Chivalry is dead

I mean, chivalry has been dead for awhile now. But now there’s proof.

I don’t know if you’ve checked out LikeALittle by now (http://likealittle.com) but if not, definitely do.

It contains a page for most big schools in Canada as well as the United States, where anyone can anonymously post a description of an attractive person they’ve seen around campus in hopes that they’ll see it and respond. I know for the most part it’s all in good fun and a lot of it is people that already know each other just joking around.

But in all seriousness I wouldn’t reply if I saw one about me. I find it kind of creepy that someone would post a description of someone on the internet instead of just getting up and talking to them. What happened to the days when people flirted in person instead of social networking? If someone can’t work up the courage to strike up a conversation and resorts to social networking then I know they’re not my type. Also, what are the chances that the person you’re talking about will be reading it when you post?

Nontheless, I do find the site quite amusing and check it frequently.

Creepy? Yes. Pointless? Yes. Addicting? Very.

Advertisements
Categories: Pop Culture

Favourite Places in Toronto – Kensington Edition I

Kensington is my favourite place in Toronto and deserves it’s own series of posts

1. Blue Banana

My friends had been talking about this place for weeks, so I went with them this week to see what all the hype was about! This is a huge unique, crafty gift-ish store that sells many neat little collectible items. From hand-painted teapots to unique looking beer mugs, they sell something for everyone. My personal favourite item is the oldschool little coke bottles! They also sell cute little buttons, each one with a subway stop name on it. Adorable. If you’re ever stuck on what to get someone as a gift, Blue Banana will have something they love, I promise!

2. Hot Box Cafe

A cafe you can go to to light up? I’m down. The Hot Box promotes and allows smoking weed, but strictly enforces their “BYOP” – Bring Your Own Pot – policy. They have a 1-hour seating limit, and rent out pipes and bongs to customers, as long as they purchase something off the menu that is at least $4.20. The atmosphere is mostly relaxed – I mean, you’re smoking pot and drinking latte’s for heavens sake – but you do have to keep in mind you’re smoking at your own risk and police keep a close watch on such activities – the cafe is allowed to do what it does as long as the owner/staff doesn’t partake in illegal activities on site. You also have to be 18, understandably. I totally recommend it though, it’s a good place to let loose after a day of shopping in Kensington

3. Good Egg

I never even knew that this little store existed until yesterday. It’s mostly a kitchen store, with tons of adorable little cook books and kitchen appliances. Not just your typical, boring kitchen appliances but decorative egg holders and silicone whisks! I don’t know about you, but that kind of stuff really excites me. They have tons of books as well and not just cook books. From travel books to art books and even cannabis culture books I’m sure there will be something that’s right up your alley. It has an intimate little boutique-y feel to it which makes shopping there a really pleasurable, personal experience.

4. Krepesz

A lovely little crepe restaurant. My friends and I discovered it one day after shopping when we were all desperate for food of any sort, and I really needed to pee. The interior is really modern and nice, even the bathrooms were a lovely experience. I actually didn’t order anything at the time but I’ll definitely go back to do so, all my friends either got crepes or fruit which looked extremely fresh and delicious. This is definitely a unique restaurant that I’m so happy to have stumbled upon by chance.

we were meant to live for so much more

I think I’m having a quarter-life crisis. Or maybe it’s just an epiphany.

But after watching Eat, Pray, Love (great book AND movie by the way) I came to the sudden realization that the culture I’m living in right now is not for me. I wasn’t meant to spend my entire life in the GTA, which is basically what I’ve done so far besides trips to Florida, PEI and Calgary. I’m a city girl, I know this for sure and right now there is no place I’d rather be at this very moment than Toronto.

But there is no way I’m living my whole life here without even experiencing the ways of different cultures. I’ve always felt kind of out of place – not that I’m insecure or anything. I have met amazing people in my life that I’ve bonded with on many levels, some I know I will be in touch with forever. But I always feel like I’m looking for something more in the culture of the city, something that Toronto can’t offer. I’ve always been really intrigued by other cultures – the food of Italy, the fashion of Paris, the music of the UK, the meditation of India. Little bits of culture that North American’s tend to find obscure are what I find the most beautiful.

My life so far has gone like this:

“Mom, I might go to Montreal with some friends.”
“I don’t think that’s a good idea.”

“We should go on vacation somewhere exotic!”
“I wish.”

“I think I’m going to move to Paris when I’m older.”
“You’re crazy, good luck with that. Don’t you need to know french?”

As a child, I would always wonder why not? Why can’t we just break away from our culture and just get away from it all on a limb. I thought it would be one of those things that I would understand as I got older. But instead my curiosity has grown, and there is absolutely no convincing argument to the question of why not. Another reason I’m not made for North American culture, the people of the general public that I’ve come to know could come up with tons of reasons why not.

