El Catrin

Now that I'm a student teacher, it has been hard to gauge the amount of work I have to do each week! I find myself spending at least 3 hours marking assignments, thinking constantly what my next lesson will be, and making sure I have material for my grade six math club! It has certainly been an eye opening experience so far and I'm learning a wholeeee lot.

Besides school, there were so many exciting and fun things that happened since the last time I blogged!!
  • I finally passed my G2 test!
  • I went to fear fest for the first time and almost pooped my pants.
  • I helped my sister move into her new home last weekend!
  • I received the news that I can remove my retainer in two weeks!

  • I made homemade sushi with Daniel for the first time!
  • I learned that my cousin from Vietnam is coming to Toronto, this Friday, for school and staying at my place in the meantime!!! Can't wait to meet her for the first time!

And lastly, I got to hang out with my friend, Vivian, who I haven't seen since I left my job at the CN Tower! We checked out El Catrin in Distillery District last week and had so much to catch up on!!

After dinner, we explored downtown with our chunky cameras! I really enjoy hanging out with other photographers because it makes me feel less weird when I'm taking photos in public! LOL

I'm so happy that she extended her Visa because there are still so many places I want to show her in the city!!!


After thinking about whether or not I should change my domain name, attempting to create a new blog header, debating if I should move everything over to Wordpress and spending hours searching for a new Blogger template.. I am so happy to share with you guys what I've been working on this week!!!

I wanted my blog URL to be easy to remember and a blog template that was easy to navigate. So without further ado... here is what you will find with this new (mobile friendly!) template!

My archives are now accessible (so you can pretty much creep me from when I first started this blog in 2009!), my search bar on the top right hand corner can help you find any of my old posts (like my nutella cookies one), my blog entries are now nicely organized in the categories drop down menu and my social media links are easy to find!

I hope you guys have fun reading and a wonderful long weekend!! x


I've missed out on the last two annual family cottage trips because work got in the way every time! When my sister invited me to her friend's cottage at the end of this month, I quickly cleared my schedule to make time to enjoy the last few days of this beautiful weather!!

As we drove up north, my sister joked about taking a raft to get to the cottage once we arrived... umm... um.. A RAFT?

When we arrived, I was expecting a raft to be waiting for us near the dock. My sister and Ryan were dying of laughter because I actually believed them. Oh thank goodness! We ain't about that life yo!!! We need a legit toilet and shower and WIFI. We call this ~*~glamping~*~ (glamour camping, for all y'all who didn't know). ;)

If I was to compare this cottage to the other cottages I've been to, this one has more of a community feel. All the cottages were situated close by and everyone was extremely friendly. There were many recreational activities; a pool, basketball court, playground, beach, and canoes!!

We arrived on Saturday morning and explored the place before the others arrived. While we were strolling around, we saw many people getting around with golf carts.

We saw this one man approaching us and joked about hitch hiking. Ryan stuck out a thumb really quick and man actually pulled over and asked us where we were heading!

He told us to hop on and gave us a tour around the resort and shared the history of this place with us. Ryan sat beside our new friend, Brian, while my sister and I held on tight in the back seat as he went up and down hills! He had no mercy with his driving (like my brother...heh heh)

When everyone finally arrived, Brian offered to give all seven of us + Louis (the dog) another tour!!! Unfortunately, our ride was cut short when we weren't able to make it up a hill... LMAO.

The cottage was so cute and cozy!! It had a barbecue so we took advantage of that for every meal.

While we were up at the cottage, my sister and Ryan were expecting a call from the realtor to know whether or not they got the house they put an offer on. Everyone on the trip was so anxious for them and were ready to drink if they did... or did not...

...BUT THEY DID!!! THEY'RE MOVING IN LESS THAN A MONTH!@#$%! I don't feel sad about her moving out because I have a feeling that I will be spending a lot of time at their place... whether they want me or not! ;)

We spent Sunday afternoon chilling by the pool and learning how to swim. (-_-) 'Cause y'know, gotta learn before my sister's destination wedding next year! Afterwards, we all took a nap on the chairs while sunbathing. I was not facing the sun the right way, so now I am rocking a gradient tan!!! Good thing it's autumn now and I don't have to worry about showing (and shaving) my legs! :)

Thanks Adisa and Tina for having us!! It was a much needed getaway!