Seattle City Center Day Trip

After breakfast, we stopped by Costco to pick up some snacks for Arkensen. This is his first trip that he will be all by himself.


We shared a twisted churos from Costco. It is flavoured with cinnamon sugar. I find that it was dry. Arkensen had most of it as he did not eat anything for breakfast.


Nanzaro wanted to try the ice latte which I find too sweet.


After shopping at Costco, we proceeded our journey to Seattle City Center. Arkensen wanted to pick up his ticket and pre-ordered stuff from Key Arena so that he does not have to rush the next morning for the event.


The Secret Shop is where he picked up his pre-order items. Last year, he lined up for 5 hours to buy stuff from Secret Shop. It was a great idea to have the pre-order this year.


Arkensen told us that this year’s event price pool money has exceeded 18 millions. I just can’t believe computer games can generate such a big money event. (more…)

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Jack in the Box

After lunch, we started our long journey home. Ben had to make a pit stop at one of the rest stop as he felt sleepy after a big buffet lunch. He took a short nap before continuing the drive home.

The drive on I-5 was not always smooth. Sometimes the traffic just slow down without apparent reason.


Nanzaro requested for dinner since he is a growing teenager. Ben and I were still full. So, Ben made a detour and stopped at Jack in the Box.


Nanzaro ordered a Sirloin Burger Combo for $7.88.


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Hometown Buffet, Happy Valley, Oregon

On Sunday morning, Nanzaro and I had breakfast at the hotel which comes with free continental breakfast. Nanzaro had a diy waffle while I had toast. Ben skipped his breakfast.

We checked out after breakfast and drove to Oregon to do some shopping.


After shopping, we decided to look for a buffet place for lunch. We found Hometown Buffet via


Hometown Buffet belongs to the same group of buffet as Old Country Buffet.

The spread of the food is similar as Old Country Buffet.



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Dinner at Sharis, Kelso

After settling down in the hotel in Kelso, we walked out to scour the neighbourhood for dinner. We picked Shari’s over Denny’s as we can find Denny’s in Vancouver but not Shari’s.


Ben ordered Grilled Chicken Penne Alfredo. It was rich and creamy. The grilled pita on the side was really crispy.


I had the BBQ ribs which is on limited time offer. I opted for the yam fries with $0.99 extra. My meal came with cornbread and butter and a side of coleslaw. (more…)

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Paradise, Washington – Part 1

At last, we reached our destination; Paradise on the south slope of Mount Ranier.


Paradise in a popular destination and parking was difficult; We only found parking a long way down the road. But the view of the valley with residue of snow on the slope was spectacular.


More snow…


We walked past several water falls just from where we parked our car to the visitor center. (more…)

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After breakfast, we started our journey to Paradise, Washington.


The first place we hit was Mossyrock Park. It was a nice camping ground with the view of the Riffe Lake.


We just did a drive through the camp ground and proceed on with our journey. We simply love the drive with luscious greens on both sides of the road.


We then came upon the Mossyrock Dam. It is the tallest dam in Washington state, standing 606 feet above bedrock. Mossyrock Dam generates about one billion kilowatt-hours of electricity each year. (more…)

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Breakfast at Country Cousin at Centralia

The next morning, we drove around the neighbourhood for breakfast. Nanzaro wanted diner style breakfast.


We found a family restaurant just a few minutes drive away. I love the huge flower hanging baskets which decorate the outside of the restaurant.


The dining area is divided into 3 sections; one section is decorated with bicycles, another with model planes and another is called farmhouse.


All of us have coffee. Ben and I have coffee with sugar and cream while Nanzaro likes his coffee black. (more…)

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