Butchart Gardens 2019


You always hear how beautiful this place is and how many people who have been there recommend it. Well, I need to reinforce that! I never really cared about going because I wasn’t into seeing flowers when I was younger, so I didn’t appreciate this place.

Obviously when I matured, I realized I missed out on seeing a Canadian National treasure, if not an American (North America) gem that was in my backyard (when I lived in Seattle).

My wife has been planning to see this and we wanted to do it as a whole family (with her sister and brother). After planning a weekend trip, we went there via BC Ferries (the only way I think).

Summer in the Butchart Gardens is probably the best time. But they do have some months in autumn too.

Parking was plentiful (at least when we arrived) and there were umbrellas available (if it was raining) to use.

We walked to the entrance and paid the fees:

  • Adult – $33.80
  • Children 5 – 12 yrs old -$3.00 (which is our kids)

The Sunken Garden was my favorite. Just the history in it and the layout.

The Japanese garden was pretty cool because there were Torii Gates around and within a ton of trees, so it kept the area cool and shaded. Small bridges and stone walkways on water.

I can’t recommended this place enough. If you are in Victoria, this is the main attraction.

BC Ferries experience


So we were planning to go to Victoria, BC. I’ve never been to Victoria BC, but I do know you have to take a ferry.

I kept hearing it takes 3-4 hours one way and that is not true. It is almost 2 hours ONE WAY.

In all honesty, it goes by fast.


We booked online the times and days were going to Victoria and leaving.

https://www.bcferries.com/travel_planning/

The terminal we were using was TSAWWASSEN – SWARTZ BAY

Fares were :

  • 1 standard size vehicle – $57.50
  • 12 years and older – $17.50
  • 5 – 11 years – $8.50
  • 4 and under – free

We crammed into two vehicles and headed out.

We drove from Burnaby to Tsawwassen Ferry terminal.

The drive from Burnaby to Tsawwassen was maybe 30 minutes. I have to admit, I never been out this way and it was quite peaceful.

We got to the terminal and since we were early, they staff asked if we wanted to get on the 7am instead o the 8am ferry, we said yes.

Again, I’ve never been on this ferry, so didn’t know what to expect. But we pulled it, parked and everyone was told to go up to the higher decks.

The ferry took off. Again, in all honesty, I couldn’t believe how smooth and quick the ferry moved. It was pretty nimble.

This would take us to Swartz Bay.

Upon docking, there was announcement telling people that they will be docking in 10 minutes, so this gave people to get down to their cars and wait. It seems liked a few minutes extra just waiting to get out and finally we were let out!

Quick notes:

  • People start finding seats on the inside fast.
  • There is covered seating in the outside/top deck
  • Line for the cafe!
  • Vending machines available, but need coins
  • Windows don’t have covers, can be beaming with sunlight.

Kalayaan SF 2019


Kalayaan SF celebrates Philippine Independence every June. This event was held in downtown San Francisco’s shopping district at Union Square. This is a very busy spot on all levels (parking, people and traffic).

I had some spare time, so I decided to go check it out and was impressed. I love culture in general and to see Filipino culture displayed proudly, is inspiring. I saw good artwork, clothing, food and talent.

Kalayaan SF website

de Young Museum


I would check out local museums when they had “free admission”. Many museums double as a “night club” in the evenings.

I was glad to see that de Young was gonna do this with the event of a drag queen runway show. LOL.

I didn’t even know until I arrived. I tried to get some free soda.

After a few minutes, I went straight to the exhibitions as I had a couple hours to do so. I couldn’t go into the special or exclusive exhibits, but I did check out the regular collections and I definitely enjoyed it.

I took many pictures, my phone died…

Bruce Lee


Growing up, one of my idols was Bruce Lee. I’ve always kept him in high regards and I always felt he was a great thinker and ahead of his time.

This is just a homage page to him.

Jacob and I at his Hollywood Walk of Fame star 2011?

This was when I was staying in Seattle, Capital Hill, not to far from Bruce and Brandon Lee’s grave.

Land’s end Trail


Definitely always a good place to visit and hike. There is also a rock sculpture and small beach access. This trail can go all the way to Seacliff neighborhood and to Golden Gate Bridge.

We didn’t fully explore this last time the Culase family – Robert (my in-laws), so this would be a good thing to do with the kids and everyone.

Disneyland


For Lucas’ birthday, we went to Disneyland. It is the first time my in laws have been in the original Disneyland (they have been to the one in Paris!).

We did some rides and stayed til 11pm.

Surprised that Lucas wanted to go on the Big Thunder mountain roller coaster! I told him if he got scared, just scream. While there was not sudden drops, it was fast and throw you sideways. My lil guy handled it pretty good!

Hollywood Walk of Fame


After arriving to LA for Lucas’ Bday, we went to Hollywood Walk of Fame. Yes, this is where the Stars are!

It’s actually a lot and trying to find your favorite celebrities can be difficult. In fact, I missed a couple (even Godzilla!!!)

We also ate at a Jonny Rocket’s right where it is busy on the blvd.

A huge part of the Walk of Fame, impersonators.
Godzilla!

Foodieland Night Market


I was interested in seeing this. I’ve been to Richmond (Canada) Night Market and enjoyed it.

The cost was $10 to park and $5 to get in. Open til Midnight. I knew it was gonna be busy, plus I didn’t want to pay that $15 + the food that I would buy.

But around 10:30pm, I had an urge to go, so I did. When I arrived, I had 1 hour before closing, most vendors were done for the day and it wasn’t as packed.

While I kept it minimal, it was good to see a diversity of food in such a small area. I love foodie stuff honestly.

This event was only for 3 days and I guess this was the first one.

IG – @foodlandnm