DEZ & JASON IN VANCOUVER!!!

Dear Readers,

For my 24th birthday, Jason and I went to Vancouver and experienced our first “long drive” trip as a couple – just us two!!! Here is how it all went down in 4 days!!!

Before anything else, here is a PDF copy of our Vancouver itinerary:

VANCOUVER TRIP 

Please note: that we never made it into Phnom Penh and Richmond Night Market – we didn’t have enough time for the long lineups in both places. Phnom Penh did not take reservations and when we got there the expected wait time was about a hour and 45 minutes. Richmond Night Market was just way too crowded and we couldn’t even get our car parked or get close to the location due to heavy traffic, so we gave up on it as well.

For the most part our trip went according to plan and you all already know how well I organize and control vacations… soooooo there ya have it!

DAY 1 (FRIDAY, August 30, 2019)

This day started at 4:30 AM.

As soon as we got up, we were out of the house by 5:00 AM and started on our 10 to 11 hours drive to Vancouver. We arrived at Vancouver around 3:00 PM (Vancouver time).

The drive was pretty easy, as Jason and I took turns driving throughout the trip. The views were amazing and it was nice to just cruise while listening to our favorite songs. The drive itself was smooth, during the start of the morning from 5:00 AM to roughly about 6:30 AM the road was quiet and dark – at points it got scary when there was no visible cars/trucks in front of us other than complete darkness. When the sun came out, the drive got easier too.

HOTEL

While in Vancouver, we stayed at the Sheraton Wall Centre: LINK FOR HOTEL

Jason picked this hotel himself and he did a great job!!! This hotel is so beautiful with all their rooms having floor to ceiling windows. We stayed in a corner room with one king bed, and the view from our room was simply stunning!!!

After checking in at around 3:00 PM, Jason and I stayed in our room the whole afternoon to rest. We also ordered food from our room service menu and had a super late lunch. We ate our lunch in bed and cuddled until we had to go out again for my birthday dinner at Black & Blue.

 

 

BLACK & BLUE

My birthday dinner was a little on the boujee side, but it was worth it!!!!

For my 24th birthday, I had wagyu for the very first time at Black & Blue (CLICK FOR LINK HERE). And yes, wagyu as in, that expensive beef from Japan that are known for their beautiful marbling and high fatty content that literally melts like butter in your mouth… yes, I had that. On the other hand, since my meal was a little expensive, Jason just had their salmon dish and we shared the wagyu. I mean, just look at the receipt below to see how freakinn expensive this steak is. But don’t get me wrong, it was WORTH IT.

After dinner, we just headed back to the hotel and wrapped it up for the night.

 

 

DAY 2 (SATURDAY, August 31, 2019)

 

 

CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE

The next day, we drove out to Capilano Suspension Bridge.

This famous tourist spot is known for its nature views and the thrilling suspension bridge that allows you to cross a river from a very very veerrrryy high spot. In my own personal opinion, I think the nature views were beautiful but I found the price for the tickets a little too outrageous. I’m pretty sure they can still make a profit by selling the tickets $10.00 lower than they had (adult ticket was $53.95 CAD) – but hey… that’s just the pricing analyst in me. Yet, it’s the memories that counts right??? So at the end of the day, it was somehow worthwhile.

 

 

STANLEY PARK

After Capilano Suspension Bridge, we went straight to Stanley Park and strolled along Seawall Path around the Third Beach area. The stroll was leisurely and nice – we took our time admiring the water views and being surrounded by the curious tourists as well as some locals just trying to enjoy their day at the beach.

After our walk, we went straight to our lunch reservation at The Teahouse (CLICK FOR LINK HERE). I had their waffles with lots of fruits, while Jason had steak and eggs. The food was very good and the ambiance of the restaurant was really lovely too!

After lunch, we headed back to our hotel to drop off our car then walked down to Robson street to do some shopping and a little downtown sight seeing too. The neat thing about our hotel’s location is how close we were to a lot of downtown food and shopping spots. From Sheraton Wall Centre, Robson Street is only a short 10 minute walk at the most!

 

 

MIKU

After our quick shopping spree at Robson street where I got myself a cute pair of Air Force 1 (see picture below), we went back to our hotel room where we took a quick break to rest and then got ready for dinner.

