San Fran Anniversary Weekend.

Arlynna and I planned a little weekend getaway to San Fransico for our anniversary. She had found a really nice little Airbnb for us in the southern part of the city where the streets aren’t too bad because we planned/took the z!

We left at 3 am Friday morning cause I wanted to avoid driving during the day and getting caught up in traffic. Before hand I was talking to Johnathan and he suggested I take the 101 for safety/scenic reasons. I took his advice cause when we went last time the 5 was so annoying even in the rental car. While on the 101 it goes out to the coast and goes up for awhile before cutting back inland. But there’s a connecting highway 154 for a more direct route. I planned for that seeing as it would be dark and safe that nice drive for the ride back. 154 turned out to be a cool mountain road! That’s where we made the first stop on our drive at about 6am

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Then back on the road.

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Made a stop to put gas and pee.

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Fog cleared out and it was really nice!

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After a few hours of driving we had made it in to San Jose and I had remembered people talking about a place called “Pepper Lunch”. I suggested it since we were both really hungry and it looked good on Yelp!

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It was really good! I definitely suggest it if you are up there!

After this we made our way in the city and made it to our Airbnb! We were so excited and very happy/proud with how well the Z did. Not a signle issue or hiccup. I was so stoked about that.

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We go there around 2 ish. The first day/night we planned an evening for ourselves. Seeing as we had access to a kitchen we wanted to make a nice dinner for two.

We got comfry and relaxed for a little and walked down to Safeway for some groceries to make Pesto Shrimp Pasta with Asparagus!

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(notice how classy we are with fruit punch in wine glasses) The dinner came out better than expected! We had a really nice night of relaxing and catching up on sleep.

The next morning we met up with Johnathan and his girlfriend at Stacks for breakfast because Allan, Nidia, and Pete all kept saying we NEEDED to go hahah.

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It was good!! I really enjoyed my skillet and the waffle that Arlynna and I shared.

Johnathan had work so we parted ways till he was off. Arlynna and I made our way over to the Golden Gate Bridge to do tourist things!

We made it across and stopped at the main pull out which was insanely packed.

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After taking a look around I noticed a road that branched off and went down to the shore where you could park and hang out.

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The weather was so amazing.

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After this we went to make our way back to the highway and ended up finding a park Arlynna was telling me about called “Hawk Hill”. It was on the other side of the highway and was so cool!

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We drove back down the hill to the bridge to head over towards Fishermans Wharf. We didn’t spend too much time there. It was cool though! Crazy amount of people.

We went back to where we were staying to rest and eat cause we still had left overs and I wanted a nap hahaha

Around 7 ish we had UBER’d to Golden Boy pizza cause there was no way of me driving the Z in that part of the city. It was our first experience using UBER and it wasn’t all that great hahahah dude was all over the place….

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The driver that took us back was a lot nicer and a better driver for sure. We went and got the z and then got some boba with Johnathan and his girlfriend.

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Sunday came too soon and it was time to begin our drive home. BUT FIRST we were told to make a drive to Alice’s Cafe.

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The 280 is such a nice highway. One of my favorites that I’ve driven the z on.

So the resturant is tucked away up on a mountain road which made it way cooler. It was such a nice drive. The scenery was amazing too.

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The food was really good too!

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We made our way through what felt like hell and got in to a little north of Santa Barbra.

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After this stop we shot straight to Irvine to get Coco Ichibanya. Then it was straight home to shower and knock out.

This weekend was so incredible. The Z performed beyond my expectations and Arlynna made it such an amazing trip. I loved everything about it. I can’t wait to take another small roadtrip.

 

“T-Tops and Kitty Cats” -Jyw0rld

(this post should have been published about 2 or so weeks ago now. I apologize for lagging)

Last night James called me asking if I wanted to meet up and hang out at Cafe 86. I’ll make any excuse to drive the Z hahah

Arlynna and I decided it was time to see how Sebastian would enjoy a ride in the Z.

I have yet to formally introduce him. He is about 10months old and is very silly. He did incredible on the drive! We have taken him on car rides before and he loves to put his head out the window and sniff around like a pup. It’s amazing haha Alex got this amazing picture of him too.

