BMO Half Marathon 2016

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!

Happy Canadian Citizenship Day

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!

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Moving Day!

Thanks to our friends for helping us move to our new place! It had snowed a few days earlier and we were glad most of the snow had melted by the time we moved. The move took about 4 hours in total. For a well deserved reward we ordered some pizza for our first dinner at our new home.

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Phebe’s Grad & Memphis Blues

Today is Phebe’s graduation! It was held at the Chan Centre at UBC. Phebe graduated with a Masters in Speech Pathology. I am proud of her accomplishment and all her hard work. Now you can finally get caught up on your sleep! The pictures below are some shots with Phebe’s parents.

To celebrate we decided to feast on some bbq ribs and pulled pork at Memphis Blues. It was my first time going there and it was a very good choice! We ordered a big platter share for all four of us. It was so much food we couldn’t finish! So much meat. Love it!

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On the Road Again…

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 Big Move!

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!

The Move and Giant Sashimi

Some of you may or may not know but Phebe is now in Vancouver. She will be attending UBC, aka University of Billions of Chinese, to pursue her dream of becoming a Speech language Pathologist. Yes, we will be doing long distance as I am still here in Victoria. It’s not too far away though, only across the water. This past weekend I was helping her move to her new place – a basement suite near Oakridge mall, about a 30 minute bus ride from UBC. It took pretty much all morning to pack all her stuff into the van and then to unpack everything in the afternoon. Yes, she had a lot of stuff. It’s amazing how much stuff we accumulate even after a few years. I was looking at my stuff at home the other day and I’m pretty sure that half the stuff I have now can either go to the garbage, to a thrift store, to someone else, or just plain sell it. Overall, the move was pretty routine and we were glad it turned out to be a nice sunny day.

Ok, so here’s the real highlight of the day. After all the moving and running around, Phebe treated me to dinner and what better way than to eat sushi! Luckily there was a sushi place near Oakridge mall, just a few minutes walk from Phebe’s place. We first had to get directions from the information centre in the mall. We asked where the nearest sushi restaurant was and she said right across the street. She then warned us saying the place was very small but they served gigantic pieces of sashimi. Sweet action! When we got there, there was a huge line up as most customers order for pick-up. The lady at the mall was right, the place was pretty tight with only a few seating areas. Phebe and I were all set to order our dishes when all of a sudden I looked over at some guy’s shoulder to see what a typical dish looked like. I was astonished. The pieces of fish he order were huge! Phebe and I decided not to order 3 dishes but only 2. In the end, we were so glad we did. We barely finished our plates. I’ve never seen sashimi this huge before. I almost needed a knife as I couldn’t fit the whole piece in my mouth! Phebe said that after that meal she wouldn’t eat fish for a year. I told her I could probably come back tomorrow;)

A van packed full of stuff

The living room

The kitchen

Phebe’s messy room

That’s us in Phebe’s room

Me standing outside Samurai Sushi House

My mouth waters just looking at this

Phebe getting full from sashimi