A convenient U.S. shipping address

I do a lot of online shopping and, once in a while an item is either not available in Canada or A LOT cheaper in the U.S. — even Canadian goods! At first I thought I couldn’t benefit from those deals because I did not have a U.S. shipping address to send it to. But then a colleague told me about this place called “The Letter Carrier“: it’s like a little warehouse where you can have your stuff sent to for a very small fee at this address (check the website for fees and restrictions):

[YOUR NAME]
[YOUR PHONE NUMBER]
145 Tyee Drive
Point Roberts, Wa 98281

It’s conveniently located walking distance across the border on the U.S. side. Even me who doesn’t own a car can get there easily enough with transit, albeit more slowly. I live downtown and it takes me about 1.5 hours to get there (it’s just past Tsawwassen). The best part of going there by transit is that I can just step off the bus about a 10 minute walk from the border and walk across almost instantly (my reward for getting the slow ride there ;) ). But even with a car, the wait time can’t be that long as Point Roberts is a tiny community surrounded by water and, if you have no business there, you shouldn’t be at that border crossing to begin with.

I have now used this service a couple of times and it’s great! You can register your email on their website so you’ll get notified right away when your package arrives. You can also send your mail from there too, of course. There are probably other similar places around other border crossings, but this is the most convenient one for me. If you don’t have family, friends or an existing postal box near the U.S. border, try it! You’re gonna love it. :)

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One year ago today…

Our Game, Our Gold

What a day that was! :D

As Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal in the Men’s Ice Hockey Gold medal final at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canadians came out of their usual conservative shell and partied like they’d never partied before! Strangers high-fived each other, the police having some fun on the job, too (I didn’t see police officers “instigate” a high-five, but they readily high-fived back when high-fived to). :)  Peoples hands were hurting from so much high-fiving. lol Maybe a few lost their voice too from all the chanting and cheering. :)

It’s one of those days I’ll never forget. :)

FREE OLYMPICS – DAY 17

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GOOOOLD!!!!!  What a finish to these Olympic Games! Canada wins its 14th gold — a Winter Olympics record — on home soil, on the last competition of the last day, doing what it does best: hockey.

Watching the game from my high-rise apartment, a Canadian goal would generate a spontaneous roar from the whole neighborhood, many people going on their balconies shouting in joy and blowing those air horns as loudly as possible. It was a tight game, but Canada got the edge, Sidney Crosby clinching the game winner in OT.

I went out in a hurry shortly after the medal ceremony to catch the expected festivities in the core of Downtown Vancouver. It was incredible seeing so many Canadian flags hovering proudly over the dense, festive crowd. I don’t think Vancouver has ever been this happy! If only this were “Groundhog Day“… :)

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FREE OLYMPICS – DAY 9

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Best wishes from Beijing

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Being patriotic

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The inukshuk at English Bay into the Olympic spirit, too

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A prelude to the tension expected from the USA-Canada hockey game the next day

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Hanging out at the nightly pyrotechnics/laser/light show once again

2008 HSBC CELEBRATION OF LIGHT – GRAND FINALE

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And here ends what I would dare say is the biggest event of the Summer, here in Vancouver.

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Ferry fun on long exposure: there were 8 ferries playing around doing formations just before the beginning of the fireworks finale

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The usual boating frenzy after the fireworks

Next big event in line is the Pride Parade, today. This one promises to be very colorful also.