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Then I got some of him and Arlynna with the Z. As you can see it took a few tries hahaha

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There are a lot more in my

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Phil met up with us there as well which was cool! Finally got to hang out with him and see the car on the new wheels.

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James car

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Alex came out as well which was awesome.

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Also Moya and Steven came!

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We hung out for a little while and talked about old PS2 games that got us into cars. Like Tokyo Extreme Racer Zero.

I have a bit more to update from these few weeks. Canada, a drive down to San Diego, a small NDF photoshoot. I’ll try to get everything up shortly!

Weekend

This was a nice fun weekend. Friday Arlynna and I met up with Moya, Steven, Hugo, and a few others for The OC Night Market. Which is basically a food festival as it was described to me hahaha tried some good foods and had a good time!

We first tried “lobster mac n cheese” It was decent. Was thinking it would be better but still good! Forgot to snap a picture of it.

We washed it down with a Thai Tea which was really good and came with a cool bottle! (emojis and captions brought to you by Arlynna hahaha)

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Next I found a food truck called “Shake Ramen” I was super sceptical at first thinking it was a shake with all stuff that is usually in a bowl of ramen but then the lady working at the food truck had explained to me that it’s everything that would be in a bowl of ramen except the broth in a cup with a sealed lid so when you get it you shake it up and eat it. It was actually really good!! Highly recommend it!

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That followed with us walking over to a place advertising “Poke Tacos”. Those are both great things so I figured it could possibly be good together which it definitely was. This was the “Ahi something taco hahaha I apologize for being forgetful about it.

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Lastly for dessert we had funnel cake!!

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After sitting and relaxing for a bit we made a little drive out to Newport seeing as it was less than 5 miles away. Hung out for a bit till we realized how late it was and then headed home.

Saturday I drove the z to work cause I was going to be meeting Arlynna and her family at her cousin Lukes graduation party right here in Brea. It was really nice to meet more of her family who were all super nice and welcoming! Congrats Luke!

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After the party we had went home to relax for a bit and then I went out for a drive and met up with Moya, Kam, and Jackie at the NORUSH shop.

Sunday was nice relaxing. I slept in for the most part and then when I got up I gave the dogs a bath to cool them off from all the heat and I cleaned up with garage. Spent some time with my sisters and Dad. Around 7ish pm I went and picked up Arlynna and we went out to Irvine to get Curry at Coco.

I forgot to add that a while ago I ordered a no name engine damper for a s14 SR. I was unsure if it would fit seeing as I don’t have an s14 chassis but I’d be able to make it work for sure. It came in. (of course I got red)

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and it fits! I gotta fix up a bracket so it’s not straight bolted to the coilover stud but that’s easy stuff!

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The Return

Around August of last year I decided to park the z till I was happy with it. It was really a forced decisioin because I had gotten in to a small accident. Nothing serious. It was at like 20mph in my neighborhood. A person pulled out with out looking and I didn’t have time to stop. The damage was minimal. The Bumper support took all the impact. My bumper also got pretty beat up but I was eh about that. The other driver instantly took fault which was good and made things east. It was resolved quickly and I had a check in my hands within a few days which led to the revival of how the Z is now. I didn’t save the pictures from the accident unfortunetaly but oh well. Now. On to the pictures and what all was done.

Just before this all happened I had got a JDM cluster from a friend/really nice dude Omron from SD. Pulled the front cover off to clean it and install my gauge rings.

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Once I had the money in my account from the accident I started searching for aero and came across this Real Speed bumper oddly on ebay about 12 pages in. I paypal’d him right away to secure it.

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Had to test fit instantly and was super stoked on it. Need some repairs here and there. OH and also picked up a pair of 17×9 Model 5’s to complete my set! Huge thanks to Jimmy (jyworld)!!13445906_1506810782678571_1222527300_o

The coolant hoses that run under the intake manifold had become leaky and crusty so I pulled off the intake manifold to replace and get to cleaning. No one had them in stock so I took the hoses to an autozone and one of the workers was nice enough to let me go to the back and pick out what hoses I felt would work best and I was surprised to find some that were almost identical! While in there I pulled off the stock oil tree and put on the Tomei N2 block off plate to begin my oil cooler set up.

