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在多伦多,每逢夏季,超过百间中上级的餐馆都会参与由American Express举办约两个星期的Summerlicious。 ‘licious’ 源自 ’delicious‘ ,即美味的意思。

Summerlicious 的特征是,所有参与的餐馆会各自设计出一个固定的套餐( 例子见文底)给来参与Summerlicious 的顾客。最值得的是,收价会比平常低。这过百间的餐馆当中有些是很高级的。我这种平凡人平时是吃不起的 (除了在Summerlicious 🙂 )。因为,不管餐馆多高级,如要参与Summerlicious的话,晚餐收费都在每人35加币或以下,午餐会更便宜。

我和Ed当然不会错过这个大饱口福的机会。可是,我俩为了选餐馆而大伤脑筋。中级的餐馆,不算便宜到那里去。太高级的,虽划算,可是我们怕会格格不入。毕竟,我们扮不出高贵的样子,也不想吃得周身不自在。开心时,不想把声音压得低低的。所以,最后,我们选了一间中上级的 – Fuzion。

photo from http://www.restaurantstoronto.com

我们认识一对夫妇常向我们赞这餐馆有多好就有多好。可是,一餐两人一吃就百多两百元。所以,他们也是久久才去一次。我和Ed就乘这机会去尝尝。三道菜(前餐,主餐和甜品, 饮料另算)的晚餐,一人35加币,不算太贵。

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Pride Parade 08

Pride Parade 08

要写Pride 游行很久了。但Ed很自豪他为这部落拍的照片。硬要自己来整理,不让我这个闲空小姐来做。他说,我的水准没他的好。我等啊等的, 等到花儿也谢了,都见不到他‘专业水准’的照片。唉!男人靠不得。还是我自己先贴上一张让大家赏赏吧。

Pride 是多伦多一年一度同性恋者的游行。我去年错失了,今年当然没‘走宝’。暂不多说当天的游行。先说一说这张照片。

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Oh my buddha !! I just love the following comment from Jasin :

‘Hey, your lifestyle is so special :
“Single” life for 6 mths….Couple life for 6 mths.
Working for 6 mths….Break for 6 mths.
Busy without life for 6 mths…..Carry out luxury life doing things of interest, enrichment for latter 6 months
bit extreme and funny is : Living at South of earth for 6 mths ……living at North of the earth for next 6 mths…
A BALANCE , healthy and unique life you have !’

What do you think? 🙂

And my reply to him is

Hey Jasin,
I love how you described my life !!!
Haha..I never thought of it that way.
True as you said about the extreme…heehee…
Love what you said about the balance and healthy )
Yup, I love my life for exactly what it is !!
Thanks for visiting and please come again )
Very happy to know you )

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Toronto Urban Beach

urban beach

有一天到多伦多市南部的Lake Ontario沿岸走走。

看到了这所谓的城市沙滩觉得很奇怪又好玩。

这长长的人造沙滩建在Lake Ontario 旁, 去年六月正式开放给公众。

这沙滩,虽有点怪,没海浪,也没得下水玩或游泳,但有沙,又有湖景,加上金黄色的太阳伞,还是特别有味道。

穿上性感泳衣,躺在沙上来个太阳浴,或带小孩来玩玩泥沙的游戏,或来沿沙滩走走吹吹 ‘湖风’,和其他沙滩又有什么不同呢?

也同样是一个悠闲平静的夏季下午。

During my leisurely walk along the waterfront, I was surprised to see a ‘beach’.

It is literally like a giant long sandbox along the water edge that is filled with sands and many tall yellow umbrellas.

I then realised it is a new waterfront public space project that was opened June 2007.

Well, it looks a little strange and awkward that a ‘beach’ that has no swimming and no waves. However, the good news is, you do have lots of sands, plus a lake view, with the umbrellas and chairs.

As you can see, many people enjoy lying on the sands for a sunbath , or bringing their children for some sand games, or just simply walk along the ‘beach’ and enjoy the refreshing lake breezes. So, what’s the real difference and why not?

And, it is equally a beautiful, lazy and leisurely summer afternoon.


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一年一度世界有名的多伦多电影节(TIFF)又要来了。

因去年曾参与TIFF的自愿工作,所以,今年我收到特别通知,被邀请去只限有经验的自愿工作者的第一个招收会。我知道接下来的日子空闲,早已决定参与今年的自愿工作。

招收会在Roy Thomson Hall举行。我鲜少在这一带逛,也想细心欣赏一下这座有名的演奏厅。于是,招收会当天,我提早40分钟到。还以为有点时间吃晚餐 – 街边的热狗。嘻嘻!

