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It’s nice to have a birthday celebration here at Vancouver!!! We secretly planned a birthday surprise for Dawn Young!!! Haha, her 22th birthday!!!
Midnight surprises at her room! On Wednesday 28 Feb 11:45 pm, our crew (Me, Chelsea, Joel, Wen Jing and Beniah) gathered at my room, with the props ready, contingency plan all laid out we headed for Dawn’s room at 11:59pm. Painstakingly stick the “surprise” banner on the door hoping that she will not hear us. (She actually heard some “weird” sound outside and was rather scared, haha). Then knocked on her door and “SURPRISE!!!”
Then God actually gave Dawn an even better surprise!! It snowed!!! After not snowing in bout 3 weeks or so? So we decided to play some Frisbee, snow fights and build a snowbear (it is suppose to be a man, but we modified it a little) instead.
Plan B (1st March)
To catch Bombay Calling (a documentary about call centers in India), then pretend to not have any plans after the show which ended bout 9pm.
Meanwhile, the guys were on the bus with a bouquet of flowers heading to BC Sushi, a sushi buffet place (Dawn’s favorite food, Sushi!). Of course, Dawn and us were only suppose to meet them at the sushi place to give her a surprise, but the bus just wouldn’t bulge and we sort of caught up with the guys on the bus. So an early surprise! At dinner, we presented the gifts and cards and also ate our fills! Haha… Oh, forgot to mention Siu Kee’s attempt to not present his gift! Haha, Siu Kee actually bought a present on his own, not knowing that we are sharing the present, he attempted to slip the present into Dawn’s bag because he is just too shy! But of course, we will definitely not let him do that, and got him to present it to Dawn instead. Hahha…
Quoted from Liyong who reminded us not to eat too much “Swimming can’t do magic”. Hahah…
Went Victoria on Wednesday till Friday!!! It’s a long long journey there! To save some money, we decided to take public transport to Victoria! So instead of a 3 hour journey using Pacific coach line which will cost us approximately $71 dollars for return fare, we took 4 buses in total + a ferry ride. Haha… and the total cost of that is $30!! Initially we though the ferry would be those we take to Batam, where all you can do on the ferry is to sit there and look outside the window. But BC ferry is huge! It has arcades, café, a buffet restaurant, gift shop, and viewing deck! Looks like a mini-cruise!
After reaching Victoria, we checked into Hi-Hostel Victoria, and we ended up staying in 20 pax dorm for the girls, and 44 pax dorm for the guys! The guys decided to hunt for a better place to stay for the second night, and we found a hotel that cost us $27 per night with breakfast! Not bad at all, compare to $18 per night without breakfast and breathing in the same place with 20 other people!
Went walking around at Market Square…very peaceful… Victoria is even more peaceful than Vancouver…their downtown is like areas around UBC…. Slow paced…with not many people walking around…Market Square is suppose to be a flea market, but we were there on a weekday, so nothing was there… took some pictures and walked around…
At night, we went to take some pictures at the Parliament house (Victoria is the capital of British Columbia) it does look very different in the day … in the day, it’s majestic and serious looking….at night, it’s magical like Disneyland…haha…
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On the second day, we went to the Craigdarroch Castle, a castle built by the wealthiest men in 18th Century in Vancouver then, he built this castle in Victoria but never get to live in it in his lifetime.. he passed away before the castle was complete, and his wife and kids then stayed there and take over this property. Sad life huh…
It’s a beautiful castle, but kind of creepy at times when it’s kind of dim and with pictures of the family hanging around in the house. Sharon and Julian played the piano at the castle, created some liveliness in the house.
After the castle, we went to the Royal BC Museum, look through the sections on animals, environment and some pre-historical animals, on the 3rd level it’s about human history, and I did not complete the walk as it was too creepy with weird statues staring at me. Haha… The others went for IMAX theater while I decided to walk back to the hotel to catch a nap.
