Vancouver, CA | Day Two
Day two is actually my first FULL day in Vancouver and I was scheduled for my passport renewal at 11:30 AM. The night before, I set my alarm at 7AM but I woke up at 5:30! The hotel's pipes woke me up! My neighbors like to wake up and shower early in the morning, and I'm a very light sleeper so yeah, I woke up with them too. :( I wanted to sleep some more but they liked their hot baths I guess. So instead of trying to go back to sleep, I pushed myself out of bed and I made myself presentable for breakfast.
I decided to check out Cloud 9, which was the revolving restaurant located in my hotel that boasts a 360 view of Vancouver. I'm glad I decided to have breakfast at 7AM. There were only a few people and I like a quiet morning.
Of course, the views did not disappoint.
After breakfast, I decided to go to 7eleven to buy some gum and bottles of water because at this point, I was convinced that the hotel was old and that drinking from their tap would be risky. Going inside a 7eleven felt like home. HAHA. There's no 7eleven in Whitehorse so yeah, it's safe to say that seeing a 7eleven in Vancouver kind of made me feel happy.
By the time I got back at the hotel, it was only 8AM. I was thinking of where else to go before I get ready for my passport renewal but I felt like I had to take a dump first so I decided to go. That's when my disaster started. I thought hotel toilets were powerful but apparently, my hotel room's toilet was too old to flush my poop! I ended up flooding the bathroom getting water all over the place, even the carpet outside of the bathroom! I was panicking and screaming in my head and I just didn't know how to stop the water from rushing out of the toilet. I grabbed the three towels in the bathroom and then I started drying the floor and carpet. I was wringing out the freezing water inside the bathtub and that has been my cycle for like an hour and a half. I would lay the towels on the carpet and I would dance on it so it would suck the water out of the carpet, then I would squeeze the water out into the tub with all my might. When I felt that no water was coming out from the carpet where I stepped, I then brought out the hair dryer and turned that on while I dried the other parts of the floor. IT WAS A DISASTER! #ONDOY feels lang. My hands were shaking and my brain couldn't really think of anything else. I then told myself that I'm never going to stay at the same hotel again!
When it was an hour before my appointment, I decided to stop my impromptu janitorial activity to get ready. I washed my body really quick then I went ahead on wearing my casual business attire and put on some makeup so nobody will really know what went down that morning. HAHA!
The whole passport thing went fast and successful. I wouldn't bore you with any details. I can say though that I WAS THE ONLY ONE WEARING A PROPER BUSINESS ATTIRE! Next time, I won't bother buying black college-girl heels!
After my passport renewal, I planned to take pictures around the area but unfortunately, the sky decided to cry, so I just hailed a cab and went back to my wet hotel room. I changed into more comfortable clothes and then I looked for a place to have lunch. Robson street is the place to be when you want to pig out and do some shopping so it was nice to be staying at a hotel right on that street. I chose poorly on the hotel though. HAHA.
I wanted pasta so when I saw this Japanese spaghetti place, I was intrigued. I order their Creamy Tomato Spaghetti with Chicken and Bacon and OMG! It was one of the best pasta dishes I've ever had! If you go visit Robson Street, SPAGHeTEI is a must-visit!
After my satisfying meal, I went ahead and did some shopping. I first bought an umbrella because it was raining cats and dogs! I then went inside a few shops but I found them a little too expensive for my budget (wala naman talagang budget haha). I did however pick up a few items from Forever 21 and Sephora. It was nice getting lost in all those nice stuff! I missed shopping in the real world. Then after that I got a haircut! I told the Chinese lady to cut it shoulder-length but she really got into cutting my hair and ended up cutting my locks a little shorter than what I wanted but it's all good! My hair is now short and that's all that matters. :)
I love Gastown for its architecture and history. I love how the buildings looked there and how they have this New York vibes! It was a bummer that I arrived there a little later in the day that some of the shops were already closed so I just ended up walking down the street that led me to Main St. If I were to go back to Vancouver, I'd definitely go back to this place. There are a few restaurants and coffee shops at this area that I think are worth checking.
I thought Main Street wouldn't be such a long street but it is. I got so used to living in Whitehorse where our Main street is like only 4 blocks and that thought was stuck in my head when I decided to check out 49th Parallel, as recommended by an Instagram friend. I thought, "hmmm... since I'm on Main Street now, I might as well check out the coffee shop Ashley suggested." So I checked my Yelp and I looked at the map and it showed me that I was only supposed to walk straight. I thought, wow, it's close! I'll just walk to it! So I walked. After 30 minutes, I checked the map again. It should be close now, I thought. So I just kept walking, until my legs and feet started to hurt. Then the rain came pouring down again, and I felt a little lost and sorry for myself for walking for probably an hour now. I checked again. IT SHOULD BE CLOSE!! But there was one thing I forgot to do when I checked the map. I FORGOT TO ZOOM IN!!!!! (#icrey) When I realized my little stupid move, I felt like giving up, but I just kept on walking because I was already halfway there and it was pointless to just stop and go back, also because hailing a cab was harder than I expected. (parang Philippines lang) So, I ended up walking approximately 3 miles, yeah, I checked Google Maps. I wasn't able to take lots of pictures during this long walk because it was in a sketchier part of town and I literally felt like I was in a Breaking Bad episode where Walter White was selling Meth to Tuco. I had to hide my camera and phone in my bag the whole time. Better safe than dead (BREAKING BAD IS REAL #YO).
When I arrived at 49th Parallel, I was just so glad that the place was definitely worth seeing. The long walk and cold rain I endured weren't for nothing! It's a place where Instagrammers would hang out. HAHA. I saw a photographer taking pictures of a couple, probably for an engagement because she was doing a cliché "through the glass" shot of them as I was entering the coffee place. As soon as I walked inside, I knew it was a coffee shop I would often visit, if I lived around the area. The coffee shop had this hipster vibe that I could really appreciate. The donut I had was superb and my mocha was good. It even had a design on it! It felt nice being on the other side of the counter this time.
I wish I had taken more photos of the interior but the place was packed and I was too tired to even bother.
From there, I called for a cab and decided it was time for me to rest. I wasn't able to even have dinner that night. I was too beat and I managed to get a headache too! When I got back at the hotel, I was greeted with the funky smell, that is my wet carpet. Huhu. But I said I'll be okay.
So I drank some Tylenol, hopped into the shower, relaxed my muscles and my brain and crawled into bed. The next day, I get to meet Fritz and Glenny! It should be fun and exciting because they're going to tour me around and outside Vancouver! I slept with a dead-tired body, but my heart was full and very much excited.
P.S. I want to apologize for the quality of some pictures here. I programmed myself to VLOG that I forgot to take stills during my trip. Some pictures posted here are screenshots from my video clips. Haha. I promise you though that the next post will be full of good pictures!