This is the first time Bh and i had travelled so far on car + he’s driving… it really scares the daylight out of me tt prior the trip… i had difficulties sleeping well!!! i even read all abt car accidents over at the US and prepared masking tape for emergency use… fortunately, this trip was a smooth one for us… though BH gt quite pissed off when i told him to slow on a a few occasions… hmmm.. i will not let my guard down on our next rdtrip though
21 March 2009 –
we woke up early.. had breakfast then prepared sandwiches for the trip… we left our apartment at 7.30am… the weather was kinda cloudy in the morning… i was scared… and my whole body was super cold as BH kept changing lanes… i mean.. i seriously don’t see a need to change lanes.. not tt we are in a rush or something.. he mks me feel like he make a record of reaching vancouver in the shortest time.. there were many huge trucks on the rds… the scenery along the way was very nice… but i was scared stiff to enjoy it… so.. i juz kept my mouth shut and repeated prayed The Lord’s Prayer in my heart
Finally, we reached the border of Canada at abt 10am.. and we gt to wait for 1/2 hr to clear customs.. which was quite a short wait compared to as long as 1 hr (read from forums).. past the customs… and we r in canadian territory… canadian drivers are quite reckless… they were driving really fast! there’s this particular car who’s crazy.. we were on the centre lane and he purposely drove right in front of us went to the left lane then cut us again and turn out into the right most lane!!! dangerous!!
after driving for 15mins or so… we reached downtown.. parked our car and checked in.. pls refer to the previous entry on hotel reviews
without a single penny of canadian dollars, BH and i walked to Stanley Park… there’s a Beaver Lake.. we walke dto the beaver lake and saw no beavers.. sianz… and we gt to walk back coz we didn’t have any canadian dollars with us… when we want an ATM, there’s none in sight!!! i was really hungry and tired… i guess being scared takes up alot of energy… we had no choice..we struggled to get to the Vancouver Aquarium, which had a ATM located inside th aquarium… so BH was being escorted to take money in the aquarium!! i’m so jealous!! he gt a FREE sneak peek of the aquarium!!! we wanted to visit the aquarium but we didn’t have time…so maybe next time?
with the money, we quickly ate a hotdog to fill our stomachs before heading to our next destination – Chintown.. well.. took a bus to chinatown… walked ard… bought some evelopes for shipping purposes ( cheaper than buying from USPS) and misc stuff like nail clipper? haha i think the gd think abt driving is.. u can take everything and buy anything.. coz there’s space… no need to care if it’s too heavy or bulky to bring up the plane/coach :p
after which, we returned to downtown vancouver for dinner… and we had jap food! yummy!! havent ate such gd food for sooooooooo long!!!
some pics of stanley park
22 March 2009 –
woke up bright and early… walked to Tim Horton for a good and yummy breakfast!
walked along the streets and found a yummy cupcakes store! of course, we bought them to try! for once, i forgot abt gaining calories ( and i came back and exercised like siao… 🙁 )
it’s the most relaxing day of our trip.. coz we decided to spent 115CAD/person on a tour which brings us to different places in North Shore … luckily, we took the tour.. i felt tt i learnt abt of things!
1st stop; Capilano Salmon Hatchery – it was not the Salmon season.. else can see the salmon leaping upstream.. well.. if it’s not for the tour, we wld have missed this
2nd Stop: Capilano Bridge ( compared to Treetop walk in sg… it’s nothing!!) – This bridge is long, shaky and high.. haha.. do not look down!
3rd Stop: Grouse Mountain – If you have been to Mt Titlis, this is more or less the same… if u r driving here, reach early!!! parking slots are quite limited! luckily, we didn’t drive.. else we wldnt get to enjoy this beautiful sight!
ate at the Altitude Resturant… view was great… food was tasty too! yummy!!! ( oh well.. coming from some1 who had had eaten ouside food for so long!!)
view of vancouver from the Grouse mountain
4th Stop: Cleveland Dam – nice!! beautiful scenery!
The dam –
beautiful backdrop right!
we also visited Lonsdale Quay and Granvile Island on the same evening .. nothing worth mentioning..
ended the tour by taking a seabus (ferry)… which reminds us of hongkong!
23 March 2009 – my bday! and also the day we r going home.. Bh didn’t forget my bday this time… wahaha…left the hotel at 9.40am and reached the US border at ard 10am
we didnt go home straight… instead, we dropped by the bank to settle some tax matters then the supermarket for buying groceries… by the time we are home it’s 3 plus in the afternoon… we were tired.. so we stayed home for steamboat dinner… and tt was how i spent my bday.. not exciting… but it was a nice rdtrip!! cheap too!
anyhow… i super sad la… i didn’t buy much things in vancouver.. 🙁 nothing i really like…think we’ll be going Oregon, Portland next… also 3 hrs drive and Oregon is a tax-free zone!!! haha.. shop till siaoz!!
haha.. till then!