Monday, July 30, 2007
GUCCI Twirl Watch $1095
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
After chatting, we decided to have dinner out coz mom didn't want to cook and we were getting a bit hungry. We planned to go to Superstore and to check HonHon's mail after dinner so we decided to get something quick, cheap, easy and close by. We thought of and headed over to Congee Noodle King Seafood restaurant on Kingsway which is the sister restaurant to the Congee Noodle House on Broadway & Main. OMFG, this is the last time I am ever eating at this restaurant! The service was awful, the wait staff and manager were rude. Our dining experience was horrible and I vow to never ever return. Ok, yes I know when I eat at a restaurant like this, I do not expect the best customer service but they were over the top with sugar coated rudeness on top of it.
Breakdown of complaints:
- Seated the THREE of us at a table that sat 8 to 10
- After sitting down, served with tea and menus, minutes later, a larger group came in and the restaurant manager asked if we could free up the table and wait for the next available table for 4. Lucky for the manager, we only had to wait a minute or two but if we had already ordered and the manager was insistent or just plain being an ass, we would have left the restaurant
- Waitress removed any plate or dish that was empty or attempted to remove items that were not quite done but watching us like a hawk, ready to swoop in on the cleared dishes!
- BUT when it came to refilling our empty tea cups, slow as snails
- The restaurant was packed but there was no line up at the door which meant for no reason whatsoever were they rushing us to finish our meal, continued to hover over us
- Altho Kay and I were finished before my mom, the waitress kept coming by to ask if we wanted to pack the rest of the meal but my mom was not finished yet! We WILL CALL YOU when we are ready for take out!
- The bill came up to $33 + change, we left $40.00 and waited for the change, after 5 minutes and a group of 4 waiting for a table, the manager kept looking as us and wondering why we weren't leaving when he realized his annoying stares were not working with me, he came around and ask if our change arrived, uh duh, NO! that's why we are still sitting here! apparently, the cashier assumed we were leaving a SIX DOLLAR tip and dropped our change into the tip can up the front! I know this for a fact coz I turned to look over at the cashier and I saw that he was pulling our change from the TIP CAN!!
- Change was FINALLY brought back to us, the manager had the nerve and guts to stand there and watch us take the change back, I said to his face, how rude! I am never coming back to this restaurant, it sucks!!! Mom left a $2+ change tip, if it were me, I would have taken it ALL BACK and left them NOTHING.... coz the staff deserved NOTHING.
That was one of the worst dining experiences I have had in a chinese restaurant in a long time! I am NEVER EVER going back there again! The food isn't all that GREAT either!
Not only is he now going to be a month and half late but he is also coming the week that Kay is gone camping. She is gone for 5 days at the end of August. This means she will only see her dad a few days before she leaves for camp and a day or two after she comes back. I am not going to tell her that! He is going to have to tell her but I am sure he won't and I will end up telling her the bad news.... shoot the messenger, please.
On a happier note, I received an early b'day card from my friend, Jen in London! What a nice surprise and I want to thank you so much Jenn! We miss you tons!! If you are reading this, I am so sorry I haven't replied back to your email, it's in my draft and I am in the processing of writing it! I know, I am so bad.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Well at least I know I can walk home from downtown in 3 inch heels probably not wise to do so again!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
We didn't get to eat until almost 3 pm and gosh were the girls ever slightly b*tchy. It seemed that the boys did have a bit of breakfast before getting onto the boat so they were holding out fine. CJ insisted on catching enough crab for everyone before starting the BBQ and we girls didn't understand why he could not start the other BBQ items that we had picked up in the store! We also had to wait for the water to boil on top of the BBQ which took a long time because the owner of the boat did not have the boat's stove hooked up! Gosh, it was quite an experience! I had never had to wait so long to eat and boy my tummy was not handling it too well. Once the water started to boil, the guys dropped them in and it was basically "cleaning" the crabs for frying (apparently, we just could not boil them and eat them, he had to fry them in the wok with oil and seasonings), CJ accidentally used dish washing liquid instead of cooking oil to fry up the first batch of crabs which were most of them!!! This meant we now had to wait even longer to eat!!! Can you feel our hunger pains?!?!
