26 August 2014


Hi guys! We're back in Vancouver and already very, very busy. We've been viewing many apartments, and lesson learned: guys, never, ever househunt in August here. You essentially face a LOT of competition, it's tough finding a pet-friendly building, and well, it's utterly depressing when you think you're definitely getting a unit you like and then you don't. Plus your old landlord may be busy with his new rentals, so he doesn't have time to call your new landlord back, so you're left with like, no references and a big fat NO from a housing agent you have grown to love.

Anyway problems aside, Vancouver's been greaaat and I am so happy I'm back. Every day skies are azure blue and white fluffy clouds line the skies and the air!!! I could go on for days about clean air. I'm down with another sinus infection, whats new, but here's a couple of pictures from the past few days. WARNING: A LOT OF SUNSHINE AHEAD. I love this city, I really do.

 Flying in to BC is always something, and okay I'll admit this: I picked the window seat and an afternoon flight so I could look out at the mountains while flying in. Unfortunately I forgot that snow melts in the summer, so I didn't really get my show of snowy ice-caps, but I did get to see fluffy clouds and rivers so I guess that's close enough. 

 We've been looking at Yaletown apartments and we love this neighbourhood! It's quiet and surrounded by parks, plus it's close to the heart of downtown and the view is lovely. I love walking down Richards / Seymour because almost everyone walks a dog, it's so fun saying hi and making new fur friends.  Speaking of fur friends... 

Dumpling!! Back in mommy's arms. He's still grumpy as ever, and he really, really needs a girlfriend. I can't believe I'm saying this but he's been making mating calls a lot and having a lot (and i mean A LOT) of 'boy time', so if there is a lovely lady hog out there who seeks a single M, Dumpling's your man! He's been learning how to climb stairs all summer and exploring grassy terrain, he's quite the ladykiller you know ;) 

 We sat by Canada place enjoying the view of, well, Vancouver, and watched seaplanes land and take off all afternoon!!

The waves rolling in were a bonus I guess.

Came across this beautiful building near Coal Harbour. 

Poutine at Smokes Poutinerie! I had poutine with spaghetti and meatballs and the meatballs were divine and soft and tasty. You have no idea. Plus their gravy was nice and easy on the stomach, so I'm guessing they don't use MSG in their gravy. MSG makes me bloat and unfortunately, many places that sell poutine use that, and it's always a battle between my head and my tummy, but usually my tummy wins and I walk around with what seems to be a soccer ball under my shirt after.

Brand New is coming and I don't have tickets: an autobiography 

My favourite road stretches in Vancouver are Granville (pictured) and W Broadway. There's always something that catches my eye, be it bagels or fresh fruit or a typewriter...

IT'S SUMMER!!! Which means we get to eat froyo at night because nights are now warm!!!! When fall comes we'll have giant slices of pizza in place of the froyo to warm our hands instead :)

On Sunday we stumbled upon a Thai food festival downtown, and I got my fix of Thai tea. Jw tried it for the first time and he loved it!

Found a hedgehog stuffed toy and I was so happy. 

We've been looking for a dog and when we were at a pet shop getting some stuff for Dumpling we saw a ton of puppies in their display cages looking so sad. I'll admit it, for a couple of seconds I was really excited about the corgi because we've wanted one for two years, but I don't want to support pet stores or puppy mills. Please get your dogs from shelters of breeders! Puppy mills are horrible and the puppies in pet stores don't deserve to be stuck in tiny cages. I think the one thing that disgusted me most was the way they priced their puppies. We saw a couple of puppies on discount because they had gotten so sick from being locked in cages like that with barely enough food and water, and other puppies cost 5x more than what they could cost if you got them from a proper breeder because they were deemed to be "trendier" dogs. It's terrible.

I haven't been cooking much because I don't have my own kitchen at the moment.. I really hope we find a place fast. On our first night here I missed my laksa so in the wee hours of the morning, I made that and we had kimbab and all was good. Then we went into jetlag slumber and woke up at *insert atrocious time*

Anyway, that's what my week has been like. I am still kind of jetlagged and really stressed out so my sinuses have gone into  full blown green slime mode, if that's an overshare I'm sorry... hope everyone's been having a great week so far!


  1. Hi! I just happened to stumble upon your blog and fell in love with these beautiful photos of Vancouver. I've never been but you're making me want to go someday ;)

    1. Hi Miwa! Likewise with your blog–Japan looks incredible. Loving your posts on motherhood, happy sunday!