Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 452: Vancouver, BC – A Lot Of Cooking & Baking

We woke up a lot later today, and Kim made some Crepes for breakfast. Kim had chocolate crepes and Curtis had sugar and lemon.

We watched some TV and relaxed and then got ready for the day.

We planned to take the recycling out, but the elevators were very full and only 2/3 were working, so we decided to wait instead.

We did the vaccuming and a few other cleaning jobs around the apartment.

Kim then made some more cinnamon buns, with the plan for them to be bigger ones than last time!

They took some time as it was enough dough for a very large batch!

The came out pretty good, actually, though Kim wasn’t sure to start with.

We went out to get some more milk and some cheese in the evening as we needed some to make dinner!

After we got back, Kim made a veggie lasagna which was absolutely delicious.

We then tried one of our cinnamon buns and they’re pretty great too!

We played some games and watched TV for the evening, getting prepared to work again tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 451: Vancouver, BC – English Test

English Test

We had an English test today, starting at 10:00.

As mentioned yesterday, even though we are from the UK, we still have to have an English test completed for our PR, so that’s what we did!

We were up at 07:30 and very tired!

We walked down to the test centre which was about 15 minutes away.

We got there and had to sit around for a while and then we were taken in for our ID checks.

We then moved to the test room and sat our computers ready to take the test. That being said, we at there for 45 minutes waiting to start!

We eventually started and Curtis did it pretty quickly. We had 3 hours to do so, and Curtis completed it in 1 hour 15 minutes! There was a listening, reading, writing and speaking section.

Kim finished not too long after, maybe 30-45 minutes, and we were done!

We went to get ourselves a coffee and we both think it went pretty well.

We got home and were very tired!

Need For Speed, Completed!

We completed Need For Speed, so that was fun, and then Kim had to do a little bit of work for something that came up during the day.

After that, we mustered up the effort to go and do the shop.

We smashed the shop! Military precision was used and we got around it really fast, and even went to two other shops!

We got back home and had some cheese and wine for dinner whilst watching the film JEXI which was pretty funny and silly.

We relaxed for the rest of the evening. The day felt very long as we were up so early!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 445: Vancouver, BC – 26 Years Old!

We woke up and had a chat with Kim’s family as it is her birthday today! We had a good chat with them and then got ourselves ready.

We went out for a walk, and stopped in at a few places on the way.

Firstly, we got some breakfast at Cafe Crepe, Kim got a banana and chocolate crepe and Curtis got a cinnamon bun crepe.

We ate our breakfast and then went to get ourselves a coffee. Kim got a free coffee, as it’s her birthday, so that was awesome!

We then went for a long walk to and around Stanley Park and we were out for quite a while just walking around.

We got back home and watched a bit of TV before we got ready to head out.

We got ourselves ready and walked down to Gastown to go for dinner. Curtis booked us in at an Italian restaurant.

We got to the restaurant and they had really good COVID-19 protocols and explained everything when we got there.

We got ourselves some homemade bread with olive oil and also some lambrusco wine.

Curtis got lasagne and Kim got a pasta dish that was like a carbonara but without any meat. Curtis really enjoyed his and Kim liked hers but it was very peppery!

We then got tiramisu for dessert which was really good!

We then walked back home in the pretty cold weather and then just relaxed for the rest of Kim’s birthday.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 444: Vancouver, BC – Pre Birthday Walk

We woke up and had a small-ish breakfast.

We watched a bit of TV and then got ourselves ready. The weather outside was beautiful, so we went out for a walk.

It was cold outside, but the sun was shining and we stopped to get a coffee to warm us up.

We found out today that there are new restrictions within BC for the next two weeks, meaning neither of us can do our sports and a few things are changing, such as both of our office’s closing.

Kim did a little bit of work, writing up a message to tell people that the office was closed.

After we finished our nice long, cool walk, we went out to the shop to get that done.

We got that finished and then when we got home we had leftover curry from yesterday.

We watched Lilo & Stitch after dinner and just chilled out for the rest of the evening.

Tomorrow is Kim’s birthday!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 438: Vancouver, BC – Day Before New Job!

We woke up to a strange loud noise, which we think was actually just people moving things upstairs, but it was around the time we needed to get up anyway, so we got up and had some cinnamon buns for breakfast.

We slowly got ourselves ready and went out for a walk. We hadn’t planned to, but the weather looked really nice so we went anyway!

We got a coffee and walked along the seawall and to the beach.

We turned around at the end of the beach and walked back home.