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While skimming through Zilvia I found a set of NISMO 740’s for a really good deal so I jumped on it. Once I got them I sent them to RC to be cleaned and flow tested. I was very happy with the results!

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almost forgot about the fuel rail donuts!

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I was in need of replacing my VTC gear cause it sounded horrible and one thing led to another. A good friend Alex with the comment of “well you are already gonna be in there and I’ll hook you up…….”

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while I had it all apart I steam/pressure washed the cam oil squirters. 13461123_1506812489345067_1972019636_o

All back together. Torqued and spun. 13461214_1506812496011733_584918076_o

I wanted to redo the intake so that it’s in the engine bay. I tossed the old HKS one seeing as it really did nothing hahaha and picked up a new BLITZ intake and picked up at z32 maf to go with it.

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Picked up a KOYO oil cooler and had lines made.

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Went to a local metal shop and picked up some peices to make up a bracket for it. Was pleased with it as well with how sturdy it is. You can push the car with it. It’s bolted down to the core support.

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I had a very sloppy shifter so I need to throw some new bronze bushings in to tighten it up.

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I had also pulled my harness as I believe I said before to clean it up. But after looking at it I felt as though it was a lost cause. I hit up wiring specialties and they took care of me! This harness is so freakin quality! I was blown away. So happy to have a nice new crisp harness. 13441522_1506813702678279_1016334733_o

Engine bay fully assembled!

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(there are a few little details about it that will be added further in the post)

FINALLY THE DAY CAME WHEN MY ORIGIN FENDERS ARRIVED. The wait and hoops and set back i delt with for these things was rediculous. But in reality the wait is what led to me getting so much done to the car. I don’t know where the pictures went but I had replaced all the rear spindle/lower control arm bushings in the rear and cleaned up everything rather nicely. Oh well.

 

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as you can see one had cracked during shipping but was easily repaired.

test fit time.

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I figured with the work being done to the engine I should get a wideband.

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As you can see the fenders have the origin fenders have the cut outs for JDM fender lights. I was not gonna pass up the opportunity for more lights so I found these on YAJ.

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Before sending the car to the body shop I had shaved down the rockerpanel on the rear bumper so it’s nice and smooth to match the rest of the car. This took way longer than I expected.

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Stripped the car of all it’s panels and loaded it up!

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The guy doing my body work was a friends Dad and when I had dropped it off he said I was more than welcome to come by after work or during the day to work on it myself/learn how to do body work. I was super stoked about that and took as much time as I could to be there and do what I could.

We started off with block sanding/finding the highs and lows on the body so we could pull the dents out and make everything smooth. He also went and cut metal plugs for the rear wiper and antenna holes since I was deleting them.

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We started on the quarter panel where I had been hit in a parking lot by some asshole who didn’t even have the courage to leave their information.

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In the time we were doing the body work I had some other things come in. I had found this cool BLITZ boost controller/map analyzer for CHEAP on YAJ. As well as I ordered a winfactory front splitter to help keep my bumper safe. It’s such a quality peice! I’m so glad I got it!

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Needed a new oil filter as well as my steering rack had died but thankfully Edgar had a twin turbo rack laying around that he let me have so I had it rebuilt!

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more body work! gotta make sure the rear fenders are nice and straight!

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Getting some primer

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and then sanded back down.13441606_1506813699344946_1065982824_o

Now waiting for the booth.

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AND THEN

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I really wish I could capture the metallic with my phone. I am beyond stoked with the color and how the body came out. Everything is so straight and nice just how I wanted. After baking a curing. I came back with a trailer and took it home.

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Coincidentally on my birthday hahaha Happy Birthday to me!

Started to put bits and pieces together. But I still have work that needed to be done so I didn’t put it all back.

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I had to put in the steering rack as well as run the new harness and button up the wiring for the gauges as well as plug in the Power FC that I had picked up that I didn’t mention above.

After doing all that over the span of a few weeks I messaged Koji at Auto Talent to schedule a date to be tuned. I planned it so that in the same day I get tuned I would get the car aligned.

