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A Weekend In Oakville

Hello lovelies!

I do love a good staycation, as you’ve read about in my previous city guides on Port Credit and Burlington. It’s been a little while since my last GTA staycation guide. This post is a special one, as I have I teamed up with Visit Oakville to showcase some of Oakville’s hidden gems.


Did you know that I actually lived in Oakville?


…For about seven months during the school year during my post-grad at Sheridan. Funnily enough,   I never really took the time to explore what great things this town has.

I think that late summer is such a great time to go because there are so many events going on! Oakville is a pretty chill city, and a great one for a little summer escape away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, but it still has plenty of things to offer.

Venturing to far-away lands can sometimes be time-consuming and expensive – why not take a staycation? Today, we’re looking into some of the best spots to stay, eat, and visit around the Oakville and Bronte area.

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An Evening Exploring Burlington

Hiya lovelies!

It’s the summer time, and that means…weekend getaways! In my last staycation post, we looked at prime spots around Port Credit (read here). Continuing with my series of staycation spots within the GTA, we’re traveling down to Burlington. Burlington is another lakeside town sandwiched between Oakville and Hamilton. I haven’t visited since I was a kid, so I thought it would be nice to bring my parents down with me for the weekend.

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A Staycation In Port Credit, Mississauga

A Staycation in Port Credit, Mississauga

Hello hello hello! Looking for a vacation, but don’t want to travel? How about a staycation in Port Credit? Located 30 minutes outside of Toronto’s downtown core, Port Credit is a not-so-hidden gem during the warm, summer seasons. With lots of great restaurants, parks, and gorgeous walkways, it’s worth making a trip out here for a weekend this summer!

I’m sure you’ve all seen my Toronto travel guides. Toronto is great and all, but sometimes you just want to get away from the noise and bustle of the city. There are so many great little gems in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) that you might not know about, and I’ll be exploring a few of them this summer! Let’s take a look at how I spent my weekend in Port Credit…

Most of you will know by now that I love to travel and see the world, and I think going abroad is incredible. Nothing beats new cultures, new adventures and new experiences! However, so many people forget that we live in a wonderful place too…If you’re a GTA local or new to the area, it’s definitely worth taking a day or two to explore the charming cities and towns outside of Toronto.

Fun fact – I actually grew up in Port Credit! I went to middle school and high school in the Lorne Park / Clarkson area. I’ve seen the town grow and bloom throughout the years, and it’s really shaping up.


WHERE TO STAY: WATERSIDE INN

In my opinion, there’s only one place to stay when you come visit Port Credit – The Waterside Inn!

Located right in the heart of Port Credit, The Waterside Inn has you right in the middle of all the action. It is set against the harbor with the dreamiest of views, amongst all the great little restaurants and shops. It is also located minutes from Port Credit GO station on the Lakeshore West line, about a half-hour train ride from downtown Toronto’s Union Station.

 

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When I am planning a staycation, I want a nice big room with lots of space.

Staycations are all about relaxing and discovering cities and towns around you! The rooms at the Waterside Inn are very cozy. 🙂 The rooms are all suites, so you get a bedroom, living room, and kitchen area. We stayed in one of the Residential Suites, but they also have deluxe rooms and penthouse suites. Although the decor is a little bit dated, it has the charm of a boutique hotel. I think these rooms would be perfect for extended stays.

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The kitchen comes with a washer and dryer, utensils, a stove, microwave, fridge, and dishwasher.

We had a huge balcony! Our room overlooked the Port Credit harbor…

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It was nice to sit outside in the evening and watch the sun set.

I felt so cozy after winding down in the evening after doing my skincare regime. Currently loving the Laneige Bright Renew line. You can read about my current skincare regime here!

I know that this venue is very popular for summer weddings and events so keep that in mind! 😉 Parking is $10/night (located behind the hotel in the Marina lot) and high-speed wifi is included on every floor.

The Waterside Inn is home to Breakwater Restaurant, a highly rated, classy little establishment if you’re looking for a more formal meal or evening drinks. They hold seasonal events, such as the popular Father’s Day brunch! Although we didn’t experience the Breakwater, I think this would be a lovely venue to dine at with family.

 

To top it all off, the customer service has been incredible. The general manager, Toni Frankfurter, was so lovely and really brought my experience at the Waterside Inn to a whole other level! Customer service really does make a difference, especially from independent boutique hotels – it feels much more special than the cookie cutter experience of big hotel chains. A huge thank you to the Waterside Inn team for looking after us so well.

Wine-ding down for the night.

Of course, we wound down in the evening with a class of JP Rosé Azeitão Syrah 2016 Bacalhoa wine*. Is it weird that I drank mine iced? It was a nice way to end the evening, looking out onto the lake.

I won’t lie, it’s a super girly drink – it is light pink and has an almost floral aroma, of roses and wildflowers! How lovely is that?

I’m terrible with describing wines, but it is described as having a fresh finish with a mineral note and a slight sweetness. It’s a medium-bodied and refreshing summer wine, and a great one to accompany a night in…complete with a face mask of course! You can find it at LCBO here.

