weekend with my brother, Weng, V, and family, to eat at Jollibee and
Chowking, and to shop at Seafood City and Valerio's Bakery. It was my
first time visiting and we were thrilled. We stayed at a nearby Best
Western Hotel so that we could keep coming back to the mall to try out
different foods/snacks and spend time shopping for popular Filipino
products. I finally tried Chicken Joy and Palabok at Jollibee. The
beef wonton soup at Chowking was very tasty and the halo-halo was
worth the 10 minute lineup. Valerio's Bakery had a collection of my
childhood favorite snacks like espasol, sapin-sapin, cuchinta, suman,
etc. I bought one of each to bring back to Vancouver for co-workers
and also to savor for later. Seafood City is just like T&T Supermarket
but the aisles are all filled with Filipino products and everyone
around speaks Tagalog. Miss that.
The drive from the US/Canada border to Jollibee, Chowking, Seafood
City, or SouthCenter Mall itself is about 3 hours on the I-5.