Return to the Sunshine Coast

I think I mentioned in a previous post that Seline is now back from Montreal, Quebec! Her summer work exchange program went beautifully and she made so many new friends. Seline (my sis) is the one with the black Nike cap and the full-black outfit. These are her new friends, who travelled from Burnaby, BC, to Montreal with her.

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Since she’s back, and because I haven’t gone to Waterloo yet, our family joined up with the Su family (family friends for 30+ years!) for a lovely trip to the Sunshine Coast with BC Ferries. We drove for about an hour before arriving at the ferry terminal at 8:45. The ferry set sail at 9:55. The view was excellent, but it became a little too windy.

We had lunch shortly afterwards at a Greek restaurant called Asteras Greek Taverna – the eight of us enjoyed calamari, chicken souvlaki, vegetarian moussaka, garlic prawns, beef tenderloin, and the house special. It was delicious – especially Mom’s moussaka and the soft rice.

At 2:00, we squished into an escape room and broke free! We were so thrilled to have escaped in the last 7 minutes, but we did require quite a few hints. If you haven’t tried an escape room yet, you must give it a shot. TOTALLY worth the money for the great bonding experience and “good” stress. ๐Ÿ™‚

By the way, meet (L to R, top row first): Stanley Su, Catherine Su, my dad Jeff, me, my sister Seline, Frank Su, my mom Christine, and Winnie Su. We were all so proud to have worked together to break free.

Later, we drove to WildPlay Element Parks for some HILARIOUS and fun climbing! Monkido is the “art of monkeying around”, and we had a tiring 2.5 hours of climbing, swinging, hanging, dangling, leaping, and zip-lining through the forest. The harness was uncomfortable at times, but I always felt super secure while shooting through the trees.

Dinner was at the Mahle House, a fancy-ish restaurant in Nanaimo. We savoured some great dishes, including prosciutto-wrapped chicken, steak frites, pappardelle with cherry tomatoes and shrimp, and my dish: phyllo pastry with lentils and goat cheese, and roasted vegetables with curried chickpeas and crispy fried polenta. That polenta was drool-worthy good. My favourite bite of the day!

Well, except for dessert. You’ll see.

  • Frank: Is this a fancy restaurant? Are we dressed too casually?
  • Waitress: No, you’re good, most people dress casually.
  • Everyone exhales a huge sigh of relief.
  • I brush wood chips out of my shorts and wipe sweat and dirt from my hands and arms… and face.
  • We order, take pics, and EAT!

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Dessert: peanut butter pie with chocolate ganache and creme anglaise on the left, and a creme brรปlรฉe napoleon with whipped cream and caramel on the right. I particularly loved the PB pie! Wow.

And that’s it for today! Tomorrow I can upload the funny video of myself doing a baby 12-metre bungee jump. I’m such a wimp, but the tiny jump was terrifying fun. LOVED IT!

Have a great day, everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚

8 thoughts on “Return to the Sunshine Coast

    1. Curried chickpeas sound like something you could whip up effortlessly – as does the PB pie (though you’d probably healthify it with cauliflower or tofu, eh?). Will definitely share it when I remember! Hehe

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  1. I shared your pictures with grandma. Be enjoyment, relaxation and care everyone! Tell your father that my cell phone is out of work. I don’t know why?

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    1. Thank you very much, Grandpa. Your comment made me smile. I will certainly make sure that we enjoy the rest of our trip as much as the first day. We are really relaxing and taking care. ๐Ÿ™‚ I will tell Dad to give you a call soon.

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  2. Looks like you had a fun trip, can’t wait for brunch next weekend. (; And wow you guys are so clever, we failed our first escape room. (and my group failed their second and third as well xD).

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