On the last day, we went to a park, can’t remember the name of the park…haha…but it’s a nice quiet park, with a few ponds, lots of ducks, nice purple flowers, the world tallest totem pole, the beach and some fat seagulls…
We did not do much on the first day, after checking into the hotel, we took a bus to downtown and started walking around and snapping pictures, getting high! And hungry! Haha, at around 4 plus, we’ve not take our lunch so we decided to let’s go for a nice dinner! It’s chu xi (reunion dinner) after all! So that is an excuse for us to splurge! Hahah…we saw the review of a restaurant called 13 Coins and the review was pretty good…so holding the map, we walk…bout 20 mins? Or more? We found the place! Nice ambience, sooo romantic… affordable price too.. I paid bout $14 for my burger…and the burger is amazing…the bread is different and the patty is ½ pound? Huge… ahhaha… very full after that…
Val and Colin are here at Vancouver!!!!!!!! And they brought me CNY cookies!!!!! Yummy!!!! Hahah, did not go out with them… kind of sian… cause I’m having an exam later at 630pm…. 35% on freaking accounting theory!!!!! URGH…. Anyways…. We are going to Seattle tomorrow! And I can’t wait!!!! Hahaha
Oh, I’ve also observed a new lifestyle that Val cultivated in LA, “table-ism”… it is a lifestyle of sitting at the table, with the laptop, and using the internet for a long period of time… Val practiced this lifestyle before she sleeps for about 2 hours and first thing she wakes up! Hahaha… when she came back from Robson street yesterday…without removing her socks and coat, holding her little “dirty” blue bag, she sat there and use the computer… ahahha…. And in the morning, when she woke up , first thing she do, is to turn on the laptop and sat there for another 2 hours…without brushing her teeth!! HAHAHAHA…. “Table-ism”…. Hmmm….
Anyways, I was kind of happy they came! Ahahah, nice to have some friends around and celebrating CNY together!!!!!!!!! Hahaha
Some weeks ago, I was pondering if I should buy a plant, and I walked past the village “Student Lucky Supermarket” or something like that by that name… saw a pot of Christmas tree selling at $1.99. I was wondering if I should get it, but after thinking it through, I guess not, cause I won’t be here to watch it grow and I can’t bring it back to Singapore, besides, it won’t be able to survive in Singapore either. So today, while going to the village again, the tree is selling at $0.99. Yes it’s a good deal. But the thing is, the tree is sooo pitiful. I just got to get it. Every one is just not that interested in Christmas tree after Christmas, and the value of the Christmas is just marked by many price discounts. How can a life be marked down like that, together with another two pots of tree, sitting quietly at a corner, I decide to “save” one of the tree from being abandon in the cool outside the store. (Hmm, maybe it is enjoying the cool?) But, ya, after I bought it I realize that the tree was initially priced at $7.99, then $1.99 and now $0.99. Pasted with multiples price tags, the poor tree’s value is marked down like nobody’s business…. What a pity….
Ok I went wreck beach alone on Friday before I went shopping… thinking that it would be a nice sunny day to visit a beach. Before I go, looking at the map, my impression would be….hmm, it looks near my hostel….probably the distance would be like pasir ris chalet to the the beach…but HA….it is 300 steps down…..YES…STEPS….. ok, jason will know that actually I have a mild phobia of walking down stairs or steps, and so I took bout 20 minutes to walk down that 300 steps…yeap i counted…that’s approximately 300 steps…and when I was making my way down the steps…. there is a middle age runner jogging me pass…..once…twice…thrice!!!!! up and down…..yes…three times…. i wish there was a hole for me to hide my head…hahah… ok….so I made my way down..Yap wreck beach is supposed to be a nude beach…. or a druggie hangout place, but at 11 am in winter… there are only people from UBC or some unknown visitors walking around, and sitting on the logs…. wreck breach…just like the name sounded….it seems like an isolated area…abandoned…hmm, i guess it’s because it’s winter… haha… ok the worst has yet to come…remember the 300 steps I told you……. yap…then I had to make my way up…that horrible steps…. I nearly fainted…..