怎知,我一走出地下铁站已见到了长长的人龙。不用问,我已知道是要参与TIFF自愿工作的人龙。我记得多伦多人怎样为TIFF而疯狂,没想到原来自愿者也这么热情。

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循慧沁要求,和已很久没摇电话回家,让我先报告近况吧。

回来多伦多有两个多星期了。虽离开了半年有多,一切都是那么地熟悉。除了,刚开始时,我记不清公共交通路线,下错站一,两次外,这里一切如常。Ed还是老样子,家里摆饰一点也没变。感觉上,好像从来没离开过。唯一最不同的是,现在是夏天,路上没雪,不用穿得胖嘟嘟的。

刚抵多伦多的第一星期,Ed刚好病了,我则努力跟时差战斗。加上,那时天天有雨,Ed拿了病假,我俩在家看戏和呼呼大睡。很幸运的是,我们看的戏都很不错。有,Helen Miren 的Elizabeth I 短剧,Juno, La En Vie Rose 等。当然,还跑去看新鲜热辣的 Wall-E。很棒!

第二个星期,天气转晴,阳光普照。Ed病好了,我则不再半夜眼睛张大大或下午打磕睡。加上是加拿大国庆 (上图),Ed有四天假,我俩和家人朋友聚聚,到处逛逛 ,也见证了加拿大人热爱阳光的一面。

现在,第三个星期,日子终于恢复’正常’。Ed去上班,我在家里悠闲,上网和朋友聊天,做做家务,写写部落…. 其实,有很多事情要办,如:找新公寓搬家,办药剂公考手续,准备考试,等等。都在做着,只是进展不大。唉 !

As per request from friends, and since I have not been calling home recently, let me briefly update what I have been up to.

I have been back to Toronto for more than two weeks now. Although I have been away for half a year, interestingly, I still remember the details of this city. Only when I was lost and got off at the wrong subway station has reminded me that I have been away for a while. Other than that, things are the same – Ed remains the same (haha, yup 😉 ) , and there isn’t much changes in our home, I feel as if I have never left here. Oh yes, the only one huge difference is, there is no traces of snow on the street, and I don’t have to wear layers of clothing anymore. Yay!

The first week I arrived Toronto, I was struggling with jetlag and Ed was sick. He took a sickie and the weather was rainy, so we stayed home, either watched movies or just slept like a baby. The good thing is, most movies we watched (like Helen Mirren’s Elizabeth I short series, Juno, La En Vie Rose, and of course the new absolute gem from Pixar – Wall-E) are pretty cool. So, we were happy.

The second week, the weather turned fabulous, clear and sunshine. Ed had recovered and I wasn’t sleepy during the day anymore, plus it was Canada Day long weekend (pictures above), we finally ventured out from home.  We caught up with family and friends, walked around downtown, and I saw the summer madness here.

Now, entering my third week here, life is getting back to ‘normal’. Ed goes to work five days a week as usual, and I stay home doing not too much, cleaning, cooking, surfing, chatting online, blogging (finally) ….yup, doing them ‘leisurely’ too. Frankly, I have a long to-do-list and plenty of plans, for example, looking for new apartment to move, sending application for Pharmacy Registration exams, preparing the exams and etc. Well, I am trying hard to work on them, but procrastinatingly, as usual…..

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没想到有近半年没好好写部落了。

日子忙是真的,还有, 就是有点懒和定不下心来写。

我写一篇贴字,加上翻译,还有整理照片,要花上至少两个多三个小时。

所以,这半年来,每个疲惫的晚上,我都选择了倒头大睡。

看来,我这个部落的读者可能已经跑光了啦。嘻嘻。

忙完了工作的日子…

忙完了飞来飞去的日子…

忙完了和久违了的家人朋友聚聚的日子…

忙完了不停地收拾行李的日子…

现在,半年后,终于回到多伦多。

接下来的日子,希望我会继续写部落啦 😉

It surprises me to realise that I have not been writing or managing my blog for over half a year.

Well, life was busy, which is partially true. The other partial truth is, I was a little (or quite) lazy and I was just too all over the place to have a clear mind to write anything decent.

To write a decent post, plus the translation, and the photos, it will normally take me at least two and half hours or so. So, for the past half year, on most nights, the tired me chose to sleep rather than blogging.

I guess, seeing no activities for a while, most of the readers of this blog have long gone. 😉

Finally, days of a complete madness of flying, working, catching up with family and friends, packing, and unpacking are gone. Now that I am back to Toronto, living a slower pace of life, hopefully, I will continue to blog 🙂

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