Travel Diary: Parliament & Butchart Gardens of Victoria

I went to Victoria, BC again. Last time I went to Craigdarroch Castle, Chinatown and Miniature Museum. This time I went to the Parliament Buildings (only outside) and Butchart Gardens.

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on the ferry

The Parliament Buildings are really big.

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close-up of the Parliament

The Butchart Gardens are quite big as well. I took photos of my favourite flowers. I must have missed the lilies because I don’t think I saw them…

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taken at the rose garden

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pretty restaurant

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Phone camera pictures:

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The gardens are definitely my favourite place in Victoria.


Victoria Part 1 – Craigdarroch Castle/Chinatown/Ferry [HERE]

Victoria Part 2 – Miniature Museum [HERE]

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Travel Diary: The Peak of Vancouver

I went to Grouse Mountain, also known as the Peak of Vancouver. I’ve been there when I was younger, but it’s my first time back as an adult.

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before the skyride

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on the chairlift

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The chairlift was probably the funnest part for me, and we saw a big bear while sitting on it. The view of Vancouver was pretty – the land surrounding the water bodies in the second photo is the city.

Travel Diary: Victoria Part 2

These are unedited photos I took at Miniature World in Victoria. Miniature World is a museum where everything is tiny. There were so many displays and admission is $16 for adults. For point of reference… imagine the Colossal Titan from Attack on Titan.

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HAHAHA!

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The details are incredible.

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The train actually runs so this is not just for show.

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Every display contains so much – it’s hard to capture everything in just one photo.

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There were a lot of modern displays but I don’t have many photos of them.

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Day versus night at the circus. Some displays turn dark and they have cool lights.

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Travel Diary: Victoria Part 1

I went on a trip to Victoria with the crew. I took these photos with my camera (not phone camera) so these photos are not edited, except for the last one.

Craigdarroch Castle

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I wanted to post a photo of this beautiful piano but unfortunately the picture I took is blurry. 😦

Chinatown

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Chinatown in Victoria is tiny! A lot of shops aren’t run by Asian people either but the lanterns look nice. I regret not buying a No Face plush keychain (from Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away). TT_TT There was a Totoro one too. I do think that Totoro is cuter but I like No Face more.

Ferry

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ONE PIECE!

Part 2 will be on Miniature World. I have a lot more photos for that which is why there are two parts.

Vancity Eats (Part 5)

Part 1 HERE

Part 2 HERE

Part 3 HERE

Part 4 HERE 

Just some of the foods I’ve eaten with the usual friend group.

September 2017 

Kim bap at YOGI with G | Bubble tea at The Bubble Tea Shop with G

October 2017

Chicken cutlet at Raisu with A, C, G, G, J, J, J, V, V | Bruschetta Chicken Fettuccine at Original Joe’s with J

November 2017

Poutine at New York Fries with A, J | Lasagna at The Gallery at UBC with G | Ramen at Jinya with A, G, J

Decemeber 2017 

Melonpan at BAKER & TABLE Cafe with A, G, J, V | Bibimbap at Morak with A, G, V

Vancity Eats (Part 4)

Here is another blog post on the food I’ve eaten with my main friend group in BC, Canada. Click on the links below to see previous posts.

Part 1 HERE

Part 2 HERE

Part 3 HERE

May 2017 

Kim bap at Hanock with A, G, J, V | Hot pot at Boiling Point with G

July 2017 

Sushi at Sushi Garden with G | Bibimbap at Masita Korean Cuisine with G | Sushi at Sushi Mura with A, G, V | Bubble tea at Jazen Tea with A, G, V

August 2017 

Ice cream at Rain or Shine with A, G, H | Brunch at Marulilu Café with A, G, V

September 2017 

Kim bap at Yogi Snack Bar with G | Pad thai at Freshbowl with J

Review: Bubble Tea Places in BC, Canada

Bubble tea is a popular drink that originated from Taiwan. There are so many flavours in each of the choices: green & black teas, milk teas, fresh fruit, and slush. Popular toppings include tapioca pearls, coconut jelly and grass jelly. It’s a cold drink but you can get hot bubble tea as well. It’s typically $3-5. Toppings are an additional 50 cents.

