Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 230: Vancouver, BC – Party Games!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy day planned and it stayed that way!

Curtis had a company wide meeting and that lasted for around an hour. This was to update everyone on the current status of the company.

After the meeting, Curtis helped people with a few of their questions and then had his usual team meeting.

Curtis had a project meeting and then spent the rest of the morning helping someone with a couple of Zoom issues.

In the afternoon, Curtis completed an offboard which involved wiping a laptop remotely.

After that, Curtis spent a while looking into why someone wasn’t in a group they should be in, but it turns out that they were! Curtis learned a few things during this, though.

Curtis got some admin done and then had happy hour drinks with colleagues from his office!

Curtis played 30 minutes of Rocket League with his colleagues before we decided we should order some food!

Kim’s Day

After the regular morning meeting Kim started the social catch up for the UK and it was so fun! She spoke with a couple of new people she hadn’t met before and a few friendly faces.

After this Kim called FedEx to sort paperwork for a refund that was on her credit card. It was surprisingly easy and was sorted without any hiccups, a great big win! She then worked on some events, building up an easter quiz and sending out invites to a 30 minute drop in game of Skribbl, its like online pictonary! One thing that Kim wants to do is to do social events that everyone will enjoy and make sure she puts on a good variety of events.

Kim then held the east coast social catch up and it was fun. Everyone chatted for a while and then after a few people left the remaining played a few games, of Skribbl surprisingly! It was so fun and everyone had a great giggle.

After that call Kim had a quick chat with her family, it was great to see their faces and have a catch up! Over the weekend they are going to call again and probably play some games, which Kim is so looking forward to!

Kim then worked on her Easter quiz and event managed to put together a virtual easter egg hunt using Kahoot, so that will be fun! She sent out the invite for this too.
For the rest of the afternoon Kim was on social calls, she had one with her department that was for 15 minutes and then the west coast social drinks which was for 30 minutes, she saw people that she hadn’t seen in weeks and it was great!

Korean

We decided to order some Korean food from Disco Cheetah again, for the 2nd time.

Kim got a chicken bao and a chicken rice bowl, whilst Curtis got a pork bao and a beef bulgogi rice bowl.

We finished eating and watched the movie District 9.

We played some games and watched some TV for the evening…we had a very short feeling week but it was a positive one!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 102: Vancouver, BC – New Bathroom Stuff!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was very busy today. He also ended up spending a long time doing something he’d been doing over the last few days only to find out it wouldn’t actually work that way so it was essentially wasted time! All wasn’t actually wasted though as he learned a lot along the way, so that was good.

Curtis had a couple of meetings, one being his 1:1 and one being a meeting to discuss structure changes which was very positive. After lunch, Curtis did a few more tickets and started rebuilding a Macbook he needs for tomorrow.

He was able to get some things done, but as he was about to leave he saw a ticket about a possible security threat, so he had to deal with that and then someone wanted help with setting up their headset on their laptop, so he helped with that too and left 15/20 minutes late.

At least the day was busy and not boring.

Kim’s Day

Kim started the day by catching up on emails before heading into a meeting with her teammates. Every 3 months a new hire meet and greet is held and Kim will be a new starter and help with the organising of it too.

After this meeting Kim got a few small things sorted before heading into another meeting! This time it was with finance to iron out a process and make sure it is working the best way it can be / see what we are missing.

After this meeting the locksmith came to fix a cabinet. But it turns out that a lot of the pieces are missing so it is unfixable. Kim then went straight from this into her 3rd meeting to run over the plans for tomorrow, as the summer party is finally here, and ensure that we have good shopping lists and a rough plan of how the day is going to turn out.

Somehow after this meeting it was lunchtime, the morning just flew past! Kim went up to the roof with a few colleagues and soaked up some sun and had a great catch up.

After lunch Kim spent most of the afternoon organising and collecting things for the party tomorrow. There was a small break at about 230 for a nice little first aid catch up to give the opportunity for the people going on the course to ask any questions and to familiarise ourselves with what we have in stock. It was a short and sweet meeting, but at the end Kim built up a first aid kit to take to the party tomorrow. Better to be prepared!

Kim and her colleague then went out to grab some massive containers for tomorrow so it was one less thing to pick up.

Kim spent the rest of the afternoon setting up for the party!

New Bathroom Stuff

We needed a new bathroom towel rail, so we walked to Home Depot (via the supermarket) to buy one. We looked around for a while, asking employees too, but couldn’t find the one we thought we saw online, so we made do with another, as well as a towel ring for a small hand towel.

we brought it back and were very hungry, so we began dinner.

We had paprika pork with sweet potato, asparagus, green beans and mushrooms with a nice creamy mustard sauce. Delicious.

We watched some YouTube and TV and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 95: Vancouver, BC – Hockey Socks & Evening Swim

Curtis’ Day

Curtis didn’t sleep well at all last night, but he was up and ready for work this morning.

Once Curtis got to work, it was full on from there.

There were a lot of tickets, so he was doing those, but he also had to configure some Macs and took a delivery of some new Windows laptops, too.

Curtis got to do a wide variety of things today, which kept it fresh and before he knew it, it was 16:45!

Curtis left and went to meet Kim at SportChek as he needed to get some hockey socks.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent the day in a state of confusion. It was so hot during the night and it seems like no one in Vancouver slept well. People even told Kim it looked like she hadn’t slept well, that’s when you know you’re looking off!

She started the day by booking the day excursion for the people on the east coast. Then went the fruit arrived Kim organised it all and put it all away.

As there is another visitor coming towards the end of the month, Kim arranged their flights and hotel and sent that back across to HR. Kim then realised that the form they are currently using didn’t ask for all the information needed to make the booking. So Kim drew uo a new one and sent it to HR for approval and they loved it so that was a massive win for the day!

Kim then treated herself to pop out to the post box to post stuff and grabbed a doughnut on the way back. Because they are delicious.

Kim then started her afternoon by doing some more work for her project. She set up some questions she needs a little help with, a meeting with her colleuege to go over things that still need to be done and actually did some formatting and making of pages which was great!

As two more people will be attending the first aid course in a couple of weeks Kim had previously arranged a meering for the afternoon to answer any questions they may. Its also a good time to go through the first aid cupboard and ensure we are fully stocked. Kim rearranged this meeting until next week to allow for people to start their reading and for Kim to have some time to organise a few more things.

Hockey Socks & Evening Swim

We stopped in at SportChek as Curtis needed some hockey socks due to his new team jerseys and socks being delayed so he has to get some temporarily.

Once we got that, and had a bit of a walk around, we walked home.

When we arrived home, we were hungry so we started on dinner.

We noticed that we had recieved a letter which was meant to go next door, so we took it there, to our landlord, and had a chat with him.

We got back and finished dinner, having a similar meal as yesterday but with rice.

We relaxed for an hour or so and then Kim went for a quick swim, before she got hiccups and decided it was a bit too dangerous to swim in that condition!

Once Kim got back, we watched some Vikings and then had a fairly early night, with hopes we might actually sleep tonight.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 79: Vancouver, BC – More studying & Free Starbucks!

Studying

We woke up around 11:0 but had a terrible night sleep! Neither of us could get to sleep at a good time so didn’t get many hours in, really.

We had a delicious breakfast muffin with sausage, egg & cheese in and a hash brown.

We watched a little bit of TV and then Kim tried to go outside to study but it was too bright so she couldn’t actually see the words so she went back inside.

Free Starbucks

Curtis played games for most of the day again today, until we just needed to get out of the house so we went to Starbucks for a coffee.

Curtis had a free coffee on his account so he got his for free but had to pay for Kim’s. We also got a key cut for our apartment so we don’t have to keep changing them around all the time.

Paprika Pork

We got back home and Kim studied a bit more until we got hungry.

Once we wanted food, Kim made paprika pork as the last time we had it, it was incredible.

We ate that and then watched a bit of TV until around 22:00 which is when Kim then went for a shower and got ready for going to her first aid course tomorrow.

As we didn’t sleep great last night, we decided we would sleep early as it is important to be awake tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 43: Vancouver, BC – Kitsilano

Walk To Kits

We woke up and had a pains au chocolat each and some strawberries.

We ate this and then spoke with Kim’s family briefly as they were at Kim’s uncle’s wedding.

We then sat down to speak with Curtis’ family, but missed them so instead we left the house and walked to Kitsilano!

