Hawker’s Delight (Re-Visit)

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I think the last time I’d been to Hawker’s Delight was five years ago (2014), and … things had changed by the time I re-visited in June of 2019.

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Well, when I say “things,” I guess I really mean the prices. Everything else seemed to be the same. While a typical rice dish was C$7.15 including tax back then, it was now over C$10.00.

I get it… prices go up. No biggie. The woman at the counter who took my order wasn’t friendly at all. Oh well, it is what it is. I was there for the food, and that aspect of it, which was the most important, didn’t disappoint.

But the prices and attitude did. (Oh, I took it to go.)

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Basically, you order and then pay for the item (in my case it was the Hainanese Chicken Rice), and you’re given a number, which is called out when the food is ready.

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Enjoy Cafe 1 Plus 1 (Richmond)

EC and I began hanging out for lunch during the brief time when the two of us were colleagues – and we often went to Enjoy Cafe 1 Plus 1, located near Westminster Highway and No. 3 Road.

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It seems to be very busy every Saturday early afternoon, but on Wednesdays when we go there, it’s more than half empty – and there’s also the after 3 p.m. special menu.

During this particular visit, it was a Saturday and the place was packed.

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For each meal, a free drink is included, and I normally order the cold lemon iced tea. On this visit, both EC and I ordered Vermicelli. 

EC’s came with chicken wings. Mine was Seafood Vermicelli.

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For EC and me, these visits to Enjoy Cafe are always to take time out from work to “enjoy” hanging out during lunch. That’s the most important aspect of these trips.

But – I’ll add that I probably won’t order seafood again… I’ll probably have something with meat next time. To me, EC’s dish certainly looked better than mine!

Korea Trip 2018: Day 14 – Seoul

This was from my second-last day in Korea in September 2018. Yes, as of the time of this post, that trip took place seven months earlier, but I’d been swamped with so much work that I hadn’t had the time to post all these photos. …


This also happened to be the Korean Thanksgiving weekend, my final two days in Korea during my two-week stay. There was obviously mixed feelings on my part… knowing that it was nice to return home soon – but also sad to be leaving.

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Just like my trip to Los Angeles back in August, I enjoyed the carefree “lifestyle” where I didn’t have to rush anywhere (other than to make sure I got to the airport early and also to not miss the tour bus every morning during the four-day tour at the beginning of this Korean trip).

On this final Saturday in Korea, N.H. took me out to enjoy the city of Seoul. It didn’t matter where we went; the important thing is we had a chance to hang out.

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We stopped by this booth which had a book of proverbs and customers could choose one from that book and have it written out in Korean. N.H. told the lady my name and they tried to figure out how to write my name in Korean too!

If I was asked what that proverb said and meant, haha, during that time and the week I returned home, I could recite it. But now, seven months later, it’s a blur. All I can remember is there was reference of the obstacle of snow in the path and how the successful person clears the path instead of waiting for it to be cleared.

Anyway, it’s something about being proactive instead of being passive – as far as I can remember.

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N.H. wanted to take me to a street food place but it was closed because of the holiday weekend. So, we had a change in plans… we also stopped by a bookstore near the subway station nearby.

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And then dinner time… unfortunately, I don’t usually eat a lot, and there was plenty of food…. My regret was that I didn’t eat more. This was really delicious. I hope I didn’t come across as not liking the food… because I really did. I just don’t usually eat that much.

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I don’t normally drink either… but this time, I gladly drank and I enjoyed every minute of it. This was, up to that point, the best part about my trip.

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But all good things must come to an end… this photo was taken near my hotel. This wrapped up the second and final Saturday of my time in Korea. And the next day – late afternoon on Sunday – would be the time to say goodbye and return home…

Korea Trip 2018: Day 4 – from Busan to Ulsan to Gyeongju

Well, I’m really behind in terms of posting stuff from my travels. And given that months have passed, I may have gotten the days mixed up…. or not. (Well, I’ve been posting things out of order, or not in chronological order, so to speak…)

This is supposed to be Day 4 from my Korea Trip from Sept. 2018 – and as I’m posting this, it’s already April 2019, or seven months after the fact!! (Yes, it’s been that busy…).

While it was Day 4 of my trip, it was only the second day of the “Eastern Korea” tour with the tour company. I had arrived on a Sunday afternoon – on a really hot day – and the tour with this company began on Tuesday.

The Wednesday (second day) part of the four-day tour began with breakfast in Busan. Then, the tour bus took us (me and the other travellers) to Ulsan, where we passed through what is the world’s largest single automobile plant.

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We then visited Daewangam Park, which was littered with rocks carved into interesting shapes by the wind and ocean.

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20180911_180724.jpgNext, we explored Bulguksa Temple, the representative relic designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in Gyeongju. We explored Gyeongju National Museum and Daereungwon Tomb Complex.

On a jam-packed day of activities, we were taken to this costume place where we chose our preferred Hanbok (Korean National Costume) and had photos taken wearing Hanbok.

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By that point, I was physically exhausted. Next on the itinerary was the Chomseongdae Observatory, which I chose to skip and just hang out with an Australian couple, an elderly female traveller, and the mom of the Cambodia/Florida family at a nearby coffee shop. This was the first of only two things I would skip during this four-day tour.

Then, the Gyeongju Hilton Hotel was the last stop of the night for check-in. Now, lunch and dinner were served en route at local restaurants. After hotel check-in, the rest of the evening was our free time.

I took photos on my iPad, iPhone, and Android device, so all of the photos are scattered all over. These next photos are the ones from my iPad, which were taken the following morning during breakfast at the Hilton… at 6:52 am.

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L.A. Trip 2019: The Habit Burger Grill (LAX)

I was in Los Angeles in January 2019 for a week – and on the way back to Vancouver, I had a burger at The Habit Burger Grill at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

It was a good thing I checked in fairly early. It literally took 25 minutes for the order to be ready – even though they had said “15 minutes” when I placed the order.

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I had never heard of this franchise before – but the staff was friendly. The only issue was the speed of the service.

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This is pretty standard nowadays – an electronic device given to the guest to let him/her to know when the meal is ready. Yes, this was order #5, but as I said, it took 25 minutes. Perhaps the number is random…

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After that, it was time to board the flight and return back home!