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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Toronto Adventures in Canada


Traveling has always been a part of me. I can't live without it and I do not want to live without it. My husband sees my passion interesting and supports my wanderlust. He joins me in my crazy adventures which is why I'm absolutely in love with him. It's been a few quiet months, good thing everything piled up perfectly and he was able to visit me in Toronto last March. We've already done a few things in the city so we decided to take it easy this time around, and just focus on doing things together. Here's a few romantic acts my husband did in his visit, alongside a list of things we did in Toronto. 


Art of Cooking
My husband learned the art of cooking, he's loving his new passion of preparing each meal we have. It's nice to have someone who loves to cook, the feeling of being cared for and loved is unmistakable written all over the plate. He makes sure the plate looks good, something I find unnecessary at home but really cute. He made me my all time favorite Singapore-Malaysian dish, Hokkien mee, a noodle dish with shrimp base soup sprinkled with slices of meat, seafood and pork skin crackers. 

Toronto has a few selections of supermarkets all over the city: Freshco, No Frills, Food Basics, Metro, Loblaws and more. Google map which one is nearby your area. 


Flower Power
I wake up everyday to see my gorgeous dark pink roses hanging out in our kitchen table. The feminine side of me just giggles at the sight of these flowers, something I've gone accustomed to as I've never been a flower kind of person. My partner brought flowers one day when he picked me up from work. Another pogi points for my one and only.

Food Trip
We discovered another small Mexican restaurant nearby Wesllesley Station. 
Como En Casa
Address: 565 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y 1Z2

And of course, I need to mention once again our favorite Mexican restaurant close to High Park Station. The Enchiladas Verde is made from heaven.
Aztec Mexican Cuisine
Address: 1986 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3


Distance really makes the heart go fonder. We learned to appreciate the small things in life that most couples ignore. Simple household chores: like cooking for each other, preparing meals, doing the laundry, putting on clean sheets, taking turns washing the dishes and playing songs in the kitchen. 


Earth Hour Dinner
My husband is such a resourceful man, he couldn't find a candle for our candlelight dinner so he had a digital candle instead on our dinning table. As he plays all my favorite piano pieces like:  Moon river, La vi en rose, That's amore, Fleur de liz and Blue Danube in his accordion, a new-found-love musical instrument he has now. He plays his accordion as we dine in our small house in Toronto. Romantic guy, Indeed. 

We did a lot of eating so to balance that off he did some core classes and I did my runs at the gym. A couple that exercise together, stays healthy together. We ran together in YMCA, I'm preparing for my first ever half marathon here in Toronto, and I have his support for my run.


Toronto Islands
We were hanging out too much at home so we decided to head out and explore the nearby islands here in the city. Toronto Islands is a popular sight for nature lovers. I love the outdoors, most especially with nature so this spot was definitely a must-see here in Toronto. A ferry ride to Ward's Island took less than 10 mins from the pier. It was not crowded as it's still pretty cold to visit the island, it is advisable to be there on summer days. Walking around the island reminds me of being in Asia where it's green, warm and the smell of the ocean is just a few minutes drive away. We visited all the bridges that connects to different islands, like the road to Snake Island, Algonquin Island and Hanlan's Island.

We found this beautiful spot that goes straight to the lake. I love how the trees are lined up to create a path going to the water, as the branches touches each other leaving shades of light piercing through the leaves. The cover photo or the top most picture of this blog post shows that gorgeous path. 

How to get there:
Jack Layton Ferry Terminal 
Address: between Bay Street and Yonge Street on Queens Quay.
By train: Alight at Spadina Station, take streetcar 510 to Queens Quay Ferry Docks Terminal

Ferry ticket (roundtrip): $7.71 for adults, $5.05 for students and seniors, $3.72 under 14, free under 2.


Brewery Tour
My partner signed us up for a $5 brewery tour with Henderson. A Toronto beer company that believes in good quality and customer satisfaction. This our second beer tour, the first time was in Niagara on the Lake. I love learning new things and most especially about beers. I just find it interesting, as it's one of the greatest invention in the history of humankind. Listening to our beer guide gave me a profound lesson about success. They believe providing great quality tasting beer is more important over quantity, like going for global consumerism. I respect his opinion and seriously they have great tasting beers.

How to get there: 
Henderson Brewing Co.
Address: 128 Sterling Rd, Toronto, ON M6R 2B7
Alight at Dundas West station, more than 10 minutes walk to the brewery.
Beer tour: $5 (plus tax)


Hockey Game
Canadians loves hockey. We were curious and decided to watch a hockey game in Toronto. It was a game between Toronto Marlies and Laval Rocket.

The hockey game was full of action, they have a lot of activities in between breaks and everyone in the audience was waving and laughing. The camera would move from one side of the stadium, and from bored looking fans instantly transforms into dancing superstars. They don't score that much often compared to basketball, so you have to keep your eyes on the game as not missed the winning shot. I got distracted for a seconds, when I looked up everyone was cheering and my husband would be like "Did you see that?!" , and I'm like staring blankly at him. It happened more than once so when I've finally caught one goal I was ecstatic. It's not easy to get a shot through, people hold on to their seats everytime one misses the net or blocked by the opponent. It was a nice game experience, now I know why Canadians loves hockey that much. 

How to get there:
Alight at Union Station, take 509 streetcar to Exhibition Place. 
Game tickets: 10 cad each


Graffiti Alley
Our next destination was to walked around Queen Street West. I like looking at small businesses especially cafe's. Small cafe's has the heart and patience of the the owners plastered on its walls. They serve good stuff and meets customer satisfaction, which simply reminds me of our brewery tour. Afterwards, went to graffiti alley and had a blast with the burst of colours from all corners. 

How to get there: 
A lot of option as long you're in downtown (Bathurts Station /Oosgode Station/Union Station.
Alight at Oosgode station,from the station walk to Queen St West at Simcoe St West and take 501 streetcar to Queen St West at Augusta Ave, and walk two minutes to Graffiti Alley. 


Trinity Bellwoods Park
A short walk in the park at Trinity Bellwoods. It was just a short visit as it got really cold in the afternoon. A great place for a picnic, for pets and getting some sunshine goodness. 

How to get there: 
From Oosgode Station (or on that day from Graffiti Alley), take 501 streetcar to Queen St West at Shaw St, walk 2 minutes to the park.


Chinatown
The only place to go when you're souvenir shopping is Chinatown. I love this place. Food is everywhere. Cheap deals are all over the place too. We passed by an area before heading to Chinatown and found this word painted on the meter box. It's a word I call my husband sometimes, more like the bisaya word "Adik." It's like a tease when he's to cheesy sometimes ahahaa. Dba Adik?!

How to get there (a lot of options, we were near Spadina station): 
Get off at Spadina TTC Station. Don't exit the subway, find the escalator down, take the 510 streetcar. Alight at Spadina avenue at Sullivan street north side. 

Lastly, we wanted to end the trip with a relaxing massage. We purchased a GROUPON couples massage voucher (see sidebar or footer for link) with Spa Talia. 

A perfect way to end our Toronto Adventure!

I found a ladybug in our place which simply reminds me of a scene in my favorite movie. 

"When I was a little girl, I used to run around in the fields all day, trying unsuccessfully to catch ladybugs. Finally I would get tired and lay down for a nap. When I awoke, I’d find ladybugs walking all over me.” - From the movie Under the Tuscan Sun



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