Once we got home, we went back out to do our shopping.

We got that out of the way and once we got home we had yesterday’s leftovers for dinner. Kim made Curtis’ less sweet and much more spicy, which was delicious!

We watched Bake Off with dinner and some other TV after, as well as playing some games.

Kim starts her new job tomorrow and is mostly super excited, but also a little nervous.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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 436: Vancouver, BC – A Virtual Team Lunch

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a company-wide meeting at 09:00 this morning so he sat through that. Once that was done, he did a lot of tickets and also had another meeting at 10:30.

At 11:30, Curtis joined a Zoom call with his team and everyone got to expense some lunch to have whilst everyone is chatting!

We got some food from a Lebanese place nearby and it was terrific food! Kim had some as well but obviously only Curtis’ food will be expensed.

It was a really nice non work related conversation and it went by pretty fast.

Curtis had to do an offboard after this and then some other tickets and admin for the afternoon.

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim didn’t do much, she enjoyed the final lazy morning before she goes back to full time work on Monday! She is so excited! Just before lunchtime Kim went out and picked up the food.

After lunch Kim watched a little TV and then played a video game for a bit, it was really fun!

Kim spent the rest of the afternoon reading a document that explains part of the immigration process. As Kim and Curtis don’t have degrees they are hoping to use a provincial nomination program that will give them a better chance at getting Permanent Residency.

This avenue would also allow them to apply for a bridging visa as a placeholder for PR, which would then give them time to finish the application without leaving Canada. So Kim took a lot of time this afternoon to thoroughly read the document and research things she didn’t understand.

Kim has also been messaging someone who did the same process last year with the same level of education, and they have been a great help. Its so nice to have someone to ask about how long things took and rheir next steps and any bumps in the road they may have encountered! Kim has been worried about the tight time frame between now and when the Visa ends, so hopefully this process will help.

Having done a little more reading and asking of questions, a lot of Kims concerns are now slightly less daunting, which is great!

Evening

We went for a little walk in the late evening just to stretch our legs and also to get some food.

We got a chicken pot pie each from Urban Fare as Kim has had them before and said they are good.

We ate those when we got home and watched some TV for the evening, including Truth Seekers, the new show from Nick Frost & Simon Pegg.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 433: Vancouver, BC – Information Obtained!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got ready and then went into the office as he had some things to do there.

Firstly, Curtis got some things out of the storage area and then started setting up a laptop for someone.

Someone came to the office to pickup som IT equipment, so Curtis met him downstairs in the lobby to give him these items.

After that, Curtis finished setting up the laptop as well as getting a monitor and all the required items for a new starter into a box ready to give to them tomorrow.

Once Curtis did all of this, he headed back home and had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis caught up on emails and tickets and then the day was done.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent the morning completing paperwork for her new job and researching things for permanent residency. She finally found some information she needed so Kim and Curtis can start getting their UK education verified and assessed for the PR application.

In the afternoon Kim had a great facetime call with her sister and it was amazing! She misses her so much. Then Kim went out for a little walk as she was starting to feel frustrated with the PR process and how close to the wire the application might be, so it made sense to get outside as there is nothing Kim can do right now. Once they get the education process started Kim will book the english tests that they need to take, then once they have the english test done they can finally start the actual process, and that will be good.

Evening

Kim made peri peri chicken with rice for dinner which was spicy but tasty!

We watched some TV and played some game for the rest of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 431: Vancouver, BC – Autumn Is Here!

Curtis’ Hockey

Curtis’ team won their game last night, which was good, but there was controversy again!

The other team’s goalie pulled his groin at the end of the 1st period, so the other team had to get a player into the goalie gear and play him in net!

Curtis managed to get an assist and his team won 4-1, but felt bad for the other team a bit and hoped the goalie was ok!

Autumn Is Here!

We went out today for a walk to and around Stanley Park.

We walked a different way to get to an Italian coffee shop which we had some nice coffee from!

We had a long walk for a few hours and it was much colder due to it being autumn now. It was beautiful outside, but much colder.

Katsu

We got home and relaxed for a bit, playing some games, doing some research for our PR & watching some TV.

We then went out to do the shop at around 17:45, which felt much later as it was so dark!

We got the shop done and headed back home, where Kim made a chicken katsu curry.

The chicken was really good, but for some reason the sauce didn’t turn out ask expected, which was a little disappointing.

We chilled out for the evening, it was a little colder too than it has been, so it felt nice and cosy.


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