Happy Birthday Camille!

I'm so happy that Camille is doing her internship in Toronto this semester because we got to celebrate our birthdays together this year!! We had dinner at Pickle Barrel last night and saved room for dessert at Demetres. 😉

Before the waiter served Camille her red velvet cheesecake, the cafe played the happy birthday song on the PA system. Camille was dying, while Joy and I were living for it and went crazy with our cameras. 😂

Now that Camille and I are both 22 years old, I can't help but think about how long we've been friends. I can still recall the first time meeting her in the washroom in grade one. I wanted to be her friend after hearing all the teachers talk about what a great person she was. I remember asking her for her name (even though I was a lil' creep and knew who she was already! heh heh) while we were both washing our hands. Throughout the year, we would keep bumping into each other in the washroom and would share our disgust over the nasty toilet paper that was stuck to the ceiling in there. 😂

Once we were allowed to hang out in our neighbourhood without any supervision, we would meet up at the basketball court almost everyday! I moved away in grade seven, but we still saw each other every summer. 😀

Despite going to different schools, we continued keeping in touch over the years and knew that we were just one call away if we ever needed each other! Given that our friendship has lasted for all these years, I truly believe that we will be best friends forever!!! ☺️  I can't wait until the day our kids start playing with (or dating) each other!

You can read about her previous birthday celebrations here, here, here, and here!

Vancouver (Part 3)

In my last blog post, I mentioned that Daniel and I weren't able to have breakfast at Jam Cafe because we wanted to catch the early shuttle bus to Capilano. So the next day, we were really determined to have breakfast there!!!!! 😄

We woke up early, packed our belongings, cleaned up our Airbnb and made our way to breakfast. There was still a line up at the door, but it moved pretty fast. Daniel ordered their signature chicken and waffles, while I had their veggie bowl. He devoured his plate and couldn't stop raving about how good it was! Meanwhile, I barely made a dent in my bowl because it was just so dense and flavourful. We were so surprised at how quick their service was, given that it was a full house in there!

After dining at this place, I can definitely see what the hype is all about!! Generous portions, genuine staff and quick service! We went back to our penthouse to grab our belongings since our checkout time was at noon. Before heading to the airport, we stopped by Soft Peaks for a last minute treat!

We took the skytrain, basically the subway, to the airport. I thought it was so cool how most of the ride was outside and you could see the route from the window! It literally felt like we were on a rollercoaster at one point!!! 😄

Before I end this post, I just want to say a big BIG THANK YOU to Steph and Matt for covering our trip and to Daniel's friends for all their sweet recommendations! Although it was a short trip, we both had an amazinggg time here!! ☺️ 

Vancouver (Part 2)

I didn't realize how many photos Daniel and I took on our second day in Vancouver, so it took me a while to sort through our memory cards. But without further ado, I'm so excited to tell you guys more about our trip!!! 😜✨

The next morning, we were really looking forward to having breakfast at Jam Cafe! After reading so many positive reviews online, I don't know why it didn't occur to us that there could be a long line up. Since we didn't have time to wait in line that day, we grabbed a quick bite at Acme Cafe instead!

Once we finished eating, we ran to catch the free shuttle bus that was heading to the Capilano Suspension Bridge!!! We have been looking forward to this attraction a month before our trip and it definitely lived up to our expectations!

Since we went on Family Day, there was a wholeeeee lotta people on the bridge! We actually have so many pictures of people photobombing us!! 😂

I'm not gonna lie, I did feel a little nervous when I first stepped onto the suspension bridge and started thinking about all these crazy scenarios...

After a few more steps, I got used to the swaying and was in awe of the view. I thought Dundas Peak was impressive, but this place was .. breathtaking!!!

We also got really lucky with the weather that day, since the forecast predicted rain for our entire trip! 😀  This is why I only brought and wore my boots during our stay in Vancouver. So like... I just wanted to throw that out there in case y'all thought I was weather confused!@#&* LOL

Once we crossed to the other side of the bridge, we did the tree top trekking. I've always wanted my own little tree house, so I felt like I was living out my wildest dreams as we hopped from tree top to tree top!

If you're ever planning to check out this place, I definitely recommend wearing comfy shoes! Daniel and I had no idea how big this place was. There were so many trails to walk and things to see.

And even though there were a lot of people that day, the nature walk was really peaceful. The birds were chirping, the sun was shining and the air felt so clean.

We eventually made our way back to the suspension bridge and towards the cliff walk! For some reason, I felt way more nervous crossing that ...even though it wasn't wobbly?!?! 😐  The views were worth it though!

Since the path was really narrow, we couldn't really stop that long to take in our surroundings and get a lot of photos. I guess this means we gotta come back some day!! 😉

This experience made me realize that Canada has so much to offer! I've always been dreaming of travelling around the world first, instead of travelling my own country. Now that my discovery pass has arrived, I am determined to visit more national parks this year!!!

We took the shuttle bus back to central Vancouver and then made our way to one of the most popular attractions, Stanley Park! If I had to describe this place, I would say that it's like its own little island with lots of biking trails and walking routes. You also get a great view of Vancouver's skyline and mountains!

When Daniel and I first arrived, we started walking along this path. We noticed a lot of cyclists passing by us and decided to ask a couple where they rented theirs. They directed us to this shop and we got to borrow a tandem bike for an hour. It was both of our first time riding one! Guys, if you ever get the choice of where to sit... CHOOSE. THE. BACK. I didn't have to worry about steering or pedalling! It was AWESOMEEE. 😂

The bike made it so much easier for us to get around this urban park. I just googled right now and it would've taken us two to three hours to finish our route if we continued walking! Ohhhh hell naawwW!!!

Also, the seawall is a must-see if you visit Vancouver! I thought my uncle was exaggerating when he described this place to me, but this place is truly a gem. The sun was setting as Daniel and I crossed it and it was just unbelievable.

We ended our jam-packed day with an 8 course meal at The Banana Leaf and tried the shaved ice dessert at Snowy Village, which I definitely recommend!!! In case you've missed it, check out part one of our trip! ☺️