9.09.2017

600. Recent Life

CNE Toronto
I realized I have not done a recent life post since I returned from vacation (a month ago already!) so here is a huge one to sum up the past few weeks/the rest of my summer. I've been extremely busy with work and social events these days, especially this week. I have recently started working on a startup company on the side with someone I had done freelance work for before (who is now more like a friend to me). It's very exciting and I really hope it will be a success. I will reveal it once we launch. So I had a few meetings this week and today had my first experience being a Cantonese-English translator hahah. I can't believe I will now be essentially working three jobs..but I actually really like what I do. I am not the best at saving money so I feel I always have to find ways to earn more to support the lifestyle I want lol. I have the mentality that what I could be saving I rather find a new way to earn even more..well it's nice to have a balance.

Tonight I went with my sister to watch the new movie, "It". I have been so excited to watch this ever since I found out it was coming out. I never watch movies on their release dates, but for this one since I was super excited I got tickets in advance to watch it on opening night lol. I LOVE horror movies. I vaguely remember watching the old version when I was younger. This one was amazing and I highly recommend it.

leftbanked outfit
CNE Toronto
I went to the CNE three times this year. It was so much fun. The first time we went, my friend and I went on several rides. In the past I only go on the Polar Express but this time I was pressured to go on a couple rollercoasters which I was initially terrified about lol. I'm glad I went though and made it off alive. On the final day we went to see a bit of the air show then the skating show then walked around a bit.

I realized the CNE expands and has more and more to see and do each year. Toronto in general seems to have a lot more events and attractions now though, and (after 8+ years of living downtown) I can definitely notice an increase of tourists coming year after year which is great.

CNE Toronto
CNE Toronto Food
Loved the nachos, but the rainbow grilled cheese was a huge mistake.

CNE Toronto
CNE Toronto
Vegan Poutine Dutch Fries
Vegan Poutine from Dutch Fries

CNE Toronto
ice cream waffle
CNE skating show
Canoe Toronto
This was the night after I got back from vacation..Canoe for my sister's birthday diner. I will make a separate post of this whole dinner next time.

Canoe Toronto
Toronto view from the top
Lavelle pool Toronto
The Fix ice cream
Muskoka
walking trails
Har Gow dim sum
Toronto skyline
Tiffany and Co Toronto
Tiffany & Co
Miu Miu fur bomber
Saku Sushi
Text Me When You Land
Cactus Club calamari
Cactus Club prawn spaghattini
TIFF Toronto
TIFF King Street
Eiffel Tower Toronto
Less is More installation Toronto
Less is More installation Toronto

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9.04.2017

599. Rockies Roadtrip | Day 15 - Calgary

Calgary
On day 15, we arrived in Calgary. After several days fully immersed in nature, we were starting to miss the city life. So our short one night stay in Calgary was a nice change of scenery. It's a pretty small city and very quiet (compared to Toronto) so it only took us a quick few hours to walk around the whole city. It was nice to go at a slower pace and relax for a bit though.

Calgary park
Calgary park
Calgary

First we walked around the park which was right beside our hotel (Sheraton Suites Eau Claire) then from there we walked all the way to the downtown core which I guess is Stephen Avenue; a pedestrian-only street lined with restaurants and patios.

Calgary bull
Calgary Stephen Avenue
Stephen Ave Calgary
Stephen Avenue Calgary
Calgary
lobster mac and cheese
For lunch I had the most delicious lobster mac and cheese I've ever had!! Actually this was probably my first ever mac and cheese with lobster, but it was really good.

After lunch, we walked around and didn't really know what else to do. So we decided to go to our favourite spot..Cactus Club for drinks. As you know, I love Cactus Club (just had dinner there tonight lol) and in Vancouver we visited multiple times in various locations pretty much every day. However our experience here was the worst. Actually it was the worst dining service I've ever received in my life. I won't go into full detail on what happened as we did end up getting in touch with management and they were nice to rectify the situation in some way. We were just unlucky to get the worst server. I still love Cactus Club and would recommend it.

After that, we went back to our hotel for the hors d'oeuvres and cocktails hour (we had upgraded to a Club floor suite which included that). It was really nice. I brought my laptop as well to work there in the club lounge. We sat for several hours then left for some drinks at Fionn MacCool's (which was attached to our hotel) for another couple of hours where we had some nice memorable chats.

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8.27.2017

598. Rockies Roadtrip | Day 13 & 14 - Banff - Top of Sulphur Mountain

Leftbanked Banff
Day 13 and 14 are combined together in this post because for day 13 we didn't do anything at all/I didn't take any photos. Day 13 was when I got food poisoning and luckily the same day we decided to take a full day's rest, just stay in and not do any touring. Easily the worst day of the trip. The internet at our hotel was extremely slow, and I felt extremely sick..but I still had to work so it meant my work took at least triple the time it normally would have. Then in the evening we decided to head out for dinner (but I wasn't able to eat much). We went to a nice restaurant named Graze where our waiter was very cute and looked like a young Patrick Dempsey.

The next morning we headed into Banff to go on the gondola up to Sulphur Mountain. The views are amazing up there and I really enjoyed it! Just a bit disappointed we didn't see any mountain goats :(

Actually before we went up the mountain we went to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. I expected it to be an actual cave to walk around explore (I had been to a massive and very impressive one in China before so I had the same expectations)..but this one was really just this in the photo below. We went in and out within 3 minutes lol.

Banff Cave and Basin
Banff
Banff
Then we took a gondola up to the top of Sulphur Mountain to walk around and take in some amazing views. I don't think I went up there the previous time I came to Banff.

Banff
Leftbanked Banff
Sulphur Mountain Banff
Can you find the person in this pic?

Top of Sulphur Mountain
Top of Sulphur Mountain
View of Banff
Top of Sulphur Mountain
Lake Minnewanka
On a Lake Minnewanka cruise. When we were buying the gondola ticket up to Sulphur Mountain, we decided to purchase a package which included the Banff gondola, the Columbia Icefields tour in Jasper, and a lake cruise (from Brewster) - either Lake Minnewanka or Maligne Lake. To be honest before that day I never even heard of Lake Minnewanka...but I had been really excited to go to Maligne Lake to see Spirit Island. Our ticket sales guy told us that the Maligne Lake cruises were unfortunately fully booked up every day for every time slot until October..so we had no choice but to do the Lake Minnewanka cruise instead. I didn't really enjoy it that much. Well I like boat cruises so it was nice but not worth the price as there wasn't anything that special about the lake (in my opinion) and nothing to see. Anyway, a few days later we visited Maligne Lake and saw the boat cruises leaving and they weren't even full! So we were pretty disappointed about that/having been forced to go on the Lake Minnewanka cruise instead..and in the end never ended up seeing Spirit Island (as it's only accessible by boat)

Banff
I'd love to return to Banff sometime in the winter..would be so nice and cozy

Banff Alberta
Banff

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