Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Toronto's White Night~Nuit Blanche...




Halloween came early? Nah...People dressing up for 'White Night'...



Oh dear...I have been neglecting this blog, haven't I? Sorry everyone, but have been immensely busy here...That and the fact that it's getting so cold I feel like hibernating with the bears...;)



I actually wore 4 layers the other day, with gloves. By the time I was done, I looked like I had put on 5 kg's overnight. Such a dent to the ego!


I managed to take a trip down to Toronto to see my aunts, uncles and cousins over the weekend though. It was a VERY necessary trip as besides missing some family-faces, I was also desparate for some good spicy food, and in dire need of warmer clothing, all of which were sitting in my Aunt's basement (Thank God for very generous family who have clothes I can wear)...

I was very lucky as that was the night where Toronto had the arts and cultural festival called the 'White Night' or 'Nuit Blanche' in French. The city was alive throughout the night, and the subways ran till 7am in the morning! We visited some interesting sights, and even had a chance to attend the 'Deja, Presque, Jamais' presentation at the University of Toronto (U of T) Music School. They played some lovely jazz music, opera performances etc...



Here are some pictures...Sorry for the quality though...My flash is no good when things are all so far away...




Some building (Sorry I can't remember the name of the building) which did a 'presentation' using light-formations. It was actually really cool to watch!




A mime doing her statue-ish depictions...She reminds me of Bjork, in her famous tutu...





A musician from Japan playing a few instruments simultaneously...





Some people from the circus vowing the crowd with fire-play...





A 'fountain' made from recycled material...I believe it was a U of T initiative...





Rubber duckies in a pond, by York University! It was a big hit, although I have no idea what the purpose was...I managed to get a ducky too ;)





House of Leaves...I must say it was a novel idea! It challenged people to experience books from a different perspective...






People in the House of Leaves...


Phew...It was a tiring and cold night, but worth it to see Toronto in the dark...And worth the trip to see my aunts, uncles and cousins, and to have good old Malaysian food...



As for the weather, now I know what people mean by 'seasonal depression'. It's hard not to get depressed when there's so little sun and so much cold air...Hey, just wearing so many layers of clothes and feeling very heavy all of a sudden isn't that great either...

My Senior Tutor, whom I work with every Monday night (I volunteer at the office, and he is the only one on duty on Monday night) was telling us this year's Autumn has the chill of Winter...And Autumn is barely a month old!


But...I'm getting a little more used to it...I even managed a 25 minute walk from Tim Hortons in temperatures of about 8 degrees! Yippie!



Anyway, I'm going to Ottawa (capital of Canada) this weekend for Thanksgiving with a friend who has invited us home. It's gonna be my first Thanksgiving!


And I just got accepted to volunteer (yeap, passed the interview) with a Puppetry Troupe that travels to schools in-and-around Peterborough performing for children in Grades 1-6, on issues like bullying, divorce in parents, feelings, epilepsy etc. I'm really looking forward to this as I love kids, story-telling and puppets...They're life-sized (about 3/4 metres tall) too!


So, more later!


26 comments:

Pi Bani said...

Wei, no picture of you looking like you've put on 5kg overnight ka?? ;)

the Razzler said...

Dear Daphne..

I am so glad to know that you are spreading your charm in Canada!!

It must be rather uncomfortable having to put on so much clothes!!
Yea .. some pics would be nice!! :) :)

Clarisse Teagen said...

Ooooo I want a rubber ducky!! I so want one too :D

Mak Teh said...

Dear Daphne! Just read your blog for the first time. I found it quite interesting. Your writings shows that you are matured for your age.

Enjoy your stay in Canada and live your life fully while age is on your side.

Akmal said...

Hello Daph,
House of Leaves...care to tell me more about it? ;)

Anonymous said...

i saw the french white night when i was there once! it was breathtaking!

Puteri said...

Congrats on joining that volunteer group .. sounds like a fun group to be with!

Just reading about how cold you feel makes me feel cold too. :-( And the cold in this part of California is nothing compared to the cold you guys feel up north! Keep warm coz you do NOT want to catch a cold or worse the flu!

yap said...

No problem in articulations as far as i can see. Is life fun there?

