650. Recent Life

Pick 6ix cocktails
A couple of weeks ago we went for dinner at the semi-new Pick 6ix/Drake's restaurant. I wasn't expecting much when we went since the online reviews so far are pretty bad. The cuisine is mostly sushi and Asian fusion. I thought the food wasn't horrible but just pretty overpriced. The sushi options on their menu seemed to be more expensive than my other favourite sushi restaurants in Toronto (which specialize in Japanese cuisine/are highly-rated). I really liked the interior designs of the restaurant though, and all the food was nicely presented.

Pick 6ix Toronto
Pick 6ix Ace of Spades wall
I think there are several hundred Ace of Spades bottles/boxes in there

Pick 6ix washroom
I loved the washroom sinks!

Pick 6ix pavlova
The pavlova dessert was really good.

Metis Atash Mondrian
Punk Buddhas by Metis Atash. They are all made with Swarovski crystals.

Metis Atash punk buddha
Metis Atash Chanel No 5
dim sum
dog park
1 King West 48
Scaddabush bruschetta
1 King West AGM
At my building's Owners' AGM. I recently came to the realization that I've already been living at my current place for 10 years (!!) this year. Time really flies. I remember the time I attended the first meeting when I was just 18 and it was held in our downstairs vault (my building used to be a bank so that was the safety deposit vault) and there was only like ~20 people. Now we have it in the ballroom and I still always look forward to the food there hahah.

Luscious Desserts
A new Asian desserts place, Luscious Desserts. We don't get many of these places in downtown so I'm glad they opened one. It's pretty good. We came twice in one week..

Luscious Desserts mango sago
Toronto Italian Restaurant
Mod Club Toronto
At Mod Club last weekend. There was a Daft Punk-inspired band. I used to really love Daft Punk!

El Loco Local
Dinner at El Local Loco

El Loco Local
El Loco Local corn
El Loco Local
Hennessy Pomeranian
La Bettola di Terroni
Toronto harbour
On a warm day a couple weeks ago, my friend and I spontaneously decided to take a touristy boat ride around Toronto Islands.

Toronto skyline
Amsterdam Brewhouse patio
Fish and chips
Amsterdam Brewhouse
matcha green tea
Saku Toronto
black sesame soup
Toronto park
leftbanked outfit



Acquired Treasures During Travel

Alexander McQueen skull ring
Rings from Paris, Necklaces from Rome and Innsbruck

Travelling to a different country can be an exhilarating and eye-opening time for anyone. People often like to bring back mementos that signify their special times overseas as well. It doesn't matter if you visited Northern Europe, the Australian Outback, Eastern Asia or the Patagonia of South America. Collecting treasures from your travels can be a lot of fun and will awaken fond memories of your trips years later. People buy things that remind them of their trips abroad to have tangible physical reminders of their experiences for the rest of their lives. A person may want to look back and reminisce about an African safari when they're 90 years old. People like to show their friends items that highlight their adventures around the world when they go back home as well. What better way is there to showcase a trip to Italy than by coming home with a stunning jewellery piece made by a local artisan of a small Italian village?

From Cuba

While more times than not these seemingly exotic items and alleged antiquities are in fact a few notches above costume jewelry and cookie-cutter fakes, we sometimes manage to get our hands on some bonafide treasures on our travels. Upon bringing them home, our homes may start to take on the form of art galleries and museums. Existing insurance for renters may need to be updated to account for these treasures placed on display in your foyer or living room. Furthermore, proud owners of exotic treasures may consider keeping them documented and photographed in the event of theft.

It can be intimidating to travel with items of significant meaning to you. Travellers spend so much time on public transportation, hotels and restaurants. If you want to protect your rare valuables during your trip, ensure you go for a number of smart strategies. Hotel rooms are often equipped with digital security safes. These enable people to safeguard items that mean the most to them while they're out exploring. If you want to keep an antique jewelry piece you purchased in the South of France intact and flawless while you've gone sightseeing, the use of a room safe can be wonderfully convenient and helpful.

Jade and Gold necklace
From Beijing

It can sometimes be hard for travellers to determine whether items that are available abroad are genuine or fake. If you want to figure out whether a lovely necklace you bought in Beijing, China is the real deal, you can head to a pawn shop. You can head to any kind of reputable business that specializes in appraisal work too. You don't necessarily have to wait until you get back home to do this. You may be able to find a credible appraiser overseas close to where you initially acquired your important item.

If you're planning on purchasing special items while abroad, you should think things through carefully beforehand. Avid travellers often invest in travellers insurance. If you're considering getting this type of insurance before heading overseas, you should assess all of your accessible coverage options beforehand. You need to make sure to purchase a policy that offers comprehensive coverage for personal possessions. Be sure to read all of the fine details carefully.

Worrying about precious possessions can make any trip a little more stressful. That's why the most seasoned and knowledgeable travellers make a point to look after their luggage items properly. This can often keep valuable pieces safe from theft and other nightmare scenarios. If you want to do everything you can to keep trouble such as theft away, you should try to look as inconspicuous as possible. Avoid putting yourself on display as a tourist. Doing so may get others to fixate on you and on your belongings in general.

There's yet another simple option accessible to people who wish to keep their travel treasures safe and sound. They can put noticeable stickers that read "fragile" on all of their luggage pieces. This can stop items from breaking during the travel process. It can save travellers from all kinds of dilemmas and inconveniences.

Collection of 1000++ postcards from around the world...



649. Yayoi Kusama | Infinity Mirrors

leftbanked Obliteration Room
Last Friday, on its second last day, we made it to the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirros exhibit! I didn't think we would be able to go since tickets were ridiculously hard to get. I did regret not purchasing advance tickets since I am a member of the AGO this year..but I kept thinking there was more time lol. On the final days of the exhibit the only way to buy tickets was to wait in line in the morning. So I went there that morning, not expecting to see what looked like a 3-5 hour long line up!! I left right away. Then a few hours later we were very kindly gifted with a pair of tickets by surprise (thanks to my bf's co-worker)...and that's how we ended up going in the end.

This is one of the most popular art exhibits in the world and in total in Toronto, it drew over 165,000 people in a bit less than 3 months. Apparently its Toronto stop was the most popular so far. In the exhibit there are 6 rooms that you can enter, and due to the crazy amount of people you are only allowed in each one for 20 seconds. A maximum of 3 people per room. The line-up to get into each room took about 20-30 minutes. So it was a LOT of waiting.

My photos didn't come out so well since I didn't have enough time in each and I had to Insta-story and take actual photos within a matter of seconds..so stressful hahahh. The experience was fun though and I'm so glad we were able to go at the last minute!

In the photo above is The Obliteration Room, which is full of stickers put on by visitors of the exhibit. Apparently the room started off as completely white in the beginning.

Phallis Field
Phallis Field
Yayoi Kusama
Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity
Love Transformed into Dots
Love Transformed into Dots
Yayoi Kusama
leftbanked Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama exhibit
Yayoi Kusama Toronto
Yayoi Kusama exhibit
The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away
The Obliteration Room
Yayoi Kusama exhibit
AGO Yayoi Kusama

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