Cherry Blossoms

After checking out the cherry blossoms at High Park for the first time last year, I couldn't wait for them to bloom again this year!

Looking back, we actually picked such a great day to go! There was barely anyone there on a weekday, the blossoms were in full bloom, and the overcast skies made it ideal for outdoor photography.

Thiya caught me checking my work emails on my day off. Bad habit. Ugh.

After our fun little photoshoot, we went to Saigon Lotus for brunch. We couldn't believe all of their Vietnamese dishes were vegan because it was that good. Highly recommend!! I surprised my niece at daycare afterwards and the way her face lit up when she saw me... I die. She can't pronounce auntie yet, so all she says is, "Tee! Tee!" Hahah!

Childhood Nostalgia

In my previous post, I mentioned how much I enjoy checking out art installations! When I found out that there was a new one popping up this spring, I was so intrigued and bought tickets for Monica and I right away!

I thought this would be a fun way to celebrate Monica's last day of school!! We booked an early time slot, which ended up being a good idea. There were no long lines, which meant no one was rushing us to move along. We were able to wander around the place to our heart's content!

The more I use my new digital camera, the more I'm impressed by the quality of the photos! I also love the wi-fi capability. I totally recommend it if you're looking for small portable camera. I sure wish I was sponsored by Canon!!!! LOL

I feel like some of you are wondering if I like Happy Place better than this, and it's hard to say. Both of them had certain rooms that had a wow factor. I think this place is worth it to check out if you're looking for a fun date idea, or an activity to do for a girl's night out!

Winter Stations

Hi friends!!! This post is well overdue, because yo gurl got hit with a nasty cough and has been working a lot of overtime! I didn’t want to infect any of my friends, so I’ve been laying low and sleeping a lot!

I started feeling a lot better towards the end of last week, and wanted to get out of the house, so Daniel and I checked out Winter Stations at Woodbine beach this past weekend. We went last year, and had so much fun that we decided to make it our annual tradition! It was freeezzzing last time, so we tried to prepare better this time around. Surprisingly, it wasn’t even that bad. Woot woot! :)

After creating so many art installations during my undergrad, I’ve definitely gained more respect for artists and understand how much time it could possibly take to think of an innovative idea and find the manpower to execute it. 

I was particularly excited to see this art piece, which is like a human-sized version of whack-a-mole! Although it wasn’t cold, it was super windy. My hair was looking like medusa and kept poking Daniel in the eye! Oops! LOL

Just when we were about to leave, I noticed this thing on the tree stump!!! I thought it was a strange coincidence and hilarious that we bumped into this, because I’ve developed a serious checkers addiction these past few months. Daniel and I have been playing it every time we saw each other these last five months! It felt like the universe was watching us, and even blessed us with rocks too! HAHA

We went for tacos and sushi - both of our favourite things - at The Haam after! We balled out and ordered their signature Lobster Grande rolls, and those really hit the spot! Our homemade Old El Paso tacos look so weak, compared to their soft shell crab tacos!

That last photo was literally my mood when Daniel said dinner was on him.. :)

My Birthday Present

What constitutes as a perfect day for me is exploring somewhere with someone! I did just that last weekend with Monica and this past weekend with Rosa! The day would start off with brunch and then we would walk all over downtown exploring the ins and outs of many stores!

I find that every time I walk into Nordstrom, I would always eye the Gucci shoes section. I’ve tried on their slides last summer when I hung out with Monica and haven’t stopped thinking about owning a pair since. I wanted to make sure this wouldn’t be an impulsive buy, so I let the idea marinate for months while I did more research on their different styles, sizing and longevity.

When I was out and about with Rosa on Saturday, I mentioned to her how I’ve been eyeing their shoes. She wanted to see what they looked like on. As soon as I tried them, I knew it would be a purchase I wouldn’t regret. That’s when I realized why not get them now then?!

All those overtime hours definitely paid off! :)

I tried Octopus!

Daniel and I had a farewell dinner last night, before he flew off to Hawaii!!! I'm so jealous! He did invite me to go with him and his friends, but I didn't wanted to use any of my vacation days yet.

