Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 457: Vancouver, BC – Curtis Achieved Today!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting right away in the morning with his team and directly after that he had a call with someone to try and fix a couple of issues that have been bugging them.

That call lasted for an hour and Curtis figured out their issues and what he needed to do and went away to do that.

About 30 minutes later, Curtis had a call with an external vendor to get an integration setup between two systems. That went nice and smoothly!

Curtis then had a long team meeting and right after that he jumped on a call with the person from the morning to continue helping with their issue.

After that, he finally had some lunch and then he did some tickets followed by an offboard for someone that left today.

Curtis had a long day but it was very successful and he achieved a lot!

Kim’s Day

Kim had a nice lazy morning with a sleep on and watching some TV. Then she updated and sent over some paperwork for her manager from yesterday.

For most of the afternoon Kim worked on the facilities project. She had someone email over a spreadsheet of information so Kim went through it and made notes before sending it back.

During the afternoon she also worked on an info page for new starters explaining a few things about the company.

Evening

We got pretty hungry right after work, considering we had a late lunch, so we got a pizza from the best pizza place here, Pizza Garden.

We are that and watched some TV then played some games.

We checked on our application from yesterday as it said it was updated, but nothing was changed at all.

We just chilled out for the rest of the evening and that’s pretty much the plan for the weekend as there are now further restrictions in place for BC for another 2 weeks, so no hockey, no pole dancing and pretty much no travel, other than essential, so at home we shall stay!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 456: Vancouver, BC – Applications Moving In The Right Direction!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had no meetings today which was great!

He started the day writing a script for something which took a bit of fighting with but he got it working.

Once he did that, he did some other tickets and some other work and then all of a sudden, it was lunch time!

After lunch, Curtis did a bit more work and then watched the new restrictions be announced for the province, which means no more hockey for at least 2 more weeks and also a few more restrictions like mandatory masks in public indoor spaces, finally!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by replying to a few emails about the facilities project and then updating the offer letter she put together yesterday. She spent the rest of the morning catching up on other smaller admin tasks.

At midday Kim hosted the social lunch hour. Only one employee joined so they just had a little chat and it was lovely. After this meeting Kim joined the recruitment meeting and provided a few updates on things there.

Kim then spent some time working on a couple of other Job Descriptions before joining the weekly team meeting. In this meeting Kim went over the updates for the facilities project and a few other things.

Everyone from that call went on to another call to have a chat with someone who will be starting shortly. It was so lovely to meet her and learn about some of the handover process.

For the rest of the day Kim looked into the new COVID restrictions here in BC and also worked on the facilities project.

First Application Submitted!

After work, Kim made a really nice roasted chicken tray bake, which had a Mediterranean taste to it, with some potatoes and a salad. It was pretty tasty!

We watched TV whilst we ate and then after we got both of our applications completed for the PR!

We are still waiting on some documents to come in, but we are hoping we can start the application process without the documents at the moment.

We submitted just Kim’s profile first, and then it was accepted right away! Due to this, Curtis submitted his and was also accepted right away!

Curtis then applied for the provincial nomination, which we couldn’t do until the other one was done, this helps to get a faster turn around as we have jobs! This way, we can get our bridging visa whilst the permanent residence is being sorted. (And need the bridging visa for May!)

Kim then went out to get herself an ice cream and we then were able to relax and watch some more TV and play some games together.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 455: Vancouver, BC – The Results Are In!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a short team meeting at 09:30 and then mostly did tickets all morning until a 1 on 1 at 12:00.

After that, he had a long team meeting at 12:30, which was followed by lunch.

After lunch, Curtis did some more tickets but also some practice tests for his Business Analyst exam.

Speaking of exams, we got our results for our English exams.

Curtis got (out of 12);

Listening – 8

Reading – 12

Writing – 10

Speaking – 12

He was hoping for better on listening, but it was all fine!

Kim did much better, getting 12 on everything, which was awesome!

Kim’s Day

To start her day Kim had a call with someone in regards to her facilities project. Then she moved onto drafting up some key points in a Job Description she worked on today.

Kim then had a call with the CEO to go over what we are looking for in an application. Then Kim got started and transferred some of those notes into key points for the job. She had another quick call in regards to the facilities project mid way through the morning.

For most of the day Kim worked on the job description, doing some research and converting the notes into things for the job description. She also decided to write up a template for ‘about the company’ and ‘why its great to work here’ that can go on every job description, so that was good and will save Kim a lot of time going forward.

Kim then worked on another job description and an offer letter for another role. Very interesting and exciting day!

To finish the day Kim worked on a little more research for the facilities project. Looked a few new things, added to the spreadsheet and made lots of good notes.

