As I've essentially been out for most of the winter break, I suggested staying in for New Year's Eve. My parents, however, had other plans in mind, and we ended up going to Jake's Grill & Oyster House (previously visited here) for dinner.
Bubble Republic food is my comfort food. And once again, I find myself never being able to tire of it.
I finally got around to meeting up with one of my closest friends ever (and I really do mean ever, because who else could you possibly fangirl over K-Pop groups with in the wee hours of the morning?), and the dinner choice had been left up to me to decide.
Involving a thorough day of busing, eating and shopping, the trip to Pacific Mall was quite eventful to say in the least.
The first thing that caught my eye after debarking from the GO bus at Finch Station was this hot dog stand. The vivid hue of the mobile food service enabled it to stand out from its dull, grey surroundings. Word has it that it used to be Henry's go-to place before he left for SM, making it a serious must-see (aka 'tourist attraction') for K-Pop fans.
Pigeons also seemed to enjoy lurking the ticket area, especially the bike racks, which can evidently be seen encrusted in their feces.
Markville was named the destination of Boxing Day Round 2 after a last-minute change of plans the night before.
Despite Boxing Day having already passed, the deals had remained the same as the day before, and the mall was only a little less busy than Square One. (Bath and Body Works were selling body creams at a steal of $4 per 226g tube!)
And for the first time ever, I witnessed bubble tea and food stalls handing out BOGO coupons. The following Panda Milk Tea (essentially milk tea containing a mix of original and pearl tapioca) and Passionfruit Green Tea with Basil Seeds were obtained using a 2 for $6 deal.
My original plan for Boxing Day was to avoid the crowds and reside comfortably within my house, editing photos and catching up on my dramas. However, my Boxing Day plans took a sharp turn when a friend informed me of his stopping over at Square One the evening before.
I made my way towards the excessively occupied commercial building after a breakfast consisting of a sweet bun from the Korean bakery and a homemade Green Tea Frappuccino with the addition of sago pearls.
"A photo speaks a thousand words." And, in my case, it showcases the various dishes that were consumed at our Christmas dinner.
When Big Hero 6 was first released, I had searched multiple torrent sites to hunt down a version of the movie whose quality was greater than 360p, only to be met with utter desperation.
On my third day of winter break, I was finally able to properly watch the movie in theatres, and follow up with a Moo La La waffle at Caffe Demetre afterwards.
On the second day of my break (excluding weekends in this count), I went skating for the first time since elementary school.
Getting to Nathan Philips was actually a journey in itself, mainly because everything in the city is so foreign to me that it's difficult to refrain myself from going into tourist mode and snapping an endless amount of photos while walking. Quite truthfully, I can't remember a time when I've visited Toronto and been able to resist the urge to raise my head in admiration of the buildings that loomed above me.
A more extensive collection of the photos taken were added to the "Toronto" section of What I See, Places.
The following is a photo diary consisting of snippets of my day at T&T as well as the local shopping centre.
Spotted at T&T: My Beauty Diary face masks from Taiwan
I had already picked up quite a good number of My Beauty Diary masks while in Taiwan, though now I know exactly to go to restock if necessary.
Immediately following my last exam, I bused back to Square One to walk around for a little bit before meeting up with a friend.
As Christmas looms near, the malls begin to fill with holiday shoppers doing last-minute gift-buying, leading the area to become severely over-congested (LOS: F). Assuming the role of the claustrophobic being that I am, the population density quickly caused me to develop the urge to evacuate the premises as soon as possible. And that was exactly what was done.
The remaining time was spent admiring the sunset, which happened to be taking place quite early in the day (specifically during the late afternoon).
Who Am I?
I'm the one that talks fashion and K-Pop randoms behind Quirky Aesthetics, the one who contributes honest opinions about commercial beauty items on Review Junkie, the one that obsessively shares photos of food on Pinterest, the one that loves her DSLR more than her own being and the one that wants to work in the transportation sector for a living.