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Old Posted Oct 13, 2018, 9:07 PM
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Nice weather over this past Thanksgiving weekend provided a good chance to be out and about. We chose driving all the way to Maple Ridge to enjoy some trails along the nice little Kanaka Creek.



There is a bunch of lush trails around the area where the creek merges with Fraser River.















Further upstream there are even more trails around Cliff Falls which are not so impressive to see.









Weather has been fairly dry up until now, so Kanaka Creek water level was low.







From Maple Ridge we drove to our favorite Krause Berry Farms over in Langley to see some big pumpkins and also enjoy warm apple waffles.







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Old Posted Oct 23, 2018, 4:25 AM
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View from an apartment along Vancouver's Broadway corridor.

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Old Posted Oct 29, 2018, 12:29 AM
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After having to move out from our Metroplace penthouse, we decided to make Downtown our temporary home as we continued to look for a new home (which we have now found). Last time we went through such period, we took a small and cheap 1BR apartment in Yaletown, which we didn't really enjoy. With that learning, this time we decided to invest a bit more into a nice furnished unit that we have enjoyed during these 5 months.

So, we ended up moving into Trump Tower. I was curious to see if living in such a luxurious building would be any different and we made a nice east-facing 1BR unit on the 32nd floor our home. You can see the unit somewhere there in the middle of the building in below picture.











First 22 floors in the building are occupied by the 5-star Trump International Hotel & Tower. Both hotel and private residences have separate entrances and elevators, which are the fastest I have been on in this town. They will whisk you on the 32nd floor in ~20 seconds with ease. They are also super-reliable and I have not seen one being down during the last 5 months. I may also add, that they are beautiful with dark glass walls.





There are 63 levels on this building, which makes Trump Tower the second tallest skyscraper in Vancouver. Floor numbering extends all the way to 68 with the three penthouses (unoccupied AFAIK) being two floors in height.



Our 1BR unit is 640 sqft in size. That is fine for a temporary home in the city and larger units quickly double in price.





Build quality and appliances are all top-notch and more high-end than you normally find in a new tower. Everything is also only 1-year-old. In this unit the kitchen is small, but still practical.







Electric curtains help to make the unit private despite an office tower next door. The only two complains I have about the unit is that walls are very thin and one can hear sound from neighboring units. This is surprising and unfortunate, as a lot of young people live here and there are parties. Fortunately security team has been effective in calming the noise, but it can be somewhat frustrating.

Another issue at least in our units has been pot smoke, which travels from one unit to another. As we have been told, the problem has something to do with how the air circulation has been set up, but also the small window vents allow smoke from outside enter the unit. We have been unfortunate to have frequent pot smoking neighbors and this has been annoying us a few times.



I really love the bathroom which look very nice and feels like living in a 5-star hotel. Nice job there.



View from the 32nd floor is okay, although neighboring buildings require one to be above the ~38th floor to have truly open views. Since one is located at the epicenter of Downtown Vancouver, blocked views are to be expected unless you live on one of the top floors.













All building amenities are shared with the hotel. The gym is top notch and never busy, but the specialty is the pool which is located inside the Drai's night club. It's a slightly odd setting to be swimming, with (not loud) music playing at all times.

Since us moving in, the night club has closed down due to some security issues. As far as I know, they are now in process of converting the space to some kind of lounge space. It is slightly shame that they couldn't make the unusual concept work and I have to wonder what partying at Drai's has been like?











And there you have it. Trump Tower has been a nice place to live for 5 months, but I am also super happy to be moving out in couple of weeks.

It was interesting to see how "the 1%" lives and the building has a lot of things going for it. I still have to say that the building doesn't feel all that welcoming, and people rarely greet you in the elevator. I have a feeling that a lot of the residents are newly rich, which is backed up by the dozens of flashy cars inside the parkade. The number of Ferraris...

I could never afford to live in a larger unit in this building and if I could, I would likely check out other towers before settling in here. As it stands, I am happy to soon enjoy much more lebensraum back in Burnaby.