Evening

We forgot to take chicken out for dinner, so we had frozen pizza for dinner instead.

We watched some TV and played some games, but we also got our applications started for our visas, which we can now do as we got our English results! We still have to wait on our certificates for our previous qualifications to be certified by Canada, and then we should be able to do the test of the process, if we can’t do so before.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 446: Vancouver, BC – Broken Things!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy day all in all!

He started with catching up from the weekend and other emails, then he had a long team meeting.

After that team meeting, it was pretty much lunch time!

Once he finished lunch, he had a long, long call trying to fix something he created a long time ago. This was tough to remember how to do things but there was a little bit of progress made after a 1.5 hour call!

After that, Curtis had a couple more tickets to do and some admin, then he was done for the day.

Kim’s Day

BC added new restrictions over the weekend and as a result Kim decided to take some time to research what this means and learn a little more about how it impacts work spaces. She also started making some more signs for the office that arespecific to the workspace, as well as finding some official materials.

For some of the morning Kim worked on more research for a new software, updated the spreadsheet and sent it over to her manager with some questions and for her to review.

As there are a few employees in difflocations Kim wanted to make a list of all the public holidays that the company might celebrate. At some point she will add it to the new HR software so its easily accessible for everyone.

In the afternoon Kim did a bit of organising of files and then moved on to trying to understanding the recruitment process and add a job posting to LinkedIn. However, after a number of tries Kim can’t seem to get it to post right. So she will take a look and try again tomorrow.

Evening

We had some tomato and mushroom pasta with a ceasar salad for dinner.

We then watched some TV and played some Need For Speed. After that, Kim did a bit of admin for her visa.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 435: Vancouver, BC – Process Started

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did a lot of tickets in the morning and had a call with someone to fix something for them. There was a lot of people messaging him throughout the morning which kept him busy!

At 13:00, there was a large company meeting curtis had to attend and after that he had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis was able to do a bit of the visa application process. He got some documents sent to him from home so he was able to upload those, which was good.

Kim also got her documents, but she may have to do a slightly different process.

Curtis finished the day with some more tickets and then he relaxed!

Kim’s Day

Today Kim didn’t do too much. She did a little cleaning and some research for PR during the day.

In the evening Kim went to pole and had so much fun! The first class revisited an invert that Kim struggles with, so that was fun. In the second class they did some fun tricks that had Halloween sounding names. It was a great class and Kim really enjoyed it.

Evening

A new game came out today, so Curtis played that whilst Kim out at pole.

Kim pole

When Kim got home we watched some TV for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 432: Vancouver, BC – Full Bathroom Clean

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting at 10:30, so did a bit of work before that.

The meeting was good and after that he did some more tickets.

In the afternoon, Curtis setup accounts for a new starter and did some other tickets, too.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent most of the day doing a deep clean of the bathroom. We noticed it needed to be cleaned, so Kim said she wanted to do it during the day whilst Curtis is working.

This took a couple of hours and then Kim did some more research for the permanent residency we need to get and we now know a little more about what is required and we’ve sent off some emails we need to send to get some information and items.

Risotto

Kim wanted to make some risotto, so she had to go and get some wine as well as some other things for the risotto, such as parmesan cheese.

Kim made the risotto and we watched some TV whilst we ate.

We then watched a Netflix show about designing homes, which is something we love to watch!

Kim had to do her background check for her new job so she did that and we chilled out after that.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 430: Vancouver, BC – Frozen II & PR Research

Needed Sleep

We woke up pretty late today but we really needed the sleep!

We felt pretty great this morning, but it was a little cold this morning for the first time in a while.

We had more cinnamon rolls this morning which were delicious as always, and watched a bit of TV.

Belgian Cafe & Walk

Once we got ourselves ready we went down to the Belgian cafe that Kim went to yesterday and got ourselves some coffee! Curtis had a cappuccino and Kim had a mocha, as she did yesterday. These coffees were great!

We went for a bit of a walk along the sea wall, in the newly cold weather here in Vancouver.

We walked back home and once we got back we did a bit of research for how to get permanent residence here in Vancouver so we can stay for another year. Our plans have changed as we did plan to leave in May but due to a few different circumstances we are looking to stay for a bit, but our current visa ends in May.

Sausage & Mash

We had sausages (Curtis had pork and Kim had chicken) and mash for dinner, along with Yorkshire puddings and gravy.

We ate this and watched a bit of TV.

Hockey, Frozen II & More Research

Curtis has a hockey game tonight, so he’ll be heading off to that later today, and Kim plans to watch Frozen II, as well as do a lot more research on the PR.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 2: Vancouver, BC – Granville Island

Amazing Sleep

Interestingly, we chose to sleep on a double mattress on the floor as it seemed more comfortable than a sofa bed and boy, were we right!