1. Pearl Fever – UBC Vancouver

My friends and I go here because it’s the best bubble tea place at UBC, our university campus. It’s also the most expensive (no surprise). The tapioca pearls are good but I don’t like the grass jelly. It’s a shame because my favourite topping is grass jelly. My favourite flavour from here is jasmine milk tea.

4/5 – Would go here more if it was cheaper

2. Ph Tea – UBC Vancouver

This place is located at the Nest which is closer to class. The price is cheaper than Pearl Fever but the taste is mediocre. The pearls are not the best. My favourite flavour is the mango slush and I recommend it.

2/5 – Only like one flavour (see above)

3. Little Tea House – used to be in UBC, Vancouver but not anymore

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I miss this place. I have good memories of it and the taste was good. The price was average. This is also located at Metrotown Mall in Burnaby. I don’t like the one in Metrotown because when I ordered a mango slush, there were mango chunks and was taken out of the blender too quickly. It could have been just that worker, I’m not sure. I would rather go to Big Orange in Metrotown and order a honeydew slush there.

4.5/5

EDIT: You can read an update about Little Tea House here.

4. Chatime – Vancouver & Surrey locations

Chatime is one of my favourite bubble tea places. It is one of the more expensive places, but I think they have the best grass jelly because they are not shaped as cubes. You can slurp them (lol). I always get the roasted milk tea. Roasted milk tea is not as sweet as original milk tea which is perfect for me because I don’t like sweets very much. I frequently hear songs by Jay Chou in the store. I love that because Jay Chou is one of my favourite singers. However, the Chatime in Broadway felt very stuffy and I felt like I needed fresh air.

4.5/5 – Maybe 5 if it wasn’t stuffy. Could be just the Broadway location.

5. Bubble 88 – Surrey

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Bubble 88 only accepts cash. It is a Taiwanese restaurant, not just bubble tea restaurant. The food is inexpensive and you can get a meal (including bubble tea) for around $13. It’s one of my favourite restaurants and they play music by my favourite singers, like Jay Chou and JJ Lin. The bubble tea tastes okay, but it’s not outstanding. I go here for the food.

4/5

6. Bubble World – Burnaby

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This is the oreo taro slush bubble tea. I haven’t seen this flavour in other locations. It tasted great. Popcorn chicken is always a good food choice at Taiwanese restaurants. They played Bii’s song when I went there!

4.5/5 – I’ve only been here once, so I can’t give it a definite score.

7. Gong Cha – Vancouver

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Gong Cha is popular but the prices are expensive. The taste is good, but not “amazing.” There is a lot of hype but my friends and I agreed that it was worth going once. We aren’t sure if we would go again. I like that they give decorations for our straws. That was the highlight of our trip there.

3/5

8. Ki Tea House Café – Burnaby

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This place made me feel very comfortable because they have One Piece and other anime figurines. They also have manga that we can read inside. I freaked out when I went in and saw all the anime stuff. It’s a small place but gives off a cozy feeling. I ordered a simple, cheap drink but I haven’t tried other flavours yet.

5/5 – Only been here once though

9. Bubble King Tea House – Vancouver

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This was located at a food court. It wasn’t anything too special but the prices were fair. The taste was good, average.

3/5

10. Boiling Point – Burnaby

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Boiling Point is a hot pot restaurant. It’s one of my favourite restaurants! In the morning/early afternoon they give you a free cold tea drink. This tea in the picture was free and it tasted good. I’ve ordered bubble tea before (not pictured) and it was good. There is no option to split the bill so I have to bring cash and repay my friend. It’s so weird and I don’t like it. The prices are different at night (more expensive) and that is weird to me as well.

5/5 – Overall score for the restaurant. I like to go in the mornings only for a free cold drink and cheaper price.

11. Jazen Tea – Vancouver

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This is the only place I know that offers bubble tea in this size. I love it because it’s so big! The pearls were mediocre but the drink was good (I got jasmine). It was well priced for its size and pearls were included in the price! I would definitely visit this place again. It’s too bad I live far from this restaurant. It’s inside a pho restaurant but my friends and I only got the bubble tea. The customer service was great and I liked the worker there a lot.

4.5/5 – Would be 5 but the pearls are lacking in taste


I’ve definitely been to way more bubble tea locations (it’s my favourite drink!). However, I don’t have photos for every location and the blog post would be so long! I do have more photos so I may do a Part 2 in the future. Hopefully this post was informative! 🙂