Wednesday, 13 August 2008

"Oh...That Smells Like...Skunk!".


Ah...

I've been in Toronto for the past few days, and although so many things are very different, there are so many things which seem so familiar too...



I smelled my first skunk on Monday. We were passing this area, when I remarked out loud: "Oh...that smells like..."

Before I could finish, everybody in the car said: "Skunk!"

I was going to say: "...smells like very strong 'Bunga Tahi Ayam'..." ;(


Haha! Oh well, it didn't smell too bad actually...Hehe...



Anyway, the first day I was here, I saw this:-



Wheel-Trans...




I was told that
Wheel-Trans is a "specialized accessible transit service provided by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) within the City of Toronto, Canada". I managed to get a photo yesterday when it came by the place where I was staying. Turns out, they offer door-to-door pickup services! I was thrilled to see that they actually have such a service...




I was even more thrilled when my uncle told me that right in front of their neighbourhood is the office of the Ontario March of Dimes, a charitable organization aimed at improving the lives of special people by helping them gain independence. And right next to that? The main office of The Salvation Army!



I went there this morning (March of Dimes) to see if there was anything I could do. Must have looked really comical all zipped up with my hood and jacket as it was raining slightly. Everybody I met there was lamenting about the rain *Oh geeeez, has it been raining?!?! What a shame* and how 'un-summer' it is, and there I was thinking, 'Oh hey, it's just rain!'


Although it was a short walk from my aunt's place, I have to be very careful when crossing the roads here, as it is so very different than Malaysia. The traffic rules are very very very different, so I have to be extra careful just walking. Morover, there are street signs for pedestrians everywhere! *I will do a post of traffic here soon...Some are pretty cool!*


Anyway, I'm here in Toronto for too short a time (before term starts), so all the only opening they have is to do some office work, and they asked if I minded helping out there. I'm ok with it (like stuffing envelopes, typing documents etc), so I start my volunteering this Friday! Helping, is helping, right, whatever the area?




I'll leave you all with some pictures I took during my walks...Just a few lar...



Some Stuff Canadian: Same, yet Different...:-




Eggplant! Bigger than my palm!




Pepper aka Capsicum...Some bigger than my palms too!




Red radish are all over the place!




Fresh tomatoes, also huge!




Roses in my Uncle's garden...Size of my palm...




Neighbour's patch of garden...




Geese frolicking in the sun...I heard traffic was at a standstill in one part of town today because a flock of geese decided to cross the roads during rush hour!




And All Things Which Remind Me of Home:
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Durian!!! My cousins swear they're good...




Baba's Curry Powder...To see Baba's being sold is one thing, but to actually see the ad in Malay?!?




Nasi Lemak, sold by a lady from Ipoh in one part of Toronto! It's good her nasi lemak...Verrrry lemak...




Rambutan! Fully imported, and looking very miserable...;(




What fusion they have here...Amazing ain't it? Just round the corner from my aunt's place, I have seen shops selling everything (mostly food) from Greek, to Filipino, to Chinese, to Western, to Viet, to Mediterranean, to Malaysian, to Japanese, to French...

In the community mall, I see a mixture of Persians, to Arabs, to Africans, to Chinese, to Hispanics, to Greeks (Ate their food and spoke to them too) to people I've never seen before in my life, speaking languages which sound, erm, Martian...


And we thought we are multi-cultural?!?



28 comments:

Pi Bani said...

The skunk actually smells like bunga tahi ayam????

Zawi said...

Daph,
I forgot you are already in Canada! I was entertaining Puteri and her family a few days back and didn't peep into you blog. Now you will be so happy there that I am afraid you might not come back. Hahahaha.
If I were to be there for the first time I will be just as excited too.
Just keep on blogging my dear.

yantysamsul said...

Tell us more..tell us more.. :)

whre4arthou said...

Hehe.. looks like Canada is not much different from England..

Same rotten looking rambutans.. same expensive durians and same people complaining about the rain during summer..

Hehe.. glad you're enjoying yourself there nai..

Hope you'll love Toronto as much as I do London!

ruby ahmad said...

Helloooo Daphne,

What? Not even a week has passed & you're already into volunteer work?? Ha ha...well done girl. I am proud of your attitude, always giving.

Canada sounds so so so very nice. So many people said so.

Multicutural? I think it is done more professionally there. Do tell us more. You keep well ok.

Akmal said...

Hello Daph,
Waah, started already with the voluntary works? Cool :)
Haha, skunks were overrated, weren't they?
Have a nice day there, and keep us supplied with nice things you saw there alright? :)

J.T. said...

Hi Daphne

When it comes to food, looks like you never really left home. Gosh! To get frozen durians is a rare treat in this area.