We had a terrific night of sleep and woke up pretty fresh this morning.

We had some cereal, watched a YouTube video and then got started with the day.

We decided we would check out a place called Granville Island.

Getting To Granville Island

We walked, almost directly straight, to a ferry port which had a ferry leaving every 5 minutes to go to the island.

We jumped on the boat to the island and paid our $5.50 return before jetting off.

Our Boat

The Island

We got to the island and firstly thought how awesome it looked! Compared to the city, everything was so small and hip-looking.

We went for a wander around and first entered a market in which there were shops from local artists that have made all different things from jewellery to clothing.

We walked out of this area and into the general public market. This place had a lot of different things, including food, fruit & vegetables, meats, cheeses & coffee.

We walked around this for a while and then went outside and looked at the backstreets.

These streets didn’t have too much, but there was a blacksmith which was cool to see!

Kim got to see a couple of dogs, too. A malamute and two Australian shepherds.

The Malamute

Australian Shepherds

We grabbed a slice of pizza and a coffee and just watched the world go by.


Granville Island | Vancouver, BC


Ride Back

We took the ferry back and it had really become a beautiful day, so when we got back to the mainland we had a bit of a walk.

Waterside Walk

We walked down beside the water and just watched…

There was an odd circular piece of metal, which we took a photo through as we thought it looked cool. You can see the ships in the background.

We started walking back to the apartment and came across the aquatics centre, which we popped into just to take a look.

We got back to the apartment and relaxed a little before going out to get food.

Dinner

Using the remainder of the sauce from yesterday, we had ravioli for dinner.

After we had that, we had some mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Get Out

We watched the film ‘Get Out’ (finally!) and we quite enjoyed it, though wasn’t really what we expected.

Exciting News

In other exciting news, Kim has been accepted for her Canada work visa!

We are hoping Curtis will be accepted soon, too…but we have more traveling to do first, anyway!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 378: Auckland – Big Breakfast, Bubble Tea & The Packing Game

We were up pretty early as we wanted to go out somewhere for breakfast.

We all wanted a big, greasy, cooked breakfast and the only logical place nearby was Denny’s!

We got to Denny’s and ordered enough food to sink a battleship. All of this came with refillable filtered coffee, of course.

We all ate ourselves silly and then went back to the hotel so Curtis could print some documents that he has to take to a visa application centre tomorrow.

Once we did that, we all did a bit of the packing game to get all our bags sorted and the correct weights.

We got most of that sorted and then went out for another wander around. We went to The Warehouse first and then to a camping shop to find luggage straps. We eventually found some in the camping shops so bought those and then kept walking.

Whilst in the city, we thought it’d make sense to speak to the bank and ask a few questions we had.

We left the bank and then popped to mcdonald’s to get a drink before wandering to a few possible dinner places to look at their menu. We made our decision and went back to the hotel to chill out.

Kim started her work visa application for the next country as she got invited too! We then left to get some dinner.

We went to Dr Rudi’s, which we also went to with Curtis’ family. We decided on 3 pizzas to share;

  • Pork Belly
  • Chicken & Bacon
  • Mediterranean Lamb

We ate as much as we could, took a doggy bag and waddled towards the hotel.

Tom and Kim stopped off to get a bubble tea on the way back, too.

Once we were all back, we finished a bit of packing and then sat down to watch TV. After we watched some TV shows, we sat and watched the film Apollo 13. It was a long one but a solid film for sure.

After this, we took Kim’s parents’ bags downstairs to the car as we need to take them to the airport nice and early tomorrow so they can get back to England!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 355: Auckland – Exciting Development!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis drove to the client directly from home this morning, getting there at around 07:20.

Curtis had to wait briefly for someone to let him and his colleague in, but eventually they were let in and got started on the work. There was a laptop to finish up from yesterday which took a couple of hours and then once that was done, the next PC was started.

The next PC was very slow so everything took a while, and then once it was almost done, one of the required files had corrupted, so Curtis gave up on that and decided to continue it tomorrow.

Curtis had to go back and see someone to show them some stuff and then he popped out to get a coffee.

After getting the coffee, Curtis had some admin to do and then he went to see someone else briefly to setup a time to meet with her tomorrow.

Curtis drove home and the traffic was quite good, so it didn’t take long.

Both of us;

The first thing on the agenda when we got home was to see if the application period for the visa for our next place was open… and it was! We quickly applied for that and then had our leftover spaghetti bolognese.

Kim went for a brief walk after dinner and then we watched The Apprentice before bed.

It’s exciting to have the visa application submitted!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale