Author Archives: Kristine Bernabe

The Annex – my favourite Toronto neighbourhood

The Annex – my favourite Toronto neighbourhood

There’s been much hype about Toronto’s Queen West neighbourhood since it was voted by Vogue as the second coolest neighbourhood in the world, behind Tokyo’s Shimokitazawa district. But what I want to present to you is my favourite neighbourhood in Toronto — the Annex. Technically, the Annex is a neighbourhood between Bathurst Street in theContinue Reading

Hot Docs Festival – Oh Myyy!

Hot Docs Festival – Oh Myyy!

The benefits of living in a city with a vibrant culture and thriving art scene are too many to list.  But near the top of mine is Toronto being home to around 70 festivals throughout the year, including Nuit Blanche, the Toronto International Film Festival (commonly referred to as TIFF) and by far my favouriteContinue Reading

DJ Skate Night – It’s a dance party on ice!

DJ Skate Night – It’s a dance party on ice!

Given my warm-weather Filipino DNA, I tend to shy away from winter outdoor activities in Toronto. This year my partner Jeff finally convinced me, after a few years of pleading, to try ice skating. For those unfamiliar with this cold climate activity, ice skating entails sauntering over to your local hockey arena, outdoor public rinkContinue Reading

The Donkey Sanctuary – a place to call their own

The Donkey Sanctuary – a place to call their own

Ever wonder where donkeys who have been abused, neglected or can no longer be cared for by their aging owners find refuge?  If you’re like me, the thought has probably never crossed your mind, for fairly obvious reasons.  Talk of animal shelters and rescue is usually reserved for the cute, cuddly variety, or those grand,Continue Reading

Nuit Blanche: Transforming Toronto

Nuit Blanche: Transforming Toronto

My partner Jeff and I are hard-core Nuit Blanchers.  To prepare we usually take a nap after work on Friday, then stay up all night (and sleep all day Saturday) to condition ourselves for the following sleepless night.  Last year, we watched season 1 of Treme.  This year we continued the ritual by finishing upContinue Reading

The Ex(hibition)

The Ex(hibition)

Growing up in Toronto, there wasn’t a time that I looked forward to more than summer.  Like most kids, this meant two months of no teachers, no homework, sleeping in and hanging out with friends.  Plus, when you live in a country that only has 3 seasons – cold, very cold and warm – theContinue Reading

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