Category Archives: Canada

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Parents, send your kids to play on the streets!

Parents, send your kids to play on the streets!

For a few hours on a couple of August Sunday mornings last summer, a new budding event took place in downtown Toronto. Picture a world without cars…. Kids playing hopscotch in the streets, cyclists whizzing by without worry of being gifted with door prizes. From 8 am to noon, on August 17 and August 31,Continue Reading

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

Burger Week Toronto: Have a cow, man!

Burger Week Toronto: Have a cow, man!

A relatively new festival popped up in Toronto a couple of years ago, adding to an already jam packed spring/summer festival season. This one is nestled nicely between Hot Docs and the festival orgy that is June (Luminato, TD Toronto Jazz Festival, NXNE, etc). It’s Burger Week (although “week” is used loosely, as it onlyContinue 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

Sonic Boom – Scott Pilgrim shopped for music here!

Sonic Boom – Scott Pilgrim shopped for music here!

Disclaimer: I’m from the Compact Disc (CD) generation and I’m not very tech savvy. What the hell is a hash tag?  I may be alone on this one, but I feel the CD is a more practical medium for collecting music.  I do collect records, but more as a means to collect cheap albums notContinue 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

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada: Where are all the bearded fish?

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada: Where are all the bearded fish?

For a few years, we have been having an inner conflict regarding animals in captivity in places such as zoos and aquariums. On the one hand, we will be the first to admit the fun times to be had at African Lion Safari in Hamilton, Ontario, where you can watch baboons crawl over your carContinue Reading

Mr Mel’s scrambled eggs

Mr Mel’s scrambled eggs

I was always a smartass kid when I was young. I was a handful for any teacher. I was a bright kid with a lot of wit and maybe too comfortable exercising it with authority figures. I was never a violent kid. I had the odd schoolyard dust up but most of the time thatContinue 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

Spruce Grove

Spruce Grove

I will revisit Gunn and the County of Lac Ste. Anne (refer to my previous post) later. Firstly, I feel I must follow my geographic life in chronological order, and introduce you to Spruce Grove. As I grew up, it soon became obvious to everyone around that Gunn was too small to contain me. So at theContinue Reading

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