I hope you enjoyed the small tour of the building!
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Old Posted Nov 1, 2018, 3:14 AM
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Very nice Klazu, but it's funny how they eliminated all the floor numbers ending in "4", but not the ones beginning with "4".
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Old Posted Dec 9, 2018, 12:15 AM
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Very nice Klazu, but it's funny how they eliminated all the floor numbers ending in "4", but not the ones beginning with "4".
Some buildings omit those too, however few years ago a law was changed to require all new buildings to have all floors correctly numbered, so the problem is going to be fixed going forward. It has been the most stupid thing and the funny thing is that the group of people that are supposed to be superstitious about it, find the whole thing stupid as well.
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Old Posted Dec 9, 2018, 12:15 AM
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Bright Nights in Stanley Park is a fun annual family-friendly Christmas event in Vancouver.









Local firefighters put up altogether 3 million Christmas lights every year.









Our last visit was back in 2015 and the weather was very cold. Nothing a cup of warm Gluhwein couldn't fix.











There are also few buildings one can enter, one being where one can visit Santa.









One of the specialty features is a ride on the Christmas Train, which has a small fee but is worth it.









As a free event, Bright Nights is definitely worth the visit, although it is often busy and parking is hard to come by. Around 200 000 people visit the event every year and I can certainly see why, as it was a fun night out.
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Old Posted Dec 14, 2018, 3:46 PM
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Have you considered attending/photographing the Lights and Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam?
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Thank you so much for the tours. Excellent pictures. I love me some Vancouver. I've been there several times, though it has been several years now, and I dearly want to return. My wife has never been to Vancouver (or such a city of it's stature) and I really want to take her soon. When I return with her I definitely want to take the time to find some of these hiking trails, much like the ones you showcased.
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Have you considered attending/photographing the Lights and Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam?
I did that last year. Definitely worth the visit, as it is free!


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Thank you so much for the tours. Excellent pictures. I love me some Vancouver. I've been there several times, though it has been several years now, and I dearly want to return. My wife has never been to Vancouver (or such a city of it's stature) and I really want to take her soon. When I return with her I definitely want to take the time to find some of these hiking trails, much like the ones you showcased.
Thank you for your kind words. Hopefully you will find your way up here soon again!

For hiking, there are two great sites with trail information:

https://www.vancouvertrails.com/

http://vancouverhiatus.com/
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Fantastic Saturday in Whistler two weeks ago. Mountains had been dumped by an incredible 104 cm of powder the previous day which made for the deepest powder we have ever experienced in Whistler.

Knowing that it will be busy, we arrived in Creekside already at 7am. Even this early there were few people before us and by 8am the line-up had grown to be 300-400 people. Better arrive early on powder days!



Conditions up on the mountain were amazing with powder anywhere. It was hard to remember that the season started off pretty bad in November.







Some people waited for an hour for Harmony Express to open after avalanche control wrapped up after 11am.



The entire Harmony Bowl was ungroomed and snow was really a meter deep. It was powder heaven and actually really hard to ski.









It was a busy day in Whistler but with such condition certainly worth it. They have had a great season so far and this might have been one of the best day ever.
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Old Posted Jan 27, 2019, 2:08 AM
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I recently moved to a new place in the same area and now have a great view of Burnaby's other two skylines - Brentwood and Lougheed. Both of these town centers have dozens of residential towers going up in the next few years and here is a snapshot of how they look like today.

First up some new development in Brentwood area.





Brentwood's new town center is already standing tall and there are 8 more towers going up around the new mall.











Here is a panorama of entire Brentwood.



Looking to the east, one can see Deer Lake and Burnaby Lake, as well as the quickly changing Lougheed skyline. There are over 40 new towers planned for the area with a dozen under construction!







I hope you enjoyed these views. More to come in the future.
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Very nice views!

And I’m so jealous of your proximity to Whistler. A good friend was out there for the past
week for Gay Ski Week. He usually flys out there from the US East Coast twice each winter. He loves Whistler. I hope to make it out there in the next year or two.
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