Las Vegas (5th edition)

When I look back, I have barely any recollection of the details of my Las Vegas trip back in 2014. I cannot say with certainty which hotel we stayed in but I do know which show we saw (Thunder from Down Under) and which club we went to (Hakkasan where Afrojack was DJ’ing). I can’t…

Impromptu Whistler weekend and new thoughts on Mother’s Day

While I was away from work and Vancouver earlier this month, I was checking work email and saw that staff in the Vancouver office of my firm had the opportunity for a free stay at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. All we had to do was fill out a Survey Monkey and without thinking long and…

Halifax & Toronto: Spring 2017 trip recap

There are so many things going on in my head about this trip (and life in the short-term in general) so I’ve laid this post out a little differently but I think still coherently. Flights To think, the part I was most worried about before going was the flights. It was easy when E was…

Thirteen years in Vancouver by the numbers (of trips away)

Later this year will be the 13th anniversary of my moving to Vancouver. Thirteens years – less 16 months in Toronto – of being based in Vancouver, going from graduate student to corporate wage slave and now working mom with inescapable responsibilities and restrictions. For some reason, I did the tally and by the middle of…

The other California trip: L.A. portion

NPY’s dear school friend, BK, whom we visited in 2009 and 2011 in NY moved to LA last year and we are more than happy that our repositioning cruise would drop us off in LA and we could visit. She has two kids all of a sudden (twins) who are 16 months older than E….

The other California trip: Cruise portion

It has been a couple of years where I’ve wanted to try out going on a cruise. FIL and MIL and their gaggle of semi-/retired friends go on – it seems – a cruise every year so FIL is on all the right email lists, has a travel agent he books with and knows the process…

Weekend trip to SF/Napa eats

Just like that, the family wedding and weekend trip to SF/Napa came to an end and just like that, four days and three nights went by. In my ambitious days, that’s like 12 meals but with three wedding events and a toddler in tow, we squeezed in just nine. However, some of it was so good that I…

Last Hurrah Trip to Portland 2016

After I was on leave for 49 weeks, NPY started his three weeks of parental leave and I took a week of vacation to overlap and we went with another couple and their eight-month-old on a mini Pacific Northwest trip. I really should look up if the last time I was in Portland was in 2008…

Weekend Island getaway to Victoria and Sooke: Dining & beer recap

Nearly five years later and we were back in Victoria. Why aren’t we there more often? Because of the blasted ferry rates. And the slow pace and lack of activities for us. But the exchange rate is still quite terrible and it has been five years. And I made an Aeroplan redemption to stay in…

Food finds on my Toronto and Halifax Adventure 2016

Five months ago, I visited Toronto and Halifax with E who was then four months and what a world of difference it is to travel with him again. (The flights are another matter altogether, not to be addressed here.) Sunrise House [Yelp] Ahh, one of the the many pleasures of visiting Toronto. My sister asks…