741. Recent Life | Long Overdue Update!

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Hi everyone! It has been a long time since I last posted..I've been extremely busy these days that I've literally had no time. Also there isn't much to update about I guess. The COVID19 situation is still more or less the same. Places in Toronto are still not fully open yet..but are starting to slowly now. I just hope there will not be a second wave bringing us back to square one again.

I have gotten so use to living in quarantine though that I don't really care about stores or restaurants re-opening lol. I mean I do want things to go back to the way they were before eventually, but I've been busy with work, my course and my new store (that I will reveal in my next post) that I haven't had time to think about that. Living in quarantine actually helped me to be more productive these months which I really needed. I do look forward to travelling again though.

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The Sixth Extinction
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert.
Unfortunately I've also had to cut down on my reading time these days. I've been slowly reading this book about the mass extinctions that happened on earth and the 6th one which is happening now caused by humans. It talks about how humans have altered life on the planet for other animals/plants causing more and more extinctions of different species. I'd really love to go back in time and see some animals that are now extinct..in particular the large ones. Apparently there used to be sloths the size of a house.

finance stocks investment books
Some more of my books collection..mostly the finance/investment ones

TD bank
An hour long wait at TD bank one day

Bay and King TD
TD Bank Bay and King
social distancing
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Brookfield Place Toronto
My favourite building in Toronto. It's nice and peaceful to be here when it's empty

Brookfield Place Toronto
Shoppers Drug Mart
The Shoppers across the street from me boarded up all the windows last (?) weekend due to the protests. Luckily there were no riots and looting. But it's sad it had to get to that point. I can't believe the state of the world we're living in right now.

One King West COVID meals
My building/hotel has a restaurant which is closed for now..but they've been offering weekly meals for us residents. This was from a few weeks ago. So good!

Toronto architecture



740. Recent Quarantined Life | Empty Streets of Toronto

Financial District Toronto
It's almost mid-May now and we are still quarantined. At least the weather is still pretty bad here/cold so people are not as tempted to go out. I wonder how much longer this is going to last. It has been nearly 2 months of lockdown here in Toronto. I think I've stayed home more days during this period than all the days in the past 11 years I've lived here. Before living in downtown, I lived in the suburbs at my family house. During summers off from school, I sometimes stayed indoors for weeks at a time without realizing it lol. Then when I moved downtown, I was so happy to be in the middle of everything that I would be out most of the day every day.

I don't mind it now though. I've gotten used to this lifestyle. I just miss being able to travel.

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I went on a long walk around our area to take photos of the deserted streets. I tried out my new camera (my birthday gift from him). We are in the Financial District which is normally packed with people (on weekdays at least).

Toronto Financial District streetcar
Financial District Toronto
Financial District Toronto
COVID19 Toronto
Financial District cows Toronto despacito
Brookfield Place architecture
Financial District Toronto
Financial District Toronto
Toronto Financial District
Royal York Hotel Toronto
fortune cookie
shrimp scampi pasta
Stella the Pug
quarantine exercise
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Stairwell cardio & home yoga..unfortunately this hasn't been so consistent

Hong Kong pineapple buns
Been cooking and baking a lot. These are Hong Kong style pineapple buns. They turned out pretty well for the first time. Then we tried Mexican conchas (below) which are similar but with a different top. They don't look how they should, but apparently they taste pretty authentic.

chocolate conchas
Inniskillan Icewine Dinner
Talking to Strangers
Hys Steakhouse Takeout
Takeout from Hy's for our 31st Monthsiversary dinner.

brown white dove
Woke up to see this at the window. I guess it is a dove. I know some wildlife have been creeping into the cities now that there's less human presence..I wonder if this is a result of that. Or maybe they've always been around downtown and I never noticed? I think I've only seen regular pigeons here though.

One of our quarantine foods

First Canadian Place PATH
The empty PATH..I'm glad it's still open (I go in there for Longo's)

Bill Bryson At Home
Themed reading: At Home by Bill Bryson. So far I'm about a third of the way through..really love it so far. It's really interesting and contains a lot of facts on everyday items you probably never thought about.

Kitchenaid citrus juicer
Got a Kitchenaid citrus juicer attachment for orange juice. It takes a lot of oranges to make a full cup. We've tried a few different kinds. My favourite are the Cara Cara oranges.



