Thank you everyone for all your encouragement and support these past few months!
I finished the half marathon with a time of 01:34:17. A personal best! It was such a beautiful day this past Sunday with clear skies and warm weather. Perfect running conditions!
I joined the half-marathon with World Vision to help raise money to fight against child trafficking around the world. As a team, World Vision has raised over $75,000!
Here’s a photo of me celebrating at the end of the race with an Apple Bacon Fritter from Lucky’s Donuts. It’s apple, bacon, topped with a maple glaze and even more bacon. It was exactly what I needed after running a half marathon!
My friend Roberto recently got his Canadian citizenship. We celebrated by having dinner at Cazba’s restaurant in downtown Vancouver. He thought it was going to be just him and his wife for dinner so it was a bit of a surprise for him to see his group of friends all at the restaurant! When he entered the restaurant, I draped him with a Canadian Flag and we all sang “Happy Canadian Citizenship day” to him (with the tune of Happy Birthday). Good times!
After over seven years without a car, I decided I needed to buy one. Walking several blocks with bags full of groceries, waiting for a bus on a dark and rainy Sunday evening, and not having the ability to go places at a moment’s notice – yes, it was finally taking its toll! Although I lived within walking distance to my work, I knew I needed a car. After searching everyday for about a month through apps like AutoTrader and Kijiji, I finally found my car! I bought a 2010 Nissan Sentra 2.0S from a private owner. I checked the carproof reports and did a mechanic inspection and there were no major concerns. The car was kept in great shape and the original owner had a knack for cleanliness as it was super clean when I got it – almost brand new! I love the fact that the car has a lot of truck space and is good on gas. The car had over 34,000 km when I got it, so not too bad. It runs pretty well and I like the fact that the engine is a CVT (continuously variable transmission) so I don’t notice the bumps when it shifts gears. So it’s pretty smooth on the roads. To top it all off, it has a USB port so I can plug in all my favorite songs!
The day is finally here! I’m officially a “Vancouverite” now! When I got the news that I got a job with WorkSafeBC, I was ecstatic. A month ago I accepted an internal auditor job at WorkSafeBC. I knew some of the people there as I had audited them for the past few years. When Phebe and I began looking for apartments we found the perfect one within walking distance to my work. Also, my new employer hired a moving company to move all my stuff from Victoria to Richmond. This made the transition a bit easier and less stressful. I am looking forward to exploring more on the mainland and checking out all the good eateries. Booyah!