Now, Rhoda and Kay were not too pleased to find out that the crabs were ruined and CJ quickly fried the two remaining crabs and he also brought some shrimps to fry up for us. (Frozen prawns) When you are starving, any food is good food. Although I will say it wasn't too bad but Chinese cooks do seafood much differently than North Americans. After the prawns and the crab, I insisted he grilled the chicken breast that we picked up in the store as the prawns/crab were def. not enough for me. Kay and Rhoda had a bit and the rest of the chicken was distributed to the rest of the guys. We decided to call it a day, no more crabbing and we all were quite tired and it was getting a little bit chilly. We were a little disappointed that we did not get much sun although it seemed to have come out once we docked. Rhoda and Kay were hoping to get a tan and CJ's friend, C was hoping to jump into the water for a swim. Overall, it was quite an experience and def. conquered a bit of my fear for water. I think the next step is to get myself onto a yacht. I wonder if HonHon would buy us a yacht??? Those are beautiful and I would def. not mind being on the water if we had one of those.
Once we got home, I was ready to go to bed as the next day, I was off to work. We all def. felt pretty relaxed and enjoyed the day!
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Saturday, July 07, 2007
The day started off with the wedding ceremony which I usually do not attend but I felt that Kay and I should be there for Shel and Kitty. Gosh, the wedding ceremony was long, I didn't realize that Kitty was Catholic and although we are very respectful to the religion, Kay and I did not go on our knees to pray nor did we go up for blessings. Apparently, we were lucky and it was a short wedding ceremony although I think an hour and half is quite a long time. It can get longer! Kay and I were a bit confused and we sat on the wrong side, we should have been sitting on Shel's side of the church but Kay and I ended up on Kitty's side! By the end of the ceremony, we were getting hungry and we both had to go to the washroom but did not dare go to the washroom at the church, fear of being flushed to hell! I am an atheist or a nonthesim and had denounced my religion, Anglican, many years ago which really pissed off my mother! But to be in all fairness, I do believe it is one's right to choose their religious beliefs and not be forced upon them. My mother baptized my brother and I when we were babies and we did not get a chance to explore our own religious beliefs. That's just my thoughts. I do believe there is something out there and I do believe in spirituality. Blogging off topic, back to wedding details! After the ceremony, Kay and I headed home for a bit of a break and for some food. We headed over to Oakridge to pick up a wedding card (yes me bad) and did a bit of shopping (lots of great summer stuff on sale! love sidewalk sales!). After Oakridge, we headed home to get ready for the reception which was being held at a Chinese restaurant in Richmond.
The wedding banquet was so much fun! There was so much food and lots of great speeches. We were surprised to sit so close to the wedding table (we were the second table from the front, sitting amongst family and family friends!) We had an awesome view of everything that was happening and we sat with some really cool family friends and the wedding photographers. We learned a lot about photography and boy are those professional cameras HEAVY! Weighing a ton but the shots, amazing, Kay and I got a sneak peek at some of the wedding photos taken that day! Can't wait to see the wedding album, they must have taken over 10,000 shots! Lucky Kay won the table centre pieces and each table had a couple of bottles of their own "branded" wine. By the end of the dinner, there was a really cool surprise, a dessert buffet with the most amazing desserts. Gosh, we were so stuffed but we could not help but try a piece of everything, my fave. is the chocolate cake, yum yum. After a long day and night, we called it a night, there was dancing and a live band playing but Kay and I were pooped, it was 11 o'clock and we really don't know how to ballroom dance :) It was a great night and we feel so lucky to have been part of such a beautiful thing. Thank you Shel and Kitty for letting us share this day with them!
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Monday, July 02, 2007
Wow, 3 day weekends go by super fast! I can't even remember what I did over the weekend!