The Friday came around and I loaded the car back on to the trailer and got the day started. I first went to get aligned seeing as it was local to me in Riverside.

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Finished up the alignment and got back on to the trailer to head towards LA where Auto Talent is located.

This is where we ran in to a small problem. We began to tune and barely setting the base cruising map my turbo died and started to leak and smoke oil. We put it back on the ground and I loaded up once again and went home with a broken car.

Needless to say I was super bummed. With an exciting trip to Canada to look forward to at the end of June I decided to just hold off on the car and wait till we get back to get things going on it again. Arlynna thought otherwise. She said nope. We are getting that car tuned and on the road before our trip. With her help I picked up a new Garrett 2871R 86 a/r.

Took about a week to come in and once it did I got it in asap. Got it started, Bled coolant and made sure we were ready to go.

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I text Koji and he said bring it at the end of the week and that’s just what I did.

Time to go back on the trailer and get to Auto Talent.

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Koji got right to it. I stood there watching all that he was doing with my fingers crossed praying to make sure nothing went wrong.

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Arlynna put in some ear plugs and started making Friendship bracelts. She made me one to match the Z hahaha It’s awesome.

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I think it brought me good luck cause the car did great!! We finished around 11:30pm and headed home. Got home around 1am seeing as I couldn’t drive too fast with the trailer and part of the 91 was closed yet again.

But once I got home I went right back to it and put all my aero back on and tightened everything down so it could be ready to drive Saturday night!

I was up till about 3am putting everything on and cleaning my finger prints. I woke up at about 7 the next morning and even though I was super tired I was so happy to see it ready to go.

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After work I went home. Hoped in and headed over to Arlynnas to pick her up so we can go drive and enjoy.

We went and met up with everyone and then drove with them too and did some driving around.

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On Sunday we went over to check out Nissan Jam and drove out to Laguna after getting some lunch.

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Watched a romantic sunset, got some pizza, and headed on home.

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Monday night Arlynna and I were bored so decided to go for a little drive. So great to be able to just hop in a get away.

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And here we are now! To say I’m happy would be an understatment. I truely can’t thank my amazing girlfriend enough. Even though she will deny it she helped me a lot. Also my good friends. Can’t wait for more driving and enjoying this summer and for the years to come. Now it’s time to get ready to head up to Canada on the 25th! So stoked for everything!

 

Thank You for anyone who made it this far in the post!

 

 

Great White North: Part 5.5

We have now made it to the last full day of our trip which was also my favorite.

I put “part 5.5” cause the following day was our departure day and all we were able to do is get lunch and return the rental car. But on with the story.

Tuesday was our last full day so we wanted to make the most of it. We were told to take a drive back up to Squamish for a ride up the Sea to Sky Gondola and that’s exactly what we did. It was breath taking to say the least. The drive up Sea to Sky was insane. The entire time I was wishing I had the Z. The road was so smooth and all the turn outs to stop and gaze out. Man. Along the side of the road were the countless waterfalls but just a half a mile or so before the Gondola was this huge roaring fall that I sadly didn’t get a picture of. Anyways. On with pictures of Arlynna and I adventuring!

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Thankfully they supplied blankets for the ride up otherwise Arlynnas little legs would have froze off hahaha At the bottom waiting for the Gondola there was a nice older couple we had started chatting with and they let us ahead of them since we were foreigners and they were so excited for us to be there. Canada really is filled with nice people hahahah

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We got to the top and started walking around the lodge that was at the top. The view was out of control. I was speachless. 13128506_1472484092777907_1987379176_o13128644_1472484192777897_920998841_o13148107_1472483996111250_1336578742_o (1)13148107_1472483996111250_1336578742_o13199258_1472483972777919_989658263_o13199414_1472484159444567_764466304_o

We went over to the bridge that was there to make our way across and see what else there was to explore.

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Little did we know there was gonna be a trail with Christmas decorations!

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and then look who we found!!!

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We went over to the lodge area to get warm for a bit and relax. At this point it was starting to get a little too cold for us hahah (30 degrees) We hoped back on the Gondola to make our way back down to the car.

Right before that we went back to the bridge for one last picture.

