After my birthday party last Saturday, Daniel and I left for Vancouver the next morning at 6:45am! We slept through the alarm (and the snooze!) and arrived at the airport when people started to board the plane... We basically had 30 minutes to run past security and get on our flight. Our stress level was so high!@#$%@! πŸ˜₯

Just when they finished making the last call to board our plane... WE MADE ITTTT!!! Daniel's older sister, Stephanie, and her fiancΓ© was supposed to join us on this trip, but they had a mishap and wasn't able to make it. Since Stephanie couldn't be there to be our tour guide, Daniel's friends came through and gave us a bunch of recommendations on his Facebook status!

My aunt Cindy and uncle Daniel (Guys, I'm not even kidding right now. I actually have an aunt with the same name as me and an uncle with the same name as my boyfriend.) also gave us a bunch of ideas on what to do in Vancouver!

They were all telling us to try the sushi there because this province is located right by the coastline and have access to the freshest seafood. We checked out Momo Sushi because it was conveniently close to our Airbnb in Gastown.

We really enjoyed their specialty rolls and were taken back by how big their maki rolls were! We stuffed our bellies reaaaal good, before making our way to their popular shopping district... ✨ GRANVILLE ISLAND ✨

Daniel was so excited to bust out his drone at this place! Everything was going smooth and dandy, until it attracted all the seagulls.. They started squawking at it, which we knew it was our signal to head inside to the public market. πŸ˜‚

Before we arrived at Granville Island, I actually pictured this place to be like Centre Island. I only thought that because both places have the word "island" in its name! πŸ˜‚

I would now say that this place is comparable to the Distillery District in Toronto! There were lots of cafes and shops within the Granville Island Public Market, and outside of it.

Inside the market, we gawked at glossy truffles, emoji donuts, homemade pasta, fluffy meringue pies and sooo much more. If we didn't have sushi beforehand, I'm pretty sure we would've spent a lot of money on pastries here!

These photos of us was basically what we looked like the whole trip. Photography couple. πŸ˜‚

After we finished exploring Granville Island, we took the bus back to downtown Vancouver. Daniel was hoping to fly his drone at the Canadian Place to get a nice shot of the coastline and the city.

Unfortunately, we saw so many signs there that prohibited drones. I'm so bad and told Daniel to act like he didn't see those signs because it wasn't at eye level. As we kept walking.. we came across one that was at eye level... UGH! πŸ˜‚

We still got really neat shots from our cameras! Once the sun started setting, we made our way back home to freshen up for dinner.

We were really looking forward to having dinner at this Cambodian restaurant, Phnom Penh! Our Airbnb host and Daniel's friends were really hyping this place up, so we had to see what it was all about.

We were expecting a long line up at the door and were prepared to wait for over an hour. To our surprise, the place is closed until March!!! Just our luck! 😒  We decided to have dinner at the Ramen Butcher, because the place looked packed through their windows.

I'm just dying at this candid shot of Daniel. Poor baby. He was so disappointed that he couldn't try the epic fried chicken at Phnom Penh and had to settle for this instead. πŸ˜‚  I guess this means we have to plan another trip to Vancouver again!!

Our first day there felt so long with the early flight and the three hour time difference. We both fell asleep early to get ready for our jam-packed day the next day! With that said, STAY TUNE FOR PART TWO! 😜