What was I doing in Langley!?

Hey all!

Last week, I did something crazy. I went to Langley.

Okay, it isn’t that crazy and I’m sorry I disappointed you, but it was a 4 hour bus ride back and forth. So most of my friends and family thought I was crazy.

I managed to drag a friend with me down to Langley (I was actually really surprised anyone would agree to a 2 hour bus ride, so I love you M). Why did I want to go to Langley? There was a toy store I wanted to visit. Yup, I am twenty years old and I will spend 4 hours on transit for a toy store.

During the Vancouver Fan Expo, I was at one of the many retail booths and the guy behind the counter told me that they actually had a physical store in Langley. I was surprised since I knew many of convention booths that sold items either travelled from convention to convention, or was a local artist selling their crafts. In Vancouver, we have Golden Age Collectables, and I have been there way too many times. So I wanted to go to Toy Traders to check them out!

Toy Traders was a fairly big toy store. Their front section had much of what you would expect in a regular toy store, as they sold some boardgames and toys for little girls and boys. So you would find your typical Lego, Barbies, and plushies over here.

If you stepped in a bit further, you would get to their more adult section. No, not their XXX section. This was where you would find action figures and collectables. They also carried official merchandise from certain TV shows, such as Game of Thrones and Doctor Who. Of course, Star Wars took up a sizeable portion of the store. They also had Marvel merchandise, licensed T-shirts and other good stuff. My Little Pony comics too if that’s your thing.

What was really cool about the store was the decor. Lining this section of the store, they had displays set up all around their walls, depicting scenes of sci-fi struggles. You could see spaceships attacking a base, soldiers fighting off a giant robot, and more. I feel like it would have been fun to play a game of I Spy with the dioramas.

A horrible pic of a bit of their diorama

A horrible pic of a bit of their diorama

I spoke to one of the employees (actually, he was the same guy who told me about this place back at the Vancouver Fan Expo’s booth), and he told me that they were opened every single day of the year except for one day on Christmas. On this day, they would get a carpenter to come in to add to their dioramas. So this amazingness was only going to grow!

They also had a Star War display in a glass box that had C-3PO and R2-D2. Towards the back of the store, there was a Terminator display. My friend and I kept joking about how it will come to life and kill everyone, and then I started to get wary of the robot behind the cage.

They have a signed picture from David Prowse in there!

They have a signed picture from David Prowse in there!

I decided to make the most obnoxious girly poses with the displays, just to annoy anyone who was watching.

If you were judging me before, how about now?? :P

Obnoxious asian pose

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The emperor’s face says it all.

So what else can you do in Langley?

My friend and I decided to eat at Olive Garden, since it was the only one in British Columbia. They have a million Olive Gardens in the US, but we have to go to the one in Langley in order to have some of their addictive free breadsticks.

One of the dishes we ordered to share was mussels. Looks good right?

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But then we opened up the last one, and found this inside.

A tiny starfish!

A tiny starfish!

At first we were pretty grossed out. But then I removed the starfish from the shell and started playing with it. Our waitress caught eye of what I was doing and asked me what that was. I then explained how we found a stray starfish in our mussels. She got queasy (she explained that she was pregnant), and asked if she should get the manager. I told her it was fine and understandable, since we were having seafood and this was probably bound to happen at some point in time. In the end, she talked to the manager herself and after we paid, she chased us down in the washroom and handed us a gift card as an apology. I thought that was excellent customer service, so props to them! (Then my friend and I realized that we will have to go back to Langley one day to spend the card… more transit fun for us.)

You can also go to Planet LazerΒ or The Great Escape in Langley. Planet Lazer boasts that they have the largest floor for laser tag in North America, and we were planning on playing a few games. But we walked into their establishment and walked straight back out. It was stuffy and very hot. My friend and I were both wearing jeans and boots, and we probably would have fainted if we were in there much longer. Planet Lazer’s Langley branch had Yelp reviews saying that their service was horrible. We can add to this, since when we called to make our inquiries, they were quite rude. But I guess you are not going to Planet Lazer for excellent customer service anyway…thought it would make the visit more enjoyable.

The Great Escape is more targeted towards younger kids from what we observed. They had a small arcade area (with around 6 machines), and a huge jungle gym for kids. They also had a 2-level laser tag area, and I think I would want to try their place out next time– mostly because I have been to Planet Lazer’s Richmond branch, and also the staff at The Great Escape were really nice. However, I have a feeling the whole place may be flooded with little kids, and I’m not sure I want to shoot at kids.

So that’s a summary of my day at Langley. We walked a lot, since Langley blocks were very different from Vancouver blocks. Walking three Langley blocks to cross the street was actually quite a workout. You can also forget about jaywalking, because if you think you can wait for a gap to cross on the Langley bypass, you’ll be roadkill before you know it. So if you can drive, I would definitely recommending going around Langley by car. But, if not, I guess I am living proof that walking and public transit is possible. Just wear shoes you can walk in and clothes that won’t make you sweat buckets.

If you know any other hidden gems in or near Vancouver, let me know! I’m glad I discovered the toy store, and it did make me go to Langley for the first time, so it was a rewarding trip!

Until next time!

– Karen

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15 thoughts on “What was I doing in Langley!?

  1. andy1076 says:

    From running all the way to Langley for a expo’s retailer to a discovery of star fish in your mussels, now THAT is what I call a productive week lol! could you believe that in Asia they actually serve starfish on a stick? crazy huh? so cool that you went to visit a star wars fan store πŸ™‚

    • kalyrical says:

      What!?! My friend and I were both wondering whether we could eat the starfish. But then I thought about how some creatures in the sea were poisonous so we both decided against it! Hmm, interesting. I wonder what starfish would taste like..

      • andy1076 says:

        Well, According to the youtube videos I’ve seen? nobody really likes eating it. They BBQ them and the skin turns hard and you eat what’s inside, ugh! not really something I’d try 😦

        I do wonder how on earth something like that managed to end up inside a mussel though? weird! πŸ™‚

      • kalyrical says:

        Definitely very weird. I accidentally broke apart the starfish at olive garden and from what I can see, they have like grey stuff oozing out from it…didn’t look particularly appetizing

  2. MrJohnson says:

    That sounded like a funtastic time. I used to love bus rides to places never ventured. I probably still do. Olive Garden is somewhere I’ve been wanting to go for a while. You’ve brought it back to my consciousness. Well, at least the starfish signifies the mussels were probably from the sea and not grown in a lab. Hey, check your email.

    • kalyrical says:

      Haha! I see the email XD
      Olive Garden is just like your regular Moxies and Cactus Clubs (food wise) but with a slightly homelier decor. But, their garlic breadsticks are pretty good. Especially when they serve it to you hot from the oven and you can’t stop eating them cause they keep refilling your basket. /Sigh

  3. hurricanediana says:

    What a surprise to find a starfish in your mussels! It’s like finding two yolks in your egg! I would have been so excited. Olive Garden has definitely the best customer service ever. Sweetest employees no matter which branch you visit. Sounds like you had a fun day!

  4. normapadro says:

    I liked when you said walking to the area for adult games. Not xxxx. That was very funny. I understand what you mean. When I lived in N.Y.C. I used to take a train all the way from manhattan to queens just to look around at the stores.

    I enjoyed window shopping. I agree with you. It’s fun.

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