Kak Teh said...

daphne dear, london is cold but i know toronto must be colder. I dont envy you. Have a good time, where ever you are.

michiko said...

wow daph, seems like you're enjoying you days in canada!! Hope you're doing good and all the best!!

love from meizhi =D

Ms B said...

daphne,

I'm sure you are enjoying yourself! I remember back in the land down under. I looked forward to the weekends to stroll along the beach or the sunday market next to the river.

Kalau kat msia, it means along pasar mmlm lah right? *smiles*

yus said...

daphne,
about the cold, don't forget to add lots of pepper in your soup or food.you'll c the difference, I guess... :)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Pi,

NOPE! Haha...

That's the only thing you interested in?!? Teruknya...;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Uncle Jimmy,

Charm? Haha...Over here, no charm...All frozen by the cold! ;) Hehe...

As for uncomfortable putting on so many layers of clothes, it's a whole lot worse not putting them on...Seriously...

Freezing is a painful thing to do. I've come pretty close. It's painful...

So putting on plenty of layers, although you feel very heavy, but you're nice and warm...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Clarisse,

Haha! You sound very much like me...

Well...Go to the baby's section in any mall, and chances are, you'd find one!

Don't worry, you're not alone...I have a rubber ducky at home in Malaysia too, cos I think it's so cute! It's pink...;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hello Mak Teh,

Welcome to my bloggie, and thanks for stopping by to leave a comment! Much appreciated...

Thanks for the advice! I will keep that reminder to live life fully...God willing =)

Hope you keep well yourself...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Akmal,

Haha...You ar...

House of Leaves is a play of the word 'leaves of a book'...

It's supposed to challenge the way you look at a book...Change in perspective...

But I guess everyone person who sees it would have a different perspective of what they take away from the exhibition...

Even a person's understanding of the IDEA of the exhibition would be different! And I think that's what makes it cool!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Anon 11:56,

You saw the White Night in France? That's cool! I heard that's where the idea originally started anyway...

Cool!You saw the original version ;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Kak Puteri,

Yes! The volunteer group is very interesting! I was very excited when I heard about it...Such an ingenious idea!

As for the cold...California...

The land of perpetual sun...

Haih...

Makes me kinda jealous to think about it...

Here, the cold...is...brutal...Enough said!

But...I still like it here, alot...;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hello Yap,

Thanks for dropping by...Er...I kinda lost the meaning of your first statement...=(

But, sure, life is fun here! Uber fun...

Hard work, but who said it isn't fun as well?

Daphne Ling said...

Hello Aunty Teh,

Oh yes...Canada, I heard, is colder...I heard you have plenty of rain in London, eh? Not so much here, but it happens too, all of a sudden.

I've learned to check the weather forecast...Simply because the weather is so melodramatic, and so cranky...

Morning, it could be like, 12 degrees and sunny, and night, it could be like -1 degrees...

And in mid-morning, there could horrible rain...

Funny...=(

Thanks for the wishes though...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi MeiZhi!

Hey! Long time to no see or hear! How's life going down under? Enjoying the sun? ;)

I'm glad to know you're doing well too. Keep well, and keep in touch, ok? Take care girl...

*Hugs*

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Ms B,

Oh darn, now I have another thing to add to my list of 'Things I Miss'...

You ar...Seksa lar...

Here, they have farmer's market every Wednesday morning...Not that I can go since I have class =( And my Wednesdays are one of two very bad days for me...

Packed to the brim!

Oh well...I'll just stroll down the river, minus the stalls...;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Aunty Yus,

Aiyo! That's what I've been doing here to make up for the un-spicy-ness of their food...

The thing is, even their pepper not hot wan lar...

I use an average of 7-10 packets of pepper every time I drink soup here...

Not only not spicy (and sometimes like no smell also), it also doesn't keep you warm...

So why do I do it? Cos I just miss any hint of spice...;(

yus said...

wha..that's too bad.
I was thinking of black pepper though.
Not only it'll spice u up, it'll keep ur stomach warm too. Wish I could send you some. Any luck of getting those type of pepper in Asian stores over there?

winniethepooh said...

daphne, hubby and I went to the nuit blanche too! :) if only i knew u were going, will hv meet u there hehehe :) i guess next time huh..