Kitsilano is a very trendy, hippie and beautiful neighbourhood in Vancouver. It took us roughly 45 minutes to walk from our home across to ‘Kits’.

The weather was beautiful, with the sun beating down on us.

The majority of the walk was along the seawall, so we got to see a lot of boats and we even walked through Granville island.

Coffee In Kits

We wanted to grab a coffee so we found a coffee shop called Bean Around The World. We believe this is a chain but it smelled delicious when we walked in and it was pretty well priced as well.

Curtis got a cappucino and Kim got a caramel macchiato. Both of our drinks were delicious!


Bean Around The World | Vancouver,BC

Rating:- 9/10


Looking For Food

We thought we would look around for something to eat, so we went to the main area in Kitsilano to get some lunch.

Unfortunately, we were unable to find anything, so we settled for a wrap and KitKat from Whole Foods instead!

Kitsilano Beach

We walked to the beach which has mountain views and lots of volleyball courts! We sat and ate our lunch and then began the walk home by the side of the beach.

We walked all the way home from there which took about another 45 minutes and we were exhausted!

Shopping

We got back home and relaxed for a bit as our feet hurt.

We then went out to do our shop for the week and didn’t really spend that much!

We came back and Kim made a really good dinner which was marinated pork with noodles and vegetables.

We finished up with dinner and watched the first episode of the new season of Black Mirror, followed by some Lucifer, as well as some ice cream and then whiskey!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 40: Vancouver, BC – Free Cookies

Curtis’ Day

It was a very warm day today and when Curtis walked to work he worked up a sweat!

When Curtis got to work he had an email regarding an issue with a mac which he dealt with and then he ended up getting a lot of tickets come in and got most of the sorted before lunch.

Curtis had a team meeting right before lunch which was productive and informative.

After lunch, Curtis’ day became a bit less busy but he did then notice a warning light on a server so he worked with a colleague to get that sorted.

Curtis then had 2 informative meetings in which he learned a few new things and then he walked home.

It was another hot walk and when he got home he relaxed for a bit before sorting out the recycling into type piles.

Kim’s Day

Today, Kim walkedto work all lonely because she had to get in early to man reception.

Kim got started on setting up for the day, putting out fruit etc. and then had a few questions for reception. By the time Kim finally ended up in the HR department to start her day it was 10!

This also didn’t last long. While doing some admin, Kim needed some help from the front desk with something so went back out there to go over a few things. While Kim was getting help, a lady from the Marriott popped by to make an introduction and say hello to Kim and another colleague. It was lovely to put a face to the name and she even came with cookies! They were delicious snicker doodle cookies and did not last long in the office!

Kim then eventually went back and continued with some admin.

Kim spent the rest of her morning and early afternoon after lunch on more of her project, just familiarising herself with the applications and how things work.
Kim then had a meeting about some HR procedures and even had a chance to help with some of the onboarding process.

Just towards the end of the meeting, some of Kim’s colleagues were walking around playing music and handing out ice creams! What a great way to celebrate mid afternoon on a Wednesday.

Kim kept herself busy for the rest of the afternoon.

She left early due to arriving early and took this opportunity to head to the bank to collect her credit card. One very hot train journey and 20 minute walk later, Kim had collected her credit card and headed home via 2 buses and the supermarket. She had to pick up some veggies!

Dinner

We sort of did nothing for a while and then decided we would make dinner.

We had pork and egg fried rice. Curtis made the rice as per usual and Kim cooked up the vegetables and meat.

TV

After dinner we just watched some TV and Kim showered to get ready for tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

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

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 12: Vancouver,BC – More Interviews, Recruiter Meeting & Suit Purchasing

A Phone Interview

Kim had another phone interview this morning! It sounds like an interesting role and she has actually been offered an in person interview!

Recruiter Chat

Just after Kim was done with her interview, Curtis had a quick call with an IT Recruiter, who seemed very keen to get Curtis a good role. So much so that he wanted to meet Curtis for a coffee.As we were both going to be in town, he invited us both to meet him at a coffee shop and Curtis had a chat with him regarding work as well as other things.We finished the chat after 30 minutes or so and we left to do some shopping.

