The universe works in a mysterious way to give my feet hella pain by the end of the day, especially when I have least expected. Immediately after I finished an exam for a job opportunity this morning, I ran into my friend of whom I haven’t seen in a long while (actually just a month ago). I will refer her as Rapunzel from now on because of her forever beautiful, long hairstyle. Rarely would I hang out with a friend on the spot unless if it’s for an emergency. Usually, my dear friends would have to give me at least a 24-hour notice. However, today was different – since I was already out of my house and totally unemployed at the moment, I have plenty of time to waste. Thus, Rapunzel and I decided to venture into the downtown Vancouver and act as some foreign tourists for a day.
Chewy Junior was our first stop…and also, it was the first part of our lunch. This is a Singaporean-owned cream puff shop.
Rapunzel chose the Strawberry Cheese cream puff. Unlike most sweet or pastry shops, the cream puffs at Chewy Junior are more on the lightly sweeten tasting side. The taste is mild enough for any lady friends to crave for second servings.
I chose one of the shop’s latest products, the Green Tea cream puff! ^^ Again, the taste was quite mild, just perfect for lunch.
Right after part one of the lunch journey was completed, we went straight to part two of the lunch journey. This is the Whiskey Hazelnut flavour of the Earnest Ice Cream variety. It can be founded at Container, a nice, little cafe shop located between Burrard and Nelson.
The concept of returning the lid and the jar is quite environmentally friendly. However, I still can’t help but wonder just how many times has this jar been returned to the cafe?
Apparently, shovelling the snow for at least five minutes is the prerequisite to enjoying it.
The shovelling was almost completed after what seemed years of alternating between the lowly labour workers.
I know…we were probably idiots…transferring the ice cream to the bowl from the plate after we’ve just finished transferring it to the plate from the jar.
We were also idiots to forget that the UBC downtown campus (aka the Robson Square) was of course, located on Robson Street. This was both of our expressions after we ended up asking someone for direction help –> O________O
Oh yea, this pic is actually an ice rank built just prior to 2010 Winter Olympics…it is located right next to the UBC downtown campus. I was going to persuade Rapunzel to go ice skating with me, but it was a good thing that the plan got foiled because my feet would, otherwise, be suffering more than necessary.
What we did end up doing at the UBC downtown campus was to borrow the campus’s free wifi in order to plan where we should go next. She wrote down the instructions by hand, and I just took a photo of her phone just for precaution. Unfortunately, we never did up following our plan but went to the Vancouver Art Gallery instead.
After realizing that there would be a live Guzeng performance (a Chinese musical instrument), we brought tickets to the Vancouver Art Gallery right away.
Apparently, the Guzeng player, Michelle Kwan, used to be Rapunzel’s Guzeng teacher. Michelle Kwan is more into mixing classical Guzeng instrument with contemporary pop or rock music (ie. Rolling in the Deep).
The feeling was suffocating when I was right under what seemed gazillion of chairs that were ready to fall.
Hm…I feel more claustrophobic looking at this photo now than when I was actually there.
One from the top. Rapunzel’s comment of this interesting piece of artwork: “Order within chaos.” Not exactly sure if she was just bs-ing because she was in the mood….however, she got a good poker face. XD
Chinese style of nature genre of artwork made with the recyclables.
At first glance, I thought it was just a typical Chinese style painting….upon closer inspection, I realized the characters were modernized people from rural China.
Here’s one other part of the above painting.
The Chinese navy…?!
Too tired and so we ended up sitting on a carpet at the art gallery. Notice how my purple socks blended with the carpet subtly?
Want to take a guess at which pair of shoes almost killed me today?
The carpet that was in the middle of the art gallery.
After the art gallery, we returned to UBC for some more free wifi in order to find this place to have our dinner.
The restaurant owner (I believe) was very accommodating and “up-ed” our education even more with regards to the food variety and culture of the First Nation’s People.
Salmon fillet as the main. The wild rice risotto was much more well-done (excellent) than some of the other western style eateries that I have been to.
This is an elk soup with bannock (a kind of bread) on the side. It was a very aromatic soup.