All posts tagged: city

Ottawa First Impressions

Although just four hours away from Toronto, my move to Ottawa was not an easy one.  There is a  very noticeable distinction in culture and way of life in the Capital.  My initial impressions of the city is how quiet and slower it is compared to Toronto.  People simply move at their own pace and there is rarely a sense of urgency.  Downtown Ottawa consists mostly of government buildings and everyone disperses after work hours, leaving the premise pretty deserted for the most part.  However, there are some gems that I’ve uncovered so far. The Parliament buildings are always a sight to behold.  The mixture of old and new architecture in Ottawa brings character into the city.  And the canal and bridges are lovely and peaceful to stroll across. The Annual Tulip Festival is held in Ottawa which stems from Princess Juliana’s token of gratitude for her stay in Canada while in exile.  10,000 tulips are gifted each year and attracts upwards of 500,000 tourists. I was shocked at how many exotic breeds of Tulips …

Long Weekend Getaway in Montreal

Excaping to Montreal for a sweet little road trip with my main squeeze.  Montreal is a major city in Quebec about 6hrs East of Toronto.  It kind of reminds me of a grungy version of Toronto with French speakers.  We started the day off with some classfic Montreal sbagels with lox & cream cheese at Fairmount Bagels.  I was shockingly disappointed at the lack of distinct flavor despite the bagels were prepared in the traditional Montreal style (boiled before baked).  I would recommend St. Viateur, however they do only sell bagels and do not offer ready-to-eat ones with filling. Strolling down Old Montreal was very nice and relaxing.  There is a port where you can see some sailboats and a nice view of the city as a backdrop.   We saw some sort of ceremony happening…but not sure what it was about as the whole narration was in French 😛 I think it was something about the celebration of the city’s anniversary of sorts? Spotted some cool swings that played music and generated energy as …

Hong Kong [Part 2] Repulse Bay, Yacht Club, Big Buddha, Ngong Ping 360

We started our morning with a stroll on Repulse Bay.  The mountains and buildings served as a beautiful backdrop to the relatively peaceful beach – apparently it’s usually full of people but has been quiet lately due to the protest (I suppose some positive things arise from public unrest).  These properties are some of the most expensive in HK. I mean… who would’t want to wake up to a view like this everyday?  The Kwan Yum Shrine is also located near the beach and offers a cultural place of interest for sightseeing.  We took a short boat ride over to one of the 3 club houses for members of the Royal Yacht Club for a drink (side note: we were not the members ;P my lovely aunt took us).  Unfortunately… the place wasn’t even open yet, but the views were spectacular and totally worth the trip.    The food is fantastic in HK, and the levels of dining also range from extremely luxurious to extremely casual and run down.  However, sometimes the best food is …

Hong Kong [Part 1] Eating boatloads of delicious food and performing surgery on Hairy Crabs

Despite being born and raised in Canada, every time I go back to Hong Kong to visit my family, it always feels like home.  Something about the fast paced lifestyle, the food, the culture… it just feels right.  This time I went with the bf and only had 10 days as opposed to my usual month long stay.  With such a tight timeline, everyday was packed with delicious food, glorious sight seeing, and lots of walking.  October offered comfortable weather conditions – dry wit temperatures hovering around mid to high 20’s.  Very comfortable compared to summers in Hong Kong!   After 16hours in the air, we arrived late at night and headed over to Tsui Wah for a quick midnight snack.  Tsui Wah (翠華集團) is a typical HK style cafe with multiple locations across HK island.  Warning: the Malaysian noodle soup was INSANELY spicy but the wonton soup was good, pretty standard. The next morning decided to go for a classic milk tea, sammy and macaroni soup breakfast at Hao Wah (豪華).  Again, pretty standard, …