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It is now Thursday. Our departure day. I woke up with only one thing on my mind G MEN RAMEN. I really wanted to have it at least once before we left. I wasn’t feeling 100% from Monday but I was feeling good enough.

We got up, got ready, and started packing. Checked out and loaded up the car with all like 3 bags we had hahaha

Then the magic happened.

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It was so good and just what I needed before heading home.

Arlynna clearly excited about me taking pictures.

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Dropped off the rental car and then we sat and waited for out flight.

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We are ready for take off!

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What to expect when flying over Southern California at night

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This trip was nothing short of amazing. I can’t thank Arlynna enough for such an incredible gift. Although it took me forever to finish posting about it I still remember it clear as day becuase of how much fun we had and all that we experienced. Soon enough will be back up there to venture over to Kelowna and visit a few of my great friends and their homes!

Thank You so much for looking through our trip!!

Great White North: Part 3/4

Time to stop procrastinating. Here are days 3 and 4 of our trip! Mainly because Monday didn’t consist of much (I’ll tell you about it).

I woke up Monday morning not feeling very good. I ended up throwing up and having a horrible stomach/  headache most of the day. I ate a lot of oranges, drank a lot of water, and ate some chicken noodle soup to try and help it pass over as soon as possible cause I wasn’t going to let it ruin the time we had up there. I spent a decent amount of time resting but then Derek had text us saying he had just entered the city. He was only able to stay one night so I got myself up and Arlynna and I headed to Marks house where we had all planned to meet.

By this time I was actually feeling a lot better. Not 100% but no where near how I had felt earlier. We had all decided on Sushi. I was told it was a must when I was there and I thought “well I’m sure they will have miso soup and I think that will be good for me”. They suggested this place that was just a few blocks away so we just walked over.

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I like to get photos of everyone when they are caught off gaurd. I think it makes funnier hahaha

Also. The Sushi was AMAZING. If you like sushi at all and you find yourself in Canada you must try it. It’s so good and fresh.

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We walked back to Marks house to hang out for a bit and pet Charlie

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Called it a night so we could get up early the next day and get in as much as we could.

We woke up decently early and headed back to Marks house where Derek had spent the night. Mark had made it a point that we HAD to get Hunniez right by his house in Deep Cove. They are well known for breakfast sandwiches and donuts. Another place that did not disappoint at all. I almost had my full appetite back as well which was amazing. I was able to finish my sandwich and enjoy some of a donut. (I for got to take a picture because I was actually really hungry hahaha)

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After eating we walked down to the port area to look around Deep Cove. Even though the weather was real gloomy I think it made the setting perfect.

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We went back to Marks to see what he was up to and he was unfortunetaly really backed up with work. So we talked for a bit and then went out. But first took a good look at his Altezza.

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Arlynna, Derek, and I ventured off to Stanley Park. We had really wanted to rent bikes and ride around like everyone had suggested but sadly the one clear sky day was the one I got sick on. Even with the weather conditions we still went to take a drive and around and enjoy the unknown sceanary.

We made our way around to find the Totem Poles. These things where super neat and freakin huge!

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and speaking of huge. This Christmas tree freakin blew my mind!13016474_1458135667546083_1797885475_o

We had left the park to get some coffee before Derek had to leave. After we said our see you laters Arlynna and I went back in to the park for one last look around. At this time we had discovered this Christmas Wonderland! This whole little area was decorated with lights and nativity sets etc. It was incredible!

We  parked and walked in. It was a charity event ran by the Fire Department. When You walk in you are asked to make a small donation if you’d like and then you walk around this Christmas Village!

We had found a hot chocolate/churro stand and had to get some to get all the feels in.

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After walking around for a bit we found out they had a train that ran all around the park to show all the decorations hidden away in the trees!

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After the train ride we walked over to Santas workshop to see what he had cooking up in there!

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After this we went back in to the city for some pizza before getting some rest for our final day. I apologize for the quality of the pictues. I was taking them on the go cause there was so much to see I didn’t want to take a bunch of time standing taking them. Also they are from my phone which doesn’t help.

Soon to come will be the 5th day of our vacation and my favorite day of it. I’ll update it sooner this time cause I am behind on other things to post about!