I’ve owned a 1997 Mazda Miata for about 5 years now and after last season, I decided that when I insured this car this year, I would treat it to a nice detailing job. Thankfully, I am a part of the Vancouver Miatas Group and someone in the group had a great experience at Wetwerks Auto Spa.
Booking was simple, I did it through Instagram DM and Glen gave me a ton of options to pay the deposit.
The total time it took after dropping off the car was about 3 days for a single stage polish and a ceramic coating. Ceramic coating is a liquid polymer that is applied to the car that acts as an extra layer of protection. It gives the car a nice glossy new paint look after a proper polish.
During the process, Glen sent me updates via Instagram and showed me the before and after pics of the polishing job. I was stunned when I saw how much the swirls had disappeared. Also, for a single stage paint job, it’s often very tricky to polish as the paint and clear coat is the same layer.
Major props to Glen at Wetwerks for making my car look like it just came off the line from Mazda. The best part I felt was that he also completed a photoshoot of the car after the paint job, like a boudoir shoot for guys.
Here are the pics, they are absolutely amazing.
Before and after the polish
Car boudoir pics:
Glen at Wetwerks Auto Spa
111 - 8889 Laurel St, Vancouver, BC
My first time visiting the Sunshine Coast was filled with food and beer. I'm sure you want to break down so here we go!
You hike bro?
- Soames Hill - It's a relatively easy hike, the duration is shorter than the Deep Cove Quarry Rock Hike. There are several spots to look out to the water and the trails are pretty clear.
Staying in a loft
- We stayed at the Warehouse Loft. Norman greeted us at the door when we arrived. Apparently, the building used to be a filming warehouse and converted into a home. The garden is absolutely beautiful and must be fully booked during the warmer months. This unit has two beds, one washroom, full kitchen, free wifi but no TV (you won't need it). One criticism is that the shower head feels a bit weak if that's something that is important to you.
Video walkthrough: https://youtu.be/k-XTIND0ZUs
- Smitty's Oyster House - Just steps away from the Airbnb loft, it's probably the most popular restaurant in Gibsons. Fresh oysters like Kushi and Royal Miyagis, they are creamy and the highlight is the house made cocktail sauce. Another must try are the oyster po-boys. Fries are also amazing and highly recommend it. We did visit it a second time during our trip and tried their chilli lime shrimp, it was pretty good.
- Tapworks Gibsons - Great upstairs patio with covered and uncovered areas. The nice indoor area downstairs. They offer a couple of IPAs and experimental brews. Their beers are excellent and the people who are there are even better! We went 3 times and we were blown away by how chill this place was. They serve some food like flatbreads, I didn't order it but it smelled great from a couple of tables away.
First dinner: TACOS
- Lunitas Mexican Eatery - It's a relatively small restaurant and I would suggest making a reservation. We lucked out and got a table and ordered the taco flight. Unfortunately, the flight itself is not a true flight because they said it slows down their kitchen. The flight would be 5 tacos for $20 but all the same. How is that a "flight"? So we opted to order 4 different tacos for $20 and it seemed pretty quick to me. The tacos were good but I wasn't blown away. I personally would not recommend this restaurant based on the taco flight situation.
- The Airbnb gave us 4 coupons for Black Bean Cafe down the street. The coupons give one free coffee and several options like a pastry or a cream cheese bagel or toast with homemade jam. The apple muffin was delicious, we also ordered a breakfast sandwich but the eggs were a bit salty. I did see in the corner of my eye a super glazed cinnamon bun (Someone please try this and let me know). A pretty chill place for a quick bite.
Craft Cider in Sechelt
- Brickers Cider - My first ever cidery visit and it was pleasant. The ciders lean on the dry side so very little sugar content. I recommend getting a flight but please note that you're only limited to one flight per person per day. Recommendations: Frombo. It's a pretty cute spot so I definitely recommend a short drive to check it out
More Craft Beer
- Persephone - A lovely spot and a wall full of beers. The options outnumber the ones that Tapworks has. Beers are great here but again, they don't serve pints, they only serve in flights. No limits on the flights though. We also ordered a pizza and it was so fresh. From the sausage to the cheese, it's making my mouth water.
Best meal in town
- Sushi Bar Nagomi - Fresh fresh fresh and super authentic. We ordered a sake flight - that got is drunk and we shared it. We ordered a roll, assorted nigiri, and agedeshi eggplant. I would skip the eggplant next time but everything else was amazing. The toro was amazing and the deep fried prawn heads were SO GOOD. Price is on the moderate to high end but it's a highly recommended spot from me.
