Visa, BBQ & ROOST!

I got up this morning at 9AM so we can head to the China Visa office to get a Visa. The office is only open from 9AM till noon for Visa applications. I got there first so I pull two numbers from the dispenser, one for me and one for Stephen. The China Visa office in Vancouver is very busy – there were almost 90 people ahead of me in the line. It has been worst than this in the past. When I first got a Visa to go to China 3 years ago, the line up was so long that I paid someone $20 to take their spot in the line.

The Chinese Visas are for our upcoming trips to Shenzhen, China. We’ll be heading to Taipei for Computex. Taipei is part of Taiwan (which is a rouge state of China) and doesn’t require Canadians to have a Visa to enter. After Computex, we’ll be heading to Shenzhen via Hong Kong. While Hong Kong is part of China, they too do not require Canadians to have a Visa to enter. Only China requires a Visa. Why? I can only assume for money – it cost $50 to get a Visa and that office in Vancouver process as much as 1,000 Visas a day. Not a bad little racket.

Memphis Blues BBQ

After we finished applying for the Visa, which will be ready on Thursday, we walked a few blocks to Memphis Blues BBQ for lunch. This is my favorite BBQ place. Since we had 4 people we order the Memphis Feast, which offers every meat plus all the fixins’. It’s the great way to sample BBQ. And at just $32.95 divided by four, it’s a damn cheap way to stuff yourself as well. The Feast is HUGE. However, there are two platters bigger – the Elvis Platter and The Priscilla, which can feed 10 to 12 people.

After eating that much meat I felt like a fat pig and had to work it off with a nice long bike ride to Iona Beach. That was a bit of a mistake as I don’t think my body was ready for that kind of ride so soon after coming back from E3. When I got home, I felt really tired.

I think I’ll go to bed now.

5 thoughts on “Visa, BBQ & ROOST!”

  1. Carl says:

    Taiwan is not a “rogue state” of China, only China thinks that. You’re smart enough to know this too…

    And while HK is technically a ‘part of China’ it won’t fully become so until 2047. Until then, they have their own government, laws, immigration, currency, and culture.

    All three countries are VERY different from each other. You should know that too! Maybe you’re just trying to get a rise out of people with your blog, but you’re looking pretty ignorant in the process.. Mostly because you SHOULD know this stuff, as you’ve been to all 3 countries. 🙂

  2. Marco says:

    I heard somewhere that the reason why some countries/territories get you to pay while other don’t is because your Canada probably charges Chinese citizens to enter your country.

    I know for a fact that on a general less than 90 day stay at the US for an Australian doesn’t require a visa – and I assume the reverse is true due to some int’l agreement.

    Are you being sponsored again for this trip?

  3. Rosie says:

    It would have been faster to get your China visa in Hong Kong, I think…but what a hassle when they ask you what they do. I told them I was a technical writer, and they didn’t undertstand, so my mom told them I was in computers *eyes roll*

    I can’t wait to go to Hong Kong and to get in some good shopping…only 8 more months to go…

  4. John Chow says:

    Getting a Visa at the Vancouver office is very easy. They don’t ask any questions. As long as you filled out the form correctly and as long as you’re Canadian, there’s a near 100% chance that you’ll get one. It’s just the waiting time in line that bugs me!

    Marco – Yes, I ma being sponsored for this trip.

  5. Stephen says:

    Umm… How about that Memphis Blues BBQ 😉

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