Dundas Peak

When Daniel and I first started dating, he was in his last year at McMaster. Whenever I visited him in Hamilton, we always talked about checking out the waterfalls for my next visit. For some reason though, I always forgot to bring the proper footwear to hike in! 😄

So last Friday, Daniel had to visit Hamilton because he had to take head shots for a couple of science students at McMaster. We figured that this would be the perfect chance for us to finally visit one of the waterfalls together!

After his photo session, he asked me if I wanted to visited the waterfalls first or eat lunch. Knowing me, I can get hangryyyy!! ☺️  We grabbed a quick bite at Pokeh - which is actually the first poke bar that opened in Canada! The people there were very generous, not just in how they treated us but with their portions too. Their pokeh bowl was definitely way better than the one we tried at the ex!

As we devoured our food, we planned out where we were gonna go. There's actually so many waterfalls in Hamilton. We decided to check out Dundas Peak because they had two waterfalls and a cool lookout area of the city!

When we arrived, we were a little disappointed at the first waterfall we saw because we didn't have access to other areas to view it better. The other waterfall was also closed off that day?!?! We moved along and made our way to the top of the mountain!

We saw on the map that there's actually several routes we could take. We decided to take the shortest route, which involved crossing over a train track and rock climbing this man-made path.

After getting five mosquitos bites and almost making our to the top, Daniel decided to pull the plug because it was getting too steep and he cared for my safety. I was sooo glad that he made that call because I didn't want to disappoint him for not pulling through. I also didn't want to die that day!!!

After all that work, we realized that the best route to take was the long one, which we were avoiding to take in the beginning!!! Ugh! 😂

Everyone along that path looked so calm and some even dressed too nice to be hiking! Meanwhile, Daniel and I literally looked like we just fell down a mountain because our pants were so dusty and we were so sweaty. LOL 😂

It was seriously the best feeling when we finally saw the path that led us to the lookout!!! It was definitely worth all that hassle we went through!

Daniel and I couldn't help but laugh at the boyfriend taking the Instagram photo for his girlfriend, because it reminded us of US!! HAHA!

I'm actually glad that we came around this time of the year, because the changing colours in the foliage made it for a great view! I'm sure it'll get even prettier by the end of this month.

Thank you for always taking me on these fun adventures Daniel!!! 💖


Last month, Daniel and I checked out a vegan restaurant called, Doomies! We're both not vegans, but we were intrigued by their version of the "Big Mac" after seeing it pop up everywhere on our social medias!

I think it was this video that made me really want to try their take on comfort food! We actually went to vegan fest during the summer and was hoping to try it then, but it was sucha big hit that it was sold out by the time we got there!

We couldn't believe that their "chicken fingers" and patties had no meat in them, because the texture tasted so real??? I haven't had a Big Mac in so long, so I can't even tell you which sandwich I think is better. All I can say is that this one was so saucy and filling!

I enjoyed it so much with Daniel that I had to show this place to my best friend, Thiya! Since she only eats halal meat, and I'm on a pescatarian diet, we generally gravitate towards vegetarian/vegan places when we're eating out to accommodate the both of us. I knew she would totally dig this place, since she loves burgers as much as I do! 😉  We split a "Big Mac" and a "Philly cheesesteak" sandwich and she was in disbelief at how good they both were, and how this place doesn't serve salads! We didn't order any apps, because we wanted to order dessert. We ended up being so stuffed that we didn't have that either! LOL

I really do recommend this place to everyone, whether you're vegan or not! I feel like it really helps break the stereotype that vegans can only eat grass?! 😕  Also, the "Big Mac" is not written on their actual menu, but if you ask your server for it, they'll definitely know what you're talking about!

I seriously do love how my friends and boyfriend are so open to trying meatless places with me!!! ☺️ 

Happy birthday, Mommy!

