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…

 

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Jul – Dec 2014

Dad, I have many stories to share with you. Let’s start with the month of July – mama & K1 went to watch NDP NE Show 2 (Thank you Ms R for tkts), K1 won 1N stay Fullerton Hotel @ TTG fun run lucky draw and Mum’s bday makan @ Aloha Loyang chalet.

We went for a week holiday to Taiwan by Scoot promo airfare. 2 nights at Legend Hotel Kaohsiung – nearby Liuhe night market (yummy white bittergourd juice and crispy king oyster mushroom) and we went to E-Da Theme Park. 1 night at Misty Villa Cingjing – rental of taxi driver to bring us to Green Green Grassland and photostop @ The Old England Hotel. 1 night at Leofoo Resort Guanshi (breakfast and dinner buffet have a wide variety of food) – rental of taxi driver to bring us to Taichung Rainbow Village, DIY Leicha @ Beipu Leicha. 2 nights at Westgate Hotel Taipei – nearby Modern Toilet restaurant, Ximending. We explored Taipei by train to Longshan Temple, Tamsui old street, Starbucks at 35th floor of Taipei 101 office building, release sky lantern @ Shifen. We took High Speed Rail (HSR) from Taoyuan – Zuoying station, Zuoying – Taichung station and Hsinchu – Taipei station.

In Aug, cooking team bonding with colleagues, a lucky year to watch NDP twice – 2nd time on NDP day, Garden Festival @ Gardens by the Bay, attended ZK & KW wedding (saw many friends whom said long time no see, how are you getting on?) and Sports Hub open house.

Sep is my fave month as it’s a month of makan and celebration. We watched Cavalia, it’s a nice show and had Thai cuisine @ Porn’s for dinner. Received hello kitty stuff, rainbow bear and bunny from family, relatives and colleagues. Was sick and lost my voice, luckily recover few days later. We sang K @ Ten Dollars Club, Aranda CC and had dinner @ Just Acia, Downtown East. N1 drew K1 and bday cake.

We had Hokkien cuisine for Uncle D bday and vegetarian cuisine for chit chat session with Mr & Mrs T in Oct.

Nov is a busy month @ work. However, I went for Fam trip to Balkan region (Vienna, Ljubljana, Bled, Postojna Caves, Opatija, Zagreb, Plitvice National Park, Zadar, Krka National Park, Split, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Podgorica). Family, relatives, friends and colleagues said ‘You are lucky’. Yes indeed I’m very lucky for the opportunity to go for 2 week learning overseas trip and started to miss Eastern Europe after back in home country. A weekend getaway to Kukup and stay @ Piggy House chalet – a relaxing trip that included lunch and bbq dinner, boat ride to kelong, sing songs and play mahjong @ chalet.

XH ge ge’s wife gave birth to a baby boy when I was overseas in Nov and it’s Baby B shower in Dec. I bought baby bib from Croatia for him but forgot to take photo. After attending Baby B makan, we head to T3 for X’mas display. N1 and N2 are delighted to see the X’mas display of snow and that they watched it twice – 2nd time with XM ge ge. This year, we did not have year end dinner as a company. Instead, we had lunch and dinner gathering as individual dept. We had lunch @ PS Cafe that has nice ambience and serves big portion of mushroom soup and main course. We had dinner buffet on another day @ Triple Three and I’m lucky to win 2nd prize @ lucky draw (Capitaland shopping vouchers). Staycation @ Fullerton Hotel, I use the 1N lucky draw voucher and also booked another room as a gift to Papa and Mama (Papa is like my 2nd Dad after you left us). N1 and N2 also stay with us and hotel arranged a complimentary bday cake for N2 as well as decorated the room with ‘Happy Birthday’ balloons. ‘Wow’ was the word when we enter the hotel lobby that was decorated with X’mas decor and makes me feel like going to Europe again. This year, there’s X’mas market @ Gardens by the Bay but I prefer the X’mas market in Vienna as we pass-by and stop for awhile to shop so not sure if there are other nicer X’mas market in Europe.

A letter to Dad

Dear Dad,

On Mum’s birthday, Mama, Mum, K1 and K2 went to SEA Aquarium. There are different types of sea creatures such as crab, dolphin, jellyfish, lobster, octopus, puffer fish, seahorse, shark, stingray etc. We ate lunch at Pu Tien, RWS. Appetisers ~ black fungus, peanuts with crispy seaweed, Lunch set meal ~ Mee Sua, 3 side dishes & lemongrass jelly with fruits, dishes include beancurd with vege & mushroom, fried Batang fish, sweet & sour pork and yummy yam.

SEA Aquarium

Lunch

8th Aug after visit to Chinese temple, we had vegetarian lunch at Waterdrop Teahouse. Most of the relatives ate the daily special laksa. Side dishes ~ egg tofu, french fries, onion rings, vege.

Vegetarian lunch

9th Aug is National Day. Papa gave his ticket to K1 so K1 went with Mama to watch NDP. This year NDP has song with lyrics when the soldiers start to march-in for the parade. We are looking forward to the awesome fireworks display. 11th Aug, we went to Expo for National Day dinner. Dim Sum Dolly’s performance is humorous.

National Day

31st Aug, we went to River Safari. We ate breakfast @ Ah Meng Kopi & lunch @ Mama Panda Kitchen. Kai Kai was zzz while Jia Jia was doing her few mins panda walk.

River Safari

7th Sep, we had 1-for-1 lunch buffet at Triple Three, Mandarin Orchard Hotel. Relatives said the lunch buffet was value for money as there were many varieties of yummy cuisine. I did not take photos of the food except for desserts. The Yuzu ice cream had the taste of grapefruit, other ice cream flavours include green tea & strawberry.

Desserts