Friday, 4 September 2009

From Across the Island and Atop the Double-Decker Bus...



Ok, so I guess once again my blog was lying dormant for quite a while...I guess I was just too busy being lazy and watching Everybody Loves Raymond and all the other sitcoms!

It's nice doing that once in a while, you know?



I'm having a nice holiday at the moment, and am dreading the end of it. Am looking foward to my super-duper exciting classes that are beginning in slightly more than a week and to moving back to university next week and to all those glorious work I have to do and to all that staying-up late and those never-ending assignments (you can tell I'm just psyching myself up, can't you?).

Oh well, that's why I'm in Canada, aren't I? LOL!


Anyway, it's been a good holiday!




The group posing on Centre Island with Toronto Mainland as the backdrop...The tallest point is the CN-Tower...



My aunt took me to Centre Island, the largest of the Toronto Islands, for a weekend retreat during one of the weekends. In terms of how far it is from mainland Toronto, it is about 15-20 minutes by ferry, and was very picturesque, and was very much a combination of Pulau Jerejak (entertainment and sports), Pulau Mabul (beach housing and pier) and Penang Island (docks and airport).





From left: Marabeth, Ken, Me and Ee Lynn, aboard the ferry to Centre Island...



We spent the day walking and cycling round the island, and it was altogether a beautiful day, although I got quite a tan! Not my intention, I tell you...It took me a whole Fall and Winter to get rid of it!




Posing in front of Centre Island's Fire Station, while waiting for the QuadruCycle to catch up...





How do we move this thing? What? We ALL have to paddle?



There was even a rather hilarious moment when my cousin and I thought we were being chased by a flock of approximately 30 geese, and proceeded to run helter-skelter (eh, they can pinch, ok?), before we realised they were heading for the water! Oh, what a sight!




Same flock of geese, now dispersed, waddling calmly...




See the geese' feet up paddling? Cute!




Look ma, ladder! Lol...I love things that hang from trees!





After that, I went on a 3-day tour of Toronto city, atop a double-decker bus. Got an even worse tan!



Look, ma! Handsome man, 2 o' clock!




The tour of Toronto was awesome, actually. It was a hop-on-and-off tour, again, courtesy of my aunt.



Home of CP-24, a news channel, based in Toronto...



I seem to remember a similar advert in KL? Near a roundabout near University Hospital?





A pink cement truck!



Among the sights caught in Toronto, perhaps the most heart-warming was this pink-cement-truck. The city's cement trucks have been painted pink, in support of breast-cancer awareness! I mean I've seen tote-bags, and pens, and the whole paraphernalia, and even cooking pans and furniture, but a cement-truck?!?!?




Me and Marabeth, with Downtown Toronto as backdrop...



I went on it for all 3-days, and got to see quite a bit, everything from Chinatown, to Greektown, to Italytown, to Gay Village (yes, you heard me right; gay marriages are legal here) to the movie industry area, the Distillery area, and loads more. It was indeed eye-opening!


For example, I know where to go when I need to write my assignment on homosexuality and bisexuality in the winter.




The adverts are tailored to the needs of the community. Beer advert in the Church-Wellesley area, also known as Gay Village...




In between, I caught up with a friend from university who was in the city, the only friend I managed to see...




Me and Andrew...





And then I attended the Busker Fest 2009, a 4-day event in support of Epilepsy Toronto. There were fire-eaters, contortionists, puppeteers, vaudeville performers etc. My favourite was Dado from Germany. He was funny, and generous. He actually paid a kid who volunteered from the crowd, which I thought was swell, since he's a street performer.





Elvis Impersonator dancing with a child, at the BuskerFest...




The puppet troupe I volunteer with, well, they performed too! Not the team I volunteer with, but the Toronto division. I wanted to catch them, just to see how the Toronto-troupe do their acts, but the timing wasn't right...

All I know is we reach about 27 000 child yearly in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) alone!







Rainforest Cafe! It even comes with thunderstorms at regular intervals...



And I'm sure you know by now how much this little piggy loves to eat, right? Well, this short holiday alone, my aunts and uncles have taken me to eat just about everything. I've had everything from Malaysian, Thai, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Afghan, Indian, Italian, French, to 'Western', so my palate has been satisfied.


And what we couldn't get, we cooked.




Pineappple Pie!




Tried my hand at baking pineapple-pie (fatter version of jam-tart), pulut-inti, ang-ku (less colouring, so they're peachy-ku's), and also re-did my chocoloate-chip cookies, but added almonds and peanut butter chips!

I have a pair of river terrapins at home in Malaysia, named Ding and Dong...I miss them! I wanted a set of three (so I could call them Ding Dong Bell!!!), so when I made the ang-ku's, I made one with a head, legs and a tail, and called 'her' Bell...




Lol...




Introducing, Bell, the Peachy-ku (pre-steamed)...




Sigh...School starts soon...

Boohoo...



At least I had a good holiday (Thanks, Ah Ee's, Uncles and Cousins!)! I'm looking forward to seeing the rats anyhow...Lol...;)



Note: This blog will not tolerate homophobic, anti-homosexual etc comments...



PS: Next post! What Daphne's done to her hair! Muahaha...



12 comments:

mott said...

ACK! U just reminded me... about Double Decker Bus Homework!!

Looked like you had a swell time!!

Hope you're all refreshed!!! How warm is it there?

Anonymous said...

WOW somebody had a good time!! So what did you do to your hair?? :-)

yus said...

Hi Daphne! long time no see. did you manage to go see Prince Edward Island? Have fun on the remaining days of your break. Take care.

Ah Ngao said...

hi Daphne.came across your blog and like to say...hello !

Pak Zawi said...

Daph,
Happiness is a never ending holiday. Yours will end soon?

Wai Wai said...

Wow, looks like a fruitful, eventful, fabulous holiday!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Mott,

Eh? Double-decker bus homework? Alamak, apa tu?

But yeah, I had a good time! I'm missing the sleeping all day part, but uni-life with all it's hecticness has it's goodness too! I like being busy...Heeeheee...

How warm is it here?

I'm too late to answer your question la, huh?

Now the warmest it gets is about 10degrees (and mostly very cold).

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Anon 8:52,

Haha...Too late to answer you too! I dyed my hair purple! Lol...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Yus,

Yeah, long time no see! How you doing? No ler, didn't go to Prince Edward...

Hols are over here, and it's now full-swing into the term...=s

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Ah Ngao,

Thanks for popping by and leaving a comment!

And hello in return! ;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Pak Zawi,

Lol, happiness is where you decide to find it lar...If it depends on holidays, I would be a very sad person ;)

But yeah, holidays can make happy moments too!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Wai Wai,

Yeah, truly a "fruitful, eventful, fabulous holiday"!

I couldn't have said it better!

Take care now, and love to the girls!