Jul 30, 2008
Aug 28, 2008
We left Saskatoon with the Chau's at about 8:00am to go to Edmonton to see Phuong and Karen, Lori and Min's daughters. We made several stops along the way and met Karen at a Vietnamese noodle house where my parents had Pho Hoa for the first time...not using chopsticks yet, though! After lunch, we dropped our things off at the Fantasyland Hotel, which is right in the West Edmonton Mall. We had an absolutely beautiful suite on the eighth floor that sat at the corner of the building, so we had panoramic views of the city skyline. Min and dad abandoned us girls to have a beer while we shopped! Mum and I each bought earrings, I got new shoes and we basically marvelled at the sheer enormity of the shopping centre. I can now say that I've seen a wave pool, multiple water slides, a petting zoo, and two roller coasters all contained in the same place! Phuong, her husband, Van, and their two children, Marcus and Madison, met us in the mall, and we went back to their house before going out to dinner at Dynasty, a Chinese dimsum restaurant; another first for us. The food was really good and mum used her chopsticks this time! After dinner, Karen gave us a tour of her new, gorgeous condo and we returned to our hotel room. I haven't seen the Chau's since I was 9, so it was really nice to have a couple days to visit.