Thursday, 29 July 2010

Canada Trip Day 6: Seattle Premium Outlet

18 June 2010 - We were going to Seattle for shopping! Actually, I was worried about letting my self-control go and just splurge instead. But it turned out, I did pretty well controlling my purchases.

The morning started with breakfast at Tim Horton's, a Canadian coffee shop franchise found all over Canada. According to Wikipedia, it is the largest food service operator, outdoing McDonalds. I ordered a bacon bagel and it was GOOD! And, coffee in the morning is just the way to start the day.

As Bruneians, we had submitted our visa waiver form prior to our visit. Details on the Visa Waiver Program, please click here and the form can be found here (under J Visa Waiver Recommendation Application Instructions).

At the Canadian-American border, we had a bit of some interesting events. First, the crossing. As we were waiting in line to have our passports stamped at the booth, cameras (with as many as probably 6, about 3 on each side) lined on both sides of our vehicle and they were angled differently to cover different views. It felt like being in a sci-fi movie.

Next, the immigration officers at the counter were excited to find three Bruneians crossing the border to go shopping, so much so that this attracted the attention of other officers that were in their office rooms to come see us. We, each paid US$6 for border fee to get into US.

In Seattle, we went to Ross, Kohl's and the Seattle Premium Outlet for shopping and this took us the whole day. By the time we got back to Surrey, it was already dark!

Counter at Tim Horton's

Tim Horton's Bagel B. E. L.T (bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato and cheese)

Coffee at Tim Horton's

Zinc-covered barn

Hay roll in white bags

The trucks in Canada and US are like the Transformer Optimus Prime type!

Is that some sort of a kiln?

Houses by the lake (rather dark the picture)

Car in the highway along the countryside

A worn-out barn with a huge tree right beside it

A farm house

Going over a metal bridge

Sauk-Suiattle Native Indian Reserve Road sign

Baker Mountain in the distance

Ross sells things super cheap!

Kohl's has really nice stuff for affordable prices

They have a drive-in at Starbucks! I am so "sakai" (so ignorantly in awe)!

Seattle Premium Outlet

110 outlet stores in Seattle Premium outlet

The shop buildings

As we were leaving, we saw a tourist coach with its storage compartment filled with Coach shopping carriers.

Ivar's Seafood Bar at North Gate Mall

Smoked Salmon Chowder from Ivar's Seafood Bar is so delicious!

Sunset on our way back

A picture that is half cloud-covered

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