4D3N Montreal

It’s snowing & raining… K2 book transfer at Uber app & off we head to Ottawa Central station for Greyhound coach to Montreal. Upon arrival at Gare d’autocars de Montreal, we took cab to K2 bnb as we were travelling with luggages & cab is a convenient option (there are stairs from bus station – metro). K1 book the bnb nearby bus station but the host cancel reservation because host need the bnb to look after dad who is diagnosed with ‘Charlie’. Luckily, K2 friends are leaving their bnb earlier so we stay at K2 bnb.

The bnb that K2 stay in Montreal for 4-5 mths, is about 10 mins walk to metro Lionel-Groulx. The living room & kitchen at 1st level while 2 rooms (1 double bed in 1st room, 2 double beds & baby cot in 2nd room) and bathroom at 2nd level. K2 say everywhere we go is about 30 mins ride by metro.

Day 1, K2 recommend to buy 3 days metro pass as we will be going to many places by metro. After 素 lunch buffet @ Yuan Vege, we went to interactive see saw @ Place Des Festivals (musical see saw with lights). K2 ask if we’re interested to watch Comedy Nest (CN) as need to understand the jokes and enjoy the show. Laughter is heard throughout the show & the nearest metro to walk to CN is Atwater.

Day 2, woke up to snow and feel like eating a hot bowl of noodles soup. So we had Korean instant noodles soup with brussels sprouts, mushrooms and seaweed (bought the vege on day 1 at supermarket). It’s quite hard to find Orangina in home country so K2 bought a 1.75L bottle of Orangina when K2 saw it at supermarket – yummy Orangina 🙂

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B’fast – hot noodles soup. View from hall & kitchen. 

We went to Underground City and found out that it is connected to Montreal Central train station, hotels such as Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, shopping malls such as Le Centre Eaton. K1 bought a tote bag with seashells design in yellow & white colours at Bentley. K1 also bought another 2 Ty kitty ~ Mermaid & Cotton candy. In Nov 2014, K1 was delighted to see different designs of Ty kitty at Podgorica airport but did not buy as might exceed luggage allowance. K1 was happy to see Ty kitty at X’mas mkt, Vienna & bought 1 X’mas kitty (Ty beanie baby). There are Ty soft toys in home country but have not seen any Ty kitty.

After shopping, it’s time to head to Bell Centre to watch Toruk – The First Flight. The staff at Bell Centre very strict, K2 had to throw away the burger set meal that he bought during the security check. Felt bad that Rjjj & Moon jie didn’t watch the show as they cannot throw away the makan stuff such as maple syrup candies & cookies that they bought for family & friends. The soundtracks are nice to listen & one will enjoy watching the performance if one has watch before 1 of the performances by Cirque du Soleil.

Day 3 (the day we spent most of our time walking on snow), we did not climb Mont Royal as it’s very cold. We had snowball fight & saw a family building snowman on our way from bnb – metro station. K2 brought us to Chinatown & K1 saw someone familiar outside a bakery but did not ask if know each other as it’s cold & we’re hungry. We went into a cafe & order Tom yum noodles soup. The weather is bad with fog so the staff don’t allow us to walk further into Old Port. We detour to a cafe for a cup of hot chocolate & the cafe is having a promo for maple cream cookies (2 boxes for the price of 1 box). After our dinner of Poutine & Omelette, we head to watch Star Wars movie. K2 was telling K1 that he likes the cinemas in Montreal as the seats can recline, the seats are more comfortable etc.

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Lunch – Tom yum noodles soup. Poutine & Omelette for dinner. 

Dad, felt that there is a guardian angel & family (they’re curious to know the next city for our trip & the modes of transport from point A to point B). They might also be wondering if K2 is K1 bf or brother. The guardian angel & family might be the same group of people onboard KLM flight from AMS – SIN one 1/2 yrs ago. K1 would feel unwell whenever there is turbulence & take out a small bottle of medical oil (tend to sleep as might feel abit better & also try to eat and drink abit when the meals are served). To guardian angel & family, thank you for care & concern… No plans to travel overseas this yr except for impromptu trips…

 

奶奶

Dad,

K1 is thinking if should write about nai nai’s condition as it requires lots of courage to type. To make the story short, she is admitted to TTSH on the 4th day of CNY (Chinese calendar) and now it all depends on her willpower to survive. She is resilient as we thought might lose her a few times but she overcome the pneumonia battle.

Recently, K1 see this link (https://www.caring.com/articles/how-to-say-goodbye) at Carers SG facebook & adopt few of the lessons. Lesson #5: Keep talking even if you’re not sure if you’re being heard (K1 share with her last yr Dec overseas trip. Doc suggested as nai nai becomes weaker, we can still speak to her even if she closes her eyes as she may still be listening). Lesson #8: You don’t have to issue a formal farewell every time you leave the room (K1 tell her gd night & sweet dreams of the overseas stories that K1 tell her). Lesson #9: You can speak volumes without uttering a word (K1 sayang her forehead & her hands. Doc suggested to hold her hands whenever possible to let her know that someone is with her).

This morning, receive update that her condition has worsen over the weekend and the antibotics not working on her. Doc are now concentrating on letting nai nai as comfortable as possible and also get the palliative team involved. The word ‘palliative’ means her condition is very serious & tears keep rolling down K1 face. Luckily, mgr is understanding to allow K1 take 1/2 pm urgent leave to accompany nai nai. Doc from Palliative team advice us to be with nai nai whenever possible as they gave an estimate of 16 – 36 hours. They also warn that if the hospital makes a call, we may not make it on time to hospital. Doc is trying to see if the EOL single room is available and will transfer nai nai to that room at no additional cost once it is available. She is now in another ward & bed. Nai nai, jia you 🙂