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FOR THE BRISK MORNING WALK… JC SADDINGTON PARK.

There are a series of beautiful little parks on the lakeshore worth venturing out to. JC Saddington Park is located just off Lakeshore Blvd, a short walk from the Port Credit lighthouse.

I used to go on walks with my parents here during summer weekends when I was a kid, so it’s quite a nostalgic place for me.

JC Saddington Park is lined with little trails along the waterfront. It is a very popular choice for families to visit in the summer time, with lots of gatherings and BBQs. It can get quite busy at times, but it never feels crowded. Matt and I like going there after dinner because a circuit around the park definitely helps the food go down!

Keep in mind that during summer weekends, parking can get quite hectic during peak afternoon and evening hours. If you’re staying in Port Credit, there is parking along the main road, but there is Marina parking (behind Waterside Inn) for $10.

HONORABLE MENTION: PORT CREDIT MEMORIAL PARK…

If you don’t mind a bit of a shorter circuit, loop around Port Credit Memorial Park which lines the Port Credit river. You’ll likely see lots of rowers paddling up and down the river under the bridge. We arrived on the evening of the Dragon Boat festival so we saw a few of those speeding about! [/pipdig_padded_text]


FOR LUNCH… SNUG HARBOR

I love supporting independent, local restaurants and we certainly did that this staycation. Let me first say… dinner time peak hours at Port Credit are insane during the summer months. If you want to eat at the Snug (and not wait 2 hours for a table,) your best bet is to arrive at around lunchtime.

Snug Harbor is a cozy little restaurant located across from The Waterside Inn. Set right in the marina, Snug Harbor is a homey seafood restaurant that has one of the best views of the town! Unfortunately we arrived at about 7:45PM for dinner and there was a 1hr 45min wait. The Snug Harbor does not take reservations during the summer months due to demand, so we decided to try again some other time. I’ve eaten at the Snug before and it’s great- totally recommended if you manage to get a spot! Try to sit on the patio if you can, the warm summer breeze off the lake is lovely and you can watch all of the boats come in and out of the marina.

MUST TRY: Coconut shrimp, Rainbow Trout, Seafood Pescatore, and the classic Fish & Chips.

 


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HONORABLE MENTION…THE WORKS.

As a burger lover, I’ve got to mention to The Works! The Works is a gourmet burger place a little ways down the street from Burger’s Priest, and is more suitable if you want some place to sit down and relax. It’s pretty hip looking inside (think: exposed pipe and brick, drinks served in measuring glasses, burgers arrive in metal trays… etc.) I reviewed the Hamilton location here! The Works also offers vegetarian and gluten-free options.

I got the Juicy Lucy, which is your regular tomato/lettuce/onion burger, except the patty is filled with cheese! So gooooood. I also got a side of spicy die cut chips – a nice little change from the typical fries.

MUST TRY: The Juicy Lucy burger, the Nacho Libre burger, and the Son of a Beech burger.

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FOR DINNER… CROOKED CUE

As I mentioned earlier, dinner time gets quite busy in Port Credit on the weekends! We ventured out to the Pump House Grill (40 min wait) and then Door Fifty Five (30 min wait) before we finally got to the Crooked Cue. It has more of a bar atmosphere but it was recently renovated and looks quite sleek inside.

Half of the venue is a restaurant and the other half is billiard tables. Although it looked pretty full inside, we were immediately seated in a spacious booth. Our waitress was lovely 🙂

 

I ordered the classic Fish n Chips. You might remember me going through a fish n chip phase during postgrad earlier this year where I literally ate it every other meal… LOL. Anyway this was much better (obv).

My fish n chips came on a huge bed of fries but the plate was quite small so it was a bit hard to…navigate? Either way, the fish and coleslaw tasted great and I left the restaurant feeling quite full and content.

Matt got a massive Jack Daniels Smoked Burger, and he really enjoyed it!

Overall, I really liked the Cue. We’re probably going to come back sometime in the summer. I’m sure the atmosphere really picks up later in the evening as it seems like a popular place for drinks and pool.


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HONORABLE MENTION: COLOSSUS GREEK TAVERN

If you’re into Greek food, I’d say it’s work checking out Colossus. I’ve eaten there quite a few times and I really like their food – you can’t go wrong with a chicken souvlaki! I love Greek food because it isn’t super fried and greasy – just clean, simple food. A chicken skewer, some tzaziki, potatos, and a salad – so good! Colossus tastes like great, home cooked food.

 


FOR  A LITTLE DESSERT… SCOOPS

One of the classic little shops on Lakeshore is Scoops – an independently owned ice cream shop that offers a huge selection of flavors. Chances are you’ll see the line going out the door. Worth the wait in my opinion because nothing beats an ice cream cone on a hot summer day near the lake!

MUST TRY: Espresso Robusto (especially if you’re a coffee lover!), but there are about 50 different flavors to choose from!

