6.20.2017

580. Last Weekend

Gusto 101
Here is a very quick post from last weekend. I always say this but I'm going to try very hard from now on to make more frequent updates. I am so behind on my blog (about a month behind on my recent life posts and months and months behind on the vacation posts lol)..ahh. I probably make it sound like a chore but I actually enjoy blogging regularly because I can read back in the future. I just need to organize my time better and be more consistent with my posts.

So I wanted to post about my weekend because I had a lot of fun, and it was the night I introduced three of my closest friends to each other for the first time ever. This is something I never do/never done before. I usually see all my friends separately and never introduce them to each other unless we had all met at the same time. I have a few reasons for this but it's something I wouldn't do unless I knew for sure they would get along of course (which was true in this case). First I went with two of them to Gusto 101 for dinner. It was SO GOOD. I love their Regina Margherita pizza! We are definitely going to go back..the open industrial style in there also made it the perfect summer spot.

Gusto 101 Pizza
Gusto 101 Toronto

Then near the end of dinner one of my friends I hadn't seen in like 5 years texted me to meet up (he now lives out of town and was in Toronto for a night)...so I invited him out with us. We ended up walking to the harbourfront then sat at Amsterdam Brewhouse for some drinks and shots. It's our favourite patio by the harbour now - especially on the 2nd floor. We ended up patio-hopping until 2:30am and I took more polar bear shots, aperol spritz and sangrias than I should've hahah.

I can't wait for the rest of this summer. But our summer here in Toronto won't last for much longer unfortunately. Partly due to the fact that we don't get many hot days in a year...but also, my friends and I are all taking separate vacations this summer back to back/at different times so we would only have a few more weeks of summer together! But I am super excited for my vacation..

Sangria

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6.12.2017

579. Hong Kong | Big Buddha

Big Buddha
The Big Buddha in Hong Kong is a typical tourist attraction. Most of my family members who have lived in Hong Kong all their lives have never visited because they see it as just for tourists. & on my numerous trips to Hong Kong in the past..we also never went here. But this time it was on my list of places to see. So on one of our final days in Hong Kong, we went. I remember it being an insanely hot and humid day, but it was nice and sunny and I had a wonderful time.

leftbanked Big Buddha
The best photos are the ones when you don't know it's being taken. My mom took this shot of me which I didn't know until later. I really love it.

Big Buddha Hong Kong
Big Buddha Hong Kong
Big Buddha Hong Kong
Big Buddha Hong Kong
Big Buddha cow ox
There were a lot of cows roaming around the area.

Big Buddha Hong Kong
stairs to Big Buddha
Big Buddha Hong Kong leftbanked
Starting the long climb up. It looks like I have short hair here lol.

Big Buddha Hong Kong
Big Buddha Hong Kong
So it was actually really hot that day. At the top there was a little shop selling popsicles and pretty much everyone went to buy one immediately when they got to the top. I did as well of course.

Big Buddha Hong Kong
Big Buddha Hong Kong
Big Buddha Hong Kong
Big Buddha Hong Kong
Big Buddha Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Then we went off in search of the "Wisdom Path":

Wisdom Path Hong Kong
Wisdom Path Hong Kong
Wisdom Path Hong Kong
Wisdom Path Hong Kong
Wisdom Path Hong Kong
Big Buddha Hong Kong
Big Buddha cows
Hong Kong sunset
Hong Kong sunset

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6.05.2017

578. Renovations | Part 9

leftbanked condo
I am finally almost done furnishing my place! All the major things are done but now I just have to finish unpacking some more boxes, get a wardrobe and a few final things that might take me awhile to find and buy (paintings and/or photos for my walls and also something for my washroom that I won't reveal yet..plus a few random things). I've said this many times but I really love my "new" place. I wish it didn't take me so long to renovate. Now I really want to do another place..maybe I should become an interior designer hahah. Here are some photos of the different areas. I will probably do a final update (part 10) once I get my wardrobe and finish unpacking everything.

leftbanked kitchen
leftbanked desk
leftbanked washroom
leftbanked washroom
leftbanked shelf
leftbanked couch
leftbanked bed
Nanoleaf Aurora
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5.29.2017

577. Recent Life

leftbanked
I'm really behind on the blog once again..so here is a big update on the last few weeks. I've been pretty busy with work these days and continuing to set up the rest of my place, and my new cooking addiction. I will do another renovations update maybe tomorrow/in the next post. I'm sooooo happy with the way everything turned out. I really loved the whole process. I kind of want to be an interior designer now hahah. Or I would like to flip properties so I can continually renovate, furnish then re-sell. Maybe someday. That would probably be my dream career.