He told me to choose any restaurant last night and not to worry about the price. I was so confused, because it wasn't a special occasion. I asked him if he was breaking up with me and if it was supposed to be our LAST DINNER TOGETHER?!?! He's like, "No, but this is our last dinner until I come back next week!" Phew! LOL

We were originally going to try out this Thai restaurant, but out of all days, they happen to be closed on a Tuesday! We decided to go with Menami, since we couldn't think of another place in the area. It was Daniel's second time, and probably my fourth time (I made a post when I first came here with Claudia!). At this point, I know what I like to order.

I tried to change it up, so agreed to ordering octopus for our appetizer, instead of my usual corn fritters. It was my first time trying it and the texture reminded me of squid.

Daniel ordered what I usually get for my main, and I decided to try their black sesame udon for the first time. After trying all these new dishes, I think I'm still going to stick to what I usually order... :)

Sky Zone

GUYS! I lost my Sky Zone virginity today!!! I heard about this place since I was young, but haven't found the right occasion to go. When my friend, Tina, said that she found a great deal for Family Day, I accepted her invite without any hesitation!

For those who haven't been before, it's an indoor trampoline park! We attempted backflips, tried to do a slam dunk, challenged each other in a jousting battle, and played an intense game of dodgeball. It was so intense that I actually got hit in my left eye. I shed a few tears, iced it a bit and "jumped" back on my feet. ;)

I'm not even mad at the person who hit me, I'm just really, really glad I still have my eyesight! Imagine if I wake up with 20/20 vision tomorrow!!! That would be blessssss. Daniel was like, "Of course when I take my eyes off of you for a minute, you get hurt." As soon as I heard that, all I could think was *wow my man still can't take his eyes off of me after 4 years.* Heh heh

After our nice cardio session, we had dinner at Naan & Kabob! I actually bookmarked this place on Instagram last month, so I was excited to find out that we were just five minutes away from this restaurant. I ordered their vegetarian option, Paneer Kabob, and I would totally go back for it again!!!

Valentine's Day

For this year's Valentine's Day, I thought it would be fun to create a lottery bouquet for Daniel! I actually got this idea from my friend, Rosa, who created something similar for her boyfriend a year or two ago!

My work was actually closed all-day on Tuesday, because of a snow storm that was making its way to Toronto. This extreme weather ended up being a blessing in disguise, because it gave me lots of time to create Daniel's surprise gift!

First, I googled images and looked on Pinterest for inspirations, then I sketched out what I envisioned it would look like.

Next, I made a list of items I needed to pick up to make sure I didn't forget anything. I brushed my teeth and ran out the door, before the storm started to pick up. I trekked to the nearest plaza and picked up all of the art supplies and prizes. After lunch, I rolled up my sleeves and started crafting!

With the help of skewers and clear tape, I created this!

I definitely felt like I won the lottery when I met him! Daniel is on his way over right now, and I can't wait to see his reaction after our taco dinner! By the way, I wrote a clause in his card to make sure he gives me 90% of his winnings. ;)

My Birthday

Thank you so much for the sweet birthday wishes guys!!! Just like last year, I kept my birthday low key and spent it with Daniel. We checked out this new upscale sushi restaurant at Yorkdale, called TORA!

When Daniel and I found out that they're the sister restaurant of Miku, we got even more excited! We tried Miku two years ago (Whoa, time flies!) and Daniel said that their sushi is similar to what he had in Japan!

It was actually my first time trying a conveyor belt sushi restaurant! I got so giddy every time our plates came. You can only order four plates at a time, and each plate generally had two pieces of sushi.

It was a fun dining experience and all the dishes that the chef recommended tasted good! There were a few memorable plates, like their aburi salmon and BBQ eel nigiri!

I just wanted to end this post by appreciating my man for trying to make my birthday special every year! I'm also wondering how he managed to capture me blinking in so many shots. The only photos where I had my eyes fully open were the close-up ones!@#$!@#