 

FOR THE ~ROMANTIC~ SUNSET WALK: PORT CREDIT WATERFRONT TRAIL.

The summer sunsets in Port Credit are absolutely gorgeous. You have the silhouettes of the famous lighthouse against dreamy fire-lit sky.

There’s a circuit I love doing which basically goes through Port Credit Memorial Park (up against the Port Credit river, back up and around, across the street towards Snug Harbor, and along the back walkway! There are always lots of people around and usually a few street musicians – just some really good vibes.

You can also cross the bridge and walk up along the other side towards JC Saddington Park. That will give you another great view across the harborfront which looks totally different at night.

If you have a car and are willing to drive out a bit towards Clarkson…

HONORABLE MENTION: JACK DARLING PARK
Jack Darling is another park I love frequenting. It is a large park with long winding trails that line the lakeshore, eventually reaching Ratray March. The park itself is very popular amongst families, so you’ll see plenty of groups starting BBQs or having gatherings. There are lots of big willow trees and shady spots to sit. Protip: bring bug spray… the gnats can get a little insane.

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You can find all of the locations posted on this handy little map! 🙂 (Jack Darling is a little bit out of the way though so you might have to zoom out.)

Parks are marked in green, hotel in orange, and restaurants in purple!

Have you been to Port Credit? Have you visited any of the other lakeside cities in the GTA? Do you take staycations?

*Thank you to the Waterside Inn for providing a room in exchange for an honest review.

 

Ontario Science Centre + Marché Restaurant | Toronto Travel Guide

 

December 31, 2016

Hello lovelies! Hope your Christmas and New Year’s celebrations were fun! I’m starting to get back into the swing of regular blog posts. How did you spend your New Year’s Eve? I’ve always been the type of person who wants to go out on New Year’s, wear a fancy dress, and party all night! However, I’ve haven’t actually been able to cross that off my bucklet list. Maybe next year. This New Year’s Eve, we took it easy.

Matt and I had a pair of free tickets to the Ontario Science Centre which expired on the 31st. We had no other plans, so we thought why not? I’ve never actually been to the Science Centre, so we figured it would make for a nice little date. Unfortunately it’s a little ways outside of downtown Toronto, just off the Don Mills Parkway.

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Cottage Getaway Week | Photo Diary, Where to Eat in Gravenhurst, & My Fave Summer Makeup!

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A Week Away…

…In the middle of nowhere aka Canadian cottage countryside aka Muskoka aka Gravenhurst, Ontario. Well, a bit more out of the way, in a tiny little town called Washago. Matt’s family invited me to stay with them for a week at a little cottage they rented from a close friend. This was my second year staying with them, and I was looking forward to a week of relaxing and ~becoming one with nature.~ Unfortunately, things didn’t quite go our way. Keep reading to hear what happened, as well as taking a peek at my favourite summer look with my current go-to makeup products!

 

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Ripley’s Aquarium Toronto | Toronto Travel Guide

Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto

A continuation of my adventure downtown with Redbubble… (psst, there’s a giveaway too! Check it out!)
The Ripley’s Aquarium opened in 2013, right next to the CN Tower! It’s a large aquarium that features a very streamlined path – you make your way through tanks featuring fishes from freshwater and saltwater lakes, to the shark tunnels, to tropical fish, the rays, the jellies, and a behind the scenes of the water filtration systems. It’s a beautiful and relaxing environment, great for destressing (unless you’re afraid of water, haha!)

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Uncle Tetsu’s Angel Cafe; Toronto’s First Maid Cafe!

Uncle Tetsu’s Angel Cafe…

Tucked away in the heart of the Toronto is a huge Otaku secret. In their efforts to expand and introduce Toronto to Japanese food culture, the famous Uncle Tetsu’s Cheesecake cafe has opened up a maid cafe.

Maid cafes are a prominent and reoccuring theme in Japanese anime and otaku culture, and can famously be found in areas of Tokyo such as Akihabara. Maid cafes combine elements of anime, and cosplay culture – it is often a small, brightly lit, and pastel coloured cafe. Customers are greeted with a hearty “Irasshaimase!” or welcome! Girls in maid uniforms (think more cute and reserved than kinky/sexy) serve desserts such as cakes, parfaits, and teas to visitors, as well as perform dances at set times.

Mle and I decided to visit Uncle Tetsu’s Angel Cafe! Here’s what we discovered…

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An Evening in Downtown | Sansotei Ramen, A-Game Cafe, & Cafe Crepe

Let’s Go Downtown!

Hello friends! Hope you’ve all had a great weekend – mine was quite eventful! Today, I’ll be posting another one of my Toronto Hot Spot series. Hopefully these posts will introduce you to new places to stop by for lunch or dinner, or if you’re looking for something fun to do downtown Toronto! You can read the rest of the posts here.

Saturday’s events are all within walking distance, and could make for a fun night out downtown.

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Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake in Toronto | Worth the Wait?

Hey lovelies!

Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake – the “it” bakery/cafe that’s on everyone’s lips at the moment! Their supposedly famous Japanese Cheesecakes attract the masses, resulting in hour-long lineups outside their Toronto shop. I recently took a trip downtown and stopped by in order to find out what all the hype was about, and if the cheesecake was actually worth the wait!

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The Sheraton Gateway Airport Hotel in Toronto YYZ

The Sheraton Gateway Airport Hotel

Let the travel blogging begin! WOO YES, one of my favourite things to do! Haven’t been able to do it that often but I’ve got a great series of posts lined up for you! On July 1st, I flew out to the city of angels for Anime Expo 2015! However, the night before, I had the pleasure of staying in the Sheraton Gateway Hotel located in Toronto Pearson Airport.

While organizing my stay, I originally messed up the dates…twice! Felt a bit like an idiot because (for some reason) I thought that there were only 29 days in June. Luckily the Sheraton customer service was completely understanding and were able to change the dates of my stay!! What a relief! Made me look forward to my stay even more!

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Day at the ROM | Toronto Travel Guide

The Royal Ontario Museum

Popped by the Royal Ontario Museum today! Students get free admission on Tuesdays so we went to check out the exhibits. Especially wanted to see the dinos after seeing Jurassic World, haha!!

Brought my 50mm lens to test out, still getting used to fixed lenses since I’ve only really used an 18-55mm.

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A look around Chinatown | Toronto Travel Guide

Hello lovelies!

This past weekend, my mom and I went downtown for a little day trip! I’m always downtown these days because I get bored of living in the burbs and downtown is only a subway trip away. She hasn’t been down there for a while so it was nice to spend time on her in between final projects and work.

Starting the trip by getting off at Spadina station, took the street car to Chinatown just by Kensington market.

Stopped off at the Hong Kong Island bakery for some bunz. It was around lunch time so we stopped off for a quick snack.

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A Day On Center Island | Toronto Travel Guide

Hello lovelies!

Two weeks ago, I went to Centre Island with my parents! It’s an island that’s located right offshore from downtown Toronto. It is full of attractions – Centreville (small amusement park, mainly for small kids), restaurants, parks and beaches.

In order to get there, you need to take a ferry from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal (9 Queen’s Quay West)! If you’re walking from Union Station, just walk south along Bay Street to Queens Quay and you’ll see it.

I was really happy because I’ve been working full time since I got back from SDCC and haven’t really had a chance to go out on the weekend. The weather was beautiful which was great considering we’ve had a really crap summer so far, mostly cloudy days and rain.

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Maid Cafe + Toronto trip!

Hello darlings! (・∀・)

Before I start, can you guys check something for me? When I try to click the [Follow via Google Friend Connect] button in the top right corner, I’m getting a We’re sorry… We were unable to handle your request. Please try again or return a bit later.” message. Are you guys getting this as well? I just need to know in case the link is broken so I can fix it. (・ε・)


Anyway, last Wednesday I attended my university’s Japanese Association’s maid cafe! I think it was for some charity thing.. I was still really excited to go though because I have never been to a maid cafe! (Basically a small cafe set up in which girls cosplaying in maid outfits serve you food and play games, take pictures…super cute!) (・ω・)/ I’ve seen them at conventions like Anime North and they look really fun so I decided to go with my friends Michael and Tim. (None of my girlfriends here wanted to go because they’re not into anime/cosplay. ) (ノ_・。)



The weather was horrible that night – very rainy/dark/windy. Luckily the building that the cafe was held in was down the street from my residence.






Cafe was held in a classroom. It was quite full! Admission came with a slice of cake and some tea.

I had strawberry cake. Oh god it was the most delicious strawberry cake I have ever tasted. (°∀°)b

Tim had green tea mousse cake and Michael had caramel-chocolate cake! So tasty~

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Maids~ Fushi and Michelle!

We only stayed for about half an hour but it was still really fun! They’ll be having another maid cafe in the spring so hopefully I’ll be able to attend that as well. ≧(´▽`)≦


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This weekend, my lovely waifu Ringo came over to my university! Haven’t seen her since Fan Expo ;_;

Went along with Wasi and Zarrar to see Zombie Walk (basically a parade where people dress up as realllly scary looking zombies! Quite a spectacle – you can see some awesome photos here!) . We ended up getting to Toronto a bit later than expected due to traffic.  (;´▽`A“

CN Tower~
When we got to Toronto we first headed to Bzhaun’s place to drop stuff off, but then we found out that the Zombie Walk was  pretty far from his apartment…so we ended up skipping out on it and going to Eaton’s centre instead.

Dundas square at night – it was really crowded because there was a street performer there!

(This picture pretty much sums up the night haha!) γ(▽´ )ツヾ( `▽)ゞ

After we met up with Anton, Nancy and Jeanie for dinner! It was lots of fun since I hadn’t seen them in a really long time. Since it was really late, everyone ended up sleeping over at Bzhaun’s apartment, who had a really nice view of the CN  tower + Lake Ontario!