We had dinner at MIKU (CLICK FOR LINK HERE) and it was above and beyond. The sushi in this place was just top notch, high quality, fresh, and delicious. I highly recommend trying their salmon oshi sushi!! Ohhh and let’s not forget about the view from our table which was also amazing (see pictures below). As a matter of fact, I truly believe Jason enjoyed this restaurant the most!

 

 

ARITZIA WAREHOUSE SALE 

Bumping into this warehouse sale was by pure coincidence and luck. As you can see from our schedule shared above, the Aritzia Warehouse Sale was definitely not part of the plan!!!

As we were trying to find parking around Miku, I kept noticing a lot of girls carrying big Aritzia bags – at first I thought there was a store around the area, and it sparked my curiosity. During dinner, out of my curiosity I asked our server where this “Aritzia store” is located so that we could check it out after our dinner. Then the server told us that Aritzia was having their Warehouse Sale and it was inside the Vancouver Convention Centre nearby. So, I dragged Jason to the convention centre with only 10 minutes to shop – we seriously got there at 8:50 PM and the warehouse sale closed at 9:00 PM. Given the time constraint, I managed to scoop myself 2 items: shorts and a dress!! #worthit

 

 

DAY 3 (SUNDAY, September 1, 2019)

GRANVILLE ISLAND 

On our last day in Vancouver, we started the day by heading to Granville Island where we ate brunch at The Sandbar (CLICK FOR LINK HERE). I had fresh tuna, while Jason had their fish n’ chips. After brunch, we took a cute stroll around the island, took photos and even bought wine for my grandma, Mom Nora. Granville Island is truly a romantic place to stroll around at, there’s so many good food to taste and cute little shops to discover!

I also liked how Granville Island is super close to the water, so you can hear the birds flying from above and watch the people on their kayaks or boats passing by, and on the other side you’ll see a charming yet different perspective of downtown Vancouver.

 

 

QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK 

After Granville Island, we went straight to Queen Elizabeth Park where we were welcomed by beautiful green plants and blooming roses!!!

The park is perhaps the best free thing to do in Vancouver (NOTE: To go inside Bloedel Conservatory, you will need to pay for admission, but outside of it is all free) The trees, grass, plants, and flowers at Queen Elizabeth Park looked like a scene from a Disney movie, literally like something straight out from a Disney book – it was simply BEAUTIFUL!

 

 

After Queen Elizabeth Park, Jason and I went back to the hotel and took a nice nap.

We slept in a little and ended up waking up around 6:00 PM. As soon as we woke up, we headed out to Richmond Night Market. By the time we got there, we were already caught in traffic. Before all that, Jason had a friend who also tried going to the night market the night before we went, and he said there was roughly 300 people in line… which led to him not committing to the wait in the lineup and eventually left. With our friend’s experience from the previous night at the night market, and the traffic we ran into, we decided to turn around and not go to the night market.

We then drove back to Vancouver and made our way to Phnom Penh which was in Vancouver’s Chinatown. That was also a FLOP. By the time we arrived at the restaurant, it was already 8:00 PM, yet there was still a lineup outside the restaurant’s door. After inquiring about the wait time for a table, we were told it will take roughly 1 hour and 45 minutes. Jason being sooo hungry at this point couldn’t wait that long. So, we left and looked for another pho place around the area. The next pho place (I forgot the name) we went to was also a flop… another one hour wait… and our starving stomachs couldn’t wait for that.

We finally agreed to going back to our hotel, and walking down to Robson Street to find a nice place to get some food. This is how we found SalaThai on Burrard Street. SalaThai (CLICK FOR LINK HERE) was pretty delicious in my opinion, but Jason thinks this place wasn’t spicy enough and that their service was slow.

 

 

After dinner, we walked back to our hotel room and slept the night away.

DAY 4 (MONDAY, September 2, 2019)

We checked out from our hotel at 10:00 am and started our way back to Calgary.

I started the drive from Vancouver and Jason drove all the way back to Calgary from Sicamous.

At Sicamous, before Jason and I made the switch from passenger to driver, we were terribly caught in traffic. There was an accident that held us back roughly a hour and half!!! Due to this traffic jam, we did not get back home to Calgary until 11:00 PM.

Overall, the trip was amazing and our first “long drive” experience as a couple was sooo fun!!!! We didn’t argue, we didn’t get a ticket from speeding, we didn’t get into an accident, and most importantly, we didn’t get lost!!! I think we make a good pair for “long drive” trips!!!

And just like that, another city has been travelled to and explored by Dez and Jason – where to next?

With love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio

VANCOUVER

Relationship Guide #3: The Growth Process

Dear Readers,

Jason and I finally made it through another year – Happy TWO years babe!!!

(This blog is being released a day earlier, our official anniversary date is June 25)

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2 YEARS LATER… 

THE BIGGEST RELATIONSHIP LESSON WE LEARNED THIS FAR, IS GROWTH.

Looking back at it, the two years we’ve had truly feels like two decades… I still can’t fully believe that Jason and I had only been together for this short, when his presence in my life is so great… I feel like I’ve known him all my life. The memories still feels brand new, our conversations never fails to bore me, our laughter still feels pure from within, and our relationship feels so much stronger than it had ever been.

But without a doubt, there were a few bumpy roads along the way… we had our fair share of fights like most couples do, and some fights were bigger than the rest. As each fight came and ended, we grew, we learned, and we became better. All our fights were never left unsettled. Regardless of how annoyed we were of each other, or how badly I wanted to walk away, we always found a way back to solve the issues we created in the first place. As my dad always told me, “never sleep angry because you do not want to wake up angry too.” 

Jason and I, we are nowhere close to perfect… but we work ourselves towards it… we slowly push each other to become the better version of ourselves day by day. We formed our relationship to break our own ideals of perfection, while slowly embracing the flaws that make us a unique pair. Of all the people I grew with, Jason is by far the best one as he walks and grows with me little by little, day by day.

Key note: we walk and grow together, never alone.

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At this time in my life, I’m in no rush to have it all figured out. To my younger readers, I have one simple message for you all:

 “Your early 20’s is a time to grow and learn. Make a few mistakes and learn from it. Fall hard on your feet, and grow right after. And at the end of it all, learn and grow some more.”

Please take that message personally into your current and future relationships too. Things aren’t always going to be pretty and all figured out. Sometimes, a couple have to face some harsh and ugly situations to get through the beautiful parts of their relationships. And for the most part, a relationship is a constant, day by day process of trying to figure life out together. Figuring life out together as a pair, is what it’s really all about.

During this process of “figuring life out”, you will grow.

A relationship should also give you plenty of room to grow, both as a pair and as a person. Never stop growing for the sake of yourself or for your partner. There will never come a time wherein your personal growth will stop… it can only be slowed down. Trust me, even old people still continue to grow day by day, because age is just a number while growth is a part of your life forever. And this same holds true for a couple’s growth. It never stops, it just slows down. The biggest setback within a relationship, is learning how to push through the slower stages of growth. But after maneuvering yourselves out of this slow and dreaded path, everything else will come so much easier. drawing-gif-cute-couple-2.gif

Growth. The constant purpose and desire to grow, is the true fuel that ignites a lasting and solid relationship. Don’t ever stop growing. 

As you all may already know, Jason doesn’t like to be publicized – he keeps a low profile. But, you all know ME and I BLOG. So, to end all of this up, I want to write a cute little message to the man who gave me the inspiration to blog, and the support I need to turn my life into the dream I’ve always envisioned.

Dear Jason,

Thank you for being you. I love you so much and I can’t imagine how I would be like today without you impacting the decisions I make and being a part of all my growth. Thank you for keeping me grounded, for telling me I’m wrong when I insist on being right, and for always believing in me. Thank you for taking my Instagram photos and being my date on countless social media events. Thank you, for literally everything you do to make my life a whole lot easier. Happy two years my love, to forever to go.

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With love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio.

OUR TRIP to Niagara Falls and Toronto

Dear Readers,

Jason and I really started 2019 the sweetest and most romantic way. We spent 5 days and 4 nights in Ontario, exploring the busy streets of Toronto and getting lost at the natural beauty of Niagara Falls. Since this short little vacation is our first trip of 2019, I wanted to share every single thing with you all.

Before we start, here is our detailed trip schedule in PDF for those of you who literally want to copy EVERYTHING we did on this trip. (There were only a few variations on this schedule that we actually ended up NOT doing, and the biggest one had to be that we never made it to our Momofuku reservation. We ended up doing something else.) 

CLICK THE LINK TO VIEW THE PDF BELOW:

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As you can see from the schedule attached above, I was very, very, very organized with this trip. Every single day was planned out because I wanted to fit everything that we wanted to do in Toronto with the little time we had. Most of the restaurants we went to were recommended by my Instagram followers, and after searching up their menus online, viewing their Instagram accounts and conducting all these research for each restaurant, I made my final selections and reserved my way through as it fits our schedule.