739. Recent Quarantined Life

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I think now it has been 3-4 weeks since the quarantine started. At this point, the only stores open are grocery stores and pharmacies. Certain businesses like hardware stores and restaurants are offering curbside pick up or delivery (if they are even open - many are not). We are still allowed to go outside for walks but cannot be in groups of 5 (?) or more. I am still busy working and have gotten used to this life. I guess at least I am able to accomplish more while being at home all day. I am also saving more money and saving up to buy more stocks when the time is right.

I am worried about the effects of this on the economy though. I hope it will be a fast recovery and not years of another great depression. I feel grateful to still have my job and regular income for now. Back in 2008 during the previous recession, I was 18 and had just moved out on my own and started university. I studied Fashion Communications and was shopping a lot more than I am now. Being around all fashion students was encouraging for that. To be honest I wasn't even aware of the economy being in recession. One day I was in Louis Vuitton and there was a reporter there from National Post (if I remember correctly) and I got interviewed for the article. The story was about people who were still luxury shopping during the recession. It's funny when I think back on it now lol. I was still young and carefree with no responsibilities. At least not the same level as now.

I hope the situation will improve soon. I don't mind the day to day life of quarantine but I hope to be able to travel again soon. I am aware it will probably be a year or more until everything goes back to the way it was before. At least not until we have a vaccine made.

Here are some photos from the past few weeks:

bloomberg Coronavirus edition
A Coronavirus edition from Bloomberg Businessweek. It was super interesting and very informative. It was the first magazine I read entirely from cover to cover. I will keep it as a memory. It will be interesting to read about it again decades from now.

Toronto PATH COVID19
No seating areas anywhere in the PATH now

Toronto PATH COVID19
A few Starbucks are open but no seating either

Toronto PATH COVID19
I was so upset about this lol. One of my favourite grocery stores I frequently go

One King West lobby bar
My lobby bar is closed. This was a few weeks ago - now all the chairs are gone

1 King West Hotel lobby quarantine
1 King West Hotel lobby
1 King West Toronto entrance
I am not even sure how many hotel guests we have now. I rarely cross paths with anyone when going in and out. It feels nice and peaceful though. We still have security and some staff members.

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This is Going to Hurt Adam Kay
This is Going to Hurt - Adam Kay
I loooooved this book. I was excited to read it judging by the amazing reviews (click the link to see) and I was definitely not disappointed. I just finished it yesterday. It's actually really funny in some parts. I wish it was longer. I highly recommend it - especially in times like these to really appreciate all that frontline workers/doctors do.

dim sum delivery
Ordering dim sum for delivery from my favourite - Dynasty. Trying to support local Chinese restaurants. I hope they will be able to survive this. I feel many restaurants are going to be gone by the time places reopen again.

CN Tower Toronto
Dog walking around my area..completely deserted when normally it's packed with people (especially rush hour)

Financial District Toronto quarantine
Commerce Court elephants
The New Farm book
The New Farm by Brent Preston
Haven't finished this one yet but I love it so far. It's also pretty funny in certain parts. The author is from Toronto and moved a few hours out of the city to start a farm. I really like farms so I was interested in reading it, and it was a bonus that it's also based in Toronto.

despacito reading
marble bathtub
Home project - resealing the bathtub. The part where it meets the tiles. I am not sure if there is a special name for that lol. The caulk we had doesn't work well so now I had to find and buy another one online (since hardware stores all closed just as I needed them!!)..and delivery is delayed. Hopefully it arrives soon. One thing I realized from this Coronavirus situation is that we may have taken everything for granted before - when everything just worked smoothly.

leftbanked despacito quarantine
chicken pesto pasta
One of our rotating meals during quarantine - chicken pesto pasta. It's soooo delicious. We finally got it right with the pesto amount lol.

Grunt Mary Roach
Grunt by Mary Roach
I only read a bit of it so far but she is one of my favourite authors so I am sure I will love it. I am not sure how to give a brief description of the book but you can find it in the link! I accidentally got the large print edition of this.

1 King West Hotel
One of the perks of living in a hotel! We got provided another suite (for a few hours) while the AC in ours was being worked on. Due to social distancing we were not allowed in there with the maintenance worker.

King Street Quarantine
Looking down on King Street East...so empty.

King Street Quarantine
& this is King Street West.

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