Tag: Toronto

In defence of the TTC

I’m one of those people that tries to avoid arguments and heated discussions. I mean, they’re fun sometimes – pretty much when you try to trash my team in front of me. Like nope, only the fans themselves can trash their own team because they’re the ones who actually experience the pain when it happens, therefore they are allowed to trash their own team – but when it comes to netizen comments or social media comments in general, I try to avoid them. In fact, the last time I left a YouTube comment was a positive one.

But today, because of the TTC emergency shutdown during morning rush hour, I came across a friend’s Facebook post who shared a news article about the incident, and commented by saying that the TTC is trash and they’re not doing enough to become a better transit system.

Now look, I ride the TTC five days a week. My commute is 1.5 hours long. That’s 3 hours everyday. 3 hours that I could use more productively. So if I have the right to complain, I have it, but to say that the TTC hasn’t done anything to better themselves in the past few years is a lie.

Oh, the places you’ll go!

Look at that! Two blog entries in one week! This must be some sort of world record! I kid, I kid… But before I dive into today’s blog, I just wanted to let everyone know – because obviously, my blog sees loads of regular visitors, so that’s why I’m using the word “everyone” – which reminds me that I haven’t set up Google Analytics on this new domain yet – that I reread my previous blog entry and made some edits to it. My blog entries are statistically unproven 99% word vomit, which means I don’t reread or edit my blogs after I click “publish”. Apologies if you’ve noticed any pronounced grammar errors in my past entry!

Anyhow, I met up with two of my longtime friends today, and on my way home, the get-together made me daydream about all the places I wanted to visit in my 20s and 30s.

Having left Toronto, I now appreciate its multiculturalism

A month later, I think I am finally ready to talk about my experience in Brazil. This blog won’t list all the different things I did in Recife and in Rio de Janeiro, but instead, it’ll talk more about the aftermath of it. As I had mentioned before, I had taken a lot of photos of my two-week vacation in the country, and you can simply visit my Facebook photo album here if you would like to take a look. But to be honest, most of it is just me standing in front of a beautiful view looking out into the Atlantic Ocean. There were a lot of palm tree photos too. One of the first things I remember saying to my Brazilian friends when I arrived in Recife was, “You guys have palm trees!” Being Canadian, I have never seen a palm tree up close, and I saw so many of them in Brazil! Some palm trees were so tall, they were deemed the tallest in Rio. (I’m talking about the ones from Jardim Botanico do Rio de Janeiro!) It seems so silly that I was making such a big deal out of seeing palm trees but these little things made my trip more enjoyable.

Instagram

  • Some people are really good at taking sexy selfies. I am not one of those people. In fact, I spent 5 mins of this very selfie photoshoot realizing that I'm balding and then 🙀😭 "crying" over it. #Attractive P.S. Did you know that the Google Pixel camera has a facial retouch feature built in right in its app?! Amazing. Cover up my blackheads please. #Fivehead
  • Photojournalism is my favourite type of journalism. 📷 Some really eye-opening photos on display here at the @southbankcentre. Be sure to check them out if you're in the area! #WPPH2017
  • Shrimp-ed up my experience at my first ever London winter market. Delicious! Battered shrimp was a good choice. 👌🏻🦐🍤
  • Awkward mug holding position as I was trying not to spill my mulled plum cider. The drink itself was delicious though! 🤤 #ChristmasMarket
  • Went to the @britishlibrary's Harry Potter exhibit today! Super cool to see some of the original manuscripts written by J. K. Rowling. 📖 Did you know that "Fudge" was originally written as a Muggle, and he was to appear in the very first chapter of the entire series? Or that in the second book, Harry and Ron were supposed to crash into the lake and then be rescued by English-speaking merpeople? The coolest thing though, was seeing the full handwritten plan of "Order of the Phoenix" all laid out in four sheets of paper, detailing how each chapter would contribute to the overall prophecy, and how minor characters would show up in the book (e.g. Ginny, Cho, Hagrid, the Order, and Dumbledore's Army). This plan was written way before the first book was even published! J. K. Rowling is a genius! 😍 #BLHarryPotter
  • Almost Christmas! Looking forward to what Christmas is Iike in London. 😊 P.S. Now that iPhone X is out, and we all know how Instagram loooves their iPhones - irrational bias imho - they should really work on improving their photo compression. This quality is unacceptable. 😤