So now that I have my awesome new kitchen, I've been cooking a LOT. It's funny back then I never cooked and ate out for pretty much every meal. But now I've been cooking way more than I can even eat. I've given away a lot of food that I've cooked and baked so far because I actually like the act of cooking more than eating the final results lol. Well I like eating it too but at the rate I make things it's way too much for just one person. So if we know each other in real life, I am happy to unload some of my cooked food for you if you'd like hahah. Every night before I go to bed I would watch a ton of cooking videos. I even watch videos on dishes that I likely would never make, but it's interesting to see how they are made. & also interesting to find out all the ingredients that go into what I eat.

The weather is slowly getting better so I've been going out more. In the photo above was the only hot day of the year so far (~30C degrees). My friend and I took an Uber to the CNE horse riding academy, then walked all the way back home (she lives in the same building as me). The walk was probably an hour long but it was so nice because of the weather..and we went along the water.

horse riding academy
horse riding academy
Here are some of the horses from the academy. I want to go horseback riding this summer, somewhere in the countrysides through a forest. I've never done it before but had always wanted to.

Louis Vuitton trunks
Issey Miyake bao bao
stellasport outfit
hummus paramount
Sugar Beach Toronto
Pizzeria Libretto margherita pizza
Toronto Union Station
The bright light beside Telus is actually the moon

Daft Punk Bearbricks potato stacks
One of the things I made so far..potato stacks

Cluny Bistro oyster bar
Dinner one night at Cluny Bistro. I love the interior designs of this place!

Cluny Bistro interior design
Cluny Bistro distillery
The drink I had was called "Marie Antoinette". It came topped with cotton candy in the shape of Marie Antoinette's hair. Then the server poured the liquid onto it so that it dissolved. I took a quick video of it here.

Cluny Bistro veal tomahawk
I ordered the veal meatball tomahawk with a side of gnocchi. Partly because I attempted to make gnocchi the night before this dinner and completely failed at it. It was also my first time cooking that night lol. Shouldn't have chosen such a difficult recipe. This gnocchi was good though.

leftbanked outfit
interior design shopping
Furniture shopping! I feel like it's an endless process

rebel toronto
My friend and I went for dinner one night, went our separate ways then spontaneously decided to head out again to Rebel. Before that night, neither of us had been there before and wanted to check it out. It's the largest club in Toronto and opened last year. It was a really fun night. I took a short video here

chicken sweet potatoes
chicken dinner
A couple dinners I've cooked. These are the more simple dishes. One is sweet pepper and garlic chicken with sweet potatoes and one is maple bbq chicken with mashed potatoes and sugar snap peas.

lobster seafood dinner
papaya dessert
Mother's Day dinner at a seafood restaurant

Prada sandals
Biffs Bistro chicken
Taking advantage of the warm weather. Dinner on the Biff's Bistro patio.

salmon couscous beans
Another dinner I cooked with Pacific Chinook Salmon, Tricolour Couscous and Green Beans. This salmon is sooo delicious. The most expensive dish to make but worth it.

carrot cake
carrot cake
Last week I made a total of FOUR carrot cakes. I love baking. I feel I improved a bit each time I made it. I gave a lot of it away though..obviously I shouldn't consume four cakes in the span of one week. This week if my bananas are ready by then I will try banana bread. & apple cake.

FNL ROM
Last week I went to Friday Night Live at the ROM with my friend and his clients - a couple who just moved to Toronto from Paris! It was so much fun. This was my second ever time going to this event. The first time I went was with my sister for Halloween..many years ago/the first year the ROM held this event. I just dug up the old blog post here! This is why I love blogging - I can easily search back and reminisce hahah. FNL at the ROM is when the museum gets turned into a "club". They hold the event in several different rooms with different music/DJs/musicians in each room, along with food and drinks.

Friday Night Live ROM
Friday Night Live ROM

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