Ringo and I were so tired the next day. (´_`。) We basically ended up spending half the day on buses since part of the highway was closed off so the ride back was super slow. All in all it was really fun getting to hang out with everyone again! It was a nice distraction before the upcoming hellish week (History essay for Thursday, Linguistics midterm exams on Thursday and Friday) (/_;)/~~ Somebody save me…

I’ll try to make a scheduled post showing you some of the pics I got from the cosplay event last week- got some nice studio photos! (●´ω`●)ゞ

Ottawa (Day 5) + Cosplay Progress!

Hey guys! Sorry for not updating in a while. It’s been really hot here and I’ve lost all motivation haha! orz 

Anyway, I’ll be continuing my report on my Ottawa trip! This post will be about Canada Day (July 1)

The main reason of why we drove up to Montreal/Quebec was to catch a glimpse of the royals!  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Princess Kate) made their first official trip as a newlywed couple to Canada! Which was super exciting since my family is a fan of the royals! Naturally, we had to go see them! 

Woke up at 8AM, left for Parliament Hill at 9AM. There were already so many people! They had fenced off this one area which my mom and I jumped over LOL, NO FENCE IS GOING TO KEEP ME AWAY FROM ROYALS.   Dad said he’d stay behind because he couldn’t jump the fence/too old or something. So my mom and I went ahead. She was bitching about how I took too long to get ready and how we didn’t have a good seat BLAH BLAH BLAH.


So many people!


View inbetween the butts of people standing up against the fence…


Then I came up with the amazing idea to climb up on one of the posts near the fence! If you can see the girl in the white/red shirt on the right side of the picture, behind the girl in the blue – she was also sitting on a post. I was sitting on the one to the left of her 


My mom and her asian sun-umbrella LOL 


Black cars arriving before the royals!


Also that day happened to be SUPER SUNNY. Coincidently, my mom decided to throw out our sunscreen because she said it had expired wtf. 

I didn’t get any photos because I was taking video, but basically Will + Kate rode up in a white carriage! They came in on the road right in front of me AHH I had such a good view and was so excited to actually be able to see them in person! It was super exciting! All you can hear in the video is be going “OH GOD OH GOD ITS WILL AND KATE AHH THIS IS SO EXCITING”.   I’ll post it when I upload it haha!

After that my mom and I went back to the hotel. My dad also got photos because he went in the information centre across from Parliament hill that was airconditioned and had big glass windows… So jealous that he didn’t have to wait out in the sun and burn like I did! But he didn’t get to see them up close ohoho~ 

Went back after dinner for the fireworks show.

The fireworks show was beautiful!  Only lasted 15 minutes.

And that ends my report on Ottawa/Montreal! Hope you enjoyed it! 

Also, I have some progress pictures for my Meiko cosplay! On the Friday of Fan Expo this year, I’ll be cosplaying Meiko (Vocaloid) from the song “Synchronicity”! I decided to do an armored cosplay after seeing the Lightning from Acksonl’s Anime Expo video! The armor looks so cool omg.  I was planning to cosplay Erza from Fairy Tail but it looked kind of hard, so I figured I’d start with something easier.

 It’ll be my first time making armor so I hope it’ll turn out alright.

Here’s what Synchronicity Meiko looks like –
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 I think I did a pretty good job on the upper thigh armor so far, I’m just really scared of making the chest plate because I don’t want to mess up! It’s all made of craft foam using this tutorial.

I’m scared for the chest plate orz haha…. WISH ME LUCK! I’ll post progress pics here later! 

Ottawa (Day 4) – HAPPY CANADA DAY!

First thing’s first…
HAPPY CANADA DAY, FELLOW CANADIANS! 😀


I’m so lucky that I get to spend it in Ottawa, the capital of Canada! I’m actually writing this post on the 30th of June…IN THE PAST~!~! Scheduled this post because I’ll probably be dead tired tomorrow…er…I mean today…

Anyway, I’ll be writing about the 30th of June. Left Montreal in the morning. Before I left, downloaded the app that my friend recommended to me called “Pudding Cam”! Just search for it in the App store! It’s a Korean camera app with tons of cool features, and best of all it’s free!

Also just a heads up – this post is quite image heavy!

Are you manly enough to take on the TRIPLE BYPASS?
Entering Ontario, yay!
Arrived at our hotel which was a suite! Our room is apartment style, therefore we had a washroom, one bedroom, a living room, and a mini kitchen. Quite nice I must say! I have a feeling my residence will be like this next year only with a much smaller room x 4.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are in Canada for their first official overseas trip as a married couple! Here’s their itinerary in Ottawa.
More pics under the cut!

Haha saw this poster in a supermarket and thought it was funny. Harper is our Prime Minister!
Testing out Pudding Cam’s 4 motion photo effect with my sock haha I get bored way too easily. I’ve seen Jenny use this app before and never really knew which one she was using! I think it’s cool!


S-so fluffy!


This note was outside the tomb of the unknown soldier area on a wreath! Prince William wrote ‘Lest We Forget / N’oublier Jamais’ on it.