What really got to me was when a friend of a friend that’s not from North America was shocked to find out that people cancel plans. “People do that?” Um, yeah, constantly and I’m sick of having to ask “can we actually do this?” “are you sure?” “Will you actually follow through?” every time I make plans with someone, and regardless of their answer I’d say 50% of the time our plans never happen. I used to think it was me expecting too much of people

I’m not saying that my life will fall in to place as soon as I move to another country. I just want to lose myself in different cultures and find a community that I feel at peace with, and experience bliss in 🙂 It could even be where I am right now, but right now is just not the right time.

ANYWAYS. This is why I’m probably doing an exchange program third year and why I plan to move to Paris for 6 months – a year once I’m done school, and also why I’m going to make it my goal to travel as much as possible. Travel journalist much? Perhaps.

Categories: Rants

Reasons to love Winter!

I’ve never understood why people don’t like the winter and think the holidays are stressful. The holidays are supposed to be a relaxing time spent with family! People always look at me when I’m crazy when I say I love the winter. I tell them I was a polar bear in a past life – which could be true if you believe in that stuff –  because I’m immune to the cold.Even as a mild seasonal affective disorder sufferer (I get kind of down in the dumps because of the lack of sun/light – vitamin D and exercise help though), I still find so many reasons to enjoy the season!

gingerbread/candy canes/peppermint park/hot chocolate

not that you can’t eat these tasty treats year-round, but they tend to be seasonal foods. Holiday treats give you something to look forward to throughout the fall and come with the comforting fact that Christmas is coming soon! Gingerbread provides me with the good kind of nostalgia, when I was younger I made a gingerbread house every year with my mom and sister. Making them is definitely 75 % of the fun. Who doesn’t love decorating a gingerbread house? And I absolutely love coming inside and making a nice cup of hot chocolate after a day out in the cold … stir with a candy cane and let it melt in the hot chocolate. amazing.

fireplaces

Reading, watching TV, watching a movie or whatever you do in your down time is so much more comfortable if it’s in front of a fireplace. I have an actual fire fireplace instead of one of those oil ones which gives off that whole comforting fire scent that fills the house. I like to sit by the fireplace and play boardgames with my family. It’s just so warm and cozy and obviously isn’t the same any other time of year.

family

is it just me, or do you feel closer to your family during the holidays? Christmas season is always when I get to see all my non-immediate family which is always special. It will be even better this season, being the first time I’ve lived away from home for an extended period of time. I find I get along so much better with my family now, and I don’t see my relatives as often as before so it will be really nice being able to spend time with them when I’m home for the holidays.

snow angels

you’re never too old to lay on your back in the snow, sprawling out your arms and legs. I dare you to experience a better feeling.

decorations

the mall/streets/sidewalks/houses or whatever look so gorgeous this time of year. There’s a community near my house that tends to go all out for Christmas each year, so after church my family drives around just looking at all the lights. Living in downtown Toronto, walking down Yonge street at night is just so much more enjoyable with all the bright pretty lights.

snow

It’s so fluffy, white and pretty. It highlights all the pretty decorations and there is so much you can do with snow. It makes the world brighter 🙂 Snowball fight, anyone?

scarves

anyone who knows me know that I’m obsessed with scarves. I wear them year round but they actually serve a purpose in the winter. They can automatically transform an outfit, or brighten up a plain winter coat. If you’re someone that’s more conservative with how you dress, a bright scarf is an easy way to wear something more vibrant without going overboard while also keeping you warm! it’s a win-win.

TV christmas specials and christmas movies!

so entertaining, so over the top and they make you feel so good. And they only come once a year!

snuggies and heated blankets

so cozy 🙂

hockey and outdoor rinks

hockey is my favourite sport of all whether I’m playing it or watching it. There’s nothing like the rush of gliding down the ice with a puck towards the opposing teams net, or following a team and watching the games with a bunch of friends. Skating at outdoor rinks is so refreshing. The parking lot of the park down the street in the house I grew up in is turned into ice each year. It’s always fun  bundling up to go with friends or my family to play a fun game of hockey or just skate around in the fresh, crisp outdoor air

.

 

Categories: Uncategorized

Favourite Places in Toronto – Part 1

I love discovering amazing little parts of Toronto.

1. Honest Ed’s – Bay and Bathurst

This is probably the biggest bargain store I’ve ever seen. Actually, it’s probably the biggest store I’ve ever seen, period. I could spend hours going through everything at Honest Ed’s, not including the other hour I get lost throughout the many different levels, sections and walkways throughout the store. Honest Ed’s sells probably everything you could ever think of. You know when you need something, and think “where the heck would I buy a _____ ?” Honest Ed’s will have it … for a cheap price. From clothes to appliances to groceries, they have everything, and in lots of varieties too. I could honestly spend a whole day in there. The lights, recognizable logo and exterior colours are a bonus.

