day 1578 – district hopping

a fully loaded day going through district after district. the walk through sketchy streets of old chinatown, pearl district, downtown area and then classy lloyd district. the streets were surprisingly quiet on a sunday morning but started filling as noon hit. the heat was sweltering in the afternoon as most of the traveling was outdoor and done on foot. we hit up cartlandia to grab some dinner; my food truck curiosity and appetite was satisfied and so was my sushi burrito

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day 1577 – mcmenamins 

doing the six hour drive down to portland, not for competition, is a first. it seems like forever since i last had two consecutive days off, as i try to leave work behind for the next four days. a four day vacation begins with a stop at pike place market before hitting up the hipster city of portland. of all the times i made the journey south, i’ve never heard or visited the many mcmenamins that are situated all around oregon

day 1557 – dockside view 

a sunday going across the bridge to north vancouver, west vancouver, then granville island. hit up the lonsdale quay market and park royal before some fancy seafood. this isn’t our usual calibre for dinner, but came here for the patio dinner and that view. treasure the extended time together; it only happens on special weekends. it was an enjoyable good day but i’m disappointed i couldn’t keep the better part of me to myself

day 1473 – mapo tofu


my family is away in asia so we had our’s early. this is the perfect time to have some lomo time. i’m stuffed from our home cooked meal as tried our hand at making mapo tofu and siu mai. it turned out very tasty.  the only adjustments i would make for next time is taking out the black bean paste and the proportion of tofu to meat. we’ll be using each other as test subjects while i have the entire house to myself. the weekend passed by too quickly but it was a pleasant one

day 1451 – flying home

saying goodbye to florida and the sunshine for now; i hope to be back soon. it was a memorable trip going away with mo and experiencing florida together. being ill on this trip for sure dampened my mood and made things difficult. it was a short and good one, but i’m glad we’re heading home to where it’s most comfortable and familiar. now it’s time to get back to our normal routine and resume our grind

day 1450 – epcot

it’s bad when no solid food would stay down and three barf bags wasn’t enough to last the day. i was worried i wouldn’t last the day at epcot and ruin the disney experience for mo. i wanted him to go explore the park while i rest but instead, he guided me through and was patient when i needed frequent breaks. luckily after throwing up everything and taking a nap on the bench, i felt much better and had the energy to enjoy the rest of epcot. it was a tiring day that didn’t start off well, but ended happy and satisfied 

day 1449 – universal studio

a full day of universal studio under the blazing sun can be exhausting. every so often, we scampered towards the shades to cool off. i had a good time with the walk throughs and rides; it felt like i was reliving my childhood. we covered pretty much everything we wanted including transformers, minions, harry potter, men in black,shrek, simpsons. i wouldn’t have been content leaving the theme park not having done them. it was a lot of walking in one day; my right ankle is acting up like all asia trips, but it’s well worth it