Went to the parliament building.


This is the area where they do all of their debates and stuff.
(I don’t know the technical names since I’m not really interested in politics/government stuff haha)


The public can come sit above and watch!


The library was massive!


Portraits of Queen Elizabeth II and her father.


Went up into the Peace Tower.


Where the big concert will be happening. It’s expected to be filled with more than 300,000 people!


(I ended up testing some of the camera effects here, I think they turned out nice! Too bad the 3GS ‘s camera sucks, I’m sure the pictures would look way better on the iPhone 4!)

And then we headed back to our hotel!

Hope you liked this post! And hope you Canadians are having a great Canada day!
(Unless you’re a traitor like Lia and are spending it at ANIME EXPO / forever jelly ;_;/)

Montreal (Day 3) + Course Selection

Alright, last update for my Montreal posts! It’s hard to believe that I only spent three days there! We left Montreal this morning…
Before I start, I’ll say that the hotel we stayed at called  “Le Nouvel”, wasn’t really that great at all. It always felt really…damp… in the room! Even with the A/C and fan on, it felt really uncomfortable. And the room smelled really weird. It wasn’t really that great. ):

Wednesday was really cold… I think the temperature was a high of 21*C, but it felt cooler because it was cold and windy! Seriously, the Canadian summer so far has been utter crap. It was hot during exam time, and the not really cold and didn’t feel summery at all…

Flowery top and white ribbon belt from Just Cawaii (in Pacific Mall), knee length jean shorts (Urban Behaviour).
My bangs/fringe are at a good length that they’re not too long, yet long enough to braid and pin to the side!

Walked from our hotel to ‘Old Montreal’!

Apparently this was the hotel where John Lennon and Yoko Ono had their “bed in”! Where they stayed in bed or something to protest wars and promote peace. Read more about it here!
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We went into a clothing store because my mom wanted to look at something… therefore full outfit snap! It was kind eh… I wish I had brought long jeans but I thought it was going to be warmer.
Lots of horse carriages out for tourists who want to ride around Old Montreal!
One of the side streets that was closed off to cars. There were lots of souvenir shops and little restaurants.
Lunch at some little food court area: salad/turkey sandwich, beer (idk why but when in Montreal, my mom constantly wanted to drink beer) and poutine! (Basically fries covered in gravy and cheese.) Was not manly enough to take on the poutine, every time I tried taking a fry, I imagine myself having a heart attack LOL orz.
I was a sissy and took on the sandwich instead of the poutine ;A;
Walked down the street a few times and saw this. What exactly does this mean? Somebody on twitter said it was a siamese fire hydrant connection thing… I thought it was actually a pair of cherries haha! Derp!
Went back to the hotel because it was getting very cold and windy. Parents took a nap and I watched Big Bang Theory on my iPhone. My mom wanted me to rest because I had to do course selection for university which opened at 12:01 AM this morning…….orz
Later we went to eat dinner! Walked on Saint Catherine and ended up trying out a Turkish place.
The decor was actually quite nice- benches covered in a nice fabric with Turkish rugs on the walls.
Lentil soup, it was really good!
Sautéed chicken with salad and rice.
This blog kind of sounds like it’s turning into a food blog haha! I don’t know why but I always remember taking pictures of food but forget to take pics of other important things.
Using the app “Shake” – kinda mimics a Polariod camera!
Across the street from the Turkish restaurant, there was a store that sold asian goods! Cosmetics like Etude House, Skin79, The Face Shop, and Tony Moly products. Ended up buying some BB cream since I’m running out of my Skin79 Oriental Gold… I’ll make sure to do a review on it! Also bought a cute Hello Kitty iPhone case.
(Mom bought me McD’s ice coffee and hipster glasses from Forever 21 hehehe!)
Walked back along Saint Catherine and turned down some side street. 
After that we walked back to the hotel. Also ended up having an argument with Guy LOL because my parents wouldn’t let me meet up with him and he was being whiny 😉 I got a bit annoyed but whatever.
Had to stay up until 2AM trying to register my classes for next year! It was hell – registration opened at 12:01AM but when I clicked, it said “the maximum number of students is using this service, please try again later.” FRUSTRATED ME SO MUCH! Anyway I ended up registering my classes at around 2AM.
The courses I decided to take were:
Communication studies (which is what I want to major in), 2 multimedia classes, 2 linguistics classes, French, English/Cultural Studies, and 2 history classes!
Hopefully they turn out to be fun classes! I have to log on again in August to pick when I want to take my classes…. ideally I don’t want any classes early in the morning or on Fridays! 
The feeling of growing up never really dawned upon me until I registered my university courses and saw my payment agreement! I was like, wow, things aren’t really going to get much easier and I’m going to be in debt for the next few years of my life….. It’s scary but at the same time I’m really looking forward to moving out and getting to know myself better. 😀
So that’s it for Montreal! Super sad to be leaving since it’s such a fun town! Definitely prettier than Toronto haha, since it’s got a more European atmosphere I guess? Super jelly of all the people here who are bilingual, which motivates me more to learn French! I want to be cool and bilingual like them! So if you know French please speak to me haha so I can practice talking. 😀
Hopefully I’ll be able to blog with emoji soon, can’t really put them in my blog posts because they make my hotel wifi lag like crazy! ;___;

Montreal (Day 2)

DAY 2 OF MONTREAL ADVENTURES~!

