576. Suzhou | Din Tai Fung & Eslite Bookstore

I am way overdue for a new blog post, especially one from my Asia trip last year!! I am determined to finish the rest of the posts within the next 2 months before my next trip. I also really miss Asia and travelling in general, so until I'm able to go away again...it's nice to look back on my photos and reminisce.

During our days in Shanghai, it rained a LOT (we were at the tail end of a couple typhoons). On the rainiest day, we decided to do something indoors. My uncle brought my mom and I to Suzhou, which is a city beside Shanghai. I think we drove for about an hour. We were mainly going to visit Eslite Bookstore, which is more like a huge lifestyle department store than an actual bookstore. There were many floors and only one floor sold books actually. I really loved it there and wanted to buy so many things! Their products were all very unique and well designed. There were a lot of home products I wanted to get but everything was too big for me to carry home so I didn't get anything.

Eslite Suzhou staircase
Eslite bookstore
Eslite Suzhou
Eslite staircase
Karl Lagerfeld doll
Karl Lagerfeld Eslite
Din Tai Fung
For lunch, we ate at the famous Din Tai Fung which is known for having the best "xiao long bao" (see pic below). I don't really like xiao long bao in general actually, so I preferred the other side dishes we ordered which were all very delicious. However if you do like xiao long bao...you would love these as they are really good!

Din Tai Fung xiao long bao
Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung
I love this drink! There's barley and some other things in there..whenever I visit Asia/Hong Kong especially, I order this at literally every restaurant we go!

Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung dessert
Dessert dumplings..yum!!

Din Tai Fung kitchen
Peeking into their kitchen

Florian caffe
I couldn't believe there was a Caffe Florian in Suzhou! The original one is in Venice (opened in 1720, aka the oldest cafe in the world) which I've never been to but I would always go to the one in London inside Harrods.

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575. Recent Life | Financial District Explosions

Toronto Financial District boravsbora
A few days ago, at a building right across the street from where I live, there were a series of hydro vault explosions. That day I had contractors over working on my place and it was very rainy out, so I stayed inside for most of the day (luckily). I didn't even hear about the explosions until over an hour later when people started texting to check in on me. So I decided to go out for a walk around to check out the situation. A couple of the streets/blocks around my building were closed off.

I was just observing and taking photos of the scene and then I had this amazing photo taken of me!! lol. I didn't know it was being taken. Then the guy came up to me and was like "check out this really cool shot I took of you"..so we started talking and when he told me his Instagram username, I immediately recognized him (bora.vs.bora - go follow him!)..since I follow a lot of city photographers and he is one of the best from Toronto. It was so cool to have met one of them. Instagrammers/Youtubers are like celebrities to me hahaha.

Looking through my photos later I realized he is also in one of my shots (though mine is horrible quality and obviously not as good as the one he took of me):

King Street Toronto explosions
In this photo you can also see my building (it's the glass one that's kind of oval shape at the top). The smoke was literally right at my front door.

King Street Toronto explosions
Toronto explosions
King Street Toronto
This whole section of the street was closed off which is pretty crazy because that was right at rush hour, at one of the busiest intersections of the city. All the streetcars down the street had stopped, all in a line. It felt like we were frozen in time. I didn't go outside the "closed off" area but I could just imagine it must've been extremely hectic and congested on all the other streets because of this incident.

So an interesting thing I noticed: There was a bunch of us standing at the middle of the street, observing and taking photos of the scene. It was very obvious all the streets there had been shut down for cars. Yet as people walked by and arrived at the intersection, they still stopped and waited for the light to cross the road. I guess it is their natural instinct to do so, because the only ones who just walked freely onto the middle of the street didn't do so at the light/crossing. It's only when people walk and arrive at the light, they feel the need to stop and wait for it to tell them it's safe to go.

They worked on this all through the night and most of the following day. Now everything is back to normal. Here are some more photos from the rest of my week:

Toronto Financial District
leftbanked outfit
We had like a half day of summer last week, when it was warm enough weather for a few hours to wear a dress!

chia pudding
I almost forgot to mention - my renovations are finallyyyyyyy done now!! Well, the construction part is done but I still have to finish buying some more furniture. I will post some photos of my place in a future post. But now that my kitchen is done, I'm so excited to start cooking!! Here is some breakfast I made the other day. They are chia puddings with chia seeds, flax seeds, maple syrup, almond milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon (for the blueberries one), cacao powder (for the strawberries one), topped with some coconut chips. Really good and fun to make. I'm excited to start cooking with my oven. I have a couple recipes lined up and will also be getting a cooking lesson from a chef (from a restaurant we always go to heheh)

Stellasport leggings
Stellasport Outfit leftbanked
library bar royal york hotel
Last weekend my friend & I went to our usual Library Bar..& it turned out to be such a fun night. We were lucky we got a good crowd that night because everyone was so into the music and (drunkenly) singing, dancing, & requesting my favourite songs lol. The musician ended up staying over an hour longer than he was supposed to because everyone kept wanting him to stay and play more. My favourites that night were: Wonderwall (obviously), So Happy Together and Sweet Caroline. I definitely spammed my Snapchat/Instastory that night.

harbourfront Toronto
Toronto harbourfront
Sweet Jesus
My friend brought me to this little ice cream shop called Sweet Jesus which I never even knew existed before!! There was a long line up that day and apparently it's always busy there, thanks to their cool instagram-able ice cream. I got this birthday cake one which even came with a lit candle.

leftbanked outfit

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