Friday, November 24, 2017

Friday Finds (aka a thing post)

Happy weekend! I am lounging on the couch not feeling too hot, doing some online shopping & internet browsing. As such, here are some things I'm checking out today. Enjoy!

Did you do any Black Friday shopping? I'm trying to find this blender for under $200. Wishful thinking! Fun fact: how Black Friday got its name 

A basic yet delicious tsatziki recipe

Did you hear about McDonald's tweet blunder today?

This couple brings their dog & cat on hikes with them and takes adorable photos! Clearly Edwin & I need a cat, and to start hiking, and to take excellent photos... minor things ;)

I love following this gal on Instagram - she is so funny and her food looks amaaazing! I would like to buy her newest cookbook that is out - hint to any of Santa's elves reading this....

My sister & Nenad made these granola bars recently and they were SO GOOD

Today's "little thing" to appreciate #Truth

The best sandwich in every state


Our next travel destination for a wedding in March is here - excited for some sun!

Wishing we were back here on rainy days like we've had lately!

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

a thing post - fall edition

These are the recent lulu pants I reeeeally want!

Chucho donated blood this past weekend - if you want more info you can find lots here.

People blood donors are needed these days as well! Edwin, my dad, Eliza & Justin all donated recently. I attempted but my iron was too low. Bummer. Next time! 

Do you have an iPhone? You need to get a bitmoji. Best thing ever.

...and this app. Also best thing ever. (okay, if you only have to pick one, I pick this one!!) 

One of my good friends got engaged recently and I am a bridesmaid!! You KNOW I love a good wedding ;) The wedding is next September at Bridges in Granville Island. Should be beautiful!

My mom & I hope to bring Chucho & Odie to this event. Super excited!

Speaking of holiday events, the Make It Vancouver event is around the corner. A must-attend for local makes!

I tried a new restaurant recently - Fortitude in Fort Langley. Try the mushroom bruschetta!

Edwin & I were invited to a wedding in Palm Springs at this gorgeous venue. We need to RSVP soon so looking at flights etc.!

Lastly, how to tell if you have a coffee addiction. I am getting better! :)

Sunday, October 22, 2017

the rest of the East

We have been home for a few weeks now so it is about time that I finish blogging about our East Coast trip! Mostly I will just add some photos :)

At the end of my last post, we were in the adorable town of Lunenburg and going kayaking the next day. Kayaking was absolutely beautiful!




This is my favorite photo. This sums up the outskirts of the town of Lunenburg quite nicely!

After Nova Scotia, we headed to PEI! This was once we crossed the big ol' Confederation Bridge - it is 12 kilometers! (It also costs a hefty $40 toll to cross it)

Here I am, in Anne of Green Gables house.


These beautiful red clay cliffs are all around the province of PEI. They were quite stunning! We took the scenic route anywhere we drove and it was always beautiful.


Lunch at the Blue Mussel Cafe - we ate lots of seafood this trip! I had a smoked salmon sandwich with potato salad.


Edwin chattin' up John A. MacDonald downtown PEI.

We ate dinner at a cute pub downtown Charlottetown. At night the streets get quite cute with these white lights! I had delicious seafood gumbo for dinner.

The next day, we went to a really cool Acadian town. It is meant to replicate what it was like to live in Canada back in the day: 1700's and 1800's.

The fall colours were gorgeous here in all the trees!



This was a machine used to make flour back in the day. Super impressive technology for back in the day!


All in all, this trip was pretty fascinating to see the rest of our country. It felt like a whole different place but really we hadn't left Canada! The only province we did not see was Newfoundland and Labrador as it was just not feasible for us to get there in the time that we had unfortunately. One day!! Now we need to figure out where our vacation is to.... :)

Happy Monday!

Monday, September 25, 2017

East Coastin'

Now that would have been a good hashtag for our trip - darn! #ShedwinsEastCoastin (I started with #ViveLeShedwin but that only happened for a few photos and then I wasn't sure about it for the duration; it was more so Quebec specific! #FirstWorldProblems)

Bonjour from sunny Lunenburg, Nova Scotia! Lunenburg is an adorable, small, picturesque town where we are just for one night. Earlier today we were in Halifax, and tomorrow we head to Charlottetown, PEI. (yay for a new province!!) I really love these adventures. I love seeing something new every day and exploring places I've never been. Plus, seeing all these beautiful things in our own country is fascinating to me; especially considering how diverse our country is from coast to coast.