We left pretty early the next day as our check out was 11:00 am. We managed to visit the Drift Cafe which offers brunch. We both ordered egg benny's and the hollandaise was very good (not very acidic) but the highlight for me was the fried hashbrowns. We also ordered mimosas but I don't recommend them. They have a nice patio, service was good, food came out quick.
Gibsons was a good weekend getaway, the ferry was quick and painless. Hopefully, you find something useful in this post and don't hesitate to comment or reach out to me on Instagram @BirryRam.
Sparkling Hill Resort is a 5 hours drive from Vancouver and is touted as one of the most relaxing and beautiful resorts in BC. Using a BC resident discount code, I decided to take my girlfriend for a couple days to relax and enjoy our vacation together.
The first impression as we arrived, it smells like roses in their lobby and the air-conditioned space was welcomed. In my reservations, I asked if we could be assigned a lake view room and pay the extra. The lake view wasn't an option when I first booked but I was hoping for someone else to cancel. Unfortunately, they couldn't accommodate us but here's a pro tip, make sure you're on level 2 or higher for the mountain view side for the best views. Check in was quick, they charge everything onto your card as you check in including your security/damage deposit.
Entering into our room, we see the gorgeous views and the crystals in the decor. This was perhaps the fanciness hotel room I've ever stayed in. The walk-in shower was huge, the tub was perfect for two people, their toilet... It doesn't have a fan so just be aware of that.
The robes and slippers you use during your stay felt a bit cheap and rough. The robes could definitely use some fabric softener for the amount you pay per night here. We quickly got changed into our bathing suits and went into the infinity pool. Phones are discouraged and you will be asked to put it away if you take it out. Whispering is not enforced and it could put a damper on your experience especially in the pool area.
The pool is heated and I think it's salted cause the weightlessness was so relaxing. When we got there, it was peak time so there were a lot of people in the pool. It has a great view but it's sort of blocked by a glass fence. If you want to tan, sometimes you have to wait for people to leave before you get a nice spot to people watch and tan. They also have an indoor pool if you want to do laps and also a whirlpool for those tight muscles.
One of my favourite things to do there was a hot and cold stepping pool that helps with blood pressure and muscle swelling. You walk 5 meters in hot water and then another 5 in freezing water. It was recommended that you do 3-4 laps twice a day.
The sauna and steam rooms are open at weird hours so plan accordingly (open from 9am-11am then it is closed until 4pm-10pm). My favourite rooms included the rose steam room, the aqua meditation room, the igloo room, herbal sauna, and the shower experience. Be sure to use all the settings of the shower experience and use it often between steam/sauna sessions.
Other amenities include a serenity room that is purely silent, a gym, paid physio and massages, paid ice sauna, a tea room which is also a quiet space, and a beauty bar if you want to get a facial or your nails done.
As for food, you have 3 options, in room service that includes a $10 delivery charge, their Peak Fines dining lounge, or their bistro for snacks and desserts. Our first night we went to Peak Fines for dinner, it's recommended you make reservations as soon as you arrive or you'll have a late dinner like us at 8:15 pm. I ordered the strip loin with potatoes and veggies. It was a pretty decent steak. My girlfriend ordered the roasted chicken pasta which was pretty good as well.
In the morning, we returned to Peak Fines for their complimentary breakfast buffet. Highlights of that buffet included fresh orange juice, smoothies, their own drink concoction, breakfast sandwich sliders, waffles (on the second day), fruit salad, sausages, and scrambled eggs. If you want to skip lunch, you can definitely load up in the morning.
At the Bistro, there is a happy hour from 4pm-6pm for their wines. The selection is ok but not the greatest. It's nice to just sit in comfy chairs and relax a bit and away from the sun.
Here are some tips:
- Bring small bills for tips
- Bring snacks and wine if you want to save some money and have options
- They have complimentary valet
- Bring something nice to wear for Peak Fines
- Bring a book for the pool
- Sunscreen is key
- Book the lake view
- Use a promo code when possible
If you have any questions or recommendations, feel free to comment below and I'll answer them as soon as I can.
Location: The Vancouver Art Gallery
On the weekend, we checked out the Takashi Murakami exhibit. Fortunately for us, we had advance tickets and skipped a ridiculously long line.
Things you should know:
- The exhibit for Murakami is one level (level 2)
- I would think he was definitely on acid, but it's cool
- Don't take acid before you go, I'm 100% sure it's a recipe for a bad trip
- Expect some weird but cool shit
Was it worth it?
The VAG is like $24 bucks now? I think if you're a huge fan of his work then definitely worth it. But if you don't know who he is you may want to save the money. I thought it was cool to see because I appreciate the anime style cartoon art but it's not everyone's cup of tea.
The exhibit is live until May 6th 2018.