I agree with Zawi, seeing a new place the first time is always exciting. You want to explore everything That's the way I was 9 years ago. :)

Enjoy yourself. Cheers!

WP said...

Those rambutans look better than those I see in France sometimes...the ones I see are practically all black, while yours still have a bit of red!

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

ahh, the wheel-trans. the malaysian PWDs can only dream such services available here. its a long-shot but no harm to keep on dreaming...

everything looks so rosy there lah really.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

oh yea, the multi-cultural bit. here we hear people shouting out loud proudly, exxpecially in travel borhure and yet we still have jerks calling each other names based on their skin colour in some forum last week. malaysia boleh...yay!!

mott said...

hmm..no matter what...one always finds malaysian food! heheheheh...

Nightwing said...

How r u? Am sure u will get use to the surroundings there in no time.

And knowing you...you will make a lot of new friends too.

Take care now and keep in touch.

rina said...

OMG!!!!
ur so lucky u get to help out!!!
thats so nice!!!

i cannot wait to do something useful with my life as well! (all this time the only help i give is monetary donations (easier), its better to actually get involve in helping the community rite?)omg omg omg!

so its not very cold in canada is it?
hahahaha! frozen durian...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Pi,

I don't know eh...I thought it was bunga tahi ayam...

Dunno what the real-life skunk smells like...What I smelled was the TRACES of a skunk that had just passed...;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Pak Zawi,

It's so cool you get to meet (Kak) Puteri and her two very cute kids...

They must be such a duo!

As for coming back, I will as long as I have family and friends there...For visits, at least...

You take care too!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Yanty,

Wait wait...Patience! There will be more coming...I'm just as excited, after all...=) Too much to see, too much to learn!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Aemi,

Hi, hi! Yes, looks like I will be loving it here...Don't love also, must learn to love lar, right?

But the Canadians don't make it that hard...The weather helps tremendously too!

Wish I got to see you though...=(

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Ruby,

Wellll....I was bored! My aunt and uncle were at work, so I had time to roam the streets...

Might as well do something a little more worthwhile, right?

Canada is nice...Those 'many people' are right...

Multicultural goes to a whole new level here, although I think over here, everybody is more inclusive...

In Malaysia, it's like, everybody knows quite a lot about the other cultures and traditions (and what is offensive to the others), but over here, more jaga-your-own-kain, you know?

There are pro's and con's to both, I'm thinking!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Akmal,

Haha...Skunks are not that over-rated...

My cousins and aunts and uncles were saying that if you run over a skunk or drive over the spot where the skunk's 'remains' were, your car will stink for days!

Yes, Yes! Will keep blogging wan...Don't worry;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Jacqui,

Woo! We're closer to each other than ever!

Most surely, everything just begs to be explored. Even normal stuff like toiletshave something new to learn about! Hehe...

As for food, these people don't have my nasi goreng paprik! They have nasi lemak, yin-yoong, mee goreng etc, but no nasi goreng paprik! =(

Daphne Ling said...

Hey WP,

Wah...Black rambutans?!? Yeck...

I'm so used to seeing fresh, red, bright rambutans, that the Canadian ones also feel so bleh already...

Don't even want to see the France ones ;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Kerp,

We definitely have a long way to go in terms of being disabled-friendly...Loooong way...

Hopefully with people like Anthony Thanasayan in the City Council (it's the City Council, right?), things will get better...

As for multicultural, like I said to Kak Ruby, there's pro's and con's to both country's way of life!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Mott,

Haha! Yeah lor...What to do? We're born with great food, so go anywhere also, must hunt for it lar...

But I eat just about anything...I've eaten everything from Malaysian, Indonesian, Korean, Western/Caucasian to Greek, just this first week alone! Yum...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi NightWing,

I hope I will make lotsa friends here *Keeping fingers and toes crossed*...

Otherwise, I'm gonna be darn lonely lar...

Will definitely keep in touch. You take care too, now...=)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Rina,

Wellll, it's summer now, so not as cold lar...

As for helping out 'in person', that's always the way I do things lar (the only way I know how!)...Don't have money to give out, so monetary-helping is not for me!

Boohoo...I need money myself! ;) Haha!

Anonymous said...

Daphne, Welcome to Canada! This is the only country that make me feel as I am home (besides Malaysia) and welcomed. But as with everything there's the pros and cons. And Canada IS expensive to live in. There's the Malay saying " Hujan batu di tempat orang, hujan emas ditempat sendiri" The grass seems to be greener in other people's country but its not the same as your own. Furthermore you will NOT encounter the current circus like the one in Malaysia now.

Malaysian in Ottawa

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