Forgot to post this picture in my last post. LOOK AT MY ADORABLE ASIAN PJS!

Got up kind of early. Parents wanted to visit “Mount Royal” which is the massive hill that makes Montreal sit at a slant. Montreal I think actually comes from the name “Mount Royal”. Anyway I dislike hiking and it was really hot. (28*C?) But my parents were like SUCK IT UP so we had to go marching up this massive hill. ): For like twenty minutes! /unfit

When we got to the top we walked for a bit! We sat down at a picnic table to take a rest and this dog approached us! So cute – his owner was walking him and he wanted to say hi. He was massive… looked like a wolf hehehe.

The cutie’s name was Flash! I felt a bit sorry for him though because he had a super thick coat and it was mega hot outside ):
Later we walked on a bit to this lake WHICH HAD DRAGONFLIES EVERYWHERE. I don’t know why  but I have a very big fear of dragonflies… Butterflies I’m fine with, but I just freak out whenever I see dragonflies. My parents got angry at me for freaking out, they were like “ugh seriously boys will see you like this and then you’ll never find a boyfriend”…. ): Boo. Also went to the building near the lake for some coffee.
Walked on a bit more to the top of the hill/mountain thing to a lookout area, which was very pretty! I made a vlog so I’ll update this entry when I upload it.
Walked back down after. The walk down was easy haha but I kinda felt sorry for the people who had to walk up! They all looked quite tired out!
There were also people running up and down the stairs… training for some sports team probably.
There was also this weird looking sculpture at the bottom!
There was one sculpture-man lying down….so naturally I had to touch his butt 😀
It was quite firm, I must say.
Had this giant VooDoo doll out for some movie promotion? “Horrible Bosses”
Dad broke his sunglasses and wanted to buy another pair so we (my mom and I) said we’d meet up with him after. We ate lunch at some cafe place! Food was very tasty!
Mini BLT baguette sandwich with chicken veggie soup, omnomnom!
After we walked to Forever 21 WHERE I BOUGHT THIS AWESOME BAG!
(Coffee charm not included, bought that at Anime North this year!) 
The bag was something like $45 altogether after taxes! It’s a very soft pleather and is very well made = my new everyday bag! I love it. 😀
Blue with polkadots on the inside!
Here’s the pic I posted on my twitter haha 😀 My lovely bag and my OOTD! Haven’t worn braids in ages… My hair was getting massive because of the humidity and my hair is getting pretty long so I decided to try it out! I think it looks nice 😀 Also went back to the hotel.
Took the metro to Saint Laurent!
Guy-Concordia station~
Ended up in Chinatown haha! My mom naturally had to check it out and compare it to that of Toronto’s…
Better photo~
It looked kinda run down… Definitely not as big/busy as Toronto’s!
We ate at a chinese restaurant, which was not very nice… the food tasted okay but it was super oily! Felt kind of sick afterward since I don’t handle oil very well! ):
Shanghai noodles
Sweet/Sour pork
Some kind of veggie rice?
The Jazz festival was also happening down the street from Chinatown so we decided to check it out!
The whole street was closed off!
Some lady was doing acrobatics! It was very cool.
Tried to take a picture of all the people but the guy in the blue on the left decided to just stick his hand up…wtf. He wasn’t even waving at anybody, he just wanted to photobomb LOL.
Left the festival, walked past this pretty church.
Saw this sign on the ground LOL! I saw another one that somebody was holding saying “Need money for beer – too ugly for prostitution” XD
Self explanatory HAHA
Popped back into F21 where I found these cute glasses and couldn’t decide on which pair to choose! Round or square frames?
(I actually bought a pair that were neither of the two pictured above, but I did like the round ones better haha.)
Saw some cool graffiti. 😀
And went back to the hotel! 
I’m actually writing this blog shortly after the last one, just scheduling it so you guys will see it tomorrow. When this entry posts, I’ll be in Ottawa! 😀
See y’all soon!

Montreal (Day 1)

Sup dudes?! I’m currently in my hotel in Montreal, Quebec! Course selection goes up tonight at midnight and I really want to get into all of my classes so I’m staying up hehe! (It’s currently 10:10PM)

Now that my laptop has finally connected to the internet, I figured I’ll just blog to kill the time! Mom bought me two large ice coffees from McDonalds (any size for $1! = my new summer drink, replacing Timmie’s expensive ice capps.)

ANYWAY, our adventure started on Monday. Woke up at 6AM and drove for 9 hours (it would normally take about 6 to drive from Toronto to Montreal but my dad drives slow and we stopped off in a place called Ganaoque for two hours).