2. Frans – College St. or Victoria St.

My first time going to Frans was my first week in Toronto, I met up with a friend from Oakville there and I ordered a milkshake. The milkshake so good that I went back the next week for onion rings. The onion rings so good that since then, Frans has become almost a weekly occurence. It’s open 24 hours, so typically after a night out or even a night in, my friends and I head to Frans for some delicious late night food. I’ve only ever been to the one on College Street where the interior is like a fifties diner – red seats, checkered floor, flashing lights outside and all which makes for a fun environment. Frans is known for their all day/all night breakfast food, while they also serve lunch/dinner foods like sandwhiches and burgers. My personal favourite is their sweet potato fries!

 

3. Bulldog cafe – Granby St.

Even though Bulldog is about two blocks north of my residence which I moved to in August, I only heard about in October, and I’ve actually only ordered from it once; this past weekend. But it was so delicious and satisfying I know I’ll start going regularly, so it made the list. It’s just that good. For one of my journalism classes, I had an assignment where I had to interview candidates running for ward councilor. One of the candidates I interviewed, Ben Bergen, suggested we meet there. As I was sitting at a table outside waiting for Ben, the people sitting at the table next to me struck up conversation with me and mentioned that they’re regulars at Bulldog and on a first name basis with the owner. They mentioned that it’s “the best coffee in Toronto.” So this past weekend as I was coming back from some morning Christmas shopping, the need for coffee suddenly struck me. I was about a block away from Granby at the time and remembered Bulldog. I decided to go, and after some confusion about the menu, the friendly staff suggested I try a latte for my first Bulldog experience. I’m never going to Starbucks again.

4. Mod Club – College Street (really far west of Yonge)

This is another place I’ve only been once but I loved it. A friend of a friend is a singer in an indie band that performed here one night, and what a night it was. Mod club is not your typical club, at least the night I went it brought out a really great crowd. It’s a club that also serves as a little intimate concert venue.  There’s non of that fake-tanned-fake-blonde-boobs-hanging-out shenanigans you’d see at your typical club. (Okay that’s a lie – we did see a boob that night. A full boob. Out of a dress.) No one seemed to think they were hot shit, everyone seemed friendly and approachable. No one at Mod club seemed to be there to show too much skin or to mack with someone all night. Everyone was just there to have a good time whether it be dancing, casually drinking and chatting or enjoying the live music, which is definitely my type of crowd. It was a really good club experience for me and I’ll definitely be going back.

5. Tequila Sunrise – Adelaide and Simcoe

I ended up at this Mexican restaurant after after the journalism formal in October with some friends. I was kind of tipsy and very confused about where we were going and what to expect but it ended up being a lot of fun. I’ve only been on Thursdays, so I don’t know what goes down the rest of the week, but I do know there is kareoke on Thursday nights which is right up my alley. I have yet to actually take part in it – I think I’d need to be a little more liquored up – but the people here always seem to be really in to it and probably wouldn’t care if I made their ears bleed anyways. Even just watching people go up there and belt out classics, regardless of what people think of them is entertaining enough! They have an open bar, a very friendly/happy atmosphere and seem to draw in a really fun, outgoing crowd.Definitely go with a big group of friends … when it comes to kareoke, the more the merrier!

 

My list will continue as I remember/discover new places

Hello WordPress!

So, I decided to start a blog. I don’t expect a lot of people to read this but we’ll see what happens. I also don’t know what I really want to focus on and blog about – helloo endless possibilities. There’s fashion blogs, music and entertainment blogs … and then people with blogs to rant about life. I think I will just blog about whatever I feel like and make it my own – just a combination of everything. Life rants included.

Right now I’m at home in Oakville watching Keeping up with the Kardashians. One of my many not-so-guilty pleasures. Not-so-guilty because I’m entertained by it, therefore I enjoy it and I feel that I shouldn’t be embarrassed, guilty, or ashamed to admit that I like it, no matter how criticized these reality TV shows are. I’m also working on my cover letter for an internship at a magazine in Toronto. As a first year student, I’m not sure my chances of getting it are that high but it’s definitely worth a try. Unlike some of my classmates, I’m not offended when professionals brush us off because we’re first years, inexperienced an according to some “amateur” – because it’s true to an extent. For many of us, we’ve just been exposed to the world of journalism and are still figuring things out through experience. We’ve still got 3.5 years of school ahead of us, so to call us unprofessional is only fair, we have so much left to learn. However I do have an opinion when professional journalists have a problem about this unprofessional-ism and bash us – first of all because we’re first years, many of us just out of high school, so please don’t expect us to suddenly morph into professional, successful journalists overnight. And secondly, if journalism students are so unprofessional, instead of brushing us off when we ask for interviews, why don’t you allow us to gain experience from an interview, or even a job or internship which could improve our journalistic talent leading to a professional career.

That’s just my opinion.

This is me being at home

Categories: Uncategorized