Our trip started in Montreal, where I worked for about a week. Edwin then met me there and that is where our East coast adventure began. We rented a car and have been driving since Montreal; I lose the term 'we' loosely as Edwin has been the one and only driver thus far actually! (in my defence: I am not an approved driver of this rental car as I was working when he picked it up! We keep meaning to find a Hertz...)

I will do a more detailed post about all the places we have been, but for now I will share a few quick photos! I am trying to upload all of our photos every day or two and separate them into folders. This makes the organized part of me very happy, and also JUST in case we lose the camera, we have a backup.

In Old Montreal in front of the Clock Tower & Pont Jacques Cartier.

This has been the prettiest church we have seen so far, and we've seen a lot of churches on this trip!! This is Sainte Anne de Beaupre in Quebec, near the St. Lawrence river. It was also so nice that this was not a main tourist destination and therefore not very busy.

After the above church tour, we went for lunch at a brewery on the St. Lawrence river. So cute and great lunch! Edwin makes fun of me because apparently I tilt my head like this in photos quite often. Who knew?! Why do I do it - I don't know!

Hopewell Rocks - these were pretty cool natural rock structures! However, we got there after the tide had come in so we could not walk on the ground by them unfortunately. Still beautiful!
 
LOBSTER POUTINE! I don't even know where to start - this was SO GOOD. More on a later blog post perhaps.

I also don't know where to start with this - Peggy's Cove is absolutely amazing. It was so, so, so touristy and there were tons of people. BUT when you find a spot nearby where you can just watch the waves come in, it is a fantastic spot. Everything about this spot was as beautiful as you can imagine.

And now, here is adorable little Lunenburg. It has colorful buildings, tons of sailboats, beautiful waterfront wharfs, and lots of seafood. What's not to love?!

I have to tell you that Edwin is excellent at planning trips. He worked on planning this trip and booked it all and has done a great job! We have been to very key places in each location. I know that I am very lucky to have such a good planner for a husband!!!

On the agenda tomorrow: kayaking and then heading to PEI! I hope that everyone is having a great week :)

Monday, September 4, 2017

a beautiful wedding

It is not a secret that I love weddings! One of my best friends from high school, Lindsay, got married this past Saturday and it was awesome. The wedding was at Grouse Mountain, which was a gorgeous background. It also made for it feeling like a bit of a getaway adventure to attend! (the gondola, the tourists, etc.)

Edwin & I before the ceremony. The ceremony took place on this patio overlooking the city. It was warm, but beautiful! Also, the end of the Grouse Grind is directly below us. Suckers!! ;)

Nicole, myself, Melissa, Heidi & Christina. Some of my favorite girls!

Me, Lindsay, Heidi & Christina. I've known them for a long time (Heidi & Christina since kindergarten & Lindsay since grade 9) and they are so so so great. I love that we have remained friends for so long!!

My iPhone photos do not do this view at night justice.

The sun setting was gorgeous. Again, no justice done here, but beautiful.

Andrew & Lindsay have an 11-month old daughter, Olivia, who I am regretting not getting a photo with on the wedding day now. Whoops! She was too adorable in her ruffly white dress and headband. Heidi's kids call her Baby Bolivia so that is Olivia's nickname. I love it.

I wish you, Andrew, & Olivia nothing but the best for a lifetime, Binz! xoxoxo 

PS - a big shout out to my parents & brother for dog-sitting the day of the wedding. Chucho even sleptover there and we got to sleep in Sunday morning!!  Best ever. (I love Chucho, but having a dog is a lot of work! Unfortunately he couldn't sleep until noon like me after a late night. Bummer!)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

happy birthday pants!

Did you know that this brother of mine doesn't even read my blog? The nerve! He's lucky he was such a cute kid growing up. I enjoy going through childhood photos of us so I thought I would share some :) (for whatever reason, most of the pictures I have of him as a child also have me - I think I compiled them for our wedding slide show, hence me in them!)


Fun fact: that Barbie comforter is still around... also, poor Jen!

Look how happy Pants is about getting a baby sister!