Saturday - On this day, I ran errands with my mom as usual. I hadn't seen her in a couple of weeks so I thought I better go over there and see how she was doing. Mom and I did our usual, grocery shopping at Superstore and chinese markets. Our first stop was Creo Bellus, we had to pick up jewellery from Tai and as mom finished up with Tai, I browsed through the consignment items at Madison and found a Talula Babaton light grey suit (similar to the one I picked up the day before) for $69.99! It is in practically brand new condition and I could not believe the price. I tried on the suit and it fits me beautifully, the same size as the suit I purchased yesterday! I can't return the other suit because it's on sale and Aritzia does not accept returns on sale items. But I really can't go wrong with a light grey suit and a black pinstripe suit so I guess it's ok. After Madison / Creo Bellus, we headed over to Superstore to pick up some grocery items and then headed back to mom's to drop off our items. Auntie Ingrid wanted to shop with us a the chinese market so we took her with us to the chinese market on Victoria street. We bought a few more items and headed home to pick up grandma for dinner. We went over to Koon Bo on Fraser street for dinner. It was getting pretty late and they were hoping we could get a table at this hour (7.30pm ish) without reservations. Apparently this place is very busy with long lineups, I do not know why as to me Chinese food is pretty much the same, lots of grease and msg! Lucky for us, we got a table within 10 minutes, if we were to arrive 5 or 10 minutes later, we would have either had to wait 30 - 40 minutes or leave and pick another restaurant. Mom ordered her fave. dishes and yes, I must say that the chicken dish was particularly yummy for chinese food.
Sunday - Kay and I met up with Jasmine in downtown, Vancouver to check out the Canada Day festivities and do a little bit of shopping! Jas picked up a cute summer top at Bedo and I found nothing. Yes nothing at Bedo but I did find something at Club Monaco and put the pants on hold for Monday or Tuesday, I need to try them on with heels. Since Kay hadn't been to the newly renovated Holt Renfrew, we decided to stop in and check out the summer sale. HR usually holds their famous spring/summer sale about this time and I found a really cute pair of Stuart Wieztman's shiny patent dark blue sling back peep toe pumps on sale from $319 to $239. Fit perfectly and were gorgeous but realized that is still too much for a pair of summer shoes. I love Stuart, his designs are somewhat affordable and built - designed to last forever. We decided to get out of the mall and enjoy the warm weather so we headed over to Canada Place to check out the Canada Day activities. It was so over crowded that we didn't end up moving any where near the festivities that we decided to head over to Robson instead. Of course, we stopped by a hot dog stand on Robson / Georgia to pick up an all beef dog, yummy! After walking a bit, we decided to go for a long walk and ended up walking all the way to the Cupcake store on Denman because Jas was craving cupcakes. We picked up a half dozen 1 day old cupcakes at a discount price, oh gosh, I know I am going to regret those cupcakes! So sugary and yummy, so many calories to burn! After our long walk on Robson and Denman, we decided to call it a day and we all took the transit home. (We never drive downtown unless absolutely necessary!) Once we arrived home, our neighbors, Rita & Megan, came knocking on our door with homemade cupcakes! OMG, we now have a dozen cupcakes!!! But I'm not going to complain, I love Rita's baking! Her baked items are the BEST!! Since we had a couple of cupcakes, dinner was out of the question and we decided to burn off some of the sugar / butter by walking to Rogers Video on Oak and 15th. Kay was in a great mood and decided to treat me (she has a gift card) with a couple of rental movie, Music & Lyrics starring Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant and Marie Antoinette starring Kirsten Dunst. We watched Music & Lyrics first and it was so sweet, romantic and funny. I love Drew Barrymore. That was the end of our night. Oh yes, I took some photos of the construction in front of my apartment.
Canada Day - Chilling and relaxing in the afternoon at home. Days like today, I wish we had a patio or balcony so we could have a BBQ as it was perfect weather! Instead I headed over to my mom's house for dinner because I had to bring back her boots. Earlier in the day, I had dropped off some items to Madison on Main for consignment and mom has a couple of pairs of boots (practically new) to consign. Jenny at Madisons is not consigning fall items at the moment but told me to let mom know she can bring them back at the end of July or beginning of August. Since I had to return those items back to my mom, I decided to stay for dinner since I was too lazy and tired to cook. After dinner, we headed back home to try to get to bed early although I am sure I won't manage to because of that neverENDing proposal that I am constantly working on. So stressed out about this proposal.
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