I was went to the city I now call my second home because of my family living there – Vancouver. Vancouver is beautiful as it is but Autumn shows a different beauty of the city.
Aside from that, our most recent visit was extra special for a lot of reasons and one of it is having the chance to connect with one of the Vancouver bloggers I have been following for months: Grace Hui of (Instagram) : Sayhuitolove
The post which caught my attention was her post in Yellowknife, BC. Her photos were amazing! It me want to go one day too. I have followed her blog <gracehui.com/blog > and Instagram ever since.
To do something new in my blog, I thought of connecting with and interviewing Grace not only because she is a fellow blogger (who also came from a blog hiatus), but because she also has a day job like me. Having this warm and cheerful personality, I can say that she is the perfect person to ask about first hand information for my readers of a place she calls home, the lovely city of Vancouver. So, here it goes:
Thewonderfulkind: Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
Grace Hui: I’m Grace, and I work as a Digital Marketing Manager for a local web design company here in Vancouver.
My blog is 50% personal and 50% public. By that I mean, my blog is an evolution and a true reflection of myself. As I grow, my blog topics will continue to grow. It’s currently at a point with a strong focus on beauty, career / digital marketing, and wellness.
TWK. Describe how did you first get into blogging?
GH: To be honest, I had several blogs before. One was a food blog called Sunnysideup – when I worked in Ottawa for 8 months and had a lot of time on my hands after work. Soon after, I started a personal / DIY blog called ouihui. Now I’ve moved over to gracehui.com/blog. I wanted this blog to not simply be about my thoughts but act as a resource for people. Whether it’d be advice, recommendations, reviews or the latest deal. I want my readers to find it as a resource and let it be an open environment for discussions.
TWK: I saw in your profile that you have a day job if I am not mistaken, how do you manage your day job and your blog?
GH: That’s correct! I work Full Time, and frequent barre class around 2-3 times a week after work. I do have to admit that maintaining a blog and weekly content is a struggle (as it is for me at the moment). However, if I do have time, the key is to plan out content. Start with several categories and see what topics can stem from each category. Plan them out ahead. It is challenging, but am trying to keep up to it. A good resource for stock photos that don’t look like they’re from the 90s is unsplash! From time to time, I will get sponsored posts from wonderful local companies and these posts help feed my content calendar when I’m stuck on planning!
TWK: What specific type of blog is your blog? Travel? Lifestyle?
GH: My blog is primarily Lifestyle at the moment, when I do get the chance to travel more I would love for it to evolve into that. It might change as I get older, but right now it is more of lifestyle.. Travel, Wellness, Beauty blog.
TWK:.Also,How would you describe your blogging style?
GH: My blogging style would be casual. I want the tone to be as if I was talking to a friend and I want it to be heard / read as authentic as well. If it’s something I don’t enjoy, I will either not write about it or provide my honest opinion about the topic.
TWK: As a Vancouver blogger, what can you say is the best thing about Vancouver?
GH: The best thing about Vancouver would have to be the vast variety of restaurants. The city is extremely multicultural that we have food from nearly every part of the city and some are quite authentic as well. This is definitely a treat for us in Vancouver.
Vancouver is a great place where you can also do water sports, outdoors etc.
TWK: . When is the best time to visit Vancouver?
GH: The best time to visit is July to September. We often get late summers 🙂 Outside of those months you will be almost guaranteed to see rain at least once a week.
TWK: What are the top spots that tourists must visit in the city?
GH: If you are an outdoor enthusiast, then definitely do check out Whistler in the winter and Garibaldi Lake in the Summer. Those are two of my favourites (They are a bit outside of Vancouver but worth the drive up!)
If you are into Shopping, I would recommend Robson Street and Pacific Centre for all your essentials. However, West 4th, Main Street, and Gastown are also cool areas to check out! Their stores are more local and you’ll find some cute hard to find items as well.
Also, go seawall baking at Stanley Park.
TWK: What is the best food/ restaurants in Vancouver
GH: Well, I love tacos and Ice cream. My favourite Ice cream place is definitely Rain or Shine and my favourite Taco place has got to be La Taqueria. But if you are looking for recommendations, Scout Magazine is a good starting place for getting to know up and coming restaurants!
TWK: What are the best things to do or try in Vancouver?
GH: Best thing to do in Vancouver is to walk around on foot! If you are in Gastown or Downtown, everything is accessible by train or by foot! That’s the best way to get around. Our city is more or less in a grid, so it’s difficult to get lost. In the summer, I would highly recommend biking along the seawall. It’s a local favourite of mine and I never get tired of it. Or if you are ever wondering what is all the hype about Yoga, well, we are home of Lululemon pants so do pick up a class at One Yoga in Gastown! You may fall in love with it.
TWK: Other recommended Vancouver bloggers to follow?
Thank you so much Grace for being an inspiration (for me personally in this blogging life) and for the hospitality you have given me during my visit 😀