much was needed here, but it was good for Curtis to touch base and check all was good. He then left and went to the other client which was a 30 minute drive.

Curtis spent about an hour on site and helped a couple of people and then got back to the office and had lunch. During lunch, Curtis looked online to see what the damage would be for a new pair of skates!

Luckily, someone that coaches Curtis’ team had a spare pair of used, high-end skates which were his size! Curtis organised to meet him in the evening to try them on to ensure they fit.

Curtis left work a bit early to contend with the traffic due to a major accident. Curtis got home around the time he normally would after leaving an hour early!

Both of us;

Kim got home and we had some dinner. We had leftover sausage and mash, which was delicious.

Kim then went for dessert with Tabitha at the chocolate cafe.

Chocolate_Cafe_Takapuna

Kim met with Tabitha as Tabitha is going away for a few weeks and she is sad to not see her for a bit.

Once Kim got back, we went to the ice rink in Avondale to test out the skates. The seemed to fit perfectly and Curtis was even able to test them on the ice briefly!

We left there and headed for the airport.

We got a couple of drinks from the supermarket and then waited at the airport for Curtis’ family to arrive!

We surprised them at the airport and drove Max & Evie (Curtis’ siblings) to the airport whilst Lisa & Gareth took the free bus.

We met them back at the hotel and helped them with their bags and had a quick chat before leaving them to sleep and driving home ourselves.

It will be so fun to spend time with them and then we are both of from Friday, too for some fun activities!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale