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Vancouver Trip

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Right after crossing the US-Canada border. I captured this scenery because it looked like the rural part of Korea, where my grandma lives.
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Crossing the bridge. I love the geometric aspects of this photo!IMG_0488

I SEE YOU, DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER!
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We visited Mount Grouse then Capilano Suspension Bridge. The reason why I don’t have any pictures from Mount Grouse is because I went zip lining and didn’t bring my camera. The zip lining was amazing and one of the memories in life that I will cherish forever. My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it. smooth

So I’ve always read tips on how to capture waterfall, but I had never actually tried it out myself–until this day. I really noticed the aesthetic difference between changing the shutter speed for photographing that “smooth” waterfall. I wish I had a tripod, but oh well.

After Capilano, we checked into Best Western Plus to take a quick shower and headed to the International Summer Night Market. THE BEST THING EVER. So many food vendors and market vendors! It was overwhelming at first, but I got used to the craziness. We ate so many things like fusion noodles, lamb skewer, Taiyaki, shrimp dumplings, mango shaved ice, and bubble tea. We wanted to try out more food because this night market is open for a limited time. I also bought things such as false lashes, headbands, bun donut, socks, and iPhone 5 charger. I wish I can go back there and eat more food!

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This is the second day in BC, Canada. We accidentally slept in until 10 a.m. (when we were suppose to be up at 7 a.m.) so our plans were all delayed. Day 2 in BC, Canada took place in Victoria, BC, which is an island. We took the BC Ferries from Tsawwassen terminal to Swartz Bay terminal. It costed about $15/each person.
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In downtown Victoria, we first visited the Blue Fox Cafe. Hands down the best quesadilla I have ever had. I ate the Moroccon Chicken Quesadilla and it was heavenly. My sister had the Moroccon Chicken Egg Benny (Benedict) and she also loved hers too. If you go to Victoria but not this cafe, you are making a big mistake.

After our heavy, yet delicious lunch, we headed straight to the Fairmont Empress Hotel and the Parliament Building. Because it was such a gloomy day, the pictures  didn’t turn out so well. Actually, it was beginning to sprinkle when I took the above photo.
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Next stop was to the Butchart Garden. We had so much trouble trying to find the right bus stop and actually missed the bus right in front of our faces. But it’s all good. We made it and it was lovely. We didn’t expect much because it was JUST a flower garden. But the beautiful scenery and calming atmosphere really proved us wrong. Because we went on a Monday and it was sprinkling, we didn’t see a big crowd (phew!). IMG_0657_1

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…MANY…
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…PRETTY…IMG_0697

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…PICTURES OF! (Well this isn’t really “pretty” but I thought it was pretty cool. My sister thinks I take pictures of odd things…)

Before we exited the Butchart Garden, there was a corner where they were selling gelato. We tried the rose chocolate flavored gelato and let me just say that it was the best flavored gelato I have ever tried. The blend of rose aroma and the thinly sliced chocolate ratio was perfectly balanced, enlightening my taste buds. I’m not even exaggerating. I didn’t even  get a chance to take a picture of it, because I just couldn’t wait to get another bite of it.
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The last day of our trip, we drove back to Seattle, WA in the early morning in order to avoid traffic jam and delayed border crossing time. We basically chilled and relaxed by eating this wonderful Cuban sandwiches, homemade ice creams, and even visited the evolution fresh store for some cold pressed juices!

This memorable trip really uplifted my mood for the whole summer. I don’t really see this trip as a temporary escape from reality. I view it as a bonding experience between me and my sister, a self-recharging moment before my first college year and just overall mind cleansing. If it is possible, I would love to go back and discover more local cafes, hidden gem spots for photography and museums.

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Seattle Trip

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On my way to downtown Seattle from the airport via Link Light Trail
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The famous Pike Place Market where there are…
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…pretty scenery…

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…delicious looking fruits…

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…and inexpensive flowers! My sister and I actually bought this dried flower bouquet for a soon-to-be bride.

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Next to the Westlake Center, there were some rows of trees that were painted in bright blue. I heard the paint does not harm the trees, so no worries.IMG_0414

For our lunch, we decided to stop by Chinatown. We ate at a restaurant called Red Lantern!IMG_0423

I really loved their tea because it was not a typical jasmine tea that you would usually get at a Chinese restaurant.IMG_0427

My dish was sweet & sour beef an my sister ordered the ma-po tofu. Highly recommended!IMG_0435

The view by the Seattle’s Great Wheel. So calming and relaxing.IMG_0436

The Great Wheel–which I did not have a chance to get on.IMG_0441At a wedding reception… Such a cute little snack package for the guests.

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Seattle, WA – Day 1 & 2
Ok, so these are just few photos out of a whole bunch!  I really enjoyed my stay at City Hostel Seattle, which was located in downtown Seattle, so I had no need for rental cars. I wanted to visit more places in Washington besides Seattle, but I didn’t have much time to travel with public transportation.  The weather was not too hot and not too cold, which was perfect. Thank you, Seattle, for the warm welcome!

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Sugarlace

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My obsession over the last couple of weeks: Thai iced tea & Flower crowns.
Both so sweet and lovely.
I was going to buy a flower crown from a retail store, but it was way too expensive. So I made the flower crowns myself with a total of $13!
It took about an hour to make, but very worth it. Even though the crown is not an everyday material, I still wanted to have one because it’s just so good to look at.

Tomorrow, I leave for my trip to Seattle, Washington! More photos to come soon.

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