Giant apple thing haha 😀
Gananoque (pronounced like Gana-Nock-Qwee) is surrounded by the thousand islands? Pretty cool, the view was nice at least. 

Gananoque is a small down which basically consists of a street filled with old white people. The cafe place we stopped off at seriously smelled like prunes and there were old people EVERYWHERE…. Not that I have anything against old people but I’m too much of a city girl and therefore really dislike small hick towns.

My dad contributes to the old white person factor in the cafe haha!
Arrived at our hotel at about 3PMish. 
Camwhored before we left to go exploring! Using the app “Diptic” to combine pics.
After that we walked down to my dad’s old apartment from when he used to live there.

Then we turned down Rue Saint Catherine (I think that’s what it’s called) where all the shops are and browsed around for a bit!

Ran into Guy aka Pretty Lulu – without his mask! Didn’t get to talk for long because my parents were abandoning me and walking away haha orz. I always seem to look like crap when I take quick photos therefore black blobby thing will hide my weird facial expression.

(Louis Vuitton store display! Dat wig, so intense.)
Found a nice restaurant down one of the side streets (I can’t remember the name at the moment, but when I find it I’ll post it! The food was amazing!) Our waiter was this pretty blonde girl… It was amazing to see her talking to us in English and then immediately switch over to French for the people at the other table! It was actually like that in most stores, everybody here seems bilingual. I think you could live in Montreal and not have to speak any french at all! 
I forget what kind of soup this was… Clam chowder I think? It was really good.
My dad had some kind of chicken salad! Omnomnom.
I got sliders… There were three little burgers each a different flavor! One had BBQ sauce, one had a mushroom thing inside, and the other… I forget BUT IT WAS REALLY GOOD.
Walked back on Rue Rene-Levesque (I think that’s the name?) Passed by this cathedral thing.
Cool effects made with iDarkroom 😀

Walked back to the hotel.

That’s the end of day 1! Will update again when I have time, hopefully I’ll be able to write up one more post for tomorrow!

Toronto trip~


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As promised, here’s the happier, lighter post!
Yesterday I went downtown Toronto. My parents woke me up earlier and then spontaneously told me that we were going downtown. So I was like sure. <span class=
I love Toronto – after all I was born there!


We took the subway down there and we passed a bunch of buildings that had some really good graffiti on them! <span class=


We got off at Chinatown! My mom wanted to go buy a backscratcher thing for my grandpa! I went across the road to Anime Xtreme but it was closed. I forgot to take a picture of the giant Miku poster they had in their display!


We went walking further down and saw this store that sold electric powered motor bikes! They were pretty cute – my parents went inside and talked to the store owner. I think my dad is going to buy one.
I mean they’re cute and all, I just think that my dad is going to look dorky riding one. XD


I saw this sign in the doorway of a shop. It was selling shoes! But it made me laugh because it’s really silly!


A street car~
(LOL my captions are getting quite boring )
I like this picture though~ XD

I saw this in one of the washroom stalls in one of the Chinatown Malls!
It says:
GIRL BOY BOY
Have your kids in this order and they’ll be as successful as Meryl Streep and Hillary Clinton (both 1st born children of 3 who have 2 younger brothers.)
Also, Pierre Trudeau [a previous Prime Minister of Canada] was the middle child (he had an older sister and a younger brother) and he was rich and powerful.


We saw this on the side of a restaurant! I thought these were so cute! There were more photos of them – all chickens and birdies drawn in this style! So cute. :3


Street in Toronto! I can’t remember which street this is, but it’s just to give you an idea! And the streets aren’t normally this…empty either! The streets are usually full of cars!

We saw these outside some building too! These were really strange, they were like, mutated rabbit things. So I obviously had the urge to go and sit on one.
My friend told me they looked like Umbreon from Pokemon! They kinda do, don’t they? XD
Making a fishy face! P:


PEACE OUT~~!!


We walked over to the CN tower! This is the Rogers Centre (a big dome where they hold concerts and baseball games and stuff). The CN Tower and the Rogers Centre are also beside the convention hall where Fan Expo, MTAC, and DTAC are held!

CN tower again! Tall tower is tall!


We also walked into a place called the Paws Way – Pet Discovery Centre. It’s like a museam centre about animals – mostly cats and dogs though. Dogs are also allowed to come it and eat at the little restaurant inside! Today they were holding a dog show for Scottish breeds! The dogs were really cute <33 data-blogger-escaped-div=”div”>


During the Scottish presentation thing, when they were getting the dogs ready, a bunch of old dude came on in kilts and sang scottish songs. 8’D


I think this was called a Border Collie? OMG SO CUTE, THE CUTEST DOG I HAVE EVER SEEN <33 data-blogger-escaped-font=”font”>

Doggy inside getting a haircut! He had a little poofy dog afro. XD


Downtown Toronto’s harborfront! It’s a really nice view~ If you go further back, you can see the whole lake and even Centre Island! 😀

ICECREAM~ Espresso flake is my favourite ♥


Thats it, thanks for reading! 😀