Category: Football

Eastern Conference finals, here we come!

It’s happening! It’s really happening! You can hear it in Gareth Wheeler’s voice all the way through this video, where he’s just fanboying all the way through, but we’ve finally done it! After so many years of moaning, groaning, and trying not to wince at 0-3(+) losses, we are finally through the playoffs. I can’t believe it!

I’m going to buy tickets to the playoffs game on November 30th – it’s on a weeknight so that kinda sucks – but the tickets are super expensive, so I’m hoping the price will drop a bit after the crazy hype goes away.

Also, I have some pretty big news for all my blog readers in the coming week. I’m reserving it for a time when I’m mellow and in the mood to write my feelings out. I’ve been in and out of that mood for the whole weekend, so perhaps later this week, after work or something, I’ll tell everyone here. (Although I don’t think anyone even reads this blog, to be completely honest.)

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As mentioned in my previous blog, I will be going to the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 next summer! I will be travelling alone for my trip to Recife, but will meet up with a friend in Recife for a couple of games (hopefully), before heading off to Rio de Janeiro for (hopefully) a quarterfinal game. Luck has already been on our side yesterday, when the World Cup groups were drawn, and our only confirmed ticket so far will be for the United States vs. Germany game on June 25th. We got incredibly lucky! I had a feeling we would end up watching a match featuring less prominent teams, but somehow we managed to get the Group of Death as Group G. Insanely lucky.

To watch Brazil play in Toronto was a childhood dream

The first time I saw Brazil play was back in 2002. It was summer, and my dad was hooked on the TV, following every single game of World Cup 2002. I started watching with him, and before I knew it, I became a fan of the Brazilian national team and the magnificent maestro Kaka. The rest, as they say, is history.

The Brazilian national team came to Toronto to play Chile in a FIFA certified friendly. It was a very short trip. They arrived the evening before, and they left the night of the game. They only stayed one night. I wasn’t even planning to attend because the tickets were so expensive – even more expensive than actual World Cup 2014 tickets! – but the day before the game, I realized that I didn’t take this chance now, I may never see them play again. At least never in Toronto – hell, when I was a kid, I never imagined I would even be able to see them play in my home city of Toronto! – and probably not at least until my 30s. So I took this chance, bought a $62 ticket for the nosebleed sections and off I went.

Life is about taking the opportunities as they present themselves to you after all. If not now, then when?

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  • "The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything." – Albert Einstein⁣
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Our house is burning, and there is no Planet B. 🌎 The climate crisis is a nonpartisan issue, no matter what the Conservatives will have you believe. If you are 18 or older, you can vote in the Canadian federal election on Monday, October 21st. Please check your riding and vote wisely. 🗳️
  • It always surprises people when I tell them that even though I was born in Hong Kong, I've never actually been back to the city. But I've always had an affinity to the city because of all the Asian entertainment I consume. And as someone who tries to stay up-to-date on global affairs, the Hong Kong protests was something that I followed closely over the summer.⁣⁣
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I wasn't able to attend Toronto's supporting protest in its entirety, so this photo is mostly for memory's sake. It's good to see people in Canada supporting people in Hong Kong, but I do wish the crowd was larger. I wish more young Canadians would take action in what they believe in. Your world won't change if just complain about it to your friends. Apathy is the most dangerous weapon to democracy.⁣⁣
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I'll end this photo caption with this quote from Albert Einstein:⁣
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"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything."
  • The Queen's Library at the Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark. The grandeur of this room left me utterly speechless. Photo doesn't do it justice. 👑 #Hillerød
  • Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Vitória, a Catholic Church overlooking a street in Porto, Portugal. 🇵🇹 (This photo looks way better without the Instagram compression. 😪) #Throwback
  • Nagy Vásárcsarnok, Budapest's Central Market Hall. About a two-minutes walk from my hotel. 🇭🇺 #Throwback #VisitHungaryHU
  • Impressed at the design of this roof. 🚍 #Vaughan