But yes, despite my thorough organization, there were still times wherein we didn’t follow the schedule note for note… sometimes, the best way to enjoy a trip, is to simply, “go with the flow”.

Side note: As already  mentioned, we never went to our dinner reservation at Momofuku – instead we went to Chinatown and had fried chicken at Gdous Juicy Chicken House. And yes… we had scheduled to explore Chinatown in the plan too… if you haven’t noticed yet, on the schedule Ripley’s Aquarium was also scheduled for Day 3… but all that had to be cancelled and moved around because Jason got too drunk at PAI, and we ended up going back to the apartment instead of walking around Chinatown… and because of that, we cancelled on Momofuku and explored Chinatown/the rest of the city on our last night.

Another note: I was getting mass questions about the place we stayed at while we were in Toronto. So here is the link of the place: TORONTO APARTMENT

Now, let’s slowly break down what we did in our 5 days – 4 nights trip to Niagara Falls AND Toronto.

DAY 1 

Left Calgary at 7:00 am (Calgary time) and arrived at Toronto around 1:30 pm (Toronto time).  Calgary is 2 hours behind Toronto.

This flight was actually a growing concern for me beforehand. The forecasted weather in Calgary for the day of our departure was just not looking great… we were expecting heavy snow and freezing temperatures, which could ultimately mean our flight could be cancelled or delayed.

Luckily… and surprisingly, our departure flight was right on schedule.

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After landing in Toronto, Jason and I took a Lyft ride to our apartment. Our check in time was supposed to be at 3:00 pm but we arrived there at 2:00 pm and our room was not ready for us yet. So, we left our bags and started exploring the vast city of Toronto. Our first food stop was Chipotle!!!

After Chipotle, we headed back to our apartment and checked in. We were so exhausted and just slept through most of the afternoon until around 8:00 pm and went out for dinner.

One of my favorite things about our apartment in Toronto is that the location was just spot on. The place we stayed at was super close to a grocery store, a ramen restaurant, a Tim Horton’s, a bubble tea place, and many other neat places that are completely within walking distance. Other than walking around, we took advantage of our convenient downtown apartment location, and took Lyft rides around the city for most of our trip. OHHHHHH… and may I add, the apartment we stayed at also gave us free and complete access to the building’s gym facilities and pool!

DAY 2 

For me, Niagara Falls was the highlight of our trip.

On our second day, we slept in and made our way to Greyhound’s bus stop to catch our bus that would take us from Toronto to Niagara Falls and back. The drive to Niagara Falls from Toronto, would only take about one hour and twenty minutes, but since we took the public bus transportation which made about three stops along the way, this delayed our arrival time by a little… so in total, our journey from Toronto’s bus terminal to Niagara Falls was about two hours and ten minutes.

Regardless, the bus ride was the best way to get to Niagara Falls from Toronto in terms of the “cheap/affordable” aspect. In total, Jason and I only paid $80.00 for BOTH of our tickets (2 person – return trip Greyhound tickets). Not too bad if you ask me.

As soon as we arrived at Niagara Falls, Jason and I wasted no time and took a Lyft ride to Skylon Tower. We then had lunch with a view… the Niagara Falls view.

The view from up there was soooooo stunning. We were able to see both the American side of the falls, as well as the Canadian side. Of course, and without further questions, the Canadian side of the falls was the best view of Niagara Falls!

After lunch, and after taking about 100 pictures from Skylon Tower, Jason and I walked down towards the falls’ pathway. As we strolled around this path, I found myself so amazed by the gigantic size of the falls. The closer we get, the bigger the falls become. The sound of the water rushing down was so calming, and the sun blessing us with its sunshine painted my dreams to life. I used to only dream about seeing these falls, and I couldn’t believe I was really, really there… looking right at it… and on top of that, I was sharing that beautiful moment with someone whom I love with all my heart. That moment… that day… was pure magic.

A rainbow even came out of the blue, just to sparkle some more magic to what was already a magical sight.

After countless hours… that seriously felt like 10 minutes to me… we headed back to the bus terminal to catch our bus back to Toronto.

Nevertheless, the beautiful sight of Niagara Falls will forever be engraved in my memory.

DAY 3

The third day of our trip composed a lot of touristy things. The biggest highlight of this day was going up to view Toronto’s downtown from the CN Tower and witnessing Jason get drunk at 4:00 pm on a Sunday. It was great. 

One really cute and funny thing about Jason is the fact that he’s genuinely scared of heights. The whole time we were up there, he was pretty much tripping out and getting scared each time we looked straight down from the viewing deck or got too close to the windows. It was so hilarious, I wish you all were there with me to witness how my six foot one boyfriend is terrified of heights!!!

After our city viewing at CN Tower, Jason and I made our way to Pai and had dinner. We scheduled our dinner a little early, since I couldn’t reserve us a table at Pai for a later time… 4:30 pm was their only available slot, so I took it.

AND THIS IS WHERE IT ALL GOES DOWN.

Jason being Jason, had a little too much Sapporo beer and was getting a little drunk by the time 5:30 pm hits. After our dinner at Pai, I originally scheduled us for a little walk around Chinatown AND to check out Ripley’s Aquarium. Ultimately, given the unseen circumstance of Jason drinking a little too much, that plan was cancelled and we went straight back to our apartment. Regardless, I wouldn’t had wanted that day to end any other way. Seeing Jason drunk at a tiny Thai restaurant in Toronto was just the funniest thing… just imagine what his convo with our Lyft driver was like (bless his heart for dealing with Jason’s drunk ass). This tale is one for our books.

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DAY 4

Originally, we were supposed to see Ripley’s Aquarium in Day 3, but given that Jason got a little out of it… we ended up doing the aquarium tour in Day 4. Ripley’s Aquarium was big and fascinating but it wasn’t my favorite part of trip. I found the place a little too over crowded with tourists and kids. Plus, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the children really did, which made me wish we had a kid with us… I was telling Jason the whole time, “babe, I wish Aurora was here” – for those of you who may not know, Aurora is my three year old cousin, who is the closest little girl to my heart… she’s the closest thing to my own kid right now, and I love her so much.

At the aquarium, I was daydreaming about our future kids being fascinated by the sea animals, rather than me being fascinated by the sea animals themselves. I can’t wait for the day to come, wherein Jason and I are travelling with our own kids, visiting foreign zoos and aquariums and just growing altogether as one big, happy family. One day it’ll come, and I’m sure, it will be just like as I imagined it to be.

If travelling to Toronto with children, this aquarium is a definite MUST SEE!!! This place is so family friendly and the kids will surely rave about it to their friends back home.

After our quick one hour stop at Ripley’s Aquarium, we went to Toronto Eaton Centre to have lunch and buy Jason’s basketball shoes. For those of you who may not know, Jason likes to buy basketball shoes, especially Lebron’s and Jordan’s. However, the shoe Jason ended up purchasing was not Lebron’s or  Jordan’s and trust me, just getting our inside connections to secure us a pair was tough in Calgary… so Toronto was our last and best bet at getting those shoes. Apparently this pair of shoes are super major and fire, because he clearly believes these shoes are going to be worth a lot someday – it’s really an investment piece for him…. along with all the other shoes in his closet that he has never worn out…

and ohh… I’m talking about the Kobe 4 Proto Draft Day Edition click here for pic. 

After securing the shoes, we ate at the food court and had Jollibee later on that day.

DAY 5

Just like that… our trip came to an end.

Left Toronto at 4:20 pm (Toronto time) and arrived at Edmonton around 6:45 pm (Edmonton time). Left Edmonton at 9:45 pm and arrived Calgary at around 10:35 pm (Calgary time). Our flight from Toronto to Edmonton was fine, no delays… but our flight back home from Edmonton to Calgary was delayed by 2 hours… and I had work at 8:00 am the next day too… tiring, but it was all worth it.

I was genuinely sad about leaving Toronto while we were on our flight to Edmonton. The only thing that kept me sane was the wifi we bought on flight and the fact that no one was seated with us in the row seats of the plane. Jason and I were booked to have the window and middle seat, and no one sat with us on the aisle seat. That gave us so much more freedom to move around in terms of washroom breaks and lounging.

Just a quick note: I didn’t really dive in too much about the food we ate, since I am planning on releasing more content about where we ate in Toronto and our fave Toronto food joints. So stay tuned for that 🙂

Thank you for all the love and support. This trip was a dream come true for both Jason and I, and we only look forward to the future travels of our lives.

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Love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio and Jason Yang