Suit Shopping

We spent around 5/6 hours today just doing some suit shopping! We looked around many places downtown and then Curtis found a suit he liked in H&M but they didn’t have the right size trousers for the jacket, so the store called another store and said they had them there, so they held them and we got on the train to go there.We got to the train all the way there and found out they had the wrong trousers on hold and they didn’t have any to match!After we looked around for another while, we went back to H&M and got a slightly darker blue suit.We stopped at Walmart for dinner items and then went home.

Dinner & Dog Walk

We were so hungry when we got home, so we cooked right away. We had some pork with vegetables and rice with a sweet chilli sauce. Simple and delicious.We did very little for the rest of the evening, but we did take the dog we are currently living with out for a walk, just as it started to rain!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Miami,FL

Place 82 – Day 3: Miami,FL – Miami Beach, South Beach & Cuban Food

Interviews

We were up at 09:30 to get ready for Curtis’ interview. He had an interview at 10:30, which was the rescheduled interview from last week.

Curtis waited around in the conference call but no one else entered. He emailed the company back and they said they told their interviewer the incorrect time. At this point, being the 2nd interview they didn’t show up to, Curtis withdrew his application for the role.

Curtis had another interview at 13:00, which someone did turn up for! He completed this interview and felt fairly pleased with it, but who knows what will happen.

Miami Beach & South Beach

We got an Uber to Miami Beach to see what is going on in that area.

We got there and Kim needed something to cover her tattoos so they don’t get burned, so we found something in a shop to do so.

We walked around the area and saw what was around before walking to the beach. When we got to the beach, we welled along it for a bit until it got too hot. The water was much too engrossed with seaweed that we weren’t going to go in that, so we left the beach and walked along on the side path instead.

The majority of Miami beach & south beach were littered with rented sun loungers, so it ruined the look and feel of the beach, too.

We stopped off at the Miami muscle beach which had nothing on the LA one, and then continued down the way towards the south pointe park pier.

South Pointe Park Pier

We arrived at the pier and, whilst it was small, it gave beautiful views of the city, as well as having the cruise ships trudging past.

Cuban Food

Forgetting about the free trolley service, we walked for 45 minutes up to a restaurant called Bella Cuba. This is one of the top Cuban restaurants in Miami and we really wanted to taste some Cuban cuisine.

We got hot garlic bread for free to start and Curtis got a beer whilst Kim got a mojito.

We both ate traditional Cuban food, which was ‘drunk’ chicken on rice and slow cooked pork with fried beans and rice as well as a couple of unknown but tasty items.

The food and service were excellent at this place and it really felt like what we imagine Cuba to be like. We would highly recommend!


Bella Cuba | Miami,FL

Rating:- 10/10


Sunset

We tried to find a place to see the sunset and we did find one eventually but realised we couldn’t really be bothered to wait, so got a photo of the city and then called an Uber.

Catch-Up

We watched a few things before bed to catch up on shows we haven’t watched for a while, which was nice. We made some plans for tomorrow and the day after and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Victoria,BC

Place 70 – Day 11: Victoria, BC – Big Group Lunch

We were up earlier then we have been, around 08:00, as we had guests coming over late morning so we had to prepare.

There was to be 9 of us for lunch, so it was a morning of setting up, peeling potatoes and setting the table.

We went to the shop to get some wine and orange juice and it wasn’t too cold outside.

Linda started cooking the food and then we waited until 11:30 when guests started arriving.

These people were friends and family from of Kim, some of which Curtis had met previously.

We sat and had a drink whilst the food finished cooking. Once the food was ready, we all sat down and tucked in. We had roast pork, mashed potatoes, carrots, peas, brussel sprouts and sweetcorn. The gravy was delicious too!

We all ate and were quite full, but had a gap for some tasty cheesecake.

All the guests left and then we washed up, cleaned up and put everything back to how it was.

Shortly after everyone left, it started to snow which got heavier and heavier, along with the wind.

At 16:00, Curtis watched the Leafs game and Kim sat in front of the fire and caught up reading the blog posts she had missed.

We had some chicken wings and sausage rolls as mid evening snacks as we got a bit hungry.

We sat and watched a variety of TV shows and then it was bed time, we were very tired!

This time last year!

– Mr & Mrs Hale