Before I begin, I just wanna say that it feels so good to be blogging consistently again!! I really feel like I re-discovered my love for blogging this summer. ☺️

So tonight, we celebrated my mom's birthday at this cute little Thai restaurant called, Jatujak! My aunt actually showed me this place over the summer, and I really enjoyed it!! I was excited when she chose this spot for dinner again because I do catch myself thinking about their Thai lemon iced tea whenever I'm at a bubble tea shop or night market. It's a must try folks!! LOL

It's located in a sketchy lookin' plaza, but this place is seriously a hidden gem. The portions are huge, the food is flavourful, and the service is really fast!

I'm dying at my mom's expression in the photo above. Too cute!!! 😂

My aunt always treats us well and makes sure we're well fed. With that being said, she ordered so many plates that we had so much to take-out! I'm excited for my lunch tomorrow!!! 😂

Thanks again auntie and Susie for planning this! ☺️

And lastly, happy birthday mom!!! Here are just a few things I love about you:

  • how you always look for the good in everyone
  • how you're optimistic about every situation
  • how you randomly send me Facebook stickers when I'm at school
  • how you always knock on my door after my alarm clock rings ('cause you know I like to press snooze twice) to make sure I'm not late for school
  • how you're always willing to give my friends free manis and pedis
  • how you go a little overboard with spending when I tell you that I'm addicted to a certain food item
  • how you always cater to my pescaterian diet
  • how you gave me your sminkles!

Casa Loma

Last weekend, Daniel and I got complimentary tickets to Casa Loma! It was my first time going, and his second time. He doesn't remember much from his last visit though, since he was really young when he went with his family.

Lately, I find that before I go to a place, I like to go on Instagram and search the hashtag or address of it, just to get an idea of what to expect. For Casa Loma, I noticed that a lot of people took photos of the stained glass ceiling and the fountain inside the conservatory.

Unfortunately, there was a wedding taking place in there that day, so we didn't get a chance to check it out.

Actually, there were other floors and tunnels closed off because they were getting ready for their Halloween programming. I've read some creepy stories about their tunnels, so I wasn't looking forward to that anyways! LOL

Besides that, we still got to see some neat stuff! We took a map when we entered, but barely referred to it. The usual! LOL

Oh yeah, I got a haircut since the last time I blogged!! My dad always cuts it shorter than what I ask for though! He also layered it a lot this time, so I would wake up in the morning looking like a Christmas tree or mushroom. :) :) :)

I'm crossing my fingers/eyes/toes that it'll look a little better when it grows out and will take me half the time to style it.

I wasn't able to get a photo of every room we saw, because it was either too dim or cramped in there. They do have a gallery on their website if you would like to see more!

Since the castle sits on top of a hill, we were able to get a great view of the skyline from the windows and tower!

Daniel was judging me for wanting to spend $1.05 on a souvenir coin. He just didn't see the appeal for it. For some reason, it wouldn't accept my change though.

Funny thing is, when I came back from the washroom, I noticed that he was trying to get one at another machine for me! What a sweeeetie! LOL

Check it out! It's Casa Loma engraved on a flattened nickel!!

Afterwards, we made our way out to the garden and enjoyed some gelato. Pistachio is always my go-to flavour!

Once we finished and got a photo together, we were ready to make our way down to Liberty Village to check out Peace Collective's new store!

We were more curious about their milkshakes than their clothes though! LOL

I was surprised at how fast they made it, considering how many toppings it has, and how it wasn't overly sweet. We shared their D.R.E.A.M (Donuts Rule Everything Around Me) milkshake.

We ended our day with warm bowls of pho and a marathon of Dexter! 😋

Before I end this post, I just wanna say that I'm aware of how often Daniel is appearing in my blog posts these days. I just wanna reassure you guys that I'm still very close with my other friends! (The Facebook conversation for Fab 4 is still going strong after three years!)

Since we're all on a tight schedule these days with school and work, the only time I really get to see them now is for dinner. I like to spend that time catching up with them, instead of trying to capture the moment. Plus, my chunky camera is just a hassle sometimes. :)