739. Recent Quarantined Life

leftbaned elevator selfie
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.

leftbanked hennessy pomeranian
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.



738. Recent Life | Pre-Quarantine

Daft Punk Canada Goose Bearbricks
Still living in quarantine and I've honestly lost all track of time! I've gotten used to it now that the thought of being in public places/eating at restaurants seems strange to me. Here is a final quick post from my pre-quarantine life. My next post will be more recent and I'll write more of my thoughts from these past weeks.

Canada Goose Polar Bear Bearbrick
This is my newest Bearbrick! It's the Canada Goose x Polar Bears International edition. They released it several weeks ago. It is limited edition and I had to purchase it immediately the morning it was released (eagerly refreshing the website). I managed to get one before it sold out within minutes.

Canada Goose Bearbrick
Earlybird avocado toast
Earlybird avocado toast
My avocado toasts from Earlybird. I feel I was one of their last customers lol. On the second to last day before everything shut down, I was the only customer there for hours.

leftbanked outfit
Toronto court house
Summoned for jury duty!! So its been something I've wanted to do for a long time (I can't believe I'm the only one who actually wanted to do it while everyone else is the opposite). I work remotely so it wouldn't affect my work much (unless I got stuck in a case for days). Long story but I actually got excused from doing it in the end. I was just there for a couple of hours. I was pretty upset after that lol but now I am over it. Hopefully I will get chosen again in the near future. The photo below was the sitting area where you wait. It was a huge room with a lot of chairs and a lot of people. It was kind of like an airport lounge. You are allowed to bring stuff to do, eat, go out for short breaks etc. There are also very clean washrooms.

jury duty Toronto
Evicted book
During the couple hours I was there, I started reading Evicted. I have since finished it and it's my favourite book I've read so far in recent years. It was super interesting and I highly recommend it. There are some books that I read and purposely try to read slower so that I can enjoy it for longer (if you know what I mean hahah)..and this was one of them.

Omai Toronto
Omai Toronto
Omai Toronto
Earlybird Brookfield Place
hennessy pomeranian puzzle
We have since given up on completing this puzzle and now it's put away, unfinished. :(

David and Goliath book
When I like an author, I usually buy all of their books. I really liked Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers and What the Dog Saw. I'm almost done with David and Goliath. There were a couple interesting chapters but overall I didn't enjoy it as much as the others.

Evivva Breakfast
mango dessert

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