I'm back from an unforgettable trip to Toronto this past weekend! A few months ago, I decided to go after a few Xangans in that area requested I visit. I didn't really put it out there that I was doing a Toronto meet up, but I did mention it several times in my blogs and pulses in case anyone was interested in hanging out. In the end, I hung out with a decent sized group of Xangans that did a great job making me feel at home.
FRIDAY: Markham and Hamilton
The trip started off shaky. I was suppose to get to Toronto at 11:30am, but I didn't arrive until 2:30pm. Why? My connecting flight in Boston couldn't take off because our flight attendant was stuck in a NYC airport! I felt bad for the people waiting for me since we were suppose to grab lunch. Instead, we skipped that on our itinerary (which @azurerecollections
created for all of us. Such a BAUSS!) and went straight to Pacific Mall, one of the largest indoor Asian malls in North America (according to Wikipedia!)
While there, I toured, ate, and took sticky pics with @suuperstar
. I haven't done one of these since I visited Hong Kong back in late 2007! If I had those on my bed I would forever get the munchies @suuperstar trying to imitate Domo and @caeliosophy being oblivious to what I'm about to do muhahaha
To end the day, @azurerecollections
and I departed for Hamilton afterward for dinner with @TheHealthRabbit
. So nervous I would eat badly in front of her! (j/k) Seafood's generally healthy, right? Whatever, nomnomnom!SATURDAY: Downtown Toronto
Everybody from Friday (except for poor @suuperstar
who had to study for two tests), in addition to @kinamorata
, met up Saturday morning at Crepes a Go-Go for some yummy crepe breakfast.
We made a short pit stop at Dundas Square (apparently the Time Square of Toronto)... Not quite sure what we were doing here
...before checking out the University of Toronto! S Club 6? A scene from a Cyanide & Happiness comic strip we're reenacting. Stay tuned to my next post for the completed product!
We next did a bunch of walking and window shopping through Kensington Market (sells eclectic stuff), Chinatown (sells Chinese stuff if I remember correctly), and Queen Street (sells hipsters stuff).
During this time, @sophannieta
joined our ragtag group.
She introduced me to poutine (which I kept mispronouncing as a certain naughty word) and gave me the intriguing history behind it. Oh interesting, verrry interesting
After an encounter with a homeless man trying to sell us fake cocaine (we didn't buy any!), we went to check out the CN Tower/Roger Centre area.
It just so happens The International India Film Academy (IIFA) Awards were taking place at the time. Have you heard Fire by Raghav
? I haven't, but it appears to be a popular song in Canada. Well, that guy was singing a free concert so we stayed around for that! Cuz I'm on FIRE FIRE FIRE FIRE FIRE TONIGHT!!
For dinner, we arrived at the Distillery District to eat some raw oysters. It was the first time for most of us, so it was fun trying out different kinds from around the country. Yoink!
Aren't we classy? We're so classy, we gorged on pizza at the hotel afterward. Others passed out from the long, tiring daySUNDAY: Toronto Island, Taste of Asia Festival, Joanna's 21st Birthday?, and Karaoke
Sunday was my last full day in Toronto. @kinamorata
and I took a ferry over to Centre Island to start off the day. It felt like half of the Asians in Toronto were there with us since there was dragon boat racing going on that weekend. We watched for a little bit, but then went over to the docks, the beaches (including the clothing optional one), and did some two seated bikes across the island. It's washing my hair! New York, that way!
When we first mentioned biking, @kinamorata
was grumbling about doing it since she's not the outdoorsy type. Shortly after we got on, she started getting all into it and we started racing! At some point, my bike chain fell off so @azurerecollections
and I had to get our hands dirty to fix it. We walked through a tiny dirt path towards the coastline to wash our hands in the lake. I turned my head to the right and suddenly got a face-full of naked old men (and maybe some old women too, but I wasn't staring long enough to find out!). Yep, I can now say I've visited a nude beach with Xangans! Ignore the hot face I'm making That's how I roll
After coming back from the island, we headed back over to Pacific Mall again to check out this festival called The Taste of Asia (which, btw, is where the other half of the Asian population were at). I walked a few feet into the festival when I suddenly heard someone call out my name. I looked over to see it was @getyourownsandwich
! What a crazy coincidence bumping into her randomly!
Unfortunately she couldn't join us for dinner, where we met up with @Joanna_said_SO
(finally!) and the Xangan formerly known as slutburger_with_cheese. Look what Joey brought for everyone: WOW!!!
I can now say for a fact that her cakes are not only amazing to look at but also amazing to taste. So much sugary goodness! The CN Tower is MINE!
Funny story: The waitresses thought it was a birthday cake, which we jokingly said it was for Joey's 21st birthday. At the end of our meal, we suddenly heard the birthday song playing throughout the restaurant. Oh no they didn't...oh yes they did! The waitresses all came out to wish Joey a happy 21st birthday and gave her a birthday drink! To say she was blushing is an understatement. Aw, the birthday girl was so happy! At least she got free alcohol out of the deal!
The final group thing we did was some old fashion karaoke. FYI, be careful when @Joanna_said_SO
says a place is just down the street. Her definition means the place is actually a 30 minute walk X_X!!
Karaoke was fun though. It took a while for everyone to sing, but after they heard my not-singing I think they felt a little less embarrassed to try it out. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Look at her belting out some Ke$ha
Monday: Going Back Home
My trip has come to an end. The last Canadian thing I did was eat a meal at Tim Hortons (a super popular food place) with @azurerecollections
With that, my time in Canada was over. I don't know when I will be back, but I hope it's sooner rather than later. Toronto has a lot of good people and there were so many other Xangans there I didn't get a chance to hang out. Next time, my friends. Goodbye Toronto!
P.S. In before "everyone's Asian!"