Rockin' the red socks

His smile was adorable



Our little hand holding here cracks me up!
Hope your week is going extra-well!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

august thing post

It was Edwin's birthday last month & I took him here for his birthday dinner. A huge hit! (but I will not be choosing this place for my birthday dinners anytime soon for obvious reasons....)

Speaking of Edwin's birthday, we are celebrating it coming up! (finally!) We are going on the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway (he likes trains), getting massages, and going to Harrison for the night. (thanks mom, dad & Pants for dog-sitting!)

Speaking of why we are celebrating his birthday late, we had 2 homestay students with us for 2 weeks almost right after I got home from the Philippines. Thomas & Bosco were from Hong Kong and came to us from an English outreach program. It went well! This is turning into more of a chit-chat post....I digress.

I bought new pants recently! They are quite fashion forward and I love them so much. Plus, yay for comfort!

I recently heard about the Mars cover, Curiosity, who sings happy birthday to itself each year! How cute.

We found this show on Netflix recently. It makes me cry, but I do love it!


Edwin & I also have a new favorite pizza place. So good! (bonus: there is usually a Mobile Bandit for 2 for 1 pizzas)

Happy BC day!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

the philippines part 2

As it has been almost a full month now, I figured I should blog again! I will continue with the rest of my trip to the Philippines. 

My last post was about the beach resort weekend we had in our Philippines adventure, and this post will be about the rest of my trip. As I went for work purposes, I spent the following week working out of our office in Manila and having some local adventures.

At the latter part of our beach trip, I started feeling a bit crummy. Sore throat, sniffly, coughing, that sort of thing.  I kept thinking it was just a cold, or being tired, or something like that but alas, it turned into full blown bronchitis. I had not felt that poorly in a loooong time. It was not pleasant! I went to the doctor when I got home and got antibiotics right away, but overall I was quite sick for almost 3 weeks. 

Due to said bronchitis, I didn't do a ton other than one full day of mall trips on the statutory holiday (July 1st) and work/sleep during the week. That being said, I still felt like I got an authentic experience and loved getting to know the culture in the Philippines more!

I walked to a coffee shop that was about 25 minutes away prior to a day of shopping. (I was not feeling great this day, but not horrible enough to stop me from shopping!) I had breakfast & coffee at Single Origin. Fancy coffee!

The mall I went to first is called Market! Market! (the name cracked me up) It is a Filipino style mall.

I did a few other breakfasts after work and dinners before work out with people. There was a really cool mall right across from where I was staying called Venice Grand Canal Mall.

It really does look like a canal in Venice! It was beautiful with lots of restaurants & shops.

A restaurant we went to here is called Rice & Dough. The above is the rice...

...and this is the dough! It is a sushi & pizza restaurant. How unique is that?! I obviously loved it.

It was raining quite hard this nice at Venice! (hard to see in the photo though)

One morning, after we ended working around 5 am, we went to Tim Hortons. Who knew there was one in Manila?! Did you also know that we went to one in Dubai? I had no idea Timmy's was expanding in the world!!






The reality of the rest of the other days, however, was this:

Working, eating take out (pizza, since there was always a veggie option!) and in my pajamas. (oh and in bed!)
Here are a few other fun photos of things I did there!




The view from the airbnb I stayed at. Beautiful! I must admit, however, that I kept the blinds closed most of the time. I was sleeping during the day!

I will also admit that it was not until the last day of my trip that I realized I could look right out the window and see downtown Manila. Even more beautiful!! (I did not go to downtown Manila)


I can't wait until I can go back to visit the awesome people of Manila, and also explore some of the beautiful islands & beaches they have there! I am definitely booking some vacation time pre or post work next time I go. There are so many more places to explore!! I may also make Edwin come with me next time. I don't need a lot of alone time in life so traveling for this long on my own felt a bit lonely at times. I like to always have someone to talk to; I'm a bit of a chatter!

The next trip we have planned is next month where we will be going to Montreal & the East coast of Canada. We plan to start in Montreal, where I will be going first for a few days before Edwin to work - we have an office there as well. Then we will head to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and PEI. Hello lighthouses & lobster! Dreaming of the clam chowder already as well....

Hope you are enjoying your summer a lot! Stay safe out there with all these crazy forest fires.