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Published: March 25th 2014
I went out with Annie again tonight. Friday night. She took me out to West Minster pier. I had to meet her in West Minster station. As I was looking for a place where I can wait for her where I won't be cold, a drunk/crazy looking man came to me yelling "Where the f$#£ is the liquor store?!". I think I finally blended in with the locals. Or maybe he's just drunk and crazy. Again much bigger than me, but I wasn't scared this time since there's only one of him and the place wasn't dodgy like that part in Gas town earlier.
Finally saw Annie, we met in Starbucks and ordered our cups of coffee. I usually just order green tea frappe but since it's cold here I had to have something hot. Anyway, we hung out at the pier. It was so nice. I can't believe that people aren't out on a Friday night! We must have come across only six to eight people in the pier. It's a lovely park. I don't know why people would not want to hang out there. There was a pub with a few people dancing funny. I couldn't hear the
music because every building here seems sound proof. Judging by how they were dancing I guess the music was a country song and they were doing the country dance. Or maybe they were so drunk they forgot how to dance sexy.
After the park she showed me around in her college. Douglas College. I don't know if I understood it right but she said something like "A College is where you get a college degree. A University is where you get Masters and PHD". Douglas college looks more like a small private high school or a mall. Again, people here are so lucky.
I told her "Aside from the beach, I don't know why Canadians would want to travel". After everything I've seen here so far I don't know how I would look at things when I get back home. Why do Canadians travel? Most people travel to see pretty places, to get impressed. At least that's the reason why most Filipinos travel. Canadians will never run out of pretty and impressive places here. I overheard two teenaged boys talking on the Sky Train. One said his friend went on a mission trip to Honduras. He didn't come
although he was also invited because he didn't want to go to South America because it's not a nice place. His words "South Americrap". I felt ashamed for my country. These boys would think Manila is THE gateway to hell. But if you don't want to travel anywhere thats not as clean, modern and beautiful as Canada. Where would you go? Why would you wanna go elsewhere? Do Canadians travel because they want to see gritty places because it's a novelty?
I asked Annie "Where are the prostitutes here? It's already ten I don't see any provocatively dressed girls looking for customers". I was partly kidding but at the same time it was a serious question. I've only been to China and Thailand before Canada. Seeing prostitutes luring clients is common to me. I've never seen any here. I did see what looks like a strip club but no street walkers. Maybe because it's too cold to be out in the streets? No, it was a warm night. I don't know yet if it's illegal here.
I noticed that the sunset is not colorful here. I did't pay much attention to the sunsets but I think Thailand has
the same sunset as the Philippines. The sunset here is grey. I have yet to see an explosion of different shades of blue, yellow, orange, red, white and grey. Perhaps in a different season? It's winter approaching spring now.
They have bad bananas and mangoes here. The bananas are not sweet and they sell apple mangoes here. That's the mango variety that we don't eat in the Philippines because they taste like medicine. You can't even sell that in our markets. We need to let them know that mangoes and bananas are supposed to be delicious.
I tried the Bella Gellateria because I've been told that they won best gellato in the world in the annual gellato olympics or something. Who knew there was such a contest. I would love to attend it. I tried the flavor that won them that award. I must say, I've never had a better gellato. Not the best dessert I've had but definitely the best gellato.
I noticed the drinking fountain in Fraser river park that there are two drinking fountains in that one drinking fountain that they have. One the regular height and the other by the ankle.
I was told that it's for dogs. They love their pets so much that even the dogs have drinking fountains! Dogs here are a lot more expensive than they are in Manila. A $300 dog in Manila would cost $6,000 to